The Souhegan Scoop
May 12, 2023
Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
MHAM was established in 1949 to help increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives. Over the past several years, we have seen a significant rise in youth mental health needs. At Souhegan, we have made a commitment to supporting our youth by openly discussing mental health topics, destigmatizing help seeking, and sharing resources. As a parent, it can be difficult to open up conversations about mental health. Please feel free to reach out to student services to discuss your student, or use these tip sheets as a guide.
Souhegan High School is Seeking host families for 15 days in October 2023.
For the first time since the Covid pandemic, Souhegan High School is welcoming German exchange students to our community. We have a 16-year history of hosting students from university prep high schools in the Mannheim region of Germany. This venture is in cooperation with Nashua High School. Students will arrive on October 14, 2023, and stay with host families until October 30, 2023. They will attend three days at the high school and spend the rest of their time touring points of interest and history in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Visiting students will need the following:
A Souhegan student to be their host
Accommodations to include a bed/bedroom and meals
Transportation to and from school during the two weeks
Evenings and weekends spent with a host family
Souhegan students are then welcome to visit families in Germany during the April vacation of 2024 but that is not required. This tradition of cultural exchange has led to wonderful experiences and lifetime friendships for many Souhegan alumni.
For more information reach out to Marjie Hobbs and if you are interested in signing up please fill out the German Exchange sign-up form.
Trivia Night Fundraiser
This trivia night will be a fundraiser put on to support Kasen Fox’s Eagle Scout Project. The project is to build a structure at The Buck Meadow Conservation and Recreation Area for storing cross country skiing equipment for the Parks and Recreation Department. The trivia night will consist of 6 rounds of trivia, each with 10 questions. This will be a fundraiser for you and your friends or family to come enjoy, and show off your trivia knowledge! There will also be food for purchase, so come hungry!
Who: Ages 12 and up
What: Trivia night fundraiser
Where: Souhegan High School Cafeteria - 412 Boston Post Rd., Amherst, NH 03031
When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 6pm - 8:30pm
Fee: $20 per person or $150 for a team of 8 people - If you don’t have a team, we’ll put you with other people to make your own team when you arrive.
Max: 160 people or 20 teams
NHSAS Science Testing
Students in grade 11 will be taking the NHSAS Science exam, our state assessment, on Tuesday, May 16th from 8:30 am - 11:15 am. Juniors are asked to come prepared on Tuesday with their fully charged school issued laptop and power cord.
NHSAS is an important assessment that helps provide information on whether students are meeting grade level expectations. We receive test results quickly and teachers are able to use this information to target instruction through the end of the school year.
While parents can opt students out of testing, we are required to have a 95% participation rate. Any students who opt out of the 2023 assessment below the 95% district and school participation requirement, will be counted as zero scores for accountability. Zero scores for students will significantly impact our school and district level test results.
While RSA 193-C:6 permits parents to exempt their student from taking the statewide assessment, your student’s participation is appreciated as we strive to accurately represent the achievements of our students.
Attention Juniors and Parents:
There is a new requirement for New Hampshire students to graduate high school. For the Class of 2024 going forward, students will be required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or sign a waiver opting out. The waiver will be accessible throughout the fall. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form to apply for federal financial aid for college and/or training, including grants, work-study, and loans.
Please see this letter from the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) that includes information and resources for students and parents. Souhegan will host a Financial Aid Night Presentation in early fall. NHHEAF representatives will present information about the FAFSA at that time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your counselor.
Please help ensure that your child is signed up for summer reading, which they can do on the summer reading website. This year, we are offering a list of books that students can choose from if they like, or they can sign up for any book they would like. Sign up deadline is May 17!
Senior Year Notes
Please encourage your child to return all library and instructional materials to the Info Center as soon as they are finished using them and clear up any outstanding fines on their accounts so we can give them green light for graduation!
Senior Project News
Senior Project presentations will take place next Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19. All parents, family members, and community members are welcome to attend these presentations. A schedule for these two days can be found here. Please note that presentations will begin at the time listed on the schedule. We ask that you plan to arrive ahead of time to find seating and get settled; late arrivers will not be allowed in rooms once presentations have begun.
Seniors will continue to practice their presentations with mentors and advisories. If you have a senior it is highly recommended that they do one or two practice runs at home, in addition to what they do at school.
