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Hydroponics program to continue to grow at Merrimack Valley Middle School
06-13-2024 12:25 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

When students at Merrimack Valley Middle School returned to sixth-grade science teacher Kristen Bean Warren’s classroom on the Wednesday after Memorial Day weekend, they encountered a mystery.Vegetable plants germinating in a hydroponic growing system...

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Opinion: NH’s divisive concepts law ruled unconstitutional, sending a message to the nation
06-14-2024 8:49 AM

By DEB HOWES

Deb Howes is the president of AFT-New Hampshire. A funny thing happened on New Hampshire’s way to threatening to fire teachers for teaching so-called divisive concepts involving gender, race, history and identity. U.S. District Court Judge Paul...


Documents show N.H. teacher took student for abortion
06-11-2024 4:38 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

New Hampshire’s Department of Education has released documents that support an assertion made by Commissioner Frank Edelblut that a New Hampshire teacher transported a student to get an abortion.The commissioner’s claim was made in an April Op-Ed...


Following middle school price estimates, Concord’s city leaders encourage school district to improve community access to schools
06-10-2024 9:00 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A day after Concord’s School Board unveiled long-awaited cost estimates for its middle school project, city leaders encouraged the school board to ensure and communicate that the school buildings are shared community assets.“Taxpayers are saying,...


Merrimack Valley High School graduates credit friendship and community
06-08-2024 3:49 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

When Edward Amonor Jr. arrived at Merrimack Valley Middle School in 2019 from Ghana, he knew no one and spoke only broken English.At first, he sat alone at lunch. But then a boy named Abhi Karki introduced himself.“He was the first person I felt...


‘Loving, fun and incredible’: Pittsfield celebrates the 35 graduates in Class of 2024
06-08-2024 3:32 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

Seemingly every graduation speech throws around the word “family.” For the 35 graduates of Pittsfield Middle High School, the term is more than a cliché.“This town, this school, these people will forever be ingrained in our personality,” said...


Friendship and camaraderie defines Hopkinton’s graduating class
06-08-2024 10:19 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Fitting in can be daunting for any high school student, but for Avery Condon, a senior at Hopkinton High School with Tourette’s syndrome, it could have been even more challenging.But it wasn’t. His classmates embraced him wholeheartedly, never...


Second Start celebrates six adults receiving high school diplomas
06-08-2024 9:00 AM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

With six kids, a full-time job for Butler Bus Company and pet snakes, dogs and goats, Sarah Hodgdon didn’t have much free time. But this year, she earned her high school diploma.Her house was too hectic for her to be able to focus, so she took...


New estimate puts Concord middle school project between $136 million and $166 million
06-06-2024 8:28 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Spending on Concord’s new middle school could be capped at as high as $166.6 million or as low as $136.2 million depending on a range of decisions still to come, according to long-anticipated cost estimates presented at a meeting Thursday night.The...


Opinion: Let’s invest in NH’s Portrait of a Graduate process
06-06-2024 6:00 AM

By CARISA CORROW

Carisa Corrow of Penacook is co-author of “126 Falsehoods We Believe About Education” and founder of Educating for Good. I appreciated the recent article on Portrait of a Graduate in schools, and although it is a good primer, there are some...


Pembroke Academy class of 2024 graduates
06-05-2024 5:08 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

 To offset the uniformity of the Spartan green cap and gown, some Pembroke Academy graduates decorated their caps with designs or inspirational quotes. Class president Abdalla Faiad donned a red and white keffiyah, the traditional Middle Eastern...


Mill Brook School celebrates Teacher of the Year semifinalist Laura McKenna
06-04-2024 4:31 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

In Laura McKenna’s second-grade class at Concord’s Mill Brook School, her 16 students speak at least four different languages at home, from Kinyarwanda to French.On Tuesday morning, following a meeting that involved freeze dance, high fives, and a...


In Pembroke schools, end of year celebrations are colored by anxiety about what next year will bring
06-03-2024 4:37 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Jenny Jones grew up in Pembroke, attended its schools, and began her teaching career at Pembroke Hill School 23 years ago. Over the years, she taught the children of her own childhood friends, pouring energy into a calling that felt decidedly...


N.H. Senate kills school funding bill despite districts, mayors voicing need
05-29-2024 10:26 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A month after a bipartisan group of state representatives united to pass a bill that would increase state education funding, Democrat and Republican senators came together last week to vote it down.The legislation, HB 1583, would have increased...


U.S. district court strikes down controversial ‘divisive concepts’ law
05-28-2024 3:37 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down New Hampshire’s controversial “divisive concepts” law, ruling that it is “unconstitutionally vague” in violation of the Constitution’s 14th amendment.The summary judgment ruling by Judge Paul J. Barbadoro was...


Hometown Hero: Prolific Merrimack Valley sports coach Tom Burke shows no signs of stopping
05-27-2024 10:49 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

It’s possible that no one in the region has coached more youth and high school sports games than Tom Burke.Burke, 72, started coaching middle school basketball at St. John Regional School in 1970 at the age of 19. Since then, Burke has coached roughly...


‘Book banning’ continues to leave parents, lawmakers divided
05-24-2024 12:49 PM

By CHLOE RATTEE

Bow resident Christopher Lins has never shied away from speaking his mind, which is why he agreed to lead the challenge last year of the book “Gender Queer: A Memoir.” Other parents asked him to be the face of the issue because of their fear of...


Internal emails reveal UNH administrators’ desire to quell pro-Palestine ‘encampment’ ahead of graduation
05-22-2024 5:58 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A day before a pro-Palestine protest at the University of New Hampshire earlier this month, a staff member in the university’s Office of Student Life passed on to administrators that he got word of a “plan to engage in encampment,” according to an...


Franklin High-community college partnership prompted by extreme teacher shortage garners attention from Senator Shaheen
05-21-2024 3:43 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

At the beginning of this school year, the 270-student Franklin High School employed only one math and one science teacher, an educator shortage so dire that district administrators informed parents at a meeting last fall that they would be unable to...


Despite using federally funded math coaches, Concord test results are mixed
05-19-2024 1:00 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

It was supposed to be a yearlong effort to help blunt and ultimately reverse pandemic-related learning loss in math.Using relief funding from the federal government, the Concord School District pulled six expert math teachers from their classrooms in...


Opinion: Brown v. Board of Education and the Claremont Lawsuit
05-17-2024 6:00 AM

By RICHARD W. OSBORNE

Richard W. Osborne lives in Contoocook. Today, May 17, is the anniversary of a milestone in American jurisprudence. It was on this date, seventy years ago that the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Brown v. Board of...

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