Students, teachers and parents crowded into the Keene High School cafeteria Monday afternoon, listening intently to a student leader describe the school’s different organizations and activities.

This year, students at Franklin Elementary School in Keene have a new friend to get acquainted with. Her name is Chloe and she’s 4 years old — or about 33, if you count in dog years.

A walk down the hallway at Conant High School in Jaffrey doesn’t feature your typical school-day scenery, marked by beige walls and humming fluorescent lights. It’s more like a walk through an impromptu gallery, colorful designs decorating every locker along the walls.

As the end of graduation season nears, many high school seniors are preparing for their next steps into the “real world.” Just a few years ago, so was Keene High School alumna Samantha Milano-Sumalinog . Throughout high school, the 2011 graduate had been interested in languages, teaching her…

With nor’easter after nor’easter hitting New England this month, winter has seemed to drag on. But at James Faulkner Elementary School in Stoddard, one teacher is using the late-season snow as a learning opportunity for her students.