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Newsletter 12/1/17
Dr. G
Friday, December 01, 2017

December 1, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:

When I turned on the radio this morning the station was only playing Christmas music. Welcome to the holiday season. Ready or not, it is here! There is always a lot to do as we begin the countdown. Below are a few informational items to review and events you may want to attend.

  • Basketball Schedule: Students have begun basketball practice and will begin their season soon. For your convenience, the schedule is listed below. 

Dec. 12                 Boys (4:30) and Girls (3:30) @ Pioneer

Dec. 14                 Boys (3:30) and Girls (4:30) @ SMS

Dec. 18                 Boys only 3:30 @ Leland & Gray

Dec. 20                 Boys (5:15) and Girls (4:00) Home vs. Marlborough

Jan. 8                    Boys (4:00) and Girls (5:15) Home vs. Pioneer

Jan.9                     Boys only (4:00 Home vs. Leland and Gray

Jan. 17                  Boys (4:45) and Girls (3:30) @ JRMS

Feb. 1                   Boys (4:00) and Girls (5:15) @ Marlborough

Feb. 4&5              Winter slam @ South Meadow

Feb. 7                   Boys (5:15) and Girls (4:00) @ Bellows Falls

  • Athletic Director & Athletic Handbook: As you have probably heard, Brooke Sharra has resigned as Athletic Director. She has made many contributions and most recently developed an Athletic Handbook for our programs. We appreciate all the work she has done and wish her well. Next Thursday, December 7th, she will be reviewing this handbook at the School Board meeting
  • PTO Meeting: I am honored to be a guest speaker at the December 11th PTA meeting held in the school library beginning at 6 pm. I am looking forwarding to having a conversation with you all.
  • Keene Principal Visits Winchester: On December 21st Mr. Jim Logan will be attending the School Board Meeting (beginning at 6:30 in the school’s library) to give an update and report on the High School. As a precursor to students attending Keene High, this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to gain insight into the school and its programs. We encourage your attendance.
  • School Calendar Change: Because of changes to the state testing program the March 23rd Early Release Day has moved to December 8th to provide timely training! Please note this on your calendar.
  • New Hampshire has adopted a replacement for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Here are some of the notable changes:
    • Fewer hours of testing for students
    • The writing test is combined with the Reading computer adaptive test
    • No separate performance tasks
    • Computer assessment for science included for grades 5 and 8
    • A different bank of questions that NH has the ability to choose from


Thank you for taking the time to review this letter.



Dr. Genovese, M. Duprey, V. Carey