The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News September/October 2012 Volume XXIV Number 1

Coordinator’s Report, September 2012

The NHHC board met on Monday, August 6, 2012, for our quarterly meeting from
6:00 p.m. until 8:41 p.m. at Books A Million Bookstore, 76 Fort Eddy Rd, Concord, New Hampshire. At our meeting, we elected 2012-2013 Coalition officers and nominated a representative to HEAC. In July, ElectionBuddy, an online election system, sent out 819 ballots for the 2012-2013 District Representatives elections. The election results are:

» District 1 (Portsmouth Area)—Beth Paiva
» District 2 (Keene/Monadnock Area)—vacant
» District 3 (Littleton/Hanover Area)—Amy Gall
» District 4 (Rochester Area)—Claudine Burnham
» District 5 (Sunapee Area)—Jenny Courser
» District 6 (Derry/Salem Area)—Erin Groudas
» District 7 (Nashua Area)—Wendy Bisbee
» District 8 (Carroll County Area)—Karen Deighan
» District 9 (Concord Area)—Jennie Steinhauser
» District 10 (Manchester Area)—Jessicah Seaman
» District 11 (Laconia Area)—vacant
» District 12 (Berlin/Colebrook Area)—vacant

» Coordinator—Stacey Desrosiers
» Secretary—Marion Claus
» Treasurer (interim)—Chris Hamilton
» Newsletter Editor—Abbey Lawrence
» Webmaster—Stefanie Marsh
» HEAC Nominee—Amy Gall

The Coalition currently has elected an interim Treasurer, but is seeking a volunteer to permanently fill this position. In addition, the Coalition is looking for District Representatives for the Keene/Monadnock Area, Laconia Area, and Berlin/Colebrook Area. NHHC District Representatives meet to discuss homeschooling matters and conduct Coalition business at four regularly scheduled meetings each year. If you, or someone you know, should be looking for a chance to support other homeschooling families, this could be the perfect opportunity. If you are interested in finding out more about serving on the Coalition board please contact me. Email and other contact information can be found from our website at this link:

Happy Homeschooling!

Respectfully submitted, Stacey Desrosiers

Report of the Home Education Advisory Council

The next meeting of the Council will take place Tuesday, September 11 from 3:30 until 5 at the Department of Education in Concord. Chris Hamilton's term expired at the end of June; the Coalition nominated Amy Gall to replace her, and she has been appointed.

This year's changes to the homeschooling law make it necessary to rewrite the rules, but the changes are relatively small and incorporating them into Ed. 315 should be straightforward.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me or any Council member. We're especially interested in hearing of any problems associated with the new provision that notification be submitted only once, and that evaluations need not be provided to the participating agency. You can find the Council roster and the minutes of our meetings at
Abbey Lawrence

12th Annual NOT-Going-Back-to-School Celebration at York Beach Thursday, September 6

The 12th Annual Homeschoolers NOT-Going-Back-to-School Celebration at Short Sands Beach in York, Maine will be held Thursday, September 6 (raindate Friday, September 7). Any and all homeschoolers and their families are welcome! Kids of ALL ages will be there.

There is plenty of parking (meters - bring your quarters), a great playground, and The Goldenrod, a salt water taffy shop where you can see the antique taffy machines at work :o).

Take-out-food in the immediate area is limited, so packing a lunch is advisable. Arrive when you feel like it and stay as long as you like. We'll be there from about 10:30 'til 3:00. We usually try to gather somewhat in a group, but tend to get a little spread out. If the weather is questionable in York, we will post the change on the NHHC website. Best to check before heading out even if it looks good in your area.

Directions: Interstate 95 to Exit 7, "The Yorks", in Maine (not New Hampshire). Left on Route 1 North for 1 mile to traffic light. Right on Old Post Road. Travel 1 mile and take a left onto Ridge Road. Travel 2 miles to the stop sign at the end of Ridge Road. Take a right at the stop sign to next stop sign. Take left on Ocean Road to Short Sands Beach. Beach and parking lot will be on your right.

Hope to see you all at the beach! Jenny

Whalemobile in Union

Homeschool families are invited to join Cynde McInnis at the homeschool resource center in Union with her life size, 43 foot inflatable whale, Nile, on Friday, September 7 from 1:00-4:00. Cynde will give a 30-minute slide show presentation and 30-minute tours through the whale. This is a free event; a donation box will be available if you can donate something from the wishlist to help support the schoolhouse. Visit the Whalemobile website for more information and photos: For info on the event, go to

National History Bee

The National History Bee welcomes homeschoolers to its 2012-2013 competition. Visit for information about the competition itself, plus a wealth of history resources and practice quizzes that will be useful to any student wanting to learn more about history. For more information, contact Nick Clusserath at or 864.475.1776.

For our next issue, we want to ask homeschoolers…

Do you have some great hands-on projects that you have used for teaching? Please tell us about them. Please send your responses to Abbey Lawrence,

Online Course in AutoCAD

AutoCAD drafting online is available to teen homeschoolers. Instructor Michael Murray writes: "The field of Drafting and Engineering is growing and CAD is the program most used in the industry. By learning the basic fundamentals taught in my online class, students can become certified in AutoCAD and have an edge when entering college. I offer two classes: Mechanical and Architectural Drafting. I teach the classes, and I am available by phone or e-mail for support." Visit, or contact or 866-810-3458.

Think Like An Artist

Learn to Think Like an Artist: An art program designed for homeschooled students aged 12 and up, based on state visual arts framework.
*Small studio classes in drawing, painting and mixed media
*One-on-one tutorial classes
*Portfolio development for specialized schools or college applicants
*Art appreciation/Aesthetics/Artist Studio visits/ Museum visits
Instructor Lisa Charkey has taught in school, museum, and studio settings in New York City and Paris, with a focus on drawing, painting, mixed media and collaborative projects. She maintains a studio in Brattleboro where she offers classes for teens and adults. For information about classes contact Lisa at or (802) 490-0233

Classes at the Nackey Loeb School in Manchester

Free classes at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester this fall will include a dose of political writing for the political season. The six-week session of Wednesday evening classes from September 12 –to Oct. 17 includes Covering Politics, Feature Writing, Photojournalism, Columns/Blogging and Editorial Writing. Register at or by calling 627-0005.

Open House and New Offerings at the Concord Community Music School

Register now at Concord Community Music School for:
• Music & Movement, Take Three, Suzuki Violin, Percussion, Recorder and Purple Finches Children’s Chorus
• Teen Vocal Ensemble
•Songweavers (New members are invited to an Open Sing on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. & Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m.)
• Music Therapy
• Adult Piano Class, Fiddlin’ Around and other workshops
Orientation sessions for individual instruction, offered in more than 20 instruments and voice, can be scheduled now. A Children’s Open House on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include an instrument petting zoo, demonstrations, and information sessions. Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, NH 03301, 603.228.1196,

AP Classes at MIT

Year-long in-depth investigations of AP topics are offered at MIT through the Delve program. Delve is now offering Computer Science, along with Calculus (AB and BC), Physics (B and C), Chemistry, Biology, and French AP classes during the school year, from mid-September until May. Every Sunday, students will spend 10 to 3 at MIT dedicated to one of these classes (with an hour long lunch break). Our classes can be
taken as stand-alone classes, not just in conjunction with AP courses at high schools. For every class but Computer Science, you will have the opportunity to take the regularly-scheduled AP in May with your school or with our partner.

Check out for more information, or email .

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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