It is sometimes said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then the Pittsfield NH School District has much to feel flattered by in recent months. Since the beginning of the school year, the District has been host to visitors from across the country, all of them eager to know more about Pittsfield’s work.
According to Tobi Chassie, Project Manager for the Pittsfield Redesign, the phone calls started coming in before Thanksgiving. The first inquiry came from a group of schools in northern Vermont exploring student ownership of learning, one of the hallmarks of the District’s change work.
The next callers were other Nellie-Mae funded districts in northern New England. In early November, the Pittsfield team had presented to its New England colleagues at the Nellie Mae Cross-Site Learning Summit. The focus was the District’s work in the area of “position analysis,” a methodical and collaborative process for defining the role of each staff position in the organization. The work is based on research from the field of organizational development revealing that position clarity is the number one predictor of job satisfaction and productivity. (more…)
Pittsfield Middle High School seniors, recognized as NH Scholars, recently attended NH Scholars Day in Manchester at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium which included a NH Fisher Cats baseball game. New Hampshire Scholars are high school students who have completed the State Scholars Core Course of Study, a specific sequence of academic courses in English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. The New Hampshire Scholars philosophy is based on the belief that it is better to pass an academically challenging course than to get a higher grade in an easier course. Representing Pittsfield at the ceremony were: (L-R) ELO Coordinator, Sheila Ward, Director of College and Career Readiness, Dr. Sarah Rollins, and NH Scholars, Katrina Haynes, Stefani Gauthier, Katie Small, Christopher Farr, and Maxwell Tuttle.
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On Friday, January 17, Governor Hassan visited PMHS to review the changes and talk to students. Please read the story in the Concord Monitor.