ConVal High School Happenings - June 4, 2021
Message From Principal McKillop
Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation!
Even though it was only a four-day school week, it was certainly full of activities, in and out of the classroom and building!
Please see more detailed information below, highlighting classroom learning activities in Careers and Education, German, and Biology.
In the halls, we were fortunate to host middle school students as they toured the building with student leaders and school counselors.
Outside, some members from our track and field team competed at the state meet last weekend in Pelham. Despite less than ideal conditions, our Cougars competed hard! We then kicked off the week Tuesday with the varsity tennis team competing in the preliminary round of the state tournament. I was grateful to swing by Adams Park to see our Cougars in action!
Later that evening was the spring performance at ConVal High School. Students in the chorus ensembles and bands performed outside. It was truly a varied repertoire of music! My son clapped and danced as our students showcased their talents.
On Wednesday, our softball and both lacrosse teams competed in the preliminary rounds of their respective state tournaments. Our baseball team competed in their preliminary round on Thursday. Below you will find more information regarding which teams are advancing and when the games will be.
Please note that there are many upcoming important dates. Next week is a very special week for our seniors that will culminate in graduation one week from today at 6:00 pm.
We will host many events outside next week, and it is slated to be quite warm. Please consider bringing water. I look forward to seeing our underclassmen next week and celebrating our seniors during multiple events!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Upcoming Important Dates
June 4, 2021 - Last day of classes for Seniors
June 4, 2021 - International Thespian Society & Lucy Hurlin Theatre Awards (6 pm)
June 7, 2021 - Senior Exams Blocks 1 & 2 (during regularly scheduled classes)
June 7, 2021 - Senior Chromebook return materials on the Front Apron at 10:45 am*
June 7, 2021 - Senior cap and gown distribution at 10:45 am
June 8, 2021 - Senior Exams Block 3 & 4 (during regularly scheduled classes)
June 8, 2021 - Senior Chromebook return materials (Chromebooks, books, etc.)*
June 8, 2021 - Senior Athletic Celebration (starts at 4:30 pm with photos)
June 9, 2021 - Senior Breakfast (9:00-10:30 am CVHS cafeteria and outside patio)
June 9, 2021 - Graduating Marching Practice (10:30 am-12:00 pm, meet at the gazebo)
June 9, 2021 - Senior Scholarship and Awards Night (6:30 pm - virtual, if rain)*
June 10, 2021 - Graduation Marching Practice (8:00-10:00 am, meet at the gazebo)
June 10, 2021 - Senior Prom (7:00-10:00 pm)
June 11, 2021 - Graduation (6:00 pm)
June 13, 2021 - ConVal Musical "Bright Star" (virtual at 7:00 pm)
June 14, 2021 - Last day of classes for underclassmen
June 15, 2021 - Underclassmen Exams Blocks 1 & 2 (7:45-9:15/9:45-11:15)
June 16, 2021 - Underclassmen Exams Blocks 3 & 4 (7:45-9:15/9:45-11:15)
June 17, 2021 - Last day of school for students and Underclassmen Exam Make up (9-12)
*Senior Scholarship and Awards Night is scheduled outdoors for Wednesday, June 9th at 6:30 pm. In the case of inclement weather, there will be a virtual event instead. We anticipate communicating by 2:00 pm on Wednesday the details if the event needs to be virtual.
*Seniors are encouraged to return their Chromebooks, chargers, hotspots, and library/English materials to the library as soon as they are done with them. If that is not possible, students may return materials at the Cap and Gown Distribution on Monday, June 7 at 10:45 am. If you need to arrange the return of materials outside of the scheduled collection dates and times, please contact Steve Bartsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Important Information
Senior Post-Grad Plan Survey
Seniors need to submit a post-grad plan survey before they're able to pick up their cap and gown on Monday. There will be a station with copies of the survey available to complete at cap and gown pick up. All seniors need to complete this survey, as it contains information that we need to report to the state. A copy of the survey is available on the Class of 2021 Google Classroom and has also been emailed to students. If students want to print it out ahead of time and bring it, all filled out, it could save some time during cap and gown pickup.
Last Call - Senior Final Transcripts to Colleges
Seniors that will be attending college next year need to indicate in Naviance the school that they will be attending so that the counseling office can make sure to send a final transcript to their school without delay. If your student has not yet done this, please instruct them to do so immediately and/or check in with their school counselor.
Please Return Chromebooks, Hotspots, Library and Classroom Materials
With the end of a very eventful school year fast approaching, the members of the Library, Integration, and Technology Services (LITS) team would like to remind students of the need to return all borrowed items — library books, classroom materials, district-issued Chromebooks, hotspots, and ATC-issued laptops. Please return all materials as soon as possible. The library will accept returns between now and the last day of school.
