By Michael A. Morgan
---- — EXETER - East Kingston Elementary School (EKES) was recently selected as the 2013 Elementary School of Excellence by the NH “EDies” Committee. For each of the past twenty years, this outstanding honor has been bestowed on one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school in the state. Earlier this year, Principal Jim Eaves decided to have the school apply for this honor because of his awareness that EKES combines a dedicated staff with interested students who create an exciting learning environment. Enhanced by a solid partnership with the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire that annually provides a solid cadre of student interns, EKES is able to offer some unique opportunities for students that lead to a small teacher-student ratio. Many of the strengths of EKES were centered on the excellent learning conditions and opportunities for students identified by the EDies Visiting Committee. The community’s strong support for the school was also noted.
Summer Institute - Designed to provide a wide range of learning opportunities for students entering grades nine through twelve, Exeter High School (EHS) will host its first Summer Institute in 2013. Twenty-seven different courses, ranging from Broadcast Journalism to Standardized Test Preparation and from an Introduction to Marine Biology to an Introduction to Elementary Teaching, will run for two-week sessions from June 24th to August 2nd. Courses will carry two Exeter High School credits (.5 Carnegie unit) and will have 10-18 students per class. All courses will have 40 hours of class time and will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Each course costs $250 plus additional fees for books or travel, as appropriate. Exeter High School students had the opportunity for priority registration prior to May 17, 2013. Open enrollment for any student is now available. More information is available online at: http://savvy.sau16.org/ehs/SummerInstitute.cfm
Cavalcade of Honors for Exeter High School - The Senior Honors Banquet for the Top Ten Students celebrated the accomplishments and successes of these highest ranking members of the Class of 2013: Emily Avery (Valedictorian; Princeton University); Chandra Boudreau (Wellesley College); Coren Guen (Washington and Lee University); William Knutson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Nora McCleary (American University); Melissa Murray (University of New Hampshire); Allison Nash (University of New Hampshire); Ann Palladino (New York University); Kelly Poncelet (University of Vermont); and Rebecca Salzman (Salutatorian; Northeastern University).
According to a recent issue of US News and World Report, EHS was listed as the 7th best high school in New Hampshire. Using a wide variety of criteria including ranking on state and Advance Placement tests, a college readiness index, percentage of graduates and college acceptances, over 21,000 high schools in the United States were rated. The American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC helped to collect and analyze data for this project.
The National History Day teams, under the direction of teacher Molly Stevenson, presented their work at the Exeter Historical Society’s Youth Night recently. Meredith and Guinevere Gilman performed “CANDLES: Turning Humanity’s Dark Evil into Courageous Light.” Ainsley Katz, Ben Paquin, and Chandra Boudreau showed their film No Clear Victor: Nuclear Diplomacy from 1945 to Today. Exeter Town Manager and EHS 1987 graduate, Russ Dean, was the evening’s featured speaker.
Freshman Anna Sang was selected as the April “Francis Wayland Parker Scholar of the Month.” This honor is named after a New Hampshire native who revolutionized education in the 19th century. Anna was featured recently on the front page of the Union Leader and recognized for her work at the annual dinner held to honor this year’s recipients from around the state.