Leadership Ceremony

On April 21, the Gorham National Honor Society and National Junior Society hosted a school-wide leadership recognition ceremony as part of National Student Leadership Week.

“Making a World of Difference” was the theme for this year’s celebration.

All students gathered in the gymnasium at Gorham Middle High School for the recognition of student leaders from various clubs. To be recognized, students had to have exhibited a strong work ethic and leadership in the particular club.

The students who were recognized were: Travis Lemieux, Abbie Bernier for YLTA/Inspire, Michela Ur and Grace Couture for Humanitarian Group, Bronson Leclerc and Lauren Gralenski for Senior Class Members and High School Student Council, Autumn Brown and Amira Robertson for Yearbook, Anthony Thompkins and Adelina Cintron for Gorham Players, Sidney Chapman for Middle School Student Council, Scotland O’Brien for Middle School Inventors Club, Lauren Gralenski and Jana Oelofse for Life of a Husky and FBLA, Abbie Bernier and Bryce Gauthier for Sophomore Class Members, Dustin Connolly for High School Inventors Club, Lauren Gralenski, Bronson Leclerc and Autumn Brown for National Honor Society, Zoe Grondin, Noah Fortin and Anna Roberge for National Junior Honor Society, Hunter Desilets and Anna Roberge for Math Honor Society, Zoe Grondin and Nicholas Wade for Math Team, and Aiden Corrigan for Middle School Robotics.

After the assembly there were refreshment for all of the students who had been recognized, along with advisors and parents held in the cafeteria.

Middle School celebrates academic success at MVP Assembly

BERLIN — On Wednesday, April 19, Berlin Middle School held its MVP Assembly for the third quarter marking term. MVP cards were issued to students that received High Academic Excellence Awards and Academic Achievement Awards. The following businesses support the MVP Program: Hallmark Hall of Greetings, Hair Improvements, Middle Earth, Maureen’s Unique Boutique, Supreme Pizza, Notre Dame Arena and BHS Winter Sports Program. The following students received the MVP card:

Grade 8: Makenna Balderrama, Grace Bradley, Lily Campbell, Emily Coulombe, Cassidy Dana, Kelly McCormick, Becca Pouliot, Julieenne Provencher, Nicole Reynolds, Kyra Woodward, Jenna Laflamme, Emmelia Letendre, Emile Morris, Dominick Paradis, Tyler Rousseau, Mickailey Walsh and Joseph Zimmer.

Grade 7: Madison Bergquist, Jonah Berthiaume, Andrew Cole, Chloe Dagesse, Matthew Gagne, Zachary Griffin, Jillian Hallee, Kameron Huntoon, Brayden Landry, Hayden Munce, Gwendolyn Pelchat, Isyss Remillard, Brady Buck, Benjamin Estrella, Alexa Gagnon, Jason Hamel, Richard Hernandez, David McGloughlin, Carter Poulin, Cole Ruediger, Zeb Thomas and Adam Warner.

Grade 6: Jacob Dalphonse, Jeremyah Dow, Emma Labelle, Ella Bacon, Brody Duquette, Vincent Higgins, Erin McCormick, Alexis Perry and Maya Wedge.

Students with the highest grade point average were also recognized for their outstanding achievement. Recipients of the highest GPA, by class and subject, were:

Mrs. Stever: Grade 8 Math: Becca Pouliot.

Mr. Barth: Grade 8 English: Grace Bradley, Lily Campbell, Kelly McCormick.

Mrs. Arguin: Grade 8 Science: Makenna Balderrama.

Mrs. Watson: Grade 8 Social Studies: Kyra Woodward.

Ms. Mather: Grade 7 Social Studies: Brayden Landry.

Mr. Mullins: Grade 7 Math: Brayden Landry.

Mrs. Kopp: Grade 7 English: Victor Morales.

Mr. Welch: Grade 7 Science: Chloe Dagesse.

Ms. Boutin: Grade 6 Math: Emma Labelle.

Mr. Bouchard: Grade 6 English: Emma Labelle.

Mr. Roberge: Grade 6 Science: Jonathan Leite.

Mr. Lauze: Grade 6 Social Studies: Emma Labelle.

Ms. Crosby: Art, Grade 8: Grace Bradley and Mia Dalphonse; Grade 7: Gwendolyn Pelchat, Griffin Melanson, Chloe Dagesse and Madison Bergquist; and Grade 6: Justin Ayotte.

Ms. Palmer: Family and Consumer Science, Grade 8: Jace Arsenault, Emily Coulombe, Tia Landy-L’Esperance, Tia Hawkins and Dustin Rainville; Grade 7: Matthew Gagne; and Grade 6: Alexis Bourassa.

