A newsletter that promotes our core values of
P ersonalization, R isk-Taking, I ntegrity, D iscovery, and E mpowerment
June 2, 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:
Graduation Ceremony Information for the Class of 2020
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors at a ceremony on June 5, 2020. The public is invited to line the parade route on Main Street in Kingston for a 5:30PM and also watch online our 4:00PM virtual ceremony.


Part 1 of the graduation ceremony (National Anthem, Awards Presentations, and Speeches) will be
broadcast live on the Internet at this link: The only people
allowed on campus will be those delivering a speech.


Graduates and their family report to the Sanborn Seminary campus for a car parade. All cars should
enter from the Church Street side of the campus and will be lined up by Kingston Police. School Resource Officer, Dan Doyle, will be there setting up the parade. If you have questions at the Seminary, look for Dan. Graduates should be seated in the passenger seat. Class officers and those who have earned the three graduation titles of Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Class Essayist should line up at the Bakie School. All are asked to stay in their cars at all times while waiting for the parade to start. Those who do not follow this rule will be asked to leave.


The parade will kick off, traveling down Main Street to the high school campus. The rules all must follow
during the parade are as follows:

  • Drivers: Maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you
  • Drivers: Keep your eyes on the road at all times
  • Per Kingston Police, all passengers must stay in their vehicle at all times and may not ride in the back of pickup trucks or flatbed trailers - all passengers must be in a seat with a seat belt on at all times. 


The parade will end at the school and cars will be lined up according to the map below. One at a time, cars will make their way to the stage. An usher will prompt each graduate when it is their time to get out and wait for their turn to walk across the stage. The graduate will then walk to the bell in the front of the school. Once the graduate has left the stage, the family can drive the car to the bell. At the bell, graduates will get a free picture taken by Garone Photography, and then return to their vehicle. At that time, the graduate and family can decide whether to exit campus or return to the end of the queue line to watch the remaining graduates. ALL FAMILY MEMBERS MUST SAY IN THEIR CARS AT ALL TIMES. Those who choose not to follow these rules will be asked to leave the campus immediately. The school will do its best to keep this part of the ceremony moving. It is expected to take 75 minutes to distribute all diplomas. There will be portable bathrooms available on the campus for those who need it.
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 Update
A Message From Mr. Stack
This year, our staff set a goal to write a senior spotlight article for every student. As of 6/2/2020, we have written 124 articles and we have 33 more to go. Many parents have emailed me to inquire when they can expect to see their child's. Please be patent. We will continue to run articles even after graduation until we have runt hem all. Staff are still working on the remaining articles.
Senior Spotlight: DJ Wood
An Article by Staff Member Devin Helmke
I have gotten to know DJ well in the past two years at Sanborn during his Forensics and STEM classes. The thing that stands out the most about DJ is that he is the type of kid who always keeps it real. In a world where everyone is trying to measure up to what others want, DJ has a confidence in who he is. He is never afraid to tell things like they are, and I appreciate his honesty in the way he carries himself. DJ has a great knack for problem solving. This year in STEM, he carefully engineered an accurate trebuchet to launch projectiles down the science hallway. His attention to detail carries over outside of school as well. During remote learning, he has spent his free time working on cosmetic upgrades to his beloved Charger which have received rave reviews from others!

In a few months, DJ will be headed to boot camp for the United States Marine Corps. Congratulations and good luck as you begin your service!
Senior Spotlight: Ben Friedman
An Article by Staff Member Devin Helmke
When he first came into STEM class this year, Ben was a quiet “under the radar” student and I did not know what to expect from him. As we started to dive into projects it became clear that Ben has a knack for problem solving. He carefully constructed one of the best rockets from our class during the first month of school. Throughout the year, I got to see Ben’s diverse interests in different science and engineering topics. Ben enjoys learning about all aspects of nature and liked completing woodworking projects in Mr. Kelly’s class. Outside of school, I appreciate Ben’s values of hard work and family, and he is always willing to help out others in a pinch!

