Weekly Cougar News
ConVal High School Happenings - June 10, 2022
Message From Principal McKillop
We had quite a busy week on campus. Please make sure to reference the table of contents below for a complete list of the sections and stories in this newsletter.
Last Friday, I enjoyed celebrating our students who received Cougar C.A.R.E.S awards and an ice cream social. On Wednesday afternoon, we celebrated student successes in grades 9-12 with athletic and academic awards and in the evening, our soon-to-be graduates were recognized for their accomplishments with $132,000 in scholarship awards to support their post-secondary plans.
This evening at 6:00pm, will be the 51st commencement ceremony at ConVal High School. Graduation has always been one of my favorite events of the year. This graduation is extra special because it marks the concluding chapter of the high school careers of students who truly demonstrated resilience and grace under pressure. For those who cannot attend in person, there is a live stream link below to view the ceremonies.
This will be the last newsletter of the year and I already look forward to continuing the ConVal Weekly News during the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you to the parents, students, and staff who read the newsletters this year. Please be on the lookout for school-related updates next week from the ConVal High School email address.
Finally, I would like to introduce you to the newest Cougar cub pictured in the top corner — my son Jaxon was born yesterday. We will look forward to attending events in the fall and meeting our students and families.
Table of Contents
- Upcoming Important Dates and Events
- End-Of-Year Materials Returns (please read!)
- ConVal Summer Academy
- Running Start
- Classrooms at ConVal
Spanish I “Mi Platillo Hispano” Presentation
- Senior Clay Dunk In Ceramics Class
- Applied Technology Center (ATC) Programs
- Maggs Present Documentary To School Board
- Athletic and Co-Curricular Updates
- School Counseling Center
- June Newsletter
- C.A.R.E.S. Award Winners Enjoy Ice Cream Social
- Athletic and Academic Awards Ceremony
- Scholarship Night Brings Senior Awards
- COVID-19 Update
- Student Transportation of America poster
End-of-Year Materials Returns
Please know that students need to return all borrowed or assigned materials — Chromebooks, chargers, library books, classroom textbooks, etc. — by the day of their last final. To make the process as smooth as possible, the following procedure is in place:
- Underclassmen will leave their Chromebooks, chargers, English and library books in the classroom of their last exam. For most students, this will be after their Block 4 exam on June 16.
- After students leave for the day, the LITS team will visit each classroom to inventory and collect the returns.
- Underclassmen who need to return their devices/materials before Block 4 on June 16 should bring them directly to the library.
- Underclassmen who need to attend makeup day should return their devices/materials to the library as soon as their makeup is complete.
ConVal Summer Academy
ConVal High School will be hosting Summer Academy again this summer! We are offering graduation requirement courses with a focus on hands-on, project-based assignments. Class sizes will be small, and students will have opportunities to be outside. Classes are free and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Here are the logistics:
Who: Students who struggled academically during the school year or who want to get a head start on the upcoming school year.
Where: ConVal High School
When: July 5 - August 4, 2022; Session 1 will run from 8-10 AM, and Session 2 will run from 10:15 AM-12:15 PM. Summer Boost will run Monday-Thursday, with the exception of the first week, which will start on a Tuesday.
How: Transportation and meals will be provided. Students will register for one or two sessions based on their needs. Buses will arrive prior to Session 1 and will depart after Session 2; there will be no mid-morning bus run.
Please click here for class descriptions and registration information.
Please direct questions to Mrs. Jen Kiley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you taken a CVHS class with a Running Start (RS) option, completed your registration, and earned a C or better? Make sure to get your college transcript! You may request a transcript after every semester you take a RS class. Here are the directions to make your request. If you need assistance, please speak with Mrs. Kiley or your school counselor.
Classrooms at ConVal
Snapshots of the week
Spanish I “Mi Platillo Hispano” Presentation
To practice vocabulary and grammar related to food and in order to learn about Hispanic cultures through traditional dishes, students is Señora Cesaria Reynoso’s class did a Platillo Hispano (Spanish food project) presentation as the culminating activity of Spanish I. Students explained their foods and detailed the ingredients that were used in preparing them. The best part was that students not only learned about the cooking traditions and practices of Spanish-speaking countries but could sample and taste these exemplars of Hispanic cuisine was well!
