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School year off to a smooth start in Groveton

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
September 08, 2021
GROVETON — So far, so good in Groveton for the opening of the school year.

Superintendent Ronna Cadarette said, "The staff at SAU 58 experienced a fantastic start to the 2020-2021 school year. The theme presented focuses on Human~Kind Be Both. The staff and students will seek ways to celebrate one another and all of the amazing accomplishments students and staff have and will achieve."

According to Cadarette, the curriculum work will look to enhance the assessment of work study competencies that students demonstrate such as communication, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and self-direction in addition to academic performance.

Cadarette explained, "The staff received special motivation from a guest student speaker, Patience King from Stratford. Patience is a ninth grader who chose to demonstrate how work study practices in school have enabled her to achieve in 4-H and the Youth Leadership Team and vice versa."

King cited examples to include presentation skills and the connection to social studies unit overviews, and discussed time management in preparation for the Fair.

"Patience has entered several exhibits and will show her animals. She is a fine role model for her peers and certainly gave the staff a heads up for the first day of school at Groveton High School that she is ready for them and eager to learn," said Cadarette.

The SAU 58 School Board voted 8-2 to stay in the 'green zone' with masks optional to begin school.

"There was much discussion about community spread and a perceived uptick in COVID-19 cases. Another concern was the upcoming possible increased exposure at the Lancaster Fair. The Board chose to keep masks optional unless social distancing of three feet could not be avoided," explained the Superintendent.

After further discussion, the Board voted to make masks mandatory if the number of positive cases in an individual building reach 5 percent of the total population.

"The mask mandate would last for one calendar month. This will give time for a collection of data regarding cases and the ability to observe a trend line," said Cadarette.

According to Cadarette, the Board is very conscious of the safety of all staff and students and the ability to balance this with personal choice.

"SAU 58 was able to be in-person all of last school year and it is our goal to have minimal interruptions this year. Adjustments will be made should data prove the need in the future," said Cadarette.

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