February 20, 2014WOLFEBORO — The Governor Wentworth Regional School District is due to lose another great member with the close of this school year, June 30. On the heals of longtime Superintendent Jack Robertson's retirement last June, Administrative Secretary Joanne Fiorini who by that time will have served 10 years at SAU 49 and 25 total years working in various superintendent administrative unit offices, will also be retiring.
At the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board's Feb. 3 meeting held at Crescent Lake School, Principal Jackleen Roberts took the opportunity to voice her appreciation for Fiorini's work over the past decade.
"Personally and professionally I would like to say I have very much enjoyed working with Joanne Fiorini for the past 9.5 years. She's been very supportive and kind, as an administrator I greatly appreciate everything she's done. She's definitely been an asset to the district over these past years," she said.
Knights Against Hunger
A group of philanthropic Kingswood Regional High School students have created Knights Against Hunger, a student-run club whose mission is to help alleviate childhood hunger by providing weekend meals and snacks to 10 Kingswood students in need throughout the school year.
Done anonymously, Knights Against Hunger will fill 10 backpacks every Friday with enough nutritious and diverse foods to last the weekend. Students will pick up these unmarked backpacks as they leave for home.
Having done research on childhood poverty in rural areas in a recent American Government class, this group of students was motivated to inquire about their own school community. They discovered that approximately 33 percent of Kingswood students receive free or reduced lunches. Of these 261 students, the 10 most in need will receive a backpack. The school's guidance counselor will designate these students anonymously.
In order to fund the project, the group has set up sustainable fund raising strategies, including writing grants, that they hope will keep the project up and going for the long-term.
With the average cost per filled backpack estimated to be about $15 the group is also accepting community donations to purchase food and have set up a sponsor-a-bag program, where individuals or groups can sponsor the cost of a bag for however long they'd like.
Anyone interested in making a donation or sponsoring a backpack can send a check to Kingswood Regional High School, Attn. Knights Against Hunger or email Kingswood teacher Christina Fuller at email@example.com for more information.
Knights Against Hunger hopes to start its initiative in early March.
Superintendent Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert commended the group for their thoughtfulness.
"It's great to see students have academic success, but to see students who are really caring, kind people and willing to help others out says a lot about [their] character and a lot about the teachers who support [them]," she said.
A lot is in the works for Kingswood Regional High School's 50th anniversary celebration next school year.
Kingwood Alumni Association member Kristi Smith shared some of the tentative plans anticipated to be held the weekend of homecoming in September 2014. These included an alumni reception and post-game party, a golf tournament, a retro dinner dance, and more. As dates and celebrations are confirmed more information will be announced.
Pilot report card
Board member Diane Carlson reported on an earlier Academic Affairs meeting at which Director of Curriculum Kaitlyn Hills reviewed the effectiveness and parent responses to the new sixth grade report card, a pilot report card that was approved by the board last year.
Carlson reported that though there have been some PowerSchool glitches, the staff are comfortable with the new format and parents have been receptive to the change. The hope is to eventually implement the new report card in other grades as well, which will help standardize grading across the district.
The board will meet again on Monday evening, March 3 at Effingham Elementary School, beginning at 7 p.m.
This meeting can be viewed in its entirety at wolfeborocommunitytelevision.com.