Chester Academy News

Eclipse Time!

posted by Ann Gaffney

Chester Academy summer staff enjoyed stepping out to view the solar eclipse in front of the school on August 21st. To be safe, they wore their eclipse glasses and used pinhole viewers. We hope you all got a chance to safely view the eclipse! 

Photo credit: Mrs. Parnell taking a "groupie" with Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Anthony, and Dr. Gaffney

Chester Academy Staff Represent at the Cigna/Elliot 5K

posted Aug 11, 2017, 7:40 AM by Ann Gaffney   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 7:44 AM ]

Chester Academy staff, along with their families and friends, participated in the Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race held the evening of August 10th in Manchester. This race is one of the largest 5K road races in New England and supports the Elliot Regional Cancer Center. Everyone had a great time! 

Staff members participating included: Ms. Cleveland, Ms, Dugan, Ms. Fowler, Ms. Freiberger, Dr. Gaffney, Ms. Grady, Ms. Hanson, Ms. Mitchell, and Ms. Taylor. 

Take a look at our two team photos!

Annual School Registration

posted Jul 31, 2017, 2:49 PM by Benjamin Kilar   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 2:49 PM ]

Annual school registration forms are now available.  Information for returning students can be reviewed and confirmed by parents using PowerSchool. Please email if you need assistance accessing your PowerSchool account.   

Parents of new students and anyone preferring preferring to print and complete multiple paper forms can access all that they need [here].   

YMCA After School Program

posted Jul 12, 2017, 10:21 AM by Karen Lacroix   [ updated Jul 12, 2017, 10:26 AM by Ann Gaffney ]

The YMCA is offering an after school program at Chester Academy. 
Two day, three day and five day options are available for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  The program runs daily from the end of the school day until 6pm.

Please contact, Stacy Neville, Child Care Director at 603.437.9622 or email

The Y believes the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our school age programs focus on providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y’s values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

 The Y provides: •  Homework support •  30+ minutes of physical activity •  Snack of fresh fruits/veggies and healthy grains •  Creative arts • Exploration in STEM (science, technology,  engineering & math) •  Character Rock Star program

Summer Main Office Hours 2017

posted Jul 3, 2017, 10:57 PM by Benjamin Kilar   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 10:58 PM ]

Summer Hours
The Chester Academy Main Office will be open for summer hours beginning Wednesday, July 5, 2017.  The Main Office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 2PM.  

Normal hours will resume on Monday, August 21.  

Summer Safety Educator

posted Jun 13, 2017, 5:45 AM by

The latest issue of Fire Safety Educator from the State Fire Marshall's Office is attached

In The News - June, 2017

posted Jun 8, 2017, 2:50 PM by   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 8:58 PM by Benjamin Kilar ]

The final issue of In The News is attached.

Kevin Skarupa visits Chester Academy

posted May 23, 2017, 10:53 PM by Benjamin Kilar   [ updated May 23, 2017, 10:56 PM ]

Third grade classes had the wonderful opportunity to have Kevin Skarupa, meteorologist from WMUR visit us on Monday in the library. He talked to us about what he has to know to do his job, how early he has to get up, New Hampshire's always changing weather, the water cycle and even how to spot different types of clouds. He ended by promising to give Chester Academy a shout out on the news!

Thank You Maria Veale

posted May 17, 2017, 12:37 PM by Benjamin Kilar   [ updated May 17, 2017, 12:49 PM ]

The Chester School District educational community would like to thank School Board member Maria Veale for her work in making our school a wonderful place to learn and grow.  As she leaves behind school board service, we wish her well in her new endeavors. 

The following remarks were presented by Chairman Royal Richardson at the May School Board meeting with regard to the last meeting for school board member Maria Veale.

“Maria has been on the Board for two terms. When she joined the Board she was full of ideas and enthusiasm to both improve the Chester School District and to make Chester Academy a positive and nurturing place for the children of our community. That has not wavered over six years sitting at this table.

Maria has ably represented the Board on a number of committees and initiatives, ranging from cafeteria cuisine, to Health and Wellness, to instructional improvement. She has taken part in Labor Negotiations and has also participated in the Search and Selection committees for the current Superintendent and for our next Principal. Most importantly, she has consistently been the eyes and ears of the Board in the Chester Academy community through her involvement as a parent in various school activities.
As a colleague, she has offered her input and expertise to the Board members on any number of topics over the years. She has also offered counsel and advice: often to be patient and contemplative and sometimes impatience, when we need to just get on-with-it when an issue needed resolution.

As Chairman, I will certainly miss her input and her “sounding-board” on contentious issues and her meticulous edits of our Meeting Minutes. And, of course, the occasional snarky text message between meetings…
Maria and her family have certainly done much to benefit their community over the last several years through their participation and engagement. And Maria has directly contributed to the success of this Board during her tenure as a member of the Chester School Board.

Best wishes. “   

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration

posted Apr 7, 2017, 6:47 AM by Benjamin Kilar   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 2:56 PM ]

Parents who have children eligible for kindergarten next year please contact the Main Office at Chester Academy at 887-3621, ext. 302 or email If you are interested in our full day Kindergarten Day Care or would like more information, please let us know when you sign up.  


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