CBNA Students Awarded New Hampshire Seal of Biliteracy

 

 

June 21, 2023

 For additional information, contact Judy Loto, Director of Development and Community Outreach: jloto@coebrown.org

 

For Immediate Release:

Four Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Students Awarded

New Hampshire Seal of Biliteracy

 

” None of these students are heritage speakers of Spanish, so they had to work even harder to meet NH state requirements to receive this distinction.”  — Jennifer Sommerer, Spanish Language Teacher and President Elect of the New Hampshire chapter of AATSP—American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Northwood, New Hampshire…Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Headmaster David S. Smith is pleased to announce that four seniors from the Class of 2023 have earned the New Hampshire Seal of Biliteracy. This important recognition was awarded to Molly Sawyer ‘23, Eric Boheen ’23, Isabella Naves ’23, and Geneva Telehala ’23 for their exemplary class work and perfect scores on the AP exam. These students received their award of distinction at graduation with the Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas. This is the second year in a row that CBNA students have received this prestigious honor, and the first year that the school has had four recipients at one time.

The Spanish AP exam is intense, with four components, including two multiple choice, and two written. In one section, students have to listen to and thoroughly understand an audio component before they can answer the questions. CBNA faculty member Jennifer Sommerer spent the year prior to the AP exam working with the students to improve their conversation techniques, listening skills, and understanding of Spanish culture worldwide and its influences. That in-depth immersion helped these four students complete the AP exam with confidence.

According to Michael Clauss, Dean of CBNA’s World Languages Department, the state of New Hampshire was one of the last in the nation to adopt the Seal of Biliteracy initiative, but finally did thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of educators from the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers, led by then-president Cindi Hodgdon. Clauss commented, “The Coe-Brown World Language Department is proud to have our students be among the first in the state to receive this honor. We see it as yet another way to acknowledge the incredible achievements of our students and provide them with visible proof of their accomplishments that will set them apart from their peers as they head off to college and the workplace.”

CBNA World Languages faculty member and AP teacher Jennifer Sommerer feels the same, “The NH Seal of Biliteracy that these students have received is proof that Coe-Brown Northwood Academy has a robust World Language program that is dedicated to upholding its part of the school’s mission statement of producing ‘graduates who are academically and socially prepared to be responsible, caring and contributing members of the global society.’”

Sommerer goes on to note that, “None of these students are heritage speakers of Spanish, so they had to work even harder to meet NH state requirements to receive this distinction.  Having the seal on their diploma will make them more marketable to future employers since they have received proof of measurable proficiency in a non-native language.  Most of these students plan to work in a field for which proficiency in Spanish is a valuable and/or required skill.  Additionally, Molly Sawyer has plans to minor in Spanish as part of her college program of studies.  On behalf of the World Languages Department, we are very proud of their achievement.”

The Seal of Biliteracy is a national award that has been adopted by more than forty other states across the country. The award recognizes students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The New Hampshire Seal of Biliteracy award was made possible through collaboration between the NH Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT) and the NH Statewide English Learner Educator network. The NH Association of World Language Teachers has agreed to be the stewards of this award.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy strives to produce graduates who are academically and socially prepared to be responsible, caring and contributing members of the global society.

Founded in 1867, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is a comprehensive secondary institution offering the highest quality curriculum of studies to the residents of Northwood, Strafford, and surrounding towns, as well as matriculated day students from further afield.  The State of New Hampshire certifies Coe-Brown Northwood Academy as a “Public Academy” with public school approval. Our educational programs and opportunities are accessible to both traditional and non-traditional learners, responsive to the diverse needs of an ever-changing community, and consistent with state and federal laws supporting the education of our youth.

The Academy offers a curriculum of studies which is consistent with these premises and the laws of the State of New Hampshire.  This curriculum, woven into a coordinated course of study, will enable all students to realize their potential and prepare them for their chosen endeavors upon graduation.  The expertise of faculty and staff permits course offerings to develop the full potential of all students, whether they be educationally advantaged or challenged.  It is then incumbent on the students to be academically diligent, consistent in attendance, and positive in attitude to successfully complete their chosen course of studies.

 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is located at 907 First NH Turnpike, in Northwood, New Hampshire, on the shores of beautiful Harvey Lake. For further information about the school, please call 603-942-5531 or visit our website at www.CoeBrown.org.

