Back to school time presents students with an overwhelming set of options to help them achieve their best. There is one simple item that helps students of all ages and capabilities accomplish goals and make them superheroes in the classroom: a library card.
Library cards not only allow patrons to use the books, magazines, music and movies available from a library’s collection, but they also provide access to computers, the internet, educational programs and reduced ticket prices to museums. In New Hampshire, a library card connects patrons to the more than 500,000 items that are shared statewide through the state library’s interLibrary loan service, so that if a student’s public library doesn’t have a particular item, it may be borrowed from a library that does.
Library cards also provide something that can’t be purchased: the expertise of librarians, who every day help students find the correct information they need while teaching them how to evaluate sources so that they can independently incorporate credible material into their assignments.
The best part? Library cards are almost always free to those living in a public library’s town or city.
Each September, the American Library Association works to make sure that students of all ages know how important library cards are through its “Library Card Sign-up Month” campaign. This year’s co-chairs are the DC Comics’ Teen Titans; posters and bookmarks featuring the Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and other superheroes have been created to help promote the event.
“New Hampshire has arguably the strongest library traditions in the country: We established the first state library, the first library supported by public funds and the first library association, to name a few,” said State Librarian Michael York. “Our library community is extremely devoted to making sure students have access to the materials they need both to excel in school and to enhance their lives outside of the classroom.”
The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, go to nh.gov/nhsl.
Response by this year’s incoming class to the Granite Guarantee, a new program that guarantees all full-time, first-year New Hampshire students receiving federal Pell grants will pay no tuition, exceeded initial expectations. More than 400 University of New Hampshire students, up significantly from early estimates of 285, will benefit from the program first announced six months ago.
The fall semester began Monday, Aug. 28. The 400 students are part of an incoming undergraduate class of about 3,000; up from about 2,900 last year. For the second year, the university is seeing an increase in the number of New Hampshire students enrolling (about 5 percent more than last year), including an increase in New Hampshire multicultural students, which represents slightly more than 11 percent of incoming New Hampshire students.
“We’re not only seeing an increase in the number of in-state students, but more of the state’s best and brightest are choosing to attend UNH,” said Victoria Dutcher, vice president for enrollment management. “We remain committed to ensuring a UNH education is affordable and accessible to Granite State residents.”
The university will also welcome 35 Hamel Scholars this fall, up from 11 last year. These students receive an average of $10,000 in merit scholarship thanks to the generosity of long-time UNH supporter Dana Hamel.
The Granite Guarantee remains in place for four years, provided the student is enrolled full-time, remains Pell eligible and makes satisfactory progress toward their degree. No separate application is needed. Students simply apply for admission to UNH and apply for financial aid through the existing procedures. The admission application deadline for first-year students for next fall is Feb. 1.
The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.
● Hillside Elementary School welcomed third, fourth and fifth grade students back on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
● School Hours: Hillside Elementary School hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Please note that playground supervision starts at 7:40 a.m. For their safety, students may not be at the school before supervision begins.
● To aid in effective supervision of the playground during arrival time, family members are welcome to wait behind the fence and barricade area, not on the playground, please. When the bell rings at 8 a.m., students will line up by classroom.
● In the event of rain, students will wait for the bell in the cafeteria. A staff member will be at the entrance door guiding the way. Family members are welcome to say their good-byes at the door.
● School lunch and breakfast prices for the 2017-18 school year will be:
Lunch: Regular price: $2.80 a day.
Reduced price: $0.40 a day.
Cold lunch milk only: $0.50.
Breakfast: Regular price: $1.80 per day.
Reduced price: $0.30 per day.
Breakfast may be purchased daily.
Checks should be made payable to “Hillside Cafeteria.”
Applications for free and reduced lunch were issued on the first day of school. Applications should be returned to the office for approval the first week of school.
● School Safe Zone: The school will continue the “locked door” policy for the safety of the children and the faculty. The main entry for Hillside School is in the courtyard off of Willard Street (Door C). Access for those needing the elevator is in the courtyard via the wheelchair ramp (Door D). Access will be granted through a buzzer and intercom stating your reason for entry. All visitors are required to sign in at the principal’s office and receive a visitor pass. T school administration thanks parents and other visitors for cooperating as they continue this safety measure.
● Registration: The school will be accepting registrations for new students for grades 3, 4, 5 attending Hillside Elementary School from 9 a.m.-noon, and 1-3 p.m. in the principal's office. Bring a copy of the child's birth certificate and record of immunizations for the registration. Call the Hillside Office at (603) 752-5328 with questions or for more information.
● Bus passes: Students eligible for free bus passes were able to pick them up during “Meet the Teacher Hour” on Aug. 29 from 1–2 p.m. Students who live more than 1 mile from school can purchase bus passes at a cost of $50.
● School Pictures: Individual school pictures will be taken on Thursday Sept. 14.
● After School Program: SAU 3 and the Family Resource Center at Gorham are continuing to offer an after school program for Hillside School. Transportation home is included. The programs will be designed to work closely with classroom teachers and will supplement the curriculum and provide students with creative ways to build their learning skills. The program will offer snacks, homework help, enrichment activities and outdoor play. A small fee will be charged for participation, but no student will be turned away because of inability to pay. Contact Family Resource Center at (603) 466-5190, Ext. 315 for more information or to reserve a place for your child. Ms. Lindsey Demers will be the Hillside After School Program coordinator again this year.