A newsletter that promotes our core values of
Personalization, Risk-Taking, Integrity, Discovery, and Empowerment
January 11, 2021

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

Proud recipient of the 2018
NH Excellence in Education Award
Senior Spotlight: Ashley Merrill
An Article by Staff Member Donna Harvey
I have the privilege of working with Ashley for the second time as a student in Psychology and seeing how much she has grown and matured since Sophomore year is very exciting. As her Sophomore Advisor we spent quite a bit of time together. One thing I clearly remember is that she almost always signed up to see Mr. Kinsley during FLT.

This was the beginning of a relationship that means a lot to Ashley, she has learned a lot from him. Mr. Kinsley has this to say of Ashley, “"Ashley is one of those students I will remember for a long time. It was a complete pleasure having her in class the last two years. She is clever, witty, and has great conversation skills. She often makes the most unexpected comments out of the blue, cracking everybody up. She is kind and caring, and is always concerned about others. I wish her the best of luck. She will be missed by many".

During the last few years she has learned how important it is to stay organized and that even though life can be hard, there is always a reason to push forward and keep going. These are definitely lessons that will serve her well as she attends college and prepares to become a veterinarian.

Though I know Ashely will miss a lot about Sanborn and we will miss her, I am excited for her to head into her future and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes.
Senior Spotlight: Kaitlyn Real
An Article by Staff Member Aaron Cass
Having spent nearly 300 hours of quality time with Kaitlyn Real in school last year, I can say with great confidence that she is a Rock Star! Whether creating sprawling landscapes in art, building sets in Drama Club, or mischievously planting fuzzy worm-on-a-strings throughout the school, Kaitlyn is one of the funniest kids around. Science teacher, Mrs. Grella, says, " She has always been a ball of sunshine and sweetness. She is one of the kindest kiddos I have ever had, and she will be missed so much by me!"
Kaitlyn's plan after Sanborn is to attend Empire Beauty School in Hooksett, NH, and then maybe attend community college to earn a business degree. Her dream is to be a cosmetologist and run her own shop one day. Kaitlyn, what will we do without you here at Sanborn! Best wishes for your senior year, and good luck making your dreams come true.
Free Meals for all Student (In Person & Remote) for the Remainder of the 20/21 School Year.
Remote meals are available for pick-up on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays at the High School Main Entrance from 12:30-1:30pm.

Please Use the following link to pre-order your remote meals:
Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences January 11
Teachers will be available by appointment for 5 minute conference meetings from 3:30PM - 7:00PM on January 11, 2021.

To schedule a conference in advance, please click on the teacher’s name to access their Sign-Up Genius link using the button below.

There is also a link to their Zoom meeting (using the button below) which will be used for the conference. Parents are asked to make sure their first/ last name (and child’s name) is noted in Zoom so that teachers know who you are when you are in their virtual “waiting room.”
School Picture Day for Remote Students Moved to January 13
As a result of our abrupt closure the week of 11/30, school picture day for remote students has been postponed. The new date is January 13. Appointments are necessary. Click the bottom below to sign up for an appointment.
Counseling Office Updates
This is the time of year in the counseling office when we start planning for next year. In the coming weeks counselors will be going into classrooms to help students to pick classes for next year and teachers will be making recommendations for more challenging courses for students based on their performance in their current classes. It is important that students do well in their classes if they wish to take Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment classes next year. The Program of Studies for the 21-22 school year will be posted on the high school website soon. Parents and students will be able to read the course descriptions for all of our courses. It is highly recommended that parents review this document with their students before students make course selections. 

Freshmen and Sophomore Career Interest Planning

Counselors met with Freshmen in December and will be meeting with Sophomores the week of January 18th to complete Career Interest inventories, Students participate in a class activity which helps them to better understand how their daily class work impacts their overall grades and GPA and then they complete an interest inventory which helps them to better understand how their interests might lead to a career. Once they have completed the inventory, students then identify courses that they would like to take during their high school career. They keep this information in a google folder which will be used during their high school career to help with course selection and ultimately college and career planning.

