ConVal/Jaffrey-Rindge: Districts plan as snow — and snow days — pile up

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Students across the Monadnock region must be welcoming the record level of snow that dumped in southern New Hampshire, since they have already missed several days of school because of snowstorms. Meanwhile, administrators are pulling their hair out over how make up those “snow days” when the weather heats up and the school days drag on. “It’s a question of how you juggle those [options]”, Supt. Jim O’Neill of the … 0

Hancock: Learn about wood turtle, flowers, at Harris Center

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today, the Harris Center will be hosting “Wood Turtle Ecology and Conservation.” Wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) occur in cold streams in forested areas throughout the Northeast — including the Monadnock Region — but they’re especially vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation, mowing, and poaching. As a result, they’re considered “endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Join ecologists Liz Willey … 0

Mascenic School district: Board split over public comments

Monday, February 23, 2015

GREENVILLE — The Mascenic School Board once again discussed how to receive public comment at their recent meeting — and not every member is in agreement with how open the board should be to comment at business meetings. All members expressed interest in getting more resident comments through more regularly scheduled public forums on a number of subjects, including curriculum. However, some board … 0

Rindge: Board: To keep teachers, salaries must increase

Monday, January 19, 2015

RINDGE — At the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District’s hearing for their $25,616,015 proposed operating budget Thursday, the crowd tussled over whether teacher and professional staff member salaries should increase a total of $261,391 under their collective bargaining agreement. … 0

Conval: Merit raises to be piloted by school district

Monday, January 19, 2015

The ConVal School Board and ConVal Education Association are attempting to introduce a novel program, increasing teachers’ salaries because of their performance, not their seniority. This salary increase for merit would be implemented if the collective bargaining agreement — a contract for teacher’s, paraprofessionals, and professional service providers … 0

ConVal: Administrator salaries probed

Thursday, January 15, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — Following a brief public hearing, where ConVal administrators presented their $44,746,514 proposed operating budget and $426,596 collective bargaining agreements for 2015-16, several audience members blasted the school district ‘s spending. Al Burtt of Greenfield said that … 0

Mascenic School District: Proposed district budget is up $876K

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — A huge turnout of residents packed the Mascenic High School library to hear the Mascenic School District’s proposed budget on Tuesday night, with many attendees calling for the budget to be reduced. The proposed budget … 0

ConVal: Petition articles call for closings

Thursday, January 15, 2015

PETERBOROUGH—Two petition warrant articles submitted to ConVal’s SAU Tuesday afternoon continue to pose the question: Should any of the middle or elementary schools be closed? One petition article calls for closing Great Brook School in Antrim by August. South Meadow School would become ConVal Middle School. Fifth-graders would … 0

ConVal: School Board weighs district food service options

Monday, January 12, 2015

The ConVal School Board is considering outsourcing the school district’s cafeteria program to a vending company because, the board says, the current in-house service doesn’t have the resources to improve the food service like this larger company could. … 0

ConVal Voices: Finding joys and challenges in today’s classroom

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As ConVal’s first semester speeds to its conclusion, the urgency of opportunity envelops us all. For time — the schedule — is the “enemy” of learning and understanding, the nemesis we face from the moment each course begins in September; each day that begins at 7:25 a.m.; each … 0

Pressing energy needs may not justify pipeline

Monday, January 12, 2015

With New England’s utility bills topping the charts as the highest in the nation, the need for more access to natural gas is something that many state lawmakers have been trying to solve. However, the prospect of a … 1

Technology: Digitally driven education

Monday, January 12, 2015

In a science class at ConVal High School, students do not create your run-of-the-mill, PowerPoint templates. Using iPads and a computer application, TouchCast, these students create an interactive presentation about energy use. Through TouchCast, students record a video … 0

Peterborough: Chamber of Commerce gives ACE Awards

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce recognized 50 students from ConVal High School in grades 9 - 12 for their Attitude, Character and Effort at the ACE Awards ceremony on Dec. 4 at Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride. … 0