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Week of December 10, 2012

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In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Alumni Basketball Game
Music Concert
Mr. Sanborn
Free Gift Wrapping
Free Gift Wrapping
12 Days of Caring
Outing Club
Open House Jan 14
NH Scholars Program
Financial Aid Program
Athletic News
AFL-CIO Scholarship
Scholarship Update
SoROCK Update
UPenn Summer Academy
After Prom
Yearbook Orders
Mr. Stack's Blog Article
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Dear Parents / Guardians, Students, Staff, and Friends of the Sanborn Regional High School Community. We hope you enjoy the new format for our weekly updates.

Here are your important announcements for the week from Sanborn Regional High School:
3rd Annual Basketball Alumni Game     
December 22, 2012 at 7PM in the Main Gym at SRHS 



The 3rd Annual Sanborn Men's Basketball Alumni Game is scheduled for 7:30pm on December 22 at the Sanborn Regional High School Gymnasium.

While an alumni basketball game has been a tradition at Sanborn for many years, this year marks the third year in which the two teams will be entirely comprised of Sanborn Men's Varsity Basketball alumni. In the past, a team of alumni would play the current varsity squad.

The game will feature 20 players, 10 per team, with the players coming from 10 different graduating classes. The Blue Team, captained by current Sanborn men's junior varsity Head Coach John Morano (c. 2001), will include players from the classes of 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. The White Team, captained by Robby Ficker (c. 2009), will include players from the classes of 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. The game will also feature a squad of alumni cheerleaders, brought together by Maria Ferrandi (c. 2007).

Make sure to show your support for the Sanborn basketball program, both past and present, by attending the game and cheering on your Indian alumni. You can find more details about the event on Facebook by clicking here.

A Message From Your Dedicated Parent Volunteers

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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 Kingston, Newton, and Fremont. This is accomplished through the following endeavors:


Community Outreach: The SRHS P.T.O. shall coordinate and host various social events to strengthen the relationship between the students, the schools, and the communities of Kingston, Newton, and Fremont.


Teacher Involvement: The SRHS P.T.O. shall strive to maintain a mutually supportive relationship with school staff.


Educational Programs: The SRHS P.T.O. shall work with school administrators to provide curriculum enhancement within the school environment as well as by hosting educational seminars and events for the Sanborn community.


Civic Cooperation: The SRHS P.T.O. shall foster involvement with other community organizations to maintain a more cohesive and united approach to the educational environment in Kingston, Newton, and Fremont.


Volunteer Programs: The SRHS P.T.O. volunteer programs shall establish a network of volunteers from which school staff can draw support as needed.


Fundraising: The SRHS P.T.O. shall host and coordinate fundraising events to provide a financial base for the facilitation of the above objectives.


Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, December 19 at 6 PM in the high school library. 

Come to the Winter Concert    
The Band, Chorus, and Jazz Band Will Perform Wednesday Evening      



Tis the season to enjoy some holiday music with friends and family. Help support the arts programs in the Sanborn Regional School District by attending one or all of the upcoming events throughout the district. 

               Wednesday, December 12 : High School Band, Choral and Jazz concert, 7pm at the Sanborn Regional High School auditorium.

               Tuesday, December 18: Bakie Elementary School Concert, 7pm at the Sanborn Regional High School auditorium.


Mr. Sanborn Contest  
Event was Rescheduled to Thursday December 20 Due to Storm 


Mr. Sanborn will be crowned on Thursday, December 20th!  The show will start at 6:30pm in the high school auditorium.  Events for the night include: casual wear, formal wear, a question and answer session, a sexy legs competition, and a talent portion.  The gentlemen will also dance in a group number!  This evening promises not to disappoint! 

Proceeds from the event benefit the senior class.  Come out and cheer on your favorite candidate!  If you have any questions, contact Ms. Ladd or Mr. Wood.
Free Gift Wrapping Services  
Brought to you by the National Honor Society      



Sanborn Regional High School's National Honor Society is offering to wrap presents for free. If community members are in need of some help we are here for you. We can wrap anything for anyone. Big or small, we can do it ALL!


When: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Where: The Cafeteria at Sanborn Regional High School


Questions or Concerns: Please contact the NHS Advisor, Candice DeAngelis by clicking here.   


Join the Dance Club  
Informational Session Thursday 12/13/2012 at 2:30pm       


Two SRHS students have been working with Mr. Stack to start a new after-school dance club. This club will be open to all SRHS students, there will be no auditions, and experience is not required. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend a short informational meeting on Thursday, 12/13/12 at 2:30 in the cafeteria to find out more about this new opportunity.


Thank you to Fremont resident Sara Cloutier for volunteering her time to act as a club advisor. If you can't make the meeting, you can email Sara at  


Twelve Days of Caring Continues at Sanborn 
This Community Service Event is Run by the Student Council     


It's that time of year again! Donations may be put in the cardboard boxes outside of the nurse's office and main office to be distributed to local organizations. All donations are welcomed and appreciated, thank you!!


Wed., Nov. 28th: Toys

Thurs., Nov. 29th: Jackets/Snow pants

Fri., Nov. 30th: Cans

Mon., Dec. 3rd: Books

Tues., Dec. 4th: Socks/Slippers

Wed., Dec. 5th: Blankets

Thurs., Dec. 6th: Outerwear accessories

Fri., Dec. 7th: Animal food

Mon., Dec. 10th: Holiday decorations

Tues., Dec. 11th: Wrapping paper

Wed., Dec. 12th: School supplies

Thurs., Dec. 13th: Personal care products


For more information, please click here to email student council adviser Holly Price. 


Join the Outing Club!   
Meetings are Held on Tuesdays in Room 126 at 2:30         

Did you know that Sanborn Regional High School has an Outing Club?  The club is in its 12th year of existance!  Typically, we offer a variety of trips each year, including: indoor rock climbing, day hikes, ultimate frisbee, overnight backpacking (fall, winter, and spring), snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding.  Our trips are coordinated and planned by the students and are therefore based on student interest. We practice environmental stewardship while fostering trust, responsibility, and self-esteem through our activities.  Our meetings are every Tuesday after school in Ms. Ladd's room (art room, 126) from 2:30-3/3:30. Students may also stop by during the day to see Ms. Ladd to ask questions.  We always welcome new members!   



After the holidays we have an overnight backpacking/snowshoeing adventure planned, as well as an indoor rock climbing trip!   We also have a Facebook page!  It is a closed group: Sanborn Regional High School Outing Club - ask to be a member to stay updated!  In the words of the great naturalist and preservationist, John Muir, "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as the sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares drop off like autumn leaves."  Every now and then, one must put technology away and go outside!




ASVAB Career Assessment and Interest Test    
To Be Administered to Interested Students March 7        

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a program sponsored jointly by the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Education.  Both students who are interested