Somersworth HS & CTC

December Newsletter

The December Issue

'Tis the season!

While Holiday Break is a mere 3 weeks away we have a lot to fit in during the interim. Here's a snapshot of what our students are doing this month!

  • Come support our students and watch the Somersworth Parade on December 5th! Line up for the Parade starts at 12:30pm!
  • December 18th Clothing Drive Open House - clothes collected from the Student Council Clothing drive will be up for grabs - come and join us from 5:30 to 7:30 in the high school cafe!
  • The Interact Club will be volunteering at this years Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt at Millennium Park through Somersworth Recreation.

Behind the Scenes...

Interact students helped out building the cup on Monday November 30th for the Somersworth High School Parade Float. Below are some pictures of the fun they had! Check out the Somersworth Parade on December 5th. The parade begins on the corner of Main Street and Washington Street!

New Face in the Main Office

Welcome to our New Dean of Students: Amy Burnap!

After many years working in middle schools as a guidance counselor Ms. Burnap decided to pursue a certification in school administration. She had the pleasure of working at Kennett High School in North Conway for nine years as their Dean of Students and left due to the School Board cutting the position.

Shortly after her start at SHS&CTC in July Ms. Burnap realized she was now a member of a very special community of educators who care deeply about their students. She continues to believe this and on a daily basis feels fortunate enough to work with the students and staff here. Her role here is to support students in their learning about the choices they make and how those choices influence the opportunities available to them. Please feel free to contact her at any time at

Do you have health insurance? Right now through January 31,2016 it is open enrollment. Visit for more information. If you are not able to find the answer Goodwin Community Health is offering free help to everyone. The phone number is 749-2346 and ask for extension 556.If you want to change plans, act by December 15, so your new coverage starts January 1st.

Do you know what the best prevention is for not getting the Flu? A Flu vaccine is the answer. Convenient MD is offering FREE Flu shots. They are opened 9am to 9pm 7 days a week. No appointment necessary! They are located next to Five Guys in Dover.

If you have any children that are 16 and younger and do not have dental insurance. Goodwin Community Heath is offering free dental care. To include fillings,rootcanals and extractions. 749-2346 and ask for dental.

I Applied Day at Somersworth High School

On November 17th, during I Applied Day 76 Somersworth High School seniors applied to a total of 139 colleges/universities! This is beyond amazing!

Just to put this all into perspective, Somersworth was the 4th high school to participate this week, bringing the grand total so far to over 200 students that have participated for a combined almost 300 applications submitted! (Which means Somersworth TOTALLY represented!!)

Every completed essay, application, and high-five yesterday were so awesome!

We even hit the news TWICE… here are the links to the articles!

Competency Recovery

It’s competency recovery time. For any student who failed Quarter 1 classes with a comment “eligible for competency recovery,” competency recovery forms are available with Mrs. Feren in room 107, guidance and the library. Credit recovery contract forms need to be completed by the student and Q1 teacher with the grade to reinstate once competencies are completed. Please return the form to Mrs. Feren in room 107 and she will notify you via e-mail of your competency recovery assignments to complete online on PLATO, with your Q1 teacher if requested by the teacher, or with Mrs. Feren after school. Q1 competency recovery should be completed within two weeks of the contract date, unless approved by the cooperating teacher. Mrs. Feren will be available for competency recovery drop-in on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 in room 107. Please see her if you have any questions or e-mail All Q1 competency recovery needs to be completed by December 31, 2015.


Kaitlyn was an easy choice for the World Cultures Department’s Fine and Performing Arts area. Kaitlyn began her freshmen year as quiet, reserved and lacking confidence. Although, from the beginning of her freshmen year she certainly showed an artistic ability that was truly unique and demonstrated talent from the start. Kaitlyn always took her academics seriously and worked extremely hard to maintain good grades. She was faced with a medical setback during her high school career. Not only did she persevere through it, maintaining her grades, but also she showed growth in many academic areas, her artwork, maturity and gained confidence in the process. Kaitlyn is now college bound for art, in the area of digital illustration or graphic design.We are truly impressed to see her growth over the past four years and proud of her accomplishments.

National Honor Society Update

Thanksgiving Baskets:

Much to the help of the students involved, especially Camden Tillinghast and Bailey Haines, we were able to make 10 Thanksgiving Baskets, complete with

· A 15 Pound turkey

· Two cans of corn

· Mashed potatoes

· A can of cranberry sauce

· Stuffing

· A jar of applesauce

The Somersworth food pantry received 10 of these – 6 more than either of the last two years.

We were also, with the help of Emily Franceour, able to give 10 pies to the Old Rail in Somersworth.

Socks for Veterans

We were able to get about 170 pairs of socks for the Manchester Veterans Hospital, which I will be delivering in the next month or so. A big thanks to Avery Kretschmar and Olympia Sports for their help in providing donations.

