What’s Happening Around New Hampshire

Department of Education Sends Technical Advisory to Correct School Districts’ Confusion About Setting Up Home Education Programs

The COVID-19 situation has caused a substantial increase in the number of parents choosing to homeschool their children. The NHHC and other homeschooling organizations have heard from parents who were asked to provide unnecessary information to school districts in order to start homeschooling their children. Many school districts were confused about the requirements for home education and were referencing outdated laws and rules.

The HEAC (Home Education Advisory Council) worked with the Department of Education to put together a technical advisory that went out to school districts this morning. You might find this helpful to show to your school district, if YOU’ve been having problems setting up a home education program.?
https://www.education.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt326/files/inline-documents/sonh/ta-home-education-final-09-25-20.pdf

Home Education Advisory Council

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The Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) meets every other month to discuss issues that come up for homeschoolers in New Hampshire in dealing with school officials and the home education law. Six seats on the Council are filled by representatives of homeschooling organizations and six by representatives of various groups of school officials, such as the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, the New Hampshire School Boards Association, the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, the nonpublic school advisory council, and the Department of Education. There is a good balance of perspectives and the HEAC gives homeschoolers a voice in how school districts are administering home education laws. The HEAC tries to head off problems before they intensify. Often this simply means making a call to a superintendent’s or principal’s office and explaining the home education law and rules.
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The public is welcome to attend our meetings. Right now we are holding them via Zoom. See the schedule below for links.
Stefanie Marsh is the HEAC representative for the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition. If you have any issues you’d like to discuss or have brought to the HEAC, please contact Stefanie Marsh at tumbledowngrl@gmail.com?, 603-569-6382.
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Meetings will be 3:30-5pm, and will be via Zoom through December. Usually they are every other month, starting in September.
Thursday January 28
Thursday February 18 (moved for midwinter break) (place holder)
Thursday March 25
Thursday April 22 (place holder)
Thursday May 27
Thursday June 17 (moved to coincide with school schedule) (place holder)
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Executive Functioning Workshop for Teenagers Winter Session, Life Long Learners (online from Rochester)

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Online Music Classes, Upper Valley Music Center (Lebanon)

Looking for a fun, safe way to enhance your music curriculum from home? Join Upper Valley Music Center for Music Together Online! Early childhood music specialists lead live, interactive weekly classes via Zoom for children birth through age 6. Parents and children will be guided through a joyful music-making time that helps to develop little ones’ inborn musicality and teaches basic music competence. The 10-week Winter session starts January 4! Find more details online.?
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Music Together Online Mixed Ages: birth-5 years Mondays 9:30, Tuesdays 10:30, Fridays 10:30, or Saturdays 9:00 am
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Rhythm Kids: 4-6 years Tuesdays, 1 pm
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Babies: Parents of newborns, birth-9 months Wednesdays, 12 pm (starts 1-20). Free Demo Class January 13
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Music Together is designed to help you incorporate music-making into your daily life as a family! In addition to your weekly class, you’ll receive: Songbooks, with beautiful illustrations, that you can use in story time or bedtime routines Recorded music of the songs we sing in class, available on CD, digital downloads, and a mobile app: Perfect for keeping kids happy during car rides, or put it on your speakers for a dance party at home! Pre-recorded videos from your teacher: put them on for your own mini-class whenever it suits your schedule, or use them to keep your child mentally and physically engaged when you need a breather! A weekly email from the program full of ideas of how to extend what you’ve learned in class throughout the week.
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Tuition: Music Together Online & Rhythm Kids Online, 10 weeks: One child: $175 Family rate, 2+ children: $200 Babies, 8 weeks: $120 UVMC has a once per family annual registration fee of $30. Tuition assistance is available from UVMC. If your budget is stretched because of COVID, holidays, or any other reason, this program is still for you! Any family can apply for any level of tuition assistance. Details online OR call (603)448-1642.?
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Homeschool SportsNet

Homeschool dad Chris Davis was led to create the non-profit Homeschool SportsNet. The timing of this request is probably not the best with Covid, but it is more of a perpetual initiative. Davis runs the very large East Coast Nationals and thinks it would be great to have some NE representative teams. He is trying to reach out to the I-95 corridor homeschool community that might want to learn more about homeschool sports and then fill in the “voids” of missing teams along the NE. They have strong representation up until about PA (some in NY) but the line seems to end there.
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If there is a proponent or a group of interested families that might want to join in, please contact Chris Davis at 540 631 5683. More information can be found here and here.
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Scholarship, Training, and Education Opportunities, United States Army

March2Success.com (an online study and test preparation program) and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and Career Exploration Program ( a career exploration program that includes a vocational assessment, interest inventory, and competency/career matching components) are just two programs along with our dynamic scholarship opportunities that can provide much needed service to homeschoolers. What’s more, these two programs are totally free of cost.
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To find out more, please contact David O’Neil, civilian Education Services Specialist for the United States Army Recruiting Command covering the New England state of Maine, New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, at david.p.oneil3.civ@mail.mil, or visit the websites below: March2Success and ASVAB-CEP.
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Virtual Stem Labs, NH Energy Education Project (EEP)

VEEP and NHEEP are offering virtual STEM labs to learn about specific energy topics and practice science and engineering design for homeschool?students?or students just interested in the topic. Groups will meet over several weeks with an online instructor.
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These programs are capped at 10-15 students, so sign up below as soon as you can. Materials will not be shipped until payment has been received. More programs will be added soon for February and beyond! For more information, visit here.?
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Community Education Spring Classes, Institute of Art & Design at New England College (Manchester)

