Rochester fourth-graders learn cultural history at the Great Bay Discovery Center
ROCHESTER — Superintendent Kyle Repucci shared that fourth graders from East Rochester and Nancy Loud Elementary School visited the Great Bay Discovery Center earlier this month for hands-on lessons about local cultural history.
Located in the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Greenland, the Great Bay Discovery Center offers children and adults hands-on opportunities to learn about the natural and cultural history of the region.
Fourth-graders from East Rochester and Nancy Loud Elementary School center in the crisp, beautiful Oct. 11 they were able to visit and participate in exercises at five stations at the center, as part of an interactive fall cultural history program. readings appropriate to social studies curriculum standards for grades 2 through 5.
At the Bay of Bounty station, students learned about the different tools that have been used throughout history to harvest resources from the bay, including trapping, fishing, ice fishing, and shelling.
Trail of the Arrowhead station on a trail walk, where students learned about the history of the Abenaki and Pennacook Nations, and explored how the Native Americans survived and lived on the land.
Tom Wiggin told the station that Wiggin and his father farm hay from the Bay. Wiggin is a fictional character who is based on a real family that lived in Great Bay, 1800s, when farmers cut hay from the salt marshes to graze their cattle.
The Great Bay Country Store station taught students about the gundalow boats that carried goods from town to town before there were tractors and more modern means of transportation, and how products such as cloth, flour, smoked fish and sugar were distributed to country stores for purchase or trade. The disciples were then able to make supplies from the village.
Finally, the students try to break the bullet and break them to use in cooking food.
“Our students had a great time learning about the culture and history of the region, and exploring tools and food from history,” said fourth-grade teacher Dan Saucier.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the New Hampshire Charitable Fund for providing Stafford County Schools, which helped us organize this trip,” said Superintendent Repucci. “Our students were able to learn a key part of the Social Studies curriculum, and we are grateful for the support.”
To learn more about the Great Bay Discovery Center at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, visit: https://greatbay.org/
RW Creteau Regional Technology Center students experience PNSY STEM pop-up demonstrations
ROCHESTER — Superintendent Kyle Repucci and Director of Technology Education Michele Halligan-Foley are pleased to share with RW Creteau Technology Center students a hands-on look at the 24 different activities and technologies currently available at Naval Portsmouth.
On Tuesday, October 25, the Portsmouth Naval STEM Engagement Trailer visited the RW Creteau Regional Technology Center to provide students with a type of pop-up event that provided demonstrations of 24 types of technology and cutting techniques used in product shops. to the shipyards
Each grade level in the school is given a block of time in the school day to participate in different stations, giving students the opportunity to check out two dozen different areas that could lead them down a potential career path.
Demonstrations include air conditioning and refrigeration, painting and abrasive blasting, crane maintenance, pipefitting, hardware, welding, machining, machine maintenance, sheet metal maintenance, electronics, rigging and more.
“Spaulding High School is committed to exposing students to a variety of pathways and our partnership with Naval Shipyard Portsmouth allows students to explore opportunities for direct entry into the workforce after high school,” said Lauren Jerr, Spaulding High School Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator. “This is an important thing because students first learn from those in the field what skills are needed now and in the future.”
“I love it when our students are exposed to real-world problems, situations and opportunities through our curriculum,” said Superintendent Repucci. “Having to visit the Shipyard and share the potential career opportunities with our students is invaluable, and I am so pleased to have such a strong partnership with Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.”
About the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Stem Outreach Program:
The mission of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard STEM Outreach Program is to inspire, engage and educate students in grades K-12 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Naval officers volunteer in this program to bring a variety of hands-on activities to our communities throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Click here to learn more.
Oyster River Fifth Graders will be studying Democracy in the NH Kid Governor Election
DURHAM – Superintendent James Morse and Principal Jay Richard shared that Oyster River Middle School fifth-grade students will learn the principles of democracy and free choice, and participate in the NH Kid pilot election on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Fifth-grade teachers incorporated lessons from the NH Kid program into the pilot curriculum, providing information about the three disciplines of state government, the role of president, how to research issues and develop campaign platforms, and how to vote and hold elections.
ORMS students met virtually with First Spouse Valerie Sununu and 2021 NH Kid Governor Charlotte Cotti and asked about voting and the role of First Spouse.
“It is a great privilege and responsibility for me to do whatever I can to support programs like the NH Kid pilot and civic education in general. The more we can teach our youngest citizens how our government works and how to participate in a representative democracy. The more we can equip them to take care of their country, their voices and our freedom,” First Lady Sununu said, “My absolute favorite part is getting open-ended questions from students – I love how the kids from ORCSD wanted to know what the roles and responsibilities of the First Lady are, which is one of the most flexible and open positions in civilian leadership, I like how they learned rather than “First Lady” it might be more inclusive to say “First Bride” who at this point.
Fifth-graders from across New Hampshire run for Kid Commander, a development platform for campaign and video content.
Fifth-grade teacher Diana Pelletier coordinated with the Town of Durham, arranging a visit from Town Clerk Lorrie Pitt and Deputy Town Clerk Rachel Dean. Pitt and the dean explained their duties and registered students to vote on November 10. Each student received a voting card.
“It’s so wonderful to get to know the students and answer a lot of their questions,” Pitt said. “Let the pain itself be to the party, and to the choice of the Governor Kid.”
On November 10, ORMS students will walk to Durham Town Hall and vote for one of the seven candidates for NH Kid Governor. Voting will take place from 12 to 2 pm
Students will present their voting ballots to select supervisors who will inspect them and deliver the ballots. Students in the act of voting, and filled in the ballot in a wooden box in Durham, which rejoices in 1916.
“What a great opportunity for our students to learn about the government process,” Superintendent Morse said. “Good conversation is vital to our democracy, and these students will carry these hard lessons with them for the rest of their lives.”
Superintendent Morse and Principal Richard would like to thank the NH Kid administration and the Town of Durham for their leadership and support.