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February 17, 2016

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Reminder to the residents of the Town of Northwood, please make sure you have a green transfer station sticker on your vehicle by March 1, 2016 or you will not be able to use the transfer station facility.



Coe- Brown Students Recognized For 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards A 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 these students’ 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 honored:


• Gold Key— Brian Downer (Strafford)


• Silver Keys—Braelin Ash (Northwood), Christie Clause (Barrington), Sydney Gast (Nottingham), Ben Healey (Nottingham), Ambar Mercedes (Strafford), Rachel Simmons (Barrington), Kennedi Stowell (Strafford)


• Honorable Mentions – Kristina Seavey (Nottingham) (2), Nicholas Allsup (Northwood), Shayla Ashley (Strafford), Orion Clachar (Strafford), Christie Clause (Barrington), Alice Ewing (Nottingham), Sean Hooper (Barrington), Adah Keeney (Nottingham), Caroline Lavoie (Barrington), Katherine Martel (Barrington), Grace Mele (Northwood) Carter Rollins (Northwood)


On May 9, 2016, 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 Heritage Commons on the campus of 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.




The New Preschool is Crushing Kids


That’s the title of an article in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of The Atlantic.  The subtitle is, “Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.” 


Author Erika Christakis, Lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center, describes what kindergarten looks like these days, and it’s startlingly different from kindergarten not very long ago.  For example, what first greets a visitor is “ a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, classroom rules, calendars, schedules, and motivational platitudes.”


The difference isn’t just the wall decorations: “Pedagogy and curricula have changed too, most recently in response to the Common Core State Standards Initiative’s kindergarten guidelines. Much greater portions of the day are now spent on what’s called seat work.”


The article cites a study called, “Is kindergarten the new first grade?” comparing kindergartens in 1998 and 2010. The researchers saw more workbooks and worksheets, more time trying to teach  kids to read, more direct instruction, more homework, 5 year-olds forced to finish their work before they could go out and play, and more kindergartners left back, Another study cited is a recent evaluation of Tennessee’s public preschools. It found that “although children who had attended preschool initially exhibited more ‘school readiness’ skills when they entered kindergarten than did their non-preschool-attending peers, by the time they were in first grade their attitudes toward school were deteriorating. By second grade they performed worse on tests measuring literacy, language, and math skills.”


The author finds recent research “disquieting.” She says, “The same educational policies that are pushing academic goals down to ever earlier levels seem to be contributing to the fact that young children are gaining fewer skills, not more.”


It’s not an easy time for parents--or for kids.


Michael Faiella




Thank You


David Boisvert, Janet DelFuoco, Sam Goad, Suzanne Boisvert


It is with great honor we would like to announce Sam Goad got third over all in the super cross championship and also received an iron man award at Winchester speed park on Jan 31, 2016. With that being said, we need to say our goodbyes and our heart felt thank you.


First, on behalf of myself and Sam, we want to thank Freedom Cycle, they were our main sponsor since Sam starting racing at the age of 5. Freedom Cycle always made sure our parts were in and did their best to keep us on the track.


We also want to thank Troy Samoisette, our lead mechanic of C&T performance, Evan Wimsatt, Dave Black of Kent Racing and Kent Communications, and Jody Larue. Without this team of support, we would not have gotten this far.


Most of all we feel we need to thank our fire department, for keeping our track nicely maintained with the yearly burn, and our neighbors, who put up with Sam practicing.


Our goodbyes are because we are going to take racing one step further and move to NC this summer to get a better move on racing and try to enter the pro circuit.


We have a very long road ahead of us, but the people of NH, we will not forget. In the near future we will set up a facebook page called 705racing if any one wants to follow Sam and his progress. Again we thank everyone for all your support!


705 Racing Team

Janet DelFuoco/Sam Goad





To the citizens of Northwood:

I, along with the Northwood Police Commission, would like to invite you to an information night being held on Thursday, February 25th, at 6 PM at Coe-Brown in the multi-purpose room.  The information night is being held to provide the voters with information regarding the budget for the police department as well as any other topic attendees would like to discuss.


I look forward to the opportunity of providing you with the information.



