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REPORT



OF THE



SUPERINTENDING SCHOOL COMMITTEE,



LEE, N. H.,



FOR THE VEAK ENDING MARCH, 2, 1§64.



DOVER:
PRESS OF G. H. & S. E. TWOMBLY.

1864.



REPORT



OT THI



SUPERINTENDING SCHOOL COMMITTEE,



LEE, N. H.,



FOR THE ¥EAI2 E.^DIIVG I7I.4RCH, 2, 18C4.



D \' E R :
PPvKSS OF G. II. A; S. ]•;. 'I WOMBLY.

1SG4.



REPORT.



The town is well aware that your present Superintend-
ing School Committee was appomted to take the place of
our honored and respected friend Moses A. Cartland,
whose fame as an Educator is a "■ nation's boast, and his
glory as the ethereal fire."

I cannot let the present pass without one word of trib-
ute to him who has spent his whole life in the cause of
education and the good of mankind, and in his death the
family not only sustains an irreparable loss, but our social
greetings, neighborhood and town. Oh, Death, thou
hast all seasons for tliy coming, whether in the days of
youth or old age, and all people bow with obedience from
the monarch seated upon his lofty throne, to the poor
and humble peasant. Thou art like a bee that goes from
flower to flower, gathering its sweets, and departs, leaving
them to decay.

I have attended to the dutiesassigned me as Superin-
tending School Committee, and submit to the town of
Lee the following Report of the condition of our Schools
during the past year, and in so doing I state what I be-
lieve to be their real condition. The different districts,
in the main, have been very fortunate in securing go od
and competent teachers to take charge of their Schools.
It is not every one that has an education that is fit for a
teacher ; we want those who are "apt to teach," that have
an ability to awaken an interest in the pupils, and stimu-
late them to a greater effort for improvement.



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DISTRICT No. 1.
Charles H. Layn, Committee. Amouut of School mon-
e}^, $100,51. Summer Term — Miss Kate Hamilton of
Lee, Teacher. Although this was her first experience at
" School keeping" she proved herself a good disciplinari-
an. Sickness has been a great hindrance to the progress
of the School, and with so many absent, and six weeks
vacation, they did not exjiibit as great proficiency as they
otherwise would. But the teacher labored hard and
earnestly for the welfare of her pupils, and is entitled to
much credit. With more experience and a better house
she undoubtedly will make an .excellent teacher. Suc-
cess to her in future. The teacher reports but one case
of whispering during the term.

Length of School in weeks, 12.. 'b -
Whole number of Scholars, 14.
Average attendance, 11.

The Winter Term was taught by Mr. David H. Wright
of Westminster, Vermont. Your Committee regards Mr.
Wright (who passed a good examination) as a teacher
whose amiable and kind demeanor would generally ac-
quire the regards of his pupils. He seemed ambitious to
discharge his duty faithfully, and the School appeared
very well under his charge. Yet a little more rigor in
discipline would have been better. If the conduct of
some of the scholars at the closing examination be taken
as an example of their general deportment in School, the
proficiency attained on their part must be small.
Length of School in weeks, 7 1-5.
Whole number of Scholars, 2G.
Average attendance, 21.

DISTRICT No. 2.
Joseph Jones, Prudential Committee. Amount of
School money, $125,76. Miss Francena J. Sawyer of
Lee had the care of the Summer Term. Miss Sawyer



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enters upon her work with a whole heart, earnest and
" wide awake." The pupils endeavored with their teach-
er to make this an interesting School. In her report she
says, "■ I am happy to say that this term has been an ex-
ceeding pleasant one, the scholars have been very studi-
ous and have tried to gain a thorough knowledge of the
various branches pursued, as far as the shortness of the
term would permit." Several in this district are reported
as not having whispered during the term.

Length of School in weeks, 10.

Whole number of Scholars, 19.

Average attendance, 11.

The Winter tez-m is being taught by Mr. Edwin J. Rob-
erts of Barnstead, N. H. The term will be about sixteen
weeks. Yiw Roberts labors industriously and earnestly
for the advancement of his pupils, and I think his efforts
have been very successful. The improvement made in
the various branches pursued has been very good.

Whole number of Scholars 33.

DISTRICT Xo. 3.

Thomas J. Otis, Prudential Committee. Amount of
money, $44,88. Bnt one term during the year. This was
taught by Mr. Warren G. Sanborn of New Market, with
good success. The improvement in the various branches
taught was very satisfactory, and the interest manifested
really encouraging. The order was very commendable.

Length of School in weeks, G 1-2.

Whole number of Scholars, 15.

Average attendance, 13.

DISTRICT No. 4.

