Schools – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Schools – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester Schools Partner With McDonald’s to Raise Money for Elementary Band Program https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/24/rochester-schools-partner-with-mcdonalds-to-raise-money-for-elementary-band-program/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/24/rochester-schools-partner-with-mcdonalds-to-raise-money-for-elementary-band-program/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 18:01:42 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1703 Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that Rochester schools have partnered with McDonald's to raise money for the city's youngest musicians. 

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Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that Rochester schools have partnered with McDonald’s to raise money for the city’s youngest musicians.

The Napoli Group, which owns the McDonald’s at 291 North Main St., will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from its sales on June 8-10 to the Rochester’s elementary school band program. The fundraiser is part of an ongoing celebration of the restaurant’s recent renovation.

“We are very appreciative of the Napoli Group and our local McDonald’s, as they continually support our students,” Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. “It is wonderful to have such an amazing partner in our city.”

The proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to invest in the loaner instruments that the schools make available to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one of their own. This summer, the money raised will be used to clean, sterilize and repair the loaners so they can be reassigned to students in the fall.

“We are so grateful for this generous donation so that we can provide instruments for all of our well deserving Rochester students,” Director of Music Joanne Houston said.

“Since 2009, the McDonald’s in Rochester have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with the Rochester Elementary Band. Given that longstanding relationship, we thought it was fitting to join together in celebration of the Grand Re-opening of our McDonald’s located at 291 North Main Street” said Sal Napoli. “We are as dedicated as ever to being involved in the communities we serve, and are proud to give back to our neighbors through partnerships like this one to benefit the Rochester Elementary Band.”

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R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Center Announces Winner of Logo Design Contest https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/18/r-w-creteau-regional-technology-center-announces-winner-of-logo-design-contest/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/18/r-w-creteau-regional-technology-center-announces-winner-of-logo-design-contest/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:11:55 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1583 The Rochester Schools are pleased to announce that students at the Creteau Regional Technology Center have chosen the center's new logo from a series of student-designed entries. 

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The Rochester Schools are pleased to announce that students at the Creteau Regional Technology Center have chosen the center’s new logo from a series of student-designed entries. 

Creteau Tech students entered a logo design contest with a mandate to create an image that best represents the school and its wide variety of career technical education programs.

Students voted on the logo they liked best, with junior Emily Johnson’s CTE Tree of Knowledge emerging as the favorite. Junior Emelia Lamie’s CTE Shield earned second place, while senior Esther White’s CTE Depth of Knowledge design earned third place.

Johnson was awarded a $100 gift card, while Lamie and White each received $50 and $25 gift cards, respectively. They were chosen from among 38 entries.

“Each of the designs were great representations of Creteau Tech’s programs, and I’m confident that Emily’s design will represent the school for years to come,” Superintendent Mike Hopkins said.

“Creteau Tech provides our students with so many opportunities to earn real world experiences and develop practical skills,” Mayor Caroline McCarley said. “The logo design contest is a great example of the type of opportunities available to students, and I want to congratulate everyone for exercising their creativity.”

The winning logo will be transformed into a digital image and placed on display next month.

The winning logo.

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Keller Williams Realty Volunteers to Complete Improvements at Rochester’s McClelland School Complex https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/13/keller-williams-realty-volunteers-to-complete-improvements-at-rochesters-mcclelland-school-complex/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/13/keller-williams-realty-volunteers-to-complete-improvements-at-rochesters-mcclelland-school-complex/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:09:42 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1572 City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Mayor Caroline McCarley are pleased to announce that representatives from Keller Williams Coastal, Lakes, and Mountains Realty will visit Rochester next month for the company's annual day of community service, known as RED Day.

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City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Mayor Caroline McCarley are pleased to announce that representatives from Keller Williams Coastal, Lakes, and Mountains Realty will visit Rochester next month for the company’s annual day of community service, known as RED Day.

