Lincoln Street School held their second whole school assembly on December 4th. The purpose of these events is to foster a strong school community and to demonstrate and celebrate the many ways one can contribute to a positive community.
Mr. Matt Tufts was first on the agenda. Matt, an alumni of Lincoln Street School, has volunteered his time and talents at Lincoln Street School for 17 years. He has worked with Mrs. Noseworthy most recently. Matt was presented a Beethoven statue and conducted fifth graders singing the song, “The Power of Music.”
After the goosebump inducing song was sung, 5th grader Jillian Ferguson, creator of CARES, and Ms. Smith distributed CARES awards. CARES stands for Consistently demonstrates an A+ Attitude, be more Respectful, show Empathy and make our school a Successful caring community. At the end of each academic quarter, teachers throughout the school nominate two students from each homeroom who consistently demonstrate the elements of the CARES program. We are proud of our community minded students!
Through the next portion of the assembly, we celebrated students who earned “Caught Ya’ Cards”, students who were caught making good choices, we acknowledged the 64 students who participated in the Cross Country Club, and announced our participation in Mix It Up Lunch. Four fifth grade students discussed the benefits of Mix it Up Lunch, where students sit in different locations with different classmates.
Finally, two murals, created by Exeter students, were unveiled. The background of these murals is a long one! As a part of a community project inspired by her participation in a Landmark program called "Self Expression and Leadership", Alexandra Allen, parent of a former Lincoln Street School (LSS) student, approached LSS teacher Keith Schmidt with a project that she hoped would inspire a group of students at LSS to experience what it means to "make a difference" in their community.
In collaboration with Mr. Schmitt, members of the 2014-2015 Student Council and additional 5th grade students - once a month for five months - gathered to pick and plan a project that would improve life at Lincoln Street School. They brainstormed ideas, got feedback from their friends and family and in the end voted to create murals that would hang in the hallways - one that represented what made LSS special and one that connected to the mission or mantra of the school. Through the planning the students learned about the 4 elements of project planning - Imagine, Recruit, Transform and Inspire. They also built team and got to know students who they wouldn't otherwise hang out with on a daily basis.
Over the summer LSS Art Teacher Ms. Wheeler-Bean was recruited by Alexandra to get involved with designing these murals. Ms. Wheeler-Bean identified a few current students as well as LSS alumni to come together and take the student ideas and design the murals.
On two dates in November a small number of the students originally involved during the 2014-2015 school year came together to paint the final murals.
In the end - after a year of planning and work - these two murals will be unveiled during a school assembly in December - and hang on walls near the gym. This project was originally titled "Ubuntu" - which is an African proverb that means "I am because you are, my humanity is tied to yours." This was a 100% student driven and led project. And one that brought the spirit of Ubuntu to life at LSS.
5210 Wellness Program
In support of the 5210 wellness program, Main Street School and Lincoln Street School are recognizing each component of the program throughout the school year. Over the months of November and December, our schools are promoting the "1" in 5210 which represents "1 hour or more of daily physical activity." With the holidays and cold weather approaching, it is even more important to get outside and play. Something as simple as taking a walk with family, going for a bike ride, or turning on some music to dance in the living room if the weather is bad are excellent ways to stay active and healthy.There are also several community programs available such as the Exeter Recreation Department, Exeter Bowling Lanes, Karate International, skating at Exeter Rinks or the outdoor Puddle Dock Pond in Portsmouth, The Rye Airfield Indoor Skate park, Blitz trampoline gym, and programs available through the Exeter YMCA. Whatever your preferred activity is, we encourage students and their families to get outside, or stay inside, to play with family and friends during the month of December.
Truly Wonderful Thanksgiving
Truly Wonderful Thanksgiving
The members of the EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach Program would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone in our SAU community for the amazing support received over the last few weeks. Because of your generosity, 190 baskets were delivered to families in need. Your donations of food and gift cards are helping to brighten the holidays for so many; Families with a sick child or parent, one who may have lost a mom or dad, others who may be struggling financially, or for other reasons is on a difficult journey this year.
We would like to thank the many local businesses, neighborhoods, groups, families and individuals who made up food baskets, donated gift cards or made monetary donations directly to the EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach Program. (Too many to name individually. See EHS web page-resources-nurse-Martha LaPerle). Every single donation is instrumental in helping to make the holidays a little brighter for someone. Thank you all!
It truly does take a village!
A village we are so very thankful to be a part of.
If you would like to donate The EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach Program, we will graciously accept the following donations: Local supermarket gift cards, gas cards, Walmart and Target gift cards and cash. (Checks made out to the EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach) Send to EHS Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH 03885 C/o EHS Health Office.
Our biggest outreach is at the holidays however, we do provide assistance to SAU 16 students and families throughout the year.
Again, on behalf to the students throughout SAU 16, we thank you all for your past and future support.
Meg Laverty, RN
Rose Love, RN
EHS Student Senate
Lincoln Street School
Exeter, NH 03833
J. Andrew Bairstow
Jan L. Smith Renee Bennett
Assistant Principal Special Education Administrator
October 26, 2015
Dear LSS Families,
This past August the NH State Legislature passed a law, RSA 189:68, to provide teachers with the same level of information protection and privacy afforded to students. The statute prohibited a school from recording a classroom for any purpose without school board approval after a public hearing, and without written consent of the teacher and the parent or legal guardian of each affected student. This law does not affect recordings outside of a classroom setting. Recordings are considered to be audio or video recordings. Still photos are not considered to be recordings.
Since the passage of that law we have been very careful to not engage in recordings in classrooms until we had the required school board hearing held last week on Tuesday, October 20th.
Please know that there are many important reasons why educators would use or allow the use of recordings in classrooms. Some of these valuable uses include, but are not limited to:
Recording a speech therapy session to evaluate a student’s progress;
Creating a video presentation as part of an academic class;
Videotaping student teachers for teacher education coursework;
Videotaping a drama class (play) or music class for instructional purposes
Using videos or audio recordings to assess academic growth with skills such as reading fluency;
Recording classes when students are absent or unable to take notes;
We are sending this permission slip to all of our parents/legal guardians and are also providing it to all of our teachers to get permission to make recordings throughout the school year for instructional purposes. Please complete the permission slip on the other side of this paper and indicate whether or not you give the school permission. We appreciate your taking the time to complete this form.
J.Andrew Bairstow, Principal
2015 Eustis Award Recipient
Congratulations to Sue Noseworthy,
this year's Eustis Award recipient!
In recognition of the 53 years of combined service that Joan and Dick Eustis dedicated to teaching, coaching, and administrative capacities, SAU 16 annually recognizes a district employee who has served students with the distinction that exemplifies an SAU 16 education. Their notable and outstanding careers set a positive tone throughout the Exeter area. Together they serve as role models for educators today.