March 13, 2017
Dear Lebanon School District Parents and Community Members,
We certainly have experienced a variety of conditions this winter. I’ve enjoyed the days where the temperature has risen to the 40s, 50s and even 60s, but it looks like we still need to keep our winter coats, hats and shovels handy. We have canceled school four times so far, and this means any additional school closing days will mean additional days of school beyond June 14th. Here is a quick summary of what we have been working on at the district level:
Lebanon School District Budget – Voting Tuesday, March 14th
SAU #88 Master Facilities Strategic Planning:
- The Committee is in the process of exploring ways to meet the increasing needs of our elementary schools such as adding a HSS cafeteria and expanding the HSS library; balancing student enrollment/class size and ensuring we meet our children’s academic/social emotional needs. As part of this effort, we are considering ways to restructure and unify our two elementary schools so that there is more equity in class size, more consistency with curriculum and a cohesive approach to social/behavioral issues.
- For both elementary and high school buildings, the Committee is considering redesigning school entrances, upgrading bathrooms/ heating/ventilation systems, and updating classrooms.
- The Finance and Facilities Committee has also prioritized projects, and sought Requests for Qualifications from performance contracting professionals focused on heating, ventilation and energy efficiency upgrades.
- Upcoming Dates:
- March 22: A draft Master Facilities Plan will be shared with the Board for discussion.
- April Date to Be Determined: We will hold a community forum to hear your thoughts and suggestions focused on our elementary schools’ ---facilities/space, balancing student enrollment and the importance of consistency in the curriculum.
SAU #88 Three Year Strategic Plan:
- Our first annual 7th and 8th grade February STEM Camp, in partnership with Hypertherm, was a huge success! 13 students participated in a full week of STEM camp. Jordan Graham, LMS student, provided a great quote about his experience at camp, "I anticipate the impossible.”
- The Diversity Committee met on February 27th. Our focus in on the “R” in Lebanon C.A.R.E.S.—“R-Respects and values diversity”. Our next meeting will be March 29th in LMS Library at 3:30 p.m.
- Our elementary schools celebrated Reading Week. I had the great pleasure of reading Duck on A Bike by David Shannon with a kindergarten class.
- On February 11th, LHS hosted the Northern New England Science Olympiad Invitational Tour. Science Olympiad is an academic competition in which teams of up to 15 students participate in over 20 different competitive science and engineering events.There were twelve teams represented at February's tournament held at LHS, including teams from Boston Latin School, St. Johnsbury Academy, Mascoma, Bedford, Alvrine, Nashua, Merrimack, Walpole, and Manchester.The members of Lebanon's two teams, coached by LHS science teacher John Tietjen, ran many of the events, and competed in others, placing high in events such as Robot Arm, Ecology, Disease Detectives, Chemistry Lab, and Wind Power.Lebanon's teams will compete at the state Science Olympiad Tournament at St. Anselm College on March 25th.The Invitational Tournament was made possible by the generous support of the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and the many volunteers in the community who helped with the event
- MLS was celebrated in a recent news article in Here in Hanover and the NH Charitable Foundation focused on the MLS Forest Kindergarten program https://www.nhcf.org/what-were-up-to/the-wellborn-ecology-fund-learning-from-the-ground-up/
- LMS has been a flurry of activities with the “Bees” and Inspiring Kids! The five non-profit companies each LMS team worked with were the CCBA, LISTEN, David’s House, COVER and Marley’s Doggie Bags.
- We will are in the process of reviewing applications and will be holding interviews for the HSS Principal and the LMS Assistant Principal position later this month.
Dr. Joanne Roberts