Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message- March 2017

Happy “spring”! As a native of New Hampshire I do understand the irony in that greeting. Warmer days are around the corner, we just need to be patient. The start of spring also brings the start of testing season for our students. Students in grades 3-8 will once again be taking the Smarter Balanced assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. On April 5 there will be mandatory junior SAT and PSAT 10 testing at Keene High School. In addition, the optional PSAT 8 & 9 will be offered. Advanced Placement (AP) exams at Keene High run from May 1 – 12. Also in May, the Science NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) will be administered to students in grades 4, 8, & 11. Stay tuned for specific information regarding testing dates at your child’s school.

Parents can assist your children with test taking by making sure they get plenty of rest; eat healthy meals & snacks; arrive to school on time particularly on testing days; and ensure that your children are doing homework and reading assignments to help prepare for testing. Parents will receive results of their children’s assessments once available. Please take the time to review and ask questions of your child’s teacher or principal to best understand the results.

It is hard to believe that we are coming up on the final three months of the 2016-2017 school year. Within the next few weeks or so (pending Mother Nature’s plans) we will post revised school calendars to reflect the last days of school for each district on our website www.sau29.org. A hallmark of the end of the year festivities is Project Graduation at Keene High School. I am aware that there have been concerns raised that there is a movement to cancel Project Graduation. I can assure you that is not the case. While there are some concerns that need to be addressed, Project Graduation has the full support of the administration and the school board. I will continue to work with our partners to ensure that the event continues its rich history as an event our community has come to value and appreciate. Just as the event itself is designed to give our graduating seniors a safe alternative to celebrating their accomplishments, it is the goal of the administration and the school board to ensure that all measures are taken to achieve a safe and successful event for all.

Visit http://www.keeneprojectgrad.org/ for information about how you can support Project Graduation. The 4th Annual Dancing with the Keene Stars will be held April 21-22 at Keene High School. Funds raised will go to supporting Project Graduation.

Respectfully,

Robb Malay