Project EXTRA

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September 2015

The excitement of after school in Laconia has arrived! As we welcome new students and welcome back many others, we will continue to design programs that reinforce Common Core State Standards, offer wrap around supports through Restorative Practice, and provide afterschool dinners at each of the Project EXTRA school sites.

Woodland Heights

Woodland Heights Project EXTRA will be practicing PBIS in the after school arena. We will be directly following school day expectations and language, teaching and re-teaching student expectations in various parts of the building (i.e. the cafeteria, hallways, classrooms, recess areas, bathrooms, computer labs, and the library). The hope is that by following school day practices we will help foster the positive atmosphere after school that has been strongly established during the school day. I must say, after our first week that theory is proving to be true. Our students are doing wonderfully and the trend does not seem to be slowing!

Go Wildcats!

Jake Colby

Pleasant Street

Pleasant Street School Project EXTRA students and teachers are so excited to participate in the program this year. The first week was spent cycling 62 registered students through three different enrichment activities Monday through Thursday. The students were able to sample activities like Yoga, Volleyball, Drama, Spanish and Computers, to name a few.

To maintain continuity, PBIS practices will continue to be reinforced during Project EXTRA. Students will be reminded of appropriate behaviors while using the rest room, riding the bus, eating snack, and playing outside on the playground.

As the new program coordinator at Pleasant Street School, I am very excited about the year ahead! Patricia Quinn

Elm Street

Welcome back! We are so happy to be back here at ESS for another fun filled year of Project EXTRA.

This year’s theme at Elm is ‘Into the Past’. Our enrichments this year will be geared around history and how our past dictates our future. We will be learning different methods of research used throughout history, along with where some of our favorite pastimes originated from. There is so much that we will be able to learn this year and it all begins with a little history!

Aja Montague

Laconia Middle School

Project Extra is back in full force at LMS! Students will spend their fall session Board Gaming with Ms. Gammon, Walking with Ms. Tivey, Learning a new instrument with Mr. Cardin, Improvisation with Mrs. Sims, Computer Mapping with Ms. Hardcastle, and Computing with Mr. Kite! As always we are joining the Boys and Girls Club for the last hour (5-6) on M-Th and full afternoons on Fun Fridays. We are sure to fall into our routine in no time!

Nick Resca

Katie Theberge

Katie Theberge, incoming freshman at Laconia High School, was nominated by Program Director, Christine Gingerella to represent Project EXTRA at the 21st CCLC 2015 Student Voices Project, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). Katie is one of 7 students nationally selected to participate in this program with her first meeting being the 21st CCLC Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas.

Students participating in the Student Voices Project will be asked to comitt to two yearly events and to accomplish the goals set out during the first meeting. The Department of Education will track Katie’s academic, social, and community service activities to show the great work that is done within her school and community using her success to inspire other youth. Being a Student Voices Project participant will have a profound effect socially and emotionally not only for Katie but for thousands of other students within afterschool programs as she helps to enhance and encourage afterschool programming.

The Student Voices Project meetings will provide structured groups that are designed to emphasize the individual student while capitalizing on their experiences and suggestions for developing and maintaining “fresh” afterschool programs. The activities will help motivate other children to stay involved in afterschool programs.

Katie has been a very involved participant in Project EXTRA afterschool and summer programs since 2006. She represents her peers by being an active and vocal advocate for afterschool programming. Katie is a valuable member of the Project EXTRA Advisory Board and meets regularly with the Superintendent, City Mayor, Principals, Directors of our local community based organizations, High School students, Teachers, and family members.

For more information: contact Christine Gingerella, Program Director at (603) 455-2896.

Looking Ahead

~No Program October 9th or 12th

~We will participate in the Pumpkin Festival as our Lights On Afterschool activity on Saturday October 24th

Project EXTRA- Laconia School District

Christine Gingerella

Program Director

524-5710 ext. 1008



Beth Vachon

Assistant Program Director

524-5710 ext. 1014


Tami Horan

Administrative Assistant

524-5710 ext. 1010


39 Harvard Street Laconia NH 03246


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