The Souhegan Scoop
October 28, 2022
Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders
Conferences will take place on Monday, November 7 from 4:00-7:00pm and on Tuesday, November 8 from 8:30am-3:00pm and will last 10 minutes per conference. The window for conference sign-ups will open on Wednesday, October 26 and will be available until Friday, November 4. After this date you may contact a teacher directly to check on their availability for conference days.
Grade 9 (teamed courses: math, science, English, social studies):
These student-led conferences will last 15 minutes and parents should have already signed up directly with their student’s team. Please direct any questions regarding these student-led conferences to your students’ team (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). To schedule conferences with teachers for off-team classes, please follow the instructions below.
Grades 10-12 (all courses) and off-team 9th grade courses:
Click on the name of your child’s teacher (organized in folders by department).
Humanities classes and Senior Seminars can be found under the English teacher’s name.
Select the desired date/time for your conference by clicking on “Sign Up.”
Submit the requested information.
If you have several children attending our school, you may choose to click on “Register for Multiple Conferences” and follow the prompts to schedule your children for several conferences.
After you schedule a conference online, the date and time are reserved for you. If you entered your email address correctly, you will receive email confirmation of your conference.
Complete information can be found in this letter that was emailed to all families on Tuesday, October 26.
Honors challenge forms were due via PowerSchool on Friday, October 14. Teachers have sent emails to students and families to acknowledge honors challenge enrollment. If you believe you have enrolled in the Honors Challenge but, please contact the teacher directly in order to ensure successful enrollment. No additional enrollments will be accepted after 11/1.
Grading and Reporting
The reporting window for Mid-Semester 1 (MS1) closes on 11/3. Work with a due date beyond 11/3 will not be included in this reporting period. Additionally, late work turned in after this date may not be included until the next reporting period at the teacher’s discretion.
Progress Reports will be available to students and families via PowerSchool by 3pm on Thursday, November 10.
To view a student progress report from the PowerSchool portal, click on the “Student Reports” option in your navigation menu. “SHS MS1 Progress Report” will be listed in the Current Published Reports section.
Course scores for year-long and semester one courses are in-progress scores that represent a student’s current learning to date and not a final grade. These scores will evolve over the course of the year, as students have more opportunities to show higher levels of mastery and the final course score will be included on the report card in June as well as on official transcripts. As a result, end of year scores will represent the culmination of a student’s work. `
For seniors only:
MS1 grades are included on senior transcripts; GPA is not recalculated at MS1.
GPA is calculated at the end of Semester 1 and again at the end of the year.
Picture Retakes will take place on November 10. Please note there will not be pre-orders taken for retakes. Parents will instead receive a code on the proof image of their child's picture after the event. They will use this code on GeskusPrint.com to order.
Attention 10th-12th grade Students! Do you want to learn more about the ocean environment and coral reefs? Travel to Bermuda this summer with a team from Souhegan! Spend a week snorkeling, researching and exploring while learning more about the marine environment. See Julianne Mueller-Northcott (email@example.com), Jenny Deenik (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!
Souhegan High School, in conjunction with other local organizations, are helping to “Stuff the Bus” on November 8th from 7:00am to 6:00pm! The school bus will be in the front of Souhegan and residents of Amherst are invited to bring non-perishable pantry items directly to the bus. Souhegan National Honor Society students will be on standby to put your donations on the bus. Items in particular need are:
· Cooking Oil, Salad Dressing: Italian and Ranch · Condiments (mayo, ketchup, relish, mustard, BBQ Sauce) · Snacks, including granola bars, mixed fruit cups, cheese and crackers, peanut butter crackers, etc. · Cold Cereals · Coffee and Tea · Juice, Juice Box · Broth: Chicken, Beef, Vegetable · Canned Tomato: Diced, Stewed, Whole · Sugar and flour · Dog and cat food · Paper Towels and Toilet Paper · Diapers and Wipes · Feminine Hygiene Products · Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Bar Soap, Shampoo
SHARE Outreach serves those in need in Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford, and Brookline with the basic necessities of life. The SHARE Food Pantry is a lifeline for many in the area. The food pantry is now serving more than twice the number of families each week as it did pre-pandemic. In September, food for 19,000 meals was distributed. Please stop by and drop off requested and other pantry items on your way to vote!
“Open Campus” vs. “Off Campus” on your Schedule
Junior and Senior students are probably noticing something strange happening to their schedules. Not to worry! To better track student whereabouts and data related to the number of classes being taken by students, schedules are being updated to reflect if a student has either a) “open campus” (with no off campus privileges) or b) “off campus” privileges (allowed to sign out and leave campus).
“Open campus” means the student is not assigned a class at that time and is allowed to utilize the campus facilities accordingly and appropriately. Students are not required to check in for attendance.
“Off campus” means the student, if permission has been granted by the parent or guardian, is allowed to sign out to leave campus during that period of time. As has been practiced this year, students leaving campus must sign out and back into campus using the QR scan code.
Both of the designations have the Dean of Students, Sarah Gilliam, listed as the instructor. Students are not required to sign in with the Dean during those times.
Students currently enrolled in Advanced Placement who are planning to take the AP exams in May will be asked to register by making their payment between October 13 - November 1. Due to College Board deadlines, the Nov. deadline must be strictly enforced. Payment per exam is $97 which will be able to be made through your “My School Bucks” account or by check to student services. Students on free & reduced lunch pay $40. If you are enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course, please review this letter with important information and instructions.
Senior Year Notes
Seniors, important college applications deadlines are approaching. Please make sure to see your counselor and have Naviance updated with the colleges you are applying to by the SHS deadlines associated with the college deadline dates. We are heading into the holiday vacation season. It is important to consider the school calendar when planning for this process.
College Deadline / SHS Deadline
December 1 / November 2 - Wednesday
December 15 / November 10 - Thursday
January 1-2 / December 1 - Thursday
Scholarship opportunities continue to be added to our school website under Student Services Scholarships. These are generally national or regional scholarships. Local scholarships will be posted in February to Naviance. We recommend that you check out the web-site weekly to review any new additions. Each scholarship has criteria, an application and deadlines. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to see Maren or your counselor.
Senior Project News
The first Senior Project panel meetings will take place after school on Tuesday, November 1. Seniors should make sure to have emailed their proposal letters to all members of their panel by the end of the day on Monday, October 31. This is the first of four important checkpoints; good luck to all of our seniors!
A Message from the PTSA
It is the time of year when we begin to fundraise and plan for Project Graduation 2023! Project Graduation is a party the PTSA hosts for newly graduated seniors. It is a way for us to help our students stay as safe as possible during a time when there is a high rate of teen accidents. We need all grades of parents to help make this a successful event, although there is one caveat: Senior parents cannot work the night of the event. They can definitely help to plan and organize, though! Many on our committee will be leaving us this year as their last child will be graduating, so there needs to be some folks to pass the baton to after June 2023.
To kick off the fundraising: we will have a table at the high school on Election Day (11/8) selling raffle tickets to win $100 worth of various gift cards. We begin the active planning stages soon, so if you can help on Election Day and/or are interested in joining this committee, please contact Lisa Eastland at email@example.com.
This week Community Council voted on the Assigned Parking Proposal which did not pass by a vote of 0 In Favor, 36 Opposed, and 4 Abstentions.
We then heard from Matt McDonald, the Learning Commons Coordinator, who introduced his proposal asking the council to give funds to the Learning Commons for them to buy materials to paint murals. Here is a link to the proposal.
Our next meeting will be Monday, October 31st in the Information Center from 3:05-3:45 where we will continue discussion on Matt’s proposal. Here is a link to the full meeting calendar for the year.