EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 30, 2012

Residents, parents can help in superintendent search

PLAISTOW — The SAU 55 School Board (Hampstead and Timberlane School Districts) have engaged the New England School Development Council to assist in the search for a new superintendent of schools. An integral part of this process involves parent and community participation by way of focus groups.

These groups are designed to obtain participant input about the attributes, experience and knowledge that the new superintendent should possess. These groups also provide an opportunity for participants to identify immediate tasks which they deem the new superintendent should address.

Each group session will last approximately one to one and a half hours. Separate focus group sessions will be held for local officials and community members, senior citizens, and parents of students.

The focus groups will be held for local officials and community members June 6 at 7 p.m. at Timberlane Regional High School. Senior citizens will meet June 6 at 3 p.m. at the Vic Geary Senior Center. Parents of students will meet June 7 at 7 p.m. at Timberlane Regional High School.

Registration for the focus groups is not required. The SAU 55 School Board and NESDEC hope many parents, seniors and community members will be able to participate. Questions about this initiative may be directed to SAU Board Chairman Michael Mascola at 475-2039 or to mmascola@gmail.com.

Shaheen hosts economic forum

LONDONDERRY — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., will host a Town Hall Forum today on "How to Grow New Hampshire's Economy through Innovation and Training" at Matthew Thornton Elementary from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Londonderry. The doors open at 6 p.m.

Shaheen will discuss important economic issues facing the Londonderry area, and join local officials in providing an update on efforts to help create jobs and grow the economy. She also will take questions from the audience.

Residents wishing to attend who would like more information should call (603) 647-7500. Immediately following the Town Hall, Shaheen will make brief remarks at the Londonderry High School music program's annual awards ceremony at approximately 8 p.m. at the Executive Court in Manchester.

At the Town Hall Forum, the Londonderry Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Team will perform a demonstration operating the team's robots.

Hampstead preschool program has openings

HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead School District is accepting applications for fall 2012 enrollment in the Hampstead Inclusionary Preschool (TEECH) at Hampstead Central School.

The TEECH Program is based on an "inclusionary education" model. The program utilizes a transdisciplinary approach that addresses the individual needs and learning styles of all children. Studies have shown that all children gain from an inclusionary model. Children enrolled in this program will benefit from a developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum.

Presently, there are openings for 3-year-olds in the Tuesday-Thursday morning class. There is a cost associated with the program and parents will need to provide transportation. It is not necessary for the tuition-paying children to be residents of Hampstead.

For more information, to come in and observe or to register a child, call Fran Baumhor at Hampstead Central School, 329-6326, Ext. 6.

Program is all about Yankee humor, stories

PLAISTOW — Plaistow Public Library presents "That Reminds Me of A Story: Yankee Humor and the New England Storytelling Tradition" with humorist Rebecca Rule on June 13 at 7 p.m. at the library.

Good stories never die, they evolve from teller to teller. New England has a rich and ongoing storytelling tradition from folklore to "Bert and I" to stories about your family, your life or the town you live in. Rule will prime the pump with stories she's collected at small-town gatherings, often at historical societies and libraries, over the last 10 years, plus a classic or two.

The "discussion" will be the stories that listeners offer up, and as one story leads to another - humorous, serious, thought-provoking, or just plain entertaining - we practice and preserve our stories and tradition. This program is free, but register in advance at plaistowlibrary.com.