NH Charter School News

Charter School News
Dear Parents and Charter School Supporters,

With the holidays behind us and students returning to school, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate some of the recent events and wonderful happenings in our public schools. For more information and up to date news on everything charter school, please visit us on Facebook and Twitter.   

Please note that due to the length of our upcoming legislative update, we will be splitting this month's newsletter into two separate mailings.
Charter School Applicants to go before BOE on Thursday

It's been two years since a group of parents, educators, special education advocates and business leaders began their journey to start a new public charter school in the town of Windham. Over the last few months the group has worked diligently to revise its application and respond to feedback from the NHDOE and its attorney. Supporters were excited to learn that this Thursday the group will present its application to the State Board of Education for approval.
A unique mission & vision
According to applicants, their vision is to create a charter school offering a strong foundation for STEM education in the early grades and endeavor to close the gender gap between male and female students. Research has shown that engaging students (particularly young girls) early in their education is critical to future success in the STEM sciences.
"as a student advances into middle school, opinions on science change drastically; in fourth grade, one-third of students lose interest in the subject; by eighth grade, that number jumps up to 50%, effectively narrowing the potential STEM pipeline by half before students even reach high school." (National Math & Science Initiative, 2013)

A team of students from the Academy for Science & Design recently won first place in the 2015 Seacoast Start-up competition for their mobile application "PickUp Patrol".
PickUp Patrol was designed to assist parents & school administrators during the after-school dismissal process and increase student safety.
Executive Councilor Visits Manchester Charter School

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu recently visited students at the Founders Academy Charter School in Manchester. During his visit Mr. Sununu answered many questions from members of the journalism club and joined in a discussion with students in the U.S. History class. During this discussion Mr. Sununu described the role of the Executive Council and answered student questions about state government.
Charter School Welcomes New Executive Director

Mill Falls Charter School in Manchester recently chose Meryl Levin as its new Executive Director. Ms. Levin is a strong advocate for children and public education in New Hampshire. Ms. Levin co-chairs the "Don't Wait. Educate" campaign and also serves on the Committee to Study Special Education in Charter Schools.
Charter Students Help Food Drive

Students at the Gate City Charter School came out in support of the Merrimack Police Department's annual food drive. Students felt a deep desire to help those less fortunate during the holiday season and took pride in their efforts to give to others. All of the food donated goes to local food pantries and provides extra help to Merrimack residents.

Click here to learn more about Gate City
Good Schools Need Great Boards!

We all know that finding the right leader for your school is critical to meeting your mission but it's just an important to cultivate and educate an effective board.

Charter Board Partners has created a great resource that can help you analyze your current board and make it even more effective. This free resource examines the life cycle of charter school boards, shares a series of best practices and defines responsibilities that all board members should be familiar with.
Click here to download the PDF
Parent Feedback

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