Congratulations to Alexander Maurier

geographyBeeEvery year students in grades 4-8 at Inter-Lakes compete in the National Geographic Geography Bee.  Students test their knowledge on a wide range of questions related to geography. In December, nine finalists competed to be the Inter-Lakes School winner.  After a spirited competition, eighth grader Alexander Maurier distinguished himself as the school champion.
Alexander went on to take a written test in an attempt to qualify for the National Geographic State Geography Bee.  I am pleased to announce that Alexander was successful and will represent Inter-Lakes at the state level at Keene State College on April 6th for the second consecutive year.  Congratulations and good luck to Alexander when he competes at the State Bee.

springsportsSign-ups are taking place for spring sports for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Seventh and eighth grade students can sign-up in Student Support Services. Sixth grade students can sign up with their sixth grade homeroom teacher to participate in track. Track is open to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Only students in seventh and eighth grade can sign up for baseball or softball. To be eligible to participate on the first day of practice, students must be registered online to the athletic director by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd. The first practice date is set for Monday, March 26th. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on March 20, 2018 with Athletic Director Jeff Cloos for all parents and student athletes who have not attended the parent meeting this year. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the I-L Community Auditorium.

roboticsThis year Inter-Lakes Middle Tier received a grant to create a VEX robotics team for fifth and sixth graders. There was so much interest that four teams were actually created. The groups are preparing to compete in this years VEX IQ challenge called Ringmaster.  Ringmaster is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field. There are multiple stages to the competition. For the first stage, two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, where students will need to program the robot to drive through the course on its own. The object of the game is to attain the highest score by Scoring colored Rings on the Floor Goal and on Posts, by having Uniform Posts, by Emptying Starting Pegs, and by Releasing the Bonus Tray.

TIGER Logo2016You might ask what is TIGER? “TIGER (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility) is a powerful and exciting collaboration between the Integrated Arts and Counselor Education graduate programs at Plymouth State University.  TIGER is a professional theatre company designed to help children, schools, parents, and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today.  Based entirely upon the anonymous writings of school children, a TIGER performance incorporates live actors, theatre, movement, and music to engage school audiences from K-12. By using childrens’ own words, TIGER enables children to hear their own voices as they step back from the experiences of bullying and the intolerance of individual differences to move into more positive social interactions at school and in their community” (

The Inter-Lakes School District will be introducing a new instructional program in sixth grade entitled Too Good for Drugs. This instructional program was developed by the nonprofit organization Law Enforcement Against Drugs and supported by the Mendez Foundation. In the past, students at both Sandwich and Inter-Lakes experienced the D.A.R.E. program. More recently, our guidance counselor, Ms. Spiro has taught Project ALERT lessons to our students which addressed positive choices and substance abuse.
I am sure you know that New Hampshire, along with every other state in the country, is dealing with the significant challenges presented by the Opioid crisis. This crisis presents a significant health risk to all of us. Parents and educators are concerned about the potential impact to children. As a school, we are taking every possible measure to educate our children and families to this ongoing health threat.

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