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May 1, 2014

Epping School Board News

EPPING - Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the April 17, 2014 School Board Meeting.

Guests – Guidance Counselors and students presented bullying prevention and student leadership activities conducted in each school. Epping students were also recognized for awards received at the NH Future Farmers of America (FFA) state competition.

Policy – Students presented their leadership experiences with the NHIAA program Life of an Athlete. The NHIAA Representative will be available May 1st to answer any questions.

School Administrator Reports – The Middle and High Schools report highlighted student fundraising activities for the Boston Firefighters and Philippines’ Typhoon Relief. Also highlighted were MS Adventure Club’s high ropes activity, the Geography Bee, and Youth and Government award. Grade 9 visited Boston for the Body World’s Exhibit and Congressional Session at the State House. High school students (14% of the student body) have left for France and Spain over the April vacation period. Teachers are continuing to prepare for the NEASC accreditation visit in March 2015. HS Teacher John Herman was also recognized for releasing a free online book for beginner readers. The Athletic report recognized three basketball players for All Academic Awards. Plans are underway to celebrate the Basketball Champions. A demonstration was also given on the new athletic scheduling software and online sports registration software.

District Services Reports – The Facilities report highlighted projects planned for the spring and summer including replacing the high school oil tank, finishing floors for the last 4 high school classrooms, renovating the high school teachers’ lounge, completing an elementary bus turnaround area behind the school, repainting rest room floors, and adding a few parking spaces for kitchen staff. A status report on regular transportation was also provided.

Personnel – Administrative and other personnel changes were reviewed. Positions have been posted with late April to early May closing dates. The EHS Special Services Program Counselor and revised School Principal job descriptions were approved.

Next Meeting – The next regular meeting is scheduled for May 1, 2014. Meetings are open to the public and regular meetings televised on ETV.

Epping School Board News Corner is based on draft meeting minutes and is an unofficial meeting summary. Approved meeting minutes and other district and school publications can be viewed on the Epping School District, SAU14 website at www.sau14.org. Contact information is also located on the website.

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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 19 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 19 days ago 1 Photo
  • Students on the Rise Posted 19 days ago
  • 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen' Posted 19 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 25 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 25 days ago 1 Photo
  • July 24, 2014
  • EMS Honor Roll Posted 26 days ago
  • 'Working with Schools' Workshop Posted 26 days ago
  • July 17, 2014
  • Students on the Rise Posted 33 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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