March 23, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:
This Newsletter reviews some noteworthy information on school related matters.
George Whittle - A Dedicated Crossing Guard and Friend: It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a gentleman with a friendly smile, and a memorable hand wave each morning, as he safely escorted student walkers to and from school each day. He truly loved students and enjoyed this responsibility. Rarely did he ever miss a day. In addition to volunteering for a variety of school events, George served as a crossing guard for the past 10 years. Regardless of the weather, he was always there. That Parker Street telephone post where he greeted children will forever be his. His passing is a loss to the school and the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. If you would like to send cards or letters, you may drop them off at the school office and we will forward them to his wife, Rosalie. To the anonymous person who attached a balloon and flowers to the telephone pole … thank you for that act of kindness. That was an awesome gesture.
Spring Sports: Baseball and softball tryouts will be begin on Monday, 3/26 in the gym. Softball will be from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. and baseball from 5:00-6:30. Tryouts/practice will be Monday through Friday next week. In order to participate all paper work must be submitted.
Parent/Teacher/Student Led Conferences: We wanted to take this opportunity to thank parents and family for participating in these meetings. Your active participation in your child’s education is so critical to their success. If it is important to you, it is important to them and we appreciate you sending this valuable message. Thank you.
Residency Verification: Letters have gone home requesting this information. The School Board recently reviewed this policy and made several amendments to make it a friendlier process. However, it is not perfect and additional revisions will be explored. We are not the only district that requires this verification and it has significant financial implications for taxpayers. For example, high school tuition students cost taxpayers roughly $15,000 or $31,000 per student, depending on the services rendered. This is a lot of money. If someone moves out of town, but still has their child attending Keene High or other out of district school, it is unfair to the residents of Winchester. Several residents have expressed their frustration in doing this twice each year an offered some suggestions which will be considered. In the meantime, you can help this process by complying and, if you know of someone who is not living in town and their child is attending a school out of our district, please contact Marie Braley at 239 – 8061, ex 7.
Electronic and Paper Copy Newsletter: The Newsletter is posted on the website each Friday, unless there is a glitch (like this past week). The School Board recently requested a paper copy be sent home each Monday as well. Please be looking for it.
State Mandated Testing: It’s that time of year. Beginning next week and continuing until June, students in grades three through eight will be taking the NH State Assessment. They will work on math, reading and writing. Please encourage them to do their best work when it is their turn to test. Fifth and eighth graders will also participate in the Science assessment on computers this year. This is a new test replacing the old NECAP assessment. If you have any questions about assessment, please contact Val Carey, firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-4382 ext. 549.
Dr. Genovese, M. Duprey, V. Carey