March 24, 2017

Post date: Mar 25, 2017 2:06:04 PM

Dear Parents,

We are certainly moving through the month of March. As we move through this month, I begin thinking about testing (SBAC, STAR, Science NECAP) schedules, the 2017-2018 school schedule, writing evaluations, and what work the teachers will be doing during the summer months. Starting last year, we re-purposed our Title Two funds to fund summer curriculum work for teachers. Through that funding we were able to give teachers who were new to a grade level time to work on curriculum. We were able to give teachers time to learn about new programs (Fundations and enVisionmath 2.0) they will be using in their classrooms. This year, we will continue along those same lines. Once I have an opportunity to talk to staff members, I will get back to you about what specifics our summer work will entail. No matter what, it will all be for the betterment of DES, which is nothing less than exciting.

Not only is this a busy time in the school office, it is also a busy time in the classroom. Staff and students are working hard to get through the curricular demands of the various subjects. It is exciting to see. Many of the students are currently working on instructional/informational writing. It is fun to watch the level of passion our students have for the various projects they are choosing. If you get a chance, ask them about it. I am sure they will be able to teach you a thing or two about their chosen topic.

One of the unfortunate aspects of our society that I have seen on the rise since I have been in education is anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety is not only on the rise for adults, but also for children. It is imperative for us as parents to recognize anxiety in children and to know how to alleviate these stressors. Bow High School (BHS) will be hosting Lynn Lyons (nationally recognized speaker on childhood anxiety) to come in and speak to parents about anxiety and how to counteract and/or avoid it. Ms. Lyons will be presenting at Bow High School on April 19th at 6:00 p.m. I would encourage anyone who feels as though this would be helpful to them to attend. The flier can be found here. At this point in time, BHS is working on providing babysitting for families of small children so there are no child care barriers to attending.

The DES Sweetheart Dance will be held tomorrow night from 6:00 to 9:00. I am sure there are some very excited young ladies out there who will be attending with their special someone. This is always a great event for the DES girls and I am sure this will be no exception. The theme for the night is "Under the Sea". If you have any other questions about the event, feel free to check here.

On a last note, we have some wonderful news to share. Dunbarton's own Police Chief Dan Sklut has been recognized as the New Hampshire School Administrator’s Association 2016 Southwest Region Champions for Children. Chief Sklut is one of five people in the state to be recognized with this honor. We are very thankful for all that he has done for us in the areas of safety, community building and simple good will towards children and families. If you have dropped your child off for school, you have experienced this first hand. I know you join me in congratulating Chief Sklut.

I wish you all a great weekend. I hope you are able to spend some time enjoying family and friends.


Owen Harrington