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June 2019 
Goodbye to a long-time friend of NCES, Annemarie Platt
platt photoNCES is sad to share the news that Annemarie Platt, long-time member of the NCES board of directors, passed away in May. Mrs. Platt served the organization for over twenty-five years, many of those as Treasurer.
Locally, she will be remembered for teddy bear program. Initially providing teddy bears to children experiencing traumatic situation, Annemarie extended the program to provide teddy bears for many hospital patients. 
Upon her retirement from the board in April of 2018, Annemarie Platt was recognized for her 26 years of service to NCES by then President, Paul Bousquet and Executive Director, Lori Langlois.

Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIfTS) -- 
North Country Cohort 
NCES is excited to announce, working in partnership with Lesley University, that the graduate certificate program, Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIfTS), will be brought to Gorham, NH for a northern NH cohort. The four graduate level courses (3 credit each) will be offered each as an intensive weekend course with some online follow-up and assignments.
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Course 1. The Impact of Trauma on Learning
Instructor: Anthea Lavergne
Dates: Sept 27 (evening), 28th and 29, 2019
Course 2. The Impact of Trauma on Learning: Classroom and Student Supports
Instructor: TBD
Dates: TBD, early November weekend anticipated
Course 3. The Impact of Trauma on Learning: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Instructor: TBD
Dates: TBD, late January 2020 weekend anticipated
Course 4. The Impact of Trauma on Learning: Action Research and Seminar
Instructor: Dr. Sal Terrasi
Dates: TBD, March 2020 weekend anticipated
Learn more about LIfTS and course descriptions here
The cost of the program (12 credits) hosted by NCES will be $2,600/person for staff from NCES full-member districts ($3,250 for associate members, $3,640 non-members). This includes texts, refreshments (Friday evening and weekend mornings) and light lunches (Sat/Sun). Format of the sessions will be Friday evenings, approximate times of 4:00—8:30 PM, Saturday, 8:00—4:00, and Sunday 8:00—2:00 with online participation and assignments to follow.
There are no prerequisites for the courses, but a graduate level reading and writing ability is required for the assignments and presentations. 
For preliminary registration while the dates are set, please visit Those on this preliminary list will have the first opportunity to officially register for the cohort. As a membership organization, staff from NCES full-member districts will have first priority.
Contact Lori Langlois FMI, or 603-466-5437.

North Country Scholars 
North Country Education Services and the North Country School Administrators Association recognize outstanding students from the twelve high schools within the NCES service area. The valedictorians, salutatorians, and outstanding Career and Technical Education students from the North Country assemble each spring at White Mountains Regional High School for the annual scholar recognition ceremony. This year's event was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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Front row: Nickolas Heysler - Outstanding CTE, Mt Washington Valley CTC; Isabella Gaetjens-Oleson - Salutatorian, WMRHS; Amy Cotter - Salutatorian, Kennett High School; Carson Smith - Valedictorian, Kennett High School; Samantha Tower - Salutatorian, LinWood School; Austen Keyser - Valedictorian, Pittsburg High School. Second row: Emily Rhonda Fellows - Salutatorian, Colebrook Academy; Nicole Marie Piette - Valedictorian, Littleton High School; Dakota Smith, Valedictorian, LinWood School; Haley Hodgdon - Co-Valedictorian, Profile School; Kassandra Amey; Thomas Oliver - Co-Valedictorian, Profile School; John “Webb” Kertis - Salutatorian, Woodsville High School. Third row: Abigail Bernier - Salutatorian, Gorham High School; Bryce Gauthier - Valedictorian, Gorham High School; Madisen Dumont - Outstanding CTE, Hugh J. Gallen CTC; Ethan Riggie - Salutatorian, Lisbon Regional School; Samuel Stiles - Outstanding CTE, Berlin Regional CTC; Samuel Greene - Salutatorian, Profile School; Jim Kertis - Salutatorian, Woodsville High School. Last row: Khaley Styles - Salutatorian - Groveton High School; Brooke Routhier - Valedictorian, Groveton High School; Dylan Benjamin Carpino - Valedictorian, Colebrook Academy; Logan Lopus - Valedictorian, Lisbon Regional School; Joseph DePalma IV - Salutatorian, Littleton High School; Blaine Lachance - Outstanding CTE, Arthur T. Paradice Regional CTE; Sunjay Sood - Valedictorian, White Mountains Regional High School. Missing from photo: Joshua Berthiaume - Valedictorian, Berlin High School; Kelsey Alimandi - Salutatorian, Berlin High School.

