Saturday, February 21st, the Northwood Recreation will begin holding
our Annual Ice Fishing Derby. The Derby will be held on Harvey Lake
from 8:00 AM to noon. This is a FREE event. Register at the derby
upon arrival. The event will be held rain or shine, safe ice
permitting. Contact the Northwood Recreation Department at 942-5586
x209 or by e-mail at [email protected]
for additional information.
Valley Sno-riders Poker Run. Saturday February 21st, 2015 at
Ballfield at 177 Tilton Hill Rd., Pittsfield, NH. Registration from
10:00am-12. Support your local snowmobile club, accessible by
vehicle. Lots of Fun! More information visit us on Facebook or
Chesley Memorial Library News
Book Club, for ages 12 and up, will start up again on Thursday,
March 5, from 5:30-6:45 pm at the library. We will be reading In a
Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth.
Registration is required to reserve your copy of the book. To
register call the library at 942-5472.
Letter To The Editor
Northwood’s Head Start
Northwood School District Deliberative Session the price tag for the
proposed full-day kindergarten was raised from $46,000 to $100,000.
Supporters fear, however, that such a huge increase may cause the
already beleaguered Northwood taxpayers to vote it down.
problem is that even $100,000 may not be enough. Another problem is
that Northwood homeowners are already looking at a possible $1.3
million tax increase from the many other proposed warrant articles.
considering this issue might want to look at research about another
early childhood program. The February 2, 2015, edition of The
Washington Examiner features an article headlined, “Obama wants to
expand failing Head Start program.”
seems the President is proposing a $1 billion plan to expand Head
Start to full-day and full-year. This, despite the fact that a 2012
study of Head Start by the Federal Department of Health and Human
Services concluded that “there were some initial benefits for
participating children, but their gains were erased by the time the
children reached third grade.”
still, the article cites a 2010 study by the same Department of
Health and Human Services, which found that “Head Start’s positive
impacts may even dissipate by first grade.”
it goes. Study after study shows that early childhood institutional
education produces few if any long-term gains. Yet the absence of
good data to support such programs apparently doesn’t deter its
supporters. Although they may believe all-day kindergarten is
beneficial for children, the evidence strongly suggests that their
faith is misplaced.
Coe-Brown Students Recognized For 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards
number of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students were recently
recognized by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire through
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a remarkable
achievement and milestone for young writers at CBNA who were
mentored by English department faculty. A panel of writers,
teachers, and literary professionals selected their work as being
among the best works submitted by New Hampshire teenagers. Students
are judged against other entries in the following categories:
fiction, flash fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, persuasive essays,
humor, science fiction and fantasy. Of the more than 300
submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards which New Hampshire
students sent this year, the following students from CBNA were
Keys— Sophia Chartier ( Nottingham), Megan Leduke (Northwood)
Silver Keys—Kristina Seavey (Northwood), Grace Blake (Strafford),
Emily Cunningham (Northwood), Nicole Durell (Barrington) (3), Hannah
Claire Hammond (Nottingham), Kayla Pollak (Northwood), Kelsey
Honorable Mentions – Cassandra Barnhart (Northwood), Sandra Black
(Nottingham), Amanda Bolduc (Nottingham), Paul Colson (Strafford),
Jackson Douglas (Strafford), Sarah Dupuis (Barrington), Caroline
Lavoie (Barrington), Megan Leduke (Northwood) (2), Ahna McCusker
(Northwood), Alexander Mercedes (Strafford), Sadie Sabina
(Northwood), Amy Searing (Strafford)
all award recipients, including those whose work was selected as
honorable mention, will be invited to attend the NH regional awards
ceremony to be held at Plymouth State University. In addition, every
piece of writing which received a gold or silver key will be
published in this year’s edition of Middle/High School Voices.
Congratulations to this next generation of writers.
2015 Northwood Softball Baseball Registration
Registration for the 2015 season of Northwood Softball Baseball is
underway. We continue to offer online registration right from the
website at www.nsbanh.org.
