Chichester Central School News

August 19, 2020

Dates to Remember

8/25 CCS Faculty Returns

9/1 First Day of In Person Instruction (Cohort A)

9/4-7 No School - Labor Day Weekend

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

Message from Your Principal

Hello All!


All of us here at CCS are excited to kick off the 2020-2021 school year! Although there are many changes that will be in place due to COVID, we hope to be able to make CCS feel like the school that you've come to know as a home-away-from-home. Please be on the lookout for communication on Remote Learning (coming the end of this week), bus routes and protocols (beginning of next week), individual school tour appointments (information coming early next week), chromebook assignments (information coming by the end of this week), middle school soccer and cross-country (information coming by the end of this week) as well as continued updates to procedures.


SOCCER COACH NEEDED: we're looking for a dynamite soccer coach for the fall! Interested applicants should contact jrichardson@sau53.org or Stacy Boyden (CCS Athletic Director) sboyden@sau53.org.


Thank you to everyone that completed their assignment survey several weeks ago. If for some reason you were not able to complete this, please give our main office a call, and Mrs. Burke would be pleased to help you. By now, all enrolled students should have received their cohort assignment.


Plans for CCS remote learning options will be available by the end of this week. As a reminder, any child participating in a remote learning option, either through CCS or VLACS, or a homeschooling option, will not be provided instruction by their regularly assigned 20-21 teacher. Homeschool options will be family-directed, and remote options will be directed by remote-only CCS educators or through VLACS. If your child is enrolled in VLACS, they will connect myself and Mrs. Carrier to your student's account. This will allow us to provide a smooth transition back to CCS, at the time of your choosing.


As a reminder, even if you indicated that your child will be riding a bus this year, as always, you are still welcome to drop them off at school as a car rider. Please remember to continue sending notes into school with changes to drop off and pick up arrangements.


Thank you for the outpouring of positive support for our staff as we work through this unprecedented time. We love our community, and we can't wait to welcome our kids and families back through our doors!


With much gratitude,


Jess, Principal

Community and School Working Together

This year, the New Hampshire Primary and General Election will be held at Chichester Central School. With the current situation with COVID-19, the Town has a need for a larger single location with multiple entrances and exits to hold the NH Primary and the General Election. The Administration and School Board was approached about being able to use the multi-purpose room for both of these elections; which the Board approved. The Administration and School Board are happy to work together to make both elections successful and to keep all the voters and those working at the polls safe. The Primary will be held on Tuesday September 8, 2020 and the General Election will be on November 3, 2020.

A special thanks to the reopening team

A special shoutout to the following staff members for volunteering their own time to help with the creation and implementation of our Reopening Plan! They are listed in no particular order:

  • Christina Carrier, Cohort Assignment Subcommittee Co-Chair

  • Jessica Casey

  • Anne Lakeman

  • Amy Binder

  • Vicki Burke, Cohort Assignment Subcommittee Co-Chair

  • Corinne Rowe

  • Resa Audet

  • Sarah Downer

  • Jenn Miner

  • Ruth Bidwell

  • Cammy Guest

  • Ashley Paine

  • Kate Dockham, Scheduling Subcommittee Chair

  • Laurie Jaquith

  • Julie Strazzeri, Procedures/Protocols Subcommittee Chair

  • Lynne Marston

  • Anna Benevides

  • Jane Heeley, Related Services Subcommittee Chair

  • Alex Libby

  • Chris Gagnon

  • Chantal Duval

  • Jess Richardson, Principal

Curriculum News - Eureka Math

Following a successful pilot during the 2019-2020 school year, Chichester Central School has now officially adopted Eureka Math as its new math curriculum. This program is being utilized throughout the SAU, as it has been shown to move beyond the traditional methods emphasized in many textbooks today, and toward a much deeper level of conceptual understanding. It is very much in line with the CCS mission: "To educate our students to become independent thinkers, problem-solvers, and self-directed learners." When students move beyond just memorizing facts and formulas, to truly understanding the how and why behind them, they are naturally more engaged, inquisitive, and better equipped to handle more complex problems in the future.


For parents and teachers alike, this approach looks and feels a lot different from the math we experienced as kids. That is why, along with brand new materials and manipulatives this year, our teachers will continue to collaborate with Karolyn Wurster, a mathematics education consultant, who will meet with them quarterly to help solidify and enhance the learning experience for all.


Please look forward to future updates and communications about Eureka Math. In the meantime, check out https://greatminds.org/math/parents to learn more about the curriculum, and how you can support your child(ren) with it at home. Additionally, an extensive collection of Eureka materials, including lesson plans and printables, can be found for all grade levels at https://embarc.online/.

Staff Spotlight: Unified Arts

A Few More Staff Shout-Outs!

As if they didn't have enough on their plates with the planning of a safe and successful reopening plan, many CCS teachers have also been participating in a variety of professional development activities. Their efforts this summer will ensure that along with being safe at school this year, CCS students will continue to be engaged in high quality learning experiences. The following are just a few examples of the topics our teachers dug into over the summer:


Project Based Learning Leadership Team Workshop

This workshop was a three day intensive dive into how we can support the conditions for Project Based Learning at CCS. Throughout the upcoming school year, this hardworking team of teachers will share their experience and help foster a project-based mindset for teaching and learning in our school. Thank you to Mrs. Lakeman, Mrs. Guest, Mrs. Binder, Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Rowe for taking this on for our students and staff!


CCS Literacy Symposium

Another group of CCS educators spent two days engaging in professional dialogue around the following essential question: How do we best use our resources to evolve our literacy programs and data collection here at CCS? Together the group generated lists of ideas, resources, and collaborative systems to ensure that all CCS students continue to learn at high levels, whether they are with us in person or remotely. Thank you to Mrs. Audet, Mrs. Mara, Mrs. Jaquith, Mrs. Sanborn, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Rowe, Mrs. Kneeland, and Mrs. Dockam!


Eureka Math Training

Classroom teachers new to Eureka were invited to attend an intensive three day trainings with Karolyn Wurster as part of the beginning of our full-school Eureka implementation. All classroom teachers will also be working with Ms. Wurster throughout the 20-21 school year as part of local area cohorts.

Kindergarten/New Student Registration and Re-enrollment

ALMA is the Student Information System used to house our digital registration forms, student grades, and student information. Parents/guardians access ALMA to complete registration, annual permission forms, and to view student grades and report cards.


If you have a child who is new to our school, you will need to set up a new account. If you have a student who is returning for another year, simply login to ALMA and update any contact information, medical information and permissions on file for the current school year.


We are so excited meet our new friends and welcome back our returning ones for the 2020-2021 school year at CCS!

Complete Registration or Re-enroll

This link will take you to more information about how create and/or update your ALMA account. KINDERGARTEN/NEW STUDENTS: BE SURE TO CALL THE MAIN OFFICE TO COMPLETE NECESSARY NOTARIZED PAPERWORK.

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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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.