Superintendent Report to the School Board - Monday, June 12, 2023

Community Engagement Update

There have been a multitude of school events the past few weeks, with Senior Awards Night, the Wilbur H. Palmer Career and Technical Education Awards at Alvirne High School, Alvirne’s Sports Awards, Scholarship Night at the Hudson Community Center, and culminating last week with Alvirne High School Graduation at the Southern NH Arena. There are so many wonderful events to celebrate the students and their families.

At the elementary level, Nottingham West held field day. Unfortunately, my timing for this event coincided with a rainstorm. The Nottingham students had a wonderful time and special thanks to all the volunteers that supported this event. Also last week, Library Street School had a kindergarten informational night for families. Principal Maguire, teachers, and staff provided an overview of the kindergarten curriculum, school schedule, and families and students had the opportunity to visit classrooms.

On Saturday, June 3rd the NH Excellence in Education Awards ceremony occurred in the evening. Christian Cheetham was formally recognized as Teacher of the Year. Many members of the Alvirne faculty and administration were at this event. Students from the JROTC presented the U.S. and NH flags and served as ushers for all award recipients. It was a wonderful event to celebrate excellence in education.

Also on Saturday, June 3 members of Alvirne’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion club hosted a World Festival to celebrate the many cultures represented at Alvirne. The celebration included music, discussions, food, and dance. A special thanks to Scott Rush for serving as the advisor.

Hudson Memorial held its eighth grade dance last Friday. The HMS PTO did an amazing job of decorating the gym and providing food for the students. Thank you to the PTO and chaperones for making it a special night for our students.

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Update

On Tuesday, June 6th, Nottingham West celebrated its first Multicultural Night since 2019. The event was coordinated by Eric Crivac, fifth grade teacher and Kirsten Mohring, music teacher. During the evening, the 5th grade African Drumming ensemble performed with Randy Armstrong, artist-in-residence which was sponsored by the Nottingham West PTO. Nottingham West families brought dishes that reflect their family cultures so we could share a meal together. It was a wonderful opportunity for Hudson families to meet each other and learn more about our diverse school community.

On June 7, Hudson Memorial held the last installment of “Exploring Your Future” series for seventh grade students. The Hudson Fire and Police departments turned out with staff and all kinds of gear to connect with students about career possibilities in public service.

At the most recent Alvirne faculty meeting, the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and College) (New England Association of Schools and College) (New England Association of Schools and College) committee provided an update on specific standards as part of the feedback received from school staff. The standards reviewed were school culture, professional practices, and learning support. The NEASC review focused on areas of strength and areas of growth as part of the staff reflection process. A final report will be written this summer comprised of all the standards and submitted to NEASC for the planned school site visit planned for next fall.

Hiring Update

The schools continue the hiring process, this evening there are 8 teachers that have been recently hired by the school district. There are 34 vacancies across the district and the schools continue to complete hiring with more interviews scheduled for this week. Current areas of difficulty for hiring are special education teachers and paraprofessionals.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel Moulis, Ed. D