May 25, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:
Status of Current Principal: Due to a very unique situation that we have been monitoring and reviewing at previous School Board’s meetings, it has become evident that Principal Michael Duprey will not be able to serve as Principal in the coming year. I want to make it perfectly clear that there is no wrong doing and in fact, he has made many significant positive contributions to the District during his tenure in Winchester. He continues to provide leadership and direction as principal and will continue to do so for the remainder of the School Year. I have the upmost respect and support for Mr. Duprey and wish him well as he explores new endeavors.
Status of New Principal: Last year and throughout this school year Vice Principal Valerie Carey has been enrolled in a Masters’ Degree program that results in Principal Certification from the Department of Education. In fact, I had the pleasure of serving as her mentor this year, monitoring progress, assessing abilities, and evaluating performance. I have recently completed all my responsibilities with Keene State College and have no reservations in appointing Mrs. Carey to serve as principal next year. Last night the School Board approved this appointment. I look forward to her leadership in providing continuity as we advance our goals and expectations in the coming years.
Vice Principal Search: With Mrs. Carey being appointed principal it seems prudent to conduct a search process that involves a variety of stakeholders. Therefore, the Vice Principal Search Committee will be made up of the following: Superintendent, current Vice Principal, 2 Classrooms teachers, 1 specialist (i.e., guidance, art, music, psychologist), 1 paraprofessional, 1 parent, 1 PTA representative, 1 ACCESS representative, and 1 representative from Law enforcement and a representative from CAST) for a total of 11 participants. If you would like to be considered as a parent representative, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a copy to email@example.com with a brief comment regarding your interest and a phone number you can be reached at as soon as possible. I will be checking my email over the long weekend. The meeting dates are as follows:
Dance Institute Performance - Stronger : This performance will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium The performance is geared toward middle school students as it addresses such topics as tobacco, alcohol, drug addiction and so on. It is an amazing performance put on by our talented student body. Available at the performance will be the Teen Assessment Project Survey (TAPS) that helps us address the needs of our students. A copy of the survey can be found in the Main Office for your review and there will be a couple of copies for your review at the performance. Please come join us!
Senior Night- This was an amazing event that was sponsored by the School Board and coordinated by Christy Frasier. A special thanks to Christy ... awesome job! Every student went home with either a scholarship(s), door prize, or both! The Community Band added to the festivities and Keene High Senior, Alethea Aivaliotis, addressed the 14 Graduating Seniors in attendance. Also, a special thanks to Valerie Cole and Kevin Bazan for recognizing students for academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements and awarding of prizes!
Teen Assessment Project (TAP) Survey – Students in grades 6th through 8th will be given an opportunity to anonymously share their views on a variety of topics. This survey has been given to our students every two years beginning in 2007 and helps us to enhance our health curriculum. Parents need to opt into the survey for their children to participate. To date, we are getting a good response from parents in grades 7 and 8. However, we would like a better response in grade six as these students will benefit the most. You are encouraged to check the appropriate box and return it to the school. If you have any questions please contact Missy Calderwood at 603 – 499 – 6086.This survey will be administered on June 4th.
Memorial Day Ceremony – The entire school participated in a ceremony around the flag pole yesterday remembering all our fallen soldiers who died in various wars. Each grade sang a song, eighth grade students Anthony Legere and Kasey Babcock gave informative speeches, flowers were planted around the flagpole, and the ceremony concluded with taps played by sixth grade student, Ian Cardinale. Let us not every forget the supreme sacrifice these brave young men and women made. We like to thank Laura Guilbault for coordinating this event.
Thank you for taking the time to review this Newsletter.
Dr. Genovese, M. Duprey, V. Carey