The Souhegan Scoop

September 8, 2023

Upcoming Events

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Additional event information is available via this interactive Trumba calendar. Click here for the official SAU 39 school year calendar. Additional event information is available via this interactive Trumba calendar.

School Highlights

Off / Open Campus

Campus will be closed the first two weeks of school. Once campus opens, on September 18, off-campus privileges will be extended to students in Grades 11 and 12 who have a signed parental permission form on file in the attendance office, maintain good behavior, and be in good academic standing. Grade 10 students who meet the above criteria in the last reporting term are eligible for off-campus privileges the 1st semester of their 11th grade year. Parents will need to complete the Off Campus Privileges section of online registration for approval.

Juniors and Seniors must be caught up on all of their graduation requirements to utilize off-campus privileges.

The school retains the right to revoke off-campus and/or parking privileges for students who violate the stated policy. A campus monitor will help ensure consistent policy enforcement. Repeated violations from the school community will result in a closed campus.

Student Building Access Cards

The Souhegan School community continues to emphasize school security. Last year, the District was able to obtain a grant to increase controlled access.

Beginning the 2023-2024 school year, and in keeping with commitment to respect, trust, and courage, the school administration has made the unique commitment to issue students exterior door access cards. Beginning the week of September 11 students will be informed of access card expectations and responsibilities during Saber Spotlight and be given their access cards during advisory. By the end of the week, effective Wednesday, September 13, all exterior doors will be locked for the duration of the school day, with the exception of passing periods. During passing periods the courtyard doors ( the main building doors leading to the Annex and the main Annex door leading to the main building) will unlock five minutes prior and lock five minutes after each passing time. Outside of those times student access cards will allow students to travel between both buildings throughout the school day without having to be buzzed in.

Each courtyard door will have an audio-visual doorbell buzzer unit connected to the main office that can be used if a card is misplaced or lost.

The access cards will support school entry only during designated times.

Students are expected to hold onto their access card for the duration of their time at Souhegan High School and abide by the terms and conditions set forth in the Access Card Agreement. Students may not obtain an access card without having completed the agreement as found in the registration packet. Cards may be deactivated for disciplinary reasons. Should a student lose their card, the student needs to report to Student Services and complete a missing card form. At that point the card will be deactivated and a replacement fee will be assessed for each lost/missing card.

Cards should be returned and will be deactivated upon graduation and/or withdrawal from Souhegan High School.

Picture Day - September 21

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Student Highlights

Welcome back, Sabers!

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Get To Know SHS

Introducing the newest staff members of Souhegan High School!

  • Jessica Minott - French Teacher
  • Jim Wickham - Music Teacher/Band Director
  • Wendy Sue Williams - French Teacher
  • Andrew Tyler - Computer Science Teacher
  • Erica DellaVolpe - Health/Wellness Teacher
  • Christina Guessetto - Grade 9 Math Teacher
  • Adam McAfee - School Psychologist
  • Megan Worster - School Counselor
  • Melissa Fraley - School Counselor
  • Anthony Hans - Chemistry Teacher
  • Kelli Crowdle - Business Teacher
  • Marisa Abasto - Spanish Teacher
  • Victoria Quinn Mittell - Registrar
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(Photo taken on SHS Mentor Facilitation & Newcomers Day)

Student Services

School Counseling Updates

For 2023-2024, School Counseling will be sharing important information in the Scoop but will also be putting out a monthly newsletter as well that will capture all of the shared information in one place that will be easy for folks to refer back to. Stay tuned for the first newsletter next week. In the meantime, here are some quick things to know:

  • Add/Drop - Students interested in changing one of their semester one or full year classes have until Monday, Sept. 18th to schedule a meeting with their counselor to discuss options. Students will not be able to drop classes after the 18th without withdrawing, which should be reserved for very rare instances.
  • College Visits - College Reps will be visiting Souhegan this fall to speak with students. Students can see the schedule and sign up for visits through their Naviance account. College visits are scheduled to begin on September 19. We’ll share the full schedule in the newsletter next week, meanwhile students can check the schedule and sign up on Naviance at
Post Secondary Support for Seniors:

  • Senior College Night for Parents and Students will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 6pm in the Theater.
  • Counselors are scheduling senior meetings with each of their 12th graders over the next few weeks. Additionally, counselors will be visiting senior English classes beginning next week to go over the College application process. Counselors will also be visiting advisories to review transcripts, and answer questions as well.
  • Future Fridays - The School Counseling Department will be collaborating with The Learning Commons to offer programming on Fridays throughout the year geared towards supporting students in thinking about life after high school. We’ll be starting with drop in College Application support through the month of September from 10:30-11:15AM and 12:15-1:35PM.

