Weekly Note from Ms. Snyder 6/1/22

June 1, 2022

 

Dear NHS Community,

 

Congratulations to the Governor for a Day!

Madelynn Dinan in 6th grade submitted the winning essay in the “Governor for a Day” contest. Her essay was chosen from over 200 submissions and we are very proud of her. See the press release below.

Press release WMUR

 

Safety and Security

As the school year winds down, I know that the events of last week in Uvalde, Texas are still very much on the minds of parents and staff. I can assure you that each adult in our school takes their responsibility for student safety very seriously.  Each adult here probably worries about keeping your children safe much more than you might imagine. As we strive to provide the best education possible, staff members also know that children learn best when they feel safe and protected. Each teacher has thought in great detail about what they would do in a variety of emergency situations and practiced a response for everything from a fire drill to worst case scenarios. Our emergency response plans are detailed and all adults in our school participate in A.L.I.C.E. training each year. (See more below about A.L.I.C.E )

 

As you know, our doors are locked and we have many security cameras in place. Our office staff check each visitor and use the double vestibule door system for security. There are 2 separate door buzzers: one opens the exterior door and is equipped with a camera. The second one is only opened when needed and our office staff do most business through the window to the vestibule. This provides controlled access to the building and visitors must be checked in through the main office.

 

All staff are trained in A.L.I.C.E. procedures. This stands for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate. A.L.I.C.E. is a proactive set of responses to an active school intruder event that empowers individuals in crises to be prepared and consider all options. The items are not intended to be sequential, but rather options for adults to consider depending on the circumstances. For example, if there is a threat in the front lobby, teachers in classes in back wings could decide to evacuate, while others who are closer and unable to evacuate would lock doors and barricade themselves with students. Communication systems are in place for emergency situations.

 

We have also taken steps to add security features that have been recommended by Homeland Security as part of their building security audit procedures. As always, we appreciate the trust and support that you give to us. 

 

Message from PAL

1st Annual Jaguar Gala

The 1st Annual Jaguar Gala is this Saturday!  Join NHS PAL from 6-8:30pm at North Hampton School for an “Enchanted Evening” with dancing and desserts.  This event is open to all NHS students to bring a special adult in their lives (this is not a drop off event and students must be accompanied by an adult).  Plus, our very own Christina McAlister will be taking formal photos!  Dress your best to impress for a fun evening!  

 

PAL Chair/Co-Chair Search:

The PAL Executive Board continues to search for a Chair or Co-Chairs for the 2022/23 school year in order to continue operating. While the main role is to lead monthly meetings and coordinate work of PTO members, the Board works very much as a team and decisions are made as a group.  If you are interested in this role, please email info@nhspal.com or touch base with a current board member for more information.  

 

Dates to remember:

June 1: NHS Choral Concert (Gr. 5-8) at 6 PM

June 2: North Hampton School Board Meeting at 6:30 PM at Town Hall

June 4: Jaguar Spring Gala hosted by PAL 6-8:30 PM

June 8: Grade 3 Parade of States at 4:30 PM

June 9: Middle School Field Day (rain date June 10)

June 9: 8th Grade Dance

June 13: Elementary Field Day (rain date June 14)

June 15: Grade 8 Graduation (rain date: June 16, 2022)

June 17: Last day of school  12:00 PM dismissal time