A weekly newsletter that promotes our core values of
P ersonalization, R isk-Taking, I ntegrity, D iscovery, and E mpowerment
October 7, 2018

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

Proud recipient of the 2018
NH Excellence in Education Award
The school will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day.
HELP! We Need Some Donations for Upcoming Community Service Projects!
Update From the School Counseling Office
FAFSA, PSAT Registration, and More!
Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will take the PSAT exams on Wednesday, October 10, of this week!

We have kicked into high gear when it comes to post-secondary planning with our Seniors. All students are meeting individually with their counselor to complete their Intent to Graduate forms and parents will receive a copy of the form in November. Seniors should be actively working on their Common Application essays at this time and they should have already completed their senior brag sheets and their requests for letters of recommendations. Students who are planning on entering the workforce should be updating their resumes to include any summer employment that they completed.  

Are you wondering what a FAFSA is and how it is different from an FSA id? These are great questions which will be fully answered on October 4th by NHHEAF (New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation) here in the library at 6:00. Our representative will answer questions about documentation you will need to complete all of the financial

Students have been completing the pre administration paperwork for the PSAT. Students in 10th and 11th grade have received study guides to help them prepare for the test which will be held on October 10th. This is a great opportunity for our students to take the test for free to help them to become familiar with this testing format. Studies have shown that students scores rise significantly each time they take the test. We strongly encourage the students to take the test seriously. The test is long and students will be in the testing room for approximately 4.5-5 hours. All students in grades 9-11 will be testing. We will not be holding regular classes at the end of the test day. Students will have lunch when the test is over and then they will be able to choose to have time in the gym, watch a movie in the auditorium or participate in board games in individual classrooms. Alternatively, if you would like to dismiss your child after the testing, you will need to officially dismiss your child from school. To make this process easier, we have created an online process you can use by clicking the button below:
Vape Pens: What Are They, and Why Do We Care?
An Informational Article for Parents Prepared by Student Assistance Counselor Amanda Feeney

Over the last six months, we have seen a tremendous increase in the use of vapes by students. Possession or use of vapes at school comes with a hefty 10 day suspension from school as it is considered drug paraphernalia by School Board policy. Parents are STRONGLY urged to educate themselves about the dangers of vaping. Earlier this year, we visited a local vape show and were given a complete tour of the products currently available so we know what to look for. Parents are encouraged to do the same. The following is information prepared by Mrs. Feeney for parents:

The Rise of Vaping Among Teens

In early September 2018, the FDA declared vaping among teenagers an epidemic due to the significant use and upward trend among adolescents. Thanks to the abundance of research and marketing around the consequences of tobacco use, teen cigarette use has decreased significantly over the past decade. Unfortunately, an increase in popularity around vaping has emerged forming a new generation of nicotine addiction.

  What is “Vaping”

  • Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor of some form of e-liquid from an electronic delivery device.
  • There are hundreds of different models of devices that come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. 
  • E-Liquids are the liquids that are heated/vaporized and then inhaled by users, more often than not causing some kind of “buzz”.
  • While some of these liquids may just be flavored juices, most contain high concentrations of nicotine (some containing over 60 milligrams!). A variety of these devices can also be used with THC.
“Juuling” A JUUL is a lightweight device that looks similar to a USB and provides a significantly stronger hit than other devices as the JUUL pods (nicotine cartridges) contain 59mg of nicotine; more than what a smoker would get smoking a pack of cigarettes. 

Another popular device is the Aspire Breeze a small, compact vape. The device allows the user to add whatever kind of e-liquid they prefer. Adolescents report they prefer to use a Breeze as the direct mouth to lung delivery provides a better hit and rush.

Is It Safe?

