Bagnall Elementary School Holds Successful Arts Social Event

Pentucket Regional School District
Jeffrey Mulqueen
Superintendent of Schools
22 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 25, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Bagnall Elementary School Holds Successful Arts Social Event

GROVELAND — Principal Emily Puteri is pleased to announce that Bagnall Elementary School hosted a successful Arts Social, where students participated in creative workshops, displayed their artwork and enjoyed ice cream.

At the interactive Arts Social on Wednesday, May 16, professional artists, teachers and museum representatives held workshops for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The PTA sponsored the Arts Social to raise money for cultural enrichment programs and to reduce the cost of art projects that students and families incur. 

More than 500 people attended the event, which featured a display of student paintings, drawings and sculptures throughout the hallways. Several students also presented their passion projects, which they completed independently over the course of the school year by voluntarily giving up time at lunch or recess.

The passion projects included an electronic self-scrubbing cleaning brush, an outdoor sink made from recycled parts, videos, 3-D printed objects and wood-burned signs.

“It was so exciting to see our students present their passion projects and have our whole school community come together to celebrate the huge impact the arts have on kids,” said Bagnall STEAM Coordinator Brooke Welch. “Sharing student successes is a critical part of our work and is essential to their growth.”

Professional sculpture artist Ryan Kelley hosted a workshop on wire-bending and 3-D sculpture making, while fourth grade teacher Sarah Cassavaugh held a “paint night” themed workshop, where students created a tropical sunset with acrylic paints on canvas.

Representatives from the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire hosted a workshop on the ancient Japanese art of fish printing, “Gyotaku,” where students created their own fabric fish print to take home.

Museum of Fine Arts representatives hosted an interactive workshop and craft making session based on Egyptian hieroglyphics. The students learned about Japanese and Egyptian culture while creating their artwork.

“It is wonderful that our Bagnall students have the chance to explore learning in different ways and then share their knowledge and inspire others,” School Nurse Amanda Durand said.

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U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Visits Whittier Tech for Memorial Day Presentation

Maureen Lynch, Superintendent
115 Amesbury Line Road
Haverhill, MA 01830

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: jessica@jgpr.net

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Visits Whittier Tech for Memorial Day Presentation

HAVERHILL — As Whittier Tech students prepare for Memorial Day weekend, they were reminded of the significance of the holiday at a presentation this week led by retired U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Mike Devin — a speaker for the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes program.

A nonprofit organization, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes honors soldiers from the state who have been killed in combat and supports their Gold Star families. Since 9/11, 286 soldiers from Massachusetts have lost their lives, including five from Haverhill and one graduate from Whittier Tech, Evan O’Neill, who died at age 19 in 2003, fighting in Afghanistan.

Principal Chris Laganas welcomed students and staff to the assembly in the gymnasium on Monday, May 21. Whittier’s chorus sang, “The Star Spangled Banner” and a moving video leading up to Devin’s speech showed Gold Star family members talking about their loved ones and the recognition they deserve.

“Amid the barbecues, take a moment to reflect upon those who sacrificed their lives for our country,” Devin told students. “Take a moment to look up and think about Pvt. First Class Evan O’Neill who sat in this same gym.”

Gathered together on the bleachers, more than half of Whittier’s 1,300 students raised their hands when asked if they had a family member who has served in the military. “If your family member made it home, they were lucky,” Devin said.

As part of his presentation to Whittier, Devin shared how he enlisted in the Marine Corps after college when he saw members honor his dad at his funeral.

“It was a sense of camaraderie I wanted to be part of,” he said.

The day before he shipped out to Afghanistan he received news that one of his close friends had stepped on a roadside bomb and lost both of his legs. He was dispatched to the same location, and eventually stepped on an improvised explosive device himself, but luckily it did not detonate.

He spent a year in Afghanistan training Afghan soldiers, followed by four years in Mexico where he trained infantry to fight the drug cartels.

After the assembly, students said they appreciated the overall message and several approached Devin to shake his hand.

“I thought it was nice the way he mentioned Evan O’Neill, and how he told us to enjoy the day, but thank everyone we see who served, to just say thank you for their service,” said freshman Keily Martinez, of Haverhill. “I also liked hearing how the Gold Star families support each other.”

Members of Whittier’s Student Government, led by advisers James Donahue, Jr. and Andrew Cherouvis, brought the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes program to Whittier.

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Whittier Tech Students Compete in Boston Eco-Carpentry Challenge

Maureen Lynch, Superintendent
115 Amesbury Line Road
Haverhill, MA 01830

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: jessica@jgpr.net

Whittier Tech Students Compete in Boston Eco-Carpentry Challenge

HAVERHILL — Whittier Tech carpentry students turned trash into treasure for this month’s Boston Eco-Carpentry Challenge, taking a pile of discarded office furniture and creating two carnival games.

The annual contest promotes recycling and gives students the opportunity to showcase their creativity by transforming old pieces into something new.

Over the past three months, 22 sophomores and one senior took apart cabinets, tables and office partitions that were given to Whittier by The Furniture Trust, a nonprofit that puts on the challenge. They used those supplies to build Skeeball and Plinko games.

To create the games, students used lathes to make the 4-inch balls that players roll up the Skeeball table, and they also crafted pucks that get placed at the top wall of the Plinko game then slip down the slotted walls to earn points.

Students had their work judged against eight other participating schools during the challenge event on May 10 at District Hall in Boston. A team of judges awarded the Whittier team with the Best Craftsmanship award. This is the fourth year Whittier has entered the competition

“The students had a great time and our entry was swarmed with people all night playing our games and admiring the other items they had made,” said Carpentry Teacher Mark Whittier, who worked with students during the project. “The Eco-Carpentry Challenge illustrates the value of recycling and allows students to hone the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to create fun projects that can be used long after the furniture’s original lifespan.”

Participating carpentry students include: sophomores Ethan Burridge, of Groveland, Dylan Fraize, of Amesbury, Jyrell Ruiz, of Lawrence, Aristotle Campbell, of Merrimac, Max Ouellette, of Newbury, Cody Hadley, Brendan Gallagher, Angelica Cintron, Ricky Flores, Nathan Charoux, Siarra Cronin, Jared Recillas, Angel Alvarado, Alanna Stafford, Tyler Wetherbee, Emily Wilson, Nicholas Glynn, Cody Littlefield, Adam Taschereau, Brian Skaff, Killian Barry and senior Desiree Michaud, all of Haverhill.

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Exeter High School Students Excel in National Spanish Examination

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New Hampshire School Administrative Unit 16
Christine Rath, Interim Superintendent
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Exeter High School Students Excel in National Spanish Examination

EXETER — Principal Michael Monahan is pleased to announce that several students excelled on the 2018 National Spanish Examinations earlier this spring.

Between March 28 and April 6, dozens of EHS students in Honors 2, 3, 4, Advanced Placement and College Prep 4 level Spanish earned national recognition for their performance on the exam.

Sophomores Emma Buhot-Launay and Carol Diaz, and senior Julia Work, earned gold medals for their success on the multi-part exam, which assesses students’ understanding of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, as well as their reading and listening comprehension.

In addition to the three gold medals, 21 EHS students earned silver, 17 earned bronze and 34 earned honorable mentions on the exam.

“This exam is an excellent way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and develop a sense of their strengths and the ways they can improve their Spanish skills,” Principal Monahan said. “I’m proud of all of our students’ work, and grateful for the constant effort by our Spanish teachers that made their success possible.”

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

EHS students have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers, Katherine LaPia, Nicole Vernon, Samuel Heath, Kathleen Bean, Jennifer Delorie and Christopher Donovan.

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