Weekly Cougar News
ConVal High School Happenings - May 19, 2023
Message from Principal McKillop
Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation!
It is hard to imagine we officially only have one month of school left in this academic year! I am so proud of how hard our students continue to work as we near the end of the semester.
As I shared last week, May is Mental Health Awareness month. The opportunities this week included rock painting positivity during TASC and mindfulness/yoga in the mini gym. Next Tuesday, there will be opportunties to make stress balls during TASC. If interested, please book to Mr. Bennett. Thanks to our School Counseling Department for organizing activities in honor of Mental Health Awareness. Please remember that if you would like to make an appointment with your school counselor, stop by the school counseling office or click on this link to schedule an appointment.
There are several seniors games that will take place this afternoon and next week. If you would like to assist with concessions, please see the information below to volunteer.
This weekend, I look forward to attending the Children and the Arts Festival on Saturday. Students from throughout the district have contributed art pieces and the parade at noon promises to be a spectacular community event as always. This Sunday, several of our students will have their films showcased at the statewide New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival at Chunky’s Cinema in Manchester.
Next Sunday, May 28, there will be a 5K walk/run for suicide prevention awareness. Registration begins at 8:00 am. Although this is not a school-sponsored event, we support our students who have worked so hard to plan and organize this event. All proceeds will go to the Grapevine/Avenue A teen center for mental health awareness-related programs in our region.
Please also see the upcoming important dates that include the Pops concert on campus that you won't want to miss. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Table of Contents
Region 14 Applied Careers & Technical Education
School Counseling News
Athletic, Co-Curricular and Club Updates
Volunteers Needed For Remaining Home Games
ConVal Students Compete At Envirothon
Immersive Language Trip to Spain Planned for 2024
Children and the Arts Festival (May 20)
New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival (May 21)
"Design A Windmill" MAXT Afterschool STEM Workshop (May 26)
Spring Craft Fair (May 27)
ConVal Car Magnets
Monadnock Roller Derby (June 3)
The Wave Peterborough Swim Club (Season Starts June 19)
Travel Soccer Tryouts (June 2, June 7)
Tod Silegy Soccer Camps (June 26-June 30)
Upcoming Important Dates and Events
- May 20: Children and the Arts Festival, Peterborough, all day
- May 20: Junior-Senior Prom, Keene Country Club, 7:00-10:00 pm
- May 21: New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival, Manchester, 11:30 am
- May 24: New Hampshire Scholars Field Trip
- May 24: Annual Pops Concert, ConVal Gym, 6:30 pm
- May 26: Professional Development Day (no school)
- May 26: Deadline for Summer Academy Registration
- May 27: Spring Crafts Fair (ConVal Gym, 9:00 am-2:00 pm)
- May 28: Break the Silence 5K, ConVal High School, 8:00-10:00 am
- May 28: Spring Sports end
- May 29: Memorial Day (no school)
- June 1: AP German Play, Lucy Hurlin Theatre (LHT)
- June 2: The Lucy/Performing Arts Awards, LHT, 6:00-7:30 pm
Please see our detailed End-of-Year Calendar by clicking here (printable .pdf file).
Band, Choir Win Gold At Great East Music Festival
On Friday, May 12, the ConVal Band and Choir performed at the Great East Music Festival in front of expert adjudicators. The Band played James Swearingen’s “Aventura” and a medley from Disney Pixar’s movie soundtrack “Brave.” One adjudicator told the Band how much he enjoyed the energy from their performance. The Choir sang Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Jacob Narverud’s “Ad Astra.” The Choir was complimented on the range of their repertoire. The performances were awarded with a gold medal each.
18 Students Inducted, 19 Receive Senior Cords
On May 16, the German and Spanish National Honor Society induction ceremonies were held in the LHT. Clara Christensen, Hannah Daniels, Maeve Finn, Jennifer Hopkins, Isobel Jobin, Eva McCullough, Kai Reitnauer, Isabelle Schmidt, Donny Sweeney, Ryan Whitney, and Laramie Wilson were inducted into the German National Honor Society Delta Epsilon Phi. Zachary Cassidy, Annabelle Delisle, Lily Mandel, Laura Phillips, Natalie Preble, Kaitlyn Stone, and Inaya Vaidya were inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispana. 19 students received senior cords for graduation.
Student Achievements At The National German Exam
Congratulations to the following German 1 students who took the National German Exam in April. Thomas Flynn won a Bronze Award. Olivia Michaels, Addie Regis, and Ella Stultz each received an Achievement Award. Their achievement is all the more remarkable since they did not have any German in three and a half months. The National German Level 1 Exam is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions, a 40-minute listening and viewing portion, and a 45-minute reading portion that consists of a variety of print texts, including graphs and images. All materials used in the exam come from authentic resources.
4x100m Relay Team Breaks School Record — Again!
Congratulations to the Cougars boys 4x100m relay team of Kendrick Edwards, Elliot Featherstone, Jack Harris, and Anthony Cadwallader. They crushed their newly-broken school record with a 44.94 sprint at a meet at Conant High School in Jaffrey on Tuesday.
Mr. Thibault's Teaching Geometry
Mr. Thibault is seen pictured teaching Geometry Honors. Today's objective was to understand segments of a circle and to apply properties to find missing lengths. While students were mulling over their warm-up problems, Mr. Thibault emphasized the importance of developing mathematical reasoning. Fun Fact: The yard stick featured in the snapshot is the same one that Mr. Thibault has used since his first year of teaching!
Ms. Mitschmyer's 3-D Art Studio Class
3D Studio Art student prepare giant sculptures for this Saturday’s Children and the Arts festival.
