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HamUton Smith






The School Committee of Lee hereby respectfully submit to the
Town their Annual Report.

Your Committee entered upon the performances of their duties
with a deep sense of their importance, and with the earnest deter-
mination to act with strict justice and impartiality, under whatever
circumstances they might be placed. And they have endeavored
to discharge these duties to the best of their abilities, and with a
strong desire to promote the prosperity and success of the Com-
mon Schools of our Town.

Attendance and Influence of Parents.

Irregularity of attendance is one of the most common as well
as one of the gi'eatest difficulties with which the teachers in this
town have to contend. We doubt very much if the parents are
aware of the magnitude of the evil, or realize its injurious effects.
Children may undoubtedly be trained to love the occupation of
the school-room as well as they love their sports. In training
them thus, parental influence and parental clTorts are indispensa-
ble. In order to contribute their share in producing such a result,
liarents should carefully watch the pi'Ogress of their children day
by day ; they should give them aid in their studies in every proper
way ; they should counsel ajid encourage them ; they should inter-
est themselves in every thing that concerns the welfare of the
schools and should make frequent visits to it. To this last sug-
gestion the Committee wish to call special attention. If parents
could be induced to go occasionally to the school-room, and see
their cliildren as they are engaged in their ordinary exercises, the
character of the school would in this way, better than any other,
become truly and fully understood, the interest of the parents
themselves in it would be quickened, the scholars would be grati-
fied and encouraged, and the teacher would feel additional induce-


ments to exertion. These it is fully believed, are some of the good
efiects which would result from frequent parental visitation.

In presenting a report of this character, it cannot be expected
that either the merits or the defects of eveiy teacher or of every
school, will be presented with mathematical precision. There is
neither time nor space for such a work. The Committee can only
give their general impression of the labors of the Teacher and the
character of the school. These impressions, we think, will not
differ very widely from the actual state of things. They are the
same probably that any other mind would have fonned having the
same means of information. At any rate, if they should assist to
encoui'age and stimulate the teachers in the discharge of their re-
sponsible duties, incite the parents and citizens generally to feel a
deeper interest in the subject of Common School Education, raise
the schools of our town to a higher standard of excellence, and
promote their future success and prospei-ity, then will the promi-
nent purpose of this repoi't have been attained.

District No. l.-Turnpike.

This school commenced on the 16th of October, only one term.
Length of term sixteen weeks. Whole number attending school,
33 ; average attendance, 21 ; instances of tardiness, 67 ; of dismis-
sal, 18. Best record Martha A. Layn ; Aimie L. Layn, absent, 1 ;
John P, Buzzell, tardy, 2, dismissed, 1 ; GeorgiannaM. Sewall and
Emma E. D. Buzzell tardy, 2. Isabella F. Demeritt, of Lee,
teacher. This school is one of that character in which the exer-
tions and faithfulness of a teacher do not show to so good advan-
tage as in some others. The iri'egularity of attendance retarded
its success and prosperity. Parents cannot expect that their chil-
dren will make any marked progress under the most perfect system
of dicipline and instruction so long as they are not sent to the school
to receive its advantages. Although Miss Demeritt labored under
these discouraging circumstances, yet the examination gave evi-
dence that her labors were eminently successful.

A. G. HoiTT, Prudential Committee.

District No. 2, - Mast Head. "^

Summer Term, nine weeks. Number of scholars, 32; average
attendance, 24; instances of tardiness, 57; of dismissal, 12. Best
record Ellen M. Jones, Lavina D. Chesley, Theresa R. Chesley, I.
Frank Bartlett, Addie Chesley. Arthur Chesley was neither late
or absent.


"Winter Term, nine weeks. Number of scholars, 32; average
attendance, 23; instances of tardiness, 46; of dismissal 19. Best
record Ellen Caverno, neither late, absent or dismissed. Teacher
summer term, Evilyn Ober, of Haverliill, Mass. At the beginning
of the school the teacher labored under some disadvantages aris-
ing mainly from the fact that she succeeded one who had been a
successful and most acceptable teacher. Although herself a good
teacher, she failed for a time to gain the confidence of her scholars,
so necessary for success. But the labor of the teacher was not in
vain for most of the school made vexy fair improvement.

Teacher of winter tex-m, Dwight T. Bartlett. This was his first
expexiexxce in teachiixg ; he has not been able to ax-ouse and keep
alive among his pupils that active intex-est and earnest love for
study and for school that are indispensable to x-apid advancement.
Only about half the school were pi*esent at its exhibitioxi. There
were some however who had made good progress.

John Bartlett, Pi-udexxtial Coxixmittee.

District No. 3.- Wednesday Hill.

Length of school six and one-half weeks, only one tex-m. Wliole
number attending, 11; average attendaxxce, 10; instances of tax-di-
ness, 36; of dismissal 1. Emma A. Pex-kins, of Newmarket,
teacher. Miss Pex-kins is a good schojar axid has had coixsidex-able
experience as a teacher. She seems to thx-ow herself on a sense of
honor and x-ight in the minds of her scholax-s and take it for gx-anted
that they ai-e willing to obey. Bxxt it was evident at the com-
mencement that she had some discoixx-aging elements to contend
against. Many of the lax-ge boys wex-e disposed to be idle and dis-
orderly, but the teacher succeeded iix a measixx-e iix overcoming
this obstacle. Notwithstandixxg the xxxikiixd tx-eatment that she re-
ceived fx-omsome of the scholars, seldoxn does aix exaxiiinatioxx give
better evidence of a teachers ixxterest axxd faitlxfixlness tliaxx the-one
witnessed at the close of this school.

