By Danielle Nutting
Welcome to the SAU 9 update.
"What are you doing after school," inquired Susie. Well, if you're at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, you're going to have a hard decision to make because there are so many activities to choose from: sports, Nordic skiing, dance team, outdoor explorations, high school art connections, Kiwanis K-Kids and Builders Club, technology club, editing/writing/photography for the school newspaper, National Junior Honor Society, student council, knitting club or girls' leadership club.
After a fun-filled collaborative day, the students can take all those skills they've learned right into the classroom and also connect it to their theme for this year, kindness.
In fact, talking about kindness, a group of fifth-and sixth-graders set up a kindness table in the library. The table's purpose is to spread kindness around the community. You can make cards, write letters or draw pictures and give them to someone to brighten their day. You can customize your messages with stickers, markers, pencils and construction paper.
The talented students have also been providing our community entertainment throughout the school year: a very moving Veterans' Day tribute, the December tree lighting musical extravaganza, the K-4 holiday concert and the evening 5-8 holiday concert. It is wonderful to see so many families attend these fun, heartwarming events.
Kennett High School has also been a busy place. The KHS Wellness Committee hosted the student and community workshop on the impact of the digital age on children, with the sharing of the film "Screenagers" on the evening of Feb. 8 for the public and on Feb. 9 for high school students. There was a diverse panel of community members and leaders to help facilitate constructive conversation following the movie.
Other noteworthy mentionings are that six KHS students were accepted to have their artwork on display at a juried art exhibit at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University. They were Eilidh McKinnon, a junior, in acrylic painting; Amelia Severy, junior, in pen and ink on paper and watercolor on paper; Rhiannon Hacking, a junior, in watercolor on paper; Brady Anderson, a junior, in watercolor and ink on paper; Cassidy Daigle, a senior, in watercolor; and Abby Taylor, a senior, in ink on paper.
The winter sports teams are not only performing well, but are also giving back to our community. The boys' and girls' basketball teams raised over $2,000 for Angels and Elves at their shoot-a-thon fundraiser. The ice hockey team collected 136 stuffed animals for their third annual Teddy Bear Toss. These bears will be donated to the children at Boston Children's Hospital.
At the MWV Career and Technical Center students from health science classes and the teacher education program joined forces to host a winter carnival for families of elementary-aged children on Feb. 3 at the North Conway Community Center. There were fun activities, games, giveaways, a smoothie bike, and popcorn and more. Community partners included: The Memorial Hospital, MWV Let's Go, UNH Cooperative Extension, local yoga instructors and the Conway Public Library.
There is lots of buzz in the building trades and it's not just the sounds saws and drills, it is the highly anticipated completion of the tiny house. The projected completion date is March 10, this tiny house is only one of two in the state that is slated to be at 100 percent completion by the New Hampshire Home Builder's Association Home Show on March 17. In addition, 12 students from building trades have recently earned their OSHA 10 certification.
From artists, to builders, to learning about health and human services, to spreading kindness and community outreach projects, our K-12 students are having exciting and meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom daily.
SAU 9 is composed of five elementary schools, a middle school, high school and a career and technical center. This column will highlight three to four schools per column. This week will focus on Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, Kennett High School and the MWV Career and Technical Center.