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High school students, are you interested in seeing what it’s like to be a college student? Then look no further! Manchester Community College is hosting a Discovery Day on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. A variety of workshops will be offered on majors including automotive, early childhood education, engineering and robotics, exercise science, interior design, nursing, welding and more! FREE lunch will be provided along with information about financial aid, MCC Student Services, transfer opportunities and student life. For additional details or to register, please copy & paste the link
Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:44 AM
On Thursday, November 16, 2017 Elaina Boissoneau will be here from Empire Beauty School. Our high school students will have an opportunity to speak with her about the programs her school offers during second and third lunches. 
Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:44 AM
The Student Services Department would like to remind you that we will be hosting an Early College Planning presentation on Thursday, December 14 starting at 6:00 pm. The NHHEAF network organization’s Center for College Planning will be here to help guide families through the initial college process. This program is geared towards 9th and 10th grade students and their parents & guardians but we encourage 11th grade students and their parents & guardians to attend as well. We will also be hosting a College Overview for Juniors program on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:44 AM

The Center for College Planning will also be hosting a Destination College annual college convention for Juniors and their parents at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

This event is designed to help high school Juniors and their families prepare for entry into college. This annual statewide college preparation convention is held every spring through collaborative efforts between The NHHEAF Network Organizations and New Hampshire colleges and universities. All of the day's events are FREE to students and parents. Attendees will have access to a variety of free college planning workshops, student keynote speaker and have the opportunity to participate in scholarship raffles and attend a college fair.”
Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:44 AM

The Student Services Department will be hosting a College Overview for Juniors on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in the upper cafeteria starting at 6:00 pm. Val Castonguay from the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation’s Center for College Planning will be here to discuss how to narrow down and create a list of colleges, questions to ask on a college tour, college essay pointers, the application timeline, and the basics of financial aid.  This program is free, open to the public and no RSVP is required.  We encourage all Founders Academy high school juniors to attend however, all students and families are welcome. If you are not able to attend but are interested in learning about this program, feel free to view a PDF of the presentation, watch a previously recorded webinar or attend another presentation Most evening presentations are open to the public.

Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:43 AM

“opportunities to achieve mastery (80%+) every step of the way”


“students move ahead at the appropriate academic level regardless of age”


“high expectations, clearly and thoroughly stated”


“creative thought, student participation, and active engagement”


“creative aspect of education provides the challenge”


“extension activities with every major project”


“higher level thinking skills – synthesizing information”


“applying concepts to new situations”


“think critically and creatively using standards and rubrics”


“perform real-world tasks to demonstrate essential knowledge”


"focusing on primary sources"


"getting students to develop their own ideas"


"ability to think abstractly"


"using both formal Socratic seminars and Harkness table discussions"


"develop arguments in a competitive setting"


"reinforce at home what's learned at school"


"real world applications"


"synthesize information, rather than just retain or recite it"


"project based"


"draw connections"


"insights into the text"


"understand what they are reading"


"hands-on investigations and labs"


"collaborate with others in scientific investigations"

Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM

     "I can tell you that I love this school, it’s mission, and everything that it stands for.  I love it as a parent and as a teacher.  My son is very happy at The Founders Academy both because of its atmosphere and challenging academics.  The people I teach with are helpful, the administration is supportive, and the kids, which is what is all about, are wonderful.  I’ve worked at a lot of other schools which I have been happy at but here is where I have found my niche.   Here is where I have found my heart.

     Now does that mean that everything is perfect?  Absolutely not.  There will always be problems, disagreements, and conflicts.  No matter what classroom, family, school, or business, problems are always going to arise.  It is how we deal with these problems and how we work together that will determine if the outcome is positive or not.  Attitude is everything.

      We are still a brand new school, only 3 years old.  We have a lot of work ahead of us but we’ve also accomplished a lot of great things and have come a long way.  We’re on a path where the positives far outweigh the negatives and I know that I am not the only parent or teacher that feels this way.  I am excited and am looking forward to a very positive and productive year." 

Mrs. Moore
August 16, 2017

Posted by mmooney  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM
The question we asked teachers at Founders: "How do you exercise the teaching methods of project based learning, debates, and Harkness and Socratic style discussions in your classroom at The Founders Academy?" This blog post on the subject is a response from Ms. Small, a Writing Lab and English teacher.

Ms. Small:

I use project based learning to assess multiple skills in one project and encourages high level thinking and synthesizing of information. Projects with real world applications make schoolwork meaningful.

Harkness style discussions in my classroom encourage critical thinking and text-based analysis. I love this method of teaching because it transforms the work of making meaning into a collaborative, student-centered process. It also supports a positive classroom environment, where students encourage and support each other as thinkers and learners.
Posted by s.mortimer  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM
Today is the last day in the series we asked our teachers: "How do you exercise the teaching methods of project based learning, debates, and Harkness and Socratic style discussions in your classroom at The Founders Academy?" Today's post on the subject is from Ms. Fortier, a Founders art teacher.

Ms. Fortier:

I mostly practice Project Based Learning and the Harkness style of teaching in my classroom.  Here's how:

PBL: The nature of an art class is project based learning. Students investigate a part of art history and create a project based off of this. The hands-on art making process helps to reinforce information learned about art history. 
Harkness Method of Teaching: I practice the Harkness model of teaching in my classroom when we do formal critiques. Students present their work and all gather around in a circle around the work. They are encouraged to look at the piece from many angles and then we critique it discussing what is working and offering helpful suggestions. Many students have really found this to be helpful and fun. They encouraged and helped each other and they were given the opportunity for revision.
Posted by s.mortimer  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM
Today we add another blog post on the subject of teaching methods. Mrs. Strub, an art teacher at The Founders Academy, answers the question, "How do you exercise the teaching methods of project based learning, debates, and Harkness and Socratic style discussions in your classroom at The Founders Academy?"  

Mrs. Strub:

The majority of our Art class time focuses on project based learning. Prior to beginning a new project, I introduce the new topic of study and encourage the students to share their prior knowledge of what's being introduced. I ask open-ended questions to open a class discussion and help the students find ways to contribute. I explain that all questions are welcomed. I remind the students that no one should feel afraid to share and be "wrong" because it's through discussion, making mistakes and revisiting prior knowledge that we can attain greater knowledge to build upon.  

As we are working on projects in the class, we are continuously exploring how each person works with their materials to meet the project requirements. I foster ways in which each student may tap into their own individual strengths and creativity. I often encourage my students to ask each other questions and share their experiences. I explain that we are lucky to be able to all learn from each other. When I see a student reaching his / her goals and finding success, I ask them if it's alright to share with the class. This further opens up new discussions about their experience and the work they have done with their peers.
Posted by s.mortimer  On Aug 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM
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