The Souhegan Scoop

May 5, 2023

Upcoming Events

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Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

MHAM was established in 1949 to help increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives. Over the past several years, we have seen a significant rise in youth mental health needs. At Souhegan, we have made a commitment to supporting our youth by openly discussing mental health topics, destigmatizing help seeking, and sharing resources. As a parent, it can be difficult to open up conversations about mental health. Please feel free to reach out to student services to discuss your student, or use these tip sheets as a guide.

School Highlights

France Trip 2023

19 SHS students spent April vacation traveling across France with French teachers, Michelle Castell and Elisa Kirschhoffer. The trip began in Paris with a trip to the Eiffel Tower and a dinner cruise on the Seine, then they traveled to Provence via high speed train and spent time exploring Avignon, Nimes and Aix-en-Provence. The trip ended on the French Riviera to see the Mediterranean ocean and relax on the beach. It was an incredible trip and an amazing cultural and linguistic experience for students!

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Souhegan High School is Seeking host families for 15 days in October 2023.

For the first time since the Covid pandemic, Souhegan High School is welcoming German exchange students to our community. We have a 16-year history of hosting students from university prep high schools in the Mannheim region of Germany. This venture is in cooperation with Nashua High School. Students will arrive on October 14, 2023, and stay with host families until October 30, 2023. They will attend three days at the high school and spend the rest of their time touring points of interest and history in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Visiting students will need the following:

  • A Souhegan student to be their host

  • Accommodations to include a bed/bedroom and meals

  • Transportation to and from school during the two weeks

  • Evenings and weekends spent with a host family

Souhegan students are then welcome to visit families in Germany during the April vacation of 2024 but that is not required. This tradition of cultural exchange has led to wonderful experiences and lifetime friendships for many Souhegan alumni.

For more information reach out to Marjie Hobbs and if you are interested in signing up please fill out the German Exchange sign-up form.
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Anxious Nation: Save the Date - Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Souhegan High School is partnering with Greater Nashua Mental Health to do a film screening of Anxious Nation. It started in 2019 with a single post on Facebook: “Kids and anxiety, who is dealing with it?” Anxious Nation unfolds the epidemic of anxiety in America and explore why we are such an anxious nation. Producer/Co-Director and Writer Laura Morton started her journey to make this film in 2018, when she felt overwhelmed and isolated trying to understand her daughter's extreme anxiety. With a camera in hand, Laura and her team traveled the country talking to parents, kids, and experts about their experiences with anxiety and what they were doing to manage it. In 2021, once production was complete, which saw our families through the most intense time of COVID and how the pandemic impacted their already fragile state, Academy Award-winning Filmmaker Vanessa Roth came on board to direct Anxious Nation. She proceeded to shape the film into one where the journeys of the families are told in a relatable, authentic, and courageous way, intimately and empathetically showing what living with anxiety is truly like for our young people. The film offers hope, while showing that anxiety doesn’t have to define a person.

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Student Highlights

Trivia Night Fundraiser

This trivia night will be a fundraiser put on to support Kasen Fox’s Eagle Scout Project. The project is to build a structure at The Buck Meadow Conservation and Recreation Area for storing cross country skiing equipment for the Parks and Recreation Department. The trivia night will consist of 6 rounds of trivia, each with 10 questions. This will be a fundraiser for you and your friends or family to come enjoy, and show off your trivia knowledge! There will also be food for purchase, so come hungry!

Who: Ages 12 and up

What: Trivia night fundraiser

Where: Souhegan High School Cafeteria - 412 Boston Post Rd., Amherst, NH 03031

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 6pm - 8:30pm

Fee: $20 per person or $150 for a team of 8 people - If you don’t have a team, we’ll put you with other people to make your own team when you arrive.

Max: 160 people or 20 teams

Student Services

Attention Juniors and Parents:

There is a new requirement for New Hampshire students to graduate high school. For the Class of 2024 going forward, students will be required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or sign a waiver opting out. The waiver will be accessible throughout the fall. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form to apply for federal financial aid for college and/or training, including grants, work-study, and loans.

