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Barnstead NH News

March 18, 2015

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Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Makerspace Workshop: Crochet Basics


Attend our first Makerspace Workshop at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library and get started with crochet! This free beginner crochet workshop will teach you everything from how to hold a hook, to how to create a potholder. The workshop will be held on March 28th at 10am.  Please register by March 21st by visiting our website at You can also call the library at (603) 269-3900 or stop by the circulation desk to sign up for this free event.  


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about this or any of our other programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library Hours are: Monday; 2pm-8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday; 10am-5pm, Thursday; 5pm-8pm, Friday; 2pm-5pm, Saturday; 9am-Noon.   



Prospect Mountain High School Presents The Wizard Of Oz


March 26th, 27th at 7pm and March 28th at 1pm & 7pm.  Cost is $10.00Adults/ $5.00 Students and seniors 65 and older free. Come join us for this timeless classic starring students from Prospect Mountain High School,  Alton Central School and Barnstead Elementary School! For the first time we are bringing together two wonderful communities and three amazing schools to put on one of the largest theater productions PMHS has ever had. With over 100 people involved between cast, crew and band this show will be sure to entertain all ages!



Letter To The Editor

Barnstead voters, please support your loyal teachers


Let me tell you about myself and why I remain a loyal teacher at Prospect Mountain High School. In 2001 I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UNH, worked for a year in industry and converted to become a certified mathematics and physics teacher. PMHS was my first choice. Later, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Plymouth State and was able to move to track 3 on the existing salary schedule. After six years of working I was now on step 6 and track 3. This is where I still remain five years later. In 2009, the financial challenges of the nation trickled down to our towns and all teachers at PMHS were “frozen” on step. 


I continue to be loyal to PMHS because of the great community that exists here. I provide mentoring to students through the Outing Club and the award winning Robotics Team. I shifted the physics curriculum by developing a highly successful Advanced Placement Curriculum as well as a physics class geared toward technical application. I am just one of the many teachers at Prospect Mountain High School who puts their heart and soul into the education of Alton and Barnstead students.


Currently I have 11 years of experience but am paid as if I have 6. A similar teacher from another district hired at PMHS this year, would be placed on their appropriate track and step, 5 pay grades above where I am. There are 17 other teachers at PMHS in the same situation. The contract that has been negotiated and will be voted on March 21st will gradually, over the course of two years, adjust our steps to put us just one step behind our true experience level. I ask that you vote in favor. Thank you for your continued support.


Joe Derrick

Member – Prospect Mountain Teachers Association








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