CBNA Students Work With Spectrometers in Conjunction With UNH

CBNA students Lindsay Wright (Right), Sydney Ho-Sue (Left) work with a spectrometer on loan from the University of New HampshireRecently, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students had the opportunity to use two UV-Vis Spectrometers on loan from the University of New Hampshire’s Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education Advancing Science Program through the collaboration of Ms. Tiffany Hatstat and UNH professor Dr. Stephen Hale. Using this instrumentation, Ms. Hatstat’s and Mr. Gregory Samuel’s Chemistry students were able to perform two experiments. The first experiment was a forensic spectroscopic analysis of simulated crime scene samples to determine the hypothetical cause of death for student written murder mysteries. In the second experiment, students synthesized aspirin samples and spectroscopically determined the purity of their aspirin products. As a result of having access to this type of instrumentation, students were able to experience what is like to be a scientist in the real world and how science does not always have predicted outcomes.

 

CBNA Science Students Continue Work with UNH Professor           

 

CBNA freshman Connor Nowak (right) works with UNH professor Dr. Nan Yi on a project exploring ratios of propanol alcohol and water.

Continuing the collaboration between the UNH department of chemical engineering and Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, science teacher Joanne Goelzer and University of New Hampshire professor Dr. Nan Yi recently challenged the students enrolled Mrs. Goelzer’s Honors Physical Science class to a seemingly impossible task. Following student research and presentations on chemical reactions, Mrs. Goelzer’s students were asked to explore ratios of propanol alcohol and water which would allow paper certificates soaked in the mixture to catch on fire yet leave the paper untouched by the flame. As a reward for outstanding critical thinking skills and measurement acumen, any certificates unscathed by the blue flames of the burning propanol will be redeemed by the students for bonus points on future assignments.

 

 

CBNA Theatre to Present The Birds: A Modern Adaptation by Don Zolodis

CBNA students (from left) Cassandra Barnhart as Procne, Brian Downer as Epops, Joseph Guptill as Eulpides and Ian Gollihur as Pithetaerus rehearse a scene from The Birds: A Modern Adaptation.

CBNA students (from left) Cassandra Barnhart as Procne, Brian Downer as Epops, Joseph Guptill as Eulpides and Ian Gollihur as Pithetaerus rehearse a scene from The Birds: A Modern Adaptation.

Looking for a little humor to lift your spirits this winter? Then the theatre students of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy have just the cure, as they present The Birds: A Modern Adaptation by Don Zolodis on March 9, 10 at 7 pm and March 11 at 2 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA Campus in Northwood. Based on Aristophanes’ comedy first performed in 414 B.C., The Birds: A Modern Adaptation tells the story of two miscreants who are fed up with a world of insurance salesmen and petty problems and flee to the kingdom of the birds for a simpler life. While living there, the two scheme up a financial jackpot that could turn the bird’s land into a powerful utopia. Their only obstacle: the wrath of the gods. A hilarious and satirical look at politics, religion and the foolishness of mankind that revives and revamps Aristophanes’ classic comedy. Senior Joseph Guptill and sophomore Ian Gollihur playing miscreants Eulpides and Pithetaerus respectively, lead an enthusiastic cast of thirty-one students including seniors Cassandra Barnhart, Marissa Gast, Arianna Jones and Kelsey Wallace; juniors Sandra Black, Erin Boodey, Zachary Helm, Nina Laramee, Jacob Lock, Cailinn Monahan, Kayla Pollak, Alyssa Reiff, Allison Rose, Julia Sommer and Courtney Snow; sophomores Braelin Ash, Dylan DeTrude, Brian Downer, Mackenzie Flanders, Cassuarina French, Cooper Leduke, Cody Peck and Madison Rollins; and freshmen Patrick Helm, Connor Nowak, Abbi Pelletier, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers and Lauren Rose. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with assistance from faculty member Kolby Hume. Caution, The Birds: A Modern Adaptation is not recommended for younger audiences. Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and will be available starting March 6 by email – elent@coebrown.org , by calling 603-942-5531 ext. 237, at the main office before or after school or at the door. This will be just the cure for the winter blues. Hope to see you there.

CBNA Science Students Work with UNH Professor

CBNA sophomores Emerson Ross (left) and Logan Morton work with UNH professor Dr. Nan Yi on a project to create biodiesel.

Recently, some Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students taking introductory biology and introductory physical science classes had the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary collaboration featuring student designed experiments exploring calorimetry of food, connections to energy use in the human body, research into biological sources of fuel production, and research into the production of biodiesel using corn products, which led to classroom debate on the pros and cons of using biodiesel. As a result of this collaboration, students had a unique opportunity to experience an in-class field trip, with Dr. Nan Yi, Professor of Chemical Engineering, at the University of New Hampshire as a culminating activity. Bringing chemical engineering into the CBNA classroom, Dr. Yi and the students chemically produced biodiesel from used cooking oil donated by the UNH dining halls. By the end of the extended class, the students had produced enough biodiesel to make small oil lamps which used the biodiesel as a fuel source.

 

 

The Time of Giving: CBNA FCCLA

by Victoria Sheridan  ‘18

Items collected by CBNA FCCLA to help the community during this holiday season.

