A weekly newsletter that promotes our core values of
P ersonalization, R isk-Taking, I ntegrity, D iscovery, and E mpowerment
December 1, 2019

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

Proud recipient of the 2018
NH Excellence in Education Award
Latest Student Production of Modern Media News
District to Host Social Media Safety Training for Families January 15
Provided by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Senior Spotlight: Courtney Gelina
An Article by Staff Member Katie Graham
I first met Courtney Gelina on a school bus. I had volunteered to chaperone DECON with the Key Club, which was a great opportunity to meet some of our Sanborn students that I did not have in class. On the long drive to Springfield, Massachusetts, I glanced across the aisle and swore that I recognized this student. Then I knew--I recognized this sophomore because I had her brother in class. It turns out that Courtney has several siblings, but she definitely stands on her own.

While at Sanborn, Courtney has been a part of the Field Hockey and Track teams, Key Club, worked for Becca’s Closet, and been a part of her church youth group. Her favorite memories of high school were traveling to DECON with the Key Club and Ms. Heather Wheeler, and attending Prom. Next year, she hopes to go to college to study nursing to pursue her dream of one day working in an Emergency Room. She hopes to complete a Master’s degree program to become a Nurse Practitioner. She’s still deciding which college, but whichever she chooses, they will be gaining a stellar student and a great individual.

Mr. Scott Maxwell says of Courtney: Courtney is spectacular! She often flies under the radar because she's on the quiet side, but she lets her presence be felt when she hits the track. She is a determined competitor who is never afraid of working hard to meet her goals. Once she commits to something, she refuses to back down. Courtney has been a steady contributor to track program over the past few years, and her dedication has set a tremendous example for her teammates to follow.

Good luck with your future pursuits, Courtney! You have everything it takes to achieve your dreams.
Senior Spotlight: Emily Abney
An Article by Staff Member Bari Boisvert
Emily Abney is one of the most kind and empathetic students I have ever met in my entire career as an educator. I often say that if I had children of my own, I would hope that they all grew up to be like Emily.
What is special about Emily is that she takes the time to let people know how they affect her life. During the holidays last year, she brought me a simple sticker, but it meant the world to me. Her explanation for why she chose this gift is something I will remember for a lifetime. While she has a soft and quiet demeanor, her presence is strong and powerful. She has written me deeply personal notes that I treasure to this day.  

Academically speaking, Emily is at the top of her class, but one would never know this because she is so humble. In class she is a hard worker, a deep thinker, and a positive member of the group. Her love of literature and the arts shows through in her school work, her extra curriculars, and how she lives her life. She is a remarkable human being. Emily was in both my tenth grade English class and again in AP Literature and Composition her junior year. She is such an innovative thinker and I often learn things from her. Sometimes I feel that Emily is my teacher.

Other teachers had the same wonderful things to say of Emily….

Emily is one of the most kind and gentle people I have ever met. She is wise beyond her years and can easily help a room change tone with her calming presence. When she puts her mind to something, it happens - from starting a club, to being part of many school activities, to keeping up with her schoolwork. Sanborn will miss you Emily!" - Ms. Richardson

Emily is an amazing leader, wonderful writer, and a kind person. This year, in her role as Creative Writing Club Co-President, she has shown great dedication and helped grow the club to its largest attendance ever! - Ms. Graham

I have had the honor of having Emily in my advisory for her junior and senior years. She is one of the funniest and most creative people I have ever met. Whether she is drawing me a silly picture or telling me a crazy story about her day, she never fails to make me laugh... Ann Black

Emily Abney, is a great exemplar of the Sanborn student. Emily asks great questions, works well with others, assists her peers, reads good books, and loves kittens. - Doc Young

“Emily is a thoughtful and diligent student who always has a unique insight, a kind word, and a helping hand. Her presence in French classes has been remarkable and unprecedented...I look forward to random chats about books and travel with Emily, as her love of learning spans far beyond the classroom.” -Madame Hambucken

Emily has left her mark at Sanborn and I can not wait to see what she does after graduation.
National Honor Society Happenings
On November 26th, the current members of the National Honor Society hosted a special induction for one newly selected member from the class of 2020. John Fuccione was selected for his commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Congratulations! 
Winter Concert Information
Driver Education Information
The next Driver's education course will start on January 6th, 2020 thru February 19th, 2020.
To take a course a student must not be younger than 15 years and 9 months old on the first day of a class. Sign-up at as seats are limited. A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required at sign up to reserved a student's seat in the course.
Student Council Presents: 12 Days of Caring
Kingston Recreation Offering Parents Night Out
Spanish Honor Society to Offer Holiday Babysitting
Parents of Juniors: We Need Your Consent for April's SAT Test!
All grade 11 students will take the SAT during the school day on April 14th. Since this is the state's accountability test, there is no testing fee. Students will be able to send their scores for free to 4 schools from this test.

With this test, the College Board will also offer an optional program called 'Student Search Service." Parents who want their child to be included in this program must give consent as NH state law prevents schools from allowing students to send their personal information without parental permission. Please be aware that this is a for-profit service that College Board provides. If you give consent, your child's information may be sold to colleges, universities, and other scholarship organizations. In return, you and your child will receive information on opportunities that may be of interest to you and your child.

