The Beacon

of Seacoast School of Technology October 2019

Proud Partner with Epping, Exeter, Newmarket, Raymond, Sanborn, Winnacunnet High Schools

Principal's Message

The Best Days of My Life


It was a pleasure to meet so many parents at our Open House. Nothing compares with the opportunity to work together to support our kids. Local rivalries may exist on the fields and courts between some of our sending schools, but here at SST students from Epping, Exeter, Newmarket, Raymond, Sanborn and Winnacunnet work together on One Team!For an educator, it really does not get better than this.

Within the last month, our students have been leading their learning in the classroom and out in the local community. I had the incredibly good fortune to accompany our Animal and Plant Science students on an academic competition. Although I do not qualify as an "International Harvester" I can tell you that there was no prouder fan at The Deerfield Fair September 27th - or on any day - for that matter. The poise and skills our kids demonstrated were nothing short of exceptional.

Riding the bus I not only saw students from area schools coming together, but our 2nd year students mentoring our first year students, cultivating a safe and collaborative programmatic culture. The Deerfield Fair is just one example of the real world learning experiences happening at SST every day. Last year, SST students earned 579 college courses earning 1,667 college credits. Our students not only take their learning outside our classrooms, but with them after graduation.

I hope you enjoy a look back at some of the Best Days of My Life this past month!

Sharon M Wilson


From the Office of Assistant Principal: Ms. Pamela Carr


Each year I field many phone calls and emails regarding our attendance policy. Please use the link below to review our attendance policy as it is different than your student's sending school's policy. If you have any questions please contact me via email: or phone: 775-8590. SST Attendance Policy

I look forward to an exciting and busy school year!

From School Counseling: Ms. Sharon Spooner, School Counselor

Thinking about what comes next?

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The first case of Severe Lung Disease/Injury in NH due to Vaping has been reported. We know we have students experimenting with this dangerous trend and we have grave concerns as a result about their health. There are resources at all of our sending schools and here at SST.

Please reach out to us, if we can be of any help. Use or possession of an electronic smoking device on the grounds of SST, on the way to or from, as well as at any SST event is a serious violation of our behavioral expectations.

More importantly, however, it is risky behavior that compromises the health and well being of our students.

Please be aware of the signs of use and potential dangers. Please click on the Title, "Vaping epidemic hits NH" to connect with the NH Department of Health and Human Services for more information and resources.

Animal & Plant Science: Ms. Anne DeMarco, Instructor

At the Deerfield Fair SST -FFA Members scooped ice cream at the NH Dairy Promotion Booth operated by NH Farm Bureau.

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At the Deerfield Fair FFA Members participated in forestry events, dairy judging and showmanship.

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SST students at the Deerfield Fair

This was the first year FFA was invited to participate in the pageant and we could not be more proud of Elizabeth Gardner (center in blue)

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Automotive Technologies: Mr. Matt Lobdell and Mr. Paul Yergeau; Instructors

The Volvo is Coming - The Volvo is Coming

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Thanks to Dan Enxing from Volvo Cars of Exeter SST is awaiting arrival of a Pre-Production Volvo. This is an incredible opportunity that will allow our students hands on experience with newer vehicles elevating their skills and the quality of our program.

Biomedical Science & Technology: Dr. Michael Murphy, Instructor

Mackenzie Ducharme and Biomedical group members observe Daphina in the SST pond tank using a video microscope.

Daphina or water fleas

Second Year Biomedical Students analyze DNA splicing

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Building Construction Technologies: Mr. Jim Klingensmith, Instructor

Building and Construction Students in the driver's seat (literally) of their education at NH Construction Career Day

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Building Construction Students in the driver seat of the education at Construction and Career Day

Careers in Education: Ms. Dawn Russell, Ms. Stacey Jordan and Ms. Janel Holmes, Instructors

Careers in Education 1 students have been exploring the characteristics of effective teaching, building their observation skills, and learning about the power of teacher language as a classroom management tool.

