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November 28, 2013

EDUCATION BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Pet Palace open for business

DERRY — Students at Pinkerton Academy who are learning all the fine points of dog grooming are offering services including nail trimming, ear cleaning, bathing and more.

Pricing is anywhere from $18 to $30, depending on a dog’s size and breed. Students regularly take care of many Pinkerton staff dogs during the day.

For information, call 437-5200.

Londonderry names All-State musicians

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School student musicians are making the grade and will attend the N.H. All-State Music Festival in April 2014.

Auditions were held in Manchester on Nov. 18. The following students will be taking part in the all-state event in band, orchestra, mixed choir or jazz events: Joe Conti, trumpet; Maddie Harper, flute; Stephen Marzik, bassoon; Matt Marzola, percussion; Caily Blatchford, alto voice; Maddie Doris, soprano voice; Kylee Quitayen, soprano voice, and Dan Cain, bass voice; Erin Conti, soprano voice; Keith Perry, guitar; Marc Lussier, bass voice; Steph Conti, alto voice; Rachel Hansen, alto voice.

Middle school hosts silent auction

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry Middle School will host a silent auction Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Gift baskets include themes like Family Game Night, Life’s A Beach, Taste of Italy, Movies and Munchies, and many more. All proceeds to got support student programs including guest speakers, wellness activities and entertainment.

Call 432-6925 for information.

Visiting puppets teach lessons

LONDONDERRY — North School Elementary students enjoyed a visit by a two-man puppet team representing the Red Herring Puppet group from North Carolina. The show featured characters including a stork, fox, turtle and rabbit all teaches children lessons about bullying, selfishness and the importance of getting along and being good sports.

The large, table top puppets presented Aesop’s Fables featuring the well-known stories of The Lion and The Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and the Stork and the Fox.

The assembly was part of the school’s efforts to teach children lessons about how to be kind to each other.

Teacher of the month honored

DERRY — Every year a different school honors one of its own as the Derry Education Association’s Teacher of the Month.

This month, East Derry Memorial Elementary School named Linda Wells as its top teacher in a ceremony Nov. 18 at the school.

Wells, nominated by her peers, is known as a very dedicated professional who has a caring way with students.

“She has a firm but kind manner when dealing with difficult situations,” the nomination letter read. “She is a valued member of not only of the second grade team but of EDMES as well. She is always willing to share her ideas and help whenever she is needed. She is a small person with an extremely big presence.”

Former school leader remembered

DERRY — A former Derry school district superintendent who served Derry for more than 25 years died earlier this month.

David Brown was Derry’s superintendent from 1977 to 2002. While serving Derry schools, Brown also took part in many community efforts, including being a member of the Derry Rotary Club.

Pinkerton starts shoe collection

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy students will once again be collecting shoes to support African charities, but also efforts close to home. Shoes collected will support the Liberty House in Manchester to serve homeless veterans and dozens of pairs will be shipped to Africa.

The shoe drive will begin at Pinkerton after Thanksgiving.