Joint Statement of the Weare Police Department and John Stark School District
The cooperative investigation into concerns reported last Friday at the John Stark Regional High School is ongoing.
Overnight and again today, social media has revealed a number of unsubstantiated rumors that have required the immediate attention of investigators. Please help us get these rumors stopped:
If you receive a text or see a post on social media related to these concerns, we ask that you simply take a screen shot of the material and forward it to Lt. Frank Hebert at the Weare Police Department. Please do not “like”, “share” or “tag” the material. Please help us get these rumors stopped!
Our plan is to release another joint communication prior to the end of the day today.
John Stark Senior Julia Meisser with the CWES Dream Team
John Stark Senior Julia Meisser is an innovative thinker who has long enjoyed the challenges of FIRST LEGO League in middle school and then robotics teams while in high school. So when it was time to select a Capstone Project in her senior year at John Stark, she knew she wanted to do something that related to her interest in science and engineering. Julia’s project was to create the first-ever Lego League Junior Team at Center Woods Elementary School.
“FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has been instrumental in helping me discover what I want to do in the future and gain real world skills, and I wanted to do something that would challenge me while broadening my people skills,” said Julia. “And besides that, my little sister, Grace, who goes to Center Woods, wanted to do FIRST Lego League Junior, so I couldn't say no to her!”
Julia coordinated her project at Center Woods Elementary School with Center Woods Principal Jess Potter. As she is too young to technically coach a team, Julia also was assisted by her mom, Victoria Meisser, and another CWES parent, Michelle Gosselin.
Over the summer, Julia began recruiting members for a team and the CWES Dream Team was born. The Team was made up of CWES students Ben Gosselin, Dominic Valentin, Lexi Dolan, Grace Meisser, and Kayleigh Evans. The Challenge—-the Aqua Adventure Challenge—asked students to choose a water use, find a problem that existed within that water use, and build a Lego model and a "Show Me" poster to demonstrate their solution to the problem.
To get started, the Dream Team was given a kit with materials for building a model and engineering notebooks to help guide them through the process of researching their topic and building their model. The CWES Dream Team chose farming. The problem they needed to solve was one that has been on the minds of many this winter—pipes freezing.
The Dream Team created a LEGO model showing all of their solutions to get the water and ice from the well into the house. They used an ice grinder to break up the ice, a laser gun to melt the ice, and a transporter and a ramp to get the water to the heating pads to warm the water up. The pipes brought the water into the barn.
“The students did a great job presenting their project to the judges at the Expo and won the “Show and Tell” award for best use of their “Show Me” poster and model throughout the presentation,” commented Julia. The Expo was held in December at Hollis-Brookline High School. “The Team is finished for the year, but I am so proud of the team and hopeful that the program will continue next year at Center Woods,” concluded Julia.
The Capstone Project at John Stark Regional High School is a graduation requirement that demonstrates a student’s ability to perform new and independent learning to accomplish a goal of personal interest. Students are guided by a mentor through the Capstone Project experience.
January 11, 2018—Weare, NH—Center Woods Elementary School was presented with a check for $25,000—the first prize in a technology competition sponsored by the Intel Corporation—by the winner and CWES parent Justin Gelinas during an All School Meeting on January 11. Justin, who works on the Geek Squad at the Manchester Best Buy, is part of a team that has been competing for the Score with Intel Core Competition for four years. Employees of retailers in the US and Canada who sell Intel processors may compete for the prize. See the attachment below for the full article.
January wanted to let us all know it was here with the snow and cold weather! Please be sure that your child(ren) are dressing for the weather. We have outdoor recess daily if the temperature is above 16 degrees. Sleds are allowed but MUST be the flexible roll up kind, sleds are NOT allowed on the bus.
We will be having a special All School Meeting Thursday, January 9th at 9:00 am for a special surprise and the Dance-off from the November food drive. Please join us for this special assembly.
As usually Center Woods is a busy place. We will be sending six students to the Upper Elementary on January 17th at 9:00 am for the combined CWES/CWUES Spelling Bee. Congratulations and good luck to all of the first place and runners-up: Third Grade: Kaitlyn O. and Brylie G. Second Grade: Owen G. and Avarie B. First Grade: Emma M. and Lily M.
Invention Convention is around the corner! Please be sure to get your the forms in ASAP so you can get your inventors journal and be ready for February 16th when the invention convention will take place.
Are you saving your box tops? The PTO is sponsoring a Box Top Battle for the month of January. Which grade level will collect the most box tops? Get them in by February 1st to support your grade level.
Dates to Remember:
1/10- School Board Meeting 6pm/ Public Budget Hearing 7pm @ Weare Middle School
1/11- Special All School Meeting 9am
1/15- No School in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/17- CWES/CWUES Spelling Bee 9am @ CWUES
1/22-2/23- Winter iReady Testing Grades 1-3 (testing day varies by class)
2/16- Invention Convention
2/23- Early Release Day for Students- No PM Kindergarten
2/26-3/2- Winter Break- No School