WHEN

Thursday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE

Rochester Middle School and McClelland Middle School, 47 Brock St., Rochester

WHO

  • Representatives from the City of Rochester
  • Approximately 250 Keller Williams volunteers
  • RED Day Committee Co-Chairs Barbara Marzoli and Melissa Lesniak

WHAT

Keller Williams’ RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day is an annual tradition in which associates give back to the communities they serve. This year, approximately 250 representatives from the company’s various office locations in New Hampshire and Maine will do hands-on improvement work at the McClelland School complex in Rochester. 

Among many smaller beautification projects, KW associates will plant flower beds around the elementary school and trim the fence line around the complex. They will also begin work to refurbish an area known as “the dust bowl,” by laying a bed of gravel and establishing a perimeter for an eventual outdoor basketball court.

The largest project being completed will be the complete refurbishing of the enclosed playground area at the elementary school.

“RED Day is an opportunity for us to give back to the communities that have supported us throughout the year,” Keller Williams agent and RED Day Committee Co-Chair Barbara Marzoli said.

“This day of service is something all of our agents look forward to every year, and this project will have a great impact on Rochester and its kids,” added Co-Chair and Agent Melissa Lesniak.

Keller Williams’ Red Day Committee identified the McClelland School projects as a unique fit for the program, given the amount of work required, as well as the size and overall skill set of their volunteer force.

“I am absolutely thrilled and extremely grateful that so many members of the Keller Williams team will be pitching in to help get this work done,” Mayor McCarley said. “This project will go a long way toward improving the school complex for students and the community as a whole.”

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Freshman Day Offers Spaulding Students an Empowering Look Into Their Future Choices https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/23/freshman-day-offers-spaulding-students-an-empowering-look-into-their-future-choices/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/23/freshman-day-offers-spaulding-students-an-empowering-look-into-their-future-choices/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:37:03 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1347 Spaulding High School freshmen participated in a day-long event yesterday that featured a visit from an inspiring two-time Olympian, as well as opportunities to start charting their futures. 

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Spaulding High School freshmen participated in a day-long event yesterday that featured a visit from an inspiring two-time Olympian, as well as opportunities to start charting their futures.

Molly Sullivan Sliney, a two-time Olympic fencer who represented the U.S. in the 1988 and 1992 summer games, spoke to freshman about her journey and the power of imagining possibilities for themselves.

“If you can imagine something happening in your head,” she said. “It can happen.”

Sullivan Sliney began her presentation with a visualization exercise that took students on a journey to the Olympic opening ceremonies, which she used to reveal that her road to the games and beyond was at times marred by setbacks due to her lifelong struggle with dyslexia.

Though she started fencing as a way to build her self esteem, the sport ultimately helped her earn a full scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, allowed her to see the world and set her on the path to where she is today.

“It’s not about where you end up, it’s the road to get there,” Sullivan Sliney said. “It’s the story that happens along the way.”

Organized by Spaulding High School Staff and Rochester Bridging the Gaps, the event allowed freshmen to spend the day exploring their options for the rest of their high school careers and beyond while upperclassmen participated in all-day testing.

In addition to Sullivan Sliney’s visit, two groups of freshmen toured the Creteau Technology Center and learned about the 15 Career and Technical Education programs it offers to Spaulding juniors and seniors.

Freshman Day represents a departure from the approach of past years during upperclassman PSAT day, when freshmen participated in a less structured day of activities. This year, the Olympian’s visit, the Creteau Tech tour and a career fair enabled freshmen to spend the day being empowered to take their futures into their own hands.

“We wanted to focus more on keeping them engaged by letting them know that the choices they make now will help them in the future,” Assistant Principal and co-organizer Jason Bushway said. “I hope they leave today with a renewed belief in themselves and an understanding of the options available to them inside and outside of the classroom.”

Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator Dean Graziano was one of the driving forces behind making the event happen as well.

“This was an excellent opportunity to use a day when freshmen are out of class to give them a sense of the kinds of career paths that they can pursue,” Graziano said. “It would not have been possible without the support of all of the businesses who worked with us to make it a reality.”