Mrs. Pouliot: STEM, Grade 8: Julieenne Provencher; Grade 7: Jillian Hallee; and Grade 6: Jeremyah Dow, Kevin Murphy and Alexis Perry.

Mrs. Poulin: Physical education, Grade 6: Jacob Dalphonse, Emma Labelle, Ella Bacon, Cienna Langlois, Makenna Peare and Abigail Stewart. Grade 8 Health: Alyssa Delafontaine, Dominick Paradis, Nicole Reynolds, Joe Zimmer, Aeris Costine, Cassidy Dana, Brooklyn Goodwin, Kelly McCormick and Kyra Woodward.

Mr. DeBlois: Grade 6 Health: Vincent Higgins. Grade 7 Physical Education: Madison Bergquist, Chloe Dagesse, Zachary Griffin, Zeb Thomas, Rebecca Host, Kadence Gendron, Richard Hernandez, Kameron Huntoon, Griffin Melanson, Bronsen Poulin, Anna Salek and Emily Roy. Grade 8 Physical Education: Lily Campbell, Joe Zimmer, Aeris Costine, Shawn Kay, Tyler Rousseau, Mickailey Walsh, Kyra Woodward, Bianca Price and Timothy Girard.

Mr. Oberti: Chorus: Olivia Baillargeon and Ashlin Lozeau.

Krystal Bunnell wins Jo Hayslip Memorial Scholarship

Krystal Bunnell from Plymouth State University recently was awarded a $2,000 Jo Hayslip Memorial Scholarship. Bunnell is the daughter of Bruce and Nicole Bunnell and is a graduate of Berlin High School. She is a magma cum laude graduate of Keene State College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and two minors in substance abuse and communications. She is currently completing her master of education degree in school counseling at Plymouth, where she holds an executive board position on the PSU's Chi Sigma lota chapter and is working as a school counselor at the Milan Village School. 

Krystal Bunnell

Early childhood transition coordinator hired for Berlin’s Brown Elementary School

BERLIN — School Administrative Unit 3 hired an early childhood transition coordinator in February to support and coordinate the transitioning of children from local preschools to public school kindergarten.

The successful candidate, Kathryn Keene, hails from Conway, and has worked with North Country child care centers since 2010. She will work with principal Amy Huter, current kindergarten teachers, area preschool centers and individual families to ensure a smooth transition from pre-K to kindergarten for the fall.

“This is an exciting opportunity for children, families and teachers at the Brown Elementary School,” said Huter. “We are expecting close to 90 new kindergarten students this fall and hope to have established a relationship with the children and families long before the summer ends. When teachers are introduced to incoming students’ strengths and abilities early, they can plan a continuum that ensures classrooms are ready for the uniqueness of the arriving students.”

With the help of area preschools, Keene is creating an “Early Learning Passport” for each incoming kindergarten student whose parent signs a consent form. Area preschool directors have asked for parent permission to share helpful information about the children in their care with the school district. Included in the Passport will be screenings and assessments, writing and math samples, self-portraits, and a letter from parents to their child’s teacher. When students are assigned to a kindergarten teacher later this spring, the teacher will be given approximately 22 portfolios with lots of information about her prospective students.

“Our goal is to ensure continuity between pre-K or home experiences and the kindergarten classroom,” said Keene. “Kindergarten teachers expect and value the diverse backgrounds of their students and plan to accommodate individual strengths and challenges. We can facilitate that process with an early introduction of students to their teachers, and also families to kindergarten expectations.”

The Brown Elementary School recently held a Kindergarten Screening Day. Seventy-six children and their families attended. This was an initial screening for children’s academic strengths, and an opportunity to meet the principal, current teachers, paraprofessionals and the school nurse, Polly Duquette, known as "Nurse D."

“It is always so exciting to meet the new students and their families,” says Duquette. “It is so important that we know if any child has, for example, a peanut allergy, or any other issues. It makes September so much easier if we get essential paperwork completed before the first day of school so that we can focus on building relationships with the new children in our care.”

If you live in the Berlin area and your child will be five years old on or before Sept. 30, he or she is eligible for all day kindergarten. If you missed Screening Day, please call Sharon Michalik at (603) 752-1471 to set up an appointment for a screening. The documentation that is required for kindergarten includes proof of a current physical, an original and notarized birth certificate, and proof of all immunizations from a medical provider or valid exemptions. Feel free to contact Kathy Keene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (603) 387-7834 if you have concerns or questions about the kindergarten process, or to be informed of any upcoming pre-K opportunities.

BDS April PixPictured on the right, Kathy Keene the new childhood transition coordinator for SAU 3, with Nurse Polly Duquette (left) and Brown Elementary School Principal Amy Huter. (COURTESY PHOTO)