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Volume 22 Number 1 July 15, 2011 16 Pages

Campbell Principal Robert Manseau

Named National Principal of the Year Finalist

Robert Manseau, principal of Campbell High School in Litchfield, has been named a finalist in the 2012 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program for his significant contributions to student achievement. When Manseau

Civil War newspapers

by Len Lathrop What do you know about the Civil War? And better yet,

what to you know about local residents’ involvement in the war?

In the spring of 1861, decades of simmering tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including states’ rights versus federal authority, westward expansion, and slavery exploded into the American Civil War (1861-1865). The election of the anti-slavery Republican Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860 caused seven Southern states to secede from the Union to form the Confederate States of America; four more joined them after the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Four years of brutal conflict were marked by historic battles at Bull Run (Manassas), Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg, among others. The War Between the States, as the Civil War was also known, pitted neighbor against neighbor and, in some cases, brother against brother. By the time it ended in Confederate surrender in 1865, the Civil War proved to be the costliest war ever fought on American soil, with some 620,000 of 2.4 million soldiers killed, millions more injured, and the population and territory of the South devastated. While we live in a very Northern state and think more about other battles and military action, like Paul Revere’s Ride and the Tea Party, many of this area’s residents were very involved in the bloodiest battles that this

country ever fought. The Litchfield Historical Society has assembled a collection that demonstrates local involvement. The display was open to the public last Saturday during the Society’s regular monthly meeting,

which included Civil War weapons, a flag, official papers, and a mix of important pictures. One of the rifles was manufactured at the Amoskeag Mills in Manchester, which were idle due to the lack of cotton to be made into thread and cloth. The rifle is marked as produced by G.B. Fogg at the Amoskeag Mills, Manchester, New Hampshire. Dates are being planned for an open house at the Historical Society in both August and September, and the dates will be finalized shortly. Society President Dr. Steven Calawa gave credit for the display and organization of the information to Dan Ferguson, a Campbell High School graduate, who recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Museum Studies. The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 255 Charles Bancroft Highway.

arrived at Campbell in 2007, he became the fourth principal to lead the school in seven years. However, that failed to deter him. From the beginning, his positive attitude earned him trust from parents and the community, and he empowered teachers to share ownership for student achievement.

“He brought with him an affable

manner, an understanding of adolescents, and a passion for research- based instruction,” said Elaine Cutler, superintendent of Litchfield School District.

Armed with a deep knowledge of education research and effective practices, Manseau poured his energy into improving curriculum and instruction. With his leadership team, Manseau redesigned the curriculum to more closely align with the New Hampshire state standards. In addition, common assessments were implemented for the same courses being taught by multiple teachers and a new grading policy was established. To meet the needs of all students, Manseau created an assistance center for those struggling academically, beefed up student recognition programs, and strengthened the school’s advisory program. He regularly shows up at after-school events and makes classroom walk-throughs a part of his daily routine. As a result, instruction is now more student-centered. Since Manseau’s arrival, Campbell’s dropout rate has decreased and the percentage of students reaching proficient on state assessments jumped by an impressive 15 percent in reading, 22 percent in math, and 14 percent in writing. The search for the national principal

of the year began in early 2011 as each state principal’s association selected its state principal of the year. From this pool of state award winners, a panel of judges selected three middle level and three high school finalists. The national middle level and high school

Armament, some of which was made in the Amoskeag Mills Local Hippie Donates Hair

On July 1, Hudson resident (and self-proclaimed hippie) David Shaw donated a 17-inch braid of hair to Wigs For Kids, the organization that provides free wigs for children undergoing medical treatment. This is the third such donation David has made, which typically takes three

years to grow to an acceptable length. David does this in remembrance of friends and family who have lost their battle to this disease, including father- in-law Charles Healey from Chelmsford, MA, and Kevin Reed from Middleton, MA.

Playground to be Built at Benson Park

winners will be named in September and recognized in Washington, DC, during the Principals’ Institute for State and National Principals of the Year, September 21-24, 2011.

Robert Manseau

Manseau and the other five finalists will each receive a $1,500 grant, and the two national award winners—one high school and one middle level—will receive additional grants of $3,500. The grants will be used to improve learning

at the school (e.g., a special school project and/or professional development opportunities). MetLife and NASSP are strongly committed to supporting the visions of exemplary school leaders. For more information about the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program and winners, visit NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit MetLife Resources (MLR) is a

division of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) that specializes in providing retirement products and services to nonprofit healthcare providers, schools, institutions of higher education, associations, foundations, and government organizations. MetLife Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 60 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. For more information, visit com/mlr.

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by Doug Robinson Ramps, ropes, swings, slides, and slopes will soon be erected on the fields of Benson Park. The wheelchair- accessible playground will host multiple access points— all interconnecting—where the young and old will be able to enjoy Hudson’s newest treasure. At a cost of $87,024, Hudson taxpayers will not be affected as the funds for the purchase and construction of the playground came from the Planning Board Recreation funds. The new playground will be an elevated play structure of animal and nature theme designed for use by all

children ages 5-12 years. The galvanized, powder-coated uprights will host a minimum of four slides and include multiple ground-system play and climb components, including panel rings. The playground will also afford two wheelchair entry points as well as a swing set that will include a wheelchair swing. The building of the playground will be a community building project, whereby local residents will be invited to participate in its construction. Recreation officials estimate that the building of the playground will be completed within the timeframe of a single weekend.

staff photos by Len Lathrop

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