What’s Happening Around New Hampshire
Education Committee Recommends Home Education Bill be Killed
Tuesday morning, the House Education Committee met in executive session on HB 1263, which would once again require that homeschoolers’ annual evaluations be submitted to their participating agency, and voted it ITL, inexpedient to legislate. This means they recommend the bill not be passed. The bill now goes to the entire House of Representatives for a vote. The House tends to vote the recommendation of the committee that studied the bill, with rare exceptions.
What’s Next for House Bills 1263 and 1650, Hearing on 1650 Wednesday, Feb. 21
About 600 homeschoolers turned out for the hearing on House Bill 1263 on January 25. Next, the Education Committee will meet in executive session (not scheduled yet) and they will vote their recommendation on the bill. The public may attend the exec session, but they will not be allowed to speak. The Committee could vote to recommend passage of the bill, ITL (inexpedient to legislate, which is a recommendation to kill the bill), or decide to amend the bill or have further study. As soon as we see when the executive session will be, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, you can still express your opinions to the committee members. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/…/co…/committeedetails.aspx…. After the Committee has exec’d the bill, it will go to the entire House of Representatives for a vote.
House bill 1263 would once again require that homeschoolers’ annual evaluations be submitted to their participating agency (school district or private school). You can read the text of the bill here http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx….
House Bill 1650, removes “education as required by law” as a criterion for determining child neglect. In effect, it would take educational neglect cases away from DCYF. It was heard before the Children and Family Law Committee, who will vote on it at an executive session, February 21 at 10:00 AM in Legislative Office Building Room 206 . You can read the text of the bill here http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2018&id=1637&txtFormat=html and find contact info for the Children and Family Law Committee members here http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/committeedetails.aspx?code=H37.
Remember the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition cannot take a position on legislation. We are a 501 (c)3 organization and have a wide range of members with varying opinions.
American Legion Boys State Program
Henry J Sweeney Post 2 is informing all male high school juniors and their parents of the American Legion Boys State program. This program has been held annually in NH since 1947. All NH high schools and home school students are invited to participate. Boys State is a six-day “learn by doing” experience in the American way of government sponsored by the American Legion and held at Rivier University in Nashua, this year from June 24 to June 29, 2018.
In addition to learning about democracy through a practical experience, the program encourages leadership both in the students’ schools and communities, and emphasizes the importance of being responsible citizens who make their votes count. While running their mock towns, cities and state, the students are spending six days on a college campus, meeting other students from throughout the state, competing for scholarships, and earning three college credits awarded by Rivier University for successful completion of the program.
Information on program requirements and applications are available from high school guidance counselors or local American Legion Posts, or on the N.H. American Legion Boys State website at http://www.legionnh.org/
Application deadline is June 1, 2018. Other questions, please contact Bill Roy, Coordinator, Henry J Sweeney Post 2, Manchester NH 03103, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-623-9145
Marine Biology Program for Homeschoolers
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick is excited to share a new program we are offering for homeschool families! All Things Marine will take place, May 29 to June 1 and is an overnight program for families & friends, 10 years old and over. The program includes meals, accommodations, boat and lab rentals, aquarium admission, instructional fees and taxes.
Join us as we explore the unique environment of the Bay of Fundy.
· biodiversity of local ecosystems
· weird and wonderful invertebrate inhabitants of the area
· plankton drifters that start most marine food chains
· invaders new and old
· St. Andrews by‐the‐Sea maritime connections past and present
· links between art and biology
1 Lower Campus Road St. Andrews, NB CANADA E5B 2L7
T: 506.529.1226 F: 506.529.1212 E: email@example.com W: huntsmanmarine.ca
Blog: http://huntsmaneducation.blogspot.ca Twitter: @HuntsmanEdDept
Programs at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, NH.
JUNIOR EXPLORERS, WEDNESDAYS, 10-11:30 am, COST: $12 M / $15 NM (per child/parent pair)
LEADER: PAULA CHOUINARD
PROGRAMS FOR AGES 7-12 AND PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO STAY.
February 14: Waiting to Bloom
Discover new plant life, hidden and dormant in winter, just waiting to explode! What’s in a seed? The trees will bud sooner than you think, and signs of spring are just around the corner. Learn how trees and other plants wait out the winter.
March 7: Seeds, Seeds, Seeds
What’s inside a seed? (Seed dissection) How do seeds travel? What starts the process of germination? Outside search for seeds and seed pods.
March 21: Eggs-citement!
Birds, Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians, – so many eggs! Dissect a chicken egg to identify life structures. Compare and contrast eggs of different animals. Get up close and personal with the Center’s reptiles and amphibians as we discuss their beginnings.
April 4: All About Nesting and Bird Eggs
Learn the likeness and differences of common bird nests. Build a bluebird house to encourage nesting. We will check out the Osprey Blind and birdhouses as we look for early returning birds.
April 18: Mammalabilia
Are all mammals born live? Take a look into gestation and birth of different native mammals. Learn about NH’s own marsupial! Witness the birth of deer twins (virtual reality)! Walk to discover emerging life categorizing by birth type.
May 9: Time to Plant!
Take a nature walk to identify early germinators in field and forest. Learning what we can grow to encourage pollinators. Set up sprouters to take home.
May 23: Eggs or Live Birth?
Take a look at reptiles and amphibians; not all are the same! Discover who lays eggs and who births live. Visit the pond to look for new signs of life!
June 6: Celebration of New Life!
Recap the wonders of new beginnings! Student Presentations! Games! Let’s check the nest boxes and pond to see what’s happening now!
There is also a Wee Wonders program for younger kids–check their website. http://www.nhaudubon.org/
Programs for Homeschoolers with the Newmarket Rec Department
We are super excited to offer new programs for your child. Our fantastic teacher, Heather Boyd, has a wonderful program to supplement what you already do at home. Her classes will provide opportunities to enrich your child’s exposure to Science, English, Art, Art History, and Social Studies. It is also a great socialization opportunity as well. http://www.newmarketrec.org/home-school-programs/
Virtual Math Classes
High school math teacher Corey Colosky hopes to offer virtual math classes starting in the summer of 2018 and then again during the 2018-2019 school year if there is sufficient interest. The format would be like a webinar where the class is live and the students can interact with each other and with the teacher. The price would be approximately $100 for the entire course. If you are interested, fill out the form https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GV8BKM3.
Online Geometry and Algebra 2 courses are also available. Visit http://coloskys-math-academy.thinkific.com/, or contact Mr. Colosky at firstname.lastname@example.org.