Students at Winchester School have been busy bees lately — both in the classroom and on the dance floor.

Last month, the school’s kindergartners through 4th-graders participated in New Hampshire Dance Institute’s residency program, learning dances about different types of bees and their life cycles. A week of rehearsing culminated in a performance for the entire school, as well as a show for parents and the community.

The school’s teachers even got together to perform a dance, according to Megan Pouliot, who teaches 3rd grade and is the coordinator for the school’s first yearlong NHDI program.

Pouliot noted that when learning the dances, students are studying a wide range of skills — not just the steps.

“They teach them the choreography and working together, and it helps the kids really focus on listening and watching first and then doing,” Pouliot said. “It’s really amazing how quickly the kids can learn very intense dances in such a short amount of time.”

The institute also visited Winchester in October to teach students a dance to the song “Let it Shine” in honor of Red Ribbon Week, a national drug prevention campaign.

This is the second year the school has worked with NHDI, Pouliot said. It’s also the first year that the school’s 5th- through 8th-graders are participating in the institute’s year-long program, which culminates in May’s Event of the Year performances at Keene State College with all of the participating schools in the region.

From Pouliot’s perspective, working with the institute is not just a great way for kids to get some exercise and have fun — it’s also a way to bring the Winchester School community together.

“As a teacher in the school, I truly feel like it helps to unite students, staff and community through music and to create a really positive and uplifting school culture,” Pouliot said. “It’s something that the kids really look forward to, as well as the teachers.”

Hannah McCormick of North Walpole has been selected as the 2018-19 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen for Fall Mountain Regional High School. Hannah, a senior, is the daughter of Gary and Faye McCormick and was selected for exemplifying the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Hannah will now be considered for the DAR Good Citizen Scholarship, for which was she was required to submit an essay and a personal statement.

On Nov. 19, the Ingalls Memorial Library Homeschool Group participated in a conservation walk with the Rindge Conservation Commission and the Harris Center for Conservation Education. The students explored Tetreault Park in Rindge, where they learned from Harris Center teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol Faber about animal movement and how to identify tracks made by different types of animals.

The group gets together monthly for presentations and other programs.

Its next special event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m., when the Aldrich Astronomical Society will visit the Ingalls Memorial Library to teach the students about space and the moon. The event is open to all school-aged homeschooled students.

For additional information, contact Mary Beth McQuaid at

The Monadnock Regional School District is hosting two Secret Agent Training Camp activity nights for families at Mount Caesar Elementary School in Swanzey Center and Emerson Elementary School in Fitzwilliam this week.

The events are organized by the district’s Title I office and ACES 93 before- and after-school program. Families will learn about code breaking, fingerprinting, solving mysteries and reading compasses, and will also participate in an obstacle course.

“These ‘activity nights’ are a way to promote our Title I mission of family engagement,” said Jeremy Rathbun, Title I project manager for the district. “Through activities such as these, we are creating positive interactions between the schools and the families so that we can work together to ensure success for our students.”

The camp will be held Dec. 4 at Mount Caesar and Dec. 6 at Emerson, with both events scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pizza and salad will be provided, all families are welcome, and no registration is required. For more information, contact Rathbun at

What’s going on in your school? Let us know! Education reporter Meg McIntyre can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1404, or mmcintyre@keenesentinel. com.

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