A newsletter that promotes our core values of
P ersonalization, R isk-Taking, I ntegrity, D iscovery, and E mpowerment
May 29, 2020

Sanborn Regional High School
17 Danville Road
Kingston, New Hampshire 03848
(603) 642-3341

Proud recipient of the 2018
NH Excellence in Education Award
Family Survey on Remote Learning For Sanborn Regional High School
The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and we would like to hear from our families about the remote learning experience so that we can reflect on it as an administrative team. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below.

Thank you for your time and support!
A Message From Principal Brian M. Stack
Dear Sanborn Community,

The schools will continue to be under an order to remain in remote learning through the end of the year due to the COVID-19 crisis. This newsletter has valuable information in it to help students, parents, and community members navigate these complex times.

Student Item Pick-Up

Many have inquired about a process for students to pick up belongings. The school will release information soon on the process for this. Seniors will be permitted on campus on May 28 for this purpose, and Grades 911 will have campus access on June 8-9.

Important Dates

Event calendars have been modified, with changes to many events due to the closure of the campus. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • May 28, 2020: Last day of regular classes for all students.
  • May 29, June 1, and June 2: Competency recovery days for all students.
  • June 5, 2020: Graduation

For a complete listing of all event plans for the end of the year, click the button below:
We are Worried About You!

Not a day goes by that my staff and I think about all of you, knowing the many challenges that this situation has brought for families and individuals. Please click on the link below. It will bring you to a wealth of resources that may help you and your family in this time of uncertainty.

Resources include information on financial assistance, housing, food and nutrition, crisis support, substance abuse, child care, and general COVID-19 information.
Seniors! Your Information is Needed for a Slideshow

Please click the button below to fill out your information:
Competency Recovery Days at End of Academic Year
For all students, the last day of school will be Thursday, May 28. Students in grades 9-12 who need additional time to complete competency recovery work will be notified by their teacher no later than May 28 that they are to attend school on May 29, June 1, and/or June 2. The color assignments for the remainder of the year are below. June 2 will be a "flex" day, meaning that teachers and students will meet as needed at a mutually agreeable time.
Senior Spotlight: Ashley Blake
An Article by Staff Member Katie Graham
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Ashley Blake is that she loves reading. There are plenty of students who read, but very few have the same fervor that I found in Ashley. She was always willing to share early morning thoughts on the books she was reading before the first bell. She read more books than any of my other Junior students last year. I miss seeing her in our second period class, ready to talk about the latest book she’d finished.

In addition to her coursework at Sanborn, Ashley attends the Seacoast School of Technology where she studies Careers in Education. This work solidified her interests in child development and helped her decide on child psychology as a career goal. Her goals right now are to attend Northern Essex Community College to earn an Associates degree, then transfer to Keene State to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology Counseling. Her determination and passion will no doubt help guide her in the direction of her dreams.

While at Sanborn, Ashley played soccer and softball all four years. Some of her favorite memories of high school were the bus rides back from away games with her team. It is heartbreaking to know that right now, Ashley should be enjoying those final bus rides with her teammates during her final softball season.

Math teacher, Anne Black, had this to say about Ashley: I love having Ashley in my class. She is such a hard worker and determined to succeed. She always comes to class with motivation to learn and has a friendly and silly personality that is fun to be around.

Art teacher, Jillian Swist, had this to say about Ashley: Ashley is perceptive and hardworking and always puts thoughtful dedication into her work and her relationships with her friends, peers, and teachers. Aside from holding high expectations for herself, Ashley is just the sort of individual that naturally promotes a high quality studio decorum and helps foster a sense of community in our art room.
She is an inspiring artist and individual, with a responsive attention to detail. Ashley devotes time and patience to mastering whatever she chooses to do. Her drawings and paintings develop from her response to the reality of the scene she is painting and she strives for accuracy mixed with spontaneous color. Ashley is a fantastic power in the art room. Ashley, I am so excited to see where your passion and your art take you. I wish you the absolute best, and I will miss you next year.

Good luck, Ashley, as you make your way in life. You are an amazing person and will be missed!
Senior Spotlight: Gretchen Casagrande
An Article by Staff Member Dee Hambucken
As a World Language teacher, it is a pleasure to see kids have the opportunity to travel, and Gretchen’s trip to England was definitely a highlight for her in high school. So many of us were excited for her and loved hearing about it. Throughout her three years in French class, her love of history and culture, as well as her desire to see the world peppered her work. I can see her thriving in a study abroad program in a few years! Gretchen’s tenacity combined with her amiable nature and charming personality will make her welcomed wherever she goes.

