Mrs. Clark's class celebrates.
Wilton Lyndeborough Cooperative School District provides a safe and educational environment that promotes student exploration, critical thinking, and responsible citizenship.
The end of November marks the 60ieth day of school; the school year is slightly more than one third over!
We have all been watching the new addition to Florence Rideout Elementary School rising out of the ground. Staff will be in the new addition after February break. Spring will see the second phase of the new addition as well as the beginning of the renovation to the 1895 portion of the school. Slated for summer are final renovations to Florence Rideout and Lyndeborough Central School. The “Elementary/Building Project” tab at the left will bring you to a link to the pictures of the construction provided by Marc Jobin, clerk of the works.
The district staff has been focusing on a Good to Great plan with special emphasis on engaging students. District teachers have always incorporated high quality hands-on activities into their curriculum. This year they are adding additional engagement strategies and performance assessments that require students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired. A performance assessment may involve presenting to the class or to an outside audience. It may involve critical thinking to solve a new problem. It may involve original research that goes beyond the classroom curriculum.
More technology has been added for staff and student use this year. While we are continuing to address challenges to upgrading our networks, teachers are better engaging students through the use of the technology. One example at the high school is a computer art course that is new this year. The School Board had the pleasure of seeing some of the student work, which was quite impressive. One example at the middle school involves the implementation of student electronic portfolios. Students collect work they have done in their classes that involves their use of technology and save it to their individual portfolios. One example at the elementary level is the increased use of interactive white boards by teachers who bring into their classrooms high quality activities for students through the Internet. Nearly 100% of elementary classrooms have interactive white boards. This will be 100% by the 2015-2016 school year.
A group of staff led by assistant principal Sue Ballou have engaged the district in a STEM initiative. Ms. Ballou has teachers from tech ed, math and science, as well as other interested staff working with Dr. Yvonne Spicer, the Boston Museum of Science’s Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships, to increase STEM offerings for students. The emphasis is on innovative and design that can be incorporated into every curriculum. Dr. Spicer will be visiting us in April to support and celebrate the work of the staff.
Recently LCS teacher Julie Lemire and parent Brianne Lavallee attended the National Association for Gifted Children Conference in Baltimore. The pair were not only inspired by presenters and other participants, but also networked with representatives from New Hampshire. I am looking forward to hearing more about how we can move forward with interesting and challenging opportunities for each and every student who attends our schools.
The next trimester will take our school community through the holidays and much of the winter. This is a good time to remind families that snow cancellations and delays will be posted on WMUR, WZID, WBZ, and on the district website. If your information in PowerSchool is up to date, you should receive a phone message as well.
Amidst the joys and challenges of the winter season, we will continue our efforts to make the education of our students the best it can be. Input from parents and community members on how we can best do that is always welcome.
I wish all a safe and warm start to the 2015 New Year.
Christine Tyrie, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
We are located at 1134 Gibbons Highway, (One Chalet Drive) in Wilton, NH.
Any mailed correspondence can be submitted to PO Box 1149, Wilton, NH 03086.
Phone (603) 654-8088 Fax (603) 654-6691
Christine Tyrie, Superintendent of Schools
Ms. Betty Moore, Director of Student Support Services
Ms. Lise Tucker, Business Administrator