Numerous Rochester businesses and organizations participated in the event, including:

  • Federal Savings Bank
  • Profile Bank
  • Paul Mitchell Schools
  • YMCA
  • Rochester Police
  • Home Depot
  • Frisbie Hospital
  • McDonalds
  • Empire Beauty School
  • Hannaford
  • GBCC
  • Rochester Community Center
  • New England Pizza
  • Lilac Mall

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Creteau Regional Technology Center Announces Spring Open House for Business Leaders https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/05/creteau-regional-technology-center-announces-spring-open-house-business-leaders/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/05/creteau-regional-technology-center-announces-spring-open-house-business-leaders/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:13:20 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1287 ROCHESTER–  Career and Technology Education Director Michele Halligan-Foley is pleased to announce that Creteau Regional Technology Center will be inviting local business leaders to its Spring Open House later this month. WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. WHERE: Creteau Regional Technology Center, 140 Wakefield St., Rochester WHAT: Business leaders throughout the region are invited to …

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ROCHESTER–  Career and Technology Education Director Michele Halligan-Foley is pleased to announce that Creteau Regional Technology Center will be inviting local business leaders to its Spring Open House later this month.

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Creteau Regional Technology Center, 140 Wakefield St., Rochester

WHAT:

Business leaders throughout the region are invited to Creteau Tech’s Spring Open House ahead to tour the building ahead of significant renovations.

Beginning in April 2019, the $16.8 million renovation will modernize the entire facility and introduce state of the art equipment to meet 21st century needs.

The open house will feature a meet-and-greet session, as well as the opportunity to review the renovation timelines and design, discuss the school’s extended learning opportunity initiatives and tour the facility. Creteau Tech students and faculty will be in attendance to answer any questions attendees might have.

By partnering with the business community and other strategic partners, Creteau Tech is investing in its students by providing them with the latest technology and the critical skills they’ll need in order to become successful employees and future leaders.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming community leaders to Creteau Tech so they can see the amazing work our students and faculty are doing,” Halligan-Foley added. “It will also give them a chance to understand just how significant of an impact these renovations will have on our students and the ultimate benefit that will have on local businesses.”

Upon completion, business leaders will be invited back to Creteau Tech to see the renovations first-hand.

For more information and to RSVP for a tour, please contact Halligan-Foley at halligan-foley@rochesterschools.com.

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Rochester’s Community Engagement Officer Builds Bonds Throughout the City https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/02/1274/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/02/1274/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 20:42:19 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1274 Officer Danie spends little time fulfilling traditional police patrol duties, instead focusing his attention on being an approachable public face of the department for students, business owners and residents alike. 

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No two days are exactly the same for the Rochester Police Department’s new community engagement officer, Kyle Danie, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Officer Danie spends little time fulfilling traditional police patrol duties, instead focusing his attention on being an approachable public face of the department for students, business owners and residents alike.

Sitting in an office with a whiteboard filled with upcoming events in the city, Officer Danie started his shift last Thursday morning by meeting with a community college student to provide some insight on police work.

Following that meeting, he moved on to Spaulding High School for a brief walking patrol — part of an increased presence by the department as a whole — before moving on to the School Street School to visit with and read to third and fourth grade students.

As Officer Danie made his way through the building, a student who he seems to run into every time he’s there greeted him and told him, “It’s like we’re best buddies!”

“A lot of this job is making friends with the community and gaining their trust,” Officer Danie said. “It’s a different mindset than patrol in a lot of ways, but it’s very rewarding, I think.”

Another rewarding aspect is the variety of responsibilities he has on a given day and how much his role changes from one day to the next. In a single day Officer Danie could be participating in a skating event, helping Girl Scouts earn their detective badges, or working directly with community members to help enhance their understanding of his and the department’s role in the city.

“I haven’t found myself twiddling my thumbs thinking of something I need to do,” he said. “And I eventually see myself getting more creative with this position.”

During his stop at School Street School, Officer Danie read to and fielded a litany of questions from third and fourth grade students — confirming police officers’ love for coffee and doughnuts and explaining the different items on his belt, among other inquiries.

