The Souhegan Scoop
October 6, 2022
Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders
If you test positive for Covid-19, please contact the school nurse Angela Hildreth RN, BSN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calculating Return Dates if you are positive:
Grading and Reporting
A common theme over the last few years that has come from staff, students, and families has been the difficulties our previous grading and reporting system presented. As a district, over the last several years, we have all worked to learn about and commit ourselves to competency-based education. Reporting on academic skills separate from behaviors, alignment of our curriculum to agreed-upon standards, and developing reassessment practices reflect important research-based advancements. This work was thoughtful and valuable and we stand by it as well as the goals of competency-based education. The shifts this year have all been thoughtfully implemented so that we can realize the communicated purpose of grades in SAU 39 by ensuring that the system of grading and reporting more accurately and easily communicates student learning to all stakeholders.
Overall, the simplification of the grade calculation provides more clarity for the entire process. We need students, parents and teachers to all understand and be able to explain how grades are earned and calculated. Again, it’s important to keep in mind that the shifts this year are not taking us back to traditional grading practices. We continue to employ a competency-based approach that communicates how students are performing on a set of clearly defined and pre-determined learning targets by the end of a course.
Click here for a full description of the updates and here for a narrated presentation that describes the context, updates, and feedback so far.
A Note on PowerSchool
Students' scores should be updated in PowerSchool by the 1st and 15th of every month. This does not necessarily mean that there will be new scores that impact the course score, but that whatever formative or summative work has been graded up to that point will be included, including Work Study Practices. If you are new to PowerSchool or would like a refresher, please click here for a presentation illustrating PowerSchool access for parents and students.
Please reach out to teachers directly with questions regarding course-specific grading, reporting and assessment practices. Any additional questions can be directed to the Dean of Faculty, Dana Curran at DCurran@sau39.org.
An email was sent home on September 19 outlining the guidelines for the Honors Challenge. Students interested in pursuing an Honors Challenge in a course should complete the Honors Form currently available in PowerSchool. Parents/Guardians will also have to complete the form. To access the Honors Form in PowerSchool, log into the student/parent portal and click on “student forms”. The Honors Challenge form is in the 2022-23 SHS section. Students and parents/guardians will each need to log into their accounts to sign the form. Please submit a response for each class in which you wish to pursue honors. The form will be available after September 26 and must be completed by students and parents Friday, October 14. Teachers will email students and families by October 26 to acknowledge honors challenge enrollment. If you believe you have enrolled in the Honors Challenge but have not received an email by October 26th, please contact the teacher directly in order to ensure successful enrollment.
The school day on Wednesday, October 12 will run from 8:30-12:30 with buses departing SHS at 12:45. Buses will also run at 3:40 as usual, though students should not remain on campus without purpose.
Students in Grade 9: Upon consultation with 9th grade teams, students will attend team classes following a modified schedule.
Students in Grade 10: Students have a modified schedule based around their Humanities classes (to compensate for lost instructional time due to NWEA and picture day). Students will also attend sessions for Division 1 and Wellness.
Students in Grade 11: Students will take the PSAT and be dismissed upon completion.
Students in Grade 12: Past practice has been to hold a senior hike on PSAT day. Due to a lack of availability of transportation, the fall senior hike is not an option this year. In lieu of the hike, students will engage in a senior work/post-secondary exploration day, supported with on and off-campus options. Students completed a Google Form this week in advisory indicating how they will spend their time on this day and whether they will work on or off campus.
The Preliminary SAT exam will be administered to all juniors on Wednesday, October 12th beginning at 8:30am. This is a great opportunity our district gives to all 11th graders to assist them in preparing for the SAT. The school based SAT will be administered in late March to juniors. This year we will also administer the PSAT 10 to sophomores in late March. Please click here for more important information about the PSAT.
Students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement who are planning to take the AP exams in May will be asked to register by making their payment between October 13 - November 1. Payment per exam is $97 which will be able to be made through your “My School Bucks” account or by check to student services. More information will go out to students/parents early next week.
Senior Year Notes
Seniors, important Early Action/Early Decision deadlines are approaching. Please make sure to see your counselor and have the Naviance updated with the colleges you are applying you by the SHS deadlines associated with the college deadline dates -
College Deadline / SHS Deadline
November 1 / October 6 - Thursday
November 15 / October 13 - Thursday
Senior Yearbook Pictures
High resolution, vertical JPEGs of your senior are due no later than October 21st! Click here to upload them to our private photo submission link. If for some reason the link does not work and requires a User ID (this can happen if they use safari) the User ID is: 0jwfc8cLpKnxTwRrIDcKg-w.