Mr. Bradd added that “she had been a band member up until this year, playing bass clarinet. She's a nice girl with a great sense of humor.”

Miss Ryan says that “Gretchen can be quiet, but she pays attention and picks up on things that other people do not. She is thoughtful and generous when it comes to giving kind words to those in need. I feel very lucky to have gotten to know Gretchen over the past four years.”
Ms. Arena concludes that "It has been a pleasure getting to know Gretchen over the past two years. I'm glad I have been able to provide her with resources and support as she navigates life after high school. I know she will be a great teacher one day because of her empathetic nature and how much she cares for others. Good luck Gretchen!!"

We wish you all of the best, Gretchen!
Senior Spotlight: Josh Borowy
An Article by Staff Member Scott Maxwell
Josh Borowy has definitely left an impression on all the teachers and coaches here at Sanborn and at SST! Josh is certainly someone who excels at things that engage him. As an athlete, in the thrower’s circle and on the football field, he is driven and dedicated. Josh entered his senior season as one of the top returning discus and shot put throwers in all of New Hampshire. He also has the rare accomplishment of qualifying for the state meet in the discus every season (even as a freshman!). Although he may have shown up late to practice a few times (he needed time for his snacks to fuel his workout!), his dedication was excellent. Josh has spent hours working on throws, trying to perfect his form and release. He even went so far as to design and create his own throwing circle in his front yard to get extra throws in at home. He's the type of athlete that once he puts his mind to something there's no limit to what he can achieve.
That determination has also translated to the classroom of Josh’s favorite subjects. His favorite course, both at the high school and SST, was welding. His teacher at the high school, Jack Kelly, has had Josh in a number of classes and shared…”Josh Borowy loves welding. As a matter of fact, he loves it so much that he is often in my Welding class, when he is scheduled for math or English! And he is pretty good at it, no surprise for a kid who has taken 1 year of welding with me and 2 years at SST. Josh is mechanically inclined, he works with his Dad a lot. Josh's work ethic and skills set him up for success after graduation. Of course, he needs to bring back the Welding Jacket he borrowed from me 2 years ago first! Good luck next year Josh, I will miss you.”
Another one of Josh’s favorite classes was Forensic Science. Teacher Stephanie Westergren shared, “Josh is in my forensic science class and I enjoy his candid nature and ability to keep it real. He is an extremely talented individual and is at the top of class at SST. He has a great sense of humor and completes assignments and labs with the utmost respect for the task at hand. I have truly enjoyed getting to know Josh this year...he is one of a kind!”
Some of the most memorable moments with Josh involve another skill he prides himself on...eating. Josh is famous among the Sanborn track and field community for taking down throwing coach Jake Saunders in a Buffalo Wild Wings eating contest after last year’s state meet! And, although he didn’t get the opportunity to break any school records this spring, I’ll always remember the ridiculous bets we made before the season started to motivate him along the way. I’m thankful I never actually had to grow a mustache or shave my one would want to see that. Josh has always found a way to bring fun and laughter to track practice! I'm so proud of everything he's accomplished throughout his time in high school, and I'm excited to see him continue to strive for greatness as he pursues the plumbing business with his father.
Congratulations Josh, we wish you the best of luck!
Free Youth Conference For Sanborn Students
Sanborn Musicians Participate in Taps Across America
Personal Item Pick Up Plans For Students in Grades 9-11
Personal Item Pick Up:

This is a two part process.

ONE: On June 8, between 8:30AM-2PM, students in grades 9-11 will be invited to come to the campus to pick up personal belongings that they do not wish to leave in the building until we reopen. We are asking students to let non-essential items stay in their lockers, which will remain untouched and secure. Students are required to complete THIS SURVEY by 6/3/2020 to notify school administrators of any belongings they would like to have retrieved from the building.

TWO: Students will SIGN UP for a 20 minute appointment slot to limit the number of cars on the campus to twenty at any one time. All will be required to stay in their cars at all times and a staff member will come out to assist. As long as students complete the survey above, items will be pulled ahead of time by a staff member to make the pick-up process run smoothly.

