Monday, January 27, 2014

Brush Up Your Poetry!

Last year for the first time, we offered a one-day clinic for all NH school champions and alternate champions. We brought in professionals to lead workshop sessions with an eye to improving students’ performances at the semi-final and final Poetry Out Loud competitions, and as a way of introducing kids to one another and building a sense of camaraderie.

The event was such a success that we have committed to doing it again this year!

“Brush up your Poetry: a Recitation Workshop for NH Poetry Out Loud Champions” will take place at Holderness School in Holderness, NH (near Plymouth), from 2PM to 5PM on Sunday, February 23rd (snow date, Saturday, February 22nd—strange, but true). We have lined up some wonderful workshop leaders(including Rodger Martin, Jason Lambert, and NH Poet Laureate Alice Fogel!) and will provide light refreshments. Parents who drive their kids to Holderness can take advantage of shopping and cafés in nearby Plymouth. Teachers who attend are welcome to observe workshop sessions.

We’ll send out more information to each of our participating schools, but we hope you’ll put the date on your calendar right away! See you there!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Semi-Final Competitions

Hi everyone, Here is the list of Semi-Final Competition dates, locations, and assignments:

Southern New Hampshire University, Walker Auditorium, Frost Hall (Directions and campus map: www.snhu.edu/209.asp)
Friday, March 7th; 7pm Snow Date: Tuesday, March 11
- Academy for Science & Design
- Alvirne High School
- Derryfield School
- Goffstown High School
- Jesse Remington High School
- Making Community Connections Charter School
- Manchester Central High School
- Pembroke Academy
- Souhegan High School
- Timberlane Regional High School

Jean’s Playhouse, Lincoln (Formerly PaperMill Theater, Directions at http://www.papermilltheatre.org/directions/) Wednesday, March 5th; 7pm Snow Date: Wednesday, March 12
- Groveton High School
- Holderness School
- LinWood Public School
- Newfound Regional High School
- Plymouth Regional High School
- Profile High School
- Winnisquam Regional High School
- Woodsville High School

New England College, Simon Center (Directions at http://www.nec.edu/about-nec/directions-to-nec) Monday, March 10th; 7pm; Snow date Tuesday, March 11
- Bow High School
- Concord High School
- CONVAL High School
- High Mowing School
- Hollis Brookline High School
- Hopkinton Middle High School
- John Stark Regional High School
- Kearsarge High School
- Keene Public Library
- Raymond High School

University of New Hampshire, Hennessy Theater (Directions at www.unh.edu/unhedutop/map) Tuesday, March 4th; 7pm Snow date Thursday, March 6
- Coe Brown Northwood Academy
- Dover High School
- Exeter High School
- Kingswood Regional High School
- Newmarket High School
- Oyster River High School
- Portsmouth High School
- Prospect Mountain High School
- Somersworth High School
- Spaulding High School
- St Thomas Aquinas High School
- Winnacunnet High School

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Now That We're All Oriented...

Greetings all POL teachers! Jennifer and I feel like we’ve made big steps toward the Poetry Out Loud finals next March: we’ve finished the Teacher Orientations! Thanks to all who attended. It was a joy to meet you all, and you trained us as much as we trained you.

We still have a few meetings planned with teachers who couldn’t get to one of the orientations, and we stand ready to help those of you new to the competition. Call us! Write us! (Just don’t tweet me—the twittersphere is still alien territory to me.)

Most of you have the new Teacher’s Guides by now. We still have a few left over if any of you NEED more in order to make your POL school competition a flawless experience.

We are now recruiting our judges—never a dull moment here at NHPOL Central!

