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Farmington High joins NH Scholar Program

posted Mar 19, 2014, 2:03 PM by mjozokos@sau61.org   [ updated Mar 19, 2014, 2:04 PM ]

Farmington School District Selected to Participate in New Hampshire Scholars Initiative


Farmington School District has been selected to participate in a state and national initiative designed to better prepare students for success in higher education and the workforce through more rigorous academics in high school. 

Through the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative, Farmington schools are partnering with area business leaders to encourage more students to complete the state’s rigorous core course curriculum. Research has demonstrated that completing rigorous courses in high school is the strongest predictor of college and workplace success. 

“The school-business partnership is a unique dynamic that will enrich the learning of our students. Business leaders clearly understand that today’s students are their future employees. Our students can learn so much from them and the New Hampshire Scholars is smart to utilize these resources, “proclaims Steve Welford, Farmington School District Superintendent. 

The Farmington School District is the seventy-first (71st) school community chosen to participate in the third year of the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative because of its commitment to promoting rigorous academics and the strong partnership between the school system and local businesses.

New Hampshire Scholars Initiative and Farmington School District are looking for strong community business leaders to participate in the program. These business volunteers will be trained to deliver a presentation geared towards eighth graders and their future success.

Beginning this year, business volunteers will visit classes in Farmington High School. This coming spring, business leaders will reach eighth graders before students make their course selections for high school to explain the long-term benefits challenging academics play in their future career opportunities. Once students commit to being scholars, business and education partners will work together to develop incentives and academic supports to ensure these students complete the core course curriculum. 

“Collaboration between a school and the business community demonstrates an increased support system for students. When students hear local business professionals talk about the importance of gaining a high skill set, students listen, “says Tom Raffio, President, Northeast Delta Dental and New Hampshire Scholars business partner.

For more information on the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative, visit their website at: www.NHscholars.org