Weekly Cougar News
ConVal High School Happenings - November 18, 2022
Message from Principal McKillop
Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation!
We kicked off celebrations of student accomplishments this week on Monday with the National Honor Society induction ceremonies on campus. Returning officers spoke about each of the respective four pillars (leadership, service, character, scholarship), new students were inducted, and haikus were created for the inductees. I was grateful to read names that evening and share in the celebration with students and families.
This week, winter sports officially started and we saw our first snowflakes on Wednesday. As a reminder, if you are a parent and did not get the test snow call on Wednesday evening by Dr. Rizzo Saunders, please email Mark Schaub at firstname.lastname@example.org. Communication is important to us and we want to make sure you get communications that are sent regarding inclement weather.
In the spirit of communication, we want to hear from you because we value your voice! Further below is a link to a parent school culture survey. I would highly encourage you to fill this out as we gather your feedback and work towards growing as a school community.
Tomorrow, the Class of 2023 will host the ConVal Holiday Craft Fair here in the high school gym. It is typically a well-attended event that takes place from 9am-2:00pm. Some vendors take credit cards and checks, but others only accept cash. There will be a food court hosted by ConVal students. Please see more information below in the newsletter.
This month always reminds me about how essential it is to experience gratefulness and how important it is to extend gratitude to others. Pictured with me above is my youngest son. I am grateful to have a healthy five-month old who loves to watch and giggle at his soon to be three-year old brother. I try to remember these sweet moments, especially when he doesn't sleep at night 🙂. I hope that at some point this month there is a moment when you can pause and feel or show gratitude for someone or something.
Since next week is only a two-day school week, there will not be a newsletter sent via email. The newsletter will resume with its next edition on Friday, December 2.
Have a wonderful weekend and happy Thanksgiving!
Table of Contents
Upcoming Dates and Events
ConVal Holiday Craft Fair
Panorama Parent Survey
ConVal Career & Technical Education
School Counseling News
Athletic, Co-Curricular and Club Updates
Envirothon Team Visits Fox Forest
NHS Induction Ceremony
Class of 2024 Fundraiser Information
Class of 2025 Fundraiser Information
Graditude Scavenger Hunt
Snowball Winter Formal
Clothes Donations Wanted
End 68 Hours of Hunger Information
Winter Clothing Day (Avenue A)
Crisis Text Line Information
Upcoming Important Dates and Events
- November 19, 2022 Craft Fair at ConVal High School (Gym)
- November 19, 2022 All-State Auditions
- November 23-25, 2022 No School: Thanksgiving Recess
- December 5, 2022 Winter Play Auditions
- December 5 & 6 Holiday Trees in Peterborough
- December 20 Evening Winter Concert
ConVal Holiday Craft Fair Tomorrow!
The ConVal Holiday Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, November 19, from 9 AM – 2 PM. There will be holiday decorations that are handmade by crafters and makers of all sorts as well hand-knit and crocheted clothing items by local artisans. In addition, representatives from national brands and direct sales vendors will present a wide variety of merchandise. A student-run food court will offer hot meals (soups, chili, mac & cheese, meatballs, kielbasa), sweet treats (cookies, muffins, and brownies), snacks (popcorn), as well as coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and soda. Come join us at the ConVal Holiday Craft Fair!
We Value Your Voice!
The Panorama parent survey is specific to our parent community and the information obtained from the survey will be used to provide valuable information for our school leaders. Please take a moment to fill out the survey by clicking here: surveys.panoramaed.com/conval and entering access code 9890529412. Thank you in advance for contributing your voice and perspective!
Ms. Croteau's Physical Science Class
Ms. Croteau's block 1 Physical Science class is doing a lab with pennies that is modeling half life decay. Students are working in groups to count the pennies and combine each group's data to create a list of whole group data. Students then create a graphical representation of the data, using an online graphical resource to model the data. Students will be analyzing the graphs to answer questions when the lab is complete.
Mrs. Rushford's Eastern World Heritage Class
Students in Mrs. Rushford's Eastern World Heritage class are working independently on their geographical understanding of the development of East Asia. This particular unit has students looking at the importance of the Yangtze and the Yellow Rivers and how the behaviors of these rivers impacted the history, culture, economics, religion and politics of this region. Through the use of readings and maps, students gain a greater appreciation of the impact that geography has had on the development of China.
ATC Students Learn To Use Scroll Saw
Mr. Scaramellino's Woodshop students learn the proper and safe operation of scroll saws for woodwork. JET scroll saws offer 22 inches of throat capacity and an arm that tilts 40 degrees left and 45 degrees right while keeping the worktable flat for more accurate cutting.
Seniors Frances Johnson and Caroline Stultz and Junior Liberty Kemp recently completed the Licensed Nursing Assistant program at ConVal. The program is offered in conjunction with LNA Health Careers out of Manchester. Students complete classroom instructional time before going into the field for clinical work under supervision. All three students took the state LNA exam and passed! Congratulations on a job well done.
