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Letter: Portsmouth students’ ‘wax museum’ was spectacular

To the editor: I just had the pleasure of attending a stellar fourth-grade event at Portsmouth Middle School. I went to see my best friend’s daughter and the rest of the class showing their projects off to all of the parents. I met many famous people today: Vera Wang, Harriet Tubman, Jane Goodall, Cleopatra, Anne

Kindergarten students hold up their tree drawings behind the tree that was planted in honor of Ila Fullerton.

Late Portsmouth teacher called a ‘Giving Tree’

Above: Kindergarten students hold up their tree drawings behind the tree that was planted in honor of Ila Fullerton. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. PORTSMOUTH — It was only fitting that Hathaway Elementary School should plant a tree honoring the late Ila Fullerton, who taught fourth-graders in Room 22 here for 40 years. During an Arbor

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Funding urged for Portsmouth student assistance job

PORTSMOUTH — Gael Berberick wasn’t the only school employee who heard from supporters at Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting. Several people spoke in favor of keeping the student assistance counselor’s job at the high school after representatives from the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition (PPC) said they could not longer afford to make its annual $19,000 contribution toward

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Portsmouth creates school resource officer position

PORTSMOUTH — Creating what the police chief and school superintendent say is a much-needed position, the Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to contribute $35,000 toward the hiring of a school resource officer (SRO) at Portsmouth High School. The School Department has agreed to kick in another $35,000 and local community organizations have pledged an additional

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Kids parade at Portsmouth’s Hathaway School!

PORTSMOUTH — Kindergarten students at Hathaway School celebrated the Week of the Young Child with a parade Thursday afternoon.   Watch a video of the parade here:   Portsmouth police gave the kids an escort around the block and a ragtag group of musicians from Portsmouth High School provided the tunes. The school’s Week of the

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Portsmouth students show off their inventions (photos)

Above: Brandon Michalski shows off his invention, a Puppy Sweeper, which lets the owner literally sweep the floor while he walks. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School’s sixth-graders held their annual Invention Convention last week and judging by their projects, there were plenty of lightbulbs going off in their heads. Here’s a

Sarah Wilme (left) judges fellow student Jenny Jenkins (middle) on her project, "Fizz or Fail," at the Portsmouth Middle School science fair last week. Bethany Jenkins looks on at right. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Junior scientists shine at Portsmouth Middle School

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School hosted its seventh-grade science fair last week, with students showing off their trifold board projects on everything from compost to solar energy. We visited the fair last Thursday and asked some of the students to talk about their projects — how they came up with their ideas, how they conducted their experiments,

Melville School and the other three schools in the district will be getting a new boiler system under a $2.6 million plan approved by the School Committee Tuesday night.

Portsmouth schools counter town on surplus flap

PORTSMOUTH — Just over two weeks after the Town Council approved a resolution calling for the General Assembly to change state law on how school surpluses can be expended, the School Committee Tuesday night adopted its own resolution asking legislators to keep things the way they are. School Committee member Thomas R. Vadney proposed the resolution,

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Portsmouth moves ahead with school truancy court

PORTSMOUTH — If you’re a student who wants to play hooky in Portsmouth, you may soon have to explain your truant ways before a judge. The School Committee Tuesday night voted to move ahead with a plan to establish an in-house truancy court to address absenteeism in the district. The committee will now pursue talks with

Hathaway School students Sonia Staroscik (right) and Caitlin Mediate take a twirl during a family dance at the school Friday afternoon.  Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth program combines dance, exercise (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — Smiles clearly outnumbered left feet inside the cafetorium at Hathaway Elementary School Friday. After Canterbury, N.H. musicians Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman spent two days  teaching students in kindergarten through grade 3 about old-timey barn dance steps and the fiddle music that accompanies them, the learning and fun culminated with kids and family members