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February 11, 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
Sanborn Announces Plans to Expand Early College Program With NECC
For nearly a decade, Sanborn Regional High School has had a partnership with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) that has allowed for Sanborn to host two NECC classes at the school each year, taught by NECC professors. It is one of several college-credit opportunities available to Sanborn students. The school is excited to announce plans to greatly expand its college partnership with NECC for the 2019-2020 school year. Sanborn will join several other area high schools in this venture, and will offer the chance for Sanborn students to travel each day (by bus) to the college campus to take college classes with other area high school students. This program has been designed for students who will be entering grades 11 and 12 in the fall. Families will be responsible for a tuition cost for the program, but that cost is far below the regular NECC tuition rate.

On February 20th at 6:30 in the SRHS library, the counseling department and Northern Essex Community College (NECC) will host an information session about a new program debuting at SRHS in the fall of 2019. Students will be able to access NECC classes on their Haverhill campus at a significantly discounted rate. These classes will be for dual enrollment credit which means that students will earn high school as well as college credit. All dual enrollment courses are weighted as an Advanced Placement course. Students will take 2 classes in the fall (Sept - Dec), 2 classes in the spring (Jan - May) and 1 class in the late spring (May - June). This will allow students to accrue up to 30 college credits before they graduate (if they participate in the two year program). Students will be bussed from SRHS everyday at 12 and will return by 2:10 in order to still participate in sports and clubs (students will need to make arrangements for days that they need to leave early for games).  

Classes for the Early College program will cost $375 each which is a significant savings - a freshman English class costs on average $1,849 at UNH and a freshman English class at Great Bay Community College is $645. Students who register will be able to take advantage of other classes at NECC during summer 2019 as well as summer 2020 which means they have the potential to earn their associates degree before they graduate from high school. Students will need to pass the Accuplacer exam in order to participate in the program. At this meeting, we will discuss the variety of supports in place to help your student to be successful. In addition, we will review the many schools that NECC has an articulation agreement with which means that these institutions automatically accept credits/specific courses that have been taken at NECC. Early College programs help students to become familiar with college expectations with the safety net of high school underneath them, students gain confidence in their abilities and there is a tremendous cost savings to the family and student. Research with Early College students has shown that they are more likely to complete their college degree and complete it in a shorter time period than their peers (American Institute for Research, 2013). 

Note: This plan still requires final approval from the SRSD School Board. The Board will continue to discuss this program at its next regular meeting. 

Senior Spotlight: Trent Comtois
Note: Each week, we will feature 1-2 seniors with a spotlight article, written by a staff member.
This article was written by Teacher Kathleen Babcock
Trent Comtois has been a member of the Sanborn Regional School community since third grade when his family moved to Newton. Through all his years of schooling he has discovered that writing is his passion. Creative Writing teacher, Abigail Presby, shared that Trent is “a fantastic writer that can be creative, but also tug at people's heart strings.” Ms. Presby also discovered that he is a Game of Thrones fan!

Trent's English teacher, Sarah Anderson (long-term sub filling in for Katie Graham), said “In all of my interactions with Trent, he is positive, genuine and friendly. He is also modest. Example: he wrote a few poems (the assignment was to produce a portfolio of original poems) and while he was self-deprecating about his ability to write poems, he wrote a great poem! Trent is a steady, quiet and focused student. I have enjoyed having him in class very much.”

Aside from writing, Trent’s favorite Sanborn activity is Winter Carnival. He especially enjoyed competing in the Hungry, Hungry Hippos game last year. Trent has made sure that physical education/wellness/fitness has been on his schedule every year he’s been at SRHS, citing Josh White as his favorite P.E. teacher. Another favorite teacher of Trent’s is English teacher Lauren Petraitis.

Outside of school Trent keeps himself busy making pizzas part-time at Danos in Plaistow which works out well given that his favorite food is pepperoni pizza. Next year you’ll find Trent studying English at Keene State College where he has already been accepted! He hopes one day to be an author and/or a journalist. Until then Trent will continue to wow his teachers with his love of writing. Best wishes for a great senior year Trent!
Senior Spotlight: Nick Pitkin
Note: Each week, we will feature 1-2 seniors with a spotlight article, written by a staff member.
This article was written by teacher Julie Healey
“As long as we don't count oil leaks and blown turbos against him, he is on a clear STEM-related path that plays to his strengths in math and science.” is the first thing that comes to Mr. Young’s mind when thinking of Nick Pitkin. Having Nick in both Physics and AP Calculus, Mr. Young knows that Nick’s path is at the intersection of "build it with tools" and "analyse it with mathematics/science." That sounds like the perfect definition of a mechanical engineer, which is what Nick will be studying at UNH next year!

You may have seen some of Nick’s progress on some big projects at SRHS this year, including a motion simulator and an electric car. He is always eager to share his ideas and epiphanies with his STEM teacher, Mr. Enright. Together they have made some dreams start to become reality in the world of DIY science. 

Nick knows the value of working hard. In addition to his projects at school, Nick spends a lot of his free time building up and modifying some awesome cars, such as his Mitsubishi Eclipse and 3000GT. He even put added turbo to his 3000GT making it faster than ever. He works at Fremont Pizzeria and helps with his family business, Pitkin Construction in addition to all the other things he is involved in. He even manages to find time for his girlfriend!

