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December 16, 2015

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CBNA Chapter Of FBLA Attends Fall Leadership Workshop

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FBLA Chapter members attend Fall Leadership workshop at SNHU.


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) connected with other FBLA chapters in NH, at the 44th Annual Fall Leadership Workshop, an all-day event, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University on October 22, 2015.


Students attended a presentation on FBLA Leadership, as well as presentation by Kent Julian, President of who encouraged the students there to take 100 percent ownership of their lives. Students also participated in team building activities and a workshop with Robin Organ who started an organization called Project Green Schools, a group that encourages schools to “go green” and help to make the Earth a better place to live.


FBLA members from CBNA who attended were seniors Brittany Guillemette, Megan Percy, Nicole Beaupre, Brendan Fallon, Megan Elwell, Tayla George, and Jared Nelson; juniors Steven Chase, Caitlyn Pitre, Derek Myers, Summer Barnes, Abigail Dupuis, Amanda Bolduc, Mikayla Prina, Chelsea McCallion, Emily Ketchum, and Maddy Cillo and sophomores Drew Stevens, Nate Schroeder, and Amaya Newport.



Letter To The Editor


I was born during WWII. I grew up during the years when our country had an economy that worked for most of us, when the wealthy knew that sharing the wealth was a driver of the economy, when science and scientists were respected, when we could believe that the lives of our children and grandchildren would be even better than ours.


Now I am getting to be an old woman, looking back over a lifetime filled with change, looking forward to a planet on the brink in so many ways. I know how we got here, and what we need to do to fix the mess we are in. We have the tools, the skills, the knowledge and the means to fix it. What we lack is the political will. We have lost the knowledge of what democracy means.


Democracy means we all take part in the work of running our communities, our states, our nations. It’s not electing one person who promises to fix everything, it’s choosing many persons who will provide leadership as WE THE PEOPLE do the work our constitution calls us to do. That thing about “a more perfect union…”


Our first step in NH is to vote in the presidential primary on February 9. I’m choosing a leader who understands what has gone wrong and knows that it will take a lot of us working together to fix it. I will vote for Bernie Sanders, because he is the WE candidate, not a ME candidate.


Lucy Edwards




CBNA Science Club Has Successful Balloon Launch


CBNA science students prepare the payload for their recent successful balloon launch.


The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Science Club, working in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire Project SMART summer program, the Project SMART outreach program (CBNA, Londonderry High School and Timberlane High School) and Dr. Tony Phillips’ Earth to Sky Calculus program based in California had successful balloon launches on Saturday, November 23, 2015.  The East Coast Project Smart and the Earth to Sky Calculus program have developed a cooperative venture to launch balloons simultaneously from the West and East coasts carrying payloads to measure difference in the radiation levels at the edge of the atmosphere between East and West. East Coast students and their advisors launched two balloons near New London, NH starting with the first release at 10:37 am on Saturday, November 23. The flights lasted about two hours reaching 102,000 feet - the edge of space.  CBNA’s team recovered the California team’s payload near Steep Falls, Maine on Saturday afternoon. CBNA also recovered its payload near Freeport, Maine on the afternoon of Sunday, November 24, caught high in a tree, making recovery difficult. The chase for recovery involved over 500 miles of driving throughout the weekend. This novel flight was commissioned by Dr. Peter Bloser from UNH for the purpose of flying a prototype scintillator that is being developed for use on spacecraft. The results from that part of mission are still being processed by the group from Londonderry High School.  The CBNA team did an outstanding job on the flight line. The camera bay design, release mechanism, and flight vehicle were CBNA’s primary responsibility. This flight resulted in some of the highest quality images of the edge of space obtained yet by a CBNA mission. Congratulations to all of these talented student scientists.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

The new school toy is data.  In the last six weeks we have received the results from the science NECAP, the NWEA, and the Smarter Balance testing which all show that Northwood students are by and large above the NH average when they start school and are substantially below the NH average when they leave and go to Coe Brown. So, contrary to the lies that we have a poorer (dumber) demographic or a stupid magnate causing the lower than NH average standing, it is the school. DATA clearly shows it.


Northwood’s been very generous over the years spending more than other towns on our students. We have a very nice school, an incredible array of technology, a very low 11.9 ( teacher to student ratio, and a proposed budget that spends  an average of close to $20,000 per student. What is enough? Buying into the more money, low student ratio, more bodies such as aides has not helped. Investing more money into a system that is not showing a return on that investment is not the answer.


What will. A strong school board that has the intestinal fortitude to define the problem (see above), find the common denominator or root cause (quality of teaching, not teachers???), and to develop an action plan to correct the problem. Waiting for the SAU, as has been done for years, won’t cut it.


Finally, the board has to hold those responsible for implementing the plan and the success of the plan accountable. For years everyone at the top of the food chain has received raises (sound familiar) while our students have been poorly educated. That’s got to stop.


Tough subject, but we need to get our heads out of the sand.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor

Insuring a Wonderful Life


Christmas-time is here, by golly!

Disapproval would be folly!

Deck the halls with hunks of holly!

Fill the cups and don’t say ‘when!’


And time again to watch Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in the Frank Capra classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”


If you haven’t seen it for a while, among the other crises that beset George is a run on the family Building and Loan.  Recall his frantic efforts to teach Banking 101 as his panicky neighbors demand their money.


Which brings me to another reason why I am not a less-government-is-good-government Republican/Libertarian.


Now, in America, we don’t have bank runs anymore.  Not that banks don’t occasionally fail.  It’s just that depositers’ accounts are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  In fact, the amount insured was recently raised to $250,000.


Does anyone want to eliminate that government program?  How about the Consumer Product Safety Commission that got lead out of kids’ toys and fire retardant into fabric?


And maybe the employees at Chipotle restaurants will begin to take the health department regulations more seriously.


When candidates rail against government intrusion into the Free Market, ask them to get specific.  Ask them about the F.D.I.C. and the C.P.S.C.


Merry Christmas.

Tom Chase






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