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Caption Photo #1:

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. (From L-R) Michael Clauss, Molly Sawyer, Isabella Naves, Geneva Telahala, Jennifer Sommerer. Missing from the photograph is Eric Boheen. Photograph courtesy of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

CBNA Chapter of NHS Inducts New Members

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy 2018-2019 National  Honor Society.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) recently inducted 25 new members to this prestigious national organization. In order to obtain membership into NHS, students must first have a cumulative GPA of 90 or above. Students who meet this rigorous scholarship requirement then have an opportunity to complete an application detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character.  Once the application process is complete, students’ applications are reviewed by a panel consisting of administration and faculty members and then student scholars are invited to become members based on the panel’s recommendations. The 2018 Induction Ceremony was led by NHS President senior Jacob Rich and Officers seniors Emma Tobbe, Kelsey Pine and Sydney Neuman.  Faculty member Mr. Gary Colby provided remarks as the guest speaker for the event and advisor Mr. David Daigle presented awards. New members include seniors Maggie Eaton, Olivia Farrar, Kirsten Gunderson, Benjamin Healy, Delaney Jean and Jackson Noel, and juniors Lauren Best, Codi Boheen, Jaden Boulanger, Benjamin Brieger, Shane Cameron, Riley Colby, Addison Craven, Lauren Curtin, Celia Fogarty, Mirah Johnston, Madison Kriete, Evan Lentz, Elizabeth Libby, Katherine Messenger, Ryan Nester, Madison Tortorella- Lewis, Kathleen Roach, Mary Thoms, and Alexandra Wheeler. These inductees join the other NHS members seniors Elijah Allen, Shayla Ashley, Shealyn Bedell, Susan Burnap, Madison Cunningham, Alice Ewing, Ian Gollihur, Alex Gomez, Colby Hoffman, Alyssa Hubbard, Albert Lapiejko, Lillian Marie, Paige Marston, Shane Marston, Bailey Travers, and Megan Wimsatt. Congratulations to all of the members for their scholarship, leadership, service and character.

 

CBNA Sophomores Selected in VFW Voice of Democracy Contest

CBNA Voice of Democracy presentation (left to right) Mr. Daniel Barnhart of Northwood VFW with first place winner Sarah Marsh, third place winner Jennifer Bettencourt, and second place winner Mary Katherine Patteson.

CBNA Voice of Democracy presentation (left to right) Mr. Daniel Barnhart of Northwood VFW with first place winner Sarah Marsh, third place winner Jennifer Bettencourt, and second place winner Mary Katherine Patteson.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy proudly announces the local winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW.  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 “Why My Vote Matters”.   At a recent school assembly, Mr. Barnhart presented first place winner Sarah Marsh with a prize of $100 and announced that her entry will be submitted to the next level of competition.  Second and third place winners Mary Katherine Pattteson and Jennifer Bettencourt also received monetary prizes.  Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

 

 

Coe-Brown Announces Top Ten Graduates

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is proud to announce the top ten graduates for the Class of 2018.

The Valedictorian for the class of 2018 is Sandra Black, daughter of Tracy and David Black of Nottingham.  During her high school career Sandra has been a member of the Varsity Bass Fishing and Tennis teams. Sandra has also been a member of the National Honor Society, the International Thespian Society including both being both a Regional and State Thespian Officer, the Art Club, student government and she participated in Poetry Out Loud for all four years. Sandra has been accepted to Gordon College with a Presidential Scholarship, Simmons College with a Presidential Scholarship, and the University of New Hampshire with a Presidential Scholarship and the Hamel Scholarship. Sandra has decided to attend UNH with a major in social work.


The 2018 Salutatorian is Sarah Dupuis, daughter of Richard and Melanie Dupuis of Barrington.  While at Coe-Brown, Sarah has been a member of the National Honor Society, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and Peer Helpers as well as being a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams and a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team. Sarah will be attending Sacred Heart University in the fall to study nursing.


The remaining top ten graduates are listed in alphabetical order:

Raven Barnes, daughter of Daniel and Dale Barnes of Strafford has been a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, Peer Helpers, the National Art Honor Society, FCCLA the Writing Center and the Math Team. She has also been a member of the Varsity Cross Country team.  Raven has been accepted to UC Berkley, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Illinois Institute of Technology, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boston University with an intent to study aerospace engineering,


Paul Colson, of Strafford, son of Casey Colson, Mary Broadstone and the late Burton Broadstone, has been a member of the CBNA Math Team during his years at CBNA. He will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall to study electrical engineering and computer systems.


Olivia Lee, daughter of Kenneth Lee and the late Sandra Lee of Strafford, has been a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the Math Team, the Swim Team, CBNA Writing Center, Project Search and the Russian/Greek Club while a student at CBNA. Olivia has been accepted to UNH and to Middlebury College where she plans to attend to study either Russian or Spanish.


