The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News November/December 2014 Volume XXVI Number 2

Coordinator’s Report

October 27, 2014
I think it is safe to say that most homeschoolers have settled into their routines by this time of year. As outdoor fall activities wrap up it is time to start thinking about winter fun. Homeschool ski groups have begun to put out information for the upcoming ski season, and local ski swaps can be a good way to outfit your young skiers.

The Coalition is currently holding a special election for a representative from the Portsmouth area. Veteran homeschooler Mary Dow has offered to serve this district. We are still seeking an individual to serve as district representative in the Berlin/Colebrook area.

The NHHC also needs a volunteer to fill the Treasurer position. Candidates for this position should be able to handle accounts payable and receivable, and prepare quarterly and annual reports.

The next regular quarterly meeting of the NHHC will take place in Canterbury in the Elkins Public Library meeting room from 6 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12. Coalition Board meetings are open to the public, and guests are always welcome.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall

Spelling Bee in Windham Open to Homeschoolers; Winner Will Go On To State Championship

Are you interested in participating in an annual spelling bee? Register at the Nesmith Library in Windham, NH, by October 30 to be part of this exciting opportunity for home schoolers in the Granite State! Registration fee is $10 / family; students in grades 4 – 8 are invited to attend (please see the official Scripps eligibility requirements at for any questions). Our spelling bee is registered with Scripps and classified as a “school wide” local competition; the champion speller from this competition will advance to the state championships in Concord, NH on February 28, 2015. Upon registration, you will receive access to the grade-specific word lists provided by Scripps as well as study lists for students in grades 1-8. For questions about this local NH Spelling Bee or to register, please contact the library at (603) 432-7154.

College Information Session at UNH Manchester

A financial aid and college information session for homeschoolers will take place on October 30 from 3-5 at 88 Commercial Street in Manchester.

UNH Manchester Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Sharon Eaton, will assist junior and senior homeschoolers in filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and completing financial aid processes. Derek Burkhardt, College Relations Representative, will provide information on the college, student activities, and UNH Manchester educational programs.

Register for the information session or our fall open house events at, or contact for more information.

Boy Scouts Homeschool Showcase

The Boy Scouts of New Hampshire will host a Homeschool day on Thursday, November 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Manchester. Admission is free. For more information visit , or call 625-6431 x136.

Testing to Evaluate Career Options for Homeschooled Students

The ASVAB, a test to help with career exploration, will be offered, free of charge, November 7 at 9:00 a.m. at the Valley Bible Church, White River Junction, Vermont. The ASVAB is a three-hour test with a battery of questions to help assess strengths and career interests. The ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.
More information can be found at
To register, contact Kym Car at or 603-863-8912 on or before October 31. Please note this test is only for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Splash at MIT November 22 and 23

The MIT Educational Studies Program is pleased to announce that registration for Splash 2014 is now open! Sign up for classes including:
* Partial Differential Equations
* Insects: Classification and Camouflage
* The Politics of Skyrim
* Disney and Pixar Films Debunked
* Anatomy of a Metaphor
We have over 600 classes for you to choose from. Splash is for high school students only, and will run November 22 and 23, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Join us in learning about almost anything, on MIT's campus.

How to register: Splash will be utilizing a lottery system for assigning classes to students. You will have until November 1, 11:59 pm EDT to pick your classes and rank them by preference. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come-first serve; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.

Start the registration process by going to . The catalog is located at . Make sure to pick and rank your classes by the deadline. Student class assignments, as determined by the lottery, will be released by November 4.

If you have any questions, email us at Happy registering and see you at Splash!

Scholarships for Seniors

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks high-achieving high school seniors with financial need for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation. Selected students receive college planning support, ongoing advising, and up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate institution. Interested students should visit The application closes on November 4.

Report from the Home Education Advisory Council

Prepared for the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition
October 20, 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dennis Wyman for his service in “promoting an understanding of home education” on the Council, where he faithfully represented both the N.H. Homeschooling Coalition and the larger New Hampshire homeschooling community. Upon the completion of his youngest child’s home education program, Dennis has stepped down from the position he filled since the Council’s inception 24 years ago. The NHHC is seeking an experienced home educator to nominate in his place.

