Somersworth HS & CTC

April Newsletter

The April Issue

Knowing that within this first week of April, we have seen 70 degree weather, snow and now buckets of rain it's hard to believe that Spring has finally sprung! As we round the bases and are heading into home - 4th quarter has officially begun!

Friendly reminders: Please have your students checking their school email accounts at least once a week! As a school we utilize this feature a lot!!! In the near future students are going to be hearing about an upcoming College Fair, Somersworth Clean Up Day and more! As they are checking out their email it is also important for them to check their grades on PowerSchool. If you student does not know their user name and password please have them see their School Counselor.

Last but certainly not least we are very excited to announce that our HiSet Program is doing amazing this year! Since September the staff have helped 9 students graduate with their HiSet, allowing them to now further their future! Congratulations!

John Burns presents “A Parent’s Struggle” for the April 20th Drug and Alcohol Prevention Series

John Burns founded and is Board President for Families Hoping and Coping, a non-profit, family support group for parents and loved ones of those struggling with substance misuse in 2014. Families Hoping and Coping currently has two chapters that run weekly meetings for family members in Dover and Rochester and was the first family support group to provide Naloxone training and distribution for caregivers in the state of NH. John has his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a certified Recovery Coach and certified trainer of Recovery Coaching for CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery). John also is board treasurer for Hope on Haven Hill, a nonprofit residential treatment program for pregnant woman and their newborns in Rochester that is scheduled to open in 2016. John sits on the One Voice Opioid Taskforce of Strafford County. John was also the recipient of the Advocacy in Action award by New Futures in Concord, NH in 2015. This award recognizes extraordinary advocacy efforts of an individual to reduce and prevent alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire. John is also currently active with helping to get the SOS Community Recovery Centers up and running in Strafford County as well as involved in helping to organize a grassroots harm reduction coalition in Strafford County. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Somersworth High School Cafeteria.

Competency Recovery Update

Students who did not pass a class due to failed competencies must make up the competencies in the next term, ideally in the first two weeks of the term. Competency recovery contracts are available in guidance, the library, and outside Mrs. Feren’s room (107) – Mrs. Feren is also available Block 3 after A lunch in the library lab behind the librarian’s desk and Thursday after school in 107 or by appointment. Please have your teacher, parent and school counselor sign the competency recovery form before returning it to Mrs. Feren to start the competency recovery process. Questions? Contact Mrs. Feren at

The best way to prevent lyme disease is prevention. The deer ticks are out. This web site from the CDC offers several ways to prevent tick bites please read. Click here for more information!


The School Counseling Department will be hosting a College Fair on April 20th from 5:30-7pm in the High School Gym.

All students are welcome! Here is a current list of who will be coming!

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The Drama Club would like to invite you to our production of the musical ALL SHOOK UP!!!!

It is being performed on April 14th-16th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school café.

And on our matinee day, the 16th we will also have a showing at 2:00 p.m.!!!

Its $6 for regular admission

Students and Seniors are $5!

Somersworth school faculty and staff are free!


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Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 would like to thank everyone who helped out and participated in the March Madness Seniors vs Staff basketball game. Congratulations to the Seniors for their win over the staff team. The half time show had a little something for everyone. Thank you to every who made the night a success.


Today the STEM club will be starting to learn the fundamentals of rocketry. To see how Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion explains thrust, they will be launching Alka-Seltzer rockets as “proof of concept”.

Water and an Alka-Seltzer tablet are combined inside a film roll canister which is then sealed and set upside-down. Carbon dioxide gas is evolved inside until the pressure pops the top of the canister. The gas rushes out of the only opening (down), and the canister is propelled with an equal force in the opposite direction (up).

This is in preparation for making and launching other, more involved types of rockets in the next couple months.

Building Trades

Students in the Woodworking I class had some fun building stools for their final project!

Matt Gaudreau was hired at Middleton and we are planning a fieldtrip to the saw mill in May

Culinary Arts

Congratulations to the following Somersworth Culinary Students for placing 3rd out of 8 teams at the ProStart Competition: Hannah Weeden and Britani O’Connor are the Somersworth students on the team – Britani was our captain and did a great job leading the team! Gavin Allen, Inger Refsdal and Nate Moore are members from Oyster River High School.

6 culinary arts students have interviewed with UNH Dining Services and were accepted into the Paid Internship Program. They are planning to begin their work with UNH in the next 2 weeks. The students were interviewed by a panel of 2 executive chefs and the Human Resources Representative.

Mulligan’s will have only 2 more weeks of running the restaurant before we close. We have an Italian Buffet next week and a little bit of everything menu the week following. We are getting ready to pack up our kitchen and get ready for our new space!

