Gorham High School students traveled to Quebec


For the fourth year in a row, Gorham High School students who study French in the upper levels will have a chance to be immersed in French-Canadian culture by spending a day across the border.

The initiative, which aims to increase students’ cross-cultural competency and pride of the local French heritage, began with a day trip in December 2014 to Coaticook, where the group dined in a restaurant, explored the supermarket and visited the famous Laiterie de Coaticook for ice cream. During a 2015 trip, students participated in a scavenger hunt organized by the Ressourcerie des Frontieres, a recycling and conservation center. The Gorham High School group that year was greeted by the press and the story of their visit appeared in two Quebec newspapers and on one radio station.

This year the French III class visited Coaticook on Sept. 29, where they spent the day touring the local library and listening to a “storytime” session, eating in a French restaurant, shopping at a thrift store and a supermarket, and seeing the Foresta Lumina light show at Parc de la Gorge. Other trips this year will include a French IV class and a sociology class collaboration to visit the Universite de Sherbrooke for a campus tour and a French IV class and AP biology class trip to the Zoo de Granby.

The trips have been different each year, but each trip involves the application of French and some interesting discoveries about language and culture. Students are always surprised by the Canadian accent and the fact that so many Quebecers speak English.

They are even more surprised when they manage to communicate without using any English. In many cases, it is the first time students have been able to travel outside the United States. The day trips are possible since students on school trips who are under 19 are permitted to travel using their birth certificates and written permission from their parents.

The majority of students in Gorham have family members who speak French, and in many cases they have relatives who live in the region just north of the border. Given that the use of French within North Country families has died out in recent generations, the trips are part of an attempt to maintain its use and to build appreciation for the French ancestry shared by many people in the region.

The initiative will receive funding from the Neil and Louise TIllotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the next three years. Success of the trips to Quebec will be measured by increased use of French within homes, especially across generations, as well as increased comfort of families to venture beyond the border and be immersed in Quebec culture.



Cutline: On the left side of the bus, from front to the back, and then from back to fron on the right side of the bus: Carley Roy, Isabelle Balch (the one holding the money), Grimmie Jones, Sophia Allen, Gavin Corrigan, Bryce Gauthier, Robert Morehouse, JT Harrington; Olivia Cyr (in center), Alexis Kruskie (sitting in back), Melvin Olson, Karyssa Lachance, Hannah MacDonald, Abbie Bernier, Kyle Tetreault and Bryanna Taylor.



Child Development Center reaccredited

BERLIN — The on-campus Child Development Center at White Mountains Community College was reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as a high-quality program for early childhood education. The center is the only accredited child-care center in Berlin, and one of only three in Northern New Hampshire. The accreditation accompanied a perfect score in six out of the 10 standards, and high marks in the others.
“NAEYC accreditation helps parents find the best possible early-childhood educational opportunities for their children,” said Susan Cloutier, the center’s director. “It also indicates that our college students who are learning through the center as part of White Mountain Community College's Early Childhood Education programs are learning from the very best.”
Accreditation is a voluntary, ongoing process of continuous program improvement that includes a comprehensive self-study, input from parents, input from teachers, a comprehensive portfolio, and a site visit from a qualified assessor who performed evaluations of all of the center’s classrooms. Valid for five years, the accreditation signifies that the Child Development Center at White Mountain Community College meets 10 standards for high-quality early childhood education; specifically, the college surpassed 100 percent in the areas of assessment of child progress, community relationships and leadership and management, and received a 100 percent in relationships, health and teachers. Scores for curriculum, teaching, families and physical environment were close behind.
The accreditation has far-reaching impact not only on teachers and staff learning at White Mountain Community College, but also for its students and the future of Coos County and beyond. Research shows that the time between birth and age 5 is critical for developing the foundations for thinking, behaving and emotional well-being. Studies show that adults who participated in high quality educational programs in their early years stay in school longer, and are more likely to become productive adults.
Located at 15 Twitchell Lane across from the campus, White Mountain Community College’s Child Development Center and training lab serves children ages 12 weeks to 12 years old, and provides before-and-after-school care. All of the center’s teachers possess special training in early childhood education or special education, and most are working toward an advanced degree or certificate in early childhood education. The center is licensed, open to the public, and is eligible to offer reduced tuition on a sliding fee scale through N.H.'s Department of Health and Human Services to parents who meet income guidelines.
For more information about the Child Development Center, contact Susan Cloutier at (603) 342-3011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bike/walk-a-thon raises $3,500

MILAN — The Milan Village School recently had its annual bike-a-thon/walk-a-thon.  This event has been a school tradition for several decades. This year Jake Bartlett beat the record for biking 38 miles. This year's bike-a-thon/walk-a-thon raised over $3,500 for special events for the students. (COURTESY PHOTO) 


Financial aid workshop to be held Wednesday

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., the Berlin High School guidance oice will host a financial aid workshop for parents and seniors in the school library

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation will make the presentation. Families will learn how to navigate through the federal financial aid process, explore what type of additional aid is available, review scholarship searches and understand the importance of meeting deadlines.

All seniors and parents are encouraged to attend.