Weekly Note from Ms. Snyder 10/23

Dear NHS Community--Oct. 23, 2020


Today, we had our first video announcements sponsored by the Middle School Student Government leaders. They will work to record a weekly video announcement to be shared with all students in all grades PK-8 each Friday. They did a great job and we thank Student Government Advisors Becca Carlson and Carly Herlihy for their support and guidance.


Did you know that next week is Digital Citizenship Week? Mrs. Herlihy did! She has shared activities with teachers in all grades to promote the development of responsible online skills and habits.  Being a digital citizen is all about taking ownership of our actions and using technology responsibly and respectfully. Thanks Mrs. Herlihy!


Please see information below regarding this year’s virtual talent show. Mrs. Oliver and Mrs. Zavez will be working together to coordinate. We truly appreciate their dedication to continuing this NHS tradition.



Grades 1 - 8

This year we are offering a Virtual Talent Show for NHS students in grades 1 through 8.  Now is the time to start practicing your act.  When you are ready, record it, and then send it to Mrs. Zavez.  She is going to create an iMovie with all the acts included.  If we have too many submissions for one movie, we will make two (one for younger students and one for older).  Eighth grade students will be the MCs.  Our intent is to have the movie(s) ready for viewing over the December holidays.  You can consider it a gift for your families.




All acts must be less than 3 minutes.  

No lip-syncing. 

All music and dances must be appropriate for a school event.  We will ask you to change the song or the moves if it is not.  Please ask if you have any doubt.

You may be in two performances if one is a solo or duet and the other is a group event



What to do:

1.  Sign-up to be in the Talent Show via signup.com (link below); please include names and grade(s) of all students who will be in act, the name of the song that will be used, and what talent is being shared.  You need to let us know by November 6th.

2.  Practice your act.  When you feel like you are ready to "perform", have someone record the performance.  

3.  Send the recording to Mrs. Zavez.  We need them by November 29th.


Please sign up using the link below to be in the NHS Virtual Talent Show for 2020!



Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Please note:  Mrs. Oliver is willing to create a recording of the accompaniment for your song if you are singing.  Reach out to her by email: moliver@sau21.org


QUESTIONS?  Reach out to either one of us.

mzavez@sau21.org  or moliver@sau21.org



On October 30, we invite students to wear the colors orange and black. We will not have a parade, class parties, or be allowing costumes that day. It is my understanding that the town of North Hampton has designated Trick or Treating hours on October 30 from 4-7 PM. 

Kat Tharp is an EA at NHS and has volunteered to put together a photo project since we won’t have a parade. Please see this note from Kat and consider sending in a photo:

Students will remember in past years we have had a Costume Parade where K-2 students wore Halloween costumes, and paraded through the school visiting students in grades 3-8. This year since we are unable to have the same Costume Parade as in years past, we are offering a fun new way for NHS students to show off their Halloween spirit.  We will be having a Costume Slideshow open to the whole school! Anyone in grades PreK-8 who wishes to participate can send a photo of their child dressed in their costume. We will be putting together a slideshow that teachers will be able to share with their classes Friday, October 30th! The photo can be of students (or teachers!) in a costume, or showing off a Jack-O-Lantern they made, or however they would like to show their Halloween spirit. 

Photos must be sent to Kat Tharp (ktharp@sau21.org) by 3pm on Thursday, October 29th in order to make it into the slideshow. Please make sure costumes and photos are school appropriate and not too scary (only things students would be allowed to wear to school) or we won't be able to include them in the slideshow.


Note from Nurse Mara:


What a week!!!! I personally would like to say how much I appreciate the understanding and patience of this current situation. We all need to do our part to keep everyone safe and to keep the doors open to the school, so thank you!

As most of you know my health office is busy in “normal times'”.  Now with Covid and the PUP Health Screening-which are both  incredibly important responsibilities -they are very time consuming  What would be EXTREMELY helpful to me is if parents would fill out the health screening for all of your kids everyday-without exception. I understand it is an extra step -especially if you have more than one child. This is my mode of record keeping separate from the daily attendance. This is why I call home if it is not complete or if I have questions. Honestly I think this will help everyone remember and eliminate some confusion of when it has to be complete. Please let me know if you have any questions.



Nurse Mara


A reminder:

People should stay home and quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. EVEN if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Siblings and other families do NOT need to be quarantined unless they develop symptoms or are directly in close contact with a positive case.


Dates to remember:

Oct. 26: Grade 7 & 8 SEL Day (in small groups outdoors)

Oct. 28 & 29: Grade 6 SEL Day (in small groups outdoors)

Nov. 3: Election Day--No school for students--PD day for staff

Nov. 5: North Hampton School Board Meeting at 6:30 PM at Winnacunnet HS Auditorium

Nov. 11: No school--Veteran’s Day

Nov. 25, 26, 27: No school--Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4: No school--SAU 21 PD day for teachers

Dec. 4: End of first trimester



If a student needs to stay out of school due to illness, exposure to Covid-19, or travel restrictions, we will provide asynchronous school work. We can provide the student’s iPad or laptop for home use. Assignments will be posted and communication would take place via Google Classroom or SeeSaw. Unified Arts teachers have posted Choice Boards on our website to provide options for students at home. Parents will be able to pick up learning materials in the office after communicating with the teacher. Classroom teachers will check in directly with students as needed and at their discretion depending on particular circumstances.

Our Technology teacher, Ms. Herlihy has created a parent resource site with information and tutorials to help use online tools and resources.

Tech Support Site for NHS

UA At Home Links


Online Security on NHS Issued Devices

Our Systems Administrator, Demetri Mattis, has worked tirelessly to provide the best experience possible for our students on school-issued devices. If you have an NHS device at home now, please follow these guidelines:


1. We ask that you use the device as is. They are configured to work as a school device only. 

2. Please do not not use them for your personal use unless you have no other device in your home. 

3. Passwords cannot be changed unless given the authorization to do so.


This year, we have purchased a remote web filtering program called ‘Securely.’ This will be implemented on all NHS student devices. It tracks internet usage, and blocks mature content. 

Note: Youtube will be open with strict access.


As Securely provides web filtering based on the student's Google account, Safari will be blocked on Macbooks to encourage students to log into Google Chrome. There are billions of websites on the internet and some necessary sites could be blocked. Mr. Mattis will unblock them at the request of the teacher only.


Even if you do not currently have an NHS device at home, your child may need to take one home in the future, so please remember these guidelines.