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This is homecoming week at Laconia High School. Join us!

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of Sachem Nation, I want to cordially invite and welcome all the Laconia High School alumni and every member of the City of Laconia to join us in celebrating Laconia High School's Homecoming Week. We could not be more proud of our current students, teachers both past and present, and most importantly, alumni who have walked the hallowed halls of our school since it first opened in 1878. It is an honor each year that we take time to recognize the impact of our school community and its role in the City of Laconia.

The idea of school pride is not lost on our students. It is a focal point of everything we do. Part of what we do is celebratory of the heritage of this city and its schools. This pride is not only about our extracurricular teams, but it is inclusive of them. Laconia schools continue to prepare students to excel academically and our district mission to ensure that we impact every student, every day and in every way remains the focus of our educational program. We continue to restructure our curriculum using the Understanding by Design framework, work toward greater consistency in our classrooms, and shape more successful student behavior. At the core of our planning is the commitment and expectation that our students will grow toward academic excellence by developing both an understanding and appreciation for learning. It is my opinion that these goals have been constant throughout the years this school has existed. This is root of our pride and what we celebrate.

Laconia Pride is also represented in a new, district-wide roll-out of the Positive Behaviors, Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program that we are able to access through our SAMHSA Grant. This initiative focuses on the entire K-12 school community learning more effective ways of helping students develop more positive behaviors that will strengthen their college and career readiness. This program also seeks to ensure a more positive consistency in both how we act and react to behavior in the school community. Based on initial data, PBIS is already have a positive impact! Better behavior translates into higher academic performance and higher academic performance results in the right kind of pride.

Throughout Homecoming Week, students will engage in activities that celebrate good ole Laconia High. Each day, grade level cohorts will compete in games during lunch that earn them points toward being the champions of homecoming. On Thursday, we invite parents to our annual open house. We will also be running our Drive a Ford 4UR School event from 3-6 p.m. that day. This event is sponsored by our local Irwin Ford dealership. If you want to support LHS in a very easy and positive way, come on down and drive a brand new Ford vehicle. It takes 10 minutes, there is no sales pressure at all and for everyone who drives, Ford gives $20 toward the sophomore and junior classes at LHS.

Students will be working on the floats all week long and on Friday, after a 1 p.m. pep rally (in which there are rumors of a dunk tank with Mr. Bartlett's name on it) Laconia High School and the city of Laconia will have a parade. The student floats will celebrate the decades of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s, the LHS Marching Band will lead us, and many community groups and clubs will be participating. This is a true celebration of Laconia and the tradition of the parade is a wonderful thing to experience.

Friday evening at 7 p.m. the Laconia Sachems football team will kick off the athletics that will run Friday evening and all day Saturday. There will be a crowing of the king and queen of the court prior to the game, a very special half time show by our Laconia High School Marching Sachems and a recognition for our most recent state champions, the girls' lacrosse team. You do not want to miss it.

So let us all come together and celebrate all the things that are right about our city. We have so many reasons to stand up and be proud of the accomplishments and achievement of so many of our alumni and this is a special week set aside to honor them. We encourage everyone in Sachem Nation to participate in that celebration.

Go Sachems!

Jim McCollum. Principal

Laconia High School

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Fortunately, Born-Alive Infants Protection Act passed the House

To The Daily Sun,

Congresswoman Ann Kuster recently voted against HR-421, a bill that essentially strengthens the bipartisan and popular Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. That bill was passed to protect individuals who are born, despite efforts made to end its live in utero.

Americans are clearly conflicted on the morality of abortion. However, in the case of the child who survives attempts to end its life it is a moral absolute for the world to care for him or her. Sadly, there are numerous stories of this law being blatantly ignored, and so this new law seeks to strengthen attempts to protect the innocent child from being erased from existence, taking away its potential for a good and happy life. As a criminal justice major at Saint Anselm College, I recently learned the importance that law plays in ensuring that we are required to protect the life of an adult, why are you were unwilling to extend such protections to the children of this state and nation?

"Children are our greatest treasure. they are our future" — Nelson Mandela

Fortunately, the bill passed without Congressman Kuster's support, and heads on to the Senate. I only hope our senators can do a better job at protecting our children, as this bill heads there.

Ryan Smith


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