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Northwood NH News

May 8, 2013

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Are you thinking about enrolling your child in preschool for next fall? The Center School in Northwood is accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. The Center School is a parent cooperative preschool located next to the town hall in Northwood, which provides a developmental program for three, four, and five year olds of Northwood and surrounding towns. There are openings in our two-day (T/Th) program and three-day (M/W/F) morning programs. Call or email us soon to get an information packet or to make an appointment to come for a visit! For information, please email director Karen Andersen at [email protected] or call her at the school at 942-7686.



Potluck And Pottery


The Northwood Historical Society will be hosting a potluck supper on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00 pm at the Northwood Community Center on the corner of School and Main Streets in Northwood Narrows. The board members will provide drinks and dessert; you just need to bring an entrée, or salad and your place setting.  Come enjoy a great meal with your neighbors.


After the meal, a brief meeting to elect officers for 2013 will occur, followed by a program presented by Jeff Lalish on Early American Pottery.


Beginning in the 1600’s with redware pottery through the 1800’s with salt-glazed stoneware, hand thrown pottery was an important houseware all families had. Jeff will provide examples of this pottery and encourages you to bring your own pieces for discussion.


The potluck supper and program are open to the public. Hope to see you there.



CBNA FBLA Chapter Attends State Leadership Conference

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CBNA FBLA State Leadership Conference Attendees (left to right) 1st row – Dr. JoAnn Zylak, Mason Twombly, Regan Butler. 2nd row – Evan Horvath Shannon Mommsen, Kender Gagnon, Ashlyn Correia, Jakob Zylak. 3rd row – Allison Barnes, Olivia Sparrow, Christine Drew, Alicia Gianelli. 4th row – David Jenkins, Simon Wallace.


Fourteen Members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, along with their advisor, Dr. JoAnn Zylak, attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference on March 28 and 29, 2013, at the Center of NH Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.  


State Officers Evan Horvath and Regan Butler received recognition at the state level and both were nominated to Who’s Who in FBLA.  Miss Butler also was selected to be a FBLA state officer for next year. Local chapter president Alicia Gianelli also received recognition in Who’s Who in FBLA. The chapter also received the Honorary Chapter Award for outstanding activities and events throughout the year.  


The students competed in a number of different areas during the course of the conference and several students were sponsored by local businesses in their endeavors.  Their results were as follows: Alicia Giannelli, a senior from Nottingham, placed first in Business Plan and won a four year scholarship to SNHU. She was sponsored by Royal Paintless Dent Removal. David Jenkins, a senior from Nottingham, placed first in Impromptu Speaking. Mason Twombly, a senior from Strafford, placed first with distinction in Entrepreneurship and won a scholarship to Johnson and Wales University. Shannon Mommsen, a junior from Northwood, placed second in Business Calculations. Allison Barnes, a senior from Deerfield, placed third in Economics. Evan Horvath, a senior from Nottingham placed third in Business Law. 


Other students competed in the following areas: Kendra Gagnon, a junior from Strafford, competed in Accounting I and was sponsored by Crown Point Campground in Strafford. Simon Wallace, a senior from Barrington, competed in Sports Management. Christine Drew, a senior from Barrington, competed in Business Communications. Jakob Zylak, a senior from Dunbarton, competed in Personal Finance and was sponsored by Triad Siding & Remodeling, LLC. Olivia Sparrow, a senior from Strafford, competed in Business Procedures. Regan Butler, a junior from Northwood, competed in Job Interview. Ashlyn Correia, a senior from Nottingham, competed in Public Speaking II.





A lot of things can be said, and have been said, about the teachers and support staff at the Northwood School. Has it been said that this year alone at least 15 of our staff members have been through a traumatic life event (personal health issue, death of family member, serious illness, etc.), yet most have either missed little or no time from school, or have returned much sooner than they had to under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Has it been said how much support those staff members have received from their fellow teachers and support staff?  Has it been said how many different activities our staff offers our students outside of the regular school day – drama club, athletics, math club, yearbook, book club, home economics club, art club, snowshoe club, homework club, etc.?  Has it been said how many committees our staff members serve on – social studies curriculum, science curriculum, Student Assistance Team, School Improvement Team, Literacy Committee, technology committee, safety committee, scheduling committee, etc.?  Has it been said they have all done it with less over the past few years?  Has it been said how proud they all are to work in this profession?  