Alyssa Reiff, daughter of Bonnie and Gary Reiff of Nottingham, has been a member of the National Honor Society, the International Thespian Society, FCCLA, Peer Helpers, the Writing Center, and Student Government during her years at CBNA. Alyssa plans to attend Messiah College to study Sociology and Anthropology.


Victoria Sheridan, daughter of Kori and Max Sheridan of Barrington, has participated in CBNA school life by being a member of the CBNA Writing Center, Student Government, FCCLA, National Honor Society, the Ping Pong Club and the Vegetarian Club during her years at Coe Brown. She has been accepted at Hofstra University, Stetson University, University of New Haven, University of Tampa, Ithaca College and George Mason University.  Victoria has selected Ithaca College for her studies next year and will major in history with a minor in anthropology.


Garrett Skidds, of Barrington, son of Christine Skidds, Vilay Skidds and Steve Skidds, has been a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the National Honor Society, the CBNA Math Team and the CBNA Writing Center. Garrett will be attending the University of Rhode Island to study cellular and molecular biology in his post-secondary life.


Julia Sommer, daughter of Rhoda and David Sommer of Northwood, has participated in Project Search, the CBNA Writing Center and the International Thespian Society during her years at Coe-Brown. Julia plans to attend the University of New Hampshire to double major in acting/directing and women’s studies when she returns to school in the fall.


Hailey Stevens, daughter of Jamie and Harley Stevens, Jr. of Northwood has been involved with Peer Helpers, Project Search, the National Honor Society and the New Hampshire Scholars Program while at CBNA. Hailey has been accepted to Colby Sawyer College, the University of Vermont, the University of Maine, the University of New England, St. Joseph’s College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the University of New Hampshire. Hailey has chosen to attend UNH to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in the field of Nurse Practitioner.


In addition, the CBNA Class of 2018 consists of 149 students scheduled to receive diplomas on Friday, May 25, 2018, at 6:30 pm. One hundred and fifteen of these students will be recognized as honor graduates and 24 are members of the National Honor Society. Congratulations to the class of 2018.

Winter Arts Festival 2017 at CBNA

Winter Arts Festival logo designed by Alexis Call

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that this year’s Winter Arts Festival will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 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 Awards in the Multi-Purpose Room.  At 7 pm, the Select Chorus will formally open the evening followed by a visual presentations of award recipients that will be moving on to the regional level of the Scholastic Art Awards of NH, 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.

 

Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball Team Coming to CBNA

Members of Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball will be coming to Coe-Brown on Friday, November 17, 2017 to benefit CBNA Hoop.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy will be hosting some very special guests on Friday, November 17, at 6:30 pm at Smith Hall on the CBNA Campus, Northwood, NH.  The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible show time basketball skills and family-friendly comedy will face the CBNA Faculty All-Stars in a game benefiting the CBNA boys and girls basketball programs,

Having played over 2500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offer something for everyone to enjoy.  Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the athleticism and size of the Rockets.  Basketball aficionados will be dazzled by the ball-handling wizardry of Kaseem “The Ankle Breaker” Williams, one of the world’s extraordinary street-ball dribblers. Audiences will also be intrigued by the game of Junie “King of the Battleground Champion” Sanders and left awestruck by high-flying dunks of Anthony “Amazing” Gordon and Angelo “TNT” Gordon, and since this is comedy basketball, the Harlem Rockets will present the Zaniest Showman of All Time……. Tex Barnwell “One of Show Basketball’s All Time Greats”, the “Crown Prince of Laughs”. The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game.

In this special event to raise money for the CBNA Basketball Program, the CBNA Faculty All-Stars have graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets.  The Faculty All Stars include Sam Struthers, Mark Carrier, Brent Tkaczyk, Tim Cox, Bill Clarke, Joel Kutylowski, Nate Bassett, Michael Clauss, Karen Carey, Peter Attisano, Aaron Ash, Andrew Mason, Shawn White and Ryan Smith.

Advance tickets for what promises to be a fun-filled evening for the community are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and are available from basketball team members or at the CBNA Main Office. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the game at a cost of $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults.  Get your tickets early. This is a special event you don’t want to miss.

 

Comedy Hypnosis Comes to CBNA

Steve Wronker Comedy Hypnosis appearing at CBNA on September 15

Steve Wronker’s Funny Business, a comedy hypnosis extravaganza, will arrive at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Friday, September 15, 2017, at 7 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus.  Steve Wronker is a unique entertainer with a unique slant on the most hilarious, the most outrageous, and the funniest form of comedy available in today’s entertainment market, and the SWFB comedy hypnosis show is extremely different from any other hypnosis show available. Audience members become the stars of the show. A true entertainer, Steve puts audience volunteers into his show and orchestrates a program of absolute hilarity! With over 300 family friendly routines to choose from, no two shows are alike! The show is being sponsored by CBNA Theatre and kicks off CBNA’s annual CBNA Homecoming. Tickets are $10 general admission and will be available at the door on the night of the show. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained when you attend Steve Wronker’s Funny Business at CBNA on September 15!

