NUTE MIDDLE Welcome Mr. Bickford
Nute Middle School would like to welcome
SCHOOL NEWS Mr. Bob Bickford as the new assistant
Volume 1 November 2006 principal for both the middle and high
school at Nute. Mr. Bickford is pleased to
Welcome to the Middle School be returning to his high school alma mata
having graduated from Nute in 1977.
Upon graduation Mr. Bickford attended
Welcome! This is the first issue of the
the University of Maine in Orono, ME
Nute Middle School News Letter. Middle
where he earned a bachelors degree in
school is a very exciting and important
Agricultural Mechanization. He has held
time in your child’s life. The goal of this
various positions over the years including
newsletter is to help keep you informed
several agricultural instructor positions.
of all the wonderful and exciting things
He has taken several courses in education
that are going on at Nute Middle School.
and earned his Masters in Education from
The newly formed Nute Middle School
Keene State College in 2002. Most
PTA has taken on the task of sending
recently he has been the Director of a
home this newsletter each month. It will
regional secondary technical education
provide you with all kinds of information.
center in Springfield, VT. He is pleased
We will keep you posted on dates to
to bring to us his administrative
remember and upcoming events. We will
experience and feels that he will have a
be displaying student’s work and offering
positive impact on the students at Nute.
teacher tidbits. We’ll let you know what’s
During his time off from school he is busy
going on in the classrooms. Each month
running his family farm in New Durham,
we’ll give you sports updates and
schedules and let you know how well our
middle school teams our doing! Go Nute!!
Meet the Middle School Staff:
It’s so important to know what’s going on
in your child’s life. We hope this
Hello, my name is Karen Johnson and I am
newsletter will help!!!
the 6th and 7th grade health and physical
education teacher. This is my 7th year
Newsletter Name Contest teaching for SAU 64. I previously taught
Name your newsletter at SAD 60 in Lebanon, ME. I am a
The PTA is sponsoring a newsletter name graduate of Nute High School and UNH.
contest. The students are encouraged to A few of the things I enjoy are spending
come up with a name for the Middle time with my family, sports, hiking,
School Newsletter. Submittal forms will kayaking, photography, scrap-booking and
be available in your homeroom. Please reading. I am married with 3 children and
submit your entries to Mrs. Darnell’s I reside in Milton.
homeroom. The name should be eye-
catching and representative of your
Middle School. Deadline for entries is
Hi, my name is Kirk Sharrow and I am the
November 17, 2006. The winner will be
8th grade physical education teacher at
announced in homerooms on November
Nute. This is my first year at Nute. I
22nd. The winner will receive a $20 gift
did however, teach at Nute 16 years ago
certificate for Pizza Nook. GOOD LUCK!!!
for three years. I am married with 3 Fridays”. She is a member of the New
children and two dogs. A few of the Hampshire Science Teachers Association
things I enjoy doing to pass the time are and the New Hampshire Teachers of
skiing, golf, football and waterskiing. Mathematics. Mrs. Darnell graduated
Some of my dislikes are peas, cranberry from Notre Dame College, summa cum
sauce and students that don’t bring their laude. She is married to an engineering
sneakers to class. technologies professor and has one son
and four grandchildren. Her hobbies
Mrs. Frizzell include scuba diving, traveling, gardening
My name is Suzanne Frizzell and I have and sewing.
been an art teacher for 38 years this is
my 39th year! I started teaching in Acton, Mr. Johnson
MA and was there for 16 years before I My name is David Johnson and this is my
moved to NH and started teaching at 28th year here at Nute. I have taught the
Nute in 1984. I have been the art 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades. This
teacher at Nute for the past 22 years. I year, I teach 6th and 7th grade science.
have enjoyed all my years in education and Mrs. Johnson (PE teacher) is my wife. We
feel it was the right career for me. I have three children, two currently attend
can’t think of anything I’d rather do than Nute and one has graduated. I helped to
my own art work. incorporate the beginnings of the trips to
I also enjoy gardening and boating in the I love marshmallow Rice Krispies treats.
summer months and there’s nothing like a My favorite color is purple. I also work at
good book anytime of year. I live in NH a part-time Police Officer for the Town
with my husband and two dogs, who are of Milton (mainly a boat officer).
our best friends and helpers.
I attended Massachusetts College of Art Mrs. Larson
and received a BS in Art Education many My name is Cathy Larson and I have
years ago. I received my Masters of worked at Nute for 9 years. I have two
Education from Plymouth State University children and two grandchildren with two
and believe education is a “life time” more grandchildren on the way. I have
endeavor. been married for 35 years and reside in
Shapleigh, Maine. I have a Degree in
Mrs. Darnell Liberal Arts from the University of
Donna Darnell has begun her 6th year Maryland as well as a Masters from Troy
working for the Milton School District as State University.
a 6th/7th grade teacher. She began at
MES as the English teacher for all 6th Some of the things that I enjoy are Jack
graders and taught one group of reading Russell terriers, reading, church,
and one group of Ancient Civilizations. gardening and cooking. A few of my
When the opportunity came to transfer dislikes are dusting, ragged edges on
to Science, she gladly accepted. Now, at homework papers and smoking.