Next year, Ben will be attending Keene State to study environmental science and is considering becoming a freshwater biologist in the future. Ben, congratulations and good luck in the fall!
Senior Spotlight: Sarah Allen
An Article by Staff Member Jules Ryan
Sarah Allen is a determined and focused individual. What I admire most about Sarah is that, even when she came in as a freshman, she already had a defined sense of self. Sarah knows what she believes in, and she knows what matters to her.

At Sanborn, Sarah is known as an artist. Ms. Vitolo says, “Sarah is an intelligent, mature, and articulate young woman. Her innate artistic talent is strong and impressive. She was easy going and helpful when others in the class asked her opinion. She took a stab at learning new ways of creating art even though drawing is her main skill. I truly enjoyed getting to know her this year. She has so much to offer and I know she will be successful. Sarah, keep making art!” Even Sarah’s math teacher, Ms. Black knows of Sarah’s artistic skills. She says, “I enjoyed getting to know Sarah this year. She has a great sense of humor and is an extremely talented artist. She also shares my love of animals! I'm definitely going to miss seeing pictures of her pup and bird but I can't wait to see where her path takes her!” Beyond visual arts, Sarah is also a talented writer. Creative writing teacher Ms. Presby says, “She is a wonderful writer, and won the creative writing year-long competition!” Congratulations, Sarah!

Sarah has plans to continue her education, but in light of the pandemic, she is taking this opportunity to work as much as she can, rising through the ranks at Panera. Part of her reasoning behind this is that she knows she wants to take her classes in person, so she is hoping that when spring rolls around she will be able to get back into learning without worrying about having to be remote.

When asked about what Sarah would miss about Sanborn, she said that there wasn’t any specific event or tradition, but rather that she would miss the people and the community. She appreciates the support that she was given by her teachers, but what she will miss most is her friendships. Specifically, she mentions Sophie Rowell, Ava Tavares, and Isabel Young as individuals who helped to define her Sanborn experience. As Sarah moves on to the next phase of her life, I want to wish her all the best, from myself and the rest of the Sanborn community. We can’t wait to see what comes next for you!
Senior Spotlight: Caroline Benson
An Article by Staff Member Jules Ryan
Caroline Benson is patient, kind, a good listener, and overall a sweet soul. When I first met Caroline as a freshman in my ninth grade English class, she was very quiet. However, over the years I got to know her and learned that Caroline is a patient observer and that when she gets to know people she shows her quick wit.

Some people might not know that Caroline is a talented artist and musician. Ms. Vitolo says, “Caroline has been in three of my art classes. I always enjoyed working with her. Caroline is a sweet young woman with a hidden sense of humor. She is artistic and loves to work with horses. Once she is comfortable with her peers, you can see her sarcastic side come out. When she is done with a project, she is done. Period. I wish her well and hope she keeps on making art.” Mr. Bradd commends her hard work and her dedication to playing flute in Sanborn’s symphonic band throughout all four years of high school.

Caroline is also a diligent student in her traditional academic courses. Science teacher and Senior Class Advisor Ms. Heather Wheeler says, “Caroline is quiet in class but has a lot to say in her writing. A smart and insightful young woman, it was a pleasure getting to know her these last four years. Congratulations Caroline!”

Unfortunately, this year’s seniors missed out on so much of what we have come to know as the quintessential end-of-high school experiences. Caroline says that she will miss walking through the halls of Sanborn with her friends and just saying hi to everyone. However, she is looking forward to a bright future ahead--she plans to attend Plymouth State University in the fall. She knows that many new opportunities will become available to her as she enters this next phase, and is excited to take them on as she continues to grow. She does not know what she will major in yet, but I am sure whatever she chooses she will meet with the same diligence and determination that she has applied to her studies up to this point. Caroline, congratulations on completing your high school career. I can’t wait to see what you do next!
Athletic Boosters Honor 60 Sanborn Senior Athletes
Please join the Sanborn Booster Club in honoring 60 senior athletes. Each senior has received a picture
plaque with their athletic history listed. The action picture was provided by Kevin Pillsbury and the
plaque was provided by the Sanborn Booster Club. This is a memory that will be treasured by each
student/athlete. Click on the button below to view each of the recipients and their accomplishments.

Thanks to Kevin and the Booster Club for continuing this tradition in these challenging times!
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!
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.
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