dartmouth: The Ugliest 4 Weeks of the Year? - 11/06/08 08:55 AM
Coming off the most beautiful time of the year - majestic days of long shadows and inspiring foliage, the 4 weeks from mid November until mid December can be a bit of a letdown!  Gray skies replace the blue and those beautiful leaves sit in soggy drifts.  Terrible, right?  Depressing, right?  Not really!  The snow will be here soon enough and weekends will be packed with skating, skiing, sledding and great nights spent indoor with close friends and hot cocktails.  
This is the time to slow down, enjoy the peace and take care of the 10,000 little things that slipped … (0 comments)

dartmouth: Bravo Frances Richmond School Faculty & Staff !!! - 10/28/08 08:26 AM
Bravo Frances Richmond School Faculty & Staff !!! Hanover Schools keep delivering Recently our daughter made the transition from elementary school (Bernice Ray School) to middle school (Frances Richmond School). It was a potentially scary time for her because she can be daunted by interactions with older kids, especially if any part of it involves the need to be "cool" or "popular". It was also potentially scary for us as parents because the gap in social development between a brand new 6th grader and a returning 8th grader can be enormous. Were we (and 120 of our closest friends) throwing our … (0 comments)

dartmouth: Hanover NH Schools Part 1: Bernice Ray School - 09/04/08 12:54 AM
Hanover NH Schools Part 1: Bernice Ray School Why the Ray School has worked so well for us We made the choice to move to the Hanover / Dartmouth area based on one guiding principle - find a community where our children would stay in one school system the whole way through. Giving a single, well-managed school system the opportunity to have your kids from an early age straight through to graduation means that the child's education has a beginning, a middle and an end with the continuity of a single philosophy. Essentially - kids are "fully minted" when they leave.
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dartmouth: A Close Call - expanding the horizons for cultural diversity - 08/27/08 06:34 AM
When I was living/working in Asia in the late 90's my wife and I decided to buy a house for our eventual return to the US. To give us the maximum flexibility we decided to buy in suburban Boston. Fast forward to 2003 and the process of planning our new lives back home. Since diversity is important to us we gathered the statistics of non-white students in the town where the house we bought was located. Less than 2% - hmmm, not very good.
Were we really going to take our kids from a kindergarten with more than 12 countries … (0 comments)

dartmouth: Urban Refugees - Flee for your life! - 08/27/08 06:04 AM
I want to admit to one of life's little thrills.  It has happened a whole bunch of times and it doesn't get any less pleasurable!  
Let me set the scene...it's a Sunday evening and my family & I are driving north on Interstate 93 to our Hanover, New Hampshire home some 200 km north of Boston.  On the southbound side of the divider are canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, snowmobiles, snowboards, bass boats, ATVs and horse trailers as far as the eye can see - every one of them sitting in stop & go traffic 3 lanes wide.  
If I could … (1 comments)

 

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