Careers in Education 2 students have been job shadowing in local elementary and middle schools to hone their observation skills to narrow down where they hope to conduct internships this year while learning and recognizing effective teacher techniques in multiple classrooms!

Guest Speakers this month include Bekah Kistler, Director of Great Bay Kids' Co (CE1), and Kristine Croeber, SLP (CE2).

Students from both CE1 and CE2 have also volunteered their services for Lincoln Street School's Open House.

Careers in Education students are looking forward to the Educators Rising NH Fall Conference, Teacherfest, on 10/18.

Back to Middle School Today!

CE2 students job shadowed at CMS this afternoon. Thank you teachers for welcoming us into your classrooms!
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CE1 & 2 student volunteered their services at Lincoln Street School’s Open House Thursday September 19th!!

CE2 students from SST went on job shadows at Lincoln Street School. We would like to thank all the teachers who welcomed the students to come in and job shadow in their classrooms!

CE2 students spent an afternoon job shadowing K-2 teachers at Main Street School!

Thank you for welcoming us into your classrooms!

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Computer Science: Mr. Norm Messa, Instructor

Tech Fun Night is Filled for this month but watch for exciting news about future events!

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Culinary Arts: Chef Margaret Foret

October 2nd

We started by taking the Amtrak Downeaster From Exeter to North Station. We had some time to kill so we walked to the Boston Public Garden / Boston Common and got to see the Make Way for Ducklings statue, the State House, Frog Pond, and where the swan boats are when in season.

We arrived back for the Game Day Ready sports nutrition conference. Speakers included Amy Bragg, the head sports nutrition director for Alabama University football, the Sous Ns Executive Chefs for the Red Sox, the Bruins chef, and many other nutritionists and chefs for teams including the Clippers. We were treated to a healthy lunch that included salmon, rainbow couscous salad, vegetable polenta, and a variety of plated desserts. Both the conference and lunch were in Legends restaurant which is normally reserved only for season ticket holders.

We had a few hours before our train, so we stopped at a coffee shop for a little refresher. Then we walked about ten minutes to Koy restaurant, which is owned by a student in my CSCA ServSafe seminar. Owner/chef Danny Chang whipped up some delicious soup and a sampling of appetizers on the house for us, including lobster rangoon. We also ordered a few dishes off the menu for an early dinner.

After this, we started to walk back to North Station, but it was raining quite a bit, so the kids learned how to take the Orange Line / subway back to North Station.

It was an amazing day full of educational opportunities!

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Digital Media Arts: Ms. Kristine Groleau, Instructor

First Night Logo entry!

Juliana Sohmer from Raymond has submitted this piece to Barbra Massar at Pro Portsmouth to potentially be the First Night Portsmouth logo for 2020. This is the Digital Media Arts first logo design project for the community. The students are showing proficient skills in Adobe Illustrator and design concepts and will be ready to create a portrait illustration for their next project
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Altruism in Action!

Students donating 2.00 will receive a sticker to affix to their hat which they can wear at SST for the day. (Safety and Lab protocols come first, of course!).

Ian Surprenant, an Exeter sophomore, designed the selected poster!

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Health Science Technologies: Ms. Anne Pfannkoch, Instructor

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Health Science Students practice taking vital signs to hone their skills before job shadowing and eventual internships.

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Marketing Technologies: Ms. Sandy Khawatmi, Instructor

Marketing Students will be wrapping up their fall fundraiser soon, but it's not too late to send in canned goods to support St. Vincent De Paul's Food Bank.
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Pre-Engineering: Mr. Scott Greenwood, Instructor

Mr. Greenwood is interviewed by Exeter TV about the Electric Car Project his students are studying.


Welding Technologies: Mr. Jonathan Theberge, Instructor

Our Welding students designed and produced the bracket needed to replace the seal on our new-to-us forklift!
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Just a sampling of the welding and fabrication happening on a daily basis with Mr. T and our kids!

WE are SST!

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