National Honor Society
Seniors whose end of year GPA last year was a 3.6 or above were notified of their qualification for application for National Honor Society on 9/28. The deadline for applications is 10/12. Students will be notified of their acceptance status by 10/28 in advance of the 11/1 college application deadline.
Senior Project News
Senior Project mentor pairings will be released on 10/7 via the Class of 2023 Google Classroom. Once seniors know who their mentor is they should reach out to their mentor and arrange a time and place for their weekly meetings. Senior Project proposal letters are due on October 31st; the first panel meeting will take place after school on November 1st.
Below are additional details regarding senior project that families and students should review:
Senior Project Resource Packet - This document contains information related to all parts of the project, including checkpoints and rubrics and specific applied piece requirements
- Senior Project Important Dates - A few big dates to add to calendars include: Panel Meetings on 11/1, 1/10, and 4/20 from 3:15pm and of course presentation days on 5/18 and 5/19.
Senior Project Community Volunteers Needed!
We need your help! The Senior Project is a cornerstone of the Souhegan High School experience. An integral part of this process is the inclusion of Amherst and Mont Vernon community members just like you. We are looking for community members to join the Souhegan staff to help guide our seniors throughout this year-long process. No special skills or experience is required, just a willingness to be part of this exciting capstone project.
Each community member will join three Souhegan staff members on a panel that will follow several Souhegan students through their senior project. Panels will meet with students and check on their progress four times throughout the year. Each meeting will focus on a specific element of the senior project: the Proposal Letter, the Applied Piece Proposal, Research, the Applied Piece, and Presentation. During panel meetings students will present their work to date; panel members will provide feedback and use a rubric to determine if the student’s work is passing or incomplete.
No prior knowledge or specific skills are needed to serve on a panel. Community members will need to attend training and please fill out this form. You will also receive assistance from the Souhegan staff members on their panel.
If volunteering to serve on a panel it is essential that you are able to attend all three of the panel meetings, as well as the final presentations.
Proposal Letter Panel: Tuesday November 1, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Applied Piece Proposal Letter Panel: Tuesday January 10, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Project Completion Panel: Tuesday April 20, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Presentations: Thursday, May 18 and Friday May 19, 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Specific information is contained in the Senior Project Resource Packet, available Senior Project Packet or on the Souhegan website.
If interested please contact:
Kathy Maddock (email@example.com) or
Ryan Lemieux (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please let us know if you are interested by Friday, November 14, 2022
The Learning Commons has become a hub of activity at Souhegan. Students can learn, collaborate and recharge, and drop-in tutoring is available every period from teachers and support staff. Additionally, we are working on recruiting and training peer tutors. Check the Learning Commons Support Schedule to see what support is available during each period.
Want some free SAT prep? Each week the Learning Commons gives away two $5 Dunkin gift cards to two students who correctly answer a sample SAT question. Students can scan QR codes in the Learning Commons to see the prompts. Additionally, the New Hampshire Department of Education is inviting students to participate in free SAT prep courses! Click here for more information.
Clubs & Activities
There are a few spots left for the 2023 France trip! If you are interested in traveling from Paris to the French Riviera during April vacation next year, contact Michelle Castell (Mcastell@sau39.org)or Elisa Kirschhoffer (email@example.com). You do not need to be a current French student to travel with us!
Spanish Honors Society
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the approximately 60.4 million Hispanic or Latino citizens in our country and in the world beyond our own borders. Begun by Lyndon Johnson in 1968, it was a mere week long; however, under Ronald Reagan twenty years later, it was extended to span a month, and was thus enacted into law on the 17th of August, 1988 (United States Census). Not only does Hispanic Heritage Month celebrate the contributions, diverse cultures, and histories of our Hispanic brethren, but for several countries, it celebrates their independence days (e.g., Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua on September 15; Mexico’s September 16; Chile’s September 18). While officially recognized from the fifteenth of September to the fifteenth of October, a mere month should not hold us back from celebrating those who have woven the social fabric of society alongside us. Let us always be united by the bond of brotherhood that strengthens, beautifies, and humanizes us all.
Click here to view information from the latest Saber Spotlight that was held on Monday, October 3rd!