Textbook and Chromebook Drop Off:

Students are being asked to hold on to their Chromebooks, textbooks, and any other school equipment that is normally returned at the end of the year until the school reopens. Students who are not planning to return to Sanborn next year can make arrangements to drop these items off with Principal Brian Stack by emailing him at
One Lucky Sanborn Senior Will Win a Car at Graduation!
Retirement Parade for Bakie School's Preschool Coordinator Robin Baker
Attention Sanborn Families!!!

Our cherished and devoted Preschool Coordinator, Robin Baker, is retiring after 31 years of endless devotion, hugs, support and nurturance to our young learners and families.

Please join us in congratulating her and celebrating her retirement with a parade of affection.

The details:

The retirement parade for Robin Baker will begin at the Sanborn Regional High School on June 2nd. Cars will line up in the parking lot of the high school between 2:30 and 3:00. The parade will leave the SRHS promptly at 3 pm and continue to the Bakie School, looping through the parking lot. Friends can decorate the car, hold banners or signs and honk your horn to celebrate Robin’s amazing 31 years.
Baccalaureate 2020 Ceremony Information
Sanborn Regional High School is proud to be partnering with the First Congregational Church of Kingston to run its annual Baccalaureate Ceremony to honor the graduates in the Class of 2020. Graduates, their families and friends, and all in the community are invited to attend. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the 2020 ceremony will be delivered using a virtual format which will be broadcast live on the Internet at the following link: The event will take place on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:00PM.

The Baccalaureate ceremony is traditionally run as a school-related event with the church. It is optional, and non-denominational.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the academic accomplishments of our Class of 2020 graduates!
Tentative Summer Prom Date
Mental Health Tips From Our School Counselors
Mental Health Coping Skills

We all recognize how hard it is to stay busy and to cope when we “feel” that so many options are closed to us. It’s important to start to think outside the box of things to do!!

  • Things to do to clear your head as the weather gets nicer:
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Clement Disc Farm - Haverhill MA
  • Amesbury Pines - Amesbury MA
  • The Hollows - Manchester NH
  • Google courses near me!
  • Rock painting for people to find as they are walking
  • Chalk activities for people walking 
  • Rock Garden - painting, formations,
  • Try a new “sport”
  • Bocce Ball
  • Cornhole
  • Croquet
  • Badminton (don’t forget the shuttlecock)
  • Plant vegetables - you don’t need to build a garden, grab a few pots!
  • Create games in your yard like Soccer Golf
  • Trail walking
  • Hiking
  • Fly a kite - it doesn’t need to be at the beach
  • Learn to cook a new thing every week - desserts? Dinners? Breakfast?
  • Learn to play an instrument - search CraigsList or FB Marketplace
  • Offer to do yard work for those who can’t - maybe they will pay you in cookies!
  • Make a tire swing
  • Create a time capsule - how cool would it be to look back on this time in ten years? You think you will remember?
  • Get crafty and creative
  • Plan a fantasy vacation- explore hotels and activities in cities you would love to visit
  • Virtual museum tours
  • Do a virtual job shadow
  • Teach a grandparent how to zoom and spend some time interviewing them, what did they do to prepare for life after high school
  • Make a COVID bucket list - all the things you wish you could do but can’t

Most importantly, reach out and be with people (following social distancing rules of course). Enjoy the sun or dance in the rain; be present in the moment and try not to worry about things you cannot control in the future. If nothing else, remember you can always find inspiration from Disney movies, for example:

"Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it." -Tangled or “Adventure is out there” - Up.
Food Distribution for Families in Need for the Summer in the Summer Months
Dear Families,

As the year is winding down, we would like to give you some information about lunch deliveries for the last few weeks of school. Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25th. We will not be delivering lunches on this day or on Tuesday. However, you will have received a breakfast and a lunch for each of your children with the previous Friday's delivery. We will be delivering on Wednesday, May 27th and Friday May 29th.

The last day of school is June 2nd which is a Tuesday. The last day for lunch deliveries will be Friday June 5th. Beginning on Monday June 8th families may come to the Sanborn Regional High School on MWF to pick up lunches for your children between 10 and 11. Staff will be in the front of the school waiting to put bagged lunches into your car. Lunch pickup will continue in this manner until Monday June 29th. In order to ensure that we have enough lunches everyday for pickup, we will be creating a survey which you will find on your child’s school website for families to indicate their interest in picking up food. Food will be available on a first come, first served basis; thus it is important for you to complete the survey so that we may prepare enough lunches on a daily basis.

