SAU 9 Umbrella: There’s heaps to do at JBES after school

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.

The Waldorf Way — Countering school violence with compassion

By Heidi Miller

I2-24-17-Waldorf-Column---Waldorf-alumniWhite Mountain Waldorf School alumni put their teamwork skills to use building a pyramid. (COURTESY PHOTO)t is all too common today to hear about severe bullying, physical fighting or even weapons being brought into our schools. These revered spaces should be our children's safe havens, but sadly they are becoming some of the most worrisome places of all.

Fortunately, Waldorf education's holistic approach is embedded with ways to counteract violent behavior. Perhaps the most influential practice within this educational philosophy is the concentration placed on the development of a student's thinking, feeling and willing.

For the first seven years of life, children interact with the world around them through their own will. A child's will can be likened to resilience, which is vital to a person's success in dealing with the stressors and adversity of life.

Beginning in Waldorf early childhood education, caregivers set to work intentionally fostering a child's will with games, chores and providing ample time for imaginative play.

As a child nears his or her seventh year, we begin to notice slight changes in their physical appearance, such as their bodies lengthening or losing teeth, signaling to parents and teachers that this child is ready for school. Waldorf education takes school-readiness very seriously, and it is attuned to a child's rhythmic progression while always catering to how children naturally advance. Waldorf pedagogy recognizes developmentally appropriate curriculum, which therefore protects its students from unnecessary mounting stress and anxiety that can lead to untamed behaviors down the road.

Instead of encountering an academic pushdown when entering first grade, children in Waldorf education make a shift towards developing their feeling soul. Arts are integrated throughout the Waldorf curriculum, allowing children to feel an emotional connection to their schoolwork and giving them the freedom to explore their individual expression. In grades 1-4, children study the importance of moral responsibility with fairy tales, fables, scriptural stories and Norse mythology, while in grades 5-8, students deepen their understanding of social justice by examining significant civilizations in human history, such as Indian, Egyptian, Roman and Grecian. This thoughtful underlying of moral integrity helps to cultivate students' understanding of their connection to the world at large, alleviating loneliness and instilling an uprightness to do good work in their community.

KHS Drumline presents its 10th anniversary ‘Throwback Show’

CONWAY — It's hard to believe it has been 10 years since the KHS Drumline first took to the field and stage. Celebrate with us as the Drumline recognizes this accomplishment by reinventing favorite acts from past shows.

This year's highly anticipated "Throwback Show" is an action-packed percussion extravaganza and will be performed on Friday, March 17, Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.

A special matinee will also be presented on Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m.

A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door to help fund future music department endeavors.

"Thirty-three students have been working since the beginning of January to stylize this tribute show," said Dr. Therese Davison, one of the founders of the Drumline. "Alumni Drumline members are invited to participate in a special jam session at the end of the show on Saturday, March 25 but are welcome at all of the shows. 2017 seniors will also be acknowledged during the last show."

Some of the acts to be recreated, according to Davison, include "The Drumset Act, Beat Factory," "The Harry Potter Act," "Pirates of the Carrydrummin'," and the "Bluetube Group." Many others will also be shared.

"This year's Mask Act will be a medley of the Masks Acts from every show since the first one was performed in 2007," Davison said. "This grand finale is not to be missed!"

Please contact Dr. Davison in the KHS Music office at (603) 356-4360 for more information.


The Waldorf Way: Moving mountains

By Holly Fortin

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."

For the middle school students of the White Mt. Waldorf School this dictum from Archimedes resonates with new meaning thanks to David Shedd, stone-mason extraordinaire, who introduced these students, in a very practical way, to a variety of simple machines. The goal: fashion a granite step for the walkway leading to the classroom, using only levers, pulleys, inclined planes and wedges.

The project began by selecting a piece of granite. The school boasts a 70-acre campus, a portion of which was used in the 19th century for quarrying granite for the railroad. Amongst the quarry rubble left behind, the group found just the right stone for the size of step needed. After drilling, plug-and-feathers were used to split off a slab weighing close to 1,000 pounds.

Now the challenge was to move the slab to its eventual resting place. The lever, in the form of various crowbars, enabled the group to maneuver the stone onto a stone-boat for transport. Next, the pulley came into its own, with a block and tackle allowing the students to trade force for distance. An iron rod driven into the ground served as a fixed point and the students collectively manned the rope. Heave-ho.... Pulling over a sandy soil posed its own problems and necessitated a larger stone-boat making better use of the inclined plane. Teamwork was imperative at this point as was problem solving, and the students gained a new respect for the ancient Egyptians and their accomplishments!

Once the granite step arrived at the walkway, it needed to be flipped over and turned 180 degrees to get the preferred side up. Again the lever came into its own and the students lifted their collective body weight with ease, and delicately placed the massive stone in its finally resting place.

Kudos are in order for all involved, especially for Mr. Shedd and his expert guidance, who taught these students that using common sense and a little physics, they can literally move mountains.

Holly Fortin is one founders and a middle school teacher at the White Mountain Waldorf School