Old Home Day ends, the school shopping begins and the students of Londonderry get ready to go back to school. Tuesday, August 26th will be the first day of school for the children in the Londonderry School District. It is important that drivers and students be safe. School buses will be on the road again making frequent stops, please take that into consideration when you get up Tuesday morning. Back to school means drivers must remember to obey laws dealing with school buses and school zones. As a reminder, the most basic law is on a two-lane road you must stop in both directions for a school bus with its red lights flashing and/or stop sign out. Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas.
Children will also be standing along and walking the roadways to get to the bus stops. Remind your child to wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb. Make sure your child walks where they can see the bus driver (which means the driver will be able to see them, too). Remind your student to look both ways to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street, just in case traffic does not stop as required.
Lets have a great start to the new school. Everyone remain safe.
The Londonderry School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Scott Laliberte as the new Assistant Superintendent. Mr. Laliberte will be stepping into that position replacing Andrew Corey who has accepted the superintendency of the Hollis-Brookline School District. Mr. Laliberte passed the rigors of the selection process first with an interview committee, followed by an on-site visit by a subgroup of the interview committee which included discussions with parents, faculty and administrators and a final interview with the School Board. Mr. Laliberte received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire where he was All ECAC and All Conference in football and staff writer for the school magazine. He received his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Plymouth State University and will be completing his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University this fall.
Scott has been in education for the past twenty-three years, starting as an English teacher at Franklin and Souhegan High Schools. He then transitioned to educational leadership positions with two assistant principalships at the high school level, an assistant principalship at the elementary level, a five year tenure as Principal of Moultonborough Central School and the last two years as Director of Curriculum Instruction, Assessment and Professional Development in the Gilford School District. His leadership, collaborative and communication skills married with his strong curriculum and assessment background have led to significant and positive changes including but not limited to a major STEM Education Program in partnership with the Gateway Institute of the Boston Museum of Science. Leitha Reilly, Londonderry School Board Chair, has praised Mr. Laliberte for his strong educational leadership
skills, thorough knowledge of and ability to implement 21st century college and career ready curriculum, programs and services, strong collaborative and communication skills as well as a strong K-12 perspective based on his in-depth experience and practice at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Mrs. Reilly has stated that “his strong, experiential background, intelligence, communication and collaborative skills will build upon and enhance our district’s programs and services for all students enabling them to be college and career ready”.
Mr. Laliberte stated that he is beyond delighted with his appointment and knows he has big shoes to fill with the departure of Andy Corey. “I intend with the support of our truly outstanding faculty, staff, administrators, and School Board to continue to build upon the excellent programs and services in Londonderry for the benefit of our wonderful students and parents. In addition, I want to work collaboratively with all community members and members of the business community to fulfill our motto “Giving Wings to Children’s Dreams.”
The Londonderry School District is pleased to announce that it will offer several opportunities to students this summer. Open to different levels K-12, the purpose of this program is to promote student strengths in academic areas and expose students to new areas of interest not typically included during the regular school year.
Four different enrichment offerings promise interest to students at many levels. Looking for a peek into Moose Hill for your newly registered kindergartener? Sign up for Camp Kindergarten. Students who have an appreciation for theatre, music, and the arts may wish to test their talents in Somewhere Off Broadway. You will be on the move if you choose to enroll in Fitness Fanatics or you can choose to sign up for Yoga: Refocus and Recharge and learn strategies for self-regulation.
Summer Enrichments will be held mornings and afternoons at various times and dates in schools throughout the district from June 30th to August 1, 2014.
Specific information about offerings, fees, and registration can be found here. It will also be available in school newsletters, through any participating teacher, at the school office throughout the district, town hall, and town library. Registration deadline is Friday, June 6, 2014. Fees will be collected through June 20th at the Londonderry School District Office. Enrollment is limited so don’t wait and apply today!
An article written by Union Leader Correspondent April Guilmet states that Londonderry could see many benefits, including decreased taxes, from an agreement with Hooksett schools to accept more high school students into the Londonderry School District.
Five-year agreement proposed between Londonderry, Hooksett schools
By April Guilmet
LONDONDERRY — Londonderry school officials are proposing a five-year agreement with the Hooksett School District after a successful first semester with 56 Hooksett tuition students.
During the Londonderry School Board meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Nathan Greenberg shared details of the Memorandum of Understanding being proposed between the two school districts.
Discussions on the topic continued for well over an hour, with residents and school attorney Matt Upton offering their thoughts on the matter.
Upton said he wasn’t required to attend this week’s public hearing, but opted to do so in the interest of transparency.
Visit the Union Leader online to read the rest of the story.
We are writing today to publicly thank the employees of the Londonderry School District for the outstanding relationship we have enjoyed between the school district and Orchard Christian Fellowship. Our fellowship was blessed to be able to rent and meet in the facilities of the district for the past five years. The greatest portion of these five years was our use of the gymnasium, classrooms, and cafeteria of Matthew Thornton Elementary (MTS). Our deepest appreciation goes to former Principal Carol Mack, to the teachers, and to the custodians of Matthew Thornton. During these five years, the staff and faculty of MTS graciously accommodated our use of the facility.
The school district office has also been outstanding in assisting with scheduling the use of the facilities. We worked together well in moving our Sunday morning use of Matthew Thornton to the cafeteria of Londonderry Middle School for a couple of summers while work was being done at MTS. Chuck Zappala and Cindy Alley were always timely and accommodating in our requests. Our appreciation also extends to Nate Greenberg. His leadership of the district is outstanding. From time to time, Andy Soucy was very helpful in allowing us to use staging and instruments for our Christmas and Easter services. The custodians of MTS and the Middle School were fantastic – always willing to help!
Our hope is that the relationship with the school district will continue on in the most positive ways. Our new facility is located on property that shares common borders with Moose Hill Kindergarten and Matthew Thornton. We look forward to being a support and encouragement to the school district and the families of our community.
On behalf of the people of Orchard Christian Fellowship,
Pastor Ken Glasier
The Londonderry School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of David Sutherland as the new Assistant Principal at Londonderry Middle School. David will be replacing Wendy Hastings who was recently appointed the Principal of the Goffstown Middle School.
David received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University, his Masters of Education from Lesley University and his Principal certification through Rivier College. David has been the Assistant Principal of the K-8 School in Allenstown, New Hampshire this past year and has been a sixth grade math, science and social studies teacher at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, New Hampshire and has taught science at Rupert A. Nock Middle School in Newburyport, Massachusetts, as well as having held a variety of teaching positions at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts.
Prior to starting his educational career, David worked in the private sector as both a quality assurance manager and a databases designer and integration specialist. David and his family reside in Londonderry.
Richard Zacchilli, Principal of Londonderry Middle School, stated “we believe David will be an excellent addition to the middle school administrative team and will assist the faculty and staff in continuing to provide outstanding service to our students, parents and community”.
Contact: Nathan Greenberg
Londonderry, NH 03053
(603) 432-6920, Ext. 1102