Monday, July 13, 2015

Community Forum: Meet the Hallsville principal candidates

Parents, teachers and interested members of the public will have a chance to meet and hear from the finalists being considered for the top post at Hallsville Elementary School. The school district is hosting a community forum to introduce the two candidates and offer an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

“As in the past before a principal is hired, this is a wonderful way to further involve our families and faculty in the process of choosing the best leader for Hallsville,” said Superintendent Debra Livingston. “It’s also a valuable part of the interview process for the candidates to meet members of the school community.”

The candidates invited to the community forum are Tonya Arnold, currently principal at Lake Region Middle School in Naples, Maine; and Bonnie Skogsholm, most recently assistant principal at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy in Brookline, New Hampshire. Both women have decades of experience in education, as classroom teachers and administrators.

Ms. Skogsholm describes one of her strengths as being able to lead and facilitate support for every child’s learning needs. Her resume highlights many qualifications related to math and literacy curriculum, special education and school improvement initiatives.

Ms. Arnold was a 2015 Maine Principal of the Year nominee and credits the ability to listen and collaborate for her leadership success. She has been involved in statewide technology integration initiatives as well as a school improvement plan that increased academic assessment results by 5-17% in multiple subject areas.    

WHAT: Principal finalists community forum
WHERE: Hallsville Elementary School
                  275 Jewett Street, Manchester
WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 2015
               4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Constitution Day essay contest announced

In 2004, the Congress decided that "Constitution Day" should be observed in schools each year on September 17 with educational programs about the history and signing of the Constitution. To help celebrate Constitution Day, seven newspapers and the New Hampshire Supreme Court have sponsored an annual "Constitution Day Essay Contest" for grades 5-12 on a topic related to our constitutional rights as citizens.

Winning essays will be published in the participating newspapers and winners will be invited, along with parents and teachers, to a special reception at the state Supreme Court and to the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Awards.

The contest rules are available online.

This year's essay question:

Schools and other public places (including government buildings and sports venues) frequently mandate dress codes or ban certain types of messages, such as those conveyed through t-shirt slogans. In your opinion, do such bans or dress restrictions violate First Amendment rights of free speech?  Do such messages or choice of clothing, in fact, constitute “speech?” Are there valid reasons for such bans, such as safety considerations? Does the subject matter of a message make a difference? Who should be responsible for determining whether such messages do violate free speech rights?  

Elementary teachers can Race to Succeed. . .and win thousands of dollars!


Kindergarten through grade 6 teachers have a chance to win $5,000 for their school and up to $1,000 for their classroom!

The “Race to Succeed” challenge from the New Hampshire Lottery and New Hampshire Motor Speedway is encouraging teachers to tell them, in 500 words or less, about an “Aha!" moment this past school year. That moment of inspiration from a student, insight into why they teach, recognition of a job well done in the classroom, or that moment when they knew a student finally “got it.”

CLICK HERE for more contest details, or contact Maura McCann: maura.mccann@lottery.nh.gov or (603) 271-7111. Good luck, Manchester teachers!