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September 26, 2013

Exeter School District News

EXETER - Student enrollments generally fluctuate during the school year and official records are maintained and provide annual comparisons of information available on October 1st each year. September enrollments show some minor variations from the 2012-2013 school year.

Actual enrollment as of September 4, 2013 is as follows: Exeter High School - 1697; Cooperative Middle School – 1369; East Kingston Elementary School – 176; Main Street School, Exeter – 482; Lincoln Street School, Exeter – 542; Kensington Elementary School – 134; Newfields Elementary School – 135; Swasey Central School, Brentwood – 343; and Stratham Memorial School – 617. More detail about student enrollment, especially with regard to an annual comparison and/or trends, will be provided in October.

Cost Per Pupil by District - Each year, the State of New Hampshire receives information relative to the cost per pupil for the past school year. This actual cost includes all services provided to students. It encompasses staff salaries and benefits, books, supplies, facility upkeep and maintenance, and extracurricular activities. In order to maintain some level of consistency among school districts in the state, this figure does not include student transportation, food service, debt service, or out-of-district special education costs.

These numbers are subject to change after review by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration. Preliminary figures for 2012-2013 are as follows: Brentwood - $12,996.17; East Kingston - $14,079.42; Exeter - $14,555.75; Exeter Region Cooperative - $12,684.44; Kensington - $15,691.89; Newfields - $15,881.56; and Stratham - $14,129.83.

Upon entering the main lobby at East Kingston Elementary School (EKES), one immediately notices The Tree of Kindness that is decorated with leaves in honor of students who have performed random acts of kindness. Each Friday, during the school’s Morning Meeting, Principal Jim Eaves announces the weekly additions to the Tree of Kindness and those students receive a “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible” sticker. The Tree of Kindness was created several years ago by classroom assistants and it continues to stand as a true symbol to visitors that the school is a caring community.

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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.

    Volunteer of the Year Updated 1 day ago 1 Photo
  • 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!

    Successful Conservation Collaboration Posted 7 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 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

New England News
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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