Stetzer (Class of '22) Wins Architectural Award
Congratulations to Alec Stetzer (Class of 2022) who recently received the Best Overall Project Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIANH) for a model he had designed and submitted in the spring. Stetzer currently studies architecture at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
The actual award was for “Best Design, Overall Superiority, in all aspects of Design Solution, Model, and Graphic Presentation.” In selecting Alec’s model for this Best Overall Project award, the jury wrote: “It is clear that Alec truly understands every aspect of an architectural project and concept.”
“We appreciate his attention to detail and exploring construction elements at early points in the design, asking himself the question: ‘How is this actually constructed, and what systems should I integrate into the fabric of this structure that could benefit both itself and the surrounding environment?’ Alec also took on the challenge of creating a unique model shape, daring to be different. Alec impressed the jury with his willingness to take a risk while also being articulate in his overall design.”
ConVal High School Counseling
Athletic and Co-Curricular Updates
Upcoming in Athletics and Co-curriculars:
Winter Sport Registration is Open: To register your athlete for winter sports, please use the FamilyID link. https://www.familyid.com/ Be sure your athlete’s physical is updated (within the last 2 years and will not expire during the season) and is on file with the athletics department. Also, each athlete will need an up-to-date impact test for our concussion protocol. Payment options for participation are included in the link. Please reach out to the ConVal Athletics and Co-curricular Department if you have any questions.
Girls and Boys Hockey: 11/28
Girls and Boys Basketball: 11/28
Unified Basketball: 11/28
Indoor Track: 11/28
Spirit Team: 11/28
The weight room is available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6am to 7am with a signed permission slip. Permission slips can be picked up at the main office or the Athletics and Co-curricular office.
Big News: Wrestling and Swimming started this past week for ConVal winter sports. It has been exciting seeing some of our winter athletes get started in their respective seasons. Please go to our athletics website to check out our home meets and matches for wrestling. Our swim team will be using the Keene State pool for their practices and home meets. Best of luck to all our wrestlers and swimmers.
Big News: The Athletics and Co-curricular office has launched a ConVal Nation Instagram account if you would like to follow. The purpose of the account is to highlight all the amazing things our students, coaches, advisors, and community members do. Please follow ConVal Nation at…
On Tuesday, November 15, members of the ConVal High School Envirothon team went to a full-day training event at the Fox Research and Demonstration Forest in Hillsborough. The forest encompasses 1,445 acres and the Henry I. Baldwin Forestry Education Center.
ConVal High School Inducts 15 Into National Honor Society
On November 14, the ConVal Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 15 new members with a ceremony in the Lucy Hurlin Theatre. ConVal’s NHS advisors Sara Longo and Amy Rushford as well as principal McKillop participated in the event.
Students are bestowed with this honor by a group of ConVal faculty based on outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Once inducted, National Honor Society students participate in service projects throughout the school year, based on students’ interests.
The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and outlying territories, which consists of many chapters in high schools. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
The following students were inducted: Wyatt Beaulieu, Bryson Boice, Wyatt Burbank, Jake Daniels, Jack Harris, Charlotte Henderson, Samantha Henderson, Allison Hodgen, Lucy Jackson, Austin Klonel, Nathan Klonel, Eva McCullough, Elizabeth Petrov, Laura Phillips, and Elise Robbins.
Snow Ball Winter Formal
Donations of new or gently used (no stains, please) men's formal wear (shirts, pants, and ties).
Donations may be dropped off at the main office to the attention of Jennifer Kiley.
End 68 Hours of Hunger Is Here To Help
Your child is invited to participate in a weekend food program. It is available to students in the ConVal School District. This program provides ConVal students with extra meals for Friday evening through Sunday evening. Your permission is needed for your child to take advantage of this free opportunity. This program is made possible by ‘End 68 Hours of Hunger’ which is a local, volunteer food organization whose mission is to help families feed their children over the weekend.
All food is non-perishable and easy to prepare, such as the food pictured on this form. Your child will receive a bag of food on Friday afternoon to take home for the weekend.
Volunteers at ‘End 68 Hours of Hunger’ do not have access to your child’s name.
For more details about the program, please click here.
Looking for Substitutes, Paraprofessionals
The ConVal School District is looking for substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.
The qualifications for employment as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional are as follows:
- Teaching experience not required
- Ability to work well with children and adults
- High school diploma or GED required
- At least 21 years of age
An appropriate certification or permission is required for long-term sub assignments.
To apply, please follow this link to the District’s online application system.
School Bus Drivers Needed
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- Sign-on bonus available of $1,500 for qualified applicants
- Part-time hours
- Same vacation days off as ConVal schools
- Bring your kids to work, save on childcare expenses
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