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Gilmanton NH News

January 13, 2016

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A Year Of Achievement At Gilford High School

Submitted By Anthony Sperazzo, Principal, Gilford High School

GHS students engaged in a STEM activity in the library with their advisory


On behalf of the students and staff at Gilford High School, I want to thank you for your continued support of our programs. There have been some tremendous achievements that we feel you should know about you.


We are thrilled by the journey our students take after high school. 82% of the Class of 2015 attended a two or four year college, 14% went into the workforce, while 4% enlisted into a branch of the military. One of the reasons we feel our students are prepared for their next career path is based on the course offerings we provide to our students through a rigorous curriculum. Our goal is one that personalizes education for each child so we meet the needs for their future career. Our Advanced Placement (AP) program continues to challenge our most motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework. We continue to increase our AP course selection and now boast ten AP courses where students can gain college credit. It is our belief that by providing this level of academic rigor, we better prepare students for the challenges of college as well as developing the skills and academic background necessary to succeed in the twenty first century. We are proud to report that 85% of GHS students that took the AP exam in 2015 scored a 3 or better (3 or better means the student has proven himself/herself capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college).


Five-Year AP Comparable Data Results

% of total AP students with scores 3+

Year/Group GHS NH Global

2015 85.0 74.3 60.6

2014 87.9 76.0 61.3

2013 82.2 74.9 60.9

2012 83.7 75.7 61.5

2011 77.8 76.6 60.2


GHS students continue to exceed state and national Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results. Students that took the SAT in 2015 scored an average of 531 in reading, 544 in mathematics, and 511 in writing.


Group/Exam Score Avg Reading Mathematics Writing Gilford High School 531 544 511 New Hampshire 524 530 512 United States 497 513 487 GHS Top Individual Scores


(800 possible points) 720 800 720


The cast members in “Eurydice” qualified to perform at the 2015 New England Theatre festival after moving on at the New Hampshire State Theatre festival. In the fall, the community was treated to the musical, “A Chorus Line”. Not only was the drama department recognized for their outstanding performances, but three students qualified for the All New England Band festival out of 400 student musicians. GHS also had one student accepted into the New Hampshire All State Jazz Festival and two students auditioned and were accepted to the New England Music Festival.


Eamon Aldridge was one of 17 students nationwide to win a National Gold Key Medal in photography through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Aldridge was one of 7,000 that competed for this coveted medal. Aldridge’s work was exhibited at Carnegie Hall in New York City and he also received a scholarship for $10,000 towards pursuit of his artistic studies. GHS students received a total of 29 awards from the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards.


There were also five state titles won at GHS in eight state championship appearances in 2015. The following teams were crowned state champions: boys tennis, ice hockey, boys cross country skiing, volleyball, and boys soccer. The girls alpine ski team, girls basketball team, and field hockey team reached the state championship game as well but could not overcome their opponent. This is the first time in 20 years that GHS won five state titles in a year and first time in school history GHS appeared in eight title games!


GHS students continued to give back to their communities. Sean Walsh’s woodworking class and Steve O’Riordan’s business class worked collaboratively on a project that developed a business plan to raise money to build flag shadow boxes for the New Hampshire Veteran’s home in Tilton. All the money raised in the business class went towards the costs of designing 60 flag cases so that they could be given to Veterans’ family members after they pass. WMUR was on hand to video the presentation when the students presented the cases. This will be an ongoing project that students will be exposed to.


We also continue to expose our students to making connections with other cultures. We have a deep tradition of exchange programs through our Modern Language Department. This year, we hosted 21 students from Granada, Spain. They arrived on Labor Day and stayed with student-host families for two weeks. The students from Spain learned about our culture and we learned about theirs. In 2016, our students will travel to Spain to immerse themselves in their culture. Twenty seven French students attended an exchange program through Paris this past April.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) have been a major point of emphasis for Gilford High School. Over the past year, our high quality staff has provided opportunities for our students to be involved in promoting these areas. They support our goal of preparing our students with 21st century skills so that they can be college and career ready. We want students to analyze, collaborate, think critically, develop, create, and problem solve so they can tackle any obstacle they are faced with in the future. Some activities that have been organized are the development of a tower for which a marshmallow must sit atop while being the tallest free-standing structure. Another activity was assembling a puzzle with their advisory made up of about 10-12 students in a matter of minutes. These activities continue to provide our students with 21st century skills.


As you can see, the towns of Gilford and Gilmanton have much to celebrate through achievements made by our students. Please check the GHS website and click “GHS Happenings” for an inside look at our school. I have used the famous quote many times to describe Gilford and Gilmanton before, “It takes a village to raise a child”. THANK YOU for your continued support for our students at Gilford High School.






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