Vaping is still too new of a trend for researchers to identify all the potential health effects but what we do know is:

  • Many E-liquids are not regulated by the FDA, and manufacturers do not need to list all of the ingredients in the liquid. This makes it difficult for researchers or anyone to know the real impact 
  • Common ingredients in most liquids may appear to be harmless however, the high temperatures and heating of the liquids can drastically change the composition of these ingredients making them toxic.
  • In addition to the damage done to your lungs, the American Heart Association recently reported that vape juice impairs blood vessel function and can cause permanent heart damage
  • Whether in a traditional cigarette or e-liquid, nicotine is still an extremely addictive substance and has the same impact on the adolescent brain. 
  • Nicotine has been shown to significantly impact brain development including the reward system and brain circuits that control attention and learning. Possible impact includes permanent difficulty with attention and impulse control, mood disorders, and a primed brain for other addiction to other substances.
  • E-Liquids and waxes used with vaping contain a significantly higher concentration of nicotine and THC which carry health concerns such as nicotine poisoning and risky side effects from THC such as increased psychiatric symptoms. Because of the ease of use, the social culture around vaping, and the different enjoyable flavors, many teens are consuming well over the recommended amount and making themselves seriously ill.

Sources include: TN Coalitions White Paper, MIG Vapor: What is Vaping? A Complete Guide and Infographic, Science News for Students, Drug, “The Truth Behind E-Liquid Poisoning”, JustThinkTwice. gov, DrugfreeNH, American Association of Poison Control, “Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained” by Julia Belluz, CBS News “FDA calls teen vaping and epidemic”, “Vape Just Flavors for E-Cigarettes May Cause Heart Issues” by Amber Brenza
Senior Spotlight: Chloe Cina
Note: Each week, we will feature 1-2 seniors with a spotlight article, written by a staff member.
This article was written by teacher Liz Richardson
Chloe Cina is the first of the Cina’s to graduate from Sanborn. As a sophomore, she knew she was interested in working with children, so she applied for and was accepted into the Careers in Education program at SST.

Chloe is very involved in her school and community. She has been a member of both indoor and outdoor track. Her track coach, Kate Krumm, adds that “Chloe is a team player and looks out for her teammates. She will sit beside the high jump to cheer her teammates on even though she does not do that event. Her friends rely on her!” As long as I’ve known her, she always talks about how much she loves dance and will try pretty much any physical activity. When she visited Nicaragua on a service trip last February, she learned how to surf!

Her other activities include: Key Club, Student Council, Drama Club, and Class Council. She is currently taking two Northern Essex Community College courses. What a challenge! Chloe has not always had it easy in high school and has grown in her ability to reach new heights since she was a sophomore. I have had the privilege of teaching Chloe in Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. In class, Chloe is willing to ask plenty of questions and do what is needed to get the work done. 

Chloe wants to start her post-secondary education at a college in New Hampshire. Hopefully double majoring in dance and elementary education, followed by a Master’s in special education. Hope you achieve your dreams Chloe!
October Staff Member of the Month Recognitions
Each month, Sanborn Regional High School recognizes staff members who go “above and beyond” the call of duty to support students. This month, we recognize the following individuals:

Michael Withee: Mr. Withee is a paraprofessional in the Home Base program, and he is considered one of the unsung heroes of the SRHS community. Because he spends most of his days in Home Base, he is not always seen or noticed in the mainstream. However, his presence in the Home Base program is immeasurable. He has a fun and easy manner with the students he encounters each day. The rapport he has established with his students is a critical part of their success. Students trust Mr. Withee and because of that they build appropriate and relevant relationships with people important to them. Mr. Withee's easy smile puts his students at ease and his comic banter with the students is on point, connecting with them where they understand it best. Mr. Withee's contribution to the Home Base program is worthy of recognition.

Eric “IJ” Ibsen-Johnson and Corey Fielding: This is the first time in the history of this award that it has been given to two staff members for their combined team efforts. Mr. Ibsen-Johnson, who goes by “IJ”, and Ms. Fielding are the math teachers on the Freshman Learning Community. They have worked tirelessly to make the freshmen math experience meaningful for our students. They go above and beyond for the their students each and every day by offering after school tutoring, even on Fridays! For the past two years, they have been very involved in the development and implementation of a new math program that is designed to personalize and challenge all students at their level and help them grow.

