Plymouth Democrats to discuss Common Core

PLYMOUTH — On Wednesday, May 20 there will be a panel discussion on the Common Core State Standards for education at the Plymouth Area Democrats' monthly meeting at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center.

Panelists Suzan Gannett and Kathy Boyle will address questions about Common Core, including:

"What led to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards?"
"How are the Common Core State Standards related to State Testing?"
"What are the expectations for students in English Language Arts and in Mathematics?"

Suzan Gannett is an experienced educator who has taught at many grade levels from early elementary school to college level. She has served as a building principal and a district administrator in the Winnisquam Regional School District. Recently retired, she is now an educational consultant. Mrs. Gannett is also the President of and a contributing artisan for Artistic Roots in Plymouth.

Kathy Boyle started teaching middle school English in the early 1970s in Stratham, NH and Baltimore, Maryland. After a short break to have children, she returned to teaching at Plymouth Elementary School. She then worked as an assistant principal in Plymouth for several years. She served as Assistant Superintendent for SAU#48 until her retirement two years ago. She has taught at the college level and been an educational consultant for curriculum at the elementary and high school level.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, which will start at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and potluck dinner. The Common Core panel will take place following a brief business meeting at 6:30. For more information, call Val Scarborough at 254-6026.

Advice to the Players to run Shakespeare summer camp in Sandwich

SANDWICH — Advice To The Players has now opened registration for the 2015 season of their popular drama summer camps. The day camps offer a wide range of ages the opportunity to participate in theater and improv games and develop performance skills, while enjoying the outdoors.

‪Advice To The Players has been providing Sandwich area children and teens with an opportunity to experience theater, Shakespeare, and the great outdoors for over ten years. This year's camps bring a talented troupe of performers and teachers to the region to direct the programs. Whether it's one of the Shakesperience camp programs or the Young Players Practicum, there is something for everyone.

‪The youngest camp participants will be taught by experienced elementary and Waldorf teacher Jennifer Kampsnider. She will combine active play with stories, poetry, games, and more to expose children ages five to seven to theater. Her decades of experience as an elementary teacher make her more than prepared to bring theater to a young audience.

‪Older kids will be taken on an exciting journey through the world of Shakespeare by Pam Schnatterly, an experienced actress and theater educator. She will use the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night to teach eight to twelve year old campers about theater, improvisation, and how to bring characters to life. She has been a drama teacher, director, and choreographer in the Boston area, as well as an active actress in the New York and New England theater scene - including many past Advice To The Players and Barnstormer shows.

‪For twelve to fifteen year olds interested in a hands-on, dynamic two weeks of camp, Conor Moroney is ready to wow them! He is a Shakespeare and Company trained Teaching Artist who will be showing campers everything from improv and clowning, to exploring Shakespeare's text - with some stage combat thrown in for good measure. He has been a teaching artist for over four years, in addition to acting as Director of Shakespeare and Company's Fall Festival of Shakespeare, based in Lenox, MA.

‪For young actors looking to gain experience in a professional production, the Young Players Practicum is a four-week program for actors age thirteen and up that will provide individualized, intensive actor training, culminating in participation in the Advice To The Players main stage production of Twelfth Night. The practicum includes monologue and scene study, stage voice development, text tools for examining Shakespeare's verse, stage combat, and clown and period dance movement. The practicum is taught by Candace Clift, a Teaching Artist and longtime member of Advice To The Players.

‪All of the Advice To The Players day camps take place from July 13 - 24, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Young Players Practicum is a four-week program with limited enrollment. For information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Becca at 986-6253. Sign-up sheets for registration in any camp session are at the website

Meredith Bay Colony Club to host workshop on aging on May 18

MEREDITH — Meredith Bay Colony Club will be hosting Catherine Turgeon who will be presenting a free workshop entitled, "Age is Just a Number: Change how you think about getting older and change your experience".

The event will be offered on Monday, May 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at MBCC, 21 Upper Mile Point Drive in Meredith.
The focus of the workshop will be how our mindset about getting older dramatically affects our daily experiences. Catherine will help participants uncover core beliefs on getting older, discover their origins and recognize how they impact daily life. She will offer concrete ways to shift these beliefs to a more positive, life-affirming outlook.
Catherine Turgeon is a certified life coach and AAMET EFT Practitioner who specializes in supporting people in the role of caregivers, as well as sharing how to move through maturity much happier and healthier than you can imagine possible. She brings extensive personal and professional experience to these topics.
This workshop is open to the public and pre-registration is required. For more information and registration, visit or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PSU awards 2015 Maslakowski Education award to Rose Colby

The 2015 Plymouth State University's Dennise Maslakowski Education Award was given to Rose Colby of Epping who was chosen because of her commitment to quality, competency-based education.

The award was created in 2008 in memory of the late Dennise Maslakowski, PSU's former Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies. "To receive this honor means a great deal because it bears Dennise's name and it represents how deeply she valued my role in shaping the leaders of tomorrow through the education leadership program at PSU," said Colby. "Dennise was a visionary and a tireless educator. I was incredibly moved at the news of this award."

Colby is currently a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting schools in designing high quality competency, assessment, and grading reform systems in many states. She is a competency education specialist with the N.H. Department of Education and a member of the Advisory Board and contributor to Competency Works, the national clearinghouse and resource for innovative practices in competency education. N.H. Education Commissioner Virginia Barry praised Colby's selection as the Maslakowski Award recipient.

"Rose Colby's experience over the last three decades as a NH science teacher, middle school principal, educational consultant, adjunct instructor, and transformative educational leader has made her an invaluable asset to the State of New Hampshire, and, over the last five years, to the nation," stated Barry. "Her expertise has contributed to the enormous growth and development of new and promising K-12 competency-based learning environments across New Hampshire as well as many other states. Ever an exemplary educator, she has accomplished much by building a substantial cohort of exceptionally prepared educational leaders in schools and districts that will serve us for many years to come."

"I do not know any other person more dedicated to improving the educational experience for all students than Rose," writes Esther Asbell, SAU 16's Assistant Superintendent and Chair of New England League of Middle Schools. "She listens with intent and responds with care when working with educators. She truly has a passion for learning and for sharing that passion. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of receiving the scholarship as Rose, who has dedicated her life's work to constantly improve the education provided to each child."

"What sets PSU's education programs apart from other institutions is the faculty's relationships with our students," Colby said. "The Educational Leadership program is known for its 'value added' content; most of the faculty are practitioners in the field and bring a wealth of wisdom and experience into their interactions with students. My students know that they can contact me at any time and many of them do, especially as they consider their first administrative position. I consider it a great honor to have these mentoring relationships long after the students have completed their programs."

Colby earned a bachelor's in Biology from Emmanuel College and both a master's in Biology and an Advanced Graduate Studies Certification in School Administration from Rivier College. She is the past president of two influential Granite State educational associations, the N.H. Association of School Principals and the N.H. Science Teachers Association.