District News

Coming Events

Upcoming school and community events are listed below. You can also view the coming events calendar by school on the PES and PMHS webpages.

  • Wed., Nov. 27 to Fri., Nov. 29: Thanksgiving Holiday Break
  • Thurs., Dec. 5: School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 7: PES PTO Breakfast with Santa 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Tues., Dec. 10: Good to Great Team, 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Dec. 11: NEASC Community Forum, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Dec. 17: NHHEAF College Financial Aid Night 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Mon., Dec. 23 – Wed., Jan 1: Holiday Break
  • Thurs., Jan 2: School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Jan 14: Good to Great Team, 4:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Jan 14: PES Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Jan 15: PMHS Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Superintendent

Children and Media – Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics

In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the AAP to help parents manage the digital landscape they’re exploring with their children.

·         Treat media as you would any other environment in your child’s life. The same parenting guidelines apply in both real and virtual environments. Set limits; kids need and expect them. Know your children’s friends, both online and off. Know what platforms, software, and apps your children are using, where they are going on the web, and what they are doing online.

·         Set limits and encourage playtime. Tech use, like all other activities, should have reasonable limits.  Unstructured and offline play stimulates creativity. Make unplugged playtime a daily priority, especially for very young children. And—don’t forget to join your children in unplugged play whenever you’re able.

·         Families who play together, learn together. Family participation is also great for media activities—it encourages social interactions, bonding, and learning. Play a video game with your kids. It’s a good way to demonstrate good sportsmanship and gaming etiquette. And, you can introduce and share your own life experiences and perspectives—and guidance—as you play the game. ​

·         Be a good role model. Teach and model kindness and good manners online. And, because children are great mimics, limit your own media use. In fact, you’ll be more available for and connected with your children if you’re interacting, hugging, and playing with them rather than simply staring at a screen.

·         Know the value of face-to-face communication. Very young children learn best through two-way communication. Engaging in back-and-forth “talk time” is critical for language development. Conversations can be face-to-face or, if necessary, by video chat, with a traveling parent or far-away grandparent. Research has shown that it’s that “back-and-forth conversation” that improves language skills—much more so than “passive” listening or one-way interaction with a screen.

·         Create tech-free zones. Keep family mealtimes and other family and social gatherings tech-free. Recharge devices overnight—outside your child’s bedroom to help children avoid the temptation to use them when they should be sleeping. These changes encourage more family time, healthier eating habits, and better sleep, all critical for children’s wellness.

·         Don’t use technology as an emotional pacifier. Media can be very effective in keeping kids calm and quiet, but it should not be the only way they learn to calm down. Children need to be taught how to identify and handle strong emotions, come up with activities to manage boredom, or calm down through breathing, talking about ways to solve the problem, and finding other strategies for channeling emotions.

·         Apps for kids – do your homework. More than 80,000 apps are labeled as educational, but little research has demonstrated their actual quality. (more…)

Middle High School Calendar

Current Events

School Funding & Property Taxes 101 Coming to SAU 13

SAU 13 will host a presentation by Attorney John Tobin of the NH School Funding Fairness Project on the topic of School Funding & Property Taxes in New Hampshire on December 10th at 6:30 P.M. at the K.A. Brett School in Tamworth.  (Snow date 12/12/19.)

Attorney Tobin and his colleagues have given this presentation in more than 60 locations across New Hampshire since the summer of 2018. Their goal is to educate NH citizens about the current school funding system and the inequities it imposes on students, property taxpayers, and the economies of many local communities.

Property Taxes are too high.  Within SAU 13, local districts pay vastly different amounts of property tax to support their local schools. Tamworth, for example, typically has the highest tax rate in Carroll County.  The State of New Hampshire has been found to have acted unconstitutionally by not funding an adequate education for the students of New Hampshire.  Instead, this responsibility has been foisted onto the backs of the local property taxpayers.  Attend this presentation to learn how this happens, and what our legislators and citizens need to do to resolve this Property Tax problem, once and for all.

Under New Hampshire’s Constitution, the State is responsible for ensuring that every K-12 child in our state has the opportunity for an adequate education and the tax rates for funding this public education must be equal.  (more…)

Public Hearing Notice

The Pittsfield School Board will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 3rd, in the PMHS Media Center.  The hearing will be to accept and expend funds for a full-time social worker position.

Q & A Session

The Pittsfield School Board will hold a question and answer forum on the re-purposing of the former PMHS wood shop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, in the PMHS media center.