Message from Superintendent Robb Malay
Happy New Year! I wish you good health and success with your goals for 2017. As an education community we made great strides last year and I look forward to continuing our progress in the New Year. One hallmark from last year was the completion of our shared vision statement, Inspiring and Empowering Every Student to Succeed. We have embedded this statement into the work we do each day on behalf of the students of SAU29. As we wrapped up last year, we also increased our communications efforts and outreach and look forward to even more opportunities to tout the accomplishments of our students and staff throughout the year. READ MORE
Message from the Board Chair Ege Cordell
Happy New Year SAU29 Community!
It’s no secret we all have politics on the brain, so I’d like to suggest that we focus our energies locally right now, and look at openings on our region’s school boards. Each of SAU29’s municipalities have their own board, responsible for budgeting, personnel and policy. The boards meet once a month, with additional work to be done through subcommittees of the board. Could you see yourself sitting on Finance, Education, Facilities, Health & Wellness or some of the other strategic committees which work closely with building administration to provide the best possible environment for our students and staff? If you or someone you know is interested in taking the leap into the wonderful world of school boarding, please submit your candidacy during your community’s upcoming open filing period. Elections are in March, and as I run for a fourth term myself, I can confidently state there is no finer opportunity than to serve your community! Looking forward to seeing new faces this spring, along with the many standing board members.
Sing! Sing! Sing!
The Keene High School a Capella Choir shared their good cheer throughout the district schools last month. Enjoy these photos and watch a sampling of their performance Keene High School Holiday Choir
Wheelock School student singers, undaunted by a morning snowstorm, donned boots, hats, mittens and smiles aplenty when they visited seniors at Bentley Commons and Westwood Center in Keene- Photos and video View Facebook Post
Cheshire Pre-school sent out their spirited wishes for the Holiday Season at their Polar Express holiday recital. Congratulations to the staff and students for shepherding all your little snowflakes in a touching series of songs and dances on the big stage at KHS. View Facebook Post
Chesterfield School Teachers serenaded their students: View Facebook Post
Sharing the Spirit!
Wells Memorial School Students from Claudia Dery's Fifth and Sixth Grade class from delivered food from their school-wide food drive to the Community Kitchen this week. Pictured with students are front row (l to r) Denise Steele and Claudia Dery and back row: Kevin Robbins.
Westmoreland School- The Westmoreland Middle School Student Council’s Annual Food Pantry Fundraiser was a great success this. Instead of collecting the hundreds of pounds of “Food” (canned goods, etc) for the Community Kitchen this year, Student Council collected money in order to purchase Hannaford "Food Boxes" as part of their holiday "Feasts for Families" program. The goal was to purchase 35 boxes @ $10.00 each or $350.00, but they have instead raised $1050 (exactly triple their goal). To celebrate, Principal Mark Hayward and some other staff members will be getting a pie in the face.
Chesterfield School- Chesterfield Middle School students assembled and donated over 75 care kits and extra supplies during their 100 Nights Donation Drive last month. Nicole Gordon reported that what started as a homeroom competition became an lesson in caring for the community.
Keene High School- Student talent was on display when the music programs supported by the TV Production students, entertained the entire school community in a celebration of the season. Keene HS Holiday Concert Photos View this Facebook Post
Nelson School had some special visitors last month.
Fuller Elementary School Students enjoyed their holiday Waffle Breakfast—Yummy! View Facebook Post photo
Students at John D. Perkins Academy mixed, rolled, formed, decorated and enjoyed a Holiday Cookie Bake with parents and community members during their annual pajama-clad sing-along. View Facebook Post
Keene Elementary students from Fuller, Franklin, Symonds and Wheelock Schools joined together for the Advanced Band concert- YouTube Video
Symonds School Teacher, Susan Grover, brought the Socratic Seminar to her fourth grade students last month engaging their critical thinking and communication skills. YouTube video https://youtu.be/Vra3tt048FY
Congratulations to Keene High School's December Artists of the Month pictured here with their work: (l-r standing:) Molly Swope, Natalie Wood, Emily Gonzales, Henry Eaton, Abigail Mitchell and (with guitars:) Colette Rinker and Kyle Trombley. View Facebook Post photo
Torin Kindopp, a seventh grader at Chesterfield School, competed at his first USATF National Championship for cross country and placed ninth in the nation out of 401 runners! Story link
The Cheshire Automotive program at Cheshire Career Center got “a lift” from the Gordi B. Davis Automotive Fund, receiving a grant that allowed for the purchase of a new high capacity four post lift in the automotive shop. View the Facebook Link
Congratulations to Keene High School students, Jennifer Smalley and Matthew Frietas for earning first and third place respectively at the local level through VFW Post 799’s Voice of Democracy Awards: photos View the Facebook Post
Congratulations Coach Ritter and the Keene High School Blackbirds on winning the Zero Gravity Holiday Basketball Tournament. Dylan Grove received the Stephen Record Memorial Sportsmanship Award. Jake Blaisdell was named to the All-Tournament Team and Logan Galanes earned the MVP Honor. Go Team! View the Facebook Post Sentinel Article
Visiting Artists in our schools!
Civil Rights and MLK Day!
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