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July 18, 2013

Superintendent's Report

EXETER —Exeter Area Special Olympics at Exeter High School (EHS) continue to play a vital role in the overall education of students. Under the superb and dedicated leadership of veteran teacher and coach, Jim Tufts, teams this year competed at the NH State Games with 46 athletes and 127 peer coaches. During the Opening Ceremony, it was announced that the Exeter team was the recipient of the Ray Kroc Spirit Award for its outstanding sportsmanship and for the ways in which students actively and enthusiastically participated in this entire program.

As the school year began to wind down, the Newfields Elementary School (NES) gardens grew and harvested string beans that were part of the lunch menu as a community salad. The students were very proud of this project and took great care of their garden which is located immediately adjacent to the school. After the harvest, students planted pumpkin seeds that will grow throughout the summer. In the fall, the pumpkins will be decorated and sold. The proceeds will be donated to the 68 Hours of Hunger project that will help feed children over the weekend.

Using a variety of interdisciplinary techniques, Cooperative Middle School (CMS) seventh grader, Amelie Signorel, was recently selected as an “Artist of the Week” by Artsonia because of her work on The Holocaust. Combining Language Arts, Social Studies, and Art, Amelie read the poem, “The Last Butterfly,” and connected that with the Houston Holocaust Museum’s Butterfly Project that honors the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. Then she created a picture of a butterfly that captured the attention of Artsonia which awarded her a plaque for her outstanding creativity and work. Artsonia is known as “the world’s largest kids’ art museum” and may be accessed at www.artsonia.com.

Field Day recently at Kensington Elementary School (KES) once again brought together students, staff, parents, and community members to celebrate the true spirit of engaging each other in a wide variety of activities that stimulate the mind and the body. Designed to be a celebration of the community which is Kensington Elementary School, children participated in a variety of team games that were intended to challenge and reward them for their various achievements and successes.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Students on the Rise Posted 1 day ago
  • 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen' Posted 1 day ago
  •  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!

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  • 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 7 days ago 1 Photo
  • July 24, 2014
  • EMS Honor Roll Posted 8 days ago
  • 'Working with Schools' Workshop Posted 8 days ago
  • July 17, 2014
  • Students on the Rise Posted 15 days ago
  • EEH Honor Roll Posted 15 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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