The Good Braider Author Came to Visit!

After finishing the novel The Good Braider, Ms. White's World literature students were lucky enough to have the author come into their classroom for a unique conversation about characters, story development, and the truth behind fiction. The novel, written in blank verse, follows a teenage girl called Viola from her war-torn country of Sudan to a new life in Portland, Maine. "This is the new American story," Ms. Farish told the students. She traced how this fictional tale was formed from the stories of many new Americans who live in Maine, whom she had interviewed and became close to. The story took ten years to write. Students were able to ask questions about the story, the characters, and the ending. She was able to ask the students some questions about their experience reading her work. Ms. Farish shared with her students that her fascination with the world began when she was in college and was invited to join the American Red Cross on a trip the war to in Vietnam.

"If you want to know how people from Sudan got to the U.S, “read the news accounts,” says reviewer Jennifer Graham in New Hampshire’s Hippo about Farish’s earlier novel, The Good Braider. “If you want to know how it feels to move from a violent, war-torn country to a community that fights over where to put a Walmart, then read The Good Braider by Terry Farish.” “Nothing short of a gift to young readers,” says the Concord Monitor about the novel. The Good Braider is a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and an American Library Association Best Fiction book for Young Adults, 2013.

Farish has been writing novels and nonfiction about refugees and immigrants for many years, informed by her early work for the Red Cross in Vietnam. She takes readers past the news accounts and into the hearts and dreams of new Americans. Farish also writes picture books. THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP, illustrated by Barry Root, is a winner of a Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books Blue Ribbon. LUIS PAINTS THE WORLD will be published by Carolrhoda Picture Books and JOSEPH’S BIG RIDE, illustrated by Ken Daley, will be published by Annick Press, both in 2016." (

World Cultures Update

Students in Señora Feren’s Spanish 2 had their simulated Mercado this Friday. Students created their stores with se vende signs, sold various items and used bargaining vocabulary in Spanish. A few teachers also stopped by to participate in the bargaining experience. There was a variety of items, including magdalenas, pan dulce, biscochos de chocolate, tarjetas de baloncesto, and beverages including jugo de naranja, café con leche y chocolate. Students enjoyed the ositos at the heladería, the piña was más popular at the frutería, and the bocadillos de tocino, lechuga y tomate were the first to go. Our experiencia was deliciosa y divertida.

Please wish a Bon voyage to Madame Feren, Madame Lampros and the dix-huit élèves de français who depart for Québec next Friday, April 8 at 6:45 a.m. We’ll be spending the weekend in Québec City and are especially looking forward to our soirée at the Cabane à Sucre, our walk above the 280 foot high Chutes de Montmorency, and our Chasse au Trésor beginning at the Place Royale. We’ll visit a world-famous gothic cathedral, battlefields and the historic Citadelle. We also look forward to a stroll about the Rue St-Jean, which has one of Madame Feren’s favorite maple shops in town. A bientôt!

World Cultures Art Student Installation

Somersworth High school will be participating with a few area schools (such as Dover High School and Oyster River Middle School) for an outdoor art exhibit at Bedrock Gardens, in Lee, New Hampshire. The theme is “World Cultures”. Please come and see our students work!

Available for viewing during the May Open House, May 21 and 22, 10–4 on Saturday, and 12–4 on Sunday.

(Here are some of the artworks by Somersworth High School students for the exhibit.)

The Sports Hub

Scholar Athletes

Help us congratulate the following students on being named Scholar Athletes!

Emily Francoeur

Brooke Paris

Rhavin Spinelli

Justin Gatcomb

Michael Godzik

Hunter Michaud

Dakota Paine

Matthew Pincince

The students were recognized on Monday March 14th in Concord, New Hampshire.

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Athletic Schedules

Get the details for your favorite Hilltopper teams!

Track Schedule

Come and have fun with us!

Date Destination Game Time

4/12 Spaulding 4:00

4/19 Dover 4:00

4/23 Merrimack Valley 10:00am

4/30 CoeBrown 10:00am

5/3 Spaulding 4:00

5/5 Portsmouth 4:00

5/10 Winnicunnet 4:00

5/17 Spaulding 4:00

5/20 Exeter 4:00

5/27 Winnicunnet 4:00

Family Engagement Group

Monday, April 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

11 Memorial Drive

Somersworth, NH

* Mission: The purpose of the Somersworth HS & CTC Family Engagement group is to engage and communicate with families.

* Goal: For families to be active participants in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in the classroom.

Official Somersworth High Lip Dub 2013

Coming up in May...

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