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April 3, 2014

Epping School Board News

EPPING - Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the March 20, 2014 School Board Meeting.

Guests – Congratulations to the Division IV Boys Basketball Champion athletes and coaches! The Epping community is proud of your accomplishments. This has been an experience that we will not forget. Thank you to the athletes, coaches, community, and fans!

Policy – Policy K governing school and community involvement, communications, safety, and facilities was subject to a third reading. No changes were made.

School Administrator Reports – The Elementary Principal reported that the Artist in Residence program is in full swing with students working on a percussion instrument project made out of recycled materials. There will be a performance of their work on March 26. Parent conferences are coming up in all schools and notices are being sent home. The school has been holding professional development on emergency planning, grading and reporting, and mathematics. There is also a musical production “Rats!” underway with a performance on April 10/11. The Board approved the EMS field trip to Washington, DC. The Middle and High School Principal reported students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, and SST National Honor Society. Students are working with other students on promoting reading and healthy eating and habits, providing tutoring services, and assisting with prom fashion and needs. The math club has also participated in a state-wide meet. Freshman and sophomore students have been reviewing grades and discussing the importance of completing formative and summative assessments, reassessing, and checking grades in PowerSchool. Students are also reviewing the student privileges system and generating ideas for a new system. Congratulations to all of our students for their leadership and participation in school activities! The Athletic Director expressed his pride in the Boys Basketball team and appreciation to the Epping community for their support. EMS and EHS cheerleaders have also had great seasons participating in state tournaments. Information on the NHIAA Life of an Athlete program was distributed. It was pointed out that the program will require some major policy changes. The Board agreed that this needed to be discussed at a future meeting. The Athletics Department will begin a knee safety program to help prevent or significantly reduce sports related injuries. It was also reported that there were beginning conversations on a cooperative spirit team.

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  • Its a Priority

    Ellis School assistant principal John Bridle, above, checks out a priority mail package, as the staff prepares for students arrival on August 25. Some might say it was a very short summer vacation.

    It’s a Priority Posted 5 days ago 1 Photo
  • EMS Students Take Part in Film Festival

    The Epping Middle School Student Leadership Team took part in the Granite Youth Alliance Film Festival on June 2. Their short film "Where One Post May Lead" focused on the dangers of substance abuse and the appropriate use of social media. The Granite Youth Film Festival is a unique opportunity for young filmmakers to write, direct, shoot, and star in their own productions, designed to ignite change in the community. Students were able to see their work up on the big screen at the O’Neil Cinema in Epping. Maylee Gagnon and Ben Fowler represented the team and were interviewed on the creation process and how it felt to be a star on the big screen. The project was directed by Guidance Counselor Nick DeGruttola and Media Specialist Thelma Thompson. Representatives from the EMS Leadership Team are pictured above, from left, Abby Simard, Jasmyne Bickford, Maya Martin, Maylee Gagnon, Rachel Martin, Ben Fowler, Colin Farris, Nathaniel Marshall, Megan McFadden.

    EMS Students Take Part in Film Festival Posted 20 days ago 1 Photo
  • Volunteer of the Year

    Atkinson Academy Elementary School has named its Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Timberlane Regional High School graduate Ashley Higham, right, received the award from teacher Meredith Bastien, pictured left. Ashley volunteered her services three days a week for two hours in 5-K Intensive Needs classes during the school year.

    Volunteer of the Year Updated 20 days ago 1 Photo
  • Students on the Rise Posted 20 days ago
  • 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen' Posted 20 days ago
  • July 25, 2014
  •  Successful Conservation Collaboration

    On June 17, the sophomore class of Sanborn Regional High School made a field trip to the Old Frye Town Forest, one of Kingston's five town forests, to assist the Kingston Conservation Commission in the removal of invasive plants from the area near the trailhead, notably, an extensive and aggressive patch of Japanese knotweed. This project was the culmination of the school's third year of intra-curricular collaboration with the Commission to address local environmental issues, and to make conservation an area of study and research. Congratulations from the Commission to the teachers and students for a job well done!

    Successful Conservation Collaboration Posted 26 days ago 1 Photo
  • Volunteer of the Year

    Atkinson Academy Elementary School has named its Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Timberlane Regional High School graduate Ashley Higham, right, received the award from teacher Meredith Bastien, pictured left. Ashley volunteered her services three days a week for two hours in 5-K Intensive Needs classes during the school year.

    Volunteer of the Year Posted 26 days ago 1 Photo
  • July 24, 2014
  • EMS Honor Roll Posted 27 days ago
  • 'Working with Schools' Workshop Posted 27 days ago
  • July 17, 2014
  • Students on the Rise Posted 34 days ago

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Obituaries
  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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