Education

School safety taskforce fails to address guns

CONCORD – Members of Gov. Chris Sununu’s School Safety Preparedness Taskforce issued their report late Friday afternoon, after months of meetings – sometimes in secret – without issuing any recommendations to change New Hampshire’s gun laws. “Efforts to provide recommendations on ...

Merrimack principal retires after 20 years in district

MERRIMACK – Kenneth Johnson has had two great loves for the last 20 years: his family and Merrimack High School. “Merrimack High School has been like a home to me,” he said Monday. However, after two decades, the Merrimack High principal has packed up his office and his house, as he ...

No more classes, no more books…

After an abundance of snowfall this past winter, schools needed to extend the school year into late June to make-up for snow days. Friday, June 22 marked the last day of school for Nashua students.

Board sides with NTU; waives last day for all staff

NASHUA – Paraeducators, secretaries and food service workers in the Nashua School District finished the school year on Friday after Board of Education members conducted a nearly five-hour meeting on Thursday to debate the matter. Ultimately late Thursday, the board agreed with the grievance ...

Former BOE president sues city for $1.5M

NASHUA – Former Board of Education president George Farrington, who had a verbal confrontation with Superintendent Jahmal Mosley at the school office in March, via a federal lawsuit seeks $1.5 million in damages from the city for alleged civil rights violations. Mosley worked to legally bar ...

Nashua North grads urged to look to the future

MANCHESTER – Welcomed to the speaker’s stand with a robust burst of cheers and applause, Nashua High School North security officer Antwan Thomas told the 2018 graduates he initially thought someone erred when they told him he would be the faculty speaker at Sunday’s graduation. “I ...

Merrimack hosts graduation ceremony

MERRIMACK – Students from Merrimack’s first kindergarten class crossed the stage at their commencement ceremony Saturday, as Merrimack High School’s class of 2018. In his welcoming address, MHS Principal Kenneth Johnson said 12 years ago many of the students sitting before him, draped ...

School dean was disciplined in California

NASHUA – A long-time teacher and coach at Bishop Guertin High School, Dean of Student Formation Mark Phillips, is a former California attorney who allegedly took money from clients without performing services, according to records obtained by The Telegraph. Before moving to Nashua, Phillips ...

Board greenlights project

NASHUA – With floors described as “undulating,” outdated mechanical and plumbing systems, and a lack of athletic fields, Elm Street Middle School needs about $50 million worth of work. Therefore, the Nashua Board of Education on Monday voted unanimously to move forward with plans for a ...

Students shave heads for solidarity with cancer patients

NASHUA – Students at the Infant Jesus School in Nashua donated hair to or shaved their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer Friday evening at their end of the year barbecue and fundraiser. Gabriel Tifone-Gravel, 9, whose blonde locks quickly disappeared in favor of a military haircut, ...

‘Food for Thought’ teaches cooking skills

NASHUA – Annie Cius likes to add spices directly to her food, while friend Schama Sako prefers to pour them into her hand first and then lightly sprinkle the herbs into the bowl. Both of the Elm Street Middle School eighth-graders agree though – they always need more seasoning. Cius and ...

Infinite Potential: Hollis Brookline grads set off to help the world

HOLLIS – Hollis Brookline High School celebrated the graduation of 160-plus students Saturday morning during its annual commencement ceremony. Dressed in blue gowns, the class of 2018 walked past parents, friends, family members and underclassmen as they made their way from the gymnasium ...

Threats leave middle schools on edge

NASHUA – After several school shootings across the nation in recent years, officials know they must take any threat of violence against students or staff members seriously. Recently, two Nashua middle schools saw four security threats within the span of one week, district officials said. Of ...

Charlotte Avenue lights the torch for field day

NASHUA – When fifth-grader Darius Smith was named as the student chosen to light the Olympic torch, the koalas, salsa dancers, mustachioed boys, Robin Hoods and all the other Charlotte Avenue Elementary School students went wild, exploding in a cacophony of clapping and cheering. Charlotte ...

Huge step for Lil’ Iguana

NASHUA — After 24 years of service to the children of New Hampshire, those in charge of the Lil’ Iguana program will turn the endeavor over to a professional theater troupe. Officials with the Firehouse Center for the Arts, in Newburyport, Massachusetts, signed a partnership agreement to ...

Merrimack’s controversial homework protocol continues

MERRIMACK — The Merrimack School District will not grade homework for yet another year, as district officials work out some of the problems that arose during this year’s trial run, school board members decided this week. Assistant Superintendent Mark McLaughlin presented the final ...

Vietnam veteran serves as muse for student band

NASHUA – Austin Hall, a Nashua High School North junior, took his grandfather, Norman Hall out to lunch nearly five months ago, hoping to learn more about the veteran’s time serving in Vietnam for a social studies project. He had a prepared list of interview questions, but as it turned ...

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 ...