Amidst an outpouring of community love and a proclamation from the Governor, Principal Rick Matthews retired on Friday during an all-star affair held at New Boston Central School. Students, parents, volunteers, faculty, and visiting artists from as far away as Ohio all gathered to celebrate the 26 years that Mr. Matthews devoted to one of the most outstanding elementary schools in NH.
Matthews was always a very accessible Principal, and Friday found him cruising the halls greeting students by name, welcoming visiting graduates, and clearly enjoying these last carefree moments. “It’s just been great,” he exclaimed. “I was told early in my career to surround myself with good people, and the people in New Boston have been the best!”
Although difficult to pick a favorite year, Matthews did reflect on on the highs and lows at NBCS. “The hardest year was 1989. We had a serious budget crisis and the court ordered the School Board to rebuild the entire budget. Everyone, the staff, the parents, the community, had to give serious reflection on what kind of school we wanted to be. But 2003 was the high point, when we realized what a good job we’d done. That was the year we won the School of Excellence Award! Starting in 2004 the “ED”ies Committee added Integrated Arts programs to their rubric, based on the NBCS model.”
The NBCS Integrated Arts program has been a huge success for many years, and Friday’s event included several of the Artist In Residence participants who have taught there over the years. 38 workshops were scheduled in a variety of music and craft disciplines, offered free by the artists who flocked back to the school to celebrate with Matthews. The Goffstown High School Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Choir- including many NBCS grads- were in attendance, and Mrs. McNish’s 4th grade boys were wriggling with excitement over the saxophones and trombones.
Physical Education teacher Jackie Moulton presented Matthews with a framed Proclamation from Governor Lynch, attesting that June 10, 2011, would be Rick Matthews Day in New Hampshire in recognition of his Integrated Arts and Academic programs. The Senate also extended their congratulations, and hand-delivered their best wishes along with a NH State Flag that was flown over the State House on May 27.
Matthews began his career in Bow, and joined the New Boston Central School as Principal in 1984. Always an “awesome” leader, it turns out Matthews was also an awesome Big Bird, Cat in the Hat, Waldo, and many more costumed characters throughout the years. It is expected that he will now be the awesome biker in your rear view window, as he cruises his new Harley up to Crotched Golf Course. NBCS will carry his academic imprint successfully into the future as they wish him all the best on his new ride!
Artists in residence will return to New Boston Central School on June 10 for an Art Celebration Day.
Resident artists include well-known children's author Marty Kelley, former New Hampshire poet-laureate Marie Harris and African drummer Steve Ferraris. An artist-in-residence program allows students to have hands-on experience of a variety of art forms in a planned, long-term project.
Jon Brooks, a New Boston resident and internationally recognized wood sculptor and furniture maker, was the 2006-07 artist-in-residence for fourth-grade students. His project, "Ideas Grown in Nature," involved students gathering saplings or branches, and creating unique and expressive figures. One of Brooks' pieces donated to New Boston Central School is currently on display at the Currier Musem of Art in Manchester.
The Art Celebration Day is celebrating 26 years of continued support of the arts by retiring principal Rick Matthews. His vision and community support have recognized and validated the importance of the arts in education, while keeping costs to a minimum.
For details on the Art Celebration Day, contact Rick Matthews at 487-2211
The New Boston Central School PTA announces its annual college scholarship for $1,000. new Boston residents who will be graduating high school before July 1, 2011, and pursuing a career in teaching are eligible. Additionally, the candidates must have attended new Boston Central School for at least one year. Applications and complete details are available at the Goffstown High School Guidance Office and at the New Boston library. Deadline to apply is May 6.
New Boston Central School students are still collecting "School" stories for their 2010-2011 Artist in Residence program, "School Daze.' This theatrical production will be scripted from your stories, and performed by the 5th grade students under the direction of Bill Wightman.
They are collecting funny, interesting and unique stories about your personal experiences that you may have had at, or with, New Boston Central School. Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, volunteers, seniors, community members and retired staff- we want to hear from you!
With the students and staff of new Boston Central School contributing their stories, along with yours (and we are sure you have some to tell!) we will have quite the production! Thank you to those people that have already contributed.
Stories can be any length and can be in any format that is convenient for you: email, hand written or phone conversation and sent by February 1, 2011 to: Judy Keefe, Art teacher, New Boston Central School, New Boston, NH 03070; call, 487-2211, ext. 346; e-mail email@example.com.
The show, "School Daze," will be performed on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillsborough County 4-H Youth Center.
-Judy Keefe courtesy of the New Boston Bulletin, pg. 17
All bus routes for the Goffstown, Dunbarton, and New Boston School Districts are now posted on the website (www.goffstown.k12.nh.us). Please review the routes carefully, as some have changed since last year.
Please vote for New Boston Central School as we are in the
running for a $500,000 grant from Kohls. We have the application and
essay in and Kohls has confirmed our application. You are welcome to
submit your ideas on the site for the use of the money too.
Anyone 13+ can vote so tell everyone including your out of state family and friends
Click on the above link or go to:
and choose Kohls Cares, Search for New Boston Central School, New
Boston, NH (be sure it is our school in New Boston, NH as there are
other schools with our name) and then vote.