Community Service Opportunities
AMS HOME TRACK AND FIELD MEETS
Where: Events take place at the Calvetti Field - Souhegan
When: May 9, May 23 and the Championship on May 31
Meets typically run 2 to 3 hours
Contact: Karin Pariselli at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW MONT VERNON COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
When: Saturday, May 20, 8am To 3pm (entire block or partial)
Where: Mont Vernon
What: Looking for multiple volunteers assisting with the tie dye t-shirt table
Contact: Rebecca at email@example.com
When: Saturday, May 20th from 11am to 2pm
Where: Mont Vernon
What: Face Painting and Temporary Tattoos!
Contact: Rebecca Hagedorn at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and for more information!
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES (read entire post as there are several opportunities)
Interested in helping rescued dogs who will be trained to be veteran service dogs? Operation Delta Dog needs you! We are hosting our largest annual event called The Power of Ten- an anniversary fundraiser on Friday June 16th. at Nashua Country Club.
Various volunteer opportunities including:
1. Video editing- we are creating a video celebrating 10 years of service dogs and veterans. We need a few volunteers who are willing to work with us to craft a message that shows just how powerful service dogs can be for their veteran
2. Set up of the event space on 6/16 at NCC- 7am-12pm.
3. Evening of event 6/16-5:00pm-11pm at NCC. Various positions including silent auction staff, games, registration and more. Based on your skills, we will find you a spot.
4. Are you an artist, craftsperson or business owner who would like to donate an item or service? Do you babysit and want to donate hours? Fill out our online donation form here: https://operationdeltadog.org/10-year-celebration/
Can’t help with this specific event, we still need your help at our training center in Hollis. Please contact Emily Mangiaratti at email@example.com or 603-921-5253
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT SUNRISE CHILDREN'S CENTER
Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students who are at least 14 years old and have an interest in helping out after Souhegan' s day ends.
Employment opportunities are available to high school students who are at least 16 years old and have an interest in Early Childhood Educations
If interested in either, please reach out to Molly Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Sunrise Children's Center located at 94 NH-101A, Amherst.
Get To Know SHS
Meet the wonderful and talented staff members of SHS!
What is your role at Souhegan?
Campus Coordinator and Head Football Coach
How long have you been with Souhegan?
I am in year 6 but I am also a '01 Grad.
What do you love about your job?
I love that I get to have interaction with a large portion of the student body and help drive the culture of Souhegan.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy golf, cooking, finding new music, hanging with friends, and spending time with my wife and two daughters. Watching them play sports is pretty special.
If you were given one wish what would it be?
I wish for everyone to be awesome to each other.
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?
Everything matters and it matters all the time!
National Honor Society
Donation Goods for the Bedford Animal Rescue League
- Gently used towels, hand towels, washcloths, blankets, and flat sheets
- Gently used, small to medium-sized, machine-washable pet beds
- Unopened, unexpired pet food
Dogs: Paw Safe Snow Melt, Nylon leashes (6-foot length, 1-inch width), Slip leads, Nylon Martingale collars, Front attaching harnesses (EZ Walk, Sensation, Freedom), Brain toys (Kongs, Kong wobblers, Tug-A-Jug, Buster Cube, etc) & Squeaky tennis balls, plush or plastic toys.
Small Animals: Rabbit toys (plastic stacking cups, chew toys, wooden toys), Timothy hay, Blue Seal Bunny 16 Pellets, Oxbow Adult and Young Guinea Pig Food + Rabbit Food & Tall metal exercise pens and exercise pen covers.
Shelter Supplies: Dawn Dish Soap, Windex, Poop bags, Disposable, non-latex gloves, Paper towels, Scrub tops and pants, larger sizes preferred & Toilet paper.
Office Supplies: Card stock, Copier paper, Binder clips, Post-Its, Scissors, Scotch tape, Stamps (first-class Forever stamps) & Manilla Folders.
If you have not already ordered your Yearbook, please do so as soon as possible. Online ordering ends Friday, May 19th. Pre-purchased Yearbooks will be distributed on June 1st. We will have a very limited number of copies available to purchase starting June 2nd that will be sold on a first come first serve basis during lunch and advisories.
Please visit this link to purchase your copy today!
The Yearbook Club
Project Graduation 2023 sign-up forms! Friday, 6/2, beginning at 9:00pm and ending with fireworks at midnight! The hypnotist starts at 9:45pm, so you need to arrive before then. Fun, games, a last hang with your class, signing yearbooks, food, and fireworks for $20!