DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

September 12, 2013

Londonderry schools have smooth first day

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — School principals gave stellar opening day marks to the district’s students and staff.

Principals from all of the town’s three elementary schools, kindergarten, middle school and high school provided opening week information to the School Board last week, with all giving top grades to the ease of transition from summer to classroom.

That includes how good the district’s buildings looked on opening day.

“We opened to a beautiful facility,” Londonderry High school principal Jason Parent said. “Our kids also take pride in keeping it clean.”

Parent said the high school roster topped at 1,630 students on opening day.

Teachers and staff are completing AED and CPR training for the new yea, he said.

“It was a smooth opening and smooth transition,” he said.

At the middle school, it was also smooth sailing, with no one getting on a wrong bus and everything falling into place for the new year.

Principal Richard Zacchilli said his student number was 1,082 on the first day, up slightly from a projected 1,075 students.

Elementary schools also boasted clean halls, great staff and happy students, principals said.

New Matthew Thornton Elementary principal Sharon Putney said one fifth-grade student asked her on the first day if she were nervous coming in as the new principal.

“She said, ‘You have nothing to worry about, it’s a great school,’” Putney said.

She said she is happy to be working in Londonderry and is very excited about the year ahead.

Putney said district first-graders will be piloting new technology programs, including the use of iPads in the classroom and other technology upgrades.