Freshmen and Sophomore College and Career Planning Night

On January 25th at 6:00pm the counseling team will be offering a virtual parent night for parents of Freshmen and Sophomores. This night will help you to better understand how to best prepare your child for future college and career planning. We will review NH Scholars, SST and the Northern Essex Early College Program as well as steps you can take now to help your child be better prepared for college and career exploration. Information on how to access the presentation will be provided on the day of the event.

Sophomores and the Seacoast School of Technology (SST)
On January 14th, Sophomores will virtually attend a presentation from SST. SST is our local Career and Technical Education center. They offer a variety of programs including Animal and Plant Science, Biotechnology, Automotive and Pre-Engineering. Parents and students can learn more about their programs at, click on schools and then click on SST. Sophomores will then be able to complete an application for the program on their website. Sanborn students attend SST in the morning for year 1 programs and the afternoon for year 2 programs. All of the classes count as credits at Sanborn and the majority of their programs allow students to earn dual enrollment credit with the NH Community College System.  

PSAT’s for Juniors and Asynchronous Learning day for Seniors

On January 26th, all juniors will participate in the PSAT. Students will arrive at school at their regular time and be assigned to a testing room. If parents would like to opt their student out of the test, please complete this form. Once juniors have completed their exam and been dismissed from their testing room, they will be dismissed from school. Transportation will only be provided at the end of the regular school day. Students who attend SST will be excused from SST for the day. Seniors will have asynchronous classes on this day. 

ASVAB Follow Up Meetings for Juniors

Juniors who took the ASVAB in December will have an opportunity during upcoming FLT’s to meet with the ASVAB coordinator to discuss their scores. This discussion will focus on how to interpret your scores and how to translate the information in the report so that it can be used for college and career planning. Students should check with their advisory teachers to see when those meetings are scheduled.

Senior Probation Meetings

Beginning the week of January 25th, any senior who is failing a class needed for graduation or who has not completed at least 50% of each online class needed for graduation will be added to the Senior Academic Probation list. Seniors on this list are not eligible to participate in any senior activities including prom or senior trips. Parents will be notified via mail if their child has been added to this list.  

Senior Mid Year Transcripts to Colleges

Seniors who have applied to college should check in with their teachers to make sure that all of their coursework has been completed by the end of the second quarter on January 15th. Counselors will be printing mid year grades to send to colleges at this time. Many colleges use these mid year grades and transcripts to make admissions decisions. 

Senior Scholarships

Seniors, are you looking for free money to help you be able to afford college? Please check out our Counseling webpage for the updated scholarship newsletter. This can be located by going to the high school web page and clicking the Counseling office tab. The local scholarship packet will be available to all Sanborn seniors in February and scholarship applications will be due in April. Don't delay in gathering needed materials. Happy Applying! 

Final Thoughts

Finally, this time of year can be especially difficult for teens. The weather is not great, there is little light and this year with the pandemic, more and more of our students are feeling isolated and alone. Please take time to talk with your student. Let them know that it is okay to not be okay. Encourage them to reach out to people. Remind them to take care of themselves physically - eating well, exercising, drinking water, sleeping and taking a break from technology. If you are concerned about your student, please reach out to the counseling team. We have resources available to help.
Alma Gradebook Information for Parents
Click on the link below to watch a video that Assistant Principal Matt Malila made for parents to demonstrate how our new online grade viewer program (Alma) works.
SRHS Receives $10,000 Science Grant
On 1/6/2021, the School Board of the Sanborn Regional School District unanimously accepted a $10,000 science grant. The grant will allow a team of thirteen educators from across the state in grades 6-12 to develop materials to better prepare students for careers in the biomaterials industry. This industry includes technologies that enable manufacturing of biological tissues for medical purposes.

The goal of the grant is to create a career awareness presentation to inform students about opportunities that exist in this exciting and growing field. The grant will also support the development of three extended learning opportunities (ELOs) for students in the areas of cell/tissue growth, 3D printing, and data analysis. With our school’s industry connections, will be able to connect participating students with industry mentors during the completion of their ELOs.

The work to receive the grant at Sanborn was spearheaded by Science teacher Devin Helmke. Mr. Helmke had this to say about the project: "I am thrilled about the opportunities that this grant will provide for our students. Here at Sanborn, we have many students already participating in extended learning opportunities that give real-world experiences. We know that learning can take place in many different ways, and this grant will create innovative project-based learning opportunities for any student interested in bioengineering."

