The Souhegan Scoop
September 23, 2022
Community-Wide Announcements & Reminders
If you test positive for Covid-19, please contact the school nurse Angela Hildreth RN, BSN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calculating Return Dates if you are positive:
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Although it is important to talk about mental health and wellness all year long, September is a dedicated month to bring light to an often highly stigmatized topic. Over the month, I will be sharing information on how we, as a community, can raise awareness and provide important supports to our youth. I have shared some information on risk/protective factors, warning signs as well as resources. This week, I would like to bring your attention to ways that you can take action. This can be done by sharing information with others as well as by supporting the message and efforts of area nonprofits through local fundraising events. Two such opportunities are happening over the next few weekends. On Saturday, Sept 24th, at 10am, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), is having an Out of the Darkness walk. For more information on how to sign up as an individual or a team, please use this link. Additionally, the NAMI NH walk is taking place on Sat, Oct 8th, in Concord, NH. For more information on how to sign up for this walk, please use this link. Together we can make a difference! #stigmafreeinthe603
On October 4th, please join us for a conversation about the impact that mental health challenges have on children and youth! Parents and youth are encouraged to come together! Two high school students from the Magnify Voices contest and a middle school student, former NH Kid Governor, will be leading the event to discuss this important topic. Children's book author Irene Buchine, will be reading her powerful little book Celia and the Little Boy, and a complementary copy of the book will be presented to all attendees at the event! The event is free but registration is required. Sign up today! To view a flyer with clickable links, click HERE.
Community Listening Session
The Souhegan Cooperative and Amherst School Boards will be at the Amherst Town Library for a community listening session on September 26th from 6pm - 8pm in the Johnson Meeting Room. Representatives from the two school boards will be available to listen to the Community and help answer questions. This is the first of many sessions we plan on holding during the school year. We want to hear from you about what is important for education, what our schools do well, and what we can improve. Come join us at the library!
Grading and Reporting
Updates to the grading and reporting system were presented at the most recent meeting of the Souhegan Cooperative School Board on Thursday, September 8. Click here for a narrated presentation that describes the context, updates, and feedback so far. If you would like to read a complete description of this work, you can find that information linked here. We are offering two opportunities for Q&A regarding this work during the month of September. Our first session was held this past Tuesday and our next will take place on Thursday, September 29 from 5:00-5:45pm in the SHS Theatre.
The installation of our new double-security doors is a welcome addition to Souhegan High. To further enhance the security of our campus, visitors are to enter through the main entrance and check-in with the secretary in the vestibule. At that point, visitors will need to wait inside of the secure doors to be picked up by the staff member they are meeting with, and/or to be greeted by a staff member who will direct them to their destination. While in the building, visitors will need to wear visitor identification. If a visitor needs to drop off an item for their child, a staff member will also assist with the transfer of the item. The purpose of this is to further enhance a safe and secure environment for staff and students.
If your child is arriving late to school, they must check in with Lynda in Student Services. From there they will be signed into school signifying they are not absent from the day. Parents are encouraged to call ahead letting the secretary know that their child is going to be tardy.
Off Campus opened up on 9/8/2022. The new procedure is for students to sign out/in using the provided QR code/form link https://bit.ly/3TTDbym that is prominently located in both buildings. Amherst community members should expect Souhegan students to represent the best of who we are. Students who do not hold themselves up to the expectations of the Souhegan Six and our Mission Statement risk losing off campus privilege.
NEWS from BAE Systems -
BAE is excited to be hosting another session of virtual STEM Talks for students who are interested in learning more about careers in STEM from our BAE Systems employees.
The fall session kicks off on October 13 and runs through November 17, sessions take place on Thursday evenings from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
We have a great schedule of topics for the fall session including, “introduction to manufacturing”, “a day in the life of a mechanical engineer” and “STEM career paths” among others. STEM Talks are hosted by BAE Systems employees, and students will have an opportunity to learn, engage and ask questions!
Students and parents can learn more about the program and apply by visiting our website: www.baesystems.com/stemtalks
There is an application process for students who are interested in attending the 6-week program with a deadline of October 6.
Questions may be directed to email@example.com or to Laurel Skiff, Engineering Pre and Early Career Program Manager.
9th Grade: First Year Interviews + Personalized Success Plan -
Tim Cotreau, the 9th grade school counselor, is beginning to schedule First Year Interviews with 9th grade students. These individual meetings are an opportunity for Tim to get to know the 9th grade students, understand how their transition to Souhegan has progressed, and to begin the conversation in support of each students individual and academic growth at Souhegan. These conversations are part of the broader Personalized Success Planning (PSP) process. In 9th grade, students will participate in several activities designed for students to develop an understanding of themselves, the resources available at Souhegan and how they connect to opportunities beyond high school. The aim is to equip students with the knowledge that they need to develop goals and a plan for achieving those goals while in high school.
Senior Year Notes
Seniors & Parents - You are invited to attend:
Financial Aid Night Presentation for seniors and parents - Sept. 29 6:00pm in the theatre.
A representative from The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation will
present valuable information regarding the financial aid process.
Senior Meetings - All seniors are required to schedule a meeting with their counselor during the month of September. Find the links to your counselor’s calendar here.
Senior Project was rolled out to all 12th grade students this week. During Advisory, students met with Senior Project coordinators, Kathy Maddock and Ryan Lemieux to learn about the project requirements and to ask questions. On Friday, September 23, seniors should have completed a form to identify 10 staff members who could potentially serve as a mentor. Students were also presented with all the Senior Project Important Dates. A few big dates to add to calendars include: Panel Meetings on 11/1, 1/10, and 4/20 from 3:15pm and of course presentation days on 5/18 and 5/19. All this information, as well as the full packet for Senior Project, is available on the SHS Class of 2023 Google Classroom.
Attention Senior Athletes - The 2022 Heisman Scholarship Competition is now open! Eligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Applicants must participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.
For more information and to apply go to Heisman Scholarship. The deadline to apply is October 18th at 3:00pm. This application requires a reviewer (your counselor) and verify information. Make sure to apply as soon as possible to give your counselor adequate time to do so.
The Learning Commons is a space at Souhegan where students can work, rest, and get support. Drop-in tutoring in math, reading, and writing is available almost every period. Check the Learning Commons Support Schedule to see what support is available during each period. Students can also get more information in the Learning Commons section of the Library + Learning Commons Google Classroom.