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Student-Centered Learning 101 on October 9th

Posted September 17, 2014

Join us for an evening to learn about Student-Centered Learning and how it has positively impacted the Pittsfield School and Community. 

Thursday October 9th

5:45-8 pm at the PMHS Cafeteria

We will begin the evening with a light dinner and open reception to explore items highlighting Student-Centered Learning at PMHS. Then we will hear from the panel of students, teachers and staff from PMHS with time for Q & A and small group discussions. Hosted by Pittsfield Listens and the Pittsfield, NH School District.

Childcare available at the event. RSVP requested. RSVP here or contact Molly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-6980 for more information.

Vote today and help the Pittsfield School Board win the Larry O'Toole Award and a $100,000 grant!

Posted September 10, 2014

The Pittsfield School Board is one of six regional nominees for the Larry O'Toole Award. This is an annual leadership award given out by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to an individual or organization that has exhibited great leadership through innovation or courage in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward. Voting is now open online. The nominee with the most votes will receive a grant of $100,000 for their organization or school. Click here to cast your vote and help spread the word to your family and friends.  Voting will be live until September 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm EST


Youth Leadership Institute

Posted August 27, 2014

On August 21-23, youth leaders from across New England gathered to discuss youth voice, leadership, and student-centered learning. Youth Organizing & Action Committee* leader and Pittsfield Middle High School Student Heather Cole was one of the students to participate. Check out the live video blog on how she gets school credit for something she loves doingAlso, take a look at the live video blog and Storify from the conference. Read More

August Community Connection: Everyday Leadership

Posted August 22, 2014

On Thursday, August 21st, community members gathered for Pittsfield Listen’s monthly Community Connection Series at The Pittsfield Youth Workshop. The theme for this month was everyday leadership, and how simple it can be. The question “How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?” was posed to the group before watching an entertaining TED Talk from Drew Dudley. Read More

Y.O.A.C. Celebrates One Year!

Posted August 14, 2014

Y.O.A.C. Summer Retreat

Congratulations to the members of the Youth Organizing & Action Committee on a successful first year! The Y.O.A.C. was founded by students in August 2013 with a goal to have a youth driven group that empowers student voice and leadership to bring about positive social change in the community.  Pittsfield youth in grades 7th- 12th are welcome to join. ​Read More

Nextdoor Pittsfield

Posted August 1, 2014

We love our neighbors! Our community is using a private online social network called Nextdoor Pittsfield, where we share events, items for sale/free, safety concerns, ideas, and more. Nextdoor helps you...

  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Share local recommendations
  • Lend, borrow and give away
  • Keep the neighborhood safe
  • Stay informed

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Communication in Pittsfield

Posted July 30, 2014

What would it look like to have accessible and effective communication in Pittsfield, including between community and the schools?

Over the course of three months in the summer of 2013, a group of ten community members worked together to conduct community-based research on the issue of communication and information sharing in Pittsfield.  The Summary Report highlights key actions and solutions explored, as well as a more details look at the process used and the data that was gathered. Read More...

Pittsfield Listens Annual Cookout

Posted July 2, 2014

On June 26th, 2014 approximately 80 friends and neighbors gathered at Dustin Park to enjoy the Annual Pittsfield Listens Cookout. Participants included those directly connected with Pittsfield Listens events and committees as well as those who were strolling through the park and accepted the invitation to join in. The meal was deliciously catered by Annie’s Catering of Laconia. Before everyone sat down to enjoy the meal and some conversation, we all... Read more here 


Pittsfield Listens Announces New Program Assistant

Posted June 24, 2014
Pittsfield Listens is pleased to announce the new Program Assistant, Kathy Bleckmann!

Kathy is a near life long resident of Pittsfield and is excited to be working in the community she grew up in.  After several years in manufacturing and some time exploring artistic pursuits, Kathy says “it will be gratifying to focus on building up the positive in my hometown.” As an active member of The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and a new Girl Scout leader, Kathy is no stranger to community service and event planning at the town wide level.  In addition, she brings skills in marketing and communications, volunteer management, and facilitation.  Kathy is a trained facilitator with NH Listens, and has been involved in several of the Pittsfield Listens dialogues already.

Kathy is no stranger to Pittsfield Listens, Pittsfield community involvement and service, and to many of you. It is all joy and privilege to have her join in this exciting work as part of the Pittsfield Listens’ staff team. Welcome, Kathy!

April Community Connection on Economic Development in Pittsfield

Posted April 24, 2014

Economic Development Committee Members Donna & TedAt the Community Connection on Thursday April 17th, we welcomed members of the Pittsfield Economic Development Committee (EDC) to share about their continued efforts to spur economic growth in our community. Community members then connected in small groups to explore ideas and priorities for strengthening economic development and working with the EDC. Ideas included a Farmers Market, 'Pop-Up' businesses, music and arts in the parks, and a beautification competition to stage window fronts. Read more in this month's Community Bulletin for highlights from the presentation and small group discussions that followed. Also, check out the photos. Thank you to the community members who joined and to the team of presenters from the EDC- Donna Ward and Ted Mitchell.

Learning Studios at PMHS: Students share experiences at Community Connection

Posted March 25, 2014

On Thursday March 20, community members joined together for the Pittsfield Listens Community Connection. This month’s focus was on the Learning Studios* and Student Centered Learning at Pittsfield Middle High School. After enjoying dinner from Jack’s Pizza, we learned about student and teacher experiences in Learning Studios, as presented by 8th grader Emlee Sanuth, HS Junior Quinn Boyce, and Middle School English teacher Chris Davitt. Read more in this month's Community Bulletin for highlights of the presentation and discussion with participants that followed.



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