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Newsletter 1-12-18
Valerie Carey
Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:

We transitioned into the New Year during the first two weeks of school by completing some major endeavors and establishing new ones. Below are a few informational items.     


  • Director of Student Services – We are pleased to announce that Anita McDowell has been appointed as the Director of Student Services. She comes to the District with a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill in a variety of areas that will serve the needs of our children. As a former teacher, Director of Special Services, and Learning Specialist, she will be able to make immediate contributions to our Special Education programs. Please join me in welcoming her.


  • Transition to High School - Eighth grade students met with the principal of Keene High School, Mr. Jim Logan, and the Director of Guidance, Kim Baker, to review the Program of Studies and begin to plan their academic schedule for next year A parent night is being planned later in January. More information will follow. We encourage parents to talk about potential courses for next year.


  • Keene Late Bus – The Winchester School Board provides for a late bus on Wednesdays so students can participate in clubs, receive extra help, engage in library research and enjoy other after school activities. It departs around 5:15 pm.  It has come to our attention that some students may not be aware that this is available to them. The Keene principal will get the word out to them and we are hopeful this communication will get the word out to you as well.


  • Winchester Mobile APP. For your convenience, access to our website is provided via a mobile app as well. Go to the Apple Store or Google Play store, there are icons located on the bottom of our website. Click on the one that pertains to your phone and install it. You will have a tiger paw icon appear on your phone… and that gets you to our Website. Efforts are underway to update our website to provide more timely information. 


  • Next Year’s Budget – The Management Team has been working on this since November. It is a long process. This week, the Budget Committee held a Public Hearing on the Proposed FY 19 budget. It has been a collaborative process and both the School Board and the Budget Committee are in agreement on money Articles. The next Newsletter will provide specifics and this information will also be posted on the District Website.  


  • Professional Development Opportunities – Today was an early release day for students. The staff was engaged in learning how to access technologies that support speech to text features to assist our students. Mr. Pymm, our computer teacher, assisted the staff. Following that presentation there was an update on NH laws regarding child protection and mandatory reporting. This information helps our staff to be more comfortable with their related responsibilities, as they support all our children.


  • No School Monday – There is no school on Monday, January 15, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School resumes with a full day on Tuesday.

Thank you for taking the time to review this Newsletter. We look forward to working with you all in the coming months.



Dr. Genovese, M. Duprey, V. Carey