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Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Feb. 24

SAU 6 Grading System Surveys Going Out Today

Claremont — Since the current grading system is an SAU 6 initiative (not just Claremont), an SAU 6 standards-based grading committee of parents and staff will be formed in mid-March to study our current grading system, Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin said in an email.

A parent survey will be emailed to all SAU 6 parents today and all SAU 6 staff will receive a staff survey today as well. Responses to the surveys will be open until March 5. Grades 6-12 students will also be asked to complete a brief student survey in school. The district’s automated phone system will send messages to notify all parents and staff of these surveys. The surveys will provide informative data for the SAU 6 standards-based grading committee, McGoodwin said.

This effort will not result in discarding the standards based grading system. We are not throwing everything out and starting over, McGoodwin added in his email. Rather, the objective is to identify specific issues in order to make meaningful strategic changes. The outcome of this work will result in improvements to benefit students, parents and staff.

The decision to form a committee was announced by the Claremont School Board last week following a meeting where about 60 residents came to support a proposal by parents Kim Gogan and Christina Johnson to address the confusion, frustration and numerous complaints about the current grading system.

Charter Commission Seeks Residents’ Input

Claremont — The city’s Charter Commission has started holding meetings to review the city charter and possibly recommend revisions that will be presented to voters on the November ballot.

George Caccavaro, chairman of the nine-member panel elected by voters last month, said last week the first step is to hear comment from residents on what they would like to see changed, or stay the same, in the charter. The commission will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers for citizens’ comment. The comment period may be extended to the next meeting on March 14, Caccavaro said.

Woodstock Woman Hurt In Snowmobile Crash

Barnard — A Woodstock woman was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Sunday after she crashed her snowmobile into a tree and possibly hurt a previously injured knee, police said.

Denise Schulz, 51, was listed in “good” condition as of 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, DHMC House Supervisor Terry Moulton said.

According to Police, Schulz crashed her 2002 Polaris snowmobile approximately one mile up the 12A VAST Trail in Barnard shortly after 2 p.m. Poor conditions made it hard to stay on the trail, and Schulz hit a tree after losing control.

Vermont State Police responded to the scene alongside the Barnard Fire Department, and Barnard Fire and Rescue removed Schulz from the crash. Schulz was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

UNH Research: Many People Make Best Memories by 25

Durham, n.h. — A University of New Hampshire study shows that by the time most people turn 25, they have made the most important memories of their lives.

Researchers spoke with 34 members of an active retirement community, ages 59 to 92. Participants were asked to tell their life stories in 30 minutes. One week later, participants divided their life stories into self-defined “chapters.”

Researchers found a pronounced “reminiscence bump” between ages 17 and 24, when many people defined chapters of their life story, beginning and ending. A reminiscence bump is a period of time between the ages of 15 and 30 when many memories positive and negative, expected and unexpected, are recalled.

“Many studies have consistently found that when adults are asked to think about their lives and report memories, remembered events occurring between the ages of 15 to 30 are over-represented,” said Kristina Steiner, a doctoral student in psychology at UNH and the study’s lead researcher. “I wanted to know why this might be. Why don’t adults report more memories from the ages of 30 to 70? What is it about the ages of 15 to 30 that make them so much more memorable?”

Steiner said most people divide their life stories into chapters defined by important moments that are universal: a physical move, attending college, a first job, marriage, military experience and having children.

— Staff and Wire Reports