Weekly Cougar News

ConVal High School Happenings - December 18, 2020

Message From Principal McKillop

Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation!

I hope that everyone was safe during the snowstorm yesterday and that students were able to take a break from the screens and enjoy the snow.

We have just two days left of learning before our holiday break. We will return to our remote learning segment on Monday, January 4, 2021 and are scheduled to return to our hybrid plan on Tuesday, January 19.

Please take some time to view the holiday video below that showcases both the blue and gold cohorts performing a holiday medley. The video phases in and out to visually depict both cohorts. Thank you to Dr. Zrzavy for creating this wonderful compilation.

I wish you all a very safe and happy holiday. As 2020 comes to a close, I have found myself reflecting on this wild and unpredictable year. A few things remain constant:

  • We are one community.
  • We are committed to making our students feel supported.
  • We are stronger together.

There will not be a newsletter next week due to the two-day week. Our next edition of the Weekly Cougar News will be delivered to your inbox on Friday, January 8, 2021.

Be safe and stay well,


Important Upcoming Dates

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

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

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

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

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

School Counseling Information

Congratulations to Laramie Wilson, Alicia Connolly, and Bryson Boyce who were selected to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar as well as Avery Swasey who was selected as an alternate. Each year, HOBY invites sophomores selected by their schools for promising leadership characteristics to attend the state leadership seminars to hone their leadership talents to become effective, ethical leaders in their school and communities. All four of these students have outstanding leadership qualities, and we are proud to have them represent ConVal High School at the leadership seminar to be held at St. Anselm College in June.

Take 10

Our Applied Technology Program Spotlight was rescheduled from last Monday’s 8:30 slot to this coming Monday, December 21, at 8:30. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the career and technical education programs (ex. Advanced Manufacturing, Business, Engineering, Automotive, Construction Technology, LNA, Fire Science, etc) available to ConVal students. The link to the Take 10 Session is: http://meet.google.com/zzw-dwit-wpp

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program (UBP) is still accepting applications from current 9th and 10th grade students, with a secondary deadline of February 1, 2021. During the school year, UBP students meet weekly with an educational counselor to discuss study skills, time management, advising, PSAT/SAT preparation, and college and career exploration. Students and their families receive support throughout the college application and financial aid process. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in workshops, field trips, STEM activities, and college visits. The Upward Bound Programs continue to provide all of these services for students virtually this fall.

In the summer, students participate in a six-week experience at Keene State College. During summer sessions students live in a residence hall and take classes on campus. A diverse number of community activities, events, and clubs are offered for students to engage with. Students also take part in community service and leadership development activities in a supportive environment.

The Upward Bound Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are FREE for students from moderate income families and/or those who are the first in their family to complete a 4-year college degree. Admission to KSC UBP is based on financial eligibility, academic eligibility, and a personal interview. Application information can be found here: https://www.keene.edu/office/ub/apply/ If you are an academically motivated student who is thinking about college and could benefit from the support of the Upward Bound Programs, ask your school counselor for more information.

Junior College Night

Mark your calendar, The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) will be joining us on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30 for an info session for 11th grade students and parents. This session will provide an overview of the college planning and application process and will be timely ahead of course selection as students consider how their choices can further them toward their post-secondary goals.

We will hold a Course Selection Info Night for parents the following week, on January 28th, at 6:30 as well to give an overview to parents on the course selection process that will be beginning with students in early February. More details will be forthcoming, but mark your calendar for that as well.

PSAT Score Review Session

Any student that might have missed the PSAT score review session last week and wants to learn more about how to access or interpret their scores, or understand what their next steps might be in the college planning process, you can review the video and slides from the session here: https://cvhs.convalsd.net/school-counseling-conducts-score-interpretation-session/. Students who did not take the PSAT but would like to prepare for the SAT, the Khan Academy offers free, official test prep tools including full length practice tests. They will adapt practice materials based on how a student performs on practice tests or on the PSAT (if the student links their College Board and Khan Academy accounts). Access Khan Academy SAT prep tools here: https://www.khanacademy.org/SAT

Big picture
Students in Ms. Mitschmyer's Ceramics classes created lanterns for Light Up Monadnock sponsored by Children and the Arts. These handmade lanterns were installed and lit in Putnam Park in downtown Peterborough.

Ms. Goldthwaite-Gagne's 2D Studio students have been studying the figure/ground relationship and created a series of "Psychological Landscapes" inspired by the work of contemporary artist, Robyn O'Neil.

2020 Music Department Holiday Medley (Blue & Gold Cohorts)

The 2020 ConVal Music Department Holiday Medley was based on performances by the chorus and band students in their respective Blue and Gold Cohorts. The students performed, socially distanced, in their temporary rehearsal space, the ConVal cafeteria, on November 12 and 16. The videos were then edited together to showcase both groups.