The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News July 2015 Volume XXVI Number 8
Coordinator’s Report, July 2015
Greetings on a beautiful summer day!
I am happy to report that our annual Spring Workshop held on April 25th at the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester was a great success. We hosted approximately 55 attendees, with an extended morning panel and round table sessions in the afternoon. The round tables were set up so that attendees would get more one-on-one time with experienced home educators to have their questions answered in depth. We will be using the suggestions from your workshop feedback forms to tweak next year’s Workshop.
Our newly edited 2015 Home Education Guidebook, which includes the updated home education law, was available for purchase at the Workshop and is also available on our website. If you’d like to take a peek before you purchase your own copy head to your local library; the Coalition has donated one to each library in the state.
Annual elections for District Representatives have concluded.
Your 2015-2016 local support Representatives are:
District 1 (Portsmouth/Seacoast) vacant
District 2 (Keene/Mondanock) Barbara Roland
District 3 (Littleton/Hanover) Alli Gaulin
District 4 (Rochester) Marion Claus
District 5 (Sunapee) Faye Grearson
District 6 (Derry/Salem) Jessicah Seaman
District 7 (Nashua) Kelly Bellemare
District 8 (Carroll County) Karen Deighan
District 9 (Concord) vacant
District 10 (Manchester) Aimee Seiler
District 11 (Laconia) vacant
District 12 (Berlin/Colebrook) vacant
We will be scheduling an August meeting of our new Board of Directors to be announced in the August newsletter; all members are welcome to attend. If you’d like more information about the meeting, the NHHC, or any of our open board/officer positions, please contact me at email@example.com or 603-838-5081.
At our next meeting we will begin working on plans for next year’s events and we’d love to know what would be a help to you-- college application workshops, hired speakers, or curriculum open houses? Let us know!
Dance Classes for Teens
Larisssa Fogg, a 17 year old homeschooler with extensive dance training in multiple genres,offers summer dance classes for teens in a large, air-conditioned studio at the Kittery Community Center in Kittery, Maine.
Contemporary dance for beginners to intermediates ages 12 and up will explore the total movement potential of the body and emphasize improvisation and story telling.
Resident/Non Resident: $64/$69; Drop-in fee: $10
Mondays, 10-11, July 13 – Aug. 31
Teen Hip Hop
Students 12 and older will be exposed to many
styles of hip hop, such as R&B, Waacking, House, Reggaeton, and others, while
improving muscle tone, musicality, and coordination.
Resident/Non Resident: $64/$69; Drop-in fee: $10
Mondays, 11:05-12:05, July 13 – Aug. 31
Meet Students from Ukraine and Russia
A 16-year old student from the Ukraine and a 13- year old from the city of Blagoveshchensk in Russia will be in New Hampshire between July 18 and August 16 to participate in the Experience America Program. Both speak some English and are looking forward to the opportunity to develop their English language skills and to learn about the American way of life through first-hand experience. Activities will be provided by the New England Language Center. From July 24 to July 26 they will travel to New York.
If you are interested in participating or for more information, please contact Marina Forbes at (603) 332-2255 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report from the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) June 2015
Prepared for New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition
The Home Education Advisory Council’s liaison with the Department of Education, Roberta Tenney, retired quite suddenly in April. Her replacement on the Council is Heather Gage, Director of the Department’s Division of Educational Improvement. Mary Mayo, another go-to person for home educators at the DOE, also retired this year.
While public schools are required by the equal access law (RSA 193:1-c) to include homeschool students in their curricular (academic) and co-curricular (supplementary) offerings, for the past many years they have not been able to receive reimbursement for the cost of doing so. NH Senate Bill 151 seeks to remedy that. House Representative Barbara Shaw reported to the Council about this bill, which will not change the way home education is conducted. The law change allows school districts to count the attendance of homeschooled pupils who are taking academic courses at public high schools “for the purpose of calculating the average daily membership”, and provides payment for those students when money is available. SB151 has passed both the NH House and Senate, and is currently in enrolled status. It is important to note that any student enrolled in a public school program will be assigned a unique pupil identifier number which is used by the state to collect data and track individual students for research and policy-making purposes.
Another issue discussed by the Council this year was the provision in RSA 193-A:4 which states “Home education shall be provided by a parent for his own child, unless the provider is as otherwise agreed upon by the appropriate parties.” Please keep in mind that if you hire someone or enroll your student in a public or private school program which provides more than half of your child’s education you need to have signed approval from your participating agency.
