CONWAY — Three active members of the Kennett High School Key Club were recently selected as Members of the Month for September. They were selected competitively from over 90 members of the KHS Key Club.
Senior class member Tyrus Parker, along with junior Silas Hill and sophomore Kyle O'Keefe were honored with their Member of the Month certificates at a recent Key Club meeting. These three KHS students have been extremely supportive of Key Club's charitable and community service activities. In particular, during the summer months and September, they supported activities such as Kids Against Hunger, Jackson's Wildquack Festival, Jen's Friend's Hillclimb, MWV Green Team Funergy Festival, and the Conway Elementary School Sunday Sundae 5K Race, along with other Key Club activities.
Key Club primarily supports three children's charities through its fund-raising projects: Camp Sunshine in Maine, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, and Children of Peace International. The Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley sponsors the KHS Key Club.
Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. The Kennett High School Key Club meets in the KHS library at 5 p.m. on Mondays. All Kennett High students who love to participate in community service and develop their leadership skills are welcome to join at any time.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 06:24
By Eliza Burke
CONWAY — The Kennett High School Student Council worked hard this fall for a good cause — this year's Homecoming Week proceeds are being donated to the local Laura Mahoney Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy.
The KHS Student Council raised $1,300 for the foundation and presented it in the form of a giant check to board member Amy Mahoney on Nov. 21. The funds raised came from dance proceeds, T-shirt sales and water sales during Homecoming Week.
The Laura Foundation for disabled children and adults is a wonderful organization based in Madison, and is currently trying to build an adaptive sports complex in the valley for those with autism and epilepsy.
The entire Kennett Student Council is extremely pleased to make a large donation on behalf of the entire school, and hopes to fundraise even more for the foundation in the future.
Eliza Burke is a senior and the student body president at Kennett High School.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 06:02
By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Ham Ice Arena is now offering fund-raising events on Friday nights during public skating, and organizers of the annual Kennett Middle School eighth-grade trip will be the first ones to put on an event.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 05:54
by Lloyd Jones
JACKSON — Jackson Grammar School has been honored with a Champion Award — Education from the 2013 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards Ceremony through Volunteer NH.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 03:11
By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Students at John Fuller School were asked to put on their thinking caps recently. They were tasked with building a bridge entirely out of plastic bags — and the structure needed to be safe enough for a person to cross.
Not for this bunch of Falcons in Kelly DeVries' sixth-grade class. The students surprised themselves by successfully accomplishing the task and it was a memorable way to start the school year.
"She pushed her students to use teamwork and the scientific process to tackle it," Kadie Wilson, principal of John Fuller explained in her October newsletter to school families.
"The challenge began by students conducting a controlled experiment in which they designed their first bridge," Wilson wrote. "The students were responsible for planning each class session and organizing into productive subgroups in order to achieve the daily goals that the class had established. They conducted several trials and analyzed their data. Students led meetings looking at the data to determine their next steps. In the end, after about 10 hours of work, the students were successful in meeting their challenge. The bridge was suspended between two trees and Mrs. DeVries walked safely from one side to the other."
Wilson said the idea for this challenge came from a TED Talk that DeVries saw online. TED, founded in 1984, is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading."
"One of the reasons she chose to use it with her class was that she found that you could not 'Google' the answer to it," Wilson explained to families. "The students had to work through the problem to determine if and how it could be possible. Her role was that of facilitator. She didn't take the lead or give students the answers to their questions. The students were responsible to determine how to begin tackling the problem, testing different hypotheses, and making modifications as a result of their trials.
Through this project," she continued, "students learned not only different principles of the scientific process and engineering, but also about the process of learning. They learned how to face challenges, collaborate, solve problems, and grow from making mistakes."
Once complete the class shared its final design with the community during the Mount Washington Valley's Family Funergy Festival. There DeVries and some of the students displayed the bridge, braiding techniques, and explained the scientific process they learned.
"This is just one example of the types of learning projects that are going on here at John Fuller." Wilson wrote. "It has been said that most of our students will have jobs when they become adults that have yet to be created. Through activities such as the one in which these students engaged, they learn not only skills and facts but lessons about problem solving and collaboration. Those skills are at the core of what is important about the educational process."
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 05:23
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