Upper School students are spending the day at Enterprise City. The Enterprise City programs were created to help schools deliver on society’s expectations of ensuring that students are fully prepared to take their place in the community and the workplace. The goal is to provide schools with a dynamic, effective and engaging curriculum, with real-world connections to lessons taught in the classroom. Students take on the adult roles of a city, such as judge and member of the police force, and run the city for the day. It is a great hands-on immersive experience.
Partnering with New Hampshire’s Fish and Game’s Aquatic Resources and with help from the Hampstead Academy PTO, we have embarked on a new project in our STEAM CENTER - Simulating a NH River Ecosystem. In order to study fish in a setting closer to a natural one, we filled our new fresh water fish tank with living plants, structure, and native fish. The fish were obtained during a field trip on April 15 with the assistance of our friends from the NH Fish and Game. The “Let’s Go Fishing” class took the trip to Concord with volunteer Peter Vaillancourt and teacher Pete Demeritt who were equipped with the necessary gear to bring back a few live fish for our new tank. During the trip, students observed Fish and Game professionals retrieving specimens for use in some upcoming “Wild New Hampshire” displays. It was fascinating to watch the process of electrofishing along a small section of the Merrimack River and students were able to retrieve native fish for their project. Additionally, students were armed with mason jars to collect riverside insects for study and use in the new tank. Special thanks to Matt Carpenter F&G, Ben Nugent F&G, Judy Tumosa Aquatics/F&G, Peter Vaillancourt HA volunteer, Pete Demeritt, HA teacher, and Bonnie Roberts HA science teacher.