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Something to Bark About at St. Joe’s, Salem, NH!

We are excited about our Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D)!

Mrs. McCarthy, our St. Joe’s Guidance Counselor for 15 years at St. Joe’s, and her dog, Macs, have passed both the Pet Partners registered therapy dog evaluation and the R.E.A.D. Dog exam.





The R.E.A.D. dog program is a program designed for children who are having difficulty with fluency. The studies show that when these children read to a therapy dog with the handler present, they are able to increase their literacy skills. Research indicates that the children are better able to focus, are more relaxed and less intimidated, and have more fun reading to an animal.

Macs is a six year old Cockapoo who visits once a week to work with the students on their reading fluency. He is hypoallergenic, very friendly, and loves children.  Mrs. McCarthy will be keeping Macs with her in the designated R.E.A.D. room. He really enjoys his volunteer job and loves the new friends he has made at St. Joe’s!





Our Visit from NHHEAF

On February 3, 2016  Karen Collins, a college counselor from New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF), met with students in grade 2. NHHEAF believes in the importance of starting early to prepare for college and does presentations for both students and parents throughout New Hampshire. This year she brought a special guest, Allie Nault, who is Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. She is traveling all over the country volunteering with children to inspire them to be financially responsible.

 Mrs. Collins and Allie talked with the students about saving, sharing, and spending money. They also discussed the difference between “wants” and “needs.” When Allie quizzed them on their knowledge of the difference, they definitely showed her that they really do know the difference! Mrs. Collins gave the students “Moonjars” to keep at home to start thinking about how they use their money. The second grade had a wonderful time with Mrs. Collins and Allie. They asked great questions and were very polite! For more information about NHHEAF and their presentations, visit www.nhheaf.org.


“World Wide Wednesday” for Kindergarten

Because our faith is world wide! Kindergarten was representing England.

Jr. High Enrichment

Jr. High met for enrichment during the school year.  The Jr. High students worked on two collaborative engineering projects: building a shelter and building a tower to hold a marshmallow.


Visit from WMUR     

December 2015 – Our school had the honor of being visited by Mr. Kevin Skarupa, Meterologist from WMUR, Manchester, NH. He spoke to preschool through 8th Grade about weather. He also answered questions from the students and told them about their chances of a white Christmas. All classes seemed to enjoy his presentation and Kevin Skarupa is hoping to come back in March to play a weather game show with the school.
View the video here.