The Souhegan Scoop
September 30, 2022
Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders
If you test positive for Covid-19, please contact the school nurse Angela Hildreth RN, BSN at email@example.com.
Calculating Return Dates if you are positive:
Grow With It
On October 4th, please join us for a conversation about the impact that mental health challenges have on children and youth! Parents and youth are encouraged to come together! Two high school students from the Magnify Voices contest and a middle school student, former NH Kid Governor, will be leading the event to discuss this important topic. Children's book author Irene Buchine, will be reading her powerful little book Celia and the Little Boy, and a complementary copy of the book will be presented to all attendees at the event! The event is free but registration is required. Sign up today! To view a flyer with clickable links, click HERE.
Grading and Reporting
Students' scores should be updated in PowerSchool by the 1st and 15th of every month. This does not necessarily mean that there will be new scores that impact the course score, but that whatever formative or summative work has been graded up to that point will be included, including WSPs. If you are new to PowerSchool or would like a refresher, please click here for a presentation illustrating PowerSchool access for parents and students.
Updates to the grading and reporting system were presented at the most recent meeting of the Souhegan Cooperative School Board on Thursday, September 8. Click here for a narrated presentation that describes the context, updates, and feedback so far. If you would like to read a complete description of this work, you can find that information linked here.
An email was sent home on September 19 outlining the guidelines for the Honors Challenge. Students interested in pursuing an Honors Challenge in a course should complete the Honors Form currently available in PowerSchool. Parents/Guardians will also have to complete the form. To access the Honors Form in PowerSchool, log into the student/parent portal and click on “student forms”. The Honors Challenge form is in the 2022-23 SHS section. Students and parents/guardians will each need to log into their accounts to sign the form. Please submit a response for each class in which you wish to pursue honors. The form will be available after September 26 and must be completed by students and parents Friday, October 14. Teachers will email students and families by October 26 to acknowledge honors challenge enrollment. If you believe you have enrolled in the Honors Challenge but have not received an email by October 26th, please contact the teacher directly in order to ensure successful enrollment.
The school day on Wednesday, October 12 will run from 8:30-12:30 with busses departing SHS at 12:45. Busses will also run at 3:40 as usual, though students should not remain on campus without purpose.
Students in Grade 9: Upon consultation with 9th grade teams, students will attend team classes following a modified schedule.
Students in Grade 10: Students have a modified schedule based around their Humanities classes (to compensate for lost instructional time due to NWEA and picture day). Students will also attend sessions for Division 1 and Wellness.
Students in Grade 11: Students will take the PSAT and be dismissed upon completion.
Students in Grade 12: Past practice has been to hold a senior hike on PSAT day. Due to a lack of availability of transportation, the fall senior hike is not an option this year. In lieu of the hike, students will engage in a senior work/post-secondary exploration day, supported with on and off-campus options. Students will receive additional information regarding their options in Advisory.
Open House will be held in person this year on Thursday, October 6 from 5:45-8:15pm. There will be optional sessions for families of grade 12 students, focused on Senior Project, and grade 10 students, focused on the Division 1 Project before Open House from 5:00-5:30. The complete schedule is below. Students will complete a schedule with teachers and room numbers for their families next week in Advisory.
The Preliminary SAT exam will be administered to all juniors on Wednesday, October 12th beginning at 8:30am. This is a great opportunity our district gives to all 11th graders to assist them in preparing for the SAT. The school based SAT will be administered in late March to juniors. This year we will also administer the PSAT 10 to sophomores in late March. Please click here for more important information about the PSAT.
School Counselors are holding a College Application Workshop on Wednesday October 5th from 8:00-8:30 am and 3:00 - 4:00 pm in the Learning Commons. If a student feels that they would benefit from sitting with a counselor to receive guidance while working on their Common App account or navigating Naviance, this workshop would be beneficial for the student to attend.
Wednesday, November 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Learn about their amazing programs and meet with business and industry partners. NCC has 50+ degree, certificate, and career training options.
Throughout the year, student services receives information about scholarships that are available to our students. We post the information and links to the applications on the school website under Student Services. Each scholarship has their own criteria and deadline date. Please check the website often. Local scholarships will be available to seniors in February.
