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submitted by Barron School Fifth Grade During October the fifth graders at Barron
have taken on tasks that have been challenging, rewarding and fun.
Students learned about citizenship as they participated in student council elections. Interested students prepared speeches to encourage their peers to select them as representatives. The student council has begun to meet under the direction of Mr. Stewart, the guidance counselor. The children are already helping with preparations for the Turkey Trot. At the start of October, students sharpened their pencils and their test-taking skills and worked hard for 8 days on state testing in math, reading and writing. Students exhibited stamina and perseverance on this important task. Bean plants which sprouted in September are
now bearing a fine crop of green beans. Students are caring for their plants and learning about the plant parts that insure the plant’s survival. Some of us have sampled the fine- tasting beans. In our study of history we have explored the questions, “Who arrived in America first?”, “What does it mean to discover something?” “How did things change in America when different cultures
met?” Students have learned about the voyages and dreams of Columbus, and have participated in an activity which required them to either write or answer a message in a bottle which came from a crew member on the Santa Maria. The entire Barron community participated in this activity. In daily math activities students are writing and comparing fractions and decimals. Parents should encourage their children to use fractions in real life activities at home such as baking, craft projects, or even turning their own grades into decimals and percent. For example, if you got eight out of 12 correct, what would your grade be?
Our students are working on new sets of spelling words using a word study approach. Parents should expect to see weekly lists being brought home for the children to investigate, sort, reflect on and learn so that they may apply spelling generalizations to their daily writing. The end of October brought the annual performance of Danse Macabre by our students. Students dressed as ghosts, witches, skeletons, wind, phantoms, day, and night entertained their peers with their fine performances of a piece of program music by Charles Saint-Saens.
From left to right are Michael Shepherd, Gavin Garland, Albert Kim, Michael Mirabito, and Ian Lindberg. North Salem
submitted by North School As the season of giving approaches our thoughts turn to one North Salem family who was deeply affected by the recent Halloween storm. The family’s home was destroyed in a fire. The fifth grade class at North Salem is taking up a special collection for this family to help out. If anyone would like to donate to help this family, please contact North Salem Elementary School. All proceeds will go to the family. In keeping with this spirit of giving, North
Salem V.I.P.S. (Volunteers Interested in Providing Services) Food Drive Committee sponsored a food drive from November 14-18 to assist the food pantries serving our Salem community. We are grateful for your support of our student
volunteers. Past food drives have helped our students recognize how much we can contribute to our Salem community and how great the needs of our food pantries are. Don’t forget to send in your used books for the school’s annual Used Book Fair.
It’s time to clean out those gently used books that have been
sitting on your shelves and send them to school by Friday, November 18. We are in particular need of books for the upper grades. Each book will be sold for 25 cents at the sale which will be held on Friday, December 2. The program “Character Counts” is back
in full swing at North Salem. The program, which teaches ethical behavior, was introduced into the school three years ago and has had a tremendous impact on students. The program provides teachers with tools they need to help strengthen students’ moral compass. Character Counts is centered on the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The school’s guidance counselor teaches students about each trait in the classroom and ways that they can live by the program.
Students will earn recognition when a staff member “catches” a student demonstrating one of these traits. Students receive special certificates and recognition during morning announcements, as well as their names in the newspaper.
