In a follow up to comments made by school Superintendent Debra Livingston at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Board of School Committee, the Manchester School District issued a press release announcing that Manchester high school students scored well above the national and global averages on last spring’s Advanced Placement exams and outpaced the mean score of their state peers. The district’s mean score on all A P exams was 3 point 3 8 out of 5, while the New Hampshire mean was 3 point 2 3. The national and global averages were 2 point 8 2 and 2 point 8 4 respectively.
Overall, 2 0 2 students from the school district participated in the exams, which represents six percent of the high school student body. Seventy eight point four percent earned a 3, 4 or 5 on their respective subject exams triggering college credit and a mark of proficiency. Many colleges and universities accept those scores as transfer credit which helps defray the cost of college tuition.
Central, Memorial and West all saw big increases in the numbers of students taking AP courses with Central up by 30 percent, Memorial by nineteen and West by eleven percent.
At Central, the mean score for English Literature was 3 point 5 8. The New Hampshire and global scores came in at 3 point 2 4 and 2 point 7 8 respectively.
In World History, Central students averaged 3 point 9 8 versus the and Memorial students scored 3 point 6 7 versus the New Hampshire average of 3 point 0 6 and the global score of 2 point 6 1. Fifteen percent of the state’s AP World History students were at Central.
In separate media releases, mayoral candidate Joyce Craig said the scoring was “all Mayor Ted Gatsas‘ fault,” the Hooksett School Board said “see how important we are to your kids’ education?” and Timberlane Superintendent Earl Metzler announced he was appointing an advisory council that isn’t subject to the Right to Know Law to investigate how to improve their scores.
The Bow Police Department is investigating four commercial burglaries and one attempted commercial burglary that occurred on River Road between one and three Wednesday morning. The suspect took two thousand dollars in cash from one of the victim businesses, nothing was taken from the other three, and a door was damaged in the attempted burglary. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Bow Police Department at 2 2 8 0 5 1 1 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 2 2 6 3 1 0 0. (Seriously, that’s all the info they published.)
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On Friday October 9th, the U S Department of Homeland Security notified state officials that as a result of ongoing legislative efforts to bring the state into compliance with federal REAL ID standards, New Hampshire had been granted an extension through June 1, 2016. During the extension, federal agencies, including the Transportation Safety Administration, will continue to accept New Hampshire issued identification cards and driver’s licenses for official purposes.
The extension comes as a result of efforts led by New Hampshire House Speaker Pro Tempore Sherman Packard, Republican from Londonderry, who recently filed a bill that would bring New Hampshire into compliance. The legislation will come before the House in January.
Once the enhanced I D bill is passed, Packard said he believed the state will have a five year transition window during which time residents’ current I Ds will remain acceptable for official purposes through 20 20. Packard said quote:
“This phased-in approach will ensure that no one has to rush out to renew their license. And if people choose not to get one, they will have that option, with the understanding that it may not be accepted in all places, or for travel purposes.”
October 25th, is Priesthood Sunday, a celebration of the priesthood organized by parish lay leaders and coordinated by the U S A Council of Serra International. Catholic parishes throughout New Hampshire and the United States will show support for their priests with prayer and special celebrations that weekend.
“I hope all Catholics throughout the diocese will join with me this weekend in praying for our priests and thanking them for their generous service,” said the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. “For Catholics, the priest is the one who acts in the person of Jesus Christ in everything that he does, but especially when he celebrates the sacraments such as offering the Sacrifice of the Mass, hearing confessions, and anointing the sick. Our priests are central to the life of our parishes—indeed, central to our Church.”
Priesthood Sunday was established in 2003 to provide a way for Catholic communities to express appreciation for the priests who serve them so faithfully. Usually scheduled for the fourth Sunday of October, this celebration acknowledges the central role of the priest in the lives of Catholic men and women.
The lay faithful of each parish, school or other ministry are asked to develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring both the priesthood and their own priests. Over the past few years parishes have shown their appreciation by hosting receptions after the Masses, placing advertisements in their local newspapers honoring their priest, or presenting their priest with personalized notes reminding him of what he does to bring people closer to Christ.
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