Nick is a well-rounded, intelligent, and personable young man with an obvious bright future ahead of him. Not only does he excel in STEM, he also is a great conversationalist who Ms. Petraitis describes as “full of personality.” He is never afraid to speak up and engage in discussion no matter what the topic may be. Nick will be truly missed here at SRHS and we all wish him the brightest future. He is well deserving of success. 
Senior Spotlight: Sydni Lynch
Note: Each week, we will feature 1-2 seniors with a spotlight article, written by a staff member.
This article was written by Teacher Nicole St. Jean
I’ve had the pleasure of having Sydni as a student for the past two school years. Last year, in Junior English, I was always impressed with her punctuality, work ethic, and sincerity. This year as a senior, she continues to be a conscientious student. She is organized, thoughtful, and meets deadlines. Aside from being a great student, she is a valuable member of our school community. She makes lasting friendships and is kind to everyone she meets. Her peers speak highly of her.

Aside from English class, Sydni also enjoys art, particularly ceramics. Mrs. Vitolo describes her as “very sweet, conscientious, and polite. She loves to work with children and is trying to do well her senior year while balancing her work.”

Sydni is successfully connecting her school life to her work life. Through our Career Pathways program, she is doing an internship at a local daycare, where she has been working part-time since last year. She loves working with curious and energetic 4-year-olds. This internship is successfully preparing Sydni for her future aspirations of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Sydni is planning on attending a community college next year to study early childhood education.  

Outside of school and work, Sydni finds enjoyment as a cheerleader for East Celebrity Elite Cheerleading. This year the team will be traveling to a lot of places for competitions including Tennessee and Atlantic City.

I feel lucky to have gotten to know Sydni and I’m confident she’ll be an amazing teacher one day!
Students To Hold Canned Food Drive
The canned food drive is from Wednesday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 20 and there will be boxes located in the school to put the food in. The cans (or nonperishable items) will be equally distributed to the food pantries in each town. It is a competition between grades for Winter Carnival, but there will also be a box for anyone in the community open for donations. 
Sign Up For Driver Education With Pro Staff
Pro staff driving school next driver’s education course will run March 4th thru April 17th 2019 at Sanborn Regional High School. A student cannot be younger than 15 years and 9 months old on the first day of the course to be eligible. Go to to register online. “Teaching today for Tomorrow’s safe driver”
ASVAB Testing March 8
Sanborn Regional High School will be administering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam on March 8th from 7:30-11:30 am. While the ASVAB is most well known as a required exam for military enlistment, it is also an excellent resource for career exploration and planning. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who are either thinking about enlisting in the military or need some extra help figuring out their plans for after high school are encouraged to sign up for the exam. There will also be an information session with an ASVAB representative on March 5th from 8:30-9:30 am. Please see or e-mail Ms. Arena ( to sign up! More information can be found at
Winter Carnival is Coming!
SRSH To Host Next Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange Meeting
Key Club Hosts Walk4Water Event
On February 8th, Key Club will be hosting a Walk4Water and is looking for acts to perform in between each segment, as well as students to model prom dresses. In segments, students will be modeling dresses that were donated from local businesses, as well as Becca's Closet. All proceeds will be going towards the Thirst Project. Admission is $7 at the door or $5 with a donation to the Families in Transition drive that NHS is running. Please contact if interested.
The SRHS NHS Needs Your Help For Families In Transition Program
Have Your Purchased Your 2019 Sanborn Calendar Yet?
Athletic Booster Update
Your Athletic Boosters will meet this Thursday January 17 th  @ the indoor concession booth. Boys JV and Varsity have home games vs Milford High School, see you for 7:00pm.

Our signup genius has been updated for the Basketball Season, come on out and join us to cheer on the players!
Summer 2019 Enrichment Camps
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Sanborn Schools are offering a variety of week-long summer enrichment camps. These camps are open to both Sanborn and non-Sanborn students. Space is limited, so ACT FAST to secure your spot in one of these camps today by submitting a registration using this button:
Upcoming Kingston Rec Programs
Yearbook Information
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, February 20th 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 
An Update From Southern Rockingham Coalition for Youth (SoROCK)
Hello Sanborn Community!

I hope everyone is staying warm. SoRock has just wrapped up our free Staying Connected with your Teen workshop through Teen Institute. Those who attended learned skills for increasing communication and decreasing conflict, ways to bond with their teen, strategies for preventing high-risk behaviors, how to involve your teen at home in problem-solving, decision making, and responsibility and more. If you missed the workshop but are interested in attending one in the future, please contact us for more information.  

We will soon be wrapping out our winter session of the P.A.S.T.A Caregiver and grandparent support group with plans of a third session in the spring. The next meeting is on Monday 12/17 at 6pm at the Danville Community Center. We are currently looking for input from caregivers and grandparents in this position to help us prepare for, and possibly to attend, a meeting with one of our NH Senators in the New Year. The meeting will be focused on filling gaps and meeting the needs of this growing population for both caregivers and the children.  

SoRock would like to acknowledge that the holiday season is a stressful one and is not necessarily joyful for everyone. Please remember self-care and stay connected to others. If you know someone who is struggling reach out and remind them, they are not alone. If you are in need resources, please visit

SoRock is 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 or follow us on social media @SoRockNH to stay up to date on prevention programming and events in the area.  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
Charlotte Scott
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