January 22, 2014

Post date: Mar 31, 2014 6:56:57 PM

I hope everyone is staying warm in this cold weather have once again been subjected to. As we move into this colder weather that stays for an extended time, outdoor recess becomes challenging. In order to counteract this issue and provide more activity for students, we have been rotating grades in the gymnasium. Yesterday we had 5th and 3rd and today we will have 4th and 2nd. These grades go in during their respective recess times and have half the gymnasium to play in. It is working well and, again, provides that added physical activity which is so beneficial to all of us, especially children.

I also wanted to let you all know that DARE is back! Chief Sklut and the school have been working hard to try to make this happen. For the foreseeable future we will have Officer Clarke from the Sherriff’s Department teaching our 6th graders DARE. Officer Clarke comes to Dunbarton with many years of experience teaching DARE within the Merrimack Valley School District. In meeting with her and Chief Sklut I see Officer Clarke as a nice fit for our students. The DARE program will not begin until after the February vacation. The sixth grade students will be bringing home the respective paperwork before the start of the program. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chief Sklut, Mrs. Wight, Mr. Polzin or me.

The Dunbarton School Board has been hard at work with creating a budget for the 2014-2015 school year. I am very confident in the work they have done and sincerely appreciate their efforts at working as a cohesive unit with school and district level administration to create a budget that best fits the needs of our students while balancing other budgetary needs. I would encourage all that are interested to attend the Budget Hearing on February 5th at 6:30 in the DES library. At this time, the finer points of the budget will be explained in greater detail.

In closing, I wanted to take a moment to inform you of a recent lock-down drill we had this past Friday. It was important for us to have this drill and use it more of an instructional opportunity for students and staff. In doing so, we took our time, made sure students were aware it was a drill and knew their responsibilities and took the time to go into every classroom and speak with the students to make sure they were all in place and quietly waiting for the all clear. I wanted to publicly thank Chief Sklut and Chief Wiggins for attending and giving their suggestions following the drill. In order to really take the time to review our safety program, we have also invited Greg Champlin from the NH Department of Safety to visit in February and take a tour of our school to give further suggestions for improvement. This exercise will be done in conjunction with our two chiefs and the school’s emergency response team. Although an emergency response plan is nothing we ever want to exercise, we do want to make sure we have a plan that is organized and effective should it need to be utilized.

As always, thank you for your support and should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


Owen Harrington