Chief Glendon Drolet

Northwood Police Department



Candidates For Town And School Elections


Candidates for local positions that will appear on the ballot are now in place with only a few contested races. Voters will go to the polls to consider 27 warrant articles and to fill numerous open seats for the town and school district on Tuesday, March 8 from 7 am to 7 pm at St. Joseph’s Church Parish Center.


Two candidates have filed for the one 3 year selectman seat: Timothy Jandebeur and Donald Hodgdon. Four people are hoping to fill two open seats on the school board: Dennis DeBello, Bree Gunter, David Ruth and Shane Wells. There is also a four way race for two seats on the planning board: Lee Baldwin, Hal Kreider, Joseph McCaffrey, and Victoria Parmele. Two remaining budget committee seats-one for one year and one for two years will not have any name on the ballot, and will likely be filled by write in votes.  All other positions on the ballot will have a person who has filed for the position(s) available.


If you are interested in either of the budget committee vacancies as a write-in candidate, be sure to make it known locally or submit a letter of interest in The Sun before the election.


If you did not receive a copy of the Voter Guide listing all warrant articles and explanations, stop by the town hall during regular business hours, or you may access the complete 2016 Warrant at the town website:  on the Main Menu under 2016 Budget Documents.



What’s New at Northwood??

Respectfully submitted by Principal, Wendy P. Despres


With the first 100 days of school now complete, having celebrated our 100th day of classes at Northwood School on February 4, 2016, we are moving on to the third marking period with some exciting new projects and activities for the students of Northwood. Included in this article is just a sampling of the many great experiences students are having.


On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Northwood School held our Annual School Spelling Bee. Classrooms in grades 4-8 participated with individual bees to determine representatives from each class. Twenty-six students competed for the school title with an audience of peers from grades 3-8, parents, and staff.


After Round 4 we were down to fifteen students. Round 5 was the toughest and we lost all but the top two! Andrew (grade 7) and Cecilia (grade 5) battled it out to Round 14!!! Cecilia won with the championship word “percentage”. Congratulations to all our spellers!


Ms. Moore’s INFO TECH library classes are quite busy. The Grade 8 students have finished their lessons and presentations on study skills. They examined in depth strategies for evaluating websites. They also discussed digital citizenship topics and Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.


The students presented their research on these topics with a variety of digital storytelling tools. The Grade 7 students have begun a unit on primary sources. They are looking at photographs of Northwood from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They are also using the UNH Digital Collection to review old town reports to learn some things about the town’s history.


The Literacy Committee has big plans to celebrate Read Across America Week from March 7-11. Many activities are anticipated such as “Poem in your Pocket Day,” grade level book buddies, and “Cozy Reading Day.” Parents and community members are invited to come in to read to a class during that week. We thank all those who are interested in participating.


Our 7th grade math classes will participate in The Youth Financial Preparedness Incentive (an activity on how to prepare our youth for financial responsibility). For quarters 3 and 4, 7th grade students will be given a checkbook that they will have to keep track of for the rest of the year. They will be keeping a check register, balancing a checkbook, writing checks, depositing money in the form of a point system and checks (not actual currency). At this time, our math teacher, Ms. Clemons, is accepting donations for the students to bid on with the “money” they earned and saved during this project. If you would like to help with this project or know of a business that could help, please email Ms. Clemons at: [email protected] On Thursday, March 17, 2016, we will be hosting David Ira Rottenberg. He is the author of two children’s books teachers will share with their students. Joy of Dance will be performing one of the stories for grade K-4 at 9:45 in the gym. Mr. Rottenberg is graciously donating his time to share his love of reading with the students of Northwood and we look forward to his visit.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

 So the deliberative sessions are both over, we’ll get to vote on March 8th. I can’t wait. It has been both a pleasure and an advantage to be both a Selectman and a School Board member. There should always be one doing both.


I am thinking about how to present several ideas to you later. Having access to and seeing the “sausage making” of both is eye opening. With a very clear conscience, knowing that hard work of many had resulted in large reductions in many areas of the school budget, I had hoped for a smaller budget to be presented to you. And I still do.