Joseph E. Jenivxns, Px-udential Committee.

District No. 4. - Hill.

Summer Term, nine weeks. Whole nixmber attexxdiixg, 27 ; av-
erage attexidance, 25 1-2 ; ixxstances of tax-dixiess, 27 ; of dismissal,
6. Best recox-d Fx-axik P. Pahner, Daniel G. Buzzell, John S. Bart-
lett, Ezra Bartlett, Fx-ank B. Comings, Amaxxda Thompson, Bessie
McQuestion, neither late, dismissed or absexxt.


"Winter Term, eight and four-fifths weeks. Whole number at-
tending, 33 ; average attendance, 31 ; instances of tardiness, 32 ;
of dismissal, 19. Best record John S. Bartlett, George J. Thomp-
son, Ezra Bartlett, Freddie Comings, Samuel Bartlett, George
Critcherson, A¥m. Critcherson, Eniest Comings, neither absent,
dismissed or late. Emily R. Bennett, of Northwood, teacher of
both terms. The teacher seemed to possess, in an eminent degi*ee,
the faculty of inspiring her jiupils with a love of study, and a re-
gard for every tiling pertaining to the advance of the school. Un-
der her charge the school not only sustained its former state of dici-
pline, but has improved in that respect, and will now compare fa-
vorably with any school in town. She seems to have been entirely
successful in securing the confidence and good will of herpupils and
the hearty co-operation and support of the parents. Every scholar
was present at the examination. The good results of her labors
were seen on examination, as the scholars indicated the progress
they had made in their studies. The exercises performed were
gratifying to the Committee, interesting to visitors and highly
creditable to both teacher and scholars.

Israel Bartlett, Prudential Committee.

District No. S.-Hook.

Length of school thirteen weeks, only one term. "Whole num-
ber of scholars, 17; avei'age attendance, 14 54-65; instances of tar-
diness 11 ; of dismissed 6. Best record Joseph Bennett, Ellen J.
Smith, Ellen Burleigh. Mary True Scales, of Nottingham, teacher.
We regard the career of Miss Scales as eminently successful. She
appears to have fuUy recognized the importance of imparting
thorough instruction to her pupils ; avoiding the error, too com-
mon with teachers, of hurrying the pupil through or over the book
at the expense of a complete understanding of the subject. She
has, also, in an eminent degree won the respect and aflFection of
her scholars. The writing-books in this school were distinguished
for neatness and improvement.

District No. 6. - Wadley's Palls.

Summer Term, ten weeks. "\Vliole number attending, 24; aver-
age attendance, 16; instances of tardiness, 25; of dismissal, 5.
Best record Bennie G. Durgin, John W. Durgin, Annie J. Brown,
JosepMne Stilson, were neither absent, late or dismissed. Belinda
S. Bunker, teacher. Perhaps it may appear superfluous to speak
of Miss Bunker as a teacher here, as her name has so frequently


appeared in our previous reports. The irregularity of the atten-
dance has retarded the success and prosperity of the school. The
examination gave general satisfaction.

"Winter Terjn. Wliole number of scholars, 20; average atten-
dance, 14; instances of tardiness, 46; of dismissal, 8. Best record
John W. Durgin, neither late, absent or dismissed. Fannie A.
Young, of Durham, teacher. Miss Young is a lady whose inter-
lectual acquirements are good. In the summer, as in the winter,
the school suffered greatly in consequence of being broken into
different parts, by sickness of the scholars, the effects of which
though unavailable are disastrous in a degree to any school, for
the interest aroused at first naturally subsides, and that stimulus
to action is lost which is so necessary to success. The teacher la-
bored hard aid faithfully to improve those committed to her trust.
Length of school eight and thee-fifth weeks.

Greknleaf Durgin, Prudential Committee.

District No. 7."North River.

Summer Term. "Whole number of scholars, 20 ; average atten-
dance, 18; instances of tardiness, 11; of dismissal, 5. Best I'ecord
"Willie Ryan, Emma B. Knight, Abby Ewer, neither absent, late
or dismissed. Laura A. Kelsey, of Nottingham, teacher. Miss
Kelsey seemed interested in her school and desirous of dohig her
duty to her pupils and the district. The school on the Avhole may
be called a good one, without any marked excellencies or defects.
Length of school seven weeks.

"Winter Term. "Whole number of scholars, 29; average atten-
dance, 251-2; instances of tardiness, 31 ; of dismissal, 10. Best
record Susan Rj an, Abby Ewer, Abby Piper, Lizzie Allen, Na-
thaniel Ewer, "Willie Ryan, Frank Davis, Ella G. Cox. Geoi'ge
E. Durgin, of this town, teacher. This school is one of the most
difficult to manage. The scholars in this school are huddled to-
gether in a small and badly ventilated room, which by a little ex-
pense might be enlarged and improved. During the winter rerni
this school was under the care of a well known practical teacher
and its improvement and progress were very good. Length of the
school seven weeks.

B. F. Lang, Prudential Committee.

T. M. Thompson, j)

G. "W. HoiTT, > Committee.

U. M. Glidden, )


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