By Michael A. Morgan
---- — EXETER - Two elementary teachers in SAU 16 were nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year for 2014. Ms. Katie-Jean Blair, a second grade teacher at East Kingston Elementary School, and Ms. Casey Hamilton, a kindergarten teacher at Newfields Elementary School were each nominated by a parent from their respective schools. This lengthy and detailed process continues for several months with the final announcement of the winner being made in early October 2013.
Champions for Children - Community members and school staff continue to recognize and celebrate the dedication of local individuals by nominating them for a local Champion for Children award. The Exeter School Board recently honored Martha LaPerle and Linda Raye for their exemplary leadership with the Cooperative Middle School Outreach Program. This outstanding initiative has provided financial assistance to students and families throughout the year with special emphasis during Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods. Under their direction, Martha and Linda provided scores of food baskets and arranged for holiday kindnesses to those less fortunate in the wider Exeter area. Gift certificates were also provided for food, clothing, and other student holiday gifts.
The Kensington School Board recently honored recent Board Member, Alice Mower, for both her service to the Board and for direct service to children as a parent volunteer. Mrs. Mower facilitated the Kensington Elementary School Building Addition Committee and successfully led this project for two years, culminating in 2003 with the new addition to the school.
The Kensington School Board also recently honored teacher Nancy Roffman who has served numerous roles in the community. She was actively involved in the school as a parent volunteer before joining the staff as a teacher in 1989. Besides being a Lead Teacher, she has also been the facilitator of the KES Gardening Club, organizer of Earth Day, and a member of various SAU 16 curriculum committees.
Summer Institute at EHS - 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. Each course costs $250 plus additional fees for books or travel, as appropriate. Priority registration for students from SAU 16 is now open and will be available until May 17, 2013. After that date, registration will be open to any high school student. More information is available online at: http://savvy.sau16.org/ehs/SummerInstitute.cfm
Kensington Elementary School was recently awarded the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Bronze Award presented by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This recognition highlights schools that have created healthier environments through improvements in the quality of food while providing both nutrition and physical education to promote healthy lifestyles. Less than 5% of schools in the US are annually selected for this outstanding award.
Thirty-six students from the Seacoast School of Technology (SST) were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in an impressive ceremony at the Talbot Gymnasium. Mr. Kyle Repucci, Principal of Epping High School, was the guest speaker.
The Exeter High School (EHS) Alumni Association will host Hawkfest, an evening celebration of the “History of High School Sports in Exeter” on Fri., May 17, at 7:00 p.m., at EHS. Featured guests will include Master of Ceremonies Mike Latvis; Tony Lock - Class of 1948; Burton “Twig” MacArthur – Class of 1965; Doug Stockbridge – Class of 1973; Exeter Town Manager Russ Dean - Class of 1987; Cassandra Donovan – Former Athletic Director; Coach Jim Tufts—Special Olympics Coach; and a variety of other special guests. Tickets are available at EHS for $5.00 each.