He then joined the students for recess, playing basketball and jumping rope outside before moving inside and arriving fashionably late to a dance party.

“Being a police officer forces you to step out of your comfort zone, especially this role,” said Officer Danie, a four-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department. “A lot of what I do is different than what you’d expect out of typical police work, but I like making the bonds with people and understanding more about where they’re coming from.”

Following his stop on School Street, Officer Danie moved on to Tri-City CO-OP to speak with staff members about how things are going for them and what he can do to help. On his way out, he paused for a brief chat with a woman who he had met at the city warming shelter a few weeks earlier to see how she’s been doing.

His afternoon schedule included performing a regular walking beat through downtown, visiting with business owners and listening to any concerns they may want addressed.

“Our downtown, in my eyes, has a lot of ability to thrive,” Officer Danie said. “I’m really enthusiastic about working with our businesses and with the community as a whole to make Rochester as great as it can be.”

Officer Danie began working as the community engagement officer in January and will fill that role for at least a year.

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R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Center Celebrates National Career and Technical Education Month https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/21/r-w-creteau-regional-technology-center-celebrates-national-career-technical-education-month/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/21/r-w-creteau-regional-technology-center-celebrates-national-career-technical-education-month/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:02:28 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1243 Michele C. Halligan-Foley, director of career technical education at the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, is pleased to announce that the Creteau Center is in the midst of celebrating National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. 

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Students Participating in Logo Design Contest for School’s CTE Programs

Michele C. Halligan-Foley, director of career technical education at the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, is pleased to announce that the Creteau Center is in the midst of celebrating National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. 

Students and faculty at R.W. Creteau Technology Center have joined their peers nationwide during the month of February to celebrate CTE Month, which is centered around the theme of “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” 

CTE Month provides programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college and career ready, and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.  

As part of its celebration, Creteau Tech students are participating in a contest to design a new logo that best represents the school and its wide variety of CTE programs.

“CTE Month is an exciting way to celebrate the importance of preparing students for the professional world by helping them to develop essential skills that will make them indispensable members of the workforce,” Halligan-Foley said. “We were happy to see so many students get involved in the logo contest, which will both display out students’ talents and refresh Creteau Tech’s visual identity.”

Students will vote next month on the logo they like best, with the winning entry being unveiled on April 6. The winning designer will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to The Ridge, while the designers of the logos that finish in second and third place will each receive $50 and $25 gift cards, respectively.

 

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Spaulding High School Students Participate in Penguin Plunge https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/spaulding-high-school-students-participate-penguin-plunge/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/spaulding-high-school-students-participate-penguin-plunge/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:34:51 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1180 Superintendent Michael Hopkins is pleased to announce that members of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) participated in the High School Penguin Plunge last weekend. 

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Superintendent Michael Hopkins is pleased to announce that members of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) participated in the High School Penguin Plunge last weekend.

The Penguin Plunge, held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Hampton Beach, brought together high school students, faculty and staff from throughout New Hampshire in support of  Special Olympics of New Hampshire and its partner organization, Project UNIFY. Spaulding students raised $1,800 to benefit those causes.

This year marked the first time that Spaulding entered a full team, which was organized just a week ahead of time by SHS Physical Education Teacher Sheila Colson. Temperatures on plunge day peaked at just 25 degrees.

“The Plunge was a fun way for our students to get involved and give back to two worthy organizations,” Colson said. “I’m thrilled with how enthusiastic they were about participating, and we all had a great time.”

The Penguin Plunge is an annual event in which hundreds of people from New Hampshire high schools dive into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Rochester Schools Host First District-Wide Professional Development Day https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-schools-host-first-district-wide-professional-development-day/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-schools-host-first-district-wide-professional-development-day/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:47:03 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1160 Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that the Rochester Schools' entire faculty came together this week for a first-of-its-kind district-wide professional development day.

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Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that the Rochester Schools’ entire faculty came together this week for a first-of-its-kind district-wide professional development day.

