The Souhegan Scoop

March 24, 2023

Upcoming Events

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Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders

Principal Search

We are excited to announce that the Souhegan High School Principal search process has narrowed down to three candidates to invite for a day-long interview process. These finalists are Thomas Crumrine, Dana Curran, and Traci Lane. These candidates will be coming to Souhegan on Wednesday, 3/29 and we are looking for community volunteers to participate in the process. Each candidate will have thirty minutes to answer questions and get to know our community a little bit more. The time commitment would be from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Facilitators will be present to ensure there is equal speaking time, and feedback will be collected at the end of each session. Please note that, depending on the number of attendees, everyone may not be able to ask a question, but your feedback on what you hear from the candidates is still highly valued. If you are interested in participating in this important process, please fill out this Google Form no later than 11:59pm on Monday, 3/27 as we want to ensure we have adequate space and seats. Thank you so much for your time and commitment to finding the best fit for the next principal of SHS.

Magnify Voices Expressive Art Contest

As the awareness and prevalence of mental health conditions in our youth becomes more widespread and acknowledged, the NH Children's System of Care is launching the fifth year of its Magnify Voices Expressive Art Contest. Now through April 3rd, New Hampshire students in 5th through 12th grade are invited to submit a creative piece about their experiences and connections to mental health. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges with varied expertise according to their grade (5-8th and 9-12th). Creative pieces will be showcased to help raise awareness, erase stigma and effectuate change! For more information, please have your student see Sheelu in Student Services.
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School Highlights

Welcome to Saber Sanctuary!

The Info Center debuted a new resource this week! Saber Sanctuary is a low-tech environment within the library for students to visit when they’re in need of a brief moment of calm. The space boasts a variety of seating options, lighting, activities and resources aiming to serve a range of needs in terms of promoting calm, self-regulation skills and well-being. This project has been two years in the making as a direct response to student needs. Advisories are visiting Saber Sanctuary this week and next to learn about its offerings!

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Argentina Trip - February 2024

Souhegan is going to Argentina! Over February vacation in 2024, Aimee Gibbons and Matt McDonald will take a group of students to Argentina for the trip of a lifetime. This seven-day trip will feature tours of historical and cultural sites in Buenos Aires, a visit to a ranch (with horseback riding!), a ferry ride across the Rio de la Plata for lunch in Uruguay, a train ride to El Tigre, and more. The cost includes airfare, hotel, breakfasts and dinner, and a local guide. For additional information, go to or talk to Aimee Gibbons in room 131 or Matt McDonald in the Learning Commons.

Student Highlights

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Spring Musical - The Addams Family

Congratulations to everyone who worked on The Addams Family production! It was a terrific performance with lively acting, superb singing, and excellent instrumental skills. Let's give our senior students an extended round of applause for performing their final spring musical at Souhegan!
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Keegan O'Keefe, JD Dowd, Autumn Fichera, Samuel Enriquez, Hadley Harris, Margo Hinspeter, Grace Giannetti, Kaylee Moran and Liv Doyle. (left to right)

Student Services

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In New Hampshire, YRBS is jointly administered by the Departments of Health & Human Services. The data from the YRBS are used extensively by health departments, schools, and local area agencies to define areas of high health risk and to secure the resources necessary to address any identified health issues. Our district has administered the YRBS since 1995. We will again participate in the YRBS on April 18th in grades 9-12. The survey takes approximately 35 minutes. Results have been instrumental in identifying trends and providing support for students in our community.

The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students can skip questions they don’t want to answer and/or stop at any time. To review the survey please visit YRBS site. If you prefer your child not participate in the survey, please return this form to student services by April 13th.
West Point

The Northeast Admissions Officer at West Point Admissions is inviting high school students to attend an admissions event at 6 p.m. March 27 in Concord, Mass. This is a great event for students, parents and educators to learn about West Point, what it offers and its admissions process. Students may sign up using this form. Separately, students may sign up for a Summer Leaders Experience to stay at West Point for a week this summer. More information is available here.

Senior Year Notes

Senior Project News

Our seniors are now well on their way to completing their senior projects. The research checkpoint took place last week, and the final checkpoint will take place on Thursday, April 20th. At this checkpoint senior project panels will make sure that students have completed their applied pieces, as well as all parts of their projects other than their presentations.

Presentations will take place on Mary 19 and 20; seniors or parents must notify Senior Project coordinators Kathy Maddock and Ryan Lemieux about possible time conflicts during the presentation days by Friday, April 14.

Get To Know SHS

Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!

Matt Caputo

What is your role at Souhegan?

Math Teacher

How long have you been with Souhegan?

This is a simple question with a complicated answer - I'm in my first year teaching at SHS but as an alumni, it feels like many more!

What do you love about your job?

I love working with students that have a willingness to learn and collaborate with their peers.

What do you like to do outside of work?

On top of spending time with my wife and two children, I am a gigging saxophone player with some local bands. Also, as long as I don't run out of golf balls, I'm always good for a quick 9.

If you were given one wish what would it be?

I would wish that Hancock (where I live) was the next town over from Amherst.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Life is full of choices

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Community Council

The SHS Community Council voted against a proposal to allow for two seasons of school sports to count as a Wellness credit. The final vote was 7 in favor, 19 opposed, and 2 abstentions. Our next meeting will be Monday, March 27th from 3:05-3:45 pm in the Info Center.


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Saber Spotlight

The next Saber Spotlight will be held on Monday, April 3! Click here to view information from the latest presentation that was held on Monday, March 20.

Community Happenings

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Robotics had an outstanding performance last weekend at the NE First Northshore District Event. They entered with a Qualifying Record 8-3-1, received 1st Pick of Alliance 4, Won Semifinals with a playoff record of 2-2-0, and Recovered from a flip! Here is a cool clip of the flip and recovery.

Sophomore, Eric Fulton represented Souhegan and Team NH at the NE U16 Nordic Ski Race and had an impressive 22nd place finish out of 92 of the best nordic skiers in New England. Senior Molly Sullivan represented Souhegan at the Meet of Champions on March 16th! Congrats to both skiers!

Weekly Schedule can be found here. Please note these are tentative pending weather conditions and may be updated. Coaches will notify you of any changes.

Keegan O'Keefe, JD Dowd, Autumn Fichera, Samuel Enriquez, Hadley Harris, Margo Hinspeter, Grace Giannetti, Kaylee Moran, Liv Doyle (left to right)