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Lieutenant Dyac Sings Hudson~Litchfield News is Monday! Volume 21 Number 25 January 14, 2011 16 Pages Hudson Police Lieutenant Charles Dyac had the honor of singing “God Bless America” at the historic fourth


Inauguration of Governor John Lynch on January 6 at the State House in Concord. Dyac performed the song after Governor Lynch had been sworn in and gave his inaugural address.


Fisher Cats Sponsor Reading Program


Students from Litchfield Middle School welcomed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Friday morning for a special presentation on the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge, presented by Community College System of New Hampshire. LMS students in grades 5-8 will participate in the free school-based program designed to promote literacy and encourage students to increase their reading efforts outside of the classroom. As part of the program, the Fisher Cats sent their mascot, Fungo, to LMS to give a special presentation. With the help of a Fisher Cats staff member, Fungo presented a challenge to each student. If they read five books, outside of their normal curriculum, each student gets a pair of tickets to a Fisher Cats/CCSNH Reading Challenge Night. Using a $5,000 donation from the Fisher Cats Foundation, the team will reward the school with the highest percentage of students that complete the challenge with


a $3,000 grand prize. Schools with the second and third highest percentage of students to complete the challenge will each receive $1,000 prizes.


by Lynne Ober


Campbell High School’s principal, Robert Manseau, has been named principal of the year. Litchfield’s Superintendent, Dr. Elaine Cutler, said that this was a well-deserved honor: “Robert Manseau is dedicated to student achievement. Mr. Manseau spends a considerable part of his day in classrooms working with teachers and students. He has high expectations for the students at CHS and they consistently prove him right.”


When Manseau became principal at CHS in 2007, the School Board felt they had made the right choice and now that has been recognized with the Principal of the Year Award. CHS is a four-year high school with 555 students, 54 professional staff, and 32 support staff, including a three-member administrative team. Prior to joining the Litchfield School District, Manseau had been principal for four years at Triton Regional High School in Byfield, MA. Before becoming the principal at Triton, he had been the Assistant Principal there for three years. His academic credentials were well established by the time he joined the Litchfield School District team, and he has proven his skills during his time at Litchfield.


“Principal Manseau has been a wonderful asset to the CHS community; always looking for ways to increase student achievement, celebrate that student achievement, and connect with the students, parents, and community,” said long- time Litchfield School Board member Cindy Couture. “His enthusiasm for education and readiness to tackle the tough issues help make him an outstanding principal.”


While at CHS, Manseau managed the New Fungo playing games with the children to encourage reading


England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process from finalization of Self- Study through awarding of Initial Accreditation and start of Follow Up effort. In his years at CHS, he has initiated a number of significant changes and programs. He introduced grading policy pilot for formative and summative assessments, re-takes, and multiple opportunities for demonstrating achievement. This program allowed students opportunities to prove their achievements. As a result, the CHS failure rate was reduced. But he didn’t stop there. Working with professional staff, he aligned efforts for “at-risk” students and introduced the concept of direct study to address the issue of student failure. He met individually with parents and seniors at risk of not graduating in fall, winter, and spring. Cutler praised the personal touch that Manseau has brought to students, parents, and staff. With his support, a Student Support Center


was established, where students with chronic behavior problems could receive assistance that would make them more successful in class. He established common assessments that


reaches schoolwide at mid-year and final exams and led to a change in report cards. With the Superintendent’s and Board’s support, he worked with faculty to establish competency-based report cards. This first step was brought into faculty meetings, where he changed the focus of these meetings with use of “Looking at Student


by Doug Robinson Gerry Bastien, Alvirne High School Music Director and Hudson’s Music Coordinator, was honored for being elected as one of our nation’s top 50 High School Band and Music Directors. “In compiling this 13th annual 50 Directors Who Make a Difference report, School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine received an unprecedented number of recommendations from teachers, administrators, their colleagues, and students from every corner of the country. With so many outstanding nominations to choose from, the resulting accumulation of educators, as usual, one per state for each state in the U.S., represents an extraordinary range of experience, specialization, and character.” Bastien has been teaching music for 29 years; the last 15 in Hudson. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, most recently the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award in 2009 for being the “Outstanding Music Educator” of the year, awarded by the NH Department of Education. As reported by SBO, Bastien “hopes to make a difference in students’ lives by being true to my passion and craft. Along with my students, we are creating a legacy for the Alvirne High School Band program. I instill in my students that they are not allowed to have a bowl of mediocrity for breakfast. Students should demand from their teachers a high level of instruction and commitment. In turn, I tell my students that I,


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too, will demand a high level of student inquiry and commitment. Teaching is my passion and for my students, school needs to be theirs.” When asked what could beat this great honor, Bastien smiled and stated that “I hope to make the cover of SBO someday.”


Gerry Bastien Principal of the Year Robert Manseau


Robert Manseau


Work” protocol and helped foster and create more dialogue within and across departments. Manseau established a Professional Learning Community structure that was used to improve the school climate by promoting faculty ethic of “We pull together, not apart.” He improved faculty morale through special events such as appreciations breakfasts and established routine recognition of faculty through his “Red Apple Awards.”


Under his leadership, the Walk-through


program, a program of brief classroom visits with written feedback, and the “Grand Rounds,” or peer observation and feedback, was also introduced. Faculty began to work more closely together as a team in strengthening academic achievement with these programs. He directed the review and revision of the


advisory program and also re-established or established new committees and teams aimed at improving academics. Teaching & Learning and Chat Teams, School Safety Academic Affairs, and Advisory Committees began to work to improve the school. He introduced school improvement goals and SMART goals for teachers while, at the same time, worked to improve communication between staff, parents, and students, which helped resolve many conflicts. These improved relationships between administrators and students helped with the handling of discipline issues. According to Cutler, discipline issues were handled with a more positive approach. All of these efforts have led to a more


cohesive and supportive staff, where recognition, achievement, and academics are recognized and celebrated. Parents and students have benefited from this improved communication and cohesion. Manseau also worked to provide a more supportive environment for students. He brought in “Challenge Day” and the “Mock Accident” and also expanded student recognition with


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staff photos by Robyn Hatch


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staff photo by Doug Robinson


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