Krispy Kreme

We are currently doing a fundraiser for a middle school student, and are looking to contribute at least $500 to his fight against Leukemia. If you are interested in buying a box of Krispy Kreme Donuts please contact Scott Seeley at

Culinary Arts

Congratulations to the Culinary Art students who in a matter of 1 week and 2 days produced 201 pies, 51 dozen dinner rolls and 25 quick breads. They would like to thank everyone for their support! Check out the pictures from the event here!

Students are also heading to UNH to participate in a Job Shadow Day just for Somersworth Culinary Arts hosted by UNH Dining Services on 12/2/15.

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Frisbie Memorial Hospital Scholarship Contest

Somersworth Seniors will be showcasing their artwork to be entered into a Scholarship Contest at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Their artwork will be on display the month of December while Frisbie staff votes on which piece of artwork they like best! Students will be competing against seniors from Rochester and Farmington throughout the year. The semifinalists from each month will then be put on display in June for the winner to receive a $1000 scholarship while 2nd and 3rd place finish with $500.

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The holidays can be a tough time of year for families. Please check out the local resources page of the School Counseling Website for more information or give us a call! If you are a family in need please contact a member of the School Counseling Department.
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Athletic Schedules

Get the details for your favorite Hilltopper teams!

Topper Tots Preschool

Topper Tots, the preschool attached to Somersworth Career Technical Center, has openings for morning and afternoon sessions as well as provides full day care for children ages 3-5 years old from 7 AM – 4:30 PM throughout the school year. Any parent looking for care should contact Ms. Canard at the Career Technical Center. Ms. Canard can be contacted via email at or 603-692-2242.

2016 Yearbook

Don’t miss out on this year’s Somersworth High Schools yearbook. Now through 12/13/2015 get a hard cover yearbook for $60.00 OR a Softcover book for $30.00. Don’t delay. Please order online at or contact Mrs. Brown through the SHS website.

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The Art Department - Artsonia

Artsonia is an online student gallery that Ms. Blanc uses to display student artwork and create student digital portfolios. Students write about their artwork and have “fans” (usually family members and friends). Fans can comment on their work. Items with the students artwork can be purchased through the website and a portion of the cost goes back into the Art Department for purchasing items that we usually run out of at the end of the year.

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A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the Somersworth JV and Varsity Math Teams on getting the highest score they've had all season last night at the Tri-State Math Meet. The meet was held here at Somersworth High School and Career Technical Center.

Above are pictures of our team as well as the parent supporters who fed the kids as well as the coaches and proctors. Lastly we would like to thank the donors for supplying our Mathletes with pizza.

The English/ Social Studies Connection

Mrs. McCauley’s block 2 class had the opportunity to speak with an American citizen living in Paris last week about the World Terror Crisis via Skype. Mr. Seeley invited that class to his room to collaborate on a fishbowl style debate on the Syrian refugee question and related topics. Students from both classes were engaged and demonstrated a mature and informed outlook on these timely topics. It was a learning experience to remember!

World Cultures and Languages

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You may have seen pictures of the Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world and a Québec City icon. Our group of 18 French students, Madame Feren and Madame Lampros will visit Québec City April 8-10, 2016, leaving on our Friday teacher workshop day and returning Sunday evening. We’re looking forward to an opportunity to practice our français and eat some traditional Canadian food. We’ll visit a gothic cathedral and the Terrasse Dufferin, learn about the history of Québec, explore the Grande Allée, walk the breakneck stairs, participate in a cultural and historic treasure hunt, and, weather permitting, walk on the footbridge above Montmorency Falls, which are taller than Niagara Falls. We’ll learn to dance to traditional folk songs at a cabane à sucre and eat sugar on snow. We’ll learn about battles between the French, British and American armies and visit the Quartier Petit Champlain, strolling cobblestone streets dating back to the 1600s. Lastly, we’ll ferry across the St. Lawrence River before our return home. We’re looking forward to a bon voyage.

Band & Chorus Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 7pm

11 Memorial Drive

Somersworth, NH

Family Engagement Group

Monday, Dec. 21st, 6:30-8:30pm

11 Memorial Drive

Somersworth, NH

* Mission: The purpose of the Somersworth HS & CTC Family Engagement group is to engage and communicate with families.

* Goal: For families to be active participants in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in the classroom.

Official Somersworth High Lip Dub 2013

Coming up in January...

January 15th - Winter Semi 7-10pm

January 18th - No School

January 20th - NHHEAF FAFSA Filing Help for Seniors

Barnes and Noble Book Fair - January 2, 2016

We are holding our 3rd annual book fair at Barnes and Noble in Newington, NH on Saturday January 2nd, 2016 from 9-1. We usually highlight a few of our performing groups ( jazz band, chorus) and include special activities for parents with young children ( face painting and story time). There is no cost at all to participate, as we receive a percentage on anything ( books, records, calendars, drinks) people purchase while in the store that day.

Our students will be there to hand you a red dot and the rest is up to them.

Even if the weather is bad that day, they can make a purchase from home and designate the sale as part of our school amount simply by typing in the Book Fair ID #11736790. See flyer below with all the information they will need to order from home.

In year’s past this has been a successful way to raise around $500-700 which we use to purchase new classroom and library texts here at school.

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