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Sue Blair, the new principal of Plainfield Elementary School, reads a poem to fifth and sixth grade students on the first day of school, on Aug. 28, 2014 in Meriden, N.H.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

‘My Focus Is on Kids First’

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield — Remember The Little Engine That Could, the children’s book about the tank engine that, while facing a tough task, chanted to itself, “I think I can, I think I can” until, suddenly, it could? The message behind that story, said newly minted Plainfield Elementary School Principal Susan Blair, summarizes much of her educational philosophy. “I think the most …

Unity School Nearly Ready

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Unity — After years of waiting, what’s a few more days? That was the sentiment in Unity this week after the School Board announced a delay to the beginning of the inaugural year in the town’s new K-8 elementary school. The opening of the building — which has been plagued by controversy, lengthy …

Unity Elementary School Delays Opening

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unity — The School Board decided Tuesday night to delay the opening of the new elementary school to Monday, Sept. 8, which is four school days later than planned. Principal Chip Baldwin said Tuesday night that a few parents told the board they wanted the school to be completely cleaned and ready for teachers and students and thought that more time was needed …

Project VetCare Completes Buy of Hanover House

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hanover — Project VetCare, an organization dedicated to helping New Hampshire veterans, purchased a house on Lebanon Street on June 9. The house will be dedicated to housing undergraduate veterans at Dartmouth College. “It’s a phenomenal accomplishment for …

Picture This: Graduation 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Valley News chief photographer Jennifer Hauck and staff photographers James M. Patterson, Will Parson and Sarah Priestap covered the Upper Valley’s high school graduations with their usual eye for storytelling moments. Here are a few images that did …

‘The Rest Is Up to You’

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Randolph — Charles Dickens was in the air Friday night at Randolph Union High School’s 2014 graduation. The class of 2014 chose past, present and future as the theme of their graduation, and that theme permeated the ceremony …

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon Shares His Vision, Discusses College’s Future

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

West Lebanon — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon introduced his vision for what the school he leads could become over the next decade by citing a high-tech-industry marketing adage: “You need to sell the benefits, not the features.” …

School Notes: Cradle of Valedictorians: Cornish Students Top Their High School Classes

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cornish — On the eve of delivering her speech for Hartford High School’s graduation last week, valedictorian Emma Healy wasn’t surprised to learn that she was following in a long line of students who walked to the podium …

Helping to Keep Their Promises: 31 Sharon Academy Graduating Seniors Reflect Back

Monday, June 16, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Sharon — Michael Livingston, The Sharon Academy’s head of school, began Sunday’s commencement ceremony by painting a picture of “the joy we experience here on such a regular basis.” To do so, …

Kearsarge: Be ‘Grinders,’ Not ‘Whiners’

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Sutton, N.H. — Kearsarge High School’s graduation has some unusual traditions, including the singing of God Bless America by the kindergartners who this year will make up the class of 2026. On …

Leaving the Nest: Rivendell Academy Graduates 29

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Orford — Keri Gelenian, Rivendell Academy’s head of school and principal, urged the members of Saturday’s graduating class to feel free to return to the school in the coming years. He and …

‘Kindness’ Is Key at Whitcomb

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Bethel — Whitcomb Junior-Senior High School principal Kevin Dirth began Saturday’s graduation ceremony with a quote by Henry Ford. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success,” …

‘Hard Work and Dedication’: In South Royalton, a Son Shares His Late Father’s Wisdom

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ South Royalton — Before he died at age 61 last June, former Royalton School Board member and town attorney Frank Berk taught his four children not to dwell on losses — of …