A number of dates to be aware of:

STUDENT POETRY CLINIC
Sunday, February 23rd – Holderness School, Plymouth (snow 2/22)

REGIONAL SEMIFINAL COMPETITIONS
March 4th - UNH, Durham (snow TBD)
March 5th – Jean’s Playhouse, Lincoln (snow 3/6/14)
March 7th – Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester (snow, 3/11/14)
March 10th – New England College, Henniker (snow, 3/11/14)

STATE FINAL COMPETITION
Thursday, March 13th - Statehouse, Concord (snow, 3/17/14)

‘til soon: Andrew

Friday, September 13, 2013

Important NH POL Dates to Know

With 31 schools now registered and our orientation and planning sessions scheduled, the new year for Poetry Out Loud is definitely underway!

Below, for your reference, some key dates to be aware of:

ORIENTATION SESSIONS: Required for all participating schools. Choose ONE:
- October 2, 2013, 1-4 pm, Holderness School
- October 11, 2013, 1-4 pm, PSU Graduate Studies, 2 Pillsbury St. Concord
- October 16, 2013, 5:30-8:30pm, Portsmouth Public Library, Hilton Garden Room
RSVP by Sept. 22nd, to Jenn Andrews: nhpol.assistant@gmail.com.

OTHER DATES
- November 1, 2013: Registration Deadline
- October, 2013 - February, 2014: NH POL 2013-2014 curriculum & competitions.
- February 16: Celebration and Clinic for all student champions and alternates (site TBD)
- February 21: Deadline for completing School Championships.
- February 24: Deadline for submitting school champion/alternates’ information.
- March 3-11: Regional Semi-Finals (specific dates/sites TBD).
- March 14: NH State Finals Championship, Concord, NH (snow date March 16)
- April 29-30: National Championship in Washington, DC.

More details about the program, plus many valuable resources may be found at the national Poetry Out Loud website at: www.poetryoutloud.org

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gearing Up for a New Year

Welcome to the 2013-2014 NH Poetry Out Loud program!

This year we say a regretful and appreciative goodbye to outgoing program coordinators, Cynthia Robinson and Arlene Taranow, who have worked hard to support the program over the past several years, with amazing results!

Our incoming Coordinator is Andrew Periale, and he will be assisted by Jenn Andrews (yours truly). If so inclined, you can learn more about our backgrounds by checking out the "staff bios" document posted in the column to the right of this post (below the photos).

That is also where you can see an overall description of the program nationally, this year's calendar, a hard copy of the registration form, and other key links.

If you know you will be participating this year, please go to our online registration form TODAY to reserve your school’s “spot” in the program; participation will be capped at 40 for all of NH (first-come, first-served), so don’t wait until the deadline (Nov.1).

We look forward to getting to know all of you, and working together in the months to come! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Semifinals Completed! Congrats to all!

Wow, it just never ceases to amaze me!
A whirlwind of semifinals events in the past week, but each one was unique and fabulous!
Your students did such a terrific job.

I wish they all could go on to the Finals, but, of course this is a competition...

The 2013 NH Poetry Out Loud Students going on to Finals are:


Dessaline Etienne, Goffstown High School
Emma Ridinger, Hopkinton Middle High School 
Kate Scheuch , Kearsarge Regional High School
Stephanie Bilodeau , Keene Public Library
David Gibson, Newfound Regional High School 
Collin McKinley, Newmarket High School
Dan Belshaw, Oyster River High School
Jacqueline Mazzone , Saint Thomas Aquinas High School 
Amanda Horrocks, Timberlane Regional High School     
Caitlin Pierson, Windham High School    
Alexandra Valliant, Woodsville High School





Tuesday, February 19, 2013

POL Student Clinic!

What a great event!
It was very cold and windy outside, but those students who braved the elements to make it to our first POL Student Clinic were rewarded with individual feedback, lots of info, and the chance to meet other competitors.

Arlene leads ice breaker

Students share fun info about themselves

Small group moments, sharing poems, giving each other feedback

Rodger has students stand with shoes off, to find ways to incorporate more of their bodies into their presentations

Rodger works with each student on interpreting their poems line by line.

Liz works with student on what to do with hands.

Jason introduces the plan for the afternoon

Jason gives feedback on each student's concerns

Break time - a moment to chat