During this National Teacher Appreciation Week, I personally want to thank all of the employees of the Northwood School and show my appreciation publicly for the commitment and dedication they exhibit towards the students of Northwood each and every day of the school year.  I only hope that if you have a child, whether it is in Northwood or another neighboring town, you take the time to share your appreciation for their teacher’s hard work.


Rich Hartford


Northwood School



Bravo, Northwood Spanish Students!


Congratulations to several world language students from Northwood  School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations.


Of the twenty-nine Advanced Spanish students, we earned a total of one gold medal, six silver medals, and twelve honorable mentions.* 


“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “Because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 156,000 students participating in 2013.”


Advanced Spanish students from Northwood School have a history of high achievement at Coe-Brown. “Scoring well on these exams is an accomplishment to be celebrated!” said the students’ Spanish teacher Rebecca Rush.


The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.


Congratulations to the following students on their tremendous effort!


Honorable Mention

Emily Cunningham, Grade 7; Nina Laramee, Grade 7; Kayla Pollak, Grade 7; Miranda Adcock, Grade 8; Isaiah Allen, Grade 8; Dylan Andrews, Grade 8; Emily Barnes, Grade 8; Elizabeth Bisson, Grade 8; Joel Boulanger, Grade 8; Cassidy O’Dwyer, Grade 8; Noah Olewine, Grade 8; Samantha Roche, Grade 8


Silver Medalists

Cassandra Barnhart, Grade 8; Alex Gray, Grade 8; Emily Ketchum, Grade 8; Sophie Menjivar, Grade 8; McKenzie Moehlmann, Grade 8; Sarah Turmel, Grade 8.


Gold Medalist

Thomas Sheehan, Grade 8.


*Every student in the 8th grade Advanced Spanish class received National recognition.



CBNA Student Wins Congressional Art 

Competition In 2nd District


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Visual Art student Haleigh Simmons of Nottingham was recently named the winner of the 32nd Annual Congressional Art Competition: an Artistic Discovery, in Congresswoman Ann M. Kuster’s 2nd Congressional District. Miss Simmons received top honors for her work entitled “One with the Tiger.” Her work will represent NH and will be framed and displayed in the hallway tunnel that leads to the US Capitol for the year. Haleigh will also receive two round trip tickets to Washington, DC to attend a reception honoring the top art works from students throughout the country for 2013 later this year. 


Eleven other CBNA Visual Art students, Leanne Baratier of Strafford, Jesse Carlson of Nottingham, Nikole D’Alessandro of Strafford, Alesha Donovan of Northwood, Emma Easler of Nottingham, Kyle Hanson of Barrington, Lily Hunt of Northwood, Abigail MacCallum of Northwood, Stephen Munroe of Nottingham, Elena Smith of Strafford and Katelyn Terry of Strafford, also participated in the competition. 


Additional students receiving awards for their work include Kyle Hanson for “Study of Anthony,” Katelyn Terry for “The Breakfast of Champions,”  Stephen Munroe for “Pick Your Poison,” Leanne Baratier for “See My Soul II” and Jesse Carlson for “Dreams.” 


An exhibition, reception, and awards ceremony to honor the award winners took place on Thursday, May 2, at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord.



Chesley Memorial Library News


Need help filling out the Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief Form DP-8?  A volunteer from the CASH Coalition of Southeastern New Hampshire will be at the Chesley Memorial Library on Thursday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to answer questions and help homeowners fill out the form.  You may qualify if your principal residence is in New Hampshire, you resided there since 04/01/2012, and have a total taxable income less than $20,000 if single or less than $40,000 if not single.


Join the Chesley Book Chat on Thursday, May 16!  If you like to read and want to talk about books, our new program is for you. No “book reports” — just read whatever interests you and share your opinions with other readers. 


