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 LiveitFoward.com 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.
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.
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
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 (schooldigger.com)
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
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.
here, by golly!
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
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
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
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.