Rochester Schools’ Challenge Five Program to Host Fundraiser

Rochester Public Schools
Michael L. Hopkins, Superintendent
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH 03867


Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Rochester Schools’ Challenge Five Program to Host Fundraiser

ROCHESTER — Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that the Rochester Schools will renew its attendance initiative for the coming year, kicking it off with a fundraiser this week.

This year’s Challenge Five program will launch with a fundraiser on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Mooyah, 50 Marketplace Boulevard #1. A portion of the proceeds from sales between noon and 9 p.m. Wednesday will be donated to the program, which will help provide students with prizes for strong attendance.

In the first year of its Challenge Five, Strive for Less than Five Days Absent campaign, Rochester Schools saw a drop in the number of students missing days throughout the year. District wide, there was a 2 percent drop in the number of students missing six or more days, a 3 percent drop in students missing 11 or more days and a 6 percent decrease in the number of students missing 16 or more days.

Last year, Rochester Schools partnered with the Believe 2 Become Foundation and 38 area businesses to provide prizes ranging from ice cream coupons to Chromebooks to students at all schools who met attendance goals.

“Making it to school every day is essential for students’ learning and success,” Superintendent Hopkins said. “I’m proud of the results we had in our first year of this program, and I’m looking forward to building upon those results in the year to come with the help of our community partners.”

Chronic absenteeism is a critical issue for educators because students who miss even two or three school days in a month are at risk to suffer tangible and lasting setbacks. Third grade students could find themselves unable to master reading, sixth grade students fail courses at a higher rate and high school students wind up more likely to drop out.


Main Street School to Dedicate New Wing In Memory of Former Associate Superintendent


New Hampshire School Administrative Unit 16
Superintendent Dr. David Ryan
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Main Street School to Dedicate New Wing In Memory of Former Associate Superintendent

The new kindergarten wing at Main Street School will be dedicated in memory to former Associate Superintendent Paul Flynn. (Courtesy Photo)

EXETER — As Exeter’s Main Street School launches full-day kindergarten for all students this year, community members will take a moment to dedicate the school’s new building wing to a man who championed the expansion during a ceremony later this month.

On Friday, Aug. 24, from 2-3 p.m., Exeter school officials will hold a ceremony at the Main Street School. There, they will dedicate the official opening of the kindergarten wing to the late Paul Flynn, who served as SAU 16’s associate superintendent until his passing on Dec. 2, 2017.

“Paul worked tirelessly on this project for many, many years,” MSS principal Steve Adler said. “He knew that full-day kindergarten would benefit Exeter’s children intellectually and socially, allowing teachers more time to work with students and giving students more time to explore new concepts in depth.”

Though Flynn was one of many people who contributed greatly to this long-term project, the building committee unanimously agreed that naming the wing for him was important.

“The dedication of this new wing will help ensure that students, faculty and staff will forever remember Mr. Flynn and everything he did for the full-day kindergarten program and SAU 16 as a whole,” Superintendent Dr. David Ryan said. “Given the importance of early learning, we’re grateful to our community members who voted to approve the project and at the same time honor one of its greatest advocates.”

Kindergarten classes will begin on Aug. 27 and 28. Placement letters will be mailed the week of Aug. 13 and will include each child’s classroom assignment.

For questions about full-day kindergarten, please contact Main Street School at 603-775-8900 or visit


Littleton Public Schools to Benefit From State Green Communities Grant


Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Phone: 781-428-3299
E-mail: [email protected]

Littleton Public Schools to Benefit From State Green Communities Grant

LITTLETON — Town Administrator Keith Bergman and Superintendent Dr. Kelly Clenchy are pleased to announce that Littleton has earned a Green Communities Grant that will support the installation of environmentally-friendly technology at multiple school buildings. 

The $250,000 grant from the state Department of Energy Resources will fund the installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs) in multiple areas of the high school and Shaker Lane School, as well as new lights at the middle school. 

The schools’ boilers use motors to circulate hot water throughout the buildings during the heating season. Following the installation of the VFDs, the motors will no longer run at 100 percent power at all times. Instead, the motors’ power will vary depending on outside temperature, making them significantly more energy efficient. 

Littleton Middle School will also benefit from the grant in the form of new exterior and parking lot lighting, while new LED lighting will be installed at the high school’s performing arts center. 

The VFDs and lights are projected to help the town save more than $70,000 in annual energy costs.

“We have been working diligently since 2008 to reduce energy consumption and educate our students and staff about the importance of being committed to energy conservation at the local, state and national levels,” Superintendent Clenchy said. “As a district we continue to be passionate about implementing energy conservation strategies in our schools and are excited about our continued partnership with the Town of Littleton in maximizing energy efficiencies within our community.”

Littleton’s schools were awarded a National Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award in 2016, making it the only district in Massachusetts to earn the honor that year.

This year marks the third time that Littleton has received a grant through the Green Communities program. In 2016, Littleton received a grant of $140,870 to fund a LED streetlight conversion, installation of VFDs, exterior lighting upgrades, computer load management, improved pipe insulation and enhanced equipment functionality after being certified as a Green Community in December 2015.

In 2017, the DOER awarded Littleton a $250,000 grant that helped cover the costs of an expanded LED streetlight program and improvements at the Spectacle Pond Water Treatment Plant and Littleton High School.

“With the leadership of our Sustainability Committee and Board of Selectmen, and through the efforts of all Town departments, the Town of Littleton has made a lasting commitment to sustainability and pursuing environmentally-conscious projects,” Town Administrator Bergman said. “We’re grateful for the continued support of the Baker-Polito Administration and the Commonwealth’s Department of Energy Resources, and I am proud of the work the schools and town have done to achieve these important energy efficiency goals together.”


GLTS Receives $160,000 Grant from Baker-Polito Administration for Clean Energy Program

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

GLTS Receives $160,000 Grant from Baker-Polito Administration for Clean Energy Program

ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that Greater Lawrence Technical School received a $160,000 grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to implement a clean energy program as part of their STEAM curriculum.

GLTS is just one of three schools statewide to receive the allocation from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, which will be used to prepare students to pursue higher education majors and careers in the clean energy field.

As part of GLTS’ STEAM Innovation Program, students pursuing biotechnology will research, develop and implement clean energy fuel sources through the design and planting of green roofs along with growing algae for transportation (biofuel). They will also learn the importance of design and technology as it relates to solving energy, social and community issues.

“We’re excited and honored to have been selected for this extremely competitive grant to benefit our STEAM program,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “We have seen a steady rise in number of jobs in these fields and we believe a program focused on clean energy and sustainability will be another great option for students to pursue at GLTS and beyond.”

According to MassCEC’s 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report, employers would benefit from educational development in clean energy and STEM topics, as nearly three quarters of employers reported hiring difficulty over the last year, with 47 percent of employers citing insufficient qualified candidates as the most significant barrier to hiring. One of the greatest challenges facing Massachusetts’ rapidly growing innovation economy is the gap between available jobs in STEM fields and qualified workers to perform them.

“Massachusetts is home to a thriving clean energy sector and this investment in our students will help build a workforce that will sustain the Commonwealth’s vibrant innovation economy for generations to come,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “Providing new opportunities for STEM education for our students will reinforce the Commonwealth’s position as a national leader of innovation.”

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School and Norfolk County Agricultural High School also received $160,000 grant allocations.