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Spring classes at the Institute of Art and Design start January! Register now and use the code?HSNH10 to get 10% off!
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Click here to register. Find additional resources here and here.
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Parent-Child Cooking Classes, The Culinary Playground at the NH Cooking School (Derry)

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Time for a date with a special kid in your life? Adult & Child work together in these hands-on & homemade workshops!
* Homemade Cheese Ravioli
* French Macarons
Find more information here.
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Kinship and Relative Guide, NH Children’s Trust

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In New Hampshire and across the United States, grandparents and other relatives play a critical role in the prevention of unnecessary entries into foster care. Despite this, these kinship caregivers often experience significant challenges and barriers to their caretaking role. With this in mind, New Hampshire Children’s Trust is working in collaboration with NH Family Resource Centers to?expand formal support services for grandparents and relative caregivers across the state via the Kinship Navigation?Program.
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Rooted within NH’s Family Resource Centers, the Kinship Navigation?Program links grandparents and other relative caregivers, both inside and outside of the formal child welfare system, to the services and supports specific to their family’s needs. Kinship Navigators provide emotional support, education and guidance to relative caregivers, and offer information, referral, and follow-up services to promote independence and enhance the well-being of the families they serve.
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The Kinship & Relative Guide is available for free download here.?
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Virtual Concert Program, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (New Bedford, Massachusetts)

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Homeschool Science Program, Stonewall Farm (Keene)

Caroline Campano, Amy Bright and Tara Pratton

Stonewall Farm has just started accepting registrations for a home school science program. This program will run 2 days a week for two hours each day. This program is currently available to grades K-5 and will focus on meeting NEXTGEN science standards through hands on, inquiry-driven lessons, incorporating farming and nature whenever possible
For more information, click here.
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American Precision Museum (Windsor, VT)

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The American Precision Museum is a great place for your families to visit to learn about history & engineering. We’re just over the river from Cornish. We also have some virtual resources, too, on our website!

We’re open and currently ‘no-touch’. As your school year gets going, consider visiting the museum! Open daily from 10-5. If you give us 48 hrs advance notice we can be sure you have a tour guide.

Visit 196 Main Street, call 802-674-5781 (office) or click.

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Cartography Play, Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts (Hanover)

School Matinee Series: CARTOGRAPHY
As a digital adaptation of our School Matinee Series, we’re offering a free, on demand virtual showing of the play?CARTOGRAPHY, which is ideal for ages 12-18 and is based on the stories of young refugees. The play has wonderful connections with History, Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum and registrants also receive free access to an educational study guide and corresponding lesson plans.
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Visit here?to find out more about the production. Any homeschool educator that is interested in receiving access to the show can email Ally Tufenkjian.?Be prepared to share a letter from your participating agency verifying your homeschool status.
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Writing Challenge, NHSaves and New Hampshire Energy Education Project

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The New Hampshire Energy Education Project and NHSaves have partnered to bring the NHSaves Education Challenge back to NH schools this fall. Elevate student voice and give them an authentic audience for their energy and climate action work through this K-12 student writing challenge. Students respond to grade-specific topics about energy efficiency and create projects to educate and encourage their community to make sustainable energy choices. Submission format may vary (essays, informational comics, video entries, etc) as long as a written component is included with the entry and the project is shareable via local newspapers, on school websites, or other public formats. Winning entries will receive prizes worth $25 and be eligible for one of 5 grand prizes worth $100, awarded at the end of the year. Literacy prompts and rubrics are aligned with Common Core ELA and NGSS science standards.
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Click here for all details.
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Social and emotional support, Choose Love Movement

Now, more than ever, meeting the social emotional needs of our children (and adults, too) are, of course, a priority. My name is Shannon Desilets and I was hired by Governor Sununu almost two years ago, with the sole purpose of spreading the Choose Love Movement across that state.?
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This is a free, comprehensive social and emotional curriculum- that anyone can utilize! I work with schools across the state, families, community agencies, state departments, and the list goes on. Contact Shannon at Shannon.Desilets@nh.gov
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Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at no cost to students

The New Hampshire Department of Education and Community College System of New Hampshire announced that enrollment is now open in New Hampshire Career Academy (NHCA). The innovative education program offers students a pathway to a high school diploma, an associate degree or professional certificate, and a job interview with a New Hampshire company in just two years, and at no tuition cost to students or their families.

Students in their junior year can now sign up for NH Career Academy courses for Fall 2020. Once they complete the program, these students will graduate with an associate degree or certificate in the Spring of 2022 in programs ranging from health care and biotechnology to advanced manufacturing and engineering.

Available courses include:

White Mountains Community College
All Community College programs are available to NHCA students. WMCC will also offer all Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs if the student has completed a two-year CTE program in high school with the exception of Nursing. Other competitive programs such as Welding and Veterinary Assistant will be offered based on availability of open slots.

River Valley Community College
All Allied Health Programs, excluding RN but including: LPN, Respiratory, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Assistant

Lakes Region Community College
Culinary Arts, General Automotive Technology, Marine Technology

New Hampshire Technical Institute
Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology Manufacturing, Manchester Community College, Robotics/Advanced Manufacturing, Cyber Security

Great Bay Community College
Accounting, Biotechnology, Criminal Justice

Students can apply now by contacting Lisa Lavoie at the North Country Charter Academy, the Custodial High School for the NHCA at:
North Country Charter Academy
260 Cottage Street, Suite A
Littleton, New Hampshire 03561
(603) 444-1535
llavoie@nccharteracademy.org

Students are encouraged to apply before April 1 for enrollment the following fall semester. For more information, contact Nate Greene, Administrator, Bureau of Educational Opportunities at Nathaniel.Greene@doe.nh.gov or (603) 271-5252, or visit here.

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