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Jun 15

Timberlane Awarded Georgie Boy Grant

The Timberlane Regional School District is the recipient of the New Hampshire Health and Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion grant.  The district refers to this grant as the “Georgie Boy” grant.  This $100,000 grant has been secured through the collaborative efforts of Charlie George, Community member sponsor, Senator Morse, Representative for the Town of Atkinson, Kathleen Dayotis, principal of the Atkinson Academy School, Atkinson Police Chief Albert Brackett, Director of Student Services, Susan Rasicot, Student Assistance High School Program professional, Tim Lena, Student Assistance Middle School Program professional, Kelley Binette and Barry Chooljian, Director of School Counselors.

The grant has provided several programs to support youth in leading a healthy lifestyle.  The grant supported the training of community police officers and elementary school teachers in L.E.A.D. training.  This program promotes the prevention of drug and alcohol misuse in the schools as well as the community.  The elementary school students have been able to attend after school programming to develop new interests.  Some of those interests include: Lego club, Games club, Zumba club, and Slime club.  After school programming has been successful and well received by the students.

At the high school level students were able to hear Justice Broderick share the “Five Signs of Mental Illness as well as the latest program initiative, R.E.A.C.T., Recognize the signs of emotional suffering, Express concern and offer support, Act now and talk to someone you trust-parent, teacher, coach, relative, friend, doctor, Care enough to follow through and follow up, Text SIGNS to 741-741 or call 603-448-4440.  Another promotion was for community and family members to attend a Mock Teenage Bedroom presentation.  Over the summer, future events include Adventurelore, and Evidence based training sessions for Parents are planned in the fall.    During Alcohol awareness month, high school students were able to film a Fatal Realty production that is posted on our website.  Students also participated in Sticker Shock to raise awareness regarding legal drinking age.

This grant also supports grandparents in the district who may be court appointed to care for their grandchildren.  This program is known as P.A.S.T.A., Parenting A Second Time Around.  This is a collaborative effort with our Sandown facilitator, Sergeant Aurie Roy.  Grandparents are able to learn about a variety of topics including child development, discipline and guidance, and rebuilding families.  Attendance at these workshops is growing in numbers.

The Timberlane Regional School district wishes to thank Charlie George and his family for all of their efforts to bring this grant to completion.  A special thanks to all of the participants in the development and support of the future activities to come.

A ceremony acknowledging the support of Senator Morse and the George family will be held at Atkinson Academy on June 18th.

June 15, 2018

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Jun 11

A Message From the School Chair and Vice Chair Regarding Bullying

At their June 7th board meeting, the Timberlane Regional School Board received a report of alleged bullying at one of the district elementary schools.  The matter was immediately forwarded to District administrators and is currently under review by way of the established process for addressing bullying complaints, as defined by state law and school district policy. The Superintendent is also monitoring the process.

This notice is to inform Timberlane parents as well as members of the public that the School Board, the Superintendent of Schools, and District administrators take reports of bullying seriously. The District is committed to promoting anti-bullying preventative strategies to ensure that each student is provided a safe learning environment and, to that end, has sponsored numerous anti-bullying initiatives.  Staff members undergo anti-bullying training, student receive instruction on anti-bullying, and community awareness measures are undertaken as evidenced by a recent anti-bulling presentation by the Timberlane Parents Advisory Forum (

“I encourage students to speak to their teachers,  guidance counselors or building principals with any questions or concerns they might have about bullying or harassment, as our educational team is ready and prepared to assist our students in a variety of areas.” –   Sue Sherman, School Board Chair

Sue Sherman, School Board Chair

Kelly Ward, School Board Vice Chair


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Jun 08

Competitive Grant Awarded to Timberlane Schools

The Timberlane Regional School District is proud to announce it has been awarded a competitive grant under ESSA Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE).

In March 2018, the New Hampshire Department of Education presented a one-million dollar competitive grant opportunity to school districts throughout the state of New Hampshire.   The grant and funding guidelines under Title IV-A required grant writers to craft proposals that sustain evidence-based practices that support personalized educational experiences, student wellness, and effective uses of technology.

District administrator and Grants Project Manager, Mrs. Christi Michaud, engaged a team of district and school level administrators to carefully prepare the $92,000 project application that was recently awarded to serve PreK-12 students of the Timberlane Regional School District in the 2018-2019 school year.

Project activities include NGSx Science training for Timberlane educators, afterschool Science camps and materials for elementary students, an adventure ropes course, and consulting services to assist the district in developing a district-wide Systems of Care.  All activities are intended to build connections between social, emotional, academic learning and growth, and physical fitness.

It was reported by the NH Department of Education that over 4 million dollars of grant proposals were submitted.  We are extremely proud to be a recipient of those moneys and look forward to the implementation of this grant award,” says Mrs. Christi Michaud.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Earl Metzler adds, “We are most appreciative of the work involved to secure this grant by Mrs. Michaud and the Timberlane team. Their efforts to seek additional revenue sources that enhance our programs and offerings for our students are commendable.”

Further information regarding the ESSA Title IV, Part A grants can be found at

June 8, 2018

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May 27

Memorial Day Remembrance


Let us take a moment to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and extend our thanks and appreciation to our “Blue Star” and “Gold Star” military families for their service. – Dr. Earl Metzler  





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May 15

Timberlane Students Take Top 3 in Region for NH Essay Contest

The Timberlane Regional School District is pleased to boast three State winners in the Statewide Bicentennial Essay Contest, an event sponsored by the New Hampshire State House Bicentennial Commission (NHSHBC). The contest is open to children between the ages 5-21 who reside in New Hampshire and are a public, private or home schooled student in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Each school in the Timberlane District participated in this event. The top three essays for each division were sent along to the regional judging panel and were judged with other work from South Central schools in towns such as Bedford, Salem, Merrimack, and Hudson.

The topic of this year’s theme was, “The New Hampshire State House and its Meaning Today.” Essays were judged on content knowledge, responsiveness to the question, idea development, and writing mechanics.
We are pleased to announce the three Timberlane Statewide Winners as:

  • Atkinson Academy student Michael Chambers has taken home the first place honors in the statewide Bicentennial Essay Contest, for the Elementary Division ages 5-11.
  • Timberlane Middle School student James Collins has taken home the second place honors in the statewide Bicentennial Essay Contest, for the Middle School Division ages 11-14.
  • Timberlane Regional High School student Cam Magner has taken home the second place honors in the statewide Bicentennial Essay Contest, for the High School Division ages 15-21.

All winners are invited to the Governor’s and Council’s Chamber at the NH State House in Concord on Wednesday, May 16th, as they will be recognized by Governor Sununu, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Roxanne Wilson adds, “We are very proud of these students and the statewide recognition they have received in their essays. It is a testament to their knowledge of State history, and their ability to effectively communicate in a noteworthy essay. We value these authentic essay contests in our District and congratulate Michael, James, and Cam.”

“Congratulations to some of Timberlane’s best and brightest! We are proud of the work of these students and recognize their many successes are a result of their hard work and the support of their families and school community.” – Dr. Earl Metzler, Superintendent

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