Congratulations to Mr. Withee, Ms. Fielding, and IJ for being recognized as Sanborn’s October 2018 Staff Members of the Month!
Poland and Germany April 2019 Trip Information
Flu Shot Information for Sanborn Families
College Bound: I Applied Day Returns to Sanborn
Parents a Second Time Around: A Workshop For Parents
More Than Sad Suicide Prevention Program at Austin House
Together with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Austin 17 House, and the Southern Rockingham Coalition for Healthy Youth, UNH Cooperative Extension is coordinating a More than Sad suicide prevention program on October 25th from 6 to 8pm for concerned community members 18 and older. The critical issue of youth suicide and depression will be discussed and available resources will be shared.

This is a free event, food will be provided, and registration is required. Please go to the link below for event information, including registration and a flyer that may be shared and posted as well. I am forwarding this to key people who may be interested in this event and may be able to share this information with others. Feel free to post the link to the web, social media or email to others.
#SANBORNSENIORSCARE: Senior Day of Caring Set for October 10
We are revamping our annual Senior Day of Caring event to make it more effective and meaningful for all involved.

This year, all seniors will spend the day at Austin 17 House engaged in activities and programming to help them become better citizens and feel empowered to give back to their community. This is a mandatory event for all grade 12 students.

This is considered a field trip, and as a result, we need all parents to complete a permission slip. Grade 12 parents/guardians, please take a minute to do this by clicking the link below:
Come To The Next PTO 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, and Fundraising.

When we all help a little it is amazing how much we accomplish as an organization.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 17th at 6pm in Room 137 at the school. We normally meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6pm.

If you have any questions or information you would like to share with our organization, please contact Barbara Munroe, PTO President, at or Tammy Gluck, PTO Vice President, at 
Athletic Booster Information
Your Athletic Boosters Have Been Busy This Summer!
Signup Genius has been updated for the home game schedule, we would love for you to come on in and spend some time with us and cheer on our Sanborn Athletes!

Did you know that the Athletic Boosters has been in Sanborn for 35 years? We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month from August to May, come join us for our meeting on 1-18 @ 7:00 Room 138.

Over the years, the Athletic Boosters have provided our school with all the Senior Banquets, Team Sport awards, Homecoming (Congratulations Juniors), Track & Field record board, Banners displayed in the gym, Dugouts, Bleachers and new this past year Outdoor Wireless Mic System and Indoor Batting Cages.

Please continue to support the Athletic Boosters, with each purchase of a slice of Pizza, Drinks, popcorn and candy helps us to help our school.
Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange Auction To Benefit Sanborn Seniors
Our school is a proud member of Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange (PACE). Each fall, PACE holds a comedy night fundraiser to raise scholarship money for a deserving Sanborn senior. Information on the event is below. Please consider supporting this event by attending, donating a silent auction item, or becoming a sponsor. Email Principal Brian M. Stack at for more information.

SST To Host Technology Fun Night
An Update From Southern Rockingham Coalition for Youth (SoROCK)
Hello Sanborn Community!

We hope you are having a fun and safe summer so far. For those not familiar with SoRock; we are a community-based coalition with over a 25-year history of working collaboratively with federal, state and local organizations to help promote, support and sustain healthy choices for families in our communities. We do this by actively working to reduce and prevent alcohol, marijuana, prescription and other drug misuse.  

SoRock relies on community engagement to be successful in it's mission. Please visit our website ( CLICK HERE) or follow us on social media @SoRockNH to stay up to date on programming and events. If you would like to get more involved reach out to me at or give me a call anytime at 603-642-3341 x 196. I will be in our office at the high school for the majority of the summer as well and I am happy to meet with you anytime! Don't forget to visit our booth at Kingston Days on Saturday August 4th!

Charlotte Scott
Coordinator, SoRock Coalition for Healthy Youth
An Important Message From School Administrators:
PTO Clothing Donation Bins
When you drop your unwanted clothing 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. 

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