District News

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, is an early release date at PES. Students will dismissed at 11:30 a.m. It is also the College Board testing date at PMHS. There will be no late start on Wednesday. All students in grades 7-12 must arrive to school by 7:57 (the second bell) and report to testing locations. Students will be dismissed when testing is complete. Buses will run at 1:00 p.m. and 2:46 p.m.


White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools

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

Current Events

Community Conversation Series – Date Change

Community Conversation 10 25 16

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/.