Bring a book you enjoyed reading and have a lively informal discussion accompanied by light refreshments. Book Chats will be held at the Chesley Memorial Library on the third Thursday of every month at 10:30 a.m.



Northwood Scouts Announces Bring A Friend Night And New Tiger Cub Nights

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Wolf Cub Max Compton and Tiger Cub Sam Nereson

practice knots before a station at the Chuckwagon Derby.


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Fun with the Marbles Belt Loop


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Tiger Cubs at the Pinewood Derby


Northwood Cub Scouts Pack 312 will hold a Bring a Friend Night on Monday, May 13th from 6-7 pm at the Northwood Community Center. Current Cub Scouts will host boys in grades 1-5 who would like to try out a night of Scouting though fun games and outdoor skills. There will be a Parent info session. The Boy Scouts will hold their Bring a Friend night directly after from 7-8:30 pm for boys finishing grade 5 up to grade 12.


Also on Monday, May 20th, Pack 312 is holding a New Tiger Cub Night from 6-7 pm at the Northwood Community Center for boys currently in kindergarten.  There will be fun games and outdoor Tiger skills as well as a parent info session about Cub Scouts. A couple of summer Den activities will be highlighted so the newest Cub Scouts with their Parent Partners can grow as a team though the summer months and have friends to spend time with.  Current Kindergartners can join Tiger Cubs as of June 1st, so don’t wait until fall to be part of the fun!


Pack 312 has been very busy having fun learning great new skills all year.  The Pack has been under new leadership since last fall, now being run by Kris Hales, the wife of the Troop 312 Scoutmaster Simon Hales. This year the Cubs have been hiking, roller skating, snow tubing, swimming, bowling, saw a Monster Trucks show, learned about safety from the Northwood Fire and Police Departments, and visited the Northwood Library, the Historical Society, Channel 9 News and the Suncook Sun in Pittsfield.  Special guests like Foresters and Geologists came in to teach new outdoor skills, and the whole Pack competed in the Chuckwagon Derby in Manchester.  Camping trips, the Cub winter carnival, belt loops, rank advancement, map and compass work, building tool boxes, Pinewood Derby, Geocaching and archery have been highlights of the spring. With just a month of meetings left in the school year, the boys are all looking forward to summer camp at Cub World in Manchester in July.


Find out more at or by calling Cubmaster Kris Hales at 269-7760.  Northwood Cubs meets once a week during the school year for an hour. Northwood Scouts always ensures that any boy can participate year round and attend summer camp, no matter what a family’s financial situation is.



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Boy Scout Troop 312 of Northwood is proud to introduce our newest Scouts from right to left: Tucker Hill, Stone Compton, and John Difeo Jr., who all earned the Arrow of Light, the highest honor in Cub Scouting. They are now looking forward to many exciting years as a Boy Scout.  More photos at



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A few Tiger Cubs from Northwood Cub Pack 312 had a fun tour of the Suncook Sun offices this spring, with a little sister along too. From right to left: Sam Nereson, Corbin Carri, Mallory Carri, and Sawyer Hill.  More photos at



Students Advance To Global Destination Imagination Competition

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After winning first place in the State Competition on April 6, 2013, the Strafford Elementary Destination Imagination Team will compete at the Global Competition in Tennessee in May. Over 300 teams competed in order to represent New Hampshire at the Global competition, where they will compete against over 45 states, 7 Canadian provinces and over 13 countries around the world. In addition to competing, the team has applied and been accepted to be a “Buddy Team” to a team from Korea! They are very excited about this international opportunity.


In order to fund the journey to Tennessee, you’ll see this team of 4th and 5th grade students fundraising over the next few weeks in order to raise the $12,000 necessary to make the trip.  Any donations to this excited and hard-working group of students can be sent directly to Strafford School DI, 22 Roller Coaster Road #1, Strafford, NH 03884.


There will be a Destination Imagination Car Wash Saturday May 11th at the Northwood Garage, 258 1st NH Tpke, Northwood.


Destination Imagination is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.






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