By Michael A. Morgan
---- — EXETER - Terms of office for some current school board members expire in March 2014. Now is the time for interested citizens to consider serving in these capacities. Board Members whose terms, three (3) years unless otherwise noted, expire include Charles Gargaly and Amy Mitchell in Brentwood; Korrine Bork in East Kingston; Tracy Jeffers in Exeter; Gary Bonitatibus in Kensington; Kirsten Lord in Newfields; Bob O’Sullivan and Eric von der Linden in Stratham; and Kate Segal (Exeter), Dave Miller (East Kingston), Kate Clark (Kensington – 2 year term), and Mark Portu (Stratham) for the Coop. Of the thirty-three total School Board seats in SAU 16, these twelve positions will be available for (re)election. Now is the time for interested individuals to gather information about the duties and responsibilities associated with serving as a School Board member. This is a wonderful opportunity for community service!
Filing Period - Any resident over 18 years old may be a candidate for any school district office, including school board member, school district clerk, or school district moderator. Terms of office vary depending on the position. Those interested in having their names on the ballot in March 2014, must declare their candidacy in writing to the current school district clerk for their respective district between January 22 and January 31, 2014.
Champions for Children - Community members and school staffs continue to recognize and celebrate the dedication of local individuals by nominating them for a local Champion for Children award. This award is given to those individuals 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.
The Exeter Region Cooperative School District recently presented this award to Josh Murphy of Exeter Lumber. Josh has been a very strong supporter of the Seacoast School of Technology (SST) for the past five years. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Building Construction Technologies program and always provides the best possible costs for wood, tools, and supplies used in this program. Exeter Lumber also offers a discount on materials and supplies to any student who is involved in this program and makes donations in support of the SST food drive in the form of prizes to students who donate the most food. Josh Murphy is a true friend and partner to SST and is strongly committed to helping students. His efforts are sincerely noted and appreciated.
EHS Field Hockey: State Champions - For the first time ever in its history, the Exeter High School (EHS) Girls Field Hockey team recently captured the Division I State Championship at Bedford High School by defeating defending champion Pinkerton Academy, 2-1. Guided by their outstanding leader and coach, Deb Grott, the 2013 girls’ team ended the season in fourth place with a record of 13-3-1.
Co-Captain seniors Lexi Grott and Erin McKenna each scored a goal in the final game and goaltender Lauren MacDonald continued her marvelous defensive work. Congratulations, Coach Grott and all of the members of your team!
Technology Educator of the Year - Ms. Amy Cantone of Swasey Central School has been selected to receive the 2014 Pat Keyes Technology-Using Educator Award from the NH Society of Technology Educators. This prestigious honor is given annually to a teacher who provides direct instruction to students and who integrates technology in a regular classroom setting. Ms. Cantone is well-known in SAU 16 for her leadership in professional development for other educators and for applying various types of learning experiences for her students. She will be presented with this award during the upcoming Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester at the beginning of December.
Exeter High School senior and field hockey standout, Erin McKenna, was recently selected as the Division I Player of the Year in that sport. This is truly an outstanding honor and accomplishment for Erin and for her amazing team of student athletes!
Exeter High School senior and outstanding soccer player, Austin Kimball, recently earned All-New England honors as part of the New Hampshire Soccer Coaches Association’s Division I post season awards. Along with Owen Palmer and Graham Peterson, Austin also earned a spot on New Hampshire’s 2014 Lions Cup Team which leads to an All-Star game played annually against Vermont each summer.
Dr. Angela Lennox, renowned Exeter High School Science teacher, will be honored by the NH Department of Education in December at its “Celebrating Leadership in Education” dinner. She is the 2013 NH recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellent in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
A little known facet of the Exeter Adult Education Program is its Adult Career Pathways (ACP) program. This work incorporates, but is not limited to, career and college advising and search, and specific course work as needed. It is an ongoing process (as careers usually are). The many facets of this program are happening locally, regionally, state-wide, and nationally. Because of a new grant, Exeter Adult Education counselors have been able to increase their contact time advising adult high school and GED graduates, as well as advanced level English language learners, regarding their career pathways which often involve post-secondary education.