The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News January/February 2015 Volume XXVI Number 3
Coordinator’s Report, January 1, 2015
I would like to offer many thanks to Julie Ridings for her past service as the Laconia-area Representative. Julie has stepped down, and we are currently seeking a homeschooler to serve as board member and support person for that region. Additionally, we still need an individual to serve for the Berlin/Colebrook area, and a volunteer to fill the Treasurer position.
The Coalition is finishing up work on a new edition of the New Hampshire Home Education Guidebook, and a library donation project. At our next meeting we will begin work on our 2015 Spring Workshop. We are always open to new ideas and volunteers!
The next regular quarterly meeting of the NHHC will take place at the Elkins Public Library meeting room from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Coalition Board meetings are open to the public, and guests are welcome.
YMCA Camp Lincoln Winter Jamboree in Kingston
The winter Homeschool Jamboree will take place January 16 from 9-4. Cost is $12/ participant. More information can be found at http://www.ymcacamplincoln.org/level-2/programs/group-retreats/home-scho.... Registration is required and closes January 14.
World Quest Competition at the Think Global Conference
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire presents the Think Global Conference, a day-long conference for high school students to learn about opportunities for a global future. Students can also participate in the afternoon competition, Academic WorldQuest, to test their knowledge of world affairs and global issues. March 7, 2015 at Southern New Hampshire University. Visit www.wacnh.org/education for more details.
“The American Flag” Essay Contest
New Hampshire middle school students in grades 5-8 are invited to enter an essay contest by February 6, 2015 on the theme "The American Flag." To enter, submit one original handwritten (legible in ink) or typed essay between 100 and 300 words. Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, and facts; sources and references must be listed. First place within each grade level will win a certificate and medal, and also qualify for the multiple district contest which has a $100 prize per grade level. Submissions should be sent to Harry Armstrong, PO Box 338, Canaan, NH 03741, (603)523-7093.
Medical Research Student Competition
The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research’s 24th Annual Student Competition
– “That’s News!” – invites middle school and high school students throughout New England to pick any life sciences breakthrough announced in 2013 or 2014, and report it in a clear and engaging way as if to a group of their own peers.
Middle school students (Level I) and high school students (Level II) are judged separately. Visit http://msmr.org/2015competition.html for details.
Homeschool Ski Program at McIntyre
McIntyre Ski Area offers a new Homeschool Ski Program on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. (no class Jan 19). New skiers/boarders will get a two-hour lesson; levels 3+ will have a one-hour lesson and an hour of free time on the mountain. Parents can form their own lesson group. 5 week lesson program $150; Rentals $65, Helmet $15; 5 week lift ticket $60. Get more information at www.mcintyreskiarea.com
Report from the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC)
Prepared for New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition
January 1, 2015
I would like to thank Christine Mukai, a former New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition district support representative, for agreeing to serve the Home Education Advisory Council on behalf of the Coalition. Catholics United for Home Education will nominate another representative in her place.
Thankfully, as there are no legislative service requests (LSRs) directly referencing home education, New Hampshire homeschoolers can expect an uneventful legislative calendar this year.
Over the past few months the Council has engaged in discussion of access to education records and where home education fits into the list of valid legal educational options to satisfy compulsory attendance requirement.
The Home Education Advisory Council meets at 3:30 pm on the second Thursday of each month at the Department of Education in Concord, from September through June. HEAC meetings are open to the public, and although only Council members and invited guests participate in the discussions, all are welcome to attend. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns you would like to see addressed, please feel free to contact me.
Events at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough
Science of Chocolate on February 3 at 4:00. Examine a living cacao tree, learn where it grows, how the beans are processed, and what the “organic” and “fair-trade” designations mean in the world of cocoa.
The "Explore!" Series Continues on the third Wednesday of each month.
Beginning Russian, starting January 6, will introduce students to the Cyrillic alphabet, introductory phrases, counting, and colors, and will include board games, "Simon Says," music and movies. Open to children ages 8 and up, the class will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays from January 6 to February 9 from 1:00 to 2:30.
A Homeschool Membership provides all the benefits of a Family Membership to the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, as well as free admission for your family to the monthly "Explore!" series of programs, a 25% discount on other classes for homeschoolers, and free admission to an extensive list of other museums across the country. Visit http://mariposamuseum.org/ for more information.
eStart College Credit Courses
eStart is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their educational experience, and get an early and affordable start on their college careers. For more information and to view the Spring 2015 course schedule visit, http://www.ccsnh.edu/academics/estart.
New for the Spring 2015 semester, tuition fees are waived for students taking Biology I. Students who need financial assistance should visit http://www.ccsnh.edu/estart/scholarshipfinancial-aid.
VLACS Opportunity to Earn Associates Degree in High School
The Virtual Learning Academy announces a new early college program that allows students to earn an associate degree while in high school. Students have the option of completing one or more college courses, completing the first year of an associate degree, or earning an associate degree while attending high school. Visit http://vlacs.org for more information.
Early College at Great Bay Community College
Great Bay Community College invites homeschooled students to take college courses to satisfy both college and high school credits at either the Portsmouth or Rochester campus. This dual enrollment program is open to high school juniors and seniors. A broad range of courses is available in multiple disciplines--STEM, education, business, hospitality, and liberal arts--and most credits transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The cost of tuition is reduced for Early College students.
Winter courses begin January 20. The course schedule can be viewed at www.greatbay.edu/schedule. There will be an Open House in Portsmouth on January 8 from 5 to 7 and in Rochester on January 14 from 4:30 to 7. For more information contact Dr. Sarah Bedingfield at email@example.com or 603-427-7631.
Expanding Students’ Horizons Programs in Theater, Stage, and Special Workshops
Expanding Students' Horizons offers free student passes for selected educational programs. Details and listings can be found at www.esh.vpweb.com
Accelerated Program in Mathematics at Brock University
Department of Mathematics & Statistics of Brock University, Ontario/CA announces an Accelerated Mathematics Study (AMS) that will start at Brock University in the fall of 2015 and include regular in-class instruction, online tutorials, and independent study. For more information, visit www.brocku.ca/ams.
Music lessons in Deerfield
Cassie Reed offers piano instruction at her studio in Deerfield. She can create specific curriculum in music theory, composition, music history, or general music appreciation. She holds a N.H. state teaching certificate in Music Ed grades K-12, and is also a nationally certified teacher of music through MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and holds a certificate in early childhood music through the Music Together Foundation. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 289-5630.
Childlight Yoga, located in downtown Dover across from the Children’s Museum, offers a new class on Tuesdays at 10:30-11:30 a.m. specifically for homeschooled children in grades 1-5. Homeschool Yoga is a one-hour class designed to strengthen and stretch the entire body, and incorporates breathing, yoga postures, and relaxation techniques. The winter session starts January 6. For more information, visit http://www.childlightyoga.com/pages/homeschool-yoga.
Tools for Kids
"Tools for Kids" at Old Ways Traditions, 418 Shaker Road in Canterbury, has coping saws, drills, planes, etc. for children 5-years old and up to use, lathes for 10-years old and up, and toys for the little ones. Dave is there to help the kids, but parental supervision is required. Call ahead to make an appointment. Seven kids, maximum (depends on ages – only two little ones.) By donation. Please call 783-4403 evenings or email email@example.com. (No Saturdays Dec. 13 through March).
Remember, check our website www.nhhomeschooling.org for more activities and announcements!
NHHC Newsletter Staff
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