The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News October 2015 Volume XXVII Number 2

Ossipee area homeschoolers biomonitoringOssipee area homeschoolers biomonitoring
On September 23, Ossipee area homeschoolers partnered with Green Mountain Conservation Group to conduct biomonitoring on the Lovell River in Ossipee. Students tested the temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and turbidity of the water. They also found 103 macro invertebrates including one huge hellgrammite. Based on their findings, the students confirmed that the Lovell River was a healthy ecosystem.

Coordinator’s Report, October, 2015,

We have many changes going on behind the scenes here at the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition. In a special election, our former Secretary Jacquie Allman was elected to serve as Concord area Representative. Marion Claus resigned her position as the Rochester area Representative as of October 1 because she has moved out of the district, however she will continue to provide support for that area until a new rep is found. Marion has agreed to serve as NHHC Secretary. Aimee Seiler’s husband Christopher, a CPA, has agreed to serve as NHHC Treasurer. Salem area Representative Jessicah Seaman has announced that she is expecting a new addition to her family early in the new year, and will be stepping down from her NHHC position. I would like to take this opportunity to send them all a big thank you for volunteering to serve the New Hampshire homeschooling community.

We are currently seeking local support volunteers for the Portsmouth, Rochester, Salem, Laconia, and Berlin areas. We frequently get contacted by beginning homeschoolers looking for local support groups, resources, and opportunities for their children in those areas. The best person to offer that type of advice is someone who lives locally. If you have a few minutes to spare to answer someone’s questions and get them plugged into the local homeschool community, please volunteer to become a local NHHC support person.

Check out a lovely N.H. Parenting Magazine three-part article on homeschooling which ran in their August, September, and October editions. The magazine is free, and can be found in many locations in Southern N.H. and online.

Happy autumn!
~Amy Gall

Pumpkin Catapult Competition

This year's Monadnock Pumpkin Festival is hosting a Pumpkin Catapult Competition for middle and high school students! Would your homeschool group be interested in forming a team?

This is a great opportunity to engage in a team-building, hands-on activity that applies math, physics, and engineering principles, along with critical thinking. It could even serve as a science project or co-op activity. The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival is on October 24 at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, New Hampshire. Because the catapults are judged in middle and high school categories, teams need to be organized according to age (6-8th grade and 9th-12th grade).

We're trying to gauge the interest level of students in the region. If you're interested in this, please let me know. I can email you the "Info for Participation" page and the registration form, which provide more details about the event. My email is I can be reached by phone at 603-847-9070.

Girls Who Code Club Starting in Exeter

Girls Who Code (GWC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization promoting computer science skills for girls from middle school through high school. In GWC clubs, girls can learn about artificial intelligence, graphics, game design, cryptography, mobile development, and much more.

Seacoast School of Technology will host an information session for parents interested in a GWC club on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00. Register for the event here Contact club leaders Sara Vale,, and Norm Messa,, for more information, and check out,, Twitter @GirlsWhoCode.

2016 Scripps Local Spelling Bee for Homeschoolers

The New Hampshire Home School Spelling Bee is open to all New Hampshire Homeschoolers in grades 4-8 (eligibility requirements available at at Searles School and Chapel, Windham, N.H., Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 1pm. (Snow Date: January 14 @1pm). Register by November 31 at the Nesmith Library in Windham. The 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, New Hampshire on February 27, 2016. Upon registration, you will receive access by email to study materials provided by Scripps. For questions about this local N.H. Spelling Bee, contact the Nesmith Library at 432-7154. Registration fee is $10 per family; make check payable to Katie Webster and mail c/o Nesmith Library 8 Fellows Rd., Windham, NH 03087.

Report from the Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC)

Prepared for the NHHC

Based on feedback provided by the N. H. School Administrators’ Association, the Council has successfully lobbied for changes to form A12E, which school districts are required to use to report annual homeschool enrollments to the N. H. Department of Education.