The next meeting of the Home Education Advisory Council will be Thursday, November 13, from 3:30 until 5:00 p.m. at the Department of Education. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall

New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition Looking for a Treasurer

The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition is seeking a treasurer. The treasurer should have a basic knowledge of accounting; familiarity with “Quicken” would be an advantage. The primary duties include tracking funds from purchases of the New Hampshire Home Education Guidebook and workshop registrations, reimbursing and paying bills, and filing reports with the state and IRS. The time commitment involves entering the income and expenses about twice per quarter to produce a quarterly report and attending NHHC Board meetings four times a year.
The Coalition has discussed affording a high school student a practical volunteer internship opportunity with appropriate supervision. This would include working with Quicken to record and balance transactions, create the reports needed for the Coalition, balancing checking accounts, etc., communicating with appropriate Board members and attending quarterly Board meetings.
If you’d like to learn more, please contact Amy Gall, 603-838-5081,

Rock Climbing Team in Concord

EVO Rock invites homeschoolers in grades 6-12 to join a climbing team for a season of instruction and practice, culminating in a final competition on January 16. The full cost of $150 includes membership, rentals, instruction, and competitions. Contact team advisor Peter Smith at for more information.

Sole City Dance Presents The Nutcracker

Nutcracker Express is a 55-minute adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” for school groups and homeschoolers, to be presented at the Rochester Opera House Friday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Activity packets are available for grades K-5 with pre- & post-show lessons. All seats are $8. For information or to reserve your seats now, call Sole City Dance at 603-750-7777 or write to

Lessons in Fiddling and Folk Music

Interested in learning to fiddle or in joining a folk ensemble? Liz Faiella is a homeschool alum and Dartmouth College grad who is now teaching individual and group fiddle lessons at the Concord Community Music School and at her studio in Northwood, New Hampshire.

Liz and her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, perform as a folk duo playing Celtic and New England music. They have shared the stage with well-known folk musicians including David Surette, Randy Miller, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, and Grammy winner Dan Zanes. You can hear their music and read more about them at

Drawing on traditional fiddle styles and classical violin technique, Liz teaches bluegrass, Celtic, old-time, New England contradance, and more to students of all ages and ability levels. For more information, contact Liz at or (603) 724-0319. Her brochure is available here:

The Concord Community Music School's Folk Department also offers a number of ensemble opportunities, as well as lessons in other folk instruments including mandolin, banjo, guitar, and ukulele. For more on the Music School, visit

2014-15 Beautiful Minds Challenge—Marlboro College

The challenge: Create something out of destruction. Share what you learn. Submit: 1) Creative digital documentation of something you created out of destruction and 2) a cover letter that explains what you learned as you worked on the challenge.

2014 Submission Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The challenge is open to all teens 14-19. You are welcome to work alone, but encouraged to work with up to two teammates. Teams with more than three members will not be eligible for prizes or symposium attendance.

All the contest details can be found at

Ski Program at Ragged Mountain

Terry Gregg at Ragged Mountain Ski Area would like to put together a homeschool ski program for a minimum of 10 children in a group on Tuesday or Wednesday. Five weeks would cost $45/student. Anyone interested in taking on the coordination of such a group can contact him at 724-3144.

Camp Lincoln Nature Study Programs

Camp Lincoln in Kingston offers year-round monthly homeschool programs focusing on environmental education on the third Friday of each month. Learn more at

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center's 2014/2015 Homeschool Series

Workshops for homeschoolers are offered from October through June, on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 1:30 – 3.
This year's series focuses on the solar system. Information about each workshop can be found at

The cost for each workshop is $15 per student, $10 for additional students from the same family. This year there will be an optional planetarium show immediately following each workshop, for an additional $5 per person. To enroll, email, call (603) 271-7827 x102 or drop by during public hours.

You are welcome to participate in individual sessions or to enroll for the entire series. Note: We have not scheduled Level 3 workshops (Grades 9 – 12) for this season; however, if five or more students are interested, with a week’s notice we can arrange a Level 3 session for each of these workshops.

Art Classes in Milford

Art Happens offers classes in painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpting in the Pine Valley Mill, a beautiful and historic mill building at 37 Wilton Road in Milford. Instructors are willing to create classes to suit the artistic needs of all ages and levels. For more information contact Karen & Liz,

Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination (DI) is a program that involves students from kindergarten through university level working in teams of up to seven members. Each year, DI creates seven new challenges, whose focus may be technical, scientific, or artistic. DI teams work on their chosen challenge for several months, testing their solutions and preparing presentations.

For more information, call Jill Schoonmaker at 603-868-2140 or email, or visit

Remember, check our website for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter Staff

Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
539-7233, Stefanie Marsh, layout and web posting.
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