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  1. DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire has begun to evaluate its curriculum and culture to address institutional racism in response to renewed international calls for change.Black, indigenous and other people of color involved in these efforts emphasize the predominantly white college will struggle with this complex, centuries-old issue unless everyone more fully and actively participates in the process."We — all of us, every single Wildcat — has not [...]
  2. DURHAM — Sea lice negatively impact the health and survival of Atlantic salmon, steelhead trout and other salmonids, and researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire believe using lumpfish as cleanerfish — fish that eat parasites off other fish — may be a sustainable way to manage these pests."Lumpfish eat parasites off salmonids farmed in cages in nearshore coastal waters in the northern Atlantic Ocean," [...]
  3. YORK, Maine — Local students will continue to have access to free school lunches during the summer.The program to provide free meals two days a week will continue, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the program will continue until school begins Aug. 28, officials said Monday.Whitney Thornton, director of food and nutrition for the York school system, said the grant will allow the schools to continue to combat food insecurity during the [...]
  4. ROLLINSFORD - Rollinsford Grade School is still accepting applications for kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year. Visit and select "Kindergarten Online Registration" to preregister.A kindergarten packet will also need to be completed. Packets can be found online, or, if you need a packet mailed to [...]
  5. KENNEBUNK, Maine – Regional School Unit 21 has a new leader.The School Board voted unanimously Monday to appoint Dr. Terri I. Cooper as the district’s new superintendent.The plan is for Cooper, who is currently the principal of River Gate Elementary School for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, to start her new job by early August, according to RSU 21 School Board Chair Kendra Connor."Dr. Cooper wasa strong candidate that [...]
  6. DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire’s provost is refuting allegations the university’s reopening plans are putting finances over safety, calling such claims unfounded.As UNH worked on its newly announced, precaution-laden plan that will see students start to return Aug. 10, some faculty, staff and residents accused the university of [...]
  7. FARMINGTON — Farmington High School announced their Top 10 graduates from Class of 20201. Kyle RhinesValedictorian for the Class of 2020 is Kyle Rhines, son of Dwayne Rhines and Jennybeth Hogue.Taking the toughest courses Farmington High School has to offer, Kyle Rhines has earned a cumulative grade point average of over 104. Since his Sophomore year, Kyle has been a member of the Burtman-Rondeau Chapter of National Honor Society, [...]
  8. [Editor’s note: A previous version of this story included an inaccurate figure for how significantly the university plans to reduce its residence halls’ capacity.]DURHAM — University of New Hampshire campuses will reopen to students starting Aug. 10, doing so with a number of changes and restrictions university officials say will ensure safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Precautionary changes include: reducing residence hall capacity [...]
  9. PORTSMOUTH – The Seacoast African American Cultural Center’s Juanita Bell Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to honor former New Hampshire state Rep. Juanita Bell.Bell was an educator and member of the New Hampshire Legislature. She served three terms as state representative and served on the New Hampshire Children, Youth, and Juvenile Justice Committee, and the Recreation and Development and Environment and Agriculture Committees. She was an active and [...]
  10. CONCORD — Teachers from Hampton Academy, Exeter’s Main Street School and Spaulding High School’s R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Center have been named semifinalists for the 2021 New Hampshire Department of Education Teacher of the Year award.Christina Duffy, a social studies teacher at Hampton Academy, Jay Keough, who teaches criminal justice in Rochester, and Kathleen McCaffrey-Pomerleau, a second-grade teacher in Exeter, are among the 11 semifinalists chosen [...]
  11. The superintendent of School Administrative Unit 56, which includes the communities of Somersworth and Rollinsford, will retire after finishing off his three-year contract with the district next year.Robert Gadomski, who became the district’s superintendent in December 2018, said he is looking forward to taking it easy and spending time with his family after completing his final year. His contract will end in June 2021."Being a superintendent is a very high-paced [...]
  12. DOVER — With the close of the 2019-2020 school year, the Dover School District has announced the retirement of several esteemed educators, each with significant longevity and dedication to students.Thirteen teachers filed for retirement. At Dover High School, three teachers have retired: Patricia Brown (27 years in Dover), Karen Stacy (29 years), Sally Thorn (18 years). Dover Middle School said goodbye to five faculty and staff: Debra Hackett (37 years), MaryJo Paradis- [...]
  13. KENNEBUNK, Maine – The graduates of the Class of 2020 are not the only ones capping their careers at Kennebunk High School this month: two top KHS administrators are retiring as well.Principal Sue Cressey and Assistant Principal Bruce Lewia both will retire on June 30, bringing to an end decades of service to KHS between them."Their commitment and dedication to our communities are valued and appreciated," said RSU 21 School Board Chair Kendra Connor. [...]
  14. NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Noble High School has announced their top students from the Class of 2020The following students are graduating Summa Cum Laude by earning a grade point average of 3.9 or higher.Sharon Barry, daughter of Jeff and Arline Barry of Berwick, Maine, is graduating Summa Cum Laude from Noble High School. Sharon is a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society and she was a French Mentor for [...]
  15. DURHAM — Five Oyster River High School students will represent New Hampshire in a national history competition Saturday, June 20.National History Day is a nonprofit educational organization that offers programming to encourage students to engage in history projects, and hosts a national competition annually for students that succeed in local and statewide competitions. Students can submit a variety of projects to the competitions, including research papers, documentaries, [...]
  16. KENNEBUNK, Maine – The RSU 21 School Board is aiming to nominate and vote to approve a new superintendent for the district during its meeting on Monday, June 29, according to Chair Kendra Connor."I am excited to be in the final steps of this process, and look forward to filling our superintendent position with a highly qualified individual," Connor said Thursday.The board interviewed two finalists for the position during an executive session on Wednesday. The [...]
  17. KENNEBUNK, Maine – All 20 articles in RSU 21’s proposed budget of $51.7 million for the coming fiscal year secured a green light from residents Tuesday, clearing the way for voters to have their final say during the validation referendum on July 14.About 150 residents from all three RSU 21 communities — Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel — attended the district’s annual budget meeting at Kennebunk Elementary School, according to Interim [...]
  18. DOVER — Themes of virtue and hope characterized the Portsmouth Christian Academy Class of 2020 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 12.When the community gathered — limited in numbers, separated by 6 feet, wearing masks and viewing from cars in the school parking lot — it was abundantly clear the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the seniors in significant ways.Much of the discussion at Friday’s commencement focused on the character of the seniors [...]
  19. DURHAM — Superintendent James Morse and Principal Suzanne Filippone are pleased to announce the graduation of 200 students from Oyster River High School.“We could not be more proud to celebrate this significant accomplishment with students and their families," Superintendent Morse said. "Congratulations to all who walked across the stage today, and know that we’re wishing you all the best as you take your next steps.”Oyster River High School held [...]
  20. ROCHESTER — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone in the child and education sphere to develop new ways to connect with families and get them the resources they need.The United Way of the Greater Seacoast looks to build on those lessons and challenges as it revives an ambitious coalition designed to bring multifaceted improvements in early childhood education, safety, well-being and school readiness in Rochester.The goal, according to members of the Rochester [...]