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From left, Board of Education members Sandra Ziehm, Dotty Oden, Bill Mosher and district financial officer Dan Donovan.

School officials disagree on all-day kindergarten, superintendent vote

NASHUA – School board members have teamed up to move a list of projects and acceptance of community donations forward, but continue to be at odds on all-day kindergarten and the recent vote to name a new superintendent. Robert Hallowell introduced a motion at the board’s meeting on March 27 ...

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From left, Board of Education members Robert Hallowell and David Murotake pictured during the March 27 board meeting.

Nashua school board addresses science standards

NASHUA – Citing a changing landscape for education at the state and federal levels, school officials considered delaying consideration of the Next Generation Science Standards until summer 2018. The standards are “basically the update to the New Hampshire science standards, as voted ...

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Board of Education member Howard Coffman speaking at the March 27 board meeting.

New program would combine algebra, machining

Another item that came out of the recent Nashua Board of Education Curriculum and Evaluation Committee was a motion to approve a pilot program for a trades-algebra course that combines algebra and machining, which the board unanimously passed Monday, March 27. Presented by Marianne Dustin, ...

Merrimack grad in running for $100K entrepreneurship prize

MERRIMACK – Hannah Vaccaro, a member of the Merrimack High School Class of 2014, is on a team that is among 25 in the running for a $100,000 entrepreneurship prize. Vaccaro, a junior entrepreneurship major at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, is competing for the prize with classmate Ross ...

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Jahmal Mosley, one of the two finalists for the Superintendent of Schools position for the Nashua School District.

Nashua Board of Education split on choice of Mosley for superintendent

NASHUA – Members of the Board of Education who voted for interim Superintendent Connie Brown over Jahmal Mosley to take on the full-time superintendent position were vocal Friday about their disappointment with the choice. His supporters expressed excitement about the future of the district. ...

Hudson School Board appoints Lavoie as chairman

HUDSON – Lee Lavoie has been chosen as chairman of the School Board after he was nominated by former Chairwoman Patty Langlais on Monday during the first board meeting since the town election. Stacy Milbouer, who was re-elected to a three-year term, was chosen for another term as vice ...

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The Presentation of Mary Academy children’s choir performed for the grandparents’ day event March 21, 22 and 23. Pictured, the PMA choir leads the audience through a series of dance moves, Wednesday, March 22.

Celebrated PMA choir performs for grandparents

HUDSON – Presentation of Mary Academy students got to show off their school and choir for the annual Grandparents Day event, which was spread out from March 21-23. “We do this every year,” said PMA’s principal, Sister Maria Rosa. “We invite all the grandparents, and about 99 percent ...

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Robert Hallowell, chairman of the Board of Education Budget Committee, at the March 15 committee meeting.

Public hearing on Nashua education budget set for Wednesday

NASHUA – With the tentative budget approval deadline looming March 29, Nashua school officials are hosting a public hearing on the education budget at 7 p.m. March 22 at Nashua High School North. “This is the time to come and speak … if there’s something you like or don’t like,” ...

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Nashua High School South math team finished first in the league competition. Pictures are team captains Nisha Devasia, left, and Sathvika Koranda.

Nashua South takes first at math meet for nine years straight

NASHUA – With almost a decadelong winning streak, the Nashua High School South math team finished first in the large-school division and will head to the state competition at Plymouth State University next week. “The streak started in 2008; now it’s in its ninth year,” said Kellie ...

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Nashua High School South, pictured, and Nashua High School North can keep the June 17 graduation date after the NH DOE grants a two-day waiver to make up for the week of snow days accrued this year. The Nashua School District also added 14 minutes to the school day between March 20 and the end of the year to help make up class time.

Nashua district schools to let out June 20

NASHUA – The New Hampshire Department of Education has granted the Nashua School District’s request for a two-day waiver to use for shortening the school year. Combined with the recently approved extended-day plan, and barring any more snow days, the last day of school in Nashua will be ...

Following appeal, meet-and-greet comments off-limits

NASHUA – The Nashua School District community has been participating in the search for a permanent superintendent of schools since Mark Conrad resigned in August. Superintendent Connie Brown joined the district in August, serving in an interim one-year role while the Board of Education ...

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From left, Board of Education members Sandra Ziehm and Doris Hohensee at the Wednesday evening Budget Committee meeting.

School officials update budget, disagree on rollout of all-day kindergarten

NASHUA – School officials eliminated $20,000 from the draft budget and debated the merits of charging non-Title I families for enrollment in all-day kindergarten at the Wednesday evening Board of Education Budget Committee meeting. For the first successful motion in this year’s budget ...

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Students arrive at Nashua High School North for the first day of school in 2016.

School officials address snow days in calendar

NASHUA – With seven snow days pushing the projected last day of school until nearly July, the Board of Education took action to pull back the last day of school and salvage the current graduation date. Members voted Monday to extend the school day by 14 minutes in the afternoon starting March ...

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Literacy Day is back at Nashua High School North April 8, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Books, crafts, arts and animals at this year’s Literacy Day event

NASHUA – Literacy Day is returning to Nashua on April 8, featuring book giveaways, arts and craft activities, and an exotic animal show. Organized by the Granite State Reading Council and hosted at Nashua High School North, the free family celebration is open to all local residents. “It’s ...

Girls Technology Day a big draw

Organizers of a series of technology-oriented workshops designed for freshman and sophomore high school girls are expecting to draw about 730 participants next week. The fifth annual Girls Technology Day workshops are scheduled for three college campuses and will bring together female students ...

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Nashua curriculum specialist Delese Hovey and David Purington examining a monster figuring designed by a student and printed out on a 3-D printer at Elm Street Middle School.

STEAM studies take off in city middle schools

NASHUA – Building robots, designing working apps and 3D printing original designs are just a few examples of what Nashua middle schoolers have been up to in the pre-engineering program over the past several years. “People sometimes don’t know what you’re doing here; we have got to show ...

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Nashua firefighter John Frazier, right, spoke on behalf of Clearway High School on March 8. Frazier credited the program for helping him get his GED (now known as HiSET).

Community comes out to support Clearway at budget meeting

NASHUA – Clearway High School graduate Kayla MacDonald said the school gave her the tools she needed to succeed and made her “an active member of society.” Dealing with anxiety and depression, MacDonald said she struggled in the Nashua schools before attending Clearway. “Since Clearway, ...

Area Schools Announce Honor Rolls

Academy for Science and Design NASHUA – The Academy for Science and Design Charter School announces its semester one honor roll for the 2016-17 school year. AMHERST HIGHEST HONORS: Grade 8: Grace Delsignore, Katerina Stuopis. Grade 10: Olivia Bennett, Evan Loconto. Grade 12: William ...

ASD students compete at Dyn’s Hack-a-Palooza

For the third year in a row, Dyn Inc., an Internet performance management company based in Manchester, hosted a programming competition for high school students. This year's contest, termed the Dyn Hack-a-Palooza, took place on Friday, Nov. 4. Sixteen teams of three students each, hailing ...