Please see this letter from the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) that includes information and resources for students and parents. Souhegan will host a Financial Aid Night Presentation in early fall. NHHEAF representatives will present information about the FAFSA at that time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your counselor.

NHSAS Science Testing

Students in grade 11 will be taking the NHSAS Science exam, our state assessment, on Tuesday, May 16th from 8:30 am - 11:15 am.

NHSAS is an important assessment that helps provide information on whether students are meeting grade level expectations. We receive test results quickly and teachers are able to use this information to target instruction through the end of the school year.

While parents can opt students out of testing, we are required to have a 95% participation rate. Any students who opt out of the 2023 assessment below the 95% district and school participation requirement, will be counted as zero scores for accountability. Zero scores for students will significantly impact our school and district level test results.

While RSA 193-C:6 permits parents to exempt their student from taking the statewide assessment, your student’s participation is appreciated as we strive to accurately represent the achievements of our students.

Advanced Placement Exams

AP exams will take place between May 1- May 10 for AP students who have previously registered. Students who have registered for exams will receive an email detailing the procedures for AP testing, including the schedule and arrival time.

Senior Year Notes

Senior Project News

Senior's will be practicing their presentations with mentors and advisories next week in order to be ready for the May 18th and 19th presentation days. If you have a senior it is highly recommended to do 1 or 2 practice runs at home, in addition to what they do at school. All parents, family members, and community members are welcome to attend the senior project presentations. We look forward to seeing everyone come and enjoy this celebration of work. If you have any questions please reach out to Ryan and Kathy Here is the presentation schedule for your viewing.

Community Service Opportunities


On May 6, the Town of Amherst will be holding a town clean-up day.

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Where: Events take place at the Calvetti Field - Souhegan

When: May 9, May 23 and the Championship on May 31

Meets typically run 2 to 3 hours

Contact: Karin Pariselli at

AMHERST GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE ASSISTANCE (no plant knowledge necessary)

When: Friday, 5/12 (2:30 - 5pm at the Sterns Road Fire Dept) and/or Saturday, 5/13 (8am to 12pm at Wilkins School)

What: Loading and unloading plants

Contact: Patty at or call/text 603-930-8295


When: Saturday, May 20, 8am To 3pm (entire block or partial)

Where: Mont Vernon

What: Looking for multiple volunteers assisting with the tie dye t-shirt table

Contact: Rebecca at

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES (read entire post as there are several opportunities)

Interested in helping rescued dogs who will be trained to be veteran service dogs? Operation Delta Dog needs you! We are hosting our largest annual event called The Power of Ten- an anniversary fundraiser on Friday June 16th. at Nashua Country Club.

Various volunteer opportunities including:

1. Video editing- we are creating a video celebrating 10 years of service dogs and veterans. We need a few volunteers who are willing to work with us to craft a message that shows just how powerful service dogs can be for their veteran

2. Set up of the event space on 6/16 at NCC- 7am-12pm.

3. Evening of event 6/16-5:00pm-11pm at NCC. Various positions including silent auction staff, games, registration and more. Based on your skills, we will find you a spot.

4. Are you an artist, craftsperson or business owner who would like to donate an item or service? Do you babysit and want to donate hours? Fill out our online donation form here:

Can’t help with this specific event, we still need your help at our training center in Hollis. Please contact Emily Mangiaratti at or 603-921-5253


  • Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students who are at least 14 years old and have an interest in helping out after Souhegan' s day ends.

  • Employment opportunities are available to high school students who are at least 16 years old and have an interest in Early Childhood Educations

If interested in either, please reach out to Molly Cummings at or stop by Sunrise Children's Center located at 94 NH-101A, Amherst.

Get To Know SHS

Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!

Charles Swift

What is your role at Souhegan?

