The Souhegan Scoop
November 4, 2022
Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders
Conferences will take place on Monday, November 7 from 4:00-7:00pm and on Tuesday, November 8 from 8:30am-3:00pm and will last 10 minutes per conference. The window for conference sign-ups will open on Wednesday, October 26 and will be available until Friday, November 4. After this date you may contact a teacher directly to check on their availability for conference days.
Grade 9 (teamed courses: math, science, English, social studies):
These student-led conferences will last 15 minutes and parents should have already signed up directly with their student’s team. Please direct any questions regarding these student-led conferences to your students’ team (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). To schedule conferences with teachers for off-team classes, please follow the instructions below.
Grades 10-12 (all courses) and off-team 9th grade courses:
Click on the name of your child’s teacher (organized in folders by department).
Humanities classes and Senior Seminars can be found under the English teacher’s name.
Select the desired date/time for your conference by clicking on “Sign Up.”
Submit the requested information.
If you have several children attending our school, you may choose to click on “Register for Multiple Conferences” and follow the prompts to schedule your children for several conferences.
After you schedule a conference online, the date and time are reserved for you. If you entered your email address correctly, you will receive email confirmation of your conference.
Complete information can be found in this letter that was emailed to all families on Tuesday, October 26.
Souhegan High school is committed to providing the best educational experience at Souhegan High School for students.
As we consider the next 30 years of Souhegan High School we must hold onto the values from the past that are important, stay grounded in the present, lead and educate students for the future.
This effort is part of our commitment to the continual growth and improvement that is necessary in order to meet the evolving needs of young people and is based on the virtue of collaboration, that is, believing the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
I would like you to join us in a conversation with families that centers on ensuring we are providing the best educational experience we can for all students.
I need your help to understand your feelings, thoughts, insights, and experiences at Souhegan High School. I want our families and community members to share thoughts, opinions and ideas at this meeting.
Please join me on November 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will take place via zoom. The link is below.
As we move forward through the school year we intend to continue the conversation with more narrow topics such as the experience of Division I, Post Graduate Plan, and Senior Project. Later on in the year we will be discussing Advisory and Graduation Requirements.
The reporting window for Mid-Semester 1 (MS1) closed on 11/3. Work with a due date beyond 11/3 will not be included in this reporting period. Additionally, late work turned in after this date may not be included until the next reporting period at the teacher’s discretion.
Progress Reports will be available to students and families via PowerSchool by 3pm on Thursday, November 10.
To view a student progress report from the PowerSchool portal, click on the “Student Reports” option in your navigation menu. “SHS MS1 Progress Report” will be listed in the Current Published Reports section.
Course scores for year-long and semester one courses are in-progress scores that represent a student’s current learning to date and not a final grade. These scores will evolve over the course of the year, as students have more opportunities to show higher levels of mastery and the final course score will be included on the report card in June as well as on official transcripts. As a result, end of year scores will represent the culmination of a student’s work. `
For seniors only:
MS1 grades are included on senior transcripts; GPA is not recalculated at MS1.
GPA is calculated at the end of Semester 1 and again at the end of the year.
Picture Retakes will take place on November 10. Please note there will not be pre-orders taken for retakes. Parents will instead receive a code on the proof image of their child's picture after the event. They will use this code on GeskusPrint.com to order.
Attention 10th-12th grade Students! Do you want to learn more about the ocean environment and coral reefs? Travel to Bermuda this summer with a team from Souhegan! Spend a week snorkeling, researching and exploring while learning more about the marine environment. See Julianne Mueller-Northcott (email@example.com), Jenny Deenik (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!
Souhegan High School, in conjunction with other local organizations, are helping to “Stuff the Bus” on November 8th from 7:00am to 6:00pm! The school bus will be in the front of Souhegan and residents of Amherst are invited to bring non-perishable pantry items directly to the bus. Souhegan National Honor Society students will be on standby to put your donations on the bus. Items in particular need are:
· Cooking Oil, Salad Dressing: Italian and Ranch · Condiments (mayo, ketchup, relish, mustard, BBQ Sauce) · Snacks, including granola bars, mixed fruit cups, cheese and crackers, peanut butter crackers, etc. · Cold Cereals · Coffee and Tea · Juice, Juice Box · Broth: Chicken, Beef, Vegetable · Canned Tomato: Diced, Stewed, Whole · Sugar and flour · Dog and cat food · Paper Towels and Toilet Paper · Diapers and Wipes · Feminine Hygiene Products · Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Bar Soap, Shampoo
SHARE Outreach serves those in need in Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford, and Brookline with the basic necessities of life. The SHARE Food Pantry is a lifeline for many in the area. The food pantry is now serving more than twice the number of families each week as it did pre-pandemic. In September, food for 19,000 meals was distributed. Please stop by and drop off requested and other pantry items on your way to vote!
A big thank you Souhegan Interact and our Saber community for a successful Halloween Drive Drop-off at Central Catholic Medical Center! We collected 3,294 pieces of candy, 39 baskets of toys and candy all together. Your generous donations of Halloween goodies were sure to bring smiles to so many faces!
