Weekly Cougar News
ConVal High School Happenings - May 26, 2023
Message from Principal McKillop
Good Afternoon, Cougar Nation!
It is hard to believe this is the last newsletter of May. Our days and afternoons have been filled with opportunities to recognize and celebrate students. Please make sure to review the many events and student accomplishments in this newsletter.
This afternoon/early evening we will host the boys lacrosse senior game on campus, the Division II State track meet will be held at Oyster River, and tomorrow will be the annual spring craft fair in our gym from 9:00am-2:00pm. This Sunday, there will be a 5K walk/run for suicide prevention awareness. Registration begins at 8:00 am. As mentioned last week, although this is not a school-sponsored event, we support our students who have worked so hard to plan and organize this event. All proceeds will go to the Grapevine/Avenue A teen center for mental health awareness-related programs in our region. I plan to attend Sunday and hope to see anyone that can make it.
Have a wonderful long weekend. I look forward to welcoming our students back to campus on Tuesday.
Have a wonderful weekend, and GO COUGARS!
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Table of Contents
Region 14 Applied Careers & Technical Education
School Counseling News
Athletic, Co-Curricular and Club Updates
ConVal Summer Academy
Spring Craft Fair (May 27)
ConVal Car Magnets
Monadnock Roller Derby (June 3)
The Wave Peterborough Swim Club (Season Starts June 19)
Travel Soccer Tryouts (June 2, June 7)
Tod Silegy Soccer Camps (June 26-June 30)
Upcoming Important Dates and Events
- May 27: Spring Crafts Fair (ConVal Gym, 9:00 am-2:00 pm)
- May 28: Break the Silence 5K, ConVal High School, 8:00-10:00 am
- May 28: Spring Sports End
- May 29: Memorial Day (no school)
- May 31: Careers in Education Field Trip
- June 1: Election Speeches Grades 9-11
- June 1: Spain Trip 2024 Orientation Session, Library, 6:00 pm
- June 2: Class Officer Elections During All Lunches
- June 2: The Lucy/Performing Arts Awards, LHT, 6:00-7:30 pm
- June 5: Senior Exams Blocks 1 & 2 (during regular class times)
- June 6: Senior Exams Blocks 3 & 4 (during regular class times)
- June 7: Academic and Athletic Awards, 9:30-11:00 am
- June 7: Senior Checkout Forms Due, 12:00 pm
- June 7: Scholarship Night, 6:00-7:30 pm
- June 8: Senior Breakfast, 7:35-9:00 am
- June 8: Biology Class Field Trip
- June 10: ConVal High School Graduation, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
- June 15: Final Exams Blocks 1 & 2, 7:45-11:15 am
- June 15: Final Exams Blocks 3 & 4, 7:45-11:15 am
- June 15: Chromebook Returns Grades 9-11 After Last Final
- June 16: Final Exam Make-ups
Nico Colon Named Unified Sports Athlete Of The Year
Congratulations to Nico Colon who was named the Keene Sentinel Male Athlete of the Year for Unified Sports. Nico was recognized for his hard work and attitude this year on the soccer pitch, basketball court, and track. The picture below shows Nico waving to the home crowd after completing his signature move — "The Worm" — following a successful score on the Unified basketball court. Congratulations, Nico!
In the ConVal Class of 2023, 77 seniors qualified for New Hampshire Scholar designations by completing a defined, rigorous course of study over the four-year span of their high school career. 28 of these accomplished New Hampshire Scholars took a field trip to the New Hampshire Sports Dome in Milford on May 24 to participate in this year's Scholars Day festivities. The New Hampshire Scholars Initiative is an effort by area business and school volunteers to motivate high school students to achieve at the highest level. Congratulations, all!
Mrs. Pacheco-McMahon's Spanish 2
Staff Work on a Guided Drawing Exercise
After school on Wednesday, staff members chose from a variety of sessions that all focused on activities which gave us time to connect with each other. Mrs.Tebbetts' facilitated a session on guided drawing.
ConVal Bands, Choirs Reprise POPS Concert For All-School Assembly
On Thursday, the ConVal instrumental and choral ensembles performed a portion of their POPS concert repertoire in a reprise performance for an all-school assembly in the morning. Under the direction of Jim Wickham, the band ensembles — Room 301, Jazz Band, and Concert Band — played a number of high-energy numbers, including "Locomotive Breath" by Jethro Tull, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, and "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen. Under the direction of Brian Moore, ConVal's diverse choral ensembles — Chamber Choir, The Trouble Clefs, Concert Choir, and Select Choir — performed a wide range of stylistically varied songs, such as "Rise Up," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Fix You," and "The Times They Are A-Changing." The schoolwide audience rewarded the performances with energetic applause!
