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May 2014
Director's Notes
Congratulations to Gina Saladino (right center, pictured with her family), the North Country region's nominee for NH's Champions for Children award on being named the 2014 NH Champion for Children
The New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA), a non-profit organization comprised of New Hampshire Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Special Education Directors, Business Officials and other Central Office Administrators, annually recognizes five outstanding New Hampshire citizens as Champions for Children. This award program was established as a meaningful way to recognize New Hampshire citizens who have given distinguished voluntary public service to benefit children in our communities.
Lori Langlois
Executive Director

Opportunity for place-based, community-focused learning in North Country classrooms
Bring inquiry, systems thinking and sustainability science to your classroom with SPIRALS. The SPIRALS curriculum is designed to help your students develop sound sustainability science knowledge through exploring sustainable practices within their own communities. Activities can be tailored to your classroom and work well as an intensive classroom exploration. Through a common online interactive mapping portal called e-SPIRALS, students will have the opportunity to use technology to share their work and see what other SPIRALS schools have done.
Training and technical support is available through the SPIRALS staff housed at the University of New Hampshire and Cooperative Extension. Join us at NCES for the morning (optional) or the day to explore SPIRALS.
Session leaders: Claes Thelemarck, Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Youth & Family
UNH Cooperative Extension and Dr. Eleanor Abrams, Professor & Project Director of the SPIRALS program, Department of Education
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
9:00 – 12:00 (optional) Teaching sustainability science in the classroom (PD certificate for participating)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch provided
1:00 – 2:30 How to bring SPIRALS to your school
Cost: Free for NH educators/staff
Registration: Online or by calling Lisa 603-466-5437

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Functional Lessons 
A lot more than meets the eye – Few would doubt the necessity of learning and instruction becoming functional. For the neuro-typical student much of this will come naturally. The student with ASD and/or related challenges is going to have a much more difficult time. So called “Life Skills” training often falls far short of helping a student become independent. This workshop will offer participants some new ways to look at functional instruction and a useful model for developing a functional lesson.
Presenter: David Freschi
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 3:45 to 5:45
Please register no later than the Friday before the session.
Cost: $20 staff of NCES member schools, $25 associates, $35 others
Location:  NCES, Gorham, NH
Registration: Contact Lisa Nadeau at or 603-466-5437 or online.

Plymouth State University - Graduate Advising
Dr. Cheryl Baker will be at NCES on Thursday, May 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 for those interested in learning more about PSU graduate opportunities.  Contact Dr. Baker to set an appointment at or 603-535-2737.

PSU Graduate Courses, NCES in July
Plymouth State University is offering two graduate courses this summer at NCES. Visit Graduate Admissions on the website or for more information contact Dr. Christie Sweeney at
School Finance & Negotiation 
Instructor: Michael Morgan
Dates: Tues. July 8, Wed. July 9, Thurs. July 10 & Sat. July 19, 2014
Time: 8:30 to 4:30
Location: NCES, Gorham
The development of school budgets that support the planning processes within a school setting will be covered. Other relevant topics will include cost effectiveness, revenue sources, communication with the public, capital projects, state and federal programs, using the budget to promote excellence in the schools, and principles and practices in collective bargaining. 
Legal Issues in Policy Making
Instructor: Theodore Comstock
Dates: Fridays, July 11,18 & 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 to 4:00
Location: NCES, Gorham
This course presents a discussion of ways institutions and their communities must deal with the legal and political environment in which they exist. Topics include current legal issues and how the stakeholders in society can use the law as a tool for social change. Institutions must advocate for positive change through the development of thoughtful legal policies and practices.

White Mountain Science Inc Summer Camps
Robotics Camp
Building on our successful Robotics camp in 2013, we have updated this camp in 2014 to include LEGO EV3 systems, many awesome LEGO Robotics challenges, and 3D printers so all campers get the chance to design their own working LEGO robot piece!Dates: June 23 - 27Time: 9:00-2:00For: Students entering grades 3 through 7Location: WREN Classroom Space; Main Street, Bethlehem, NHCost: $300*
Makers' Camp
Makers' Camp is about curiosity, imagination, and exploration with a wide range of materials and tools. Inspired by projects from Make magazine, Howtoons, High/Low Tech@MIT, Instructables, Squishy circuits, and more, Makers’ Camp is all about creativity and figuring out many different ways to solve cool design challenges!Dates: July 7 - 11Time: 9:00-2:00For: Students entering grades 5 through 9
Location: WREN Classroom Space; Main Street, Bethlehem, NHCost: $275*
Robotics Design Studio
Robotics is a blend of many science, technology, arts, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics. As such, robotics is influencing many diverse fields from architecture to zoology. Based on topics of interest to campers, we will apply their expanding robotics skills to many different real world topics and projects. We’ll use tools such as LEGO EV3 Intelligent Bricks, Arduino micro-controllers, Raspberry Pi minicomputers, camera based robot vision systems, and 3D Printer/CAD based design tools. Dates: July 14 -18Time: 9:00- 2:00For:  Students entering grades 5 through 9Location: WREN Classroom Space; Main Street, Bethlehem, NHCost: $325*
*Limited tuition assistance is available.  For additional information or questions, please email Bill Church at or visit:

Wormeli Event Door Prize Winners
Winners of $50 Amazon Gift Cards
Tammy Fauteux, Berlin Middle School
Patricia Peel, Groveton Elementary School
Teri Cote, Errol School
Dan Mackin, Stratford School
Ben Murphy, Berlin Middle School
Winner of the Porky Gulch Bike Shop Gift Basket
Christine Young-Rineer, Bethlehem Elementary School
Winner of the Town & Country Inn & Resort 3 month Health Club Membership
Michael Brosnan, Gorham Middle High School

National Writing Project in New Hampshire
Each of the nearly 200 NWP sites holds an invitational summer institute every summer. Several thousand teachers participate each year in these summer institutes, and every year new groups of summer fellows at local sites describe their summer institute experience as “a space for critical reflection so essential to good practice,” “causing a noticeable and great shift in all of my teaching,” “the best professional development I have had in all my years of teaching.”
The invitational summer institute is at the core of NWP’s model of “teachers teaching teachers.” For more about the intentional and complex design of NWP summer institutes and how they support teachers as professionals, as researchers, and as writers, visit the National Writing Project or check out our Summer Institute Brochure.
North Country participation is especially being sought. NWP in NH may offer reduced rate tuition, and pay for housing on campus and/or a mileage stipend. They might be able to pay some additional stipend to cover child care if that is necessary. They are looking for middle and elementary level teachers, but high school educators are also welcome.  Contact Dr. Meg Petersen for more information at

In this issue:
Teacher of the Year Nominees from North Country Schools
Thirty-three teachers were honored at the tenth celebration in April 2014. Each year, New Hampshire schools take part in the State and National Teacher of the Year Program.  It is the oldest and most prestigious honors program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. This national and statewide award builds community awareness of our state’s finest educators, while providing positive messages about the teaching profession. The nominees from North Country Schools are pictured below with Commissioner Dr. Virginia Barry.
Angelique Brown - Groveton Elementary School

Jeannine LaBounty - White Mountains Regional High School 

Jennifer Mathieu - Stewartstown Community School

Laura Tobin - Monroe Consolidated School

Matthew Liebenow - Pine Tree School

Openings at NCES for the 2014-15 School Year
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North Country Education Services
300 Gorham Hill Road
Gorham, NH 03581
NCES  is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
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