BAE Systems is excited to announce their Women in Technology Program is back in person!
WiT gives female and female-identifying high school students with an aptitude in math and science a practical, hands-on opportunity to explore careers in various technical disciplines. It also provides mentorship to the students to encourage and support them in their pursuit of a technical career. After completing the program, seniors who have been accepted to college with a declared major in engineering are encouraged to apply for a summer internship opportunity at BAE Systems.
The program takes place at BAE Systems locations in Southern NH, beginning on January 17 through May 9. Students will participate on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Please note that this timing is different than in the past, to allow students to attend after school.
Students in grades 11 & 12 from schools within a reasonable driving distance from Southern New Hampshire are welcome to apply for the program through December 6, 2022. Our application is hosted on Tallo: https://app.tallo.com/application/8334/view (note: students will need to create a Tallo profile to apply, this is easy and free and compliant with NH student privacy standards).
You can learn more about Women in Technology on the website: www.baesystems.com/wit
Questions may be directed to our program team via email@example.com or to Laurel Skiff, Pre and Early Career program manager.
Nashua High School South has scheduled a college fair on November 7 from 6:00-7:30pm. Students and parents are invited to attend. The fair will be in the school's gymnasium. Approximately 200 college representatives will be in attendance. This is a good opportunity to check in with admissions representatives to gather information about various colleges and programs.
College Fairs can be a little overwhelming if you are not prepared. Review this check list of things to do to make the experience worthwhile. Make sure to review the list of schools that will be in attendance prior to attending and highlight those schools that you want to make sure to check in with. See the list here.
The National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) is holding a virtual college fair on Sunday, November 6th from 1:00-6:00. Register here. To see how a virtual fair works, see this video.
Senior Year Notes
Seniors, important college applications deadlines are approaching. Please make sure to see your counselor and have Naviance updated with the colleges you are applying to by the SHS deadlines associated with the college deadline dates. We are heading into the holiday vacation season. It is important to consider the school calendar when planning for this process.
College Deadline / SHS Deadline
December 1 / November 2 - Wednesday
December 15 / November 10 - Thursday
January 1-2 / December 1 - Thursday
Scholarship opportunities continue to be added to our school website under Student Services Scholarships. These are generally national or regional scholarships. Local scholarships will be posted in February to Naviance. We recommend that you check out the web-site weekly to review any new additions. Each scholarship has criteria, an application and deadlines. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to see Maren or your counselor.
Nashua Community College
Open House will take place on Wednesday, November 16th from 5-7pm. Students and parents are welcome to attend and find out about NCC’s 50+ degree, certificate, and career training opportunities.
New opportunities include:
- Auto Technology - Mazda Pathway (2 year degree)
- Aviation Technology (2 year degree or certificate)
- Addiction Recovery Support Worker Certificate
Senior Project News
The first Senior Project panel meeting took place Tuesday after school. We heard many exciting and intriguing Essential Questions and ideas for projects. If a student was marked incomplete for this checkpoint they have a "to-do" list and a general timeline for when this work should be completed. Once a student completes the needed work they will be marked as passed for this checkpoint. Students will continue to meet with their mentors on a regular, weekly basis.
Our next panel meeting will take place after school on Tuesday, January 10. If you have questions regarding your child's status with Senior Project please contact their mentor directly.
A Message from the PTSA
It is the time of year when we begin to fundraise and plan for Project Graduation 2023! Project Graduation is a party the PTSA hosts for newly graduated seniors. It is a way for us to help our students stay as safe as possible during a time when there is a high rate of teen accidents. We need all grades of parents to help make this a successful event, although there is one caveat: Senior parents cannot work the night of the event. They can definitely help to plan and organize, though! Many on our committee will be leaving us this year as their last child will be graduating, so there needs to be some folks to pass the baton to after June 2023.
To kick off the fundraising: we will have a table at the high school on Election Day (11/8) selling raffle tickets to win $100 worth of various gift cards. We begin the active planning stages soon, so if you can help on Election Day and/or are interested in joining this committee, please contact Lisa Eastland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week Community Council discussed two different proposals, Learning Commons Coordinator Matt McDonald’s proposal asking the council to give funds to the Learning Commons for them to buy materials to paint murals, and Head of Guidance Karen Chininis’ proposal asking for funds from Community Council to sponsor a student to send to the HOBY Leadership Conference. Both discussions were tabled, with plans to vote next week.
Our next meeting will be Monday, November 7th in the Information Center from 3:05-3:45 Here is a link to the full meeting calendar for the year.
Clubs & Activities
Winter Sports registration has opened! Please log into PowerSchool, click "forms" on the left hand side, then "Athletic Registration-Winter." Registration will close on the day your sport begins.
Start dates for tryouts/preseason are as follows:
Basketball (girls and boys) 11/28
Ice Hockey (boys and girls) 11/28
Indoor Track 11/28
Alpine Ski 11/21
Save the Date for Meet the Coaches Night 11/10 at 6pm in the Gymnasium.
Please let me know if you have any questions,