Items collected by CBNA FCCLA to help the community during this holiday season.

With the holiday season comes the spirit of charity and a time of giving. People are more generous during the holidays, and CBNA’s FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) feels that way too. From Parent’s Night Out on December 9th to our backpack drive for End 68 Hours of Hunger, we are doing our part to make the holidays a happy time for everyone. FCCLA is also filling and donating stockings to Santa’s Helpers in Northwood as part of their Christmas Drive.

Over the past two months, FCCLA has participated in community building activities, including a CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) dinner, where all Coe-Brown’s vocational clubs (FCCLA, FBLA, and FFA) joined together for a spaghetti dinner and friendship building activities. FCCLA helped with the Feed My Starving Children food pack at Turbocam in Barrington in November. FMSC packs dehydrated food full of essential nutrients and sends the bags to those in need all over the world.

As always, FCCLA hopes to continue to participate in community services events into the New Year. We hope that your New Year is phenomenal, and that you join us in the spirit of giving this holiday season too!

 

CBNA Ugly Sweater Day 2016

CBNA students and staff embrace their holiday ugly sweaters at the recent CBNA Ugly Sweater Event.

CBNA students and staff embrace their holiday ugly sweaters at the recent CBNA Ugly Sweater Event.

On Friday, December 9, students and staff at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy were recently caught spreading a bit of holiday cheer on the school’s annual “Ugly Holiday Sweater” day. Students competed for a chance to win gift cards to Dunkin Donuts by wearing their ugliest sweaters. Sweaters were judged by a panel of faculty members. This year’s winners were senior Joseph Guptill in the category of ugliest unaltered sweater and junior Courtney Snow for the ugliest altered sweater. This activity provides a chance for CBNA students and staff to get into the holiday spirit and spread some good cheer throughout the school community.

 

CBNA FFA Students Attend Chainsaw Safety Course

Mr. Dan Tilton instructs CBNA FFA students in a recent chainsaw safety course on the CBNA Campus.

Mr. Dan Tilton instructs CBNA FFA students in a recent chainsaw safety course on the CBNA Campus.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy FFA students Faith Wilson, Ryan Graeme, Preston Bethke, Devin Sullivan, Sam Whitehouse, Nick Jenson, Nik Mewkill, Troy Russo, Caleb Rollins, Evan Wimsatt, Wayne Libby, Jackie Joy, Molly Swansburg, Matthew Brown and Brenda Hayes recently had the opportunity to attend a chainsaw safety course at CBNA taught by Mr. Dan Tilton of Tilton Equipment, Rye, NH. A resident of Strafford, NH, Mr. Tilton instructed students on everything they needed to know about chainsaws including correct safety equipment, how to correctly and safely hold and operate a chainsaw, and the parts of a chainsaw and the purpose for each part. He also showed students how to properly sharpen a chain and the different types of chains used for different types of logging. Part of Mr. Tilton’s instruction also included the correct way to fell and limb a tree, the way to avoid injury from a kick back from a chain saw and the way to control it when it happens.

 

Winter Arts Festival 2016 at CBNA

Winter Arts Festival logo designed by Madelyn Dalliare

Winter Arts Festival logo designed by Madelyn Dalliare

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Winter Arts Festival Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s Winter Arts Festival will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, in the main building of the CBNA campus, in Northwood.  The festival will open at 6 pm to a student exhibition of entries to The Scholastic Art Award in the Multi-Purpose Room.  At 7 pm, the Select Chorus will formally open the evening followed by a presentation of visual art award certificates, and then performances by the CBNA Concert Chorus and members of CBNA theatre classes.  The evening will conclude with a performance by the CBNA Concert Band.  Students, faculty, friends and community members are all invited.  As in the past, this special evening in the arts helps to provide additional financial support for supplies and repairs for the programs of the CBNA Fine Arts Department that cannot be planned for in advance.  Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated. Admission is free to all participating students, while general admission is $5.00 each or $20.00 for a family of four or more.  Please join us for a memorable evening of visual and performing arts.

 

 

CBNA Sophomores Selected in VFW Voice of Democracy Contest

CBNA Voice of Democracy winners from left to right: third place winner Alice Ewing, second, place winner Taeva Ahern, first place winner Olivia Farrar with Mr. Daniel Barnhart of Northwood VFW.

CBNA Voice of Democracy winners from left to right: third place winner Alice Ewing, second, place winner Taeva Ahern, first place winner Olivia Farrar with Mr. Daniel Barnhart of Northwood VFW.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy proudly announces the local winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW.  This year 64 Coe-Brown students participated in this annual VFW speech and writing competition.  Coordinated through Mr. Daniel Barnhart of the Northwood VFW Post 7217, sophomore students in Mrs. Biery’s English classes submitted their audio and written essays based on this year’s topic “My Responsibility to America.”  At a recent school assembly, Mr. Barnhart presented first place winner Olivia Farrar with a prize of $100 and announced that her entry will be submitted to the next level of competition.  Second and third place winners Taeva Ahern and Alice Ewing also received monetary prizes.  Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.