On Monday, Jan. 29, teachers were immersed in the personalized learning model that the district has been steadily expanding to its schools, emphasizing a hands-on and largely self-directed approach based on their individual interests and needs.

At the district-wide professional development day, teachers from grades kindergarten through 12 gathered at Spaulding High School and were offered 33 modules to choose from based the skills they hoped to develop and put to use for the benefit of Rochester’s students.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to tap the wide range of expertise that we already have within the district,” Curriculum Administrator Heidi Zollman said. “We want to highlight what’s already working within our district and expand our capacity for great classroom instruction.”

Monday’s professional development day represented a renewed approach in three core ways for the Rochester schools:

  • It gave teachers direct input into the workshops offered, allowing them select modules based on their needs and interests rather than mandated sessions.
  • Each workshop included at least 30 minutes of application and collaboration time, allowing them to brainstorm ideas for how to put their new skills to use and make them more involved in their own development.
  • The workshops relied on the expertise of teachers themselves rather than outside instructors that would traditionally make up the bulk of a teacher workshop.

“The personalized learning approach has proven successful so far in helping our students grasp subjects and demonstrate their learning,” Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. “Faculty members gave us feedback that they’d like to have more of a voice and more choices in professional development, and this renewed approach does just that.”

Faculty from throughout the district worked together to teach and learn from one another by working through modules that placed a heavy emphasis on technology-aided teaching, hands-on learning and traditional techniques to improve their classrooms.

The day featured a wide variety of sessions, including ones on using tech tools from Google, as well as a module on an online math program that relies on the personalized learning philosophy.

“Personalized learning relies upon a less structured, more engaging approach to education, and we wanted to apply that to professional development,” Superintendent Hopkins said. “It gives our teachers a practical view of what personalized learning should look like, and positions them well to apply those same techniques in their classrooms.”

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Rochester Schools Continue to Build Upon STEM Partnership With UNH and Albany International https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/1008/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/1008/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:36:02 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1008 UNH, Albany International and the Rochester Schools are continuing to help students to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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From left: Rochester students Caleb Reavis, Caiden Brand and Lucien Iorio work with UNH STEMbassador Michael Cook (Courtesy Photo).

ROCHESTER — More than two years into a partnership with the University of New Hampshire and Albany International, the Rochester Schools are continuing to develop innovative opportunities for students to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Albany International and UNH continue to be tremendous partners by empowering students and teachers alike,” Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. “With their help, we’re doing some awesome work with the STEM fields that will have a lasting impact on our students.”

Following a three-year financial commitment by Albany, UNH has brought its K-12 STEM Teachers Collaborative program to Rochester, enabling the city’s elementary school educators to increase their expertise in computing, engineering and technology.

Through their partnership, Albany, UNH and the Rochester Schools have worked hand-in-hand to make substantial changes to the school district’s STEM program through professional development opportunities, curriculum revision and the introduction of coding into the classroom.

The collaboration has positioned STEM TC to enhance Rochester’s curriculum offerings, train teachers and provide access to advanced equipment that allows students the opportunity to truly embrace STEM methods.

The university has sent student STEMbassadors to visit Rochester’s schools on four occasions, conducted a Family STEM Night and will also send STEMbassadors to visit Rochester’s after school program in the spring.

“From our vantage point, there is no greater source of long-term competitive advantage than talent — especially STEM talent — and no better way for a state to promote long-term economic development than by investing in its STEM infrastructure,” said Albany International’s President and CEO Joe Morone.  “Business has a responsibility to form educational partnerships that help build that STEM infrastructure, and we very much hope that our collaboration with UNH and the Rochester schools will be duplicated by other companies with other school districts in other parts of the state.”

Albany has also gone above and beyond in working with Spaulding High School to create a dual enrollment opportunity in advanced manufacturing that could position them for career placement following graduation.

“UNH and Albany have a deep appreciation for the value of a STEM education, and they have made an extraordinary commitment to our students and teachers,” Superintendent Michael Hopkins said. “In just two years, this partnership has invigorated our teachers and enabled them to take exciting ideas back to their classrooms.”

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