The Souhegan Scoop

January 27, 2023

Upcoming Events

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Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders

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Conversation with Mike Berry, Principal of Souhegan High School

This month's Conversation with Mike Berry was cancelled due to inclement weather. We will continue in the month of February with a Zoom session on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30pm. More details to come!

SAT Prep for Juniors

The SAT with Essay, which covers English language arts (reading and writing) and mathematics, is required for every New Hampshire 11th grader. The school-wide testing date for the SATs is March 22, 2023. We will continue to build test awareness and prep skills with our juniors from now until test date. SAT Prep classes will begin before and after school next week on Tuesday, January 31. Students who registered received confirmation emails on Friday, January 27 with their session information and instructors.

Grading and Reporting Updates

This week marks the official start of Semester 2 for us at Souhegan. Progress Reports for Semester 1 are available to view in PowerSchool. Click here for instructions. As a reminder, grades for full-year courses remain rolling through the end of the year.

Internet & Social Media Safety Night for Parents

On February 1st, at 6pm in the Info Center, there will be an Internet and Social Media Safety Night for Parents. This presentation is put on by the ICAC team (Internet Crimes Against Children) and the Amherst Police Department. We will be talking about trends we are seeing as well as safety tips to best support your student. All parents are welcome!

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School Highlights

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Kelli Braley has been recognized by the NIAAA as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Kelli Braley has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

Kelli Braley is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

About the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)

The NIAAA is an accredited organization and is the professional organization for interscholastic athletic administrators. Based in Indianapolis, IN, the NIAAA’s mission is to provide professional development options for directors of athletics, and to enhance the athletic administration profession. With a current individual membership of over 12,000, the NIAAA consists of member state athletic administrator associations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as internationally. The NIAAA champions the profession of athletic administration through education opportunities, advocating ethics, developing leaders, and fostering community. For more information, visit the NIAAA website at

Accelerating/Advancing in Mathematics

On Thursday February 2, 2022, the Souhegan High School Math Department will host an informational meeting for students and parents of students who are interested in accelerating/advancing in mathematics.

The evening’s agenda will encompass:

  • The current math pathways at SHS.

  • Advancement opportunities available to all students.

The meeting will be held in the Learning Commons at 6:30pm. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents so everyone is in the loop and understands the expectations and opportunities available. If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to receive the information, please fill out the form linked below and the information will be emailed to you.

* Unable to Attend Form Please use the link and complete the form to receive the information shared at the information session.

Julie Colby

Math Department

Acceleration Coordinator

Creating Friendship for Peace

Creating Friendship for Peace (CFP) invites Amherst and Mont Vernon families to consider a volunteer teen hosting opportunity for July 2023.

We are seeking 4 to 8 families willing to open their homes to teen pairs arriving from Israel/Palestine and the island of Cyprus-- both countries with divided lands.

Your willingness to participate in this two-week or the month-long friendship-building program will deliver teens from opposing sides of their nation's conflict a memorable and transformative experience-- the chance to develop unlikely friendships with their former enemies and to begin the work of re-imagining their lives as future leaders of a peaceful nation.

If you are interested in learning more or have further questions about CFP, please get in touch with Bo Dean, the New Hampshire Coordinator, or Marjie Hobbs in the Info Center.

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Green Out Day

We had a very fun and successful GREEN OUT day! Green Out day celebrates the Class of 2026's transition to the Souhegan as the newest members of our community. We started the day with announcements and music by the Freshman, along with some special surprises from the cafe that even had green food on the menu. The hallways were awash in green t-shirts, tutus, headbands, and lots of green beads! We welcome the Class of 2026 and hope they felt a little extra love today!
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Learning Sportsmanship with SHS Football Players

Thank you to the SHS football players who visited Wilkins today to talk to our 4th graders about sportsmanship and playing football for fun at recess. Such a great experience for all of the kids!
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Get To Know SHS

Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!

Katie Rawl

What is your role at Souhegan?

Special Ed Admin

How long have you been with Souhegan?

6 months

What do you love about your job?

The students, the the various teams I work on! Every day is different and unexpected!!

What do you like to do outside of work?

Spend time with my family, spend time outside, crafting.

If you were given one wish what would it be?

I'd wish for a few more hours in the day!

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

It is, what it is!

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Student Services

Course Selection 2023

Believe it or not, course selection for the 2023-2024 academic year is upon us! Please review the timeline for course selection. Following the online course selection, students will meet with their counselors to review and confirm their course selection. More specific information will be provided to each class during the presentations.

