Chichester Central School News

September 4, 2020

Dates to Remember

9/4-7 No School - Labor Day Weekend

9/8 Election Day - Remote Learning Day for all students

9/16, Chichester School Board Meeting, 6pm

9/18 CCS Newsletter Published

10/2 CCS Newsletter Published

Message from Your Principal

We have had a wonderful first two days of school! It has been wonderful to welcome our students back to our building, to see their excitement for learning, and to hear the walls of our school be again filled with chatter, laughter, and (covered) smiles. Our remote students also started school this week, and they are learning a new rhythm with our remote teacher Mrs. Duval and paraprofessionals Mrs. Prue and Mr. Emerson! This program will continue to evolve in order to meet the needs of our students, and we are excited to offer this as an in-house option!

New name, same person! Some of you may have noticed, or heard through the grapevine that I have a new last name! Ms. Jessica Snider is the name you will begin seeing on school communication.

For those of you who don't know me, this is my second year at CCS, and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community here in Chichester. I graduated from Plymouth State University with both a Bachelor's degree in Childhood Studies and a Master's Degree in School Administration.

I grew up in neighboring Northwood, NH, and returned to the community after college. I've lived next door to my grandparents for the past 14 years, and have cherished my relationship with them. When I;m not at school, I have four horses, and actively compete my competition horse in the Equitation, Jumper, and Hunter Derby rings. I also enjoy time on Jenness Pond at our family camp, cooking, finding time to read a good book, and spending time with my family and friends.

I am honored to work alongside this dedicated staff, to serve this community, and to enrich the lives of our students. Here's to a wonderful 2020-2021 school year here at CCS!

Staff Spotlight

From the Chichester School Board - Help Wanted

The Chichester School Board is looking to fill 2 to 3 vacancies on the Voluntary School Budget Advisory Group. The objective of the group is to review and analyze the upcoming school budget and to present their observations, suggestions and recommendations to the School Board. This group is made up of registered voters from the town of Chichester. Members will attend School Board meetings from October - March in order to hear all pertinent details as the budget develops.

To apply to serve on the Voluntary School Budget Advisory Group, please submit in writing a letter of intent describing why you would like to serve and any budgeting experience you have by Monday September 14, 2020 to Heather Chiavaras at

Curriculum Update - Social Emotional Learning with Mrs. Carrier

Welcome Back!!

We are excited to welcome all students back to CCS. Whether you are participating in our in person hybrid model or the CCS remote model, we are happy to see you. All students in grades K-8 will receive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons during guidance classes. As we transition back to school this fall we will be focusing on learning a new tool to help us understand and regulate our emotions, RULER.

Over the next two weeks we will learn about R (recognize) using the Mood Meter.

Ask your student to tell you what the mood meter is and how they can use it. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out through email, or by phone 798-5651, ext. 22.

What is Surplus? Written by Christine Vayda, Chichester BA and Ben Brown, Chichester SB

What is Surplus?

Surplus can come from two sources:

1. Under expending the budget (appropriations surplus)

2. Realizing more revenue than was estimated (revenue surplus).

When the operating budget is developed during the budget season, it is representative of an estimate of our future obligations. That process begins almost a year before the new school district begins to operate in that fiscal period. It includes assumptions for health insurance, salaries, energy and supply costs, and a multitude of other items that comprise a budget.

If the estimates are greater than the actual expenditure when closing out the fiscal year, this results in surplus for the school. The same holds true for revenue estimates, if the school district receives more revenue than is estimated, this results in surplus for the school.

The opposite, i.e. running a deficit, isn’t allowed by NH state law. Should a school district find itself in that position, the only alternatives are to hold a special School District Meeting to request additional tax dollars, or to dip into any available trust funds. Retainage dollars, explained in more detail below, are only available in emergency situations (and simply running a deficit isn’t considered an emergency). This is the reason school districts typically budget so conservatively.

Where does this surplus go?

The surplus at year-end (June 30th), minus any retainage, goes back to reduce the school portion of the tax rate for the following tax year.

What is Retainage?

Schools may choose to retain a portion of their surplus in order to ensure they have the cash necessary to meet their obligations for a particular expense that was not anticipated. However, it is important to understand that the only way to use money from the retainage is to have both an emergency (as defined by the NH DOE) and a revenue shortfall. A school district on its own cannot decide to use money from its retainage – it must request access from the NH DOE. Schools may also choose to use retainage to provide for tax rate stabilization to avoid peaks and valleys from one year to the next. Retainage comes from surplus money at the end of the current fiscal year. If this money it not used by the end of the following fiscal year, it gets returned to the tax at that time.

Chichester Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Surplus: $481,269.57

Fiscal year 2018-2019 retainage: $126,524.75

Total Year end overage/shortage: $607,794.32

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 retainage: $120,000.00

Ending amount to be returned to offset tax rates: $487,794.32

Chichester Central School is looking for substitutes as well as one full time, evening custodian.  Please call the office for more information.
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Chichester Central School

The mission of Chichester Central School is to educate our students to become independent thinkers, problem-solvers and self-directed learners. We are committed to fostering the social, emotional, developmental, intellectual, and physical needs of every child. We strive to work with the broader community to ensure that students develop lifelong skills enabling them to be contributing and productive members of society.