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PSU Earns High National Ranking in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills Test

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University students rank in the 95th percentile in the United States for "value added" knowledge, or knowledge and skills gained during the undergraduate years according to the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a standardized test. The results show Plymouth State University students make key gains in critical thinking and problem solving skills during the four years they spend in the classroom, labs and in research activities.

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) uses a "value-added" outcome measurement to examine a college or university's contribution to student learning. The CLA measures critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills. The assessment consists of open-ended scenarios that require thoughtful written responses. David Zehr, PSU's Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, says Plymouth State tests incoming first-year students and graduating seniors to gauge how much they've learned in four years.

"Along with course content we're teaching them valuable skills like problem solving, critical thinking, reasoning with quantitative information, and effective writing," Zehr said. "It says we're doing what we ought to be doing: we're taking students through their four-year education and helping them to develop the skills they're going to need to be successful in the job marketplace and in life."

Each school participating in the CLA has a predicted value added score, based on students' SAT scores and other factors. Zehr noted PSU exceeded expectations by placing in the 95th percentile for "value added" knowledge, or knowledge and skills gained during the undergraduate years.

"For all of the schools that participated in the CLA, we're in the top five percent on the value added dimension," said Zehr. "Based on these test results, our faculty can take great pride in the work they do with our students."

The CLA was developed in 2002 by the Council for Aid to Education; since then more than 1,000 colleges and high schools have participated in the program. PSU's institutional report was released August 28.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 07:32

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Super Bingo to benefit Lake Winni Historical Society

LACONIA — Join the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society on Saturday, September 13th for Super Bingo, a high stakes bingo game, and take a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes. Doors open at 2 pm at the Funspot Bingo Hall, Rte. 3, Weirs Beach.
The Super Bingo Game offers a $13 9-card package for the afternoon session (4:30-5:30 pm) and your choice of a $25 12-card package, $30 18-card package for the evening session (6:45-9:15 pm). You may also rent a Bingo computer for just $6 per day, play e-cards, paper cards or both to increase your chances of winning. Players are allowed to buy a maximum of 54 faces on an electronic video bingo device and are limited to one unit per person.
Guests may play either the afternoon or the evening session, or may come early and stay late to play both sessions.
The one-hour afternoon session will include 10 games paying an estimated $100 each. The evening session will include 12 games paying an estimated $320 each and three "Winner Takes All" games that may award up to $1,600. The "Carryover Coverall" game is guaranteed to pay $2,000. All prizes are based on attendance.
Other cash prizes can be won through pull-tab tickets sold at 50 cents each that pay from $10 to $499.
Guests are encouraged to come early to get your favorite seat as seating is limited. Doors open at 2 pm. Food is conveniently located nearby at the Funspot Tavern.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee, hosts bingo games at the Funspot Bingo Hall every Tuesday and Saturday. Sample bingo programs and information on bingo gift certificates are available by visiting their website at www.LakeWinnipesaukeeMuseum.org and clicking on the "Bingo" tab.
Proceeds of these games support the LWHS mission to preserve the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee, specifically its Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, located on Route 3 in the Weirs, next door to the Funspot Bingo Hall. The museum is open seasonally, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; admission is free. For further information, call 603-366-5950, or visit www.LakeWinnipesaukeeMuseum.org.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 07:21

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Top Notch Auto & Truck Sales grand opening

GILMANTON — Top Notch Auto & Truck Sales will be holding a Grand Opening on Saturday September 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dealership is located on Rte. 106 in Gilmanton across from Stratham Tire and just 3 miles north of NH Motor Speedway.
Top Notch specializes in pre-owned cars and trucks under $10,000. The owner, Michael Hancock,says ''over 75% of our vehicles are one owner vehicles and our down to earth, zero pressure, blue collar approach leaves us better prepared to leave each customer satisfied in their purchase and readily able to refer our dealership to their friends in family''

He says that every vehicle is sold with a 3 month warranty, no title/documentation fee, inspection sticker, 20 day plate, Vehicle history report, and is thoroughly serviced and detailed.
Hancock invites everyone to the grand opening and says ''there will be great deals on vehicles, free BBQ, and lots of door prizes.''

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 07:14

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Lakes Region Cupcakes rated 'family favorite' by parenting magazine

TILTON — Lakes Region Cupcakes of Tilton has been selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire as a "Family Favorite" award recipient for favorite cupcakery.
The Family Favorite awards, now in its fourth year, is an award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places in almost 60 categories – as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine.
Categories included Out & About, Baby Stuff, Birthday Fun, Shopping, Activities & Learning, Family Services and Restaurants.
"The Family Favorites' award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family," said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. "Whether it is at child care center, the library or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with the wider public."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 07:07

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