CS North Summit 2019
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The 2019 CS North Summit will bring together teams to work on implementation plans for integrating computer science (CS) at the elementary level. 
Anticipated outcomes
  • Collaborate and share ideas with fellow teachers/administrators in region schools
  • Share starting points and strategies for K-6 CS
  • Review K-6 CS success stories
  • Review NH implementation timeline/requirements
  • Build a set of next steps for your school
  • Create version #1 of your school’s CS plan!
When: Tuesday/Wednesday, August 20 & 21, 2019
Where: WMSI, 23 Ammonoosuc St., Littleton, NH
Cost: Free, refreshments and lunch provided.
Stipend: $150/day as these are work sessions to create an CS implementation plan.
Who should participate: Your team should ideally consist of two educators from your CS Task Force and the principal. If you don’t have a task force yet, two educators who are willing to take the lead on how your school will address computer science and act as a liaison to your colleagues are recommended.
Eligibility: The summit is for North Country schools that have participated in the CS North Project. Participation means your school engaged with support from White Mountains Science Inc. this year in building awareness and knowledge around the role of the elementary grades in the requirement to integrate computer science K-12. See registration page for list of eligible schools.


Community Connection Series:
Universal Design for Learning

The Teacher Residency for Rural Education (TRRE) program at the University of New Hampshire is pleased to announce the Community Connection Series: Universal Design for Learning event. Focused on Universal Design for Learning, the event is the first in a series of professional development opportunities for educators. 
For: Pre-service teachers, paraprofessionals, experienced teachers and school administrators are invited to connect with colleagues and build communities to connect learning theory and practice in rural NH.
Instructor: Bill Wilmot, CAST Implementation Specialist, will be the keynote speaker. Four breakout sessions and a lunch panel round out the agenda.
Date: June 25, 2019
Location: The Mountain Club on Loon, Lincoln, NH.
Cost: Free
Register: Learn more and register at:
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Polly Bath: Teaching Social Skills is an All Day Event!
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Polly Bath will keynote the 2019 North Country Regional Professional Development Conference on October 11th.
When a student gets in trouble in school it is invariably because they did not have the social skills to handle what was facing them. Instead of teaching social skills as a separate curriculum, Polly Bath uses teachable moments in the classroom, hallways, and lunchroom to teach students the social skills and good manners they need to be successful.  She unravels the typical school day and classroom, exposing the countless times students are called upon to have good social skills, including in the academic setting. 
Discover the embedded social skills requirements in the average classroom that can make the socially unskilled, but academically prepared student look as if they do not know the lesson, or don’t know the material well enough to complete an academic assignment, when they do. 
In this keynote, liberally spiced with Polly’s signature humor and stories, she guides the audience to a new way of helping kids improve their behaviors by helping them build their skills on the spot–right when they need them.
Everyone will leave with “take-homes” pertinent to their own age group to directly impact classroom success and behavior.
Date/Time: Friday, October 11, 2019 from 8:00 - 3:00
Location: Berlin School District Auditorium, Berlin, NH
For: K-12 educators.
Cost: SAUs 3, 7, 20, 35 & 68 and Canaan, VT are fully participating and staff from those SAUs do NOT need to register individually. For all other SAU staff, the registration fee is $95/person for staff from member schools and $125 for others (includes lunch).
Registration: Contact Lisa Nadeau at

NGSS Instructional Toolkit Workshop
NHeep workshopExperience how high-leverage instructional practices benefit learners as you become acquainted with the equipment in a NH Energy Education Project (NHEEP) materials kit to use in your classroom. Engage with anchoring phenomena and teaching routines that support student sense-making. Investigate a NHEEP instructional kit and curriculum of your choosing more deeply. You’ll leave knowing how to use NHEEP materials and curricula to support
your specific grade-level needs.
Date: August 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 am–3:30 pm, with an hour for lunch.
Location: NCES, Gorham, NH

Cost: $175/teacher, includes free kit rental. Scholarships are available; please contact for more information.

Register: Register at 
Questions: Deanna Bailey,
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SEL Summit, July 25 & 26 in Center Conway
SAU 9 is hosting a summit addressing Social Emotional Learning in Trauma Informed Schools July 25 and 26, 2019 at Pine Tree School in Center Conway, NH.
Presenters will include:
  • Cassie Yackley, Psy.D., PLLC
  • Hannah Mariotti, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Sarah Wagner, School Psychologist, from UNH
  • Stefanie Piatkiewicz, Mindful Practices out of Chicago
  • Chelsea Latham, Mindfulness Consultant
  • Ellen Desmond, NH Department of Education
  • Eric Mann, SERESC
  • Brian Hastings, Former Principal of Conway Elementary School and Educational Consultant
  • Alison Memoli, School Counselor, and Beth Cole, Special Educator, SAU 9
  • Tracey Vokey, Family Support Liaison, and Anne Longver, School Counselor, SAU 9
  • Helen Fernald, Social Emotional Learning Consultant
  • Meaghan Thompson, Certified Behavioral Consultant
  • Lynda True-Carter, School Counselor, SAU 20
  • Krystal Bunnell, School Counselor, and Anne-Marie Gagne, SAU 3
Each day there will be keynote presentations, break-out sessions, and opportunities for school-based teams to engage in conversations around supporting social emotional skill development within trauma sensitive environments. 
Questions should be directed to Kadie Wilson, SAU 9 Assistant Superintendent of Schools at (603)447-8368 or 