Rising Seniors -

Course selection presentations - 1/18 - 1/19

Online course selection - 1/18 - 26

Rising Juniors -

Course selection presentations - 1/24 - 1/25

Online course selection - 1/24 - 2/1

Rising Sophomores -

Course selection presentations - 1/24 - 1/25

Online course selection - 1/24 - 2/1

CTE Open Houses

Interested Students and their Parents are invited to attend the Open Houses hosted by the following CTE sites:

Alvirne CTE - Feb. 1 5:30pm-7:30pm

Milford CTE - Feb. 2 6:00pm-8:00pm


We are very fortunate to live in a community that supports our graduating seniors with over 70 scholarship opportunities. On Tuesday, February 14th, we encourage you to log into your Naviance account where you will be able to review the criteria and requirements for each scholarship. There is something for everyone whether you are matriculating to a 2 or 4 year college or pursuing a career at a vocational or training program. Last year’s graduating class received over one-hundred thousand dollars!

A sampling of criteria:

- Attending a Community College, Vocational or Technical

- Pursuing a degree in Agriculture, Art, Business, Culinary, Engineering, Law Enforcement, Music, Nursing, Teaching, Theatre, Science

- Academic Success at Souhegan

- Above and beyond Community Service hours

More detailed information will be shared with you soon. If you would like help identifying which scholarships may suit you – please do not hesitate to come see Maren in Student Services!

Senior Year Notes

Senior Project News

Two weeks ago senior project panels convened to review seniors' Applied Piece Proposal letters. Seniors were told if their work had been marked complete or incomplete. If incomplete, seniors have a list of specific tasks that need to be completed in a timely manner.

Our next checkpoint is on March 15, and will take place with the senior and their mentor only; complete panels are not convening for this meeting. We look forward to seeing students' completed research at this point.

NCC “Express Admissions Day”

On January 30, an admissions representative will meet with interested seniors to apply and receive an admissions decision immediately. The appointments take approximately 15 minutes. Please register for an appointment with Michelle in Student Services or with your counselor.

Community Service Opportunities

Mont Vernon Village School Sweetheart Dance

WHEN: Saturday, February 11 from 6pm to 8pm

WHERE: Mont Vernon Village School

WHAT: concessions and collecting entrance fees

Sign up at:

Questions - email Sara at

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a space for students to work, relax, and get support. As a new semester begins, it’s a great time to remember what’s happening in the Learning Commons:

  • Check to see what tutors are available each period. During almost every period you can find both adults and students ready to offer support.

  • As the school day SAT gets closer, students can use Khan Academy’s free, personalized SAT prep to get ready on their own. But students who want to work on that SAT prep with someone can do so in the Learning Commons.

  • For tutoring and SAT prep support, no appointments are necessary, but if anyone wants to schedule an appointment they can email

  • For the six weeks leading up to the school day SAT, we will be hosting our SAT prompt contest every week! That means that every Monday morning students can scan QR codes in the Learning Commons to try out one math prompt and one reading/writing prompt. Students who get the correct answers are entered into a drawing to win a $10 Dunkin gift card!

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Community Council

The SHS Community Council has been doing work in committees to prepare for Fang Fest, examine graduation requirements, revise our student handbook, and come up with fundraising ideas. Our next meeting will be Monday, January 30th from 3:00-3:45 in the Info Center.

Performing Arts

Check out the latest edition of the Souhegan Performing Arts Newsletter!
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Don’t miss all of the great times at Souhegan High School that are in the 2023 yearbook!

Yearbooks are on sale now! Please follow this link directly to the Souhegan page! Here you will see the yearbook and parent ad offers that you can click to make your purchases!

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Saber Spotlight

Click here to view information from the latest Saber Spotlight that was held on Tuesday, January 17!

Community Events

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FEMA Seeks Leaders for Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA is accepting applications for the Youth Preparedness Council, a program that brings teens together from across the nation who are interested and engaged in community preparedness.

National Leaders in Emergency Preparedness

Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness. Students in grades eight through 11 are eligible to apply.

During their one-year term, council members will collaborate virtually with each other to develop projects that promote preparedness on a local and national scale. Members will also attend the council summit in July and engage with top leaders within FEMA, the federal government, and national non-profit organizations.

Youths interested in applying to the council must submit a completed application form and provide two letters of recommendation. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. PT, March 6, 2023. New council members will be announced in June.

To access the application materials, read about the current council members, and for more information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: FEMA Blog on, @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol on Twitter, FEMA or FEMA Espanol on Facebook, @FEMA on Instagram, and via FEMA YouTube channel.

Also, follow Administrator Deanne Criswell on Twitter @FEMA_Deanne.



The NHIAA is exploring adding E-Sports! Possibly offering two (2) separate E-Sports tournaments at SNHU in the spring of 2023 (late March/early April). If you are interested in being part of this pilot, scan the link below and provide your info.

Weekly Schedule can be found here. Hope to see you at some games!


Souhegan High School will be participating in the Penguin Plunge February 11th at Hampton Beach to benefit Special Olympics NH. Did you know that Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people? Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities. Athletes find joy, confidence, and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They inspire their communities to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. The donations we collect will go to support this important work!

You can get involved in 2 ways:

  1. Join our flock by registering at and start collecting donations. If you’re not able to make the plunge on Feb 11th in person, you can make the plunge your own with a DIY kit!

  2. Donate to the Souhegan High School Flock