3D art students collaborated with PES 3rd graders to create three-dimensional art pieces based on their concept drawings. Their joint creations can currently be seen in an exhibit at the Peterborough Town Library. See also the web post here.
To access the information about the CTE programs at the Region 14 Applied Technology Center, please click this link.
ConVal High School Counseling
School Counseling Newsletter
For the May edition of the School Counseling newsletter which covers a variety of topics, from mental health awareness month to "I Decided Day" celebrations, please click here.
In a crisis? Text HOME to 741741
You can also reach out by typing @CrisisTextLine on Facebook Messenger.
The service is here for any type of crisis and is available 24/7 for high-quality, text-based mental health support.
A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform.
Reach out to get the help you need.
Athletic and Co-Curricular Updates
May 19: ConVal Nation Event of the Week - Softball will host John Stark at Ecco Field under the lights at 7pm. Come on down to Adam’s Playground for the most exciting softball game of the season…so far.
May 23: Rising 9th grader athletics information night at 6pm. Come by the high school at 6 pm and meet the athletic director and find out how to get your student involved in high school athletics.
May 26: ConVal Boys Lacrosse will be celebrating their seniors in their last home games of their careers where they will host the Blackbirds of Keene.
May 26: Division II State Track Meet will be held at Oyster River High School.
Please visit our athletics website for a full listing of events.
Volunteers Needed For Remaining Home Games
Friends of ConVal Athletics (FCVA) is in need of volunteers for our remaining spring home games. FCVA is the booster club for 24 ConVal Teams. Visit the FCVA portion of the ConVal Athletics website to access all FCVA-related information. As you know, concessions is the #1 fundraising effort for all FCVA teams. Anyone can participate, please sign up by clicking the Signup Genius link.
ConVal Students Compete At Envirothon
On Tuesday, May 16, ConVal’s Envirothon Team took a field trip to NHTI in Concord to participate in the New Hampshire Envirothon. The competition tests the students’ knowledge in such areas as forestry, soil and land use, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and current environmental issues. The photos show ConVal Envirothon team members at the wildlife station where they had to identify animal pelts, scat, and tracks. Teams also had to give an oral presentation about climate change and how we adapt.
Student Council Members Take Service Learning Trip
On Thursday, Student Council members traveled to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, for a service learning trip. Students worked with the groundskeepers and facilities crew to prepare the area for an upcoming event and worked on clearing rocks from grassy areas so Odiorne State Park remains a beautiful place for groups of all ages to come together to learn about marine life and splash around in the tide pools.
Immersive Language Trip To Spain Planned For 2024
As an immersive language experience, the Spanish Department at ConVal Regional High School is in the early planning stages of a student trip to Spain in the spring of 2024. The tour is designed for students who are upper-level students (grades 10 and up) and have completed Spanish 2 by the end of fall semester 2023.
This will be a unique opportunity for students to explore the rich culture and history of this fascinating country. The tour will take them to the capital Madrid where they will witness the vibrant Spanish lifestyle firsthand while exploring the city's famous landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum, and the Puerta del Sol. The trip will also include a tour of the Andalusia region in the south, where students will experience the enchanting beauty of historic towns such as Seville, Granada, Ronda, and the Pueblos Blancos, the white villages nestled among the hills in the Andalusian mountains. The tour will give students the chance to learn about the country's rich cultural heritage while practicing their Spanish skills and making unforgettable travel memories.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please attend an orientation session on June 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the ConVal library. Questions? Please contact Señora Pacheco-McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ConVal High School Summer Academy classes are filling up!
The registration deadline is Friday, May 26.
Please fill out the Summer Academy registration form to register and indicate course preferences; complete a separate registration form for each student you are enrolling. ConVal Summer Academy reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum course enrollment requirements.
- Who: Incoming and current ConVal High School students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may register for one or two sessions based on their needs and interests.
- What: Click here for Summer Academy course descriptions.
- Where: ConVal High School
- When: July 5 – August 3, 2023, Monday through Thursday (due to the July 4th holiday, classes will only be held Wednesday, 7/5, and Thursday, 7/6, the first week)
- Session 1: 8:00 am – 10:00 am, and
- Session 2: 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.
- How: Transportation and lunch will be provided. Buses will arrive before Session 1 and will depart after Session 2; there will be no mid-morning bus run.
Summer Academy offers students the opportunity to recover graduation requirement credits as well as take enrichment courses for credit. Classes are free to incoming and current high school students on a first-come, first-served basis. If space allows, rising 7th and 8th-grade students in the ConVal district may participate in Summer Academy enrichment classes but will not be eligible for credit.
If you have questions about Summer Academy, please contact Rachael Bowman at email@example.com.
Children & The Arts Festival Goes "VROOOM!"
The 28th Annual Children and the Arts Festival will go "VROOOM!" on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The parade this year will be devoted to cars, boats, trucks, trains, planes and more in all shapes, styles, and speeds! Local school students, visiting performers, artists, and members of the community will celebrate mechanical things that accelerate their imaginations. In addition to the parade, the festival will include crowd favorites such as crafts, dancing, live music, and many other activities. To see the Children and the Arts Festival flyer, please click here.
Looking for Substitutes, Paraprofessionals
The ConVal School District is looking for substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.
The qualifications for employment as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional are as follows:
- Teaching experience not required
- Ability to work well with children and adults
- High school diploma or GED required
- At least 21 years of age
An appropriate certification or permission is required for long-term sub assignments.
To apply, please follow this link to the District’s online application system.
ConVal Regional High School
Location: 184 Hancock Road, Peterborough, NH 03458 (map)
Phone: (603) 924-3869