Weekly Cougar News

ConVal High School Happenings - January 8, 2021

Message From Principal McKillop

Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation and happy New Year to our ConVal community!

Even though we have just started 2021, there are many things happening in our school this month. One important date to mark on your calendar is January 28. This will be a virtual parent/guardian date for information pertaining to course selection. Please see other important upcoming dates below.

The photographs pictured behind me were taken by students in Mr. Levesque's digital photography class. I glance at them every evening when I leave our school. It truly reminds me of how talented our students are.

As we conclude the last few weeks of the semester, please reach out to teachers or school counselors with any questions. Don't hesitate to reach out to any member of our school community as we are all here to help and support students.

WE are ConVal... and WE will navigate the rest of the school year united and together.

ConVal Strong,


Important Upcoming Dates

January 18, 2021 - No school in observance of the MLK holiday

January 20, 2021 - Blue Cohort in-person semester assessment

January 21, 2021 - Blue Cohort in-person semester assessment

January 21, 2021 - Junior College Night @ 6:30 pm (virtual)

January 27, 2021 - Gold Cohort in-person semester assessment

January 28, 2021 - Gold Cohort in-person semester assessment

January 28, 2021 - Course Selection Evening Info Session for Parents (virtual)

February - Course Selection (more details as we get closer)

April 13-15, 2021 - SATs for 11th Grade (more details as we get closer)

Important Information for Graduating Seniors

Cap and Gown Ordering

This is a friendly reminder that if you still need to order your cap and gown for graduation. It is important that you do this immediately, as there is a late fee after January 15, 2021. Please see the link below :

Click HERE to Order Your Cap and Gown. Orders Must be placed by Friday, January 15, 2021 otherwise you may be subject to a late fee.

If there is a financial need, please email Mrs. Coyne at dcoyne@conval.edu instead of going to the Jostens link. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Coyne.

School Counseling Information

College Planning Night for Juniors

On Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 6:30 pm, we will be hosting a virtual college planning night for 11th grade students and parents. We will be joined by Moira Valenti from the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) who will deliver the presentation in partnership with the school counseling staff. This session is intended to educate the student and family about the college admission process and while we’re gearing it for high school juniors and parents/guardians, all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their families are welcome to attend. Topics include: narrowing your list, questions to ask on a college tour, college essay pointers, the application timeline, and the basics of financial aid. To register for the webinar, please use the following link: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_yw1CEFuSRuyaqr7szjVc1w

Course Selection Virtual Parent/Guardian Info Session

On Thursday, January 28, at 6:30 pm, the counseling department will be offering a virtual parent night regarding course selection. The session is intended to provide parents an overview of the course selection process, help provide an understanding of options available to students so that parents feel equipped to support their student in making decisions that will support their post-secondary goals. Links to the session will be sent via email and included in the newsletter as we get a little closer, but be sure to mark your calendar. The session is intended for parents/guardians, course selection will be formally rolled out to students on February 5.

Community Resources

The school counseling department continues to be here to support all students' social and emotional wellbeing. We additionally want to make sure that families are aware of the resources available in the community. The Healthy Monadnock Alliance has done a great job highlighting some of those resources in a series of flyers.

If you or someone you know is experiencing new or worsening fear, anxiety, isolation, or loneliness, struggling to get the resources to make it through this challenging year, or leaning on habits that may not be the best for you or your family. These flyers provide valuable information on where to go for help.

For more information regarding the Healthy Monadnock Alliance can be found on their Facebook page (@HealthyMonadnockAlliance)

Region 14 ATC News

The two satellite locations for the Region 14 Applied Technology Center are looking toward next school year with some exciting changes!

Mascenic High School’s Automotive Technician program has a cool new project on the horizon. In partnership with the NH Department of Education, the program is pursuing a grant to receive a kit to build a road-worthy, electric car from Switch Lab. Students would be working with their instructor to build the car from the ground up, learning about green technology in the automotive field and possibly working with students in other programs to code the car. Long-time automotive instructor, Vincent Fittante, is retiring at the end of this school year, and students will be beginning the project under new leadership. Interested? See your school counselor to enroll!

Conant High School’s Building Trades program will be transitioning to Construction Trades, General. What that means for students is that instead of a primary focus on carpentry, students will have the opportunity to take semester long classes in several different fields connected to construction, including electrical, HVAC, masonry, and plumbing, in addition to carpentry. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades are encouraged to register for these courses, which begin Fall 2021.

Graphic Design Classes

Students in Sadie Cahoon’s Graphic Design classes have been flexing their creative muscles with their recent projects.

Students in Graphic Design II worked to create three concepts of a two-color logo for our client PayZeal. Students also had to create a white version and a black version.

Graphic Design I students have completed different projects this semester based on a villain they created. In this assignment, they had to create stickers using the logo associated with that villain.

Co-Curricular/Club Updates

The Conval Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allied (GLBTQA) group meets weekly on Fridays at 3:30 via Google Meet. All students are welcome to attend. Please email Mrs. Kiley for more meeting details.

The class of 2022 is fundraising with Fun Pasta! You can visit our "storefront" here: https://funpastafundraising.com/shop/class-of-2022_1607092460448. You can also talk to any member of the junior class or Mrs. Harris (aharris@conval.edu) and Mrs. Smith (csmith@conval.edu) to place an order. Orders ship directly to your home! If you are the parent of a junior and did not get the invite to join as a seller, please email Mrs. Harris.

The class of 2024 is holding a contest for students to design a logo for the class. The logo will be used on the class Instagram page and Google Classroom, as well as on future class merchandise. The class officers are trying to get as many submissions as possible and strongly encourage all freshmen to go to the class Google classroom for more information and to make a submission using this Google form. All submissions will be put in a Google form for the class to vote on their favorite. The deadline to submit has been extended to Friday, January 15, 2021.

Athletic Update

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, the ConVal School Board adopted the recommendation of the CVHS administration and the Covid-19 Monitoring Team that participation in all winter athletic programs continue to be paused while the District is in the Orange Phase.

The suspension of winter athletics will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and during this time, coaches will be in contact with their teams remotely to conduct team meetings and remote workouts. Please check our website for updates.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our athletic director, John Reitnauer at jreitnauer@conval.edu.

CVHS/PTL Student Book Group

Mrs. Bowman and Ms. Jones are collaborating with the Peterborough Town Library (PTL) to hold a virtual student book group in March. We are seeking input from students about which book they would like to read for this inaugural event.

Any students interested in participating should click on this Google Form link to indicate their book preference and to determine what day and time we will meet. Please contact Rachael Bowman or Ashley Jones if you have any questions.

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