Mark your calendars for our upcoming Holiday concerts! The PES concert for grades 1-3 will be December 13 and the concert for grades 4-6 will be December 20. Both concerts will start at 6:30 p.m. at the high school. The PMHS Band and Chorus performance will be be December 14 at 6:30 p.m. Also, the PMHS Drama Club’s presentation of The Rented Christmas will be held on Friday, December 9th at 7pm and Saturday, December 10th at 2pm in the PMHS Lecture Hall. The price of tickets is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. It is reserved seating and limited to 80 per performance. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Anne Banks at 435-6701 ext 4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools took place on Monday, September 12, in Washington, D.C. About two hundred district and state education leaders from across the United States, along with leaders from other government agencies, foundations, and research entities participated in the one-day event.
The Summit was designed to be a part of a national conversation on transforming high schools to better serve all students and to catalyze new thinking on the challenges and opportunities for … making progress, especially at the state and district level. New Hampshire was represented by seven educational leaders; I was honored to be invited and participate in the Summit.
In addition to remarks and statements by leaders from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Science Foundation and others, our U.S. Secretary of Education John King also spoke to the group. Dr. King advocated for a “leadership environment that supports innovation” while he celebrated progress made that has resulted in the highest high school graduation rate in our nation’s history.
Dr. King encouraged participants to continue to “rethink high schools” to better prepare students for success in life, to help students find their passions, to support students in developing strong relationships with adults, and to engage young people in creating a “vision of their future” by rethinking “what students experience in their classrooms,” developing critical new skills – both academic and non-academic, and expanding “opportunities for kids.” (more…)
Middle High School Calendar
Over the last several months, the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) has been collaborating with stakeholders in an effort to build an understanding of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the replacement to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
The NH DOE wants to gather input from a broader group of stakeholders. Please see the flyer below announcing the Regional Listening Tour that will start in November. The document also shares how to access a survey that has been posted to the NH DOE website on its ESSA page. Both of these offer opportunities to provide feedback focusing on the following four questions:
- What do you expect from New Hampshire’s educational system?
- What school characteristics are most important to you to improve student learning?
- What measures of school quality or student success should be included in a school accountability system?
- In your experience, what are the best ways for the State to support schools to serve the needs of all students?
The input received in the survey and at the forums during the Regional Listening Tour will be provided to the Accountability Task Force and other Advisory Teams. The input will be an invaluable resource in prioritizing our work and helping assist the NH DOE in developing its ESSA State Accountability and Support Plan.
School District Energy Options
Last fall, a group of interested Pittsfield citizens – including both members of the public and school officials – convened to review the district’s energy needs and consider options for future energy sources.
The group recommended to the School Board that an energy audit be conducted to provide the community with current information and efficiency recommendations. Additionally, the group recommended that a wood energy feasibility study be completed to provide specific information to supplement the energy audit. (Cost for the audit was shared by the district and Eversource; the feasibility study was completed at no cost to the district.)
Both reports were received by the district in early summer and are now available for review on the district website (www.pittsfieldnhschools.org). Additionally, two community meetings have been scheduled to review the contents of the reports:
· Energy Audit Report Meeting: 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center
· Wood Energy Feasibility Report Meeting: 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center
Interested Pittsfield citizens are cordially invited to these meetings to learn more about energy and the schools and to have your energy questions answered.
When Students Lead Parent-Teacher Conferences
Click here to read a new article by writer, Emily Richmond who is a public editor for the National Education Writers Association.
You can see previous article written by Emily Richmond about the Pittsfield School District by clicking http://www.pittsfieldnhschools.org/restorative-justice/.