Science Teacher (Engineering and Physics) & Nordic Ski Team head coach

How long have you been with Souhegan?

8 years

What do you love about your job?

Teaching is never boring, there are always an opportunity to grow and improve.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Nordic ski and generally be outside in the winter. Travel and make things (woodworking) during the summer.

If you were given one wish what would it be?

That everyone would treat each other the way they want to be treated, not just have it be a nice thing to say but have it be a core of people's decision making process.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Treat others the way you want to be treated. & May the force be with you.

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Community Council

The SHS Community Council passed a proposal regarding creating a digital archive. We are having elections this week for next year’s 10th, 11th, and 12th grade representatives. Our next meeting will be Monday, May 8th from 3:05-3:45 in the Infocenter.

National Honor Society

Donation Goods for the Bedford Animal Rescue League

  • Gently used towels, hand towels, washcloths, blankets, and flat sheets
  • Gently used, small to medium-sized, machine-washable pet beds
  • Unopened, unexpired pet food

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Cats: Unscented, non-clumping clay cat litter, Feather, mouse, or catnip toys, Cat slow feeders, Cardboard scratchers & Kitten Replacement Milk.

Dogs: Paw Safe Snow Melt, Nylon leashes (6-foot length, 1-inch width), Slip leads, Nylon Martingale collars, Front attaching harnesses (EZ Walk, Sensation, Freedom), Brain toys (Kongs, Kong wobblers, Tug-A-Jug, Buster Cube, etc) & Squeaky tennis balls, plush or plastic toys.

Small Animals: Rabbit toys (plastic stacking cups, chew toys, wooden toys), Timothy hay, Blue Seal Bunny 16 Pellets, Oxbow Adult and Young Guinea Pig Food + Rabbit Food & Tall metal exercise pens and exercise pen covers.

Shelter Supplies: Dawn Dish Soap, Windex, Poop bags, Disposable, non-latex gloves, Paper towels, Scrub tops and pants, larger sizes preferred & Toilet paper.

Office Supplies: Card stock, Copier paper, Binder clips, Post-Its, Scissors, Scotch tape, Stamps (first-class Forever stamps) & Manilla Folders.

Performing Arts

Check out the latest edition of the Souhegan Performing Arts Newsletter!
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Sabers, don’t forget to order your 2022-2023 yearbook! We will have a very limited amount of hard copies to purchase, once they arrive, at a first come, first serve basis! DON’T MISS OUT!! Order yours today!

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Crew Team

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Saber Spotlight

The next presentation will be held on Monday, May 8.

Click here to view information from the latest presentation that was held on Monday, April 3.


Project Graduation

Tickets are now on sale for Project Graduation 2023! All attendees need to have a parent/guardian signature, even if they are 18. Tickets are $20 and can be paid in cash or a check made out to "SHS PTSA Proj Graduation". Forms and money can be turned in to Lynda Conley in Student Services.

Community Events

Student Art Show

The Friends of the Amherst Town Library are excited to again be hosting the Student Art Show this May! Over 400 selected pieces of art from all of SAU39's schools will be displayed, with an artist reception to be held on Saturday May 6. We hope you can join us!
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Football Golf Fundraiser

Sign up for the Sabers Golf Tournament! Help support the Saber Football program.

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The Sabers bowling program is proud to announce that Jacob Sainsbury has qualified for the Junior Gold Championships, to be held this summer in Indianapolis, Indiana! The Junior Gold Championships is an annual national tournament for the top male and female youth bowlers. It is the world’s premier youth championship with almost 4000 participants from all over the U.S., Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and elsewhere. To qualify, Jacob competed (and did very well!) in a Junior Gold-qualifying tournament. This is only the second time a Souhegan bowler has qualified for this tournament. The first was Wil Jaques — just last year — so this is twice in a row for a Sabers bowler!!! Congratulations Jacob!!
Weekly Schedule can be found here. Please note these are tentative pending weather conditions and may be updated. Coaches will notify you of any changes.