Community Service

As part of our mission of being actively engaged, all students are expected to complete community service hours as part of their graduation requirements. Individuals of the class of 2024 are expected to complete 30hours of community service prior to graduation. Classes after the class of 2024 are expected to complete 40hours of community service prior to graduation. As most graduates will tell you, it is best to work on those hours little by little each year so as to avoid being overwhelmed. A great idea would be to complete 10hours of community service each year in high school to avoid being overwhelmed.

If you are in need of community service opportunities, please consult your class’s google classroom. For help with locating and joining, students should consult their advisor. Additional opportunities will also be posted in various locations throughout the building.

Documenting your hours is easy. Yellow forms, such as this one, need to be completed and submitted to our campus registrar located in Student Services.

Community Service Opportunities

Pancake Breakfast

WHEN: Sunday September 10

TIME: 7am-12pm
WHERE: Milford Boys and Girls Club
WHAT: Helping at the Pancake Breakfast
Click here to sign up!

Joe English Twilight Challenge

WHEN: Saturday, September 30

TIME: 6pm-Midnight
WHERE: Freestyle Farm - Amherst, NH
WHAT: Fire Tenders/Trail Clearers/Log Runners etc.
Contact Sally Wilkins to sign up!

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a space for students to work, get support, and spend time during free periods. We offer math support every single period and writing conferences most periods. We open at 8:10 each morning and close at 3:40. Students without free periods can access Learning Commons support during Saber Flex class with teacher permission. Check to see what tutors are available each period.


Senior Photos

Senior photos are due by November 1, 2023! Please submit your senior photo through our private photo sharing site, Replayit. Please use the link below to upload your photos. If for some reason the link does not work, our ID is 0hQfv11-N-kA2lNLkKPB8hQ.


Ethics Forum

In 2007, the Souhegan High School Ethics Forum started with twelve seniors. This student centered and directed group, committed itself to an innovative vision based on a series of important goals. The Forum focused on the furthering of active citizenship through, leadership development opportunities founded in volunteer work, the development of critical thinking skills practiced both in and outside of the classroom, the enhancement of philosophy and leadership opportunities for all high school students, and the expansion of educational programs for high school students across the New England region. The commitment to this overall vision as well as special attention given to the last objective, created a series of initiatives that are grounded in Souhegan High School’s founding educational tenets. Building on the success of many long-standing programs the Forum has developed in the past, the group, this year, will continue their work by mentoring in local elementary schools, fundraising for local school districts to help students with leadership and humanities-based educational opportunities, planning and implementing conferences with local colleges and universities, and coordinating efforts to bring the communities of Amherst and Mont Vernon together.

Getting the Fall Started in 2023

Claws for a Cause Week will take place September 25th through September 30th. His year, the Forum will be raising funds to support NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) based in Concord, NH., as well as working to support high school leadership and humanities-education work that the group will be engaged in. The Claws for a Cause week brings our school community together with a series of events, culminating in the Claws for a Cause football game held on Friday night September 29th and a school-wide dance, held on Saturday night September 30th. Claws for a Cause shirts will be sold to support the program, beginning August 29th.

German Exchange Program

Souhegan High School is Seeking host families for 15 days in October 2023.

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.


Fall Sports Picture Day

Fall Sports Picture Day is 9/28. More information and links for ordering to come!

Senior Nights:

  • Cross Country - 9/12
  • Field Hockey - 9/22
  • Golf - 9/28

  • Boys Soccer - 10/12

  • Volleyball - 10/16

  • Girls Soccer - 10/20

  • Football, Cheer and Pep Band - 10/27

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.