Cardigan Mountain Teacher Goes to Camp

Canaan Cardigan Mountain School science department Chairman David Auerbach spent part of late July at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., mentoring middle school teachers of science and math who were undergoing NASA-astronaut-style exercises such as simulated flight of high-performance jets, practice scenarios for space missions, survival training on land and in water and interactive flight dynamics.

Auerbach, on whom the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers earlier this year conferred its 2014 STEM Excellence in Teaching Award for middle school grades, had attended a previous camp and was invited back by the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy to work with this year’s corps of more than 200 colleagues.

Auerbach’s other recent honors include a 2014 Vernier Software & Technology Award from the National Science Teachers Association, and a 2013 fellowship — one of 50 awarded to teachers around the country — from the Siemens STEM Institute, under which he received training to integrate the latest concepts in science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom. He has taught at Cardigan Mountain since 1996.

∎ Speaking of the wild blue yonder, and of infinity and beyond, nearly 30 Newport students in grades six to nine recently completed four days of study of aeronautics and aerospace through the WinnAero ACE Academy, under the guidance of Katherine Moaratty, student services coordinator for the Newport school district.

The students toured Parlin Field Airport in Newport, took turns at the controls in the cockpit on a flight out of Laconia Airport, practiced on flight simulators, learning about weather from meteorologists and rode in a Blackhawk helicopter, among other activities. The students also learned about the use of science, technology, engineering and math in the aerospace field, and exploring aeronautics careers in manufacturing, mechanics, flight, air-traffic control, airport management, airport design, and flying.

“Math is fun, calculations are fun,” Moaratty said of the aim of the training the students received. “There are a lot of opportunities in the field of aeronautics that don’t necessarily involve flying an airplane.”

Moaratty enrolled the students in the academy with money from the school’s Gifted and Talented Program.

Teacher Awards∎

Allison Mollica of Sunapee recently completed training at Google to earn certification to instruct students in use of Google Apps for Education and other technologies. One of 34 teachers chosen from thousands of applicants around the country, Mollica currently teaches at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in Exeter, N.H.


Lebanon High School’s class of 1960 recently donated $10,000 to the Lebanon School District as an endowment for scholarships to Lebanon graduates.

“Awards from this endowment fund will be made in any year that the amount available is at least $1,000,” the school district stated in a press release. “Any graduating senior (who) will be attending a four-year college or university, a community or technical college for a period of less than four years, or post-high school specialized training or volunteer work here and abroad, may qualify.”

Graduating seniors can qualify by showing “both exceptional leadership skills and ... willingness to give back to their community during their high school career,” the statement continues. Seniors should apply through the high school’s guidance office.

By Degrees

Dillon Sass of White River Junction recently graduated cum laude from Hobart and Smith Colleges. He received a bachelor’s degree for his studies in media and society, during commencement ceremonies on May 18.

Student Honors

The University of Rochester named Michael Lawrence Young-Ward of Thetford Center to its dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester. Young-Ward, a graduate of The Sharon Academy, graduated from Rochester with a degree in political science.

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