ConVal is offering a unique opportunity for Summer 2021. We are offering graduation requirement courses with a focus on hands-on, project-based assignments. Class sizes will be small, and students will benefit from more 1-to-1 time with teachers. Students will also have opportunities to be outside.
Here are the logistics:
Who: Students who struggled during the school year or who want to get a head start on the upcoming school year.
When: July 6 - August 5, 2021; Session 1 will run from 8-10 AM, and Session 2 will run from 10:15 AM-12:15 PM. Summer Boost will run Monday-Thursday, with the exception of the first week, which will start on a Tuesday.
How: Transportation and meals will be provided. Students will register for one or two sessions based on their needs.
Classes are free and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Students may earn up to a full credit for each class; classes that are double session will allow the opportunity to earn 2 credits. Please use this link to register for classes.
German 2 Class Works With German Singer-Songwriter
Students in Frau Concannon’s German 2 class had the opportunity to participate in a songwriting workshop with Antje Dovekot recently. The class worked with the singer-songwriter over Zoom during their first meeting on June 2.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Dovekot holds three top songwriting awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk Award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
The students worked in groups to create lyrics for a song about food, their current unit in German 2. Three verses of the new song were nearly complete at the end of their first meeting. The second session on June 8 will finalize the song that Dovekot will record in her studio.
Spring Performing Arts Festival Features Chorus, Band Ensembles
The repertoire of the vocal performances by the Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir, and the Select Choir included numbers like "Seize the Day!" from the musical Newsies, "The Dream Keeper," and "When You Wish Upon A Star." Student soloists were featured in the songs "When He Sees Me" and "Little Miss Perfect."
The Student Band, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band ensembles delighted the audiences with their renditions of such numbers as "Mary Anne and Mr. Rogers," "Lincolnshire Posy," a jazzy Disney song medley, and the rousing "Hobbits Dance and Hymn" from the Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings.
On June 13, the ConVal Musical "Bright Star" will be performed virtually at 7:00 pm. Visit cvlht.com to purchase your tickets!
Middle School Students Visit ConVal High School
Rising 9th grade students came to ConVal this week for building tours. Over two days, students from SMS and GBS traveled in pods, with the largest pod being 22 students. Led by student tour guides and school counselors, this was the first opportunity for many to feel like ConVal Cougars. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall!
Region 14/ATC Information
Horatio Alger Scholarship Applications Now Open
The application for the Horatio Alger Association scholarship is now open to students who are currently enrolled or will enroll at a community college/technical center in pursuit of a technical degree. Applicants may apply online at CTE Program Information with a priority deadline of June 30. This program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. There are up to 500 awards of up to $2,500 available!
Careers in Education I
Students in Careers in Education I created models of preschool classrooms. They used the NH Early Learning Standards and the (NAEYC) - National Association for the Education Standards for Initial Professional Preparation to guide their designs. See photos below.
Good luck to members of our track and field team who will compete this weekend at the meet of champions that will take place at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston. We also wish luck to the girls lacrosse and baseball teams as they play in the quarterfinal round of their state tournaments on Saturday.
The girls lacrosse team will play a 3:00 pm game at Pembroke, and the baseball will play a 4:00 pm game against the winner of the Hanover-John Stark game.
Family ID is open for Fall Sports Registration 2021!
Please use the link below to register for fall athletics.
If you have any questions, please contact athletic director John Reitnauer at email@example.com.
Ms. Muncy's Biology Classes - BioBlitz
This past week students in Ms. Muncy’s Biology classes have been learning first hand how scientists study ecosystems. On Tuesday, John Benjamin, teacher-naturalist at The Harris Center for Conservation Education, taught the students how to use the Seek app by iNaturalist to identify species. The students first practiced on known species such as clover or, for those who were attending class remotely, a pet or a plant from their yard, until they felt comfortable using Seek and collecting data. They were then ready to begin their BioBlitz. Focusing on specific locations on campus and in backyards, the students tried to identify as many different plant and animal species as they could in 45 minutes. In addition to numerous shrubs, ferns, and wildflowers, the students also discovered spring peepers, red backed salamanders, red efts, and garter snakes. The students identified over 100 different species in total, setting the class up to learn more about the significance of biodiversity in our local ecosystems.
Red backed salamanders are common in New Hampshire woodlands. The students found one cover board with 18 hiding under it.
Students look for red backed salamanders under cover boards.
John helps the students discover a large garter snake near the field hockey field
Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin demonstrates how to use the Seek app by iNaturalist to identify species while Ms. Muncy looks on.
John talks about this small garter snake with the students who found it.
A student practices using Seek with a clover plant.