There are no HEAC meetings in July and August. Council Chair Amy Gall will give the HEAC's annual report to the State Board of Education on August 5, 2015. Approved minutes from this year's Council meetings can be found at the DOE website.
College Prep Engineering Curriculum
Catapult Engineering Academy offers an online college-prep engineering curriculum to high school students. These courses are designed to prepare students for the transition to college and mirror what they will see during the first two years of undergraduate engineering. Designer and teacher Dr. Mark Conner is an engineer who has been teaching high school since 1996 and has 10 years of experience teaching undergraduate engineering courses. Students have 24/7 access to the course material and teaching assistants provided in cooperation with Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The TAs set the pace of the courses and are available to work directly with students. The Catapult Engineering Academy team does all of the grading and provides regular feedback to the students. For more information visit http://catapultea.com.
Become a Beta Tester for Your Daily Question
YourDailyQuestion.com is currently seeking beta testers with children who are in 3rd - 8th grade levels. As beta testers, you'll receive three months of Your Daily Question for free! We do ask that you let us know of any problems or ideas that you have. We have four different subscription levels to choose from. We offer random grade/age appropriate questions on a wide variety of topics for your children to learn about. Choose to get questions only once per week right on up to every day of the week. It's your choice! Vocabulary words are offered too! Because our beta tester accounts are free, we will have to ask you to verify not only the main account's email address, but all individual students' email addresses too if they are different from the main account. This needs to be done so we are compliant with our service provider's policy and to help stop the spread of spam emails. Go to https://yourdailyquestion.com/
We received this interesting piece about Ham Radio from David Smith
Joseph and his grandfather sit in front of an Amateur (Ham) radio transceiver.
Joseph has just passed his amateur radio Technician exam and was assigned the call sign KC1CXN issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
His grandfather WQ1H is Elmering (helping) Joseph with his first QSO-contacts with other ham radio operators.
At first there is a bit of QRN (static)…then a voice is heard. “CQ CQ CQ this is ZD8D Zulu Delta 8 Delta standing by for a call”. Joseph turns on the transmitter and says his call sign a couple of times, “KC1CXN”. The transmitter is turned off and Joseph listens. “CXN”. He has heard part of Joseph’s call sign. Joseph keys the transmitter and gives his full call sign a couple of times. Wow! ZD8D responds, “ KC1CXN this is ZD8D, my name is Werner and my QTH is Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, your signal report is 59 with excellent audio, back to you KC1CXN ZD8D”. Joseph is so excited he almost forgets his name. But he does remember…”ZD8D this is KC1CXN, my name is Joseph and I am 12 years old. Your report is also 59 BTU KC1CXN”. ZD8D responds, “very good Joseph QSL direct and 73 ZD8D”.
Change the frequency and Joseph hears 4Z1PS calling…Israel.
Google… Ascension Island. Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, around 1,600 kilometres from the coast of Africa and 2,250 kilometres from the coast of South America. About 35 square miles. Ascension Island is 4,993 miles (8036.8 km) from Newmarket, NH.
There is no indigenous population on the island, and around 880 people live there as of 2010: 696 from Saint Helena nicknamed the "Saints"] (who are British citizens), 106 British citizens from the United Kingdom, 70 US citizens and 12 of other nationalities. RAF Ascension Island is made up of 17 staff.
There are five settlements:
Georgetown (the main civilian settlement and capital of the island)
Two Boats (a civilian village, with its school)
Cat Hill (the United States' main base on the island)
Traveller's Hill (Royal Air Force base)
Wideawake Airfield (with the Royal Air Force station)
In order to enter Ascension Island, individuals need a written permission of the Administrator.
A geography lesson learned in an exciting way.
To pass the test for the FCC Technician License Joseph had to learn FCC Regulations, Operating Procedures, Radio Fundamentals, Amateur Radio Practices, Electronic Principles, Electrical Components, Communication Modes and Methods, Antenna and Feed Lines and Safety. Sounds like a lot, however, there are on-line courses, books and classes offered by local radio clubs, which makes learning easy.
The exam has 35 questions, and you need 75% (26 questions) correct to pass. The questions are selected from a published pool of about 400 standard questions.
Studying for the exam requires basic math (metric system) skills, beginning algebra, common sense and memorization, a fun way to use home school learning in a practical application.
ARRL.ORG The National Association for Amateur Radio is an excellent resource for finding local radio clubs all you ever want to know about Ham Radio. Another resource is Michael Griffin email@example.com.
FYI…Joseph Samuelson is home schooled with his brothers.
From 73 David WQ1H firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, check our website www.nhhomeschooling.org for more activities and announcements!
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