Student Arts and Writing Contest Expands
submitted by Dorothy G. Krasner The Martin Luther King Coalition announced
that its Arts and Writing Contest for the Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Awards will be expanded for 2012 to include fifth grade students from all New Hampshire public, parochial, private schools and home-schooled students. The state-wide contest asks students to submit original written or graphic art responses to words from Dr. King, selected each year by the Coalition from Dr. King’s writings and speeches. Student submissions are judged by a special committee. First place winners receive $100 and a plaque; second place winners receive $50 and a certificate; third place winners and honorable mention receive a certificate. All winners are asked to attend the Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Manchester on the holiday for personal presentation of the Lionel Washington Johnson Youth Award. Traci Belanger, Chair of the Arts and Writing Committee, explained the expansion of the award, “Many schools now include fifth grade students in
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middle schools and our Coalition wants to include as many children as possible in the contest. We welcome entries from public students, home- schooled students, students from charter schools, private schools, and religious based schools - all the fifth through eighth graders in the state of New Hampshire.” For 2012, the Coalition has chosen words taken from a 19th century abolitionist and often spoken by Dr. King: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” Fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are asked to interpret the quotation to reflect how they understand and relate to the theme and the words in their lives as well as life in general today. Students may submit any form of art, including drawings, paintings, posters, videos, and PowerPoint tm presentations. For writing, students may submit any form of writing, such as essays, short stories, of 400 to 800 words or full-page poems. All entries must be received by December 2. Entries must be submitted to: Traci Belanger, c/o SNHU Wellness Center, 2500 North River Rd., Manchester, NH 03106. Additional details of the contest and the Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration and the Coalition can be found on the Coalition Website www. MartinLutherKingCoalition.org
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submitted by Heather Wheeler, Hampstead Academy Each September, students at Hampstead Academy look forward to the announcement of the Lego League Challenge for the year. FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) is a collaborative problem solving based program for children aged 9 to 16 that hopes to inspire interest and excitement about science and technology in children. Teams of up to 10 students with at least one adult coach work together to design a working robot that will compete for points in short matches and to solve a real world problem currently facing scientists and engineers that Lego League establishes as the year’s Challenge. This year, the Hampstead Academy Lego League team members are taking on the 2011 Food Factor and Rodent Removal Challenges. Over 200,000 nine to 16 year old students from over 55 countries will explore the topic of food safety and examine the possible points
of contamination our food encounters, from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and storage. They must find ways to prevent or combat these contaminates. In preparation for their presentation at Daniel
Webster College on November 19, the Hampstead Academy team visited the Stoneyfield Yogurt plant and will also be interviewing a food processing engineer. In addition to the “Food Factor” challenge, the team is also taking on a “Rodent Removal” challenge. Teams will be scored in three category areas: the core values - inspiration, teamwork, and gracious professionalism; the project - research, innovative solution, presentation; and the robot design - mechanical design, programming, strategy and innovation. Best of luck to all of the 2011 Lego League hardworking teams!
submitted by Barron School Fourth Grade Barron grade four students have been very busy these past few weeks. Even the snow did not dampen their spirits! They are learning about decimals in math and the students are working with Base-10 blocks to show the relationship between various decimal values. In science, students recently completed their popular GSI- Barron lab. The students discovered germs and bacteria growing on many of their classroom surfaces. Then they wrote up a lab report that included each step of the scientific method. This hands-on lab is always engaging and allows students to be “real” scientists! They are also studying the systems of the human body,
beginning with the skeletal system. They will then study the function and major organs of the other body systems. Forth graders are learning all about our U.S. states and capitals in social studies, and they will learn about important landforms throughout our nation, too. Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop continue to be both engaging and productive for the students. They have focused on pre-reading strategies, connections, and visualization during reading time and now the students are exploring the elements of a mystery as they work with partners to identify suspects and clues. The classroom has become a very “mysterious” place! In closing, the grade four team wishes all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
SHS Salute to Veterans
Beautiful” was sung by the Chorus. Guest Speaker Police Chief Paul Donovan gave an incredible talk, followed by the Chorus with “God Bless America.” A Tribute to SHS Veterans by Cadet’s Rowell and Brazil and the AFJROTC, band and Chorus ended up performing a Musical Salute to the Services. A final salute narration by C/AB Hillary Brazil, followed by a very special ceremony of a flag rededication for SPS Michael Cook by Chief Puzzo. Jim Lundt ended the ceremony with
Sgt. Frederick Albano and his wife Cynthia Albano
by Robyn Hatch Salem High School Principal Maura Palmer led
the school in Salem High’s 10th Annual Salute to the Veterans. This was presented by AFJROTC, Band and the Chorus. There was a full house of students even though this was not a mandatory assembly. Posing of Colors by JROTC Spirit Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem was led by the Chorus. C/TSgt. Mikaela Rowell narrated the History of Veterans Day. “America the
“Amazing Grace.” After touching closing comments, the dismissal of the band with the “Navy Hymn” took place in silence. A veteran is a draftee or a volunteer. A father or mother, a grandparent, a son or daughter, a brother, a sister, a husband or a wife. A veteran comes from every walk of life. A veteran may
be a soldier, airman, sailor, a coastguardsman, as well as a national guardsman. Each is but a thread of those threads that make up the tapestry of what this great country is and what she stands for. Veterans value life, freedom, and liberty, and they took an oath to protest our country from all enemies - foreign and domestic. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice and have given their life in pursuit of these ideals.
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