Monday, June 1, 2015

NH School of Excellence Community Celebration

Parker-Varney Elementary School continues to celebrate its 2015 award as the state’s Elementary School of Excellence by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education committee. The “ED”ie Awards recognize New Hampshire public schools that meet high standards of excellence and can serve as representatives of the many excellent schools throughout the state.

On June 1, students and staff hosted a community event to showcase some of what makes Parker-Varney worthy of statewide recognition. Much of the school's success can be attributed to project-based learning, in which students are encouraged to design and manage hands-on community service and research projects. Other highlights of Parker-Varney are the Innovation Learning Lab, which provides students with daily individual instruction in literacy and math, and enhanced professional development opportunities for the teachers to learn from each other and try new things. Family and community involvement have been crucial components to the success at Parker-Varney. School volunteers have quadrupled from 25 to 100 participants in the past couple of years.

All of New Hampshire’s Schools of Excellence and other category awardees will be honored at the 22nd annual “ED”ies award celebration on June 6. 
The West High School band and NJROTC welcomed the celebration guests

Mayor Ted Gatsas and superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston offered congratulations 

Parker-Varney's NH Teacher of the Year semi-finalist talked about why she loves the school
PTG president and parent Amy Richards thanks families and staff for their participation and involvement 

Assistant principal Mike Beaulac wishes everyone could see the enthusiasm and learning that happens in all the classrooms.

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