The Sanborn Regional School District is exploring ways to continue to provide meals for pickup during the summer months. Once we have received approvals, we will let families know through the schools’ Facebook pages as well as the community pages and Mr. Ambrose’s Constant Contact Newsletters.

We recognize that despite the State of NH allowing businesses to reopen, not everyone will be back to work. If you and your family experience issues with job/income loss or food insecurity, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We will help direct you to resources both in our district as well as in our community. Please reach out to me at
Sanborn District Releases Important Information Regarding Summer Programming and Prom
The Sanborn Regional School District has received guidance from the State that all District facilities are to remain closed for the summer to the public due to the COVID19 pandemic. As a result, the following plans will be put in place to address regularly-scheduled summer events.

Extended School Year Programming

Locating Extended School Year (ESY) programming in school buildings in Sanborn will not be an option this year. We are planning for the summer based upon currently known and anticipated health/safety recommendations, and therefore, have decided that ESY services will occur in a remote learning fashion. This applies to students with Extended School Year (ESY) services on their IEP. In addition, if your child has an IEP, you should have received a letter regarding Extended School Year services. Please refer to this letter for additional information. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your current Special Education Case Manager and/or Building Coordinator (LEA).

Summer Enrichment

All summer enrichment camps are cancelled. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause families who were counting on the camps running. If you have already submitted payment to the high school, the District will be issuing you a refund. You can expect to receive a check in 3-4 weeks in the mail. Please email Sally L’Antigua at with any refund questions.

Athletics and Recreation

Until further notice, all summer athletic / recreation programs are cancelled. Coaches are prohibited from personally participating in individual or group activities. This includes direct (on-site) supervision of student-athlete workouts from any distance, or coaching summer league teams at any location, whether they are permitted by local authorities or not. Coaches are encouraged to provide student-athletes with drills and skill work to be done independently. Coaches will actively discourage student-athletes from participating in any athletic activities with their non-family peers.

Sanborn Athletics leadership will actively monitor the advice from the NH Department of Education, various health-related agencies (such as the CDC) and the NH Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) for guidance on any changes to these guidelines. We hope to have a decision on outdoor activities starting on or around July 1 by the middle of June.


The Junior Prom, originally scheduled for May, will be held when social distancing restrictions lift. Right now the class has booked a tentative date with the venue (Castleton in Windham) of July 30, 2020. The class also has fall dates on hold, should they be needed.
Graduation Set For June 5, 2020
At the 5.5.2020 School Board meeting, the graduation date was set for Friday, June 5, 2020. Please take a few minutes to watch the video with the information that was presented to the Board. It addresses many of the questions you may have on how the ceremony will be run during the social distancing restrictions we are currently under. These are very trying times for all of us. I look forward to joining all of you as we celebrate the academic accomplishments of an amazing and resilient Sanborn Class of 2020.
Plans for the June 5 ceremony continue to evolve slightly as staff collaborate with others in the community to make enhancements and adjustments. Thank you to the School Board for their efforts to allow district staff to work with students and others to make these enhancements.

Masks at Graduation
Yesterday, the District received word from the NH Department of Health that masks are only required at the graduation ceremony if students are not able to practice the six foot social distancing minimum. As a result, the masks will be optional for students provided that they stand at least six feet away from one another when outside.
Sanborn Parent Organizes Graduation Mask Purchase For Sanborn Families
Masks are being made with the Class of 2020 for Sanborn at Ulikeyapparel for $6.00. To order a mask you can do either of the following. Email them directly or contact Holli Dallon who has designed and organized these to be made. Below is a photo of how the masks look.

The company has donated to Holli five masks for people that are not able to afford this but would still like a mask for their senior. Holli will give only one mask per family.

Thank you.
Driver Education Information
The next Driver education course will begin June 14, 2020 and run until July 29, 2020. Classroom academics will be done remotely via zoom. Driving will start when the Governor lifts the restriction.

The prior May course and June course will run together. The student cannot be younger than 15 years and 9 months old on June 14, 2020. Sign-up online at:, Rick & Karen
A Message From the Yearbook
Seacoast School of Technology (SST) Announcements
An Update by SST Principal Sharon Wilson
Seacoast School of Technology Families,

I hope you are all faring as best as possible during these unsettling times. I continue to be in awe of the dedication and incredible work that we are able to do in partnership to support our students and provide the best semblance of consistency possible all things considered.

