Vol. 4 No. 9 | November  2016
The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. -Theodore Roosevelt
Principal's Corner
       As many of our families have younger children who are now bringing home Smarter Balanced reports from last spring’s testing, I wanted to share with you how last year’s grade 11 performed on the SATs they took in March.
      We are most proud of our students' efforts in preparing for the SAT. After taking the PSAT in the fall, many students took advantage of the focused practice sessions we offered prior to the SAT. Overall, we saw last year’s junior class improve by an average of 50 points from the PSAT to the SAT. 

Principal's Coffee 
Join us for a discussion about report cards
The topic of this month's coffee will be report cards. Join Principal Corkery at 7:30 AM on November 9 in his office for an informal discussion on report cards and any other questions you may have. Principal Coffees are also a great way to meet other parents.                                                 
Join Us As We Celebrate A Division II Championship

Division II Champions
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Soccer. They won Sunday against Oyster River 4-0 to become the Division II State Champions.

Leaf-Raking Service For Senior Citizens 
On November 12th, members of the National Honor Society plan to run a leaf-raking service for senior citizens in Weare and Henniker who have difficulty with outdoor chores. If you, or someone you know, are in need of this service, please contact Terin Voisine at terin.voisine@sau24.org or Jake Morrill at jake.morrill@sau24.org
Mock Elections Held

As her Capstone Project, senior Kalila Brooks conducted a mock election on Friday, November 4. Mr. Finn was her mentor for the project which also included comprehensive research on all candidates to inform student voters.

The results (student votes only) from the mock election were: 

President: Trump 146, Clinton 92.

In other races, the mock election winners  were:

Governor: Chris Sununu
U.S. Senate: Kelly Ayotte
Representative to Congress: Jim Lawrence
State Senate: Ruth Ward (Weare), Dan Feltes (Henniker)

State Representatives: Arnold Rocklin-Weare, Gary Hopper, & Daniel Donovan (Weare), David Woolpert & Beth Rodd (Henniker)

Into the Woods
The John Stark Stage Company will be presenting the Tony Award winning musical Into the Woods Thursday, November 10 through Saturday the 12th at 6:30pm and Sunday, November 13 at 1:30pm. Into the Woods, words and music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is a dramatic musical that interweaves classic tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. Please be advised that these are not the Disney versions of the tales.   Read more
Photo credit:  Jeremy Aubin 
A photo from a recent rehearsal of  Into the Woods.
Pasta for Dinner on Parent Conference Night--Nov. 21

It's a busy night, so why worry about what to have for dinner when you can enjoy a pasta dinner (with or without meat), salad, rolls and a variety of desserts and beverages all for just $5.00 in the Cafe?  Besides enjoying a great meal, it's for a great cause.  The dinner is brought to you by the JSRHS musical Tri-M students and parents  to benefit the Hill-Stark band/choral trip in the spring.  (Hill-Stark is the collaborative music festival with John Stark and Hillsboro-Deering).  Come into the cafe when you have a break in your schedule and enjoy a great meal. 

John Stark Families Receive Antivirus Protection for Free
John Stark uses Sophos anti-virus on all of our vulnerable school computers. Sophos is an enterprise class antivirus package that does an excellent job of identifying and isolating threats. 

Sophos has released a free version of Sophos for home users. The home version is available for both Mac and PC. An advantage of the home version of Sophos versus other products is it includes a web-based management console. A parent can manage and monitor all of the family's Sophos-protected devices from their web browser. If you would like more information about Sophos for Home, please Click here

Stephen R. Law
Director of Technology

Robotics Team Ozram Back in Action
By: Cooper Kimball-Rhines             

Ozram is a joint FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team with John Stark and Hopkinton High schools. As the team prepares for their challenge to build a robot in January, they are currently recruiting to get as many people involved in the team as possible.  If you are interested in gaining engineering experience, OZRAM is a perfect match. To read more Click here
College Admissions Point of View
Associate Director of Admission at Wellesley College Anna Young recently spent the day at John Stark Regional High School talking to juniors and seniors about the college admissions process from the point of view of college admission officers.  Ms. Young also held a session for JSRHS teachers on how to write the most effective reference letter for their student's college applications   
Family Resources
Suicide Prevention Discussion

The Weare Middle School Guidance/Health team is holding a Suicide Prevention workshop on Friday, November 18th from 7-9 p.m. at Weare Middle School. This program is free and open to Weare and Henniker families. Read more

McKinney-Vento Homeless
Education Act

All school-aged children have the right to attend school no matter where they live.The McKinney –
Vento Act was established to assist children who may be experiencing housing difficulties. The McKinney –Vento Act addresses the needs of students and families who lack “ a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” which includes children and families who live in the following situations... Read more

Please contact Denise Getman, Adjustment Counselor, if you have any questions.
denise.getman@sau24.org  or call her at 603-529- 5306
Community News
Veterans Day at NEC.  The New England College  Military Advisory Group invites everyone to  A Day to Honor Our Veterans on Friday, Nov. 11 from 12 PM- 3PM at New England College. For more information Click Here
Upcoming Events
  • Nov. 7:        Quarter 2 Begins
  • Nov. 8:        No School / Teacher Workshop / Election Day
  • Nov. 9:        Principal's Coffee @ 7:30 am
  • Nov. 10:      School Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm
  • Nov. 10-13  Fall Show Into the Woods, 6:30 pm nightly. 1:30 pm matinee on Sunday.
  • Nov. 11:       No School / Veterans Day
  • Nov. 14:      Report cards will go home with students during this week.
  • Nov. 14:      Senior Yearbook Portraits by Geskus, no charge
  • Nov. 14:       National Honor Society Induction in the Cafe @ 7:00 pm
  • Nov. 15:       National Spanish & French Societies Inductions in the Cafe @ 6:00 pm 
  • Nov. 16:       Fall Sports Awards in the Gym @ 6:00 pm
  • Nov. 21:        Parent / Teacher Conferences @ 3:00 pm
  • Nov. 21:       Tri-M Fund Raiser Dinner in Cafe @ 5:00 pm
  • Nov. 23-25:  No School. Thanksgiving Break 

~Early in December~

Dec. 1:           Winter Parent/ Athlete Meeting @ 7:00 pm

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