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Northwood NH News

October 7, 2015

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Northwood resident and watercolor artist, Eileen Golden, has an exhibit at the Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street, Dover. The library is open Mon.-Wed. 9-8:30 pm, Thurs. and Fri. 9-5:30 pm, Sat. 9-5 pm, and Sun. 1-5PM.


The watercolor exhibit runs the entire month of October with an Artist Reception scheduled for October 10 from 2 to 4 PM.



September Was Suicide Awareness Month

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On 9/25 the culmination of all the efforts of more than 50 Willow’s Run volunteers and 20 local businesses was realized when race directors, Kim Mihelich and Jamie Joyce presented a check for $3,025.00 to Headmaster Smith of Coe Brown Northwood Academy.  The guidance department already has plans to use the funds for intensive staff training and purchasing specialized curriculum materials to educate the student body.


According to the CDC suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Someone takes their own life in the U.S. every 13 minutes. Mental illness is the leading contributing cause to suicide.  However, 80-90% of those affected who have access to care can be effectively treated with medication and/or counseling. September was Suicide Awareness Month with the purpose of shining a light on those preventative measures that can save a life.


Willow’s Run is a local 501 C3 charitable organization with a mission to providing funds to local high schools for suicide education and prevention.  Teenagers are a particularly vulnerable population, so it is vital to give school counselors the resources they need to recognize youth in crisis and the means to assist them.  On August 8th, Willow’s Run held their first 5K charity race on the beautiful grounds of Coe Brown Northwood Academy.  With overwhelming support from the staff and student body, a very successful race and raffle was held.  There were 141 total registrants on race day.  Overall and age group winners received beautiful medals and prizes donated by local businesses.  The fundraising efforts wrapped up with an “after-party” two weeks later at Cooper Hill Pizzeria.


The details of next year’s race and how you can contribute are available on the webpage,



Opening Days at Northwood School 2015-2016

Submitted by: Wendy P. Despres, Principal


Students and staff at Northwood School have hit the ground running for the 2015 -2016 school year.  The custodial staff has done a fantastic job inside and outside the building, to prepare for the new year.  We welcomed eleven new staff members to our dedicated team of educators who bring a wealth of experience, energy and enthusiasm to share with our students.  Our new staff members include Grade 1 teachers Ms. Harvey and Ms. Hathaway, Grade 3 teacher Ms. Smith, Grade 7 Math teacher Ms. Clemons, Grade 7/8 Social Studies teacher Ms. Kelly, Grade 8 Math teacher Ms. Feiden, Art teacher Mr. Olorunfemi, Music teacher Ms. Hashem, Physical Education/Health teacher Ms. Tyler, Speech/Language Pathologist Ms. Nelson and Assistant Principal Ms. Cremone.


Our staff began the year with professional development opportunities in the areas of RtI (Response to Instruction), Data Use, Block Scheduling, Behavior Training, Confidentiality, Climate and Culture, Team Building and Instructional Strategies.  There was much excitement and energy shared throughout the sessions and the time just flew by.  We implemented a new daily class schedule which includes core class blocks for the middle school students and RtI blocks for all students in grades K-8.  We are looking forward to continuing to build our RtI program, now in it’s second full year of implementation.


Our faculty and staff proudly hosted several well-received events in the month of September. On September 1st we held a Parent Information Night and presented on various topics such as RtI and our new building schedule.  On September 4th, we conducted a very successful school-wide Safety Day for all students in grades K-8.   We are so pleased we were able to work together with various community agencies to take proactive steps to assist all students and staff to review many of our safety procedures and protocols.  This full-day experience included practice of various emergency drills including a lockdown, fire drill, cafeteria lockdowns and an off-campus evacuation drill.   It is important to inform students of how various emergency situations will be handled during the school day and give them the opportunity to see and feel the process before an actual emergency arises.  In addition to the practice drills, students participated in informational sessions offered by the Northwood Police, Northwood Fire, the State Police, Northwood Transportation, and our Technology Director.  We are grateful to all the area agencies, including also The Meadows at Northwood and Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, who collaborated with us to take the time to properly educate all students and staff regarding our emergency procedures and safety protocols in advance of needing to use them.


The community support continued on September 15th when we hosted our 2nd Annual K-8 Meet, Greet and Eat Open House and BBQ.  We appreciate all the efforts of the Northwood community in helping to make this event a huge success as well.  The Northwood Fire and Police Departments contributed to the grilling and serving of the meal.  Our Northwood Transportation and Pirate Mechanical assisted with a shuttle service and overflow parking area. Students prepared projects and papers to share with the many family members who visited our classroom displays and engaged in the fun activities offered by each grade in their classrooms.  The turnout on this beautiful summer evening was impressive, with close to five hundred hotdogs being served.  It really does take a village to educate a child and our Northwood community has proudly demonstrated how important active participation in school activities really is.  We are grateful to the support of our Northwood community and look forward to strengthening our connection to families and community agencies as the year progresses.  Thank you. 






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