I’m aware that the “virtual” aspect of our situation means that everyone is inundated with a large number of emails. I’m trying to address as many possible topics in this one message, so I will label topics:

Quarter 3: We will be ending Quarter 3 on April 3 (which is the normal date). Grades will be determined for Quarter 3 based on work assigned up through March 13 (the last day that we were in our building).
We believe the adjusting to remote learning is a process and we want to provide ample opportunity for that adjustment (for teachers and students) to occur without blurring the determination of the quarterly grade. Teachers will be flexible and accepting late work for students who have outstanding assignments for the period before March 13. We will do a grade change for Q 3 as necessary.

Quarter 4: We will continue to sift through some implications for Quarter 4 and work with our post-secondary partners in regards to dual enrollment.

Daily Schedule: Given the decision by Governor Sununu to extend remote learning through May 4th (at the least), we will be adjusting the daily schedule for our students that will provide a little more structure for students, families and teachers. Since our daily schedule is a dance with 6 Sending Schools, or dance partners, we will not be developing an SST wide schedule. Instead teachers are developing schedules that include optional check in times etc. We understand that in some areas the transition has been overwhelming and teachers have been looking at ways to provide flexible structures and engaging learning opportunities.

With the extension on Remote Learning we need to provide consistent and equitable opportunities for Remote Instruction while balancing the social and emotional stability of families, students and ourselves. "Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and a fear-based distraction from what you'd be forced to acknowledge and feel, if you slowed down"(The Unbounded Spirit).

Portfolios: Students should not worry about portfolios at this time. Some of them are in a building we cannot access and we do not have an electronic system in place. Please cross portfolios off your list for this year.

Scholarships: Scholarship dates are postponed, but forthcoming. We have a form and abbreviated process that will be emailed out shortly.

Cancelled Trips and Refunds: We cannot access the building at this point, but we are exploring how to get refunds for trips to folks. Thank you for your patience.

National Technical Honor Society:
There is a slight delay to getting letters out, but you should be hearing shortly. Keep good thoughts, I was very impressed with the applications. At this point, the ceremony is on hold, but we are ordering stoles for graduation.

Medication Retrieval: I’ve attached a letter from our nurse, Lisa Chamberlain, regarding the procedure for parents to retrieve medication currently at SST.

April Break: SST will be in session the traditional week of April vacation and closed from Wednesday April 8th - Sunday April 12th. We understand this differs from our sending schools and will be flexible and accommodating for students.

Please reach out to me with any questions or if I can offer support in any way. I miss the students, faculty and staff of SST more than I can say.

Please be well,

Sharon Wilson, Principal, Seacoast School of Technology
Tech Issues? Here Is How To Get Help!
During the COVID-19 closure, the SRSD Technology Department has set up a hotline to help families diagnose and fix tech issues with school-issued devices. Here is how to reach them:

Phone: (603) 642-3688, then hit #.
COVID-19 Health Updates From Nurse Karen
While the school campus is closed, remember to practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your friends and family:

  • MOST IMPORTANT: Practice social distancing. Avoid crowds, and stay at home as much as possible.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recently issued a news release about albuterol inhaler shortages occurring in some parts of the country due to their use in treating COVID-19 patients. The news release explains what is happening, and how asthma patients can be prepared.
An Update From Southern Rockingham Coalition for Youth (SoROCK)
SoRock is a community coalition designed to promote wellness and nurture resiliency for the children, youth and families of southern Rockingham County, with the goals of preventing substance misuse and reducing the stigma related to mental health issues.
An Update From Southern Rockingham Coalition for Youth (SoROCK)
PTO Clothing & Shoe Donation Bins
When you drop your unwanted clothing and shoes off in these bins, the SRHS PTO gets paid based on the weight of the clothing! This is a really easy way to help our school. All PTO proceeds go directly back to programming and scholarships that directly benefit our students.  NOTE: Shoes must go in a separate bin.

Did you know? From April of 2015 - May 2017, this fundraiser has helped us raise nearly $2400.00 for the PTO. Help us double that number by sharing this opportunity with your friends, your family, and your neighbors!

* Not Sponsored by the Sanborn Regional School District