Weekly Cougar News

ConVal High School Happenings - October 2, 2020

Message From Principal McKillop

Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation!

We are excited to welcome into the building on Monday, October 5, all blue cohort students who have decided to join us for in-person learning.

The facilities crew has been working hard to make sure our outdoor classrooms are ready to go (please watch the short video below). Our teachers are excited to meet new students next week and to engage with all students, either in-person or remotely.

If a student has a class outside, please make sure they have checked the weather and have the appropriate attire for the elements.

Students joining us in-person should come to school with a fully-charged Chromebook.

Have a wonderful weekend,


Reminders to our ConVal students

  • Monday, October 5th All of the BLUE cohorts students come to school.
  • A reminder to ALL STUDENTS & FAMILIES - the SATS are being held for 12th graders on Wednesday, October 14th at ConVal High School. For students not testing that day, it will be a remote learning day
  • Please remind your student to have their Chromebook fully charged for their school day.
  • Please remind your student to check emails regularly for updates from their teachers.
  • If your student has a class outdoors, please remind them to dress appropriately as temperatures may vary.
  • All students should wear a face covering (mask).
  • Please help remind students that when on campus they should physically distance.

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • October 12, 2020 - Columbus Day — no classes for students, PD for teachers
  • October 14, 2020 - SAT Testing
  • October 17, 2020 - PSAT Testing
  • October 21, 2020 - Viewing of Upstanders
  • October 22, 2020 - NHHEAF Financial Aid Virtual Presentation

School Counseling Department

Mental Health Trilogy

The ConVal School District is partnering with IndieFlix to offer a 3 part documentary series on key mental health topics impacting students. In conjunction with October being Anti-Bullying month, the series kicks off with Upstanders.

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Upstanders is a documentary that highlights the power of resilience and connection to combat bullying – followed by a panel discussion. Parents are strongly urged to view the films with their student. The film and panel discussion will be streamed on Wednesday, Oct. 21st at 6pm. To learn more about the program, click to register for the viewing.

Financial Aid Night

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation will be offering a Virtual Financial Aid Information Session on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm. Seniors and parents should mark their calendar for this important information session if they are planning to apply to college. The link for the virtual information session will be shared closer to the event.

LAST CALL SATs Opt Out or Transportation – SATs for 12th grade students are being held on Wednesday, October 14th. This replaces the state testing that was scheduled for the spring. Families seeking to opt their student out of testing, or who may need district transportation on the day of testing, must respond to this survey by Monday, October 5.

Families are strongly encouraged to arrange their own transportation for their student. Blue Cohort students need to arrive on campus by 7:15 in order to be in their test rooms promptly at 7:30. Gold Cohort students need to arrive on campus by 8:30 in order to be I their test rooms promptly at 8:45. More details will be sent specifically to seniors and their families next week.

For more information about the SAT, including test-taking tips and sample test questions, view the SAT Student Guide.


This is the last week to sign up for the PSAT. Sign-up and payment is due by next Friday, October 9. If testing fills up, we will move to a waitlist. The test is taking place on Saturday, October 17.

The test takes approximately 3 hours. Gold Cohort students will need to arrive at 7:15 to be in their testing rooms by 7:30. Blue cohort students will need to arrive at 8:15 to be in their testing rooms by 8:30.

The PSAT is an optional exam that is used as a practice opportunity for the SAT. It is designed for juniors, but is open to both 11th and 10th graders, with top scoring 11th graders having the potential to earn recognition through the National Merit Scholarship program.

To sign up for the test, please use this link.

Payment can be submitted by mailing to the school (ATTN: Stacy Whitaker), dropping off during the hours of 7:30-2:00 pm by pulling into the busloop and calling the office, or by dropping off with Stacy Whitaker in the counseling office.

Region 14 ATC

Applied Technology Center (ATC) Scholarship Opportunities:

  • 2020 Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship - up to $2,500 - deadline: October 15, 2020 @noon

  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for American high school graduating seniors to spend the year after graduation in Germany. This opportunity offers students a chance to pursue vocational interests, such as:

      • Architecture

      • Culinary Arts

      • Education

      • Engineering

      • Veterinary Science

      • Graphic Design

      • Information Technology

      • Health Care

      • International Business

      • Forestry

    Applications are due January 15, 2021. See Mrs. Kiley if you need assistance.

Running Start Program

Running Start Enrollments Begin Soon!

One of the exciting opportunities available to students of ConVal High School and the Region 14 Applied Technology Center is the option to take dual enrollment or Running Start classes where students earn transcripted college credit at the same time that they earn their high school credit. Students who elect the Running Start option will be following a curriculum that matches with the related course taught at either Manchester or Nashua Community College.

This year students will be viewing a recorded presentation from the community college with their class in early October. At that point, they will be given information to sign up online for the Running Start credit.

The tuition is covered by the ConVal School District. Students and their parents/guardians must opt in to earn the credit. Registrations will close on October 30, and there will be no retroactive enrollments. Credit is available only to students in grades 10-12.

For the Fall semester, the following classes are eligible for Running Start credit:

  • AP Biology is being offered this school year for Running Start credit, not AP Chemistry.

  • AP Calculus

  • Automotive Technology II (at Mascenic High School)

  • Careers in Education I

  • Careers in Education II

  • College Composition

  • Computer Networking I

  • Computer Programming & Software Development I

  • Engineering I

  • Engineering II

  • Engineering III

  • Graphic Design II

  • Human Growth and Development


The fall athletic season got underway on Monday, September 14th. There are 193 athletes participating in skills and drills activities in cross country, field hockey, football, golf, boys and girls soccer and volleyball. Participation in these skills and drills activities are organized following the high school’s Blue and Gold academic cohort model.

For the latest guidance update by the Athletic Department regarding fall sports, please click here.

The ConVal Athletic Department would like to welcome three new coaches. Health and Wellness teacher Amanda Carey is coaching Varsity Girls Soccer, Math teacher Matt Harris is the new Interim Varsity Football coach and English teacher Glenn Hammett is our new Assistant Cross Country coach.

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