School Notes: Course Trains Early Education Teachers

Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, October 30, 2017

River Valley Community College in Claremont is offering a certificate course in care and teaching of infants and toddlers through its Early Childhood Education Program.

The 18-credit course focuses on the first three years of a child’s life, including their needs during that period. Courses include social and emotional development, relationships with families, safe and appropriate environments, observation and documentation of a child’s progress and diversity and inclusion.

The college is now accepting applications for the spring semester, which starts in January. The three-credit courses available are Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child, Children with Special Needs and their Families and Developmentally Appropriate Programs for Infants & Toddlers.

In addition to classroom work, according to a college news release, students will go on “observational assignments and those already employed in the field have the opportunity to apply their new knowledge to their work.”

To learn more about the certificate program, visit rivervalley.edu/infant-toddler-certificate or reach out to Kerry Belknap Morris at kmorris@ccsnh.edu or at 603-542-7744, ext. 5411.

All the Valley’s a Stage

The Trumbull Hall Troupe, made up of high school-age performers from around the Upper Valley, stages Over the Moon at Lebanon Opera House on Friday and Saturday nights at and on Sunday afternoon, as a benefit for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, the Upper Valley Haven and the Zienzele Foundation.

The company describes the musical as “a fractured fairy tale that combines beloved childhood stories” in “the magically musical storybook land of Hanoveria.” To reserve tickets and learn more, visit trumbullhalltroupe.com. Admission is by donation at the door.

Stevens High School students perform an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit at the Claremont Opera House on Friday and Saturday nights at 7. Stevens student Hannah Lane McFadden is co-director of the production, which is being staged with support from the World Under Wonder youth theater program. To reserve tickets ($5 general admission), visit the box office in City Hall or call 603-642-4433. To learn more, visit worldunderwonder.webs.com or visit World Under Wonder’s Facebook page.

Hanover High School’s Footlighters perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 in the school auditorium. Admission is $5 to $8 at the door.

Nutritional Notes

The New England Dairy & Food Council recently awarded $3,600 to Hartland Elementary School for more than doubling the number of students to which it serves breakfast before classes.

By increasing breakfast participation by 114 percent, Hartland led all 24 Vermont schools that competed in Hunger Free Vermont’s Breakfast After the Bell Challenge between January and May of 2017. The next closest school was Colchester Middle School with a 64 percent increase.

The school will use the award money to upgrade kitchen equipment, allowing school nutrition staff to prepare more food from scratch, including frittatas and breakfast sandwiches. The school also aims to incorporate more locally-grown produce into its meals.

To learn more about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which provides grant money to schools, visit newenglanddairycouncil.org.

High School Honors

Lebanon High School recently named Danielle Pollard as its student of the month for October.

In addition to Pollard’s leadership in building the 2017 homecoming bonfire, Principal Ian Smith and counselor Margy Grigsby nominated the senior for her acts of kindness, among them helping a freshman, new to the district, who was struggling to open his locker and retrieve his lunch.

“Neither the principal nor another teacher could figure it out,” according to the announcement from the Lebanon School District’s office of school and community relations. “Danielle offered her help without being asked, quickly opened it and offered to do it again so the boy would remember. … She did this with a pleasant attitude and smile on her face.”


The State University of New York at Oswego recently awarded a Destination Oswego Scholarship and a merit scholarship to Windsor resident Grady Gilman.

Gilman, Windsor High School graduate and a freshman majoring in meteorology, will receive $750 a year from the merit scholarship and between $5,000 and $9,000 a year for the Destination award.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently commended Woodstock Union High School senior Kyle Weirther for scoring among the top 50,000 of 1.6 million juniors who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2016.

To advance to the semifinals in the merit-scholarship competition, students must score among the top 16,000.

Collegiate Recognition

New London resident Jacob Pushee was inducted into the Colby-Sawyer College chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society on Oct. 22.

Pushee is a junior majoring in nursing at Colby-Sawyer. To earn a place in the honor society, a student must rank in the top 10 percent academically in the college’s junior or senior class.

Undergraduates at Ashland University in Ohio recently elected Lebanon resident Lyssa Wright to the school’s Student Senate. Wright is a 2014 graduate of Lebanon High School majoring in dietetics.

The Nature of Things

The central Vermont-based Four Winds Nature Institute is inviting schools in Vermont and New Hampshire to apply for its next round of Schoolyard Habitat Improvement Grants.

Dec. 1 is the deadline for schools to apply for grants up to $500 to upgrade outdoor spaces, either on school grounds or at parks and other nearby parcels, where their students can study nature year-round, preferably while interacting with their community.

The most recent grant recipients in Vermont were the Newport City Elementary School (pollinator garden for native bird and insects), the Twin Valley Elementary School in Wilmington (access trail to an outdoor teaching area) and Beeman Elementary School in New Haven (viewing area with tree, flowers, benches and birdfeeders).

To submit a proposal and learn more, visit fwni.org or email Emily Pals at emily@fwni.org.

Health Education

Former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice and New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut visited Mascoma Valley Regional High School in West Canaan last Thursday, to talk with students, teachers and staff about overcoming the stigmas surrounding mental illness.

Broderick, now senior director of public affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, narrowly survived a 2002 attack by his son, who at the time was struggling with a then-undiagnosed mental illness. He and the state Department of Education are leading a campaign, called Change Direction, that raises awareness about mental illness, which experts estimate afflicts about 20 percent of youths ages 13 to 18.

To learn more about school programs available through Change Direction, visit changedirection.org/nh/.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304.

Education-related news and announcements also can be sent to schoolnotes@vnews.com.