The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News January/February 2013 Volume XXIV Number 3

Coordinator’s Report, January, 2013

Happy New Year, Coalition Members!

This edition of The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News is full of special activities, answers to homeschoolers questions concerning graduation, and even a new homeschool chat group.

Did you know that all NHHC Board meetings are open to the public? Please feel free to join us. The next meeting is scheduled for January 26, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury, New Hampshire.

The Coalition Board enjoys working together to provide you with reliable homeschooling support and information. We look forward to serving you in the new year.

Stacey Desrosiers
NHHC Coordinator

Report of the Home Education Advisory Council

At our December meeting we went through the rules subcommittee's proposed recommendations, but decided to postpone final acceptance of them until our January meeting. If the Council votes to accept them, they begin their trek through the approval process, which will mean a hearing before the State Board of Education in the near future.

Chris Hamilton suggested, in response to concerns expressed by administrators about the accuracy of the statistics they report to the Department now that homeschoolers are not required to notify annually, that districts send out a reminder, say, at the beginning of the school year, that they be informed of the termination of a homeschool program. Although the law requires that termination of a homeschool program be reported in writing to the participating agency, apparently this doesn't always happen, and Chris's suggestion might encourage better communication.

Chris, though no longer a Council member, has continued for the time being to prepare a legislative report for us, highlighting proposed bills that might be of interest to homeschoolers. I can email her latest report to anyone who requests it.

The next meeting of the Council will be Tuesday, January 8, from 3:30 until 5 in room 12 of the Department of Education. Feel free to contact me, or any Council member, with questions or concerns; the public is welcome to attend meetings. If there appears to be any possibility that there will be a cancellation due to weather, call me before traveling to Concord.
Abbey Lawrence
539-7233
abbeyl53@gmail.com

Auditions for Romeo and Juliet

The Rochester Opera House seeks high school age students for a production of Romeo and Juliet. Auditions will be held at the Governor's Inn in Rochester on the following days (choose one; plan to stay the full two hours.):
Thursday, January 3, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, January 6, 2-4 p.m.
Monday, January 7, 7-9 p.m.

Please prepare 10-12 lines from any Shakespeare text and wear clothes suitable for movement. If you have a headshot and resume, bring it with you. Contact Stage Manager Sue Roy at (603) 973-2116 or szqcrafty@yahoo.com to reserve a two-hour audition day. If you are absolutely unable to attend any of the dates listed, email Sue Roy to make other arrangements. Performance dates will be March 26-March 30 (must be available for school matinees, 10 a.m., Tuesday-Friday). Actors will receive a stipend.
For more information contact director Libby Page, lcpimogen@yahoo.com or 203-326-7847.

We Asked Homeschoolers

What online sources can you recommend?
We use an online blog through wordpress to keep track of our daughters work. However, right now she is taking online courses so it's a bit easier for now. But, the blog is very helpful! Deanna G., Alton

And Homeschoolers Asked Us

What are the graduating requirements for home schoolers?
Will my child be able/allowed to graduate will the high school class?
I am not sure what classes my child will need to get his diploma, is there a guideline?

Homeschoolers in New Hampshire do not receive a diploma from the state or their local school system. To receive a diploma one must comply with the requirements of the institution that awards it; in the case of public schools, the requirements include attendance at the school. Most colleges do not require a high school diploma, but there are a number of institutions available to homeschoolers who wish to earn one; see, for example, narhs.org. If your student hopes to attend college, plan his curriculum in accordance with the standard high school sequence of courses--your local high school can help you with this-- as well as the requirements of colleges; college websites indicate how many credits of which subjects they would like to see on an applicant's transcript. If you go to http://www.education.nh.gov/standards/tech_advisories.htm, scroll down the page, and click on advisory #6, you will find the state's list of required subjects and credits for graduation, which provides some guidance in planning your student's courses. Keep in mind that these are not required of homeschoolers, but are useful in planning.

Journalism, Photoshop Classes and More at The Nackey Loeb School in Manchester

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications is accepting registrations for its winter session, including Photoshop Basics and free classes in News Writing, Social Media, Broadcasting and the First Amendment. The six-week session runs on Wednesday evenings from January 9 to February 13. Students of all ages are welcome. Register at www.loebschool.org or by calling 627-0005.

Open House for Homeschool Music Conservatory in Andover, Massachusetts

The Andover Community Music School at the South Church in Andover, Massachusetts has a new name, Merrimack Valley Community Music School. The school hopes to initiate a Homeschool Music Conservatory beginning on February 15, 2013.
Homeschool families are invited to attend an open house on January 11 from 11 to 12:30, to share ideas about possible offerings, such as:
Private instrumental and voice instruction (age 5 to adult)
Orff Schulwerk Classes
Group classes in recorder, guitar, keyboard, drumming, and winds
Vocal groups-multigenerational, children’s, teens, adults, choral, madrigal, a capella, etc.
Chamber ensembles and jazz, rock, or folk ensembles
Music history and theory courses

For more information contact Valerie Walton, vwalton@andovermusicschool.org or 978-775-5447 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9-12), or visit www.andovermusicschool.org (or mvmusicschool.org)

Science Classes for Homeschoolers

The Education Department at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire has developed a new science class for 5 - 9 year-olds based on input from homeschooling families. Two 6-week sessions of Science Explorers will be offered this winter. Session 1, Winter Wonders, will explore the three states of matter, and will run on Thursdays from January 10 until February 14. Session 2, Making Things Move with Physics, runs from March 7 to April 11. All classes will be held from 11:30 to 12:15, and the cost is $60 per six-week session for members, $70 for non-members. For more information call the museum at 603-742-2002.

Want to Chat About Homeschooling?

A longtime homeschool mom has created a message board for New Hampshire homeschoolers. Visit http://newhampshirehomeschool.yuku.com/.

Opportunity for Outstanding Scholars

The 2013 application for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program for outstanding seventh-grade students will open on January 17.

Those selected receive financial support for educational and extracurricular activities, as well as one-on-one help applying to high schools, colleges, summer programs, and more. Young Scholars tell their advisor what they’d like to become. Over the next five years the Foundation uses its considerable resources to help them get there.

For more information visit http://www.jkcf.org/, or contact outreach coordinator Lionel Foster at 410-735-6270 or jkcinfo@jhu.edu.

Homeschool Bowling

Merrimack Ten Pin at 698 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack offers a 10-week session starting Wednesday, January 2. The cost of $10 per person includes three games of bowling plus shoe rental. Call 429-0989 or visit merrimacktenpin.com.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats Educational Days

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats announce “Educational Days” for the 2013 season. Join students from across the region in an educational experience while attending a professional baseball game on either April 10, April 25, or May 8, at 10:35 a.m.

The Fisher Cats encourage you to plan your lessons around your field trip to the park. Some ideas--
Statistics: Discuss players’ batting averages, earned run average, slugging percentage and more.
Physics: Kinetic and Potential Energy, movement of a curveball
Arithmetic: Concession pricing and how to calculate change to give customers
Geometry: Explore angles and shapes from around the ballpark
History: Learn the history of the Fisher Cats and of the game of baseball.
We will have interactive educational material on our video board, pre-game education activities on the field, educational exhibits and entertainment on the concourse, historical characters walking around the stadium.

Tickets for this event are offered at a discounted rate and vary from $5 to $8. For more information or to book your group, please contact Stephanie Fournier at 603-641-2005, ext. 105, or sfournier@nhfishercats.com.

Remember, check our website www.nhhomeschooling.org for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter Staff
Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
539-7233, abbeyl53@gmail.com. Stefanie Marsh, layout and web posting.
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