Sanborn’s Principal Brian M. Stack added, “Over the last several years, our school has worked hard to develop meaningful relationships with career and community partners that have allowed us to extend learning far beyond the classroom walls of our school for our students. This grant will allow some of our dedicated and enthusiastic educators like Mr. Helmke to continue to make meaningful, real-world connections for all of our students.”

Work is already underway to make these science opportunities available to Sanborn students this school year.
Music Boosters Meeting
Join us Thursday Jan 7 at 6pm via zoom
Help us support the music program and the 200+ students involved here at Sanborn
It’s a small commitment and you can make a big difference!

(password is AM1umm)
Applications Are Now Being Accepted For Sanborn Regional Integrated Preschool Program
The Sanborn Regional Integrated Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for the 2021- 2022 school year for the three-year-old and four- year-old preschool programs. The Preschool is located at the D.J.Bakie Elementary School in Kingston, NH.

The three-year-old program is held Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Eligible children must be three years old by September 30, 2021 and be residents of Kingston or Newton, New Hampshire.

The four-year-old program is held Mondays through Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 PM for residents of Kingston and Newton.

Eligible children must be four years old by September 30, 2021. There are limited openings in the four-year-old program. Tuition for the three-year program is $165 per month and the four-year-old program is $200 per month. A tuition agreement form must be completed and returned in order to participate in the program. Enrollment is limited, and the deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 26, 2021.

Should the district still be in remote learning, we may not have in person learning for tuition students. All applicants must participate in a developmental screening process. Please note that this is not a Child Find. You may call to schedule a Child Check Appointment if you are questioning a possible educational issue.

For more information please call Melissa Khalil at 642-5272, ext. 124 or email at To register your child for the lottery, please go to our school website at and click on the Preschool Lottery link.
Free/Reduced Lunch Application Information
SRHS PTO Announcements
NEXT MEETING: 1/20/2021 at 6:00PM. A Zoom link will be emailed the morning of the meeting.

The mission of the Sanborn Regional High School Parent Teacher Organization is to enhance and support the Sanborn Regional High School learning community of students, staff, and families of Fremont, Kingston, and Newton. This is accomplished through the following endeavors:

*Community Outreach *Teacher Involvement *Educational Programs *Civic Cooperation
*Volunteer Programs *Fundraising

If we all help a little it will be amazing how much we can accomplish as an organization.

We typically meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
(check the Points of P.R.I.D.E. Newsletter or our FB page for any changes)

Thank you for taking the time to complete the membership form and become part of the SRHS PTO. Check us out on Facebook at Sanborn Regional High Scholl PTO.

If you have any questions or information you would like to share with our organization, please contact Alicia D’Antonio at
An Update From Southern Rockingham Coalition for Youth (SoROCK)
SoRock SRHS Newsletter week of 12/14

The First Day – Free Virtual Community Screening 12/17 6:30pm -

Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.  Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day film chronicles this journey revealing Herren’s vulnerability and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Register Here

Kingston voters we need your signature!

Kingston requires that all agencies be a citizen’s petition warrant article for their first three years. Thank you to all who signed for us for 2020! Once again, we need the signatures of at least 25 registered Kingston voters.  You are not voting to fund us by signing this petition, only endorsing our ability to be on the warrant to be voted on in 2021.

COVID-19 has greatly impacted our ability to collect signatures through in person events this year. We would appreciate your help this year through email. 

You can find the petition here. Please print it and sign, then email the signed document to This can be returned with as little as one signature. We will combine all documents and turn in together. 

As part of our year end #BeSafewithSoRock campaign, 50 free safe home kits will be distributed to local families free of charge. Kits will include the window/yard sign pictured here (first 25 in each town), locking RX medication box, reusable personal hand sanitizer with hotline numbers for mental health and substance use disorders , How to Teen Proof Your Home guide, firearm trigger locks, NH COVID-19 Family Resource guide, hotline magnet for mental health and substance use disorders, and safe medication disposal pouches.  SoRock has also purchased reusable fabric masks for SRMS/SRHS and our local police departments which we hope to distribute just prior to the holiday break. 
Keep Us Informed!
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