Congratulations to John Akers, Northwood, NH, who has been named to
the President’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2014 semester at Bismarck
Students must maintain at least a 3.50 grade point on a 4.00 scale
while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes to qualify.
Letter To The Editor
Kindergarten: Too Much Too Soon?
year Northwood voters and taxpayers are being asked yet again to
create full-day kindergarten.
Northwood Budget Committee endorsed this Warrant Article even
though, as they admitted, they didn’t know what it would cost. They
also seemed unaware of the evidence showing that full day
kindergarten doesn’t do what its advocates claim. The committee
often gets things right, but did they this time?
Shouldn’t we look at the data before deciding whether to approve a
measure that may actually do more harm than good?
Education, with support from the Ford and Rockefeller foundations,
has reviewed the progress of thousands of students over the course
of their kindergarten to fifth grade years.
researchers decided “there was no evidence that full-day
kindergarten participation enhanced mathematics and reading
achievement.” In fact, a “full-day program may not enhance
achievement and may actually be associated with poorer mathematics
performance.” (My underlining, their words.)
also observed that “children who participated in a full-day
kindergarten program demonstrated poorer dispositions toward
learning, lower self-control, and poorer interpersonal skills than
children in part-day programs.” They consequently surmised that
“full-day kindergarten programs may actually be detrimental to the
development of nonacademic readiness skills.”
Furthermore, according to the report, children in full-day programs
were more likely to suffer from the “presence of anxiety,
loneliness, low self-esteem, and sadness.”
Education’s conclusion was that “attendance in full-day kindergarten
programs is not associated with long-term academic benefits,” and
has a “potentially negative impact on nonacademic skills.”
Technology Information Night Planned At Northwood School
Submitted By The Northwood Technology Committee
Technology Committee at Northwood School would like to invite the
Northwood community to an evening of learning and see what the
teachers and staff are implementing for technology with their
students. The teachers and staff will give five minute presentations
on Thursday, February 12th starting at 6:00PM in the school library.
There will be time provided to rotate through stations and visit
the websites by using the newly purchased laptops and ipads.
looking forward to a full house. Please call the school office at
942-5488 to let us know you are interested in coming to this
Score With Reading!
Submitted By The Northwood Literacy Committee
the months of January and February the Northwood School is involved
in an exciting reading incentive program based on the Boston Bruins
hockey team. Each book read will score a goal! Each book that is
read at home or during free choice time equals a goal for the
classroom. Families that read at home can write down the titles of
the books and send them to their child’s teacher.
are three bulletin boards in the school, displaying hockey rinks
with the total number of books read. Kindergarten AM is competing
against Kindergarten PM, grades 1/2 are competing against grades
3/4, and grades 5/6 are competing against grades 7/8.
will be published after the games are completed in late February.
Letter To The Editor
was 7 years old, as I began the school year, I couldn’t read. I
knew the alphabet, but somehow these strings of letters we call
WORDS weren’t registering meaningfully when I saw them.
Fortunately for me, my ride to school got me there about 30 minutes
before the school day began and other kids began to arrive. And
especially important was that my teacher, Miss Dye, also got there
early and realized that I needed help.
Together, we would look at WORDS. As we practiced, I learned that
some words are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and
mean different things – like wind and wind. Others are spelled
differently but sound the same – like bare and bear. Some words are
just spelled weird – like tough and tongue and liquor. But I began
to get it, and pretty soon I was reading along with the rest of the
experience made some of the research on all-day kindergarten
especially important to me. An ERIC Digest article, “Recent
Research on All-Day Kindergarten” by Patricia Clark reports that
researchers “found that children in the all-day classrooms were
receiving more one-on-one instruction from their teachers” compared
with half-day kids. Other research found that all-day
kids “scored higher on standardized tests, had fewer grade
retention’s and had fewer Chapter 1 placements”
report concludes: “there seem to be many positive learning and
social/behavioral benefits for children in all-day kindergarten
programs…. An all-day kindergarten program can provide children the
opportunity to spend more time engaged in active, child-initiated,
small-group activities. Teachers in all-day kindergarten classrooms
often feel less stressed by time constraints and may have more time
to get to know children and meet their needs.”
support the petition warrant article for all-day kindergarten in
Letter To The Editor
think that anyone in the history of western civilization has
rationally argued that education is bad (Ok, I could be wrong, since
I haven’t read everybody, but I think an exception would prove the
rule). That “education” is good, so how could any right caring
person oppose it? was the straw man argument put forth by a
proponent of all day kindergarten in Northwood. The real
consideration should be whether Good Education should be the
community goal and whether the taxpayers can afford it. The quality
of education counts – good education is good...mediocre education is
questionable...and bad education is not just bad but a detriment to
a child’s future education. To be forced to pay for the latter two
adds insult to injury.
those that are fond of government solutions to almost any societal
“problem”you should know there have been numerous evaluations of the
value of kindergarten (value to the children by the way, not
others). Among the most recent studies come findings from some of
the most prestigious advocates of “government knows best” Ford and
Rockefeller foundations and Rand Education. The report card for
full day kindergarten was dismal. Any perceived benefits disappeared
within the first few years of elementary school.
we are being asked to pass a kindergarten warrant article that is
not a good idea and that will cost in the neighborhood of 100
thousand dollars. At budget committee hearings it became apparent
in discussion that the cost ‘estimated’ is low by probably half.