Senior Year Notes
Seniors, important Early Action/Early Decision deadlines are approaching. Please make sure to see you counselor and have the Naviance updated with the colleges you are applying you by the SHS deadlines associated with the college deadline dates -
College Deadline / SHS Deadline
November 1 / October 6 - Thursday
November 15 / October 13 - Thursday
Senior Project mentor pairings will be released on 10/7 via the Class of 2023 Google Classroom. Below are additional details regarding senior project that families and students should review:
- Senior Project Resource Packet - This document contains information related to all parts of the project, including checkpoints and rubrics and specific applied piece requirements
- Senior Project Important Dates - A few big dates to add to calendars include: Panel Meetings on 11/1, 1/10, and 4/20 from 3:15pm and of course presentation days on 5/18 and 5/19.
Senior Project Community Volunteers Needed!
We need your help! The Senior Project is a cornerstone of the Souhegan High School experience. An integral part of this process is the inclusion of Amherst and Mont Vernon community members just like you. We are looking for community members to join the Souhegan staff to help guide our seniors throughout this year-long process. No special skills or experience is required, just a willingness to be part of this exciting capstone project.
Each community member will join three Souhegan staff members on a panel that will follow several Souhegan students through their senior project. Panels will meet with students and check on their progress four times throughout the year. Each meeting will focus on a specific element of the senior project: the Proposal Letter, the Applied Piece Proposal, Research, the Applied Piece, and Presentation. During panel meetings students will present their work to date; panel members will provide feedback and use a rubric to determine if the student’s work is passing or incomplete.
No prior knowledge or specific skills are needed to serve on a panel. Community members will need to attend training and please fill out this form. You will also receive assistance from the Souhegan staff members on their panel.
If volunteering to serve on a panel it is essential that you are able to attend all three of the panel meetings, as well as the final presentations.
Proposal Letter Panel: Tuesday November 1, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Applied Piece Proposal Letter Panel: Tuesday January 10, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Project Completion Panel: Tuesday April 20, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Presentations: Thursday, May 18 and Friday May 19, 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Specific information is contained in the Senior Project Resource Packet, available Senior Project Packet or on the Souhegan website.
If interested please contact:
Kathy Maddock (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Ryan Lemieux (email@example.com).
Please let us know if you are interested by Friday, November 14, 2022
National Honor Society
Seniors whose end of year GPA last year was a 3.6 or above were notified of their qualification for application for National Honor Society on 9/28. Any student who wishes to apply must attend an information session to review application expectations. Sessions will be held after school on 10/3 and before school on 10/4. Students who are unable to attend may still apply provided that they have an individual check-in with Erin Perry, NHS advisor by the end of the school day on 10/6. The deadline for applications is 10/12. Students will be notified of their acceptance status by 10/28 in advance of the 11/1 college application deadline.
Attention Senior Athletes
The 2022 Heisman Scholarship Competition is now open! Eligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Applicants must participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations. For more information and to apply go to Heisman Scholarship. The deadline to apply is October 18th at 3:00pm. This application requires a reviewer (your counselor) and verify information. Make sure to apply as soon as possible to give your counselor adequate time to do so.
Senior Yearbook Pictures
High resolution, vertical JPEGs of your senior are due no later than October 21st! Click here to upload them to our private photo submission link. If for some reason the link does not work and requires a User ID (this can happen if they use safari) the User ID is:0jwfc8cLpKnxTwRrIDcKg-w.
The Learning Commons is a space at Souhegan where students can work, rest, and get support. Drop-in tutoring in math, reading, and writing is available almost every period. Check the Learning Commons Support Schedule to see what support is available during each period. Students can also get more information in the Learning Commons section of the Library + Learning Commons Google Classroom.
Clubs & Activities
There are a few spots left for the 2023 France trip! If you are interested in traveling from Paris to the French Riviera during April vacation next year, contact Michelle Castell (Mcastell@sau39.org)or Elisa Kirschhoffer (firstname.lastname@example.org). You do not need to be a current French student to travel with us!
The next Saber Spotlight will be Monday, October 3rd during advisory!
Click here to see information from the last presentation.