8 - April 13, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News Pelham Pulls Together for Easter Egg Hunt
From left to right, Boy Scouts Aaron Howard and Cole Gervais hold up
one of their eight raffled gift baskets. Te proceeds went to help cover the cost of lab equipment for Pelham High School.
by Tom Tollefson Pelham’s fifth annual Eater egg hunt pulled the town together “for the kids” yet again on Saturday April 7. Several hundred people showed up for the festivities as the children scrambled to collect their shares of the thousands of eggs that were scattered around the Village Green. Brightly colored orange cones marked off the designated egg hunt areas by age group for each child would be given a fair chance to hunt among their peers. The Easter Bunny also came by to visit and handed out plastic bunnies to the children. “It’s great to see everyone together to
celebrate the holiday and do something for the kids,” Pelham Recreation Summer Camp Director Rob Molloy said. The Pelham Recreation Department sponsored the event but shared the Village Green with others across town. The Pelham Community Spirit, Mom’s Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Crossroads Baptist Church provided music, games, food, and entertainment for family audiences.
Many of the parents were pleased with the egg hunt and festivities. “It’s good to see so many people for so
many things and not charge an arm and a leg, especially in these tough economic times,” Pelham resident Emily Cormier said. Pelham Cub Scout Troop Pack 610 had an additional purpose for being there, helping Pelham High School. The pack gave away eight gift baskets and sold popcorn, to raise money for Pelham High School’s science labs. This was acted as the finale to their “Scouting for Tables” project, a nearly two month long community based effort to raise funds for Pelham High School’s struggling science department. The pack has raised over $16,000 in donations to help the department, which is one step in ensuring that the school does not lose its accreditation. The raffle tickets were not sold, but given in exchange for a free will donation. The themed baskets included gifts such as gift cards, candy, Lowell Spinner’s tickets, and spa products. Local companies donated all items in the gift baskets. “Scouts are raising awareness of the
Jamie Morris and Alison Downes pose with the Easter Bunny
school’s needs and are encouraging donations. As a way of saying ‘thanks’ we’re offering raffle tickets,” Pack 610 Cubmaster David Wilkerson said. “We didn’t sit around and look for a worthy cause, we’re just responding to a need.” Crossroads Baptist Church was another organization that partnered with the town recreation department. The church provided face painting, music, bounce houses, pin on button coloring, and an inflatable bounce house for the children. “We used to have an egg hunt, then we realized why have two egg hunts when we can do it together,” said Pastor Matt Kyzer of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Outdoors Charlie Chalk with
Hunting Numbers Now Available Online
A rich source of information for future hunts is now out from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The newly published “2011 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary” summarizes data gathered by wildlife biologists from the various 2011 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of 2011 hunting season statistics, including many totals by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). Statistics are provided for deer, moose, bear, turkey and furbearers. The “2011 NH Wildlife Harvest Summary” is available online at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/pubs/hunting.html
. A limited number of print copies are available for pick-up at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord and at Fish and Game’s regional offices in Durham, New Hampton, Lancaster and Keene. The report confirms that the total number of deer killed during the 2011 NH hunting season was 11,109. This was an increase of 14 percent from the 9,759 deer taken by hunters in NH in 2010. According to the report, recent limitations on either-sex hunting have helped speed up deer population recovery in much of the state. Of the total harvest, archery hunters took 2,787 deer; the muzzleloader kill was 2,251; and “regular” firearms hunters took 5,596 deer.
Charlie Chalk can be reached at email@example.com
HER E W E ARE
Windham School District Remains in Need of Improvement in Math
by Barbara O’Brien Once again, the Windham School District has been designated as a “District in Need of Improvement” in the area of mathematics, following the results of testing conducted late last year. SAU 28 Assistant Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz spoke about the situation during the Windham School Board’s meeting on April 3. Tests required under the New England Common Assessment Program (NECA) were administered to all students in grades three through eight, plus high school students in the eleventh grade, this past October. The results of that testing were received just prior to Lecaroz’s recent presentation to the school board. Windham did achieve “adequate yearly progress” in the area of reading, Lecaroz said, but not in math. The failure of the local school district to achieve adequate yearly progress in mathematics was due to the Special Education Sub-Group, Lecaroz explained. “The vast majority of our students are proficient” in both math and reading, she continued. “Overall, as a school district, we are performing very well.”
Although the importance of being proficient in math should not be diminished, research has shown that how well a student does in reading by the end of the third grade is an excellent projector of that student’s ultimate educational success, Lecaroz noted. When the results of the tests are calculated, all students’ efforts are included in the end-result, regardless of their level of performance or competency. Lecaroz said that approximately 15 percent of the student population in Windham is coded for some form of Special Education service. “We need to continue working on the delivery of services to students,” Lecaroz said. As part of the school district’s Response to Intervention program, all students are assessed, and those identified as needing additional help are subsequently provided with extra or a different type of instruction. “We are mentoring the progress of each student,” she added. The Windham School District is also presently piloting two new mathematics programs this year. After assessing the two programs at the end of this year, a choice will be made on which to implement next year. These programs are currently being used in kindergarten through fifth grade on a trial basis. Achieving “adequate yearly progress” is a component of the federal No Child Left Behind Program, initiated during the administration of President George W. Bush. “Although this is a very noble idea,” School Board Chairman Bruce Anderson commented. “It is very difficult to implement.” Adequate Yearly Progress requires an increasing proficiency of students with each successive year, a situation that has consequently resulted in more and more school districts nationwide becoming districts in need of improvement. Under this program, 100 percent of students must be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014. School Board Vice-Chairman
Michelle Farrell said she has seen a lot of progress made within the past two years, giving accolades to administrators and staff members for their efforts. “Still, my biggest concern is catching kids before something becomes an issue,” Farrell said, suggesting that even more emphasis be put
on the Response to Intervention program. School board member Stephanie Wimmer also applauded the efforts being made by teachers and administrators. “I have seen an attitude of constant improvement,” Wimmer said.
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