Education

Bishop Guertin grads lauded at commencement

NASHUA – Holly Boivin was 14 and “clueless” when she first set foot in Bishop Guertin High School, the Nashua resident told her green-and-gold-clad classmates and a sea of visitors to Sunday’s commencement. Worse, Boivin said, was finding herself in the looming shadow of her older ...

Rivier receives $2.04 million nursing grant

NASHUA – “The majority of nursing practice no longer takes place solely in the hospital setting,” Rivier University Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Professions Paula Williams said in announcing a $2.04 million federal grant to bolster students’ education. “Patients are being ...

Skills to pay bills: Kuster promotes career education

NASHUA – “We have the jobs and we’re looking for people with the skills to fill those jobs,” is how U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., describes the Granite State’s economy. Tuesday at Nashua Community College, Kuster released a plan she terms the “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda.” ...

City remembers ‘Nashua’s Own Music Man’

NASHUA – Approximately 30 years ago, Steve Norris, a career Nashua music educator and by then a veteran band and chorus director, made his way in to the psychiatric unit of a local hospital to visit a member of his chorus. The child, in all likelihood, wasn’t a stellar vocalist, but ...

Merrimack School Board member resigns

MERRIMACK – With a year left in his term, Michael Thompson resigned as a member of the Merrimack School Board, citing personal reasons and a planned family move out of town. “Even though it is not 100 percent certain that we will move and we have not sold our house, I felt it was best to ...

47th commencement ceremony at NCC honors class of 2018

NASHUA – Approximately 200 of the 300 Nashua Community College graduates across the 35 associate degree and 23 Certificate programs crossed the stage as proud parents, family and friends gathered to watch beneath a large white tent on the campus lawn. Their careers at NCC may have ...

Board confirms last day of school

NASHUA – The last day of school for students and teachers will be June 22, but hourly employees will have the option to work June 25, the Board of Education confirmed Monday night. The last day will mark 179 pupil days for staff, whose contracts specify 180 pupil days. The Board of ...

Rivier celebrates innovation, technology and service

LOWELL, Mass. – Within the Tsongas Center’s spacious stadium and beneath digital banners flashing “Congratulations Class of 2018,” hundreds of Rivier University students, teachers and faculty members took their seats on the stage and center floor as family members and loved ones cheered ...

Hands-on: Mock disaster tests graduating nursing students

NASHUA - With a focus on experiential learning, Rivier University prepared graduating nurses to manage large-scale emergency events in a mass casualty training exercise Friday afternoon. Rivier University’s Nursing and Health Professions Division conducted the mock disaster exercise, ...

Merrimack teacher closer to top honors

MERRIMACK- Alice Donahoe, a fourth grade teacher at James Mastricola Elementary School is in the running for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. Donahoe was first selected as one of 23 candidates and was chosen as one of eight semi-finalists last week, the Department of Education ...

Mount Pleasant to welcome new principal

NASHUA – Richard Boardman is embarking on a “professional and personal mission to come back home,” part of which involves stepping in as the new principal of Mount Pleasant Elementary School. Boardman is the current executive director of the Gate City Charter School for the Arts and was ...

Manufacturing and machining course to return to Nashua

NASHUA – A machining and manufacturing course will be returning to the Nashua Technology Center after a three-year absence. Proponents of the program presented to the Board of Education Monday night, highlighting the course’s apparent benefits, with alumni, students and local field leaders ...

Year of the book

NASHUA – New Hampshire based author Terry Farish wants children to know that their stories are “more important than anything.” “Your stories are the world, write (them) down,” she told fourth graders at Dr. Crisp Elementary School. “You are the stories.” Farish visited students ...

Promoting literacy on ‘Read to Me Day’

Over a dozen guest readers participating in ‘Read to Me Day’ as part of Week of the Young Child at Early Childhood Adventures, a childcare facility through the Adult Learning Center. The day wrapped up with a free book for every student.

Girls on the run

NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Health is teaming up with Girls on the Run at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Nashua as part of a nationwide campaign to promote physical-activity-based positive youth development for girls in grades three through eight. In a statement, Robert Dorf, DO, ...

BOE starts discussion on weapons policy

NASHUA – The Board of Education policy committee met Tuesday evening to start discussion around any changes to the district’s existing weapons policy. According to policy chair Heather Raymond, the state recently asked that all district’s re-evaluate their current policies, which are set ...

Fired up: Kids vie in Merrimack fire muster

A speedy contingent of potential firefighters from Merrimack elementary schools undertook yesterday some rigorous challenges at a Fire Muster hosted by the local firefighters’ union at James Mastricola Upper Elementary School. Kudos ultimately went to the winner: Reeds Ferry Elementary ...

Hudson principal earns A+

HUDSON – No matter the issue that is presented on his desk, Hudson Memorial School Principal Keith Bowen’s question is always, “is it good for the kids?” His student-centric attitude and growth mindset is part of what earned him the A-plus Administrator Award at the New England League ...

Fewer than half of N.H. students proficient in math and reading

SNASHUA – Fewer than half of New Hampshire students are proficient in math or reading from grades four through 12, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The assessment, known as “The Nation’s Report Card” presents aggregate state results as percentages of ...