Newfields Elementary gets national award, attention
During a ceremony at Newfields Elementary School Thursday morning, Hassan congratulated students, staff, parents and local leaders for working together to set an example for New Hampshire and the nation.
“For every challenge you face and overcome, you become stronger and smarter,” Hassan said.
Fifth grader Michael Poulin, 10, credited the success to the hard work of teachers, the principal and parents — who “took time out of their busy schedules to bring pizza.”
Superintendent Michael Morgan said the school earned the recognition for “bridging the gap between regular and special education.”
Long-time teacher Barbara Dupont, who recalls when the school had 60 students in four classrooms, said the recognition is well-deserved.
Currently, there are 140 students — in kindergarten through grade 5 — at the school.
N.H. Education Commissioner Virginia Berry asked students to help her define what “honor” means to them.
While students and staff are normally proud of their school, Berry said it’s not every day that others — especially federal officials — share in the pride and respect.
“We don’t want them to sit back on their laurels,” Rist said.
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