Whether this was a low ball or accident the real cost to the
community is what counts.
regular school budget is high now and growing in spite of some
valiant efforts by a few. This warrant article is not a
“good”opportunity to spend more.
McFarland, Groth & McPhee / MGM Realty Announces Associate Brokers
MGM Realty Associate Brokers Winnie Fracassi, left
and Judi Anthony
McFarland, Groth & McPhee / MGM Realty is pleased to announce that
Judith Anthony and Winifred Fracassi have each achieved the status
of Associate Broker in our Northwood office. MGM Realty is located
on Rt. 4 in Northwood
Fracassi recently earned her associate broker license after working
as an active sales associate since 1999. She is very familiar with
the area, particularly the lakes, and stays current with the EPA
requirements. She has been very successful in selling lakefront
properties in her career. She would be glad to meet with you and do
research to give you a current market analysis. If you are looking
to buy, she will be happy to find a property that meets your needs.
Anthony has lived in Northwood for many years. She has always loved
architecture; so naturally, helping people find their new home or
market their current home is an enjoyable venture for her and her
clients. Whether you’re looking for an old house, a new
construction, a fixer-upper, farm land or the perfect property to
build your dream home, Judi can help you to make it happen.
Letter To The Editor
know that the proposed Northwood teachers’ contract to be voted on
in March benefits the students at Northwood School? School will be
extended an additional 15 minutes per day. This increase will enable
teachers to boost instructional time to cover more of the ever
growing curriculum. Over each week, students will gain 1 hour and 15
minutes of instruction. Over the course of a year, the students will
gain 45 hours of classroom time with their teachers.
Recently our K-8 curriculum has expanded to include instruction in
the Six Traits Writing Program and the Northwood Technology Program
of Instruction. The goal of these student focused initiatives is to
make sure Northwood students stay competitive with their peers
throughout the state and nationally.
are many clubs that teachers offer after school to enrich students
and give them extra opportunities for fun and learning that are not
available during the school day. A few of these include Book Club,
Game Club, Snowshoe Club, Art Club, Lego Club, and Gardening Club.
The new contract, if voter approved in March, will provide
additional funding for clubs.
more about how the contract will help address students’ needs,
please attend the Northwood School Deliberative Session on February
5 in the Northwood School gym. For more information, email questions
to [email protected]
or visit our website at Northwood Teachers for Learning.
Northwood School Teachers
Letter To The Editor
“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the
tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.” John Quinton
Northwood is a small town. I don’t know about you, but after living
in Europe, Africa and having lived or traveled in every State in the
US, it is one reason I settled my family here. Elections are on
March 10th this year. More than ever we need to pay attention. The
two best places to do that are at the Town Deliberative Session on
January 31st and the School Deliberative Session on February 5th.
That is where to get informed.
last thing needed is for everybody to say no but if you look at the
face values of the School and Town Warrants the total is $1,341,118
over last year. If all were approved your taxes could easily go up
nearly $3.00 per thousand of your property value that’s $750.00 on a
$250,000 home. This might not be so bad for some of you but a big
deal for others. Quite a stack of “Notice to Quit” forms went out
this week to those in a struggle to keep their homes. Compassion
seems to be missing in today’s world. Let the government handle it.
However, some Warrants should be approved. They are fair, just and
needed to continue improving our little town of Northwood. Town
elections are far more important to your everyday life than the
midterms or presidential elections. Become informed.
beware of those who want to solve every little problem with money
and more bodies. It doesn’t address the issues. They are almost
always lifelong government employees, good people but with no
and if you agree with me, vote often.
Janet (Grover) Knowlton
(Grover) Knowlton, 86, wife of the late David R. Knowlton, passed
away on January 22, 2015 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House
surrounded by loving family members.
January 28, 1928 in Danvers, MA she was the daughter of the late
George Lloyd and Louise (Nutter) Grover. Janet was a graduate of
Holten High School in Danvers, class of 1946. She was united in
marriage with David Rutherford Knowlton, also of Danvers, in 1950.
She was employed by AT&T as a switchboard operator and worked as a
seamstress at various bridal shops.
was a Rainbow Girl, acting as Worthy Advisor of the Salem Assembly
in 1948. She was also an active member of the First Church in
Ipswich where she served as a Deaconess, and on a number of
committees, especially the Music Committee.
loved sewing, knitting, quilting, baking and her extensive travels
with her late husband.
survived by her three sons, Royce Knowlton and his wife Susan, of
Ipswich, David Knowlton and his wife Rachel of Boxford, MA and
Robert Knowlton and his wife Ann of Northwood, NH; a daughter Laura
Le Roux and her husband Richard of Rennes, France; seven
grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who will all miss her
dearly. She is also survived by her sister Katherine Grover of Cave
Creek, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.
addition to her husband she was pre-deceased by her son Richard D.
Knowlton formerly of Ipswich and a brother William A. Grover
formerly of Billerica.
Services were held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the First Church
in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green. In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions in her name may be made to Kaplan Family Hospice
House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923 or the First Church in
Ipswich Organ Fund, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA 01938. To
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