ConVal High School Counseling
About 40 ConVal High School sophomores and juniors National Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) College Fair at Keene State College on Monday, May 22. Nearly 100 colleges and universities were represented.
School Counseling Newsletter
For the May edition of the School Counseling newsletter which covers a variety of topics, from mental health awareness month to "I Decided Day" celebrations, please click here.
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Reach out to get the help you need.
Athletic and Co-Curricular Updates
Upcoming in Athletics and Co-curriculars:
Big News: Nico Colon was named the Keene Sentinel Male Athlete of the Year for Unified sports. Congratulations to Nico for his hard work and attitude this year on the soccer pitch, basketball court, and Track!!
Big News: Well, the 4 X 100 Boys Relay Team has done it again, and again. Jack Harris, Kendrick Edwards, Elliot Featherstone, and Anthony Cadwallader have now broken the school record for a third time this year. The 4 person crew will be bringing their talents to Oyster River today for the Division II State Track Meet.
May 26th: ConVal Boys Lacrosse will be celebrating their seniors in their last home games of their careers where they will host the Blackbirds of Keene.
May 26th: Division II State Track Meet will be held at Oyster River High School.
Please visit nhiaa.org or visit our website for bracket information regarding the tournament. Brackets will be released by Monday.
Please visit our athletics website for a full listing of events.
ConVal's Enchanted Garden junior-senior prom at the Keene Country Club was a great success, despite the torrential rain. About 270 students were in attendance, chaperoned by 20 teachers, staff members, and administrators. Thank you, class advisors, for organizing this wonderful and memorable event!
On Tuesday, May 23, Members of the junior class meet in the Library to hear about elective student government offices, from President/Vice President to Student Council members and the Student Representative to the School Board. All classes will hear candidate speeches and vote next week.
Immersive Language Trip To Spain Planned For 2024
As an immersive language experience, the Spanish Department at ConVal Regional High School is in the early planning stages of a student trip to Spain in the spring of 2024. The tour is designed for students who are upper-level students (grades 10 and up) and have completed Spanish 2 by the end of fall semester 2023.
This will be a unique opportunity for students to explore the rich culture and history of this fascinating country. The tour will take them to the capital Madrid where they will witness the vibrant Spanish lifestyle firsthand while exploring the city's famous landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum, and the Puerta del Sol. The trip will also include a tour of the Andalusia region in the south, where students will experience the enchanting beauty of historic towns such as Seville, Granada, Ronda, and the Pueblos Blancos, the white villages nestled among the hills in the Andalusian mountains. The tour will give students the chance to learn about the country's rich cultural heritage while practicing their Spanish skills and making unforgettable travel memories.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please attend an orientation session on June 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the ConVal library. Questions? Please contact Señora Pacheco-McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ConVal High School Summer Academy classes are filling up!
The registration deadline is Friday, May 26.
Please fill out the Summer Academy registration form to register and indicate course preferences; complete a separate registration form for each student you are enrolling. ConVal Summer Academy reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum course enrollment requirements.
- Who: Incoming and current ConVal High School students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may register for one or two sessions based on their needs and interests.
- What: Click here for Summer Academy course descriptions.
- Where: ConVal High School
- When: July 5 – August 3, 2023, Monday through Thursday (due to the July 4th holiday, classes will only be held Wednesday, 7/5, and Thursday, 7/6, the first week)
- Session 1: 8:00 am – 10:00 am, and
- Session 2: 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.
- How: Transportation and lunch will be provided. Buses will arrive before Session 1 and will depart after Session 2; there will be no mid-morning bus run.
Summer Academy offers students the opportunity to recover graduation requirement credits as well as take enrichment courses for credit. Classes are free to incoming and current high school students on a first-come, first-served basis. If space allows, rising 7th and 8th-grade students in the ConVal district may participate in Summer Academy enrichment classes but will not be eligible for credit.
If you have questions about Summer Academy, please contact Rachael Bowman at email@example.com.
Looking for Substitutes, Paraprofessionals
The ConVal School District is looking for substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.
The qualifications for employment as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional are as follows:
- Teaching experience not required
- Ability to work well with children and adults
- High school diploma or GED required
- At least 21 years of age
An appropriate certification or permission is required for long-term sub assignments.
To apply, please follow this link to the District’s online application system.