Nute Middle School, she teaches Math to
6th and 7th graders. Mrs. Darnell enjoys
making learning fun and both she and her
students look forward to “Fantastic
Ms.Normand you; it is not a good thing for students to
I grew up in Gorham, NH. After try while doing homework. A study
graduation, I attended Keene State conducted by UCLA indicates that multi-
College where I received my Bachelors tasking with homework and media may
Degree for Social Sciences. I accepted actually make youngsters learn less and to
the teaching position for eighth grade utilize incorrect parts of the brain.
Social Studies at Nute Middle School in
1999. I’ve been teaching here since. I’ve A 2005 Kaiser study showed that sixty
coached JV Girls basketball, varsity girls percent of middle school aged students
basketball, middle school girls basketball, involve themselves with other things while
middle school boys basketball and studying. “Other things” would be online
assisted the varsity softball coach in the chat rooms, visiting MySpace, surfing the
past at Nute. net for information, listening to music on
an MP3 player, listening to an old
Mr. Drolet fashioned CD, watching television, or
talking on a cell phone.
My name is Howie Drolet and I have
taught for 7 years at Nute. I started
David E. Meyer, a psychology professor at
coaching varsity baseball here in 1994. I
the University of Michigan postulates,
am currently the head varsity baseball
“When learning with distractions,
coach here at Nute and the varsity
students’ brains are trying to wing it by
hockey coach at Noble High School in
using a region that is not the best suited
for long-term memory and
When I am not in school, I like spending
understanding.” His research indicates
time with my girlfriend Patti and our two
that it takes students longer to learn
dogs, Axl and Bailey. I have been the
while multi-tasking, and they make more
Zamboni drive at the Rochester Ice
mistakes while doing so.
Arena for the past 12 years. My favorite
things to do are to grill outside, read in
Your child may adamantly insist that
my hammock and spend time at the beach.
multi-tasking helps him/her to learn, but
My favorite vacation spot is Las Vegas,
don’t you believe it! It may make their
Nevada. Some of the things I could do
tasks less painful or arduous, but it does
without are January and February, waiting
not actually help them to learn.
in long lines and the current White House
Just background music? While there are
no definitive findings, some studies show
Multi-Tasking that soft elements of Mozart, Chopin, or
By Principal, John Parkhurst Bach may enhance learning, but when was
the last time that your child insisted on
Does your youngster insist that s/he can downloading the masters?
do homework more effectively with text
messaging on the computer screen and an A clean, quiet, well-lighted area dedicated
iPod in an ear? Don’t be fooled! for homework worked best for your
generation, and I suggest that time-
You may have to multi-task at work, and honored formula is still the most
even find that capability a great asset for effective.
8th Grade trip to Washington/NY America’s Lemonade Stand
For the past several years the 8th grade Sixth, seventh and eighth graders
class has taken a 3-day trip to New York received their product from America’s
City. The trip is organized under the Lemonade Stand fundraiser conducted in
direction of 8th grade teacher, Ms. Sarah September. Nute Middle School will
Normand. This past summer Ms. Normand receive about $2000.00. These funds go
spent a lot of time investigating other towards field trips, guest speakers and
destinations and came up with a trip that other special events throughout the year.
covers not only the highlights of New Thanks to all who supported the students.
York City but of Washington, D.C. as well.
On April 19, 2007 members of the 8th Nature’s Classroom
grade class along with several chaperones Our 6th grade students attended Natures
will leave Nute Middle School and set out Classroom during the week of October
for Washington, D.C. They will spend two 30th. Natures Classroom is an
nights there. While they are there they environmental camp that helps the
will visit the Spy Museum, the Washington children to explore a variety of things
Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, that challenges them personally and on
the Korean War Memorial, the World War group levels. They attended Natures
II Memorial, the Lincoln Monument, parts Classroom at Camp Cody which is located
of the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of in Freedom, NH and will be there for 1
Natural History, and the National Zoo. week.
They will have a Medieval Dinner and have
another meal at the Hard Rock Café.
