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School News

December 27, 2012

Exeter School District News

EXETER - Community members and school staffs continue to recognize and celebrate the dedication of School Administrative Unit (SAU) 16 individuals by nominating them for a local Champion for Children award. This award is given to persons who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating significant involvement in programs and/or services that directly benefit the students and families of School Administrative Unit 16.

This month, the Exeter School Board is presenting this award to Helen Benedetto for her outstanding support of the children at Main Street School (MSS). Ms. Benedetto regularly collects money from the Red Hat Society and from other individuals in the community who share her commitment to helping students and families in need at MSS. Helen has also helped to coordinate the sewing of beautiful hats and gloves for students and the children enjoy visiting with her when the kindergarteners perform their holiday concert at the Water Street Apartments. Helen Benedetto is a classic Champion for Children because she devotes her time and talents to MSS even though she is retired and only wants to help children in the community.

Tax Rates Finalized for 2012 - Local tax rates for the six towns within SAU 16 have been set. The finalized 2012 rates (per $1,000 of assessed property valuation) are as follows: Brentwood - $23.24 (increase of $0.23 - 1.00%); East Kingston - $23.56 (increase of $0.37 - 1.60%); Exeter - $25.92 (increase of $0.64 - 2.53%); Kensington - $20.08 (increase of $1.23 - 6.52%); Stratham - $19.31 (increase of $0.36 - 1.89%).

Winners of the New Hampshire Constitution Day essay contest were honored recently at the NH Supreme Court. They included Rebecca Gowing, an eighth grader at the Cooperative Middle School and Peter Dionne, an Exeter High School sophomore. Congratulations to each honoree!

Exeter High School sophomore Aubrey Harris performed on-stage at the County Music Awards in Las Vegas recently, with popular country singer and songwriter Keith Urban. She is a bassist and was chosen to be in the seven-piece band by the Grammy Foundation after attending Grammy Camp in NYC this past summer. Aubrey and Keith Urban performed “Crossroads,” the Robert Johnson tune made famous by Eric Clapton and Cream.

Community Service at Statham Memorial School (SMS) focused recently on “Holiday Missions.” At Thanksgiving, a number of local families received classroom-based food baskets and gift cards to local supermarkets. The spirit of community service is extending through December as the Stratham Teachers’ Association (in lieu of gifts to teachers) is asking for items to stock local food pantries. More than 15 large boxes of food will be provided to various organizations to help needy families in the area.

While Swasey Central School (SCS) continued its successful tradition of Grandfriend’s Day just prior to Thanksgiving break, and welcomed approximately 250 visitors to the school, it has also embarked on a “Book of the Month” initiative that supports language arts instruction in the classroom. Each month a different book is presented and shared by each member of the school. To enhance this each month, Mrs. Amy Cantone’s class helps to prepare a book video that students may see at lunch. All classrooms create exciting lessons and activities that support and highlight the book.

The academic Chemistry class at Exeter High School (EHS) is putting together a “Nuclear Exposure Alert” display in the Green Commons of the school. The students hope to bring attention to the natural radiation to which people are regularly exposed. The students are using information from the American Nuclear Society to compute their own personal exposure. The creative display will provide information about each area of natural exposure including cosmic radiation, terrestrial radiation, food, water, air (radon), plane travel, smoke detectors, and medical treatments.


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    PI Day at Swasey School Posted 5 days ago 1 Photo
  • Making Music Sanborn Style

    Sanborn Regional High School hosted its second annual Fine Arts Night at the high school featuring some of Sanborn’s finest musical talents. Eighth grade student Colin Holt is ready to hit the big stage. He is the son of Cheryl and Kevin Holt of Kingston.

    Making Music Sanborn Style Posted 5 days ago 1 Photo
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    Roger’s and Hammersteins’s classic musical “South Pacific” was performed by Sanborn Drama at the Sanborn Regional High School. Giant palm trees graced the stage bringing you to the islands and all your favorite listening pleasures. Cast members include from left, Alex Felisberto, Lt. Buzz Adams; Michael Giordano, Professor; Tyler Sampsonis, Commander Harbson; and Collin Dagostino, Lt. McCaffrey.

    Sanborn Drama 'South Pacific' Updated 12 days ago 1 Photo
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    Teachers, students and alumni at Sanborn Regional High School held a “cut it for a cause” cut-a-thon in the auditorium of the school in Kingston, to benefit the Virginia Bartlett Scholarship fund. Ginny Bartlett was the librarian at the school for eighteen years, and lost her battle to cancer. Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths makes and donates wigs to women fighting cancer. Committee members include from left, Madi McLellan, Erin Thompson, Sophie Bortone, Bob Bartlett, husband of Ginny, and Josie Eacho, Key Club president. A special thanks to stylists: Nina, Ashley, and Samantha from Epic Design Studio, Jackie and Melissa from Salon Invidia, and Tammy from Cutting Concepts.

    Sanborn Students for a Cause Updated 12 days ago 1 Photo
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