Hudson - Litchfield News 6 - May 27, 2011
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by Doug Robinson More than 150 Boy Scouts from the Daniel Webster Council camped out on the Hills Property for their annual Spring Camporee held May 13-15. Boy Scout Troops from Hudson, Litchfield, Amherst, Nashua, and Merrimack set up their tents both in the Alvirne Forest as well as the lower fields of the property. This year’s Spring Camporee had a Scouts in Space theme.
Working together, Scouts practiced their team-building skills as they shot off Estes rockets and soda-water rockets. In addition, Scouts took advantage of the clear skies on Friday night and practiced their identification of the constellations with the use of an 18-inch telescope. Keeping with the space theme, Scouts named their troops for the
event with names such as the Black Bombers. Even the games kept with the space theme, such as Alien Invasion—a game involving the attempted drop of an egg from 20 feet without breaking it, and another game titled Emergency Beacon—a game where Scouts used their mapping and compass skills to find the alien spaceship that had recently crash-landed in the Alvirne Forest. courtesy photos
Bill Noyce gives final instructions to a patrol of Scouts from Troop 424 before they head out to recover the ‘downed space capsule.’ Te headphones on the lead Scout were used to pick up the ‘pings’ from the ‘black box’ (radio transmitter) in the capsule. Te boys used a map, compass, and triangulation to locate the capsule quickly and return to base for maximum points
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Scouts from Troop 15 work on their paper airplanes for the next competition. Te Camporee games were all designed with a space or science theme in mind. Tis game encouraged the boys to build paper airplanes that would fly straight and land at exactly the right spot
Ben Dibble of Troop 21 shows off a winning design for the soda-water bottle
rocket competition at the Camporee. Scouts were encouraged to mimic this design to get their rockets built quickly, rather than the long trial-and-error of most rocket work
What Would Happen if the Schools Did Not Have Substitute Teachers?
by Doug Robinson Contrary to the belief of most children, teachers do get sick and need personal time to spend with their families for special and sad events alike. Administrators and Hudson principals dread that 6 a.m. phone call from a teacher informing that an emergency has arisen or they have come down with an illness. “As we know, qualified substitute teachers are a necessity for the district to fulfill the needs of students when the classroom teacher is not available. The challenges arise when our administration is trying to fill those needs on a daily basis. Often, principals are notified only hours in advance of the absence, making it difficult to secure a substitute. This process not only takes place in the very early morning, but at night and over weekends. Contacting substitutes is extremely time-consuming, both during work hours and on personal time,” writes Kate Minichiell from the
Automated Substitute Placement and Absence Management (AESOP) program.
As a result, the Hudson School Board voted to approve the services of AESOP to replace the present call-in system now being used by Hudson teachers and the subsequent “frustrating process of contacting substitutes every day.” On an average day, Hudson requires the use of 10 to 12 subs, according to school Superintendent Randy Bell. The new system will require the teacher to report their absence through AESOP’s secured Website or phone. AESOP would then post the absence for Hudson substitutes to view and accept directly through the Website or over the phone. “The system also allows for preferences to be entered so that the teacher or principal can specify a certain substitute for a specific opening” as well. Teachers will also be positioned to provide feedback about the substitute and the substitute will also be positioned to provide feedback regarding their teachings. The system will also be able to analyze and provide data as to Monday/Friday call-outs. “The most important thing is that we are not using administrator’s time to chase down substitute teachers. It will be a real step forward as how we work with our substitute teachers,” commented Bell. The new reporting system will begin during the 2011-2012 school
year. The annual cost of the program to the Hudson taxpayers is $6,682.50 and requires a $500 one-time setup and training fee.
Tigers Visit Area News Group
Cub Pack 11 Tigers from Litchfield visited the Area News Group this week to learn all the fun parts of printing a newspaper. Pictured from the left: Matthew Host, Nathan Santom, John Newell, and Erick Coates. Te boys are standing on a 1,400-pound roll of new print paper.
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