 

 

Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball Team Coming to CBNA

Members of the Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball will be coming to Coe-Brown on Friday, November 18, 2016 to benefit CBNA Hoop.

Members of the Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball will be coming to Coe-Brown on Friday, November 18, 2016 to benefit CBNA Hoop.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy will be hosting some very special guests on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Smith Hall Gym on the CBNA campus in Northwood, NH.  The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible show time basketball skills and family-friendly comedy, will face the Coe- Brown All Stars in a game benefiting the CBNA Boys and Girls Basketball Programs.

Having played over 2500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offer something for everyone to enjoy.  Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the athleticism and size of the Rockets.  Basketball aficionados will be dazzled by the ball-handling wizardry of Clarence “Mugsy” Leggett. Mugsy is one of the world’s extraordinary dribblers and a former Harlem Globetrotter. Included will be the appearance of the “Twin Towers” Curtis “Tiny” Johnson standing 7’ 5” tall and “Super Mario” standing 7’ 3” tall. Yes, (2) 7-Footers will be in the building! And since this is comedy basketball, the Harlem Rockets present to you the All Time Funny Man and one of Show Basketball’s Greats……. James “Speedy “Williams, who was featured in the movie, “Above The Rim” starring Tupac Shakur and Duane Martin. Better known as The “Crown Prince of Laughs”, Speedy was also one of the “Original Nike Free-Style Ballers in the Nike Commercial, and he also performed live at the MTV Music Awards while Jay Z did his thing. The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game.

In this special event to raise money for the CBNA Basketball Programs, the Coe-Brown All Stars have graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets. The CBNA “Dream Team” players include Sam Struthers, Mark Struthers, Mark Carrier, Brent Tzaczyk, Tim Cox, Bill Clarke, Scott Young, Bethany Garboski, Tony DePalma, Joel Kutylowski, Kristen White, Michael Clauss, Peter Attisano, and Ryan Smith will be coached by the inimitable Joe Vachon.

Advance tickets for what promises to be a fun-filled evening for the community are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and are available from basketball team members or at the CBNA Main Office. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the game at a cost of $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults.  Get your tickets early. This is a special event you don’t want to miss.

 

Ten Artworks From the Class of 2016 Added to CBNA Permanent Art Collection

Overwhelmed by Bille Pingree - Mixed Media

Mixed Media art work Overwhelmed by CBNA 2016 graduate Billie Pingree.

The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Art Department is pleased to announce that ten members of the CBNA Class of 2016 have had their artworks added to the CBNA Permanent Art Collection.  Each year, senior students who have completed a prescribed course of visual arts study are invited to donate one piece of their two-dimensional artworks to the school’s collection.  The works by CBNA members of the Class of 2016 were displayed as a group exhibition during the summer at Barrington Family Practice and Walk-in Care and have returned to CBNA and will soon be on display in the upper foyer area in Pinkham Hall for 2016-2017 school year.  During the summer exhibit in Barrington, a special opportunity allowed patrons of the Family Practice to cast their votes for their favorite pieces.  Tammy Whitehouse, Office Manager, announced that Billie Pingree’s graphite and pen & ink drawing – Overwhelmed is the recipient of a $100 Visa gift card for receiving the most “People’s Choice” votes during the June to September exhibit.   Artists whose works have been donated include: Megan Elwell – the Lin Landscape – Gouache on Illustration Board; Arianna Gunderson – Wading for You – Acrylic on Canvas Board; Julia Harcourt – Xibalba – Digital B & W Photograph; Lily Hunt – Lush – Reverse Acrylic Painting on Glass; Samuel Koskela – Penni – Graphite on Paper; Ryu Kondrup – Disintegrating Island with Melting Red Tricycle – Acrylic on Canvas Board;  Hanna Marie – Emily the Flower Girl – Digital; Katherine Martel – Stairway of Mystery – Digital Photographs; Billie Pingree – Overwhelmed – Mixed Media – 20” x 16”; Julie Souryavong – Paper Adventures: A Self-Portrait – Digital Photographs.

Since the CBNA Permanent Art Collection started with the class of 1987, 288 pieces have been installed and are part of the school’s collection.  Congratulations recent graduates!