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North Country Middle School Film Festival 2015


Transforming STEM Education in North Country Classrooms

Educators throughout the North Country are benefiting from a $225,250 grant through the NH Department of Education's Math Science Partnership for a project called Transforming STEM Education in North Country Classrooms.

The partners in the project are NCES, White Mountain Science, Inc.(WMSI), and Plymouth State University. Educators from School Administrative Units 3, 7, 20, 23, 35, 36, 58, 68, 77 & 84 will be eligible to participate in professional development and activities aimed at transforming science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction.

For more information about the overall project, click here.

2014 North Country Scholars

NCES and the North Country Administrators Association had the privilege of honoring the valedictorians and salutatorians of the 12 high schools in the region and the outstanding students from the 4 Career and Technical Education Centers at the 9th annual North Country Scholars' Recognition Ceremony. Group photos.

(Front) Dalton Binette, Kayla Mardin, Caroline Eyman, Erin Hamilton, Hannah Lavoie, Sage Purrington, Mikayla Nawojczyk, Alexis Lamontagne, Olivia Paradice (Middle) Miriam Arsenault, Emily Landry, Brian Caputo, Jennifer Vizard, Talia Vaughan, Garron Morneau, Vincent Bomba, Kayla Fadden, Katherine Emley, Julia Bowman (Back) Charles Clark, Kaitlin Wood, Ethan Call, Daniel Gadwah, Nicholas Bouchard, Tyler Sanschagrin, Brian Veazey.  Missing from photo Rebecca Daniels and Olivia Myers. 

School Leadership

The first cohort of the NISL Executive Development for School Leaders program concluded in March 2014. A second cohort  concluded in February of 2015. NCES hopes to begin a third cohort for the 2015-16 school year. Learn more at NISL at NCES.

NISL Cohort II is compromised of (left-right): Bridget Gagne - Stark Village School, Courtney Vashaw - Profile School, Cheryl Pinette - Hillside School, Lisa Lavoie - North Country Charter Academy, Jen Corrigan - Gorham Middle High School, Gerri St. Gelais - Milan Village School, Lori Langlois - NCES, David Covill - Pittsburg School, Kim Wheelock -Groveton High School, Jessie Lanham - Profile School, Brenda Lamarque - Edward Fenn School, Veronique Legendre - Berlin High School, Erin Silver - Stratford School, Nicole Arguin - Berlin Middle School, Shelli Roberts - Bethlehem Elementary School, Heather Zybas - Pittsburg School, Eddie Marceau - MC2 Charter School, Paul Bousquet (facilitator) - SAU 20, Dr. Carl Ladd (lead facilitator) - SAU 58, Gordie Johnk - Lafayette Regional School, Julie King - Hillside School, Jennifer Carbonneau - Littleton School, Sandra Adams - Stratford School, Angelique Brown - Groveton Elementary School, Patricia Styles - SAU 58 schools, David Backler (facilitator) - Milan Village School.

NISL Cohort I. Front row (l-r): Corinne Cascadden, Dan Record, Judith McGann, Robert Scott, Jordan Burke, Tina Binette, Joanne Melanson, Janet Strauss (facilitator), Paul Bousquet, Amy Huter. Middle row: Jonan Torsey, Karen Conroy, Carl Ladd (facilitator), Lisa Burbach, Mike Kelley, David Backler, Ben Jellison, Adam Houghton. Back row: Pierre Couture, Karen Moore, Brent Walker, Tanya Patterson, Traci Howard.  Absent from photo: Laurie Melanson.

Middle School Film Festival

Read the article on the 2014 event from the Coos County Democrat

Participating schools

Berlin Middle School
Bethlehem Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary
Lafayette Regional 
Lisbon Regional
Milan Village School
Monroe Consolidated School
Pittsburg School

Rick Wormeli, March 28, 2014, Berlin Middle School auditorium

Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli posed the tough question about what happens when it comes to assessing and grading students in the differentiated classroom. Being sensitive to students’ readiness levels, interests, action plans, and special education designations while holding them accountable for the same standards can be a challenge. Rick helped educators take a myth-busting and candid look at some of the burning issues of assessment and grading in a differentiated classroom. 


Upcoming Events 


What Teachers Need to Know about CCSS for Writing
with Dr. David Pook

Friday, June 5, 2015

Workshops for North Country Principals sponsored by Primex

  • Property and Liability Risk Management, Coverage, and Claims: March 19

  • Workers' Compensation Risk Management, Coverage and Claims: April 16

  • Human Resources 101: May 21  
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Enhancing classroom skills for scientific practice through real world investigations 
(Registration closed, sessions full)

North Country Middle School Film Festival

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Rialto Theatre

Details on entering films

Past festivals

Performance Assessment Network, North Country Cohort

Follow-Up Schedule

Friday, October 17, 2014 at NCES

Monday, February 9, 2015 at NCES has been rescheduled to Feb 12.

Friday, April 3, 2015 at Monroe Consolidated School



Employment Opportunities at NCES

Physical Therapist

PT Assistant



Learn more

Educators from SAU's 3, 7 & 58 now have access to 51 professional development eBooks from ASCD. This was made possible through the Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative funded by SAHE.  Contact NCES for the password if it has not been made available to you by your principal or librarian. 

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