The Department of Education recently updated its Home Education webpage with a Graduation Statement put together by the Council to clarify the certification process for completion of a home education program as well as the eligibility of home school graduates for federal financial aid via self-certification.

On August 5th I presented the Annual Report of the Home Education Advisory Council to the N. H. State Board of Education. The report consisted of a compilation of the year’s meeting minutes organized into broad themes, and was well received by the Board. Meeting minutes of the Council can be found on the Department of Education website.

Home Education Advisory Council meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month September through June from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at the Department of Education in Concord. HEAC meetings are open to the public, and although only Council members and invited guests participate in discussions, all are welcome to attend. Please note that meetings will be canceled if there is no quorum; if you plan to attend it is prudent to call the Department of Education to confirm. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Gall

Students Invited to Join Choir in Kingston

King's Choir, a homeschool choir for girls ages 8-13 and boys ages 8-12, directed by Cindy Ladew, begins Friday, September 25. The choir meets Fridays at 3 p.m. at Carriage Town Bible Church in Kingston, New Hampshire. The cost is $45 for 9 one-hour rehearsals plus a one time $12-$14 music fee. There will be four concerts in early December. For more information contact Nikki Phillips at or 603-347-1533.

Homeschool Ski Programs

At Gunstock
Sheila Welch is once again coordinating the homeschool ski program at Gunstock. Please read through this letter carefully; Gunstock has increased fees, changed deadlines, and added late fees. Forms must be mailed to her at 124 Partridge Drive, Middleton, NH 03887, and must be received no later than Monday, November 23. Any paperwork after this date will incur a $25.00 late fee for each participant . For each participant, student and chaperone, a liability form and a rental waiver/agreement are needed, if you are getting rentals. All chaperones are expected to be in a group at lesson time, unless an instructor tells you otherwise. All checks should be made out to the coordinator so that Gunstock receives one check. There needs to be a minimum of six children to do the program. In case of inclement weather this year, Sheila will make the call as early as possible through email. If email absolutely will not work for you, please make a note of that on the sign-up sheet. This program is for any homeschoolers in the area or surrounding towns who wish to participate, so feel free to share the information.

1. DATES: Mondays: January 11and 25, February 1, 8, and 29 February 8. Makeup-March 2
TIME: Tickets available at 9:00a.m. and are good until 4:00pm.
LESSON TIME: 11:00am
2. COST: Students: $140.00 for 5 weeks.
Chaperone: $100.00 for 5 weeks.
3. RENTALS: Skis/Snowboard Rentals: $95.00 for 5 weeks.
4. HELMETS: $35.00 for 5 weeks.
5. END OF SEASON PASS: Gunstock is again offering an end of Season Pass beginning February 22, 2016 for $59.00, which can be purchased at the Gunstock Season Pass Office. To be eligible all participants must have their name on the group roster at sign up time. Students and chaperones are eligible.
6. SKI LEASE Program: Gunstock is offering a ski lease program again this year for those who may get the end of season pass or have the opportunity to ski more than 5 times. Please let me know if you are interested in this program.

All questions should be directed to Sheila, not the Gunstock office, at or 473-8991.

At Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley offers a Homeschool Ski Program to run for 6 weeks every Tuesday starting January 5 and ending February 9, 2016. Each student will have the opportunity to take part in either a lift/lesson package or a lift ticket only package. A six week rental package is available for an additional $42.00 per person. A pizza party for all home school participants will be held February 9.

Lift/Lesson Package: 6 weeks of lift tickets and 5 weeks of lessons. Includes a full mountain lift ticket and a 2-hour group lesson. A child who cannot attend a ski day will be issued 1 comeback voucher valid for another mid-week day lift ticket. There are no credits issued for missed lessons. Limit 1 voucher per child per ski season. A copy of the PDF flier can be found on the NHHR website at:

Personal Finance Course

Jane Slotnick, who teaches personal finance at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, has developed a curriculum for students, along with her husband, who created an interactive web-based program that would allow students to learn about many aspects of financial literacy in a real-life simulation. Everything from banking to taxes is included.
The name of the course is Personal Finance for Teens. Go to When you select the Demo Site tab, you’ll be able to see both a teacher and student account. As a homeschool parent, you would be the teacher with as many students as necessary connected to your account.

