Weekly Note from Ms. Snyder 11/13

Dear NHS Community,

Oh snap! It sure is cold out there! Please remind your children to bring AND wear their warm clothes. We do try to get outdoors every day for recess so jackets, hats, gloves and LONG pants are very important. It is also a good idea to be sure your child’s name is written inside belongings so they can be returned if they are lost. As a general guideline, we try to go out whenever weather permits and use the 15 degree mark (including wind chill factor) as our guide for determining if we go outdoors in the winter. When there is snow on the ground, students will need coats, boots,snow pants, hats, and gloves to play in the snow. Students who do not wear snow pants and boots must stay on the black top area.

Ms. Ford reminded us that it is World Kindness Day today! “In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.”


School Cancellations/Delays

Whenever there is a need to delay the opening of school or cancel classes, Supt. of Schools for SAU 21, Dr. William Lupini, will make that call. The SAU 21 office will send out notices via school messenger to inform both staff and families of any cancellations or delays. 


Competency Based Education and Report Cards

Following two years of professional learning, we are excited to be adding competencies to our 2019-20 report cards.  Competencies act as umbrella statements to groups of standards and speak to a student’s ability to apply their learning to new and relevant situations.  

  • In our K-5 report cards, the new English Language Arts and Math competencies can be found in bold with the correlating New Hampshire College and Career Readiness Standards nested underneath them.  As in years past, elementary teachers will be reporting on student achievement on these specific standards.  

  • In our Middle School report cards, on the other hand, both Unified Arts and the core content areas are reporting out directly on student achievement of competencies.  The achievement scores on the competencies are directly informed by a student’s mastery of the New Hampshire College and Career Readiness Standards. Our community can learn more about Middle School grading and reporting by referencing the NHS MS Parent Guide to the Report Card


Teachers use the 1 - 4 indicators below to communicate student achievement on the standards (K-5th) and on the competencies (6th-8th).  Please note that they reflect trimester expectations and that more specificity regarding these expectations can be found in the Trimester Supporting Documents.


Indicator Level / Details

4: Student performance exceeds the trimester expectation.

3: Student performance meets the expected grade level skills and knowledge for trimester expectation with consistency, quality, and independence.

2: Student performance is progressing toward the trimester expectation, demonstrating some understanding and application of skills and knowledge with support. Student is not yet independent in demonstrating his/her skill.

1: Student performance is progressing with support, but student is unable to meet the trimester expectation with consistency or quality.

NA: Not Assessed


NHS Talent Show Thank You

A great BIG thank you to all who participated and attended this year’s Talent Show on Friday night. As a newcomer to NHS, I was so impressed to see how supportive the audience was. When there was a glitch, it was met with supportive applause and cheers. Many thanks to all who made the evening possible and especially to Marsh Zavez, Dan Singer, Mary Oliver, and Erin Stanton, whose behind-the-scenes support was so essential.


Veteran’s Day Assembly Thank You

Many thanks to the Veterans who came to our special assembly. Our Student Government put on a wonderful assembly and brunch for our honored guests. We hope that this provided an opportunity for our students to learn a bit more about Veteran’s Day and gain an appreciation for the service of those in our armed forces. We also read a picture book by Jill Biden about how children and families are affected when a family member is deployed overseas. The title was “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.”



Here is this week’s basketball schedule:

Basketball schedule


PE Staffing

As most of you know, PE teacher Nate Hooper has resigned. Outdoor Ed teacher, Patrick Guidi will be picking up PE classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and will now be a full time teacher at NHS as well as our Athletic Director. Kiel DePietro will fill in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and be the PE teacher on those days. Kiel has been an EA at NHS and has a degree in Physical Education from UNH.


Green Team/Got Sneakers

We are still collecting sneakers in our collection boxes. Thank you.


Dates to remember

Nov. 20: No school--Teacher Professional Day

Nov. 21: PAL meeting at 6:00 PM 

Nov. 22: First Trimester Report Cards Sent Home

Nov. 27- 29: Thanksgiving Recess--No school