Look toward the upper right corner for the links. You can pay online
with credit, debit or PayPal. You can do multiple registrations per
division before you check out & pay. Payment is expected at time of
registration. Registrations are due by March 22, 2015. Please
register early. Any registrations received after that will be
accepted on a space available basis and will incur a late fee.
spring clinics gets underway Saturday March 21st for softball &
Sunday March 22nd for baseball at the Northwood School gym. All
registered players are eligible to participate. The cost is included
with the registration fee.
To The Editor
consistent, if I’m not getting a return on an investment, then I’m
not investing more money on that investment. I don’t think that you
more money into our roads is a waste of money because of the
process. No one disputes they are slowly getting worse. While we may
not be spending enough money, I contend that the process is wanting.
Putting out the bid, awarding a bid, enforcing that specifications
are met, no common sense or policy, and a complete lack of oversight
are all parts of the problem.
Everywhere I look there are weather limitations; “mixtures placed
only when the underlying surface is dry, frost-free and the
temperature is above forty (40) degrees F and rising.” Yet in middle
November, despite the bid specifically stating that the work had to
be done by October 10th, on the morning of a black ice storm and
accidents all over the state we paved Lucas Pond Road. The next
morning we woke to 18 degrees. Northwood paved Jenness Pond Road.
The same thing happened last year on Old Mountain Road.
you will remember the debacle of the Ridge Road project in the late
90’s. With many of the same players today we still have the same
problems. The similarities are eerie. History, we ignore it at our
peril. Despite two public hearings on how poor the work was and
specification not being met, the Selectmen paid the bill.
not doing the basics such as filling potholes, cleaning ditches and
crack sealing. I find it impossible to support the $100K Warrant
Article for road maintenance and won’t until we completely revamp
our policies and procedures. Management, oversight and common sense
are completely missing.
on Common Core Petition Warrant Article 13
Yes on Article 13
petition warrant article that was signed by 47 residents of
Northwood with a few additional after the deadline made it through
the Deliberative Session without being amended by a slim margin in
Northwood. Please vote on March 10th to tell our School
Board that we want to opt out.
did pass the Senate, but it is just a very tiny step in the right
direction because it clearly states we definitely can opt out of the
Common Core Standards. Those that opposed at the hearing stated:
that the Standards are not prescriptive, meaning teachers can use
the standards as a guideline, but continue to teach as they saw fit
to meet the needs of their students. Well, if this is the case, why
are school districts buying expensive, Common Core aligned text
books, which I personally know, do present material in a
developmentally inappropriate way. The reason, they are doing this
is, so that the students can pass the test. Therefore, we are still
teaching to the test.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests are not
measuring just your child’s knowledge. If my children
were still in school, I would not subject them to this testing. For
the test uses Psychometrics: the field of study concerned with the
theory and technique of psychological measurement. I
already feel my children were funneled into workforce training, post
high school, but the children of today are going to be labeled at a
much younger age. They will no longer be allowed the time to
explore and expand on what interests them. Instead, they are being
thought of as cogs in the societal machine.
Please Vote YES on Article 13.
To The Editor
Northwood is not the only town considering All-Day Kindergarten.
Our S.A.U. partner, Strafford, will take up a warrant article at
their School District Meeting, with a similar dollar figure
attached. Bow is also considering All-Day K after a study committee
recommended its implementation.
importantly, there is action at the State level. Four Senators –
Nancy Stiles (R), David Boutin (R), David Watters (D), and Dan
Feltes (D) have sponsored a bill - SB 228 - that would fully fund
the State’s share of kindergarten. Currently, local school
districts receive only half of the standard education adequacy aid
from the State, even where they have full-day programs.
ask me to explain this. Maybe they thought that because the kids
are tiny, the aid should be tiny. But the good news is that this
bill will correct the underfunding.
addition to supporting our local initiative, contact your state
senator and state rep and encourage them to support SB 228.
that I said “rep” singular. If you haven’t heard, our shared rep,
Brian Dodson, resigned his position on the first day of the
legislative session requiring that a special election be held to
replace him. Actually, there will be elections plural because there
is a Republican primary. Not a small matter at an estimated cost of
$5,000 per town for each election.
this does provide another opportunity to return former
Representative Maureen Mann to Concord where she can support All-Day
K and other important issues.
Rep. Bruce Hodgdon will vote is a mystery to me. He didn’t bother
to come to either the town or school deliberative sessions.