Please click on the button below to complete the form granting, or not granting, consent for the optional component. Every parent must respond to the school with a "yes" or "no".
Sanborn Alumni! Can You Help?
Interested in the Sanborn Regional Music Boosters Association?
The goal of the SRMBA is to support the Sanborn Regional Music Departments so that as many students as possible will have exciting and enriching experiences in music classes and / or as a member of a band and/or chorus group.

The SRMBA supports student activities associated with music. This month we met to gather ideas for fundraiser events and to review the upcoming music schedule. Please come and add your thoughts and see what we are all about. Our group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM in the High School band room. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 4th.  

A little time invested can help our students in many ways.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our SRMBA mailing list, please contact us at
Information on Becoming a Foster Parent
A Message From the Seacoast Office of the NH Department of Health and Human Services

  1. Become a licensed foster parent! Our greatest need in the state is for more families willing to provide temporary care for children while we work to restore their family and return them home. We needs homes in every community! Visit
  2. Become a respite provider for another family! You will still need to be licensed but you will only provide care on a short term basis to give another family a break – You can also consider providing short term emergency or crisis care. Visit
  3. Become a CASA Volunteer! Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the NH Court System. Visit
  4. Become a PCA for an older youth! Become a Primary Caring Adult for an older youth in care or preparing for adulthood. Be that “Go To Person” who provides guidance, emotional support, celebrates successes and provides encouragement with no need to open your home to foster care. All children need lifelong connections. Interested? Please call our Adolescent Program Administrator 419-0312
  5. Become and Educational Surrogate volunteer! The Educational Surrogate Parent program provides an ed surrogate to educationally handicapped children in care whose parents cannot participate in their educational plan. Advocate for a child to ensure their educational needs are met. Interested? Call: Janelle Cotnoir at 603- 271-3737
  6. Donate your time, your talents your support to local foster parents! We have many wonderful organizations in our state who support our foster parents. CFBI – the Community and Faith Initiative, the PassAlong Project, Makeover Ministry, The Forgotten Initiative and more provide clothing, furniture meals and events for children in need and the families caring for them. NHFAPA – the New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Association and FARENH – Foster and Adoptive Resource Exchange also provide supports and grants for families with special needs. All of these would welcome your help!
Youth in Action and SoROCK Art Gala
On December 13th, Sanborn Youth in Action and SoROCK are partnering to host a youth lead art gala at Sanborn Regional High School. It is a night celebrating community, compassion, and strength in hopes of increasing prevention and decreasing the stigma of mental illness. We recognize that art can be a powerful tool to start meaningful conversation. The students of Youth in Action hope that this event will be a way to bring awareness to mental illness and the importance of ending the stigma. We hope that you will consider creating a piece of art that answers the question "What does mental health look like to you?" (for younger students- "What do feelings look like to you?") with a focus on the themes of hope, recovery, community, or support. This event is open to the community and all ages- with prize/judging categories of elementary, middle school, high school and adults. If you are interested in submitting original work please register using the button below:
Join the PTO!
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, December 18th at 6pm in the Conference Room (Room 102) 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
SRHS PTO Launches its Back to School "Un-Fundraiser"
We are asking for your support for our 2019 back to school Un-Fundraiser. Simply put, an Un-Fundraiser is a way to donate money without having to sell or buy anything. Isn’t that the best?? 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to the SRHS PTO, and then it goes right to our kids, which is the best place to put it! Where does this money go you might ask? 

Each year, our PTO supports the following kinds of activities:
• Starter cash for the in-coming freshmen student activities account
• Classroom grants, up to $250 per teacher, to fund innovative programming
• Scholarships to Sanborn Seniors
• Funds to support class activities such as the Senior Cruise in Boston.
• Senior Success Day
• Teachers’ meals for the open houses & Teacher Appreciation Week
• Strategies for College Presentation for parents
We hope you were able to appreciate the sarcasm and humor in this form of request and we thank you for your time and monetary donation.
Athletic Booster Update
That’s a wrap for our Fall 2019 Season! Congratulations to all our athletes onto Winter sports we go.

Be sure and check our Facebook and website for updated Sign Up Genius we will be looking for help during the basketball season.

An Update From Southern Rockingham Coalition for Youth (SoROCK)
We have had so much going on this week! We kicked off Red Ribbon and Kindness weeks by sponsoring
mental health speaker Ivy Watts who presented to all the High School students in both the Sanborn and
Timberlane districts and also to the community on Monday evening. Her message was important and
well received! It is so important that we continue to talk about mental health and reduce the stigma!
We hope that the community presentation will be available soon on video. If you would like the link
please email

This week our Sanborn Youth In Action group was very busy making kindness-grams! A kindness-gram
included a mental health awareness sticker designed by one of our members along with a “build bridges
of kindness” bracelet and some candy with a special message of kindness or encouragement chosen or
written by the sender. The group did this as a fundraiser for prevention and will be available during
lunch’s again through the coming week. Staff and students have enjoyed sending messages and many
days have been brightened!

This years Red Ribbon week theme is “Send a Message” and Mrs. Feeney our amazing Student
Assistance Counselor and Youth In Action co-facilitator, is collecting letters from students to their future
selves to be delivered date of their choosing.

This morning the middle school welcomed the theater group the Improbable Players to approach the
subject of substance use, how it starts and how to resist. Counselors were available to students after all
presentations this week.

SoRock is still seeking funding and welcomes your involvement! If you would like to help or attend our
next meeting please email for more information
An Important Message From School Administrators:
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