Salem Community Patriot 6 - February 18, 2011
submitted by Barron School Music
Since January, the focus on the Music program has been integrating the Arts. The third graders are busy learning about the culture of the continent of Africa within their classrooms. In music, African drumming, dancing, and singing are happening weekly. Third-grade students will enjoy a three-day artist in residence program, featuring African drumming and dancing right after February vacation. A public performance by our artists and third graders will take place on Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. In fifth grade, students have been learning the life skill of ballroom dancing with the artist in residence, Debra Ulbrich from the Krystal Ballroom here in Salem. Students have been learning to waltz, foxtrot, swing, and do the Cupid Shuffle during music and physical education classes. This type of social dancing is a reflection of how people have
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socialized in history, from the 1800s to present day. Fourth-grade students have been learning about all of the instruments in the symphony orchestra. In an effort to become more music-literate, students will end the unit with their weekly class spelling test, focusing on the names of music instruments and their families. Second graders have been singing songs about dinosaurs, as it integrates with their science unit on dinosaurs and prehistoric times. They are also learning about dynamics (loud and soft levels of volume used in music). These musical terms are all in Italian, which has made learning these new words very exciting. First graders have honored the Chinese New Year with a social studies unit on China. This unit of study has been enhanced with students learning Chinese songs and learning about Chinese instruments, including playing a Chinese Gong!
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Take First Place in National Essay Contest
submitted by Hampstead Academy Daniela Ronga, an elementary school student, and Alex Mielens, a middle school student at the Hampstead Academy in Hampstead, were named the Fall 2010 first-place state winners for their school levels in New Hampshire in SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite student essay competition sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education and SIFMA member firms. As a culminating activity for the country’s 600,000 annual Stock Market Game participants, Investwrite challenges 4th–12th graders to analyze an investment scenario, think critically, and provide a long- term financial plan. Students address real-world economic factors and trends, better preparing for their own financial futures. Daniela is just one of 20,000 students each year across the nation who take the InvestWrite challenge. Daniela’s fall 2010 winning essay was chosen through rigorous judging on the basis of her analysis of asset allocation, the investment potential of various publicly traded stocks, an overall understanding of the stock market, and the manner in which she expressed her investment ideas in essay form. According to Daniela, an investment portfolio should include a full range of assets such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds since it allows for diversification. Diversifying your portfolio helps to balance your holdings by containing investments with varying levels and types of risk, she advised. This process serves to help minimize the overall impact if one of the holdings declines significantly. Alex’s fall 2010 winning essay was also chosen through rigorous judging on the same criteria. In his essay, Alex discussed how he utilized many of the research tools directly in his Stock Market Game portfolio as well as the New York Stock Exchange’s Website to determine his investment choices. “Teachers tell us that InvestWrite is not only an exciting contest with great prizes, but also an effective tool for students to learn about personal finance and long-term saving,” said Melanie Mortimer, Executive Director of the SIFMA Foundation. “What’s more, InvestWrite also helps students perfect their research, writing, and analytical skills, while learning important
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Alex Mielens and his parents, Jay Kaknes and Melissa Mielens; Daniela Ronga and her parents, Maria and
Michael; Keith Wheeler, Head of School; Cecelia Carroll, Upper School Math Teacher; and Elizabeth Reidel, InvestWrite Representative
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would increase about 5.47 percent if the school district only gets level education funding from the state, rather than the increase that they were promised originally. The remaining warrant articles are collective bargaining agreements and all were moved to be placed on the ballot without any changes made to them. A new contract for teachers would require only a vote for
this year; not for each year of the contract, as has been routine for the town and school district in the past. The contract is calling for a 1.8-percent wage increase for step-12 employees only in 2011-2012, and a 1.85- percent wage scale increase in 2012-2013. Remember to get out and vote on March 8!
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life lessons that will make their futures brighter.” The SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite competition bridges classroom learning in mathematics, social studies, language arts, business, and economics, with the practical research and knowledge required for long-term personal financial planning. Students are, in fact, building on what they have learned through their participation in The Stock Market Game, which has reached 12 million students since its inception in 1977. An independent study by Learning Point Associates found that students who participated in the Stock Market Game scored significantly higher on mathematics and financial literacy tests than their peers who did not participate. They also found that teachers who taught SMG reported the program motivated them to better plan for their future and to engage in financial planning, research, and use of investment products and services. The Stock Market Game has been named the only program that successfully increased scores on the Jumpstart Coalition’s test of high school students’ financial literacy.
Daniela and Alex were awarded their prizes during a surprise assembly on Monday, February 7, at Hampstead Academy.
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Representative Gary Azarian spoke on how reducing the cigarette tax would increase revenue by making prices more competitive with Maine and Massachusetts. He continued saying that lowering the lottery tax would also help the state increase revenue because customers don’t want to pay the 10-percent tax on their winnings, so they buy tickets in Massachusetts. Representative Bettencourt said that they want to get the budget in place before looking at expanded gaming. “Tax and fee increases are off the table,” he said. As for an income tax, Senator Morse said that New Hampshire doesn’t have a revenue problem, but has to live within its means. They need to take a look at old programs and see if they are needed. Morse said
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