Ten-Year Perspective on Northern NH Youth
The Coös Youth Study was a ten-year research project about growing up in a rural county undergoing transformative economic and demographic changes. The study addressed how these changes affected youths’ well-being as well as their plans to stay in the region, pursue opportunities elsewhere, permanently relocate, or return to their home communities with new skills and new ideas. In this report, the authors describe their findings and point to specific areas for action to support and retain North Country youth. The study was sponsored by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation as one component of the long-term research collaboration Tracking Change in the North Country.
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Digging into Data
The New Hampshire Department of Education and Demonstrated Success have partnered together to offer webinars and workshops to assist New Hampshire schools in analyzing and using data more effectively. To learn more about these webinars or PD offerings, visit the Demonstrated Success website.
NH principals and instructional/curriculum administrators, if you are interested in having a school team work with Demonstrated Success to view data and identify instructional areas to focus on, there are opportunities to convene regional teams for in-person support. To request support, email
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Job Openings at NCES

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Want to learn more about education funding in NH?
Reaching Higher NH has a series of articles that explains different aspects of the issue. 
Advancing NH Public Education has several articles on education funding as well.
Follow the Save Our Schools page on Facebook.
Sign up for a weekly email update from the School Funding Fairness Project here.

2019 NH Kids Count
Data Book

The 2019 New Hampshire Kids Count Data Book is now available online. It examines key child well-being indicators, statewide and by county. Along with providing raw data on children's health and wellness, the Data Book includes key takeaways and policy recommendations to provide a framework for state policy which will support all children and families.
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Key findings and recommendations.

Granite Guarantee:
Tuition-Free College

The Granite Guarantee is a financial aid program that makes college possible for qualified first-year and transfer New Hampshire students by covering the cost of tuition for up to four years. 
Learn more about the Granite Guarantee process at participating schools:
or learn more about the program through the University System of New Hampshire or by calling 844-309-3855.

Foster Care: Short-term and Long-term Families Needed
It is probably not a surprise to hear there is a need for foster homes in the North County area for children of all ages and sibling groups. However, did you know there are foster care opportunities for short-term care and providing respite - like fostering only on weekends?
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If you’ve ever thought about becoming a foster parent, please act now. You decide what you can handle. If you’d like to learn more about the foster care program, contact Linda A. Pivin at (800) 972-6111 Ext. 28326 or (603) 752-8326 or or visit the NH DHHS webpage on Becoming a Foster Parent.

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Supporting North Country schools in planning for comprehensive and strategic implementation of computer science in grades K through 12.

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Coos Adult Learner Services offers small group instruction in basic reading, writing, math, English for English Language Learners, and preparation for the HiSet exam.
Services available in Berlin, Colebrook, and Lancaster locations. The program serves all of Coos County. 
Volunteer tutoring opportunities as well. 
Call 603-752-1927 to get started.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 
BBBS of NH is actively recruiting for "Bigs" and "Littles" in the North Country.  Site-based programs are in the works for Groveton, Whitefield, and Lancaster areas. There is potential for matches in other communities. Visit
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Protecting children is all of our responsibility. The Granite State Children’s Alliance, New Hampshire’s network of Child Advocacy Centers, served 2,359 child victims of abuse last year. But with only 10% of victims reporting, we know there are 21,231 child victims still waiting for help. Know & Tell is a new public responsibility movement to educate Granite Staters to KNOW the signs of abuse and TELL responsible authorities.  

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NCES Online Professional Development Library & Educational Student Texts
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Want to enhance your ebook collection?
Check out the hundreds of educational ebooks available to NCES member schools:

School Resources About Military Families
There are many resources available to school personnel who are working with military connected families including the NH National Guard. Visit  the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State's Applied Science Research Center for more information.


Help support NCES' mission
With your tax deductible donation, you are invited to support NCES' mission of:
  • Being a leader in providing professional development and educational services, 
  • Facilitating partnerships and fostering collaborations that benefit member schools,
  • Advocating for resources for teachers and students, and
  • Continuously creating  opportunities  that enhance education in the North Country.  
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Contact Information
North Country Education Services
300 Gorham Hill Road
Gorham, NH 03581 
NCES  is an equal opportunity employer and provider. 
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