Reuben M. Osborne, Prudential Committee. Amount
of School money, $95,84. The Summer term was under
the instruction of Miss Annie M. Plumer, who we think
worked hard for the good of her pupils. The examination





sliowed a good degree of progresid ana gaiueJ luuch credit
to teacher and scholars. The general deportment was
siuch as to merit approbation.

Length of School in weeks, 12.

Whole number of Scholars, 35.

Average attendance, 31 1-2.

The Winter term was taught by Micis Annie L. Thomp-
son of Candia. The examiuatiou of the teacher, although
there was a lack in promptness in some of the branches
required, was generally satisfactory. This term for the
district has not been a very profitable one, though the
teacher at the different visits of your Committee seemed
disposed to do her duty. This school was not the place
for her. She had taught liere before and, knowing some-
thing of what she had to contend with, should not have
engaged it a second time. Several scholars left before
the school closed ; consequently the closing examination
was not as praiseworthy as it might otherwise have been,
though some of the classes showed a good degree of
improvement.

Length of School in weeks, 12.

Whole number of Scholars, 3L

Average attendance, 25.

DISTRICT No. 5.

David S. Jenkins, Prudential Committee. Amount of
School money, $75, 05. But one term in this district. —
The services of Miss Belinda S. Bunker of Rye were se-
cured for this term, who is an able and experienced teach-
er. She labored hard for the good of her pupils and with
great success. In her report she says : — " This school has
been a very pleasant one, and I can say it has been a pleas-
ure instead of a task while teaching it."

The closing examination passed off very pleasantly, the
order good and progress made highly satisfactory.

Length of School in weeks, 15 1-2.

Whole number of Scholars, 20.

Average attendance, 15.



BIslTRICT No. 6.

B. Dow Mathes, Prudential Commit fee. Amount of
School money, $114-,76. The Summer term was taught by
Miss Anna Tuttle of Nottingham. This School with
v'^ome of the rest was not visited by your Committee at
the commenceraeut. The scholars were mostly small, but
at the closing examination gave evidence of their havin g-
made good progress under Miss Tnttle's instruction. Tho
order was very good, scholars obedient and studious.

Length of School in weeks, 11.

Whole number of" Scholars, 22.

For the Winter term this district was very fortunate in
securing the services of Miss Laura A. Norpjs of Notting-
ham, by whose arduous labors the school made rapid pro-
gress. She spared no pains to make the school-room a
delightful place, — was very zealous in her vocation, and
seemed to impart life to all around her. The scholars
were orderly and attentive to their studies. The various
exercises on the board were quite interesting and highly
commendable. Several of the parents were present at
the examination which indicates that they have an interest
in the welfare of the school.

Length of School in weeks, 10 1-2.

Whole number of»Scholars, 20.

Average attendance, 15 1-2.

DISTRICT No. 7.

Benjamin Y. Piper, Prudential Committee. Amount of
School money, $95,90. Sarah 0. Haley Teacher. This
School appeared very pleasant and happy. The scholar.^
seemed interested and desirous of improvement. Miss
Haley is very devoted to her task and appears perfectly
at home, — commands respect and maintains good order
by the "cords of love," instead " of the rod of correction,"
which is preferable by for. Witli a little more experience



she will rank among our first teachers. The examination
was quite satisfactory.

Length of School in weeks, 11.

Whole number of Scholars, 23.

Average attendance, 15 6-10.

The Winter term was under the instruction of Mr. B.
Van Dame, wlioso reputation as a competent teacher has
been favorably known in former years. The teacher re-
marks that ''the general deportment of this school is above
the average of such schools — that the scholars have been
very respectful and obedient." Mr. Van Dame labored hard
to do his duty faithfully and the examination showed that
his " labor has not been in vain."

Length of School in weeks, 10.

Whole number of scholars, 25.

Average attendance, 18 31-50.

I wish that parents would bear in mind that the appro-
priation for the support of our Schools is for the good of
their children, and they should not be allowed to be ab-
sent one day if it can well be avoided. Irregular attend-
ance has been a great hindrance to the progress of our
Schools in years past, and during the past year they have
suffered a great deal from this cause. They should also
consider that our Schools are, in a ^'eat measure, what
they make them, and the labor of teachers will be in vain
unless they can have their co-operation.

Too man}'- scholars go to school expecting the teacher
to do all the work, — then if they do not make as great
proficiency as is desirable, the teacher is found fault with,
does not do his duty, <fec. This is very much like the
course of some persons, who, because they pay the min-
ister, expect him to do all the praying.

GEORGE E. DURGIN, Sup'g School Com.

Lee, March 2, 1864.





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