Seniors Celebrate Final Class With Traditional Clay Dunk
To mark the conclusion of their Ceramics studio class and their final year at ConVal High School, seniors participate in the annual clay dunk with teachers Karrie Mitschmyer and Ben Putnam. The tradition is more than 16 years old and originally started with an idea by a group of students who wanted to make their last art class in their final year especially memorable. Since then, graduating seniors have kept up the ritual.
Maggs Presents Documentary To School Board
After winning the "Best of the Best" award at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival (NHHSSFF), Fletcher Maggs presented his documentary “Everest To End Duchenne” to the members of the ConVal School Board during their meeting on Tuesday, June 7. The film documents a project by the Hope For Gus Foundation, a non-profit that raises funds for research to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Maggs chronicled a group's 2022 trek to the base camp of Mount Everest 18,000 feet above sea level which mimics the condition that those with Duchenne's disease experience every day.
Athletic and Co-Curricular Updates
Track athletes Tasha MacNeil and Elise Robbins participated in the Meet of Champions on Saturday at Sanborn High School. Tasha qualified to compete in the New England Track Championships in New Britain, CT next Saturday.
The boys lacrosse team played Derryfield School last Saturday in the quarter final round of the state tournament and finished their season with a record of 12-6. Congratulations to Coach McNamara and the team on a great season.
The softball team played John Stark in the semi-final round of the state tournament at Plymouth State University on Wednesday and finished their season with a record of 12-7. Congratulations to Coach Hinton and her team on a great season.
On Thursday evening, ConVal athletes MaKenzie Anderson, Jake Daniels, Maddy Faber, Avery Moore, and Kendall Sullivan were honored at the Keene Sentinel Players of the Year Celebration.
Registration for Fall 2022 athletics is now open on FamilyID. Please use this link to register: https://www.familyid.com/conval-high-school/2022-conval-fall-athletic-registration
All of our athletic schedules, scores & updates can be found on the ConVal athletics website.
Monthly NewsletterConVal High School Counseling Newsletter - June 2022
C.A.R.E.S. Award Winners Enjoy Ice Cream Social
The Cougar C.A.R.E.S. Award recognizes students who demonstrate the actions described in ConVal C.A.R.E.S. — Community, Adaptability, Respect, Engagement, and/or Safety. Candidates for the award are nominated monthly by teachers, by staff, and by fellow students, and from each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), five representative students are chosen for the awards.
Recent C.A.R.E.S. Award winners include: Jake Alonso, Ashley Biathrow, Hayden Bickes, Callie Boisvert, Christine Broderick, Joey Chamberlain, Chelsea Cilley, Lillian Devoid, Jasmine Gagne, Chloe Griggs, Corey Guzman, Sophia Hatmaker, Sarah Holdredge, Ellianna Howard, Alexander Humphrey, Francisco Jaimes, Fletcher Maggs, Evan Martus, Kelly McMahon, Chesney McManus, Mackenzie Mullins, Molly Munroe, Taylor Ouellette, Solomon Page, Owen Palmer, Avery Pope, Keegan Ross, Ellie Rupp, Daniel Sleeper, Thalia Stafford, Shaelan Stetzer, Katelyn Stone, Avery Swasey, Donovan Sweeney, Will Thompson, Dominic Trodella, Ceirra Valley, Ary Vayens, Laramie Wilson, and Suki Zhang.
Athletic and Academic Awards Ceremony
The Athletic and Academic Awards ceremony took place in the ConVal Gym in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 8. Director of School Counseling Terri Drogue opened the event before Heather McKillop announced Thalia Stafford as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2022 and Kendall Larson as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2022. For more information and more than 50 photos of the event, please click this link.
Scholarship Night Brings Senior Awards
Local businesses, individual memorial funds, and community organizations came together to provide financial support to soon-to-be ConVal graduates as they start to pursue post-secondary goals. Through these generous fundraising efforts, seniors received nearly $132,000 in local scholarships during Scholarship Night on June 8, 2022. For more information and nearly 50 photos of the event, please click this link.