Math Night for Middle School
Come join us on Thursday, November 16
On the third day they will set out for
from 6pm until 7:30pm for a Family Math
New York City. While there they will visit
Night sponsored by the Nute Middle
Times Square, Grand Central Station, the
School PTA. This will be in the cafeteria
Empire State Building, the Statue of
and rooms 102 and 104. Games of various
Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Ground
math skills will be available. Learn various
Zero, the Federal Building, Wall Street
ways to help students succeed in math.
and Fifth Avenue. They will see a
Any Milton School District student is
Broadway show and dine in Little Italy.
encouraged to attend but must bring a
They will also have the opportunity to do a
parent or guardian.
little shopping in China Town. On the final
day they will depart from New York City
and head for New England. On the way HOMEWORK HERO!
home they will stop at Six Flags New Your Child’s Homework assignments are
England and spend the afternoon at the just a click away! Nute Middle High
amusement park. This is a wonderful School teacher’s post their homework on
experience and opportunity for these Homework Hero. Teachers are encouraged
students. Please support your middle to post assignments and leave them
school fundraisers. Much of the proceeds posted so students can regularly check
from these fundraisers go towards the on-line for their homework assignments.
8th grade trip. Leaving the homework posted allows
students to retrieve and make up any
missing assignments due to absences.
Homework Hero website is www. New Basketball Uniforms
homeworkhero .com Good news basketball fans!! The Milton
School Board approved the expenditure
Friends of Music of funds for both middle school boys and
girls basketball uniforms. The uniforms
The next Friends of Music meeting will be are on order and should be here for the
held on Monday, November 13th at 6:30PM upcoming basketball season.
in the Band Room. New members are
always welcome! Middle School basketball practice begins
on Wednesday, November 15th. The first
game will be on December 4th.
Nute Library News
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7:30am – 5pm
Wed 7:30am – 7:30pm
Submitted by Amberly White
Explore for Adults
Saturday, October 7th and Sunday,
Fall 2006 booklets are now available in
October 8th was the 8th grade Midnight
the library and around town. October
Madness. From 7pm Saturday until 6am
Sunday morning, 8th graders were at
school doing numerous different
activities. Dance, Dance Revolution and
karaoke were both big hits. There was
eyeball dissection, face painting, soap
For more information on these and other
making, volleyball and so much more.
classes, please stop by the library for a
Everyone that went, even the chaperones,
copy of the brochure.
had a ton of fun. Every student that
came had to pay $4.00 and bring food or
Middle School Sports Updates drinks. There was everything from
Volleyball chowder to brownies out all night long. All
Hi, my name is Rebekah West. I am in all, Midnight Madness was definitely
joining Nute this year as a high school the highlight of the first quarter of the
math teacher, as well as the middle school school year.
volleyball coach. I have been involved in
volleyball since I was in 5th grade at MIDDLE SCHOOL ADDITION
Laconia Christian School, and have been a Submitted by Meghan Cornelissen
player, a ref, a manager and a coach. This
is my third year coaching at the middle My opinion of the new Nute Middle School
school level, and I also coach Junior addition is that it is so much better than
Olympic Volleyball for a club based in the modulars. I like the fact that we can
Concord. I am enjoying the season thus have full length lockers this year so that
far, and look forward to a strong finish. we can fit all of our belongings into them.
I also like how the desks have no gum
underneath them and that we can fit all
our books on them. The new addition also
has bigger and cleaner bathrooms. The
new addition is clean and the air is nice.
It is a wonderful place to learn!
PTA RECIPE ROUND-UP
DATES TO REMEMBER Gingerbread Rumble
Nov 8/9 – Mid-Summers Night Dream Mix & bake any box of ginger bread
production in Gym package and let cool.
Nov 10 – No School Make 1 box of vanilla instant pudding &
Nov 15 – Middle School PTA Meeting 6pm set aside
Nov 16 – Middle School Family Math Night Open 1 can of pumpkin pie mix & put into a
at 6:00PM bowl
Nov 20-21 – Early Release Add only the spices the pie recipe calls
Nov 22/23/24 – Thanksgiving Break for and add to the pudding mix
Nov 29 – Early Release Chop up 2 Heath bars (candy bars) and
Dec 4 – Milton Learning Center Penney set aside
Sale in gym A large clear serving bowl will work for
Dec 12 – MES Fine Arts Presentation 5- this dish – the prettier the better
7:30pm in gym Crumble a layer of gingerbread into the
Dec 15 – Middle School Dance 7 PM bowl, then scoop a layer of pudding
Dec 20 – Middle School PTA Meeting 6pm mixture over it, cover with cool whip &
Dec 21 – Music Concert in gym some heath bar over it. Repeat these
Dec 23 –Last day of school before steps, building layers of bread, pudding &
Christmas Break cool whip. Top layer should be cool whip &
chopped Heath bars. Chill well before
PTA NEWS serving.
The Open House was well attended and ENJOY!!!
our “Healthy Snacks” drew many parents
into the cafeteria, where we were able to
sign-up a few new members. Community
members, parents, teachers and alumni
alike are encouraged to join the PTA and
get involved with the Middle School
activities. The cost is just $5.00, but the
rewards are priceless!