Weekly Cougar News
ConVal High School Happenings - May 13, 2022
Message From Principal McKillop
May is National Mental Health Awareness month, and many in our school wore green today to promote this important month/topic. Please click on the May School Counseling link embedded below in this newsletter for more events/opportunities for students this month.
The weather was beautiful this week and I enjoyed attending games on campus. Our teams competed hard, and I have been very proud of the sportsmanship that I have witnessed on a consistent basis.
The second submission of the "parent corner" is included below. Thank you again to ALL of the parents who contributed or helped in any capacity to make our educator luncheon last Friday such a huge success!
Please see some of the interesting things happening in our classrooms by reviewing the snapshots of the week from some of our classrooms included in this newsletter.
One month from today (June 10) we will celebrate our graduating seniors. It is always one of my favorite events of the year. As we approach the last month of school, I would encourage anyone with questions regarding academics or any other matter to reach out to teachers, school counselors, or any other support staff. We are here to help!
Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous day!
Table of Contents
- Upcoming Important Dates and Events
- ConVal Summer Academy
- Program of the Year
- Classrooms at ConVal
- Applied Technology Center Programs -Designs in Careers in Education
- Athletic and Co-Curricular Updates
- May School Counseling Center
- ConVal School Store
- Exchange with Austria - Frau Hodgdon
- Colby Sullivan Wins!
- Parent Volunteers - Parent Corner
- Valuable Internship
- Breakfast and Lunch Menus
- Covid 19 Update
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.
Class descriptions and registration will be released next week, so be on the lookout!
Please direct questions to Mrs. Jen Kiley at email@example.com.
Program of the Year
Teacher Abe Ewing (pictured on the right below) accepted The New England Association of woodworking teacher's program award for Program of the Year for 2022. Congratulations!
Teacher of the Year (pictured left) was Phil Carle of Merrimack.
Classrooms at ConVal
Snapshot of the week
English 9 - Leslie Holcombe
English 9 Students in Ms. Holcombe's classes have started their memoir unit by choosing which memoir to read and forming book clubs around their choice. Their choices are: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Students meet five times over the course of reading the memoir to dive deeply into discussions about the memoir. Their goal is to search for and identify wisdom within these books about extraordinary lives. The book club format allows for students to take risks in discussing literature and formulate questions that show they are thinking analytically and critically about the book they are reading. Students are setting their own expectations for what makes a successful book club and taking responsibility to meet those expectations. They are learning about time management, student-led discussions, and using evidence from a text to support their claims.
Design an Early Childhood Classroom Project!
Students in Careers in Education created models of toddler and preschool classrooms. Students' models reflected their knowledge about developmental appropriate spaces. A well-arranged classroom environment is not only welcoming but conveys a sense of order and encourages and nurtures a child's desire to explore various materials and to try things on their own. Classroom environments should offer flexible options as children will rarely do the same take the same way at the same time.
This past week, chemistry students in Mr. Stetzer’s and Ms. Young’s classes completed a copper cycle lab. Their task was to use a series of chemical reactions to convert pure copper wire into copper nitrate, copper phosphate, copper chloride, and finally back to pure copper. This process models those used by various industries to recycle copper and minimize waste. Prizes were awarded to the team in each class who recovered the most copper from the original amount they started with.
Athletic and Co-Curricular Updates
Athletics and Co-Curriculars
Congratulations to track athlete Tasha MacNeil who set a new school record in the javelin on Tuesday. Tasha threw the javelin 114 feet 3 inches, breaking the previous record set in 2002 by 11 feet 3 inches. Tasha is currently ranked 1st in D2 and 2nd in the state.
All of our spring athletic schedules, scores & updates can be found on the ConVal athletics website. Please come out and support our athletes and their coaches.
If you have any questions, please contact Director of Athletics and Co-Curriculars
John Reitnauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ConVal School Store
The ConVal School Store is having its annual end of the year sale! Everything in the store is 20% off until May 27th.
Items include: T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Winter Hats, Pajama Bottoms, Shorts, and one Fleece Vest.
If you are interested in purchasing something, please send an email to Deb Coyne, Marketing Instructor at email@example.com.
Parent Volunteers Make Educator Appreciation Luncheon Extra Special!
Parent Corner- By Melissa Gallagher
If you're interested in getting involved at the high school as a volunteer, please contact Principal Heather McKillop at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Dinino spends his afternoons working at an internship at SoClean and his mornings at an internship at Pancho’s Pizza, both located in Peterborough. Our internship programs provide valuable educational and career opportunities for all of our students. Frank has worked at SoClean for two years and Pancho’s this school year and is considered a “favorite employee” by the many people that interact with him daily.