I have watched over the years as the selectmen struggled to keep the overall tax rate down. It is one of the first things that potential homeowners or business owners look at before moving here. To that end, they were put into a position of letting some things go or take criticism when the tax rates went up. Roads, bridges, maintenance on everything and so much more went wanting. If I fault them for anything, it is that they did not keep you informed. They did not and wouldn’t think of informing you in this manner. While the selectmen set the tax rate they have no say about the school budget. You do.


So there are those who believe that $10 in taxes is too high and those that would gleefully double your taxes. I am in the middle. I believe that there has to be an ebb and flow between the two budgets that leaves the overall rate steady and fair. The town needs to spend, let’s say $250K, extra for a few years to catch up. I like that in warrant articles rather than in the budget, because once it is in the budget, it is very hard to get out. Entitlements. Now is the time to do that while the student count is way down.


Tim Jandebeur




New Hampshire Has Starring Role In New Novel by Yona Zeldis McDonough


BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – February 11, 2016 – Yona Zeldis McDonough has announced the publication on February 2, 2016 of her seventh novel, The House on Primrose Pond, which is set in present-day New Hampshire but interweaves one of the state’s important historical events into the plot line. McDonough’s main character is researching and writing about the hanging of Ruth Blay in 1768. Blay was convicted of concealing the birth of an illegitimate child. She was hanged for this crime before a large Portsmouth crowd, making her the last woman hanged in New Hampshire.


McDonough loosely based the contemporary setting of the novel on Northwood, New Hampshire, where she and her family vacations for treasured weeks each summer. The House on Primrose Pond is the first novel that McDonough has set outside of New York City. “I began to feel restless and wanted to write about a new location,” McDonough explains. “My husband is from New Hampshire and we return to the state each summer. I love the area and felt that I could write about it with the necessary authenticity and passion.”


Yona Zeldis McDonough is available to speak to book clubs via Skype and will be in New Hampshire in Summer 2016 for speaking engagements at libraries, book stores and community organizations. For more information or to contact McDonough, please visit  The House on Primrose Pond is published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Copies are available through Barnes & Noble, some New Hampshire independent bookstores, Amazon and the publisher’s website at


The House on Primrose Pond Plot Synopsis After suffering a sudden, traumatic loss, historical novelist Susannah Gilmore decides to uproot her life—and the lives of her two children—and leave their beloved Brooklyn for the little town of Eastwood, New Hampshire. While the trio adjusts to their new surroundings, Susannah is captivated by an unexpected find in her late parents’ home: an unsigned love note addressed to her mother, in handwriting that is most definitely not her father’s. Reeling from the thought that she never really knew her mother, Susannah finds mysteries everywhere she looks: in her daughter’s friendship with an older neighbor, in a charismatic local man to whom she’s powerfully drawn, and in an eighteenth century crime she’s researching for her next book. Compelled to dig into her mother’s past – and into the tragic death of Ruth Blay, the last woman hanged in New Hampshire — Susannah discovers even more secrets, ones that surpass any fiction she could ever put to paper.


About Yona Zeldis McDonough

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of novels such as A Wedding in Great Neck and You Were Meant for Me as well as dozens of books for children. She is the editor of and a contributor to The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty, as well as All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.



Letter To The Editor

Science Camp Miracle


A little-noted miracle occurred during the Budget Committee’s review of the school budget. Both Joe McCaffrey and I expressed approval that there was money in the budget for Science Camp. I’ll let Joe explain his reasons, but mine are, in some ways, similar to those that inform my support of full-day kindergarten.


Science Camp gives kids a chance to learn things in Nature’s classroom, a place where many of us, of my generation, at least, learned things.


It’s experiential learning in situ, away from worksheets and computer screens. It involves interaction, discussion and discovery. And it is often fun.


I went to Science Camp with my eight-grade students when I taught for a year (2004-05), so I know of what I speak. And another benefit was for everybody to see each other in a new context. And to discover new things about ourselves and each other. That a shy and quiet kid could identify all the trees we encountered. That kids could work as a team to get to the summit.


This is, in part, why I support giving our kindergarteners a full day in which to learn and play, and do music, art and physed. Otherwise, the focus on “book learning” is disproportionate.


Having greeted many of you as you were leaving the polls last week, I was gratified by the support I received for full-day kindergarten. I hope that you demonstrate that support at the polls on March 8.


Tom Chase







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