The Souhegan Scoop
September 9, 2022
Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders
Please join us for Coffee and Conversation with Mike Berry, Principal of Souhegan High School.
Increased family engagement through consistent communication is a priority for our school. To support this work, each month we host “Coffee and Conversation” events where families can come together and ask questions and share ideas with our Principal, Mike Berry. Each month will have a specific focus and will align to exploring the ways in which we are fulfilling our mission.
Please join us for this first event on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30pm. This month’s time will be geared towards freshmen and their families and will focus on the transition from AMS to SHS. The following meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at 9:30am with a topic TBD. Stay tuned for future dates and topic announcements!
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, with this week, 9/4-9/10, recognized as Suicide Prevention Week. Although it is important to talk about mental health and wellness all year long, September is a dedicated month to bring light to an often highly stigmatized topic. Over the month, I will be sharing information on how we, as a community, can raise awareness and provide important resources to our youth. As parents and caregivers, our top priority is keeping our children safe. One of the more difficult challenges, however, is realizing that we don’t always know what our children are thinking and feeling. You may be aware that your child has had a change in mood or sleep habits, that he has been less talkative, or just seems off, but you may not know why, or you may be worried about how to ask in the just the right way, or you may ask and your child might simply say it’s nothing to worry about. But you do worry, so you ask yourself all the questions, “is this normal?”; “if I ask will it make it worse?”; “is he just being dramatic?” “is it just a phase?”; “what do I do if she says, I’m feeling suicidal?” By talking openly, increasing knowledge and decreasing stigma, we can all help. Linked are some resources, as well as a campaign called Take 5 to Save Lives, that can bolster your understanding of warning signs and risk factors as well as ways to increase/support protective factors.
If you have any questions, or are concerned about a student, please do not hesitate to reach out to Student Services.
Constitution Day is a federal holiday that occurs annually on September 17th. Because this date falls on a Saturday this year, students will observe Constitution Day on Friday or next Monday, depending on when their Social Studies classes meet.
Grading and Reporting
Updates to the grading and reporting system were presented at the most recent meeting of the Souhegan Cooperative School Board on Thursday, September 8. Click here for a narrated presentation that describes the context, updates, and feedback so far. If you would like to read a complete description of this work, you can find that information linked here. We are offering two opportunities for Q&A regarding this work during Info Sessions during the month of September. drop-in sessions for parents in September. One on Tuesday, September 13 from 7:30-8:15am and one on Thursday, September 29 from 5:00-5:45pm. Both sessions will take place in the SHS Theatre.
The installation of our new double-security doors is a welcome addition to Souhegan High. To further enhance the security of our campus, visitors are to enter through the main entrance and check-in with the secretary in the vestibule. At that point, visitors will need to wait inside of the secure doors to be picked up by the staff member they are meeting with, and/or to be greeted by a staff member who will direct them to their destination. While in the building, visitors will need to wear visitor identification. If a visitor needs to drop off an item for their child, a staff member will also assist with the transfer of the item. The purpose of this is to further enhance a safe and secure environment for staff and students.
If your child is arriving late to school, they must check in with the secretary located in Student Services. From there they will be signed into school signifying they are not absent from the day. Parents are encouraged to call ahead letting the secretary know that their child is going to be tardy.
Off Campus opened up on 9/8/2022. The new procedure is for students to sign out/in using the provided QR code/form link https://bit.ly/3TTDbym that is prominently located in both buildings. Amherst community members should expect Souhegan students to represent the best of who we are. Students who do not hold themselves up to the expectations of the Souhegan Six and our Mission Statement risk losing off campus privilege.
Student Pick-up/Drop off Procedure
Drop-Off: If traveling Northbound enter the main entrance at Davis Witty at the SHS sign. Drop off your student and turn right out of Simeon Wilson back onto Boston Post Road. If traveling southbound on Boston Post enter Simeon Wilson, drop your student off and exit left onto Boston Post Road. This will help maintain a steady flow of traffic. (see picture below)
Pickup: For pickup if entering Davis Witty and you are not able to turn left into the pickup area. Please form a line on the side of Davis Witty in the gravel portion. This is so that we can maintain bus flow into the school. Robin Bowkett will be monitoring the traffic line to get all the parents through.
Important notes: Please do not attempt to turn left onto Boston Post Road off of Simeon Wilson. This backs up Simeon Wilson Road substantially. Please do not turn around at the student pickup/drop off area.
Claws For A Cause
Souhegan's Ethics Forum has had a busy week raising awareness and money for Claws for a Cause! The Claws For A Cause football game is September 9th. Come cheer on the Sabers as they take on Milford at 7pm at Calvetti Field. You can also show your support Claws for a Cause by bringing the non-perishable food items and/or toiletries to the game to support SHARE. The Annual Homecoming Dance will take place on 9/10 at SHS.