Looking for Young Artists

Kim Treffinger writes: "I am looking for a collection of dream drawings and descriptions to be featured in my upcoming book about children's dreams. I am asking kids to draw what they remember from one or more dreams, and describe what happened in the dream. My deadline is Oct. 12." Follow her on Twitter

Youth Folk Ensemble in Concord

Homeschool teens are invited to join the Youth Folk Ensemble at Concord Community Music School. Any and all instruments are welcome. We'll be working on learning by ear, putting together arrangements, and exploring different traditional music styles. First and foremost, though, it's about enjoying playing folk tunes together.

We're planning to meet from 6:00-6:45 p.m. weekly on Tuesdays at the Music School, starting September 29 and running through the fall term (14 weeks). Cost is $224, or $112 for anyone already taking private lessons at CCMS. For more info, registration, and if you have questions, please contact Liz Faiella,

Cooking Classes for Homeschoolers in Derry

Cooking classes for homeschoolers are specifically designed to supplement any educational model, and focus on recipe reading and interpretation, kitchen safety, ingredient information and preparation, and kitchen tools. The goal is to give kids a positive kitchen experience while exposing them to new foods and flavor combinations. Classes are open to kids 5-12 years old. 10% sibling discount applies to second child's registration., The Culinary Playground, (603) 339-1664.

Auditing of homeschoolers?

Amy Gall received the following: I’m a reporter for the NH Union Leader. A colleague of mine mentioned that he’d heard separately of two homeschool parents who were audited by the IRS. I wanted to see if this is something that perhaps disproportionately affects homeschoolers. My contact info is below, and feel free to circulate this email.

Ted Siefer
Reporter, New Hampshire Union Leader
(617)372-0865, @tbsreporter

New England Music Festival

Homeschoolers are invited to participate in the New England Music Festival. Visit for links to the annual Solo and Ensemble Festivals and Concert Festival. If you have questions, contact Tony Brackett,, 646.456.9041.

AP Computer Science Online

A College Board-approved online program is available. Enrollment is rolling and we're still on-boarding students now. The cost is $150 per student for the entire school year, and includes all course content (video lessons, interactive coding activities, automatically graded assessments), a very active student forum for support, and resources for your families, including data and analytics on student progress and performance. A semester-long course in an intro-level programming is being developed to launch in January.

Go to to learn more. Phil Balsamo, (212) 796-2386,

Microscopes for Homeschoolers

Christian homeschool dad Pat Luna sells, services, and repairs microscopes. Microscopes start at $115, and conform to requirements of Apologia, Sonlight and any other homeschool biology curriculum. They also come with a 5-year warranty. One of the most popular student microscope models has been endorsed by Dr. Jay L. Wile, author of the popular Exploring Creation with Biology curriculum. Find more information at, or contact Pat with any questions. LGS Microscopes, Office (623) 240-2232, Mobile (602) 821-7468

Practice Math Problems Online

A math professor at SUNY Albany has recently created a webpage with math problems for high school students at She plans to post problems of different levels, which, after 18 years of teaching at different universities in the United States and Canada, she believes will help students prepare better for their college level courses. She is also glad to hear any feedback you may have on the website.

Pavel Haas String Quartet at UNH October 18

As part of its 2015-2016 Season, the UNH Celebrity Series on October 18 at 7:00 p.m. will host the Pavel Haas String Quartet. Since winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in Spring 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet has established itself as one of the great chamber ensembles of today, performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls. The Pavel Haas Quartet’s Supraphon album featuring Schubert works was named Recording of the Year in the Chamber category in 2014 the Gramophone Awards. The program will include Martinu’s Quartet No. 3, Dvorak’s Quartet No. 9 in d minor, Op. 34, and Beethoven’s Quartet in e minor, Op. 59, No. 2 “Razumovsky”.

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