STEAM Ahead NH initiative featured in WSJ

Thursday, October 2, 2014 Carol Robidoux 0
Through this unique partnership between the high school and its partnership with Manchester Community College, the University System of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University, high school students will be provided the opportunity to earn up to a full-year of college credits while they are in high school at no costs. READ MORE
Police & Fire

Police summary of post-lockdown debriefing: ‘Rest assured’ we are prepared

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Carol Robidoux 0
Manchester Police Chief Dave Mara facilitated the hour-long debriefing between the various agencies to go over the lockdown, which was the direct result of a former student who had entered the school with a handgun. The handgun was later determined to be a pellet gun and the former student – Damian Johnson – was ultimately charged with falsifying physical evidence, criminal trespass and disturbing school in session. READ MORE
Police & Fire

West High School lockdown prompts review of district’s safety protocols

Monday, September 29, 2014 Carol Robidoux 0
Debriefing after an emergency is routine practice so that everyone involved can evaluate current emergency plans and procedures to improve safety. Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston will meet with school board members in a non-public session, in accordance with administrative rules*, to brief them on the results of the evaluation. Specifics on any changes to policy or procedure may be released publicly in order to protect the integrity of those emergency plans. READ MORE

Post-lockdown at West HS, parents, school committee focus on security

Sunday, September 28, 2014 Carol Robidoux 0
What played out in Desrochers head as she waited in the parking lot last Thursday for her daughter was the same thing that brought a throng of parents to the perimeter of the crime tape, and the swift response from local and state police with SWAT teams: Images of Columbine and Sandy Hook, and all the others, where, in a flash, mass school shootings happened without warning, and ended in tragedy. READ MORE
School News

Beech Street school awarded $25,000 ‘Year of the Book’ CLiF Grant

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Carol Robidoux 0
In addition to giving new books to students, the one-year partnership between CLiF and Beech Street will include author/illustrator visits, multi-day writing workshops, and storytelling presentations. Grant money also will provide custom-designed and professionally printed literacy posters, a color printer, and expenses related to a student author day reception later this school year. READ MORE