Seniors & Parents - Save the Dates!
- Senior Parent College Night - Sept. 21st 6:00pm in the theatre
- Financial Aid Night Presentation for seniors and parents - Sept. 29th 6:00pm in the theatre
Senior Meetings - All seniors are required to schedule a meeting with their counselor during the month of September. Find the links to your counselor’s calendar here.
Drop/Add Deadline - September 14th.
Students should schedule appointments with their counselor to discuss making adjustments to their schedule if needed. It is important to note that classes may be full or have wait lists.
College Admissions Visits - Juniors & Seniors, make sure to check Naviance for the list of college admission visits.
UNH Sept. 14
Endicott - Sept. 14
UMaine Farmington - Sept. 14
St Lawrence - Sept. 14
Johnson & Wales - Sept. 15
UNH Manchester - Sept. 16
Register for the visits through your Naviance accounts!
Senior Year Notes
Senior Yearbook Pictures
High resolution, vertical JPEGs of your senior are due no later than October 21st! We will be notifying you shortly where JPEG Photos need to be emailed to.
Dues are $50 and go toward the class hike, class trip, t-shirts, a graduation BBQ, and a class gift. Cash payments should be given to Sarah Barbato or Matt McDonald. Checks should be made out to SHS Activities Fund and handed to Sarah or Matt. Online payment can be made here: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZH4SNSQO2083HC_ZZ5SP2MUXKATSMD
Welcome back Saber parents! And a great big welcome to all the freshmen and transfer parents as well!! Let's all count our blessings that the pandemic is behind us and allows us to reconnect with the SHS community! Souhegan PTSA needs your help and support in bringing your voice to our meetings where we discuss relevant topics which include a variety of issues and concerns regarding our students. We discuss and act on Souhegan's philosophies, students, how to best navigate and adjust to high school and its changes. We talk about grading, time management, college financials, Gap Years plus anything and everything you as parents care about.
We provide grants to students and faculty for various and creative ideas and projects, plus scholarships to deserving Seniors. Through our member volunteers, we do our best to provide moral and nutritious support for our teachers and staff! They gotta eat too!!
A big part of our Senior's right of passage is Project Graduation, which is a wonderful end of year celebration of our graduates!
We will be posting future dates of various topics of interest you bring to us besides the ones mentioned above. One upcoming event (possibly on September 20th) will be a "Coffee Talk" with parents and guardians of incoming freshmen. Lots of questions/answers about real life "what to expect from the next four years at SHS".
There are also positions open to becoming executive committee members.
Please consider joining us for your children's journey through Souhegan High School. Wonderful memories will ensue!
Our dues are very modest... $20.00/year for families, $15.00 for teachers and staff. Checks can be mailed or dropped off to the high school address or you can use our Venmo account (@SHS-PTSA).
Welcome aboard and enjoy the school year!!
Souhegan PTSA Executive Committee
Souhegan Reads Summer Reading Celebration
This year, Souhegan Reads returns to our pre-pandemic annual summer reading program. We provide a list of options, found here on this website. This list of options is purposefully expansive, as we seek to provide diverse options, as different types of books appeal to different readers. Every Souhegan student has picked (at least) one book from these options to read over the summer. Copies of all books on the list are available physically in the Info Center & on eBooks or audiobook via Sora. On Monday, September 12, we will host a full school summer reading event in which students have a chance to connect with other readers and develop community through books. This year we will have 54 groups facilitated by our staff. We are also excited to have 11 groups with student facilitator partnerships. Ask your student about their summer reading choice, and encourage them to bring their book on Monday!
Click here for the most recent Saber Spotlight information!
The next Saber Spotlight is September 19th. The Dean of Students looks forward to putting Souhegan students and their interests at the forefront of this Spotlight.
Full season game schedules can be found here.
9/22-Media Day: A new Souhegan Athletic’s tradition. The schedule for the day is attached here. This will also be our first seasonal Media Day, where members of the local media will be invited for team, player and coach interviews and to get some action shots at practices. The Amherst Citizen, Nashua Telegraph, Union Leader, WMUR, NH-High School Sports, and Friday Night Lights NH have all been invited. In future seasons, this will be done at the end of the pre-season and uniform hand out will happen that day as well.
Club Day 9/22: Extra and Co-curricular activities fuel learning by stimulating creative thought, improving social and organizational skills, developing unique interests and talents, and offering you the chance to discover and do something you really enjoy. So, if we’ve captured your imagination, check out club day from 3-3:30pm on Sept 22nd.