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Our schools truly blessed to be supported by our communities

To The Daily Sun,

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday with friends and families, there is much to be thankful for in our schools that serve the communities of Gilford and Gilmanton. The first trimester of the 2016-17 school year is coming to a close. Our students and staff members have done some great things. Here are some highlights:

We started the school year celebrating the writing by a middle school student that was recognized by N.H. Motor Speedway.

Gilford High School inducted 34 eligible juniors and seniors into the Gilford chapter of the National Honor Society.

The Gilford High School Performing Arts Department had a very successful performance of "The Secret Garden" to very appreciative audiences.

The Gilford Middle School 5th grade took a trip to Manchester for education appreciation to watch a Manchester Monarchs game. Several Monarchs employees commented on how well behaved and appreciative the Gilford 5th grade students were.

Earlier this fall the Gilford High School girls' field hockey team won the Division III state championship in a double overtime win.

The Gilford Middle and High School have both started their math team competitions.

The Gilford Middle School has started participation in Lego League and the Gilford High School Robotics team has started its work.

We have two staff members that have been accepted to attend the PwC-KWHS Seminar for high school educators on business and financial responsibility at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, all expenses paid.

Two of our teachers have been asked by Special Olympics to attend the National Unified Conference in South Carolina. Special Olympics will pay all of the expenses.

The Gilford Elementary School welcomed families and friends to lunch serving over 600 lunches during Lunch with a Loved One.

The Gilford PTA organized a huge fundraiser for our district. All funds will be used to support teaching and learning in our three schools. The PTA has supported teaching and learning by purchasing a 3-D printer, playground balls, ukuleles and engaged our students in the Reflection Program connecting students to film production.

Gilford Education Endowment Foundation (GEEF) has supported teaching and learning in our schools with over $7,600 in grants given to teachers for STEM related activities.

All of the Gilford teachers have participated in teaching and learning during early release and DEW time. We have been working on writing across the curriculum at each school and have started to review curriculum.

The Gilford teachers have engaged in conversations with Gilmanton teachers to review curriculum and share instructional ideas.

We have teachers across all three schools who are trained by the National Writing Project and are working with our teachers to support writing across the curriculum.

We have more than 50 teachers engaged in districtwide (k-12) committees: mentor, math, science, professional development, and literacy working together to improve teaching and learning in our schools.

We are truly blessed to be supported by the Gilford and Gilmanton communities. There is much to be thankful for as we reflect on the first trimester of the school year.

Kirk Beitler
Superintendent of Schools



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Choose 'choice'; don't judge or condem others for choices they make

To The Daily Sun,

A close friend, at the age of 16, was raped by her uncle and became pregnant. She chose not to have that child for her own personal reasons.

She then went on to college, got a great job, married a wonderful man, and had two beautiful children. She never once "shut her eyes or mind" to what she was doing. They were wide open for her choice to be made about her life and her body.

She never looked back. And by the way her wonderful life is going, I do not believe God would have wanted her to.

Choose "choice" and don't judge, label, or condemn others for the choices they must make in their life; it's not yours.

Denise C. Burke


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