Weekly Cougar News

ConVal High School Happenings - December 11, 2020

Message From Principal McKillop

Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation!

We had two great virtual class meetings earlier today. The 9th and 10th grade classes were able to virtually meet and hear from their respective class advisory boards. I was so impressed by the officers! Faculty class advisors were also able to give updates. It was nice to address the class, share a few words of encouragement, and have a few of my colleagues speak as well. I look forward to meeting virtually with the 11th and 12th grade classes next week.

Down below you will see information from our librarians on how to check out a book during this remote time. There are many new selections to chose from. I know our staff would be happy to help any student find a good match! As you will see below, the pickup process is easy as well.

We have one more full week of learning, followed by a 2 day week before we kick off our holiday break. As always, please reach out to the resources in our school if we can help in any way.



Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 14, 2020 - NHS Induction (virtual) 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Friday, December 18, 2020 - Junior virtual class meeting 10:30 - 11:00 am

Friday, December 18, 2020 - Senior virtual class meeting 11:00 - 11:30 am

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - Junior College Night (virtual)

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - Course Selection Evening Info Session for Parents (virtual)

February - Course Selection (more details as we get closer)

Athletic Update

Last evening the ConVal School Board adopted the recommendation of the district's COVID-19 monitoring team to move into the orange phase of the reopening plan. In accordance with the district's reopening plan, all district athletic programs will be paused and will be reconsidered at the School Board meeting on January 5, 2021. Please check our website for updates.

School Counseling Information


We're continuing our bite-sized, drop-in opportunities for students to engage with counselors on certain topics during Intervention time. Here is this week's lineup :

Monday - 12/14, 8:30 am Program Spotlight: Spotlight on offerings from the Applied Technology Center! There is a lot to talk about, so it may be longer than 10 minutes, but a great chance to hear about many of the great career and technical training opportunities at ConVal!

Tuesday - 12/15, 10:00 am Mental Wellness: These sessions will be opportunities to connect with others to practice and develop strategies for mental wellbeing. Mindfulness, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques will be explored.

Thursday - 12/17, 2:00 pm College Planning: This week's focus will be on the College Essay. A great chance for seniors struggling with writer's block for current applications, or juniors to get a look ahead.

The link for the sessions remains meet.google.com/zzw-dwit-wpp and is also shared in Google Classroom and in a direct email to students.

MAxT Makerspace Scholarship courtesy of Peterborough Woman’s Club

The Peterborough Woman’s Club of New Hampshire is offering a one-year scholoarship to MAxT Makerspace in Peterborough.

Any woman between the ages of 16- 21 currently residing in the ConVal School District or ConVal alumna taking a gap year who want to obtain or further their skills within MAxT space may apply. Candidates will be required to share their progress with PWC on a monthly basis. MAxT space members include artists, musicians, craftspeople, programmers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

More information and an application can be found on their website: https://peterboroughwomansclub.org/scholarships/

The deadline to apply is December 20th. The first scholarship winner will be announced in the New Year!

Senior College Applications

If you are adding colleges, please make sure that you are checking in directly with your counselor to let them know. It is not enough to just add the college to your Naviance list, you need to communicate directly with your counselor to let them know (preferably through a conversation) that you’ve added a school and the deadline that you are aiming for. Thank you for helping us minimize your stress while we support you through the application process!

Signs of Suicide (SOS)/Not Alone

Health and Wellness and School Counseling are partnering when we return, following the remote segment in January, to deliver suicide prevention content in the Health and Wellness 1 and 2 classes. Parents will be receiving a direct communication from Tim Cotreau, Director of School Counseling, regarding these units. Our website has additional information regarding the suicide prevention programs we use, and can be found here: https://cvhs.convalsd.net/school-counseling/suicide-prevention-program/ Please use our counseling office as a resource if you have concerns regarding a student's mental health. If your or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available (1-800-273-TALK) or contact 911.

NHS Induction

The National Honor Society is excited to welcome 21 new members during a virtual induction ceremony this upcoming Monday, December 14th. The National Honor Society recognizes juniors and seniors students who exemplify the four pillars of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Congratulations to the new inductees!

Library/Media Resources Available for All Students

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Give yourself the gift of a screen break or make it your New Year's resolution to read!

We want to encourage students to check out one (or more) of our new or seasoned books.

Visit our NEW BOOKS page on the library website for new titles organized by genre or browse the library catalog.

Once you find a book please fill out the Remote Learning Period - Book Request Form. We will leave it in the main office for pick up!

If you need a book recommendation please feel free to contact us at rbowman@conval.edu or ajones@conval.edu.

EVERY student at ConVal High School can apply for a Peterborough Town Library card - use this link to get started! PTL is only open for curbside pickup right now, but they have lots of virtual programming and resources. Check out their website here!

How to keep kids positive through the pandemic

Click here to read an article put out by National Geographic on how to keep our kids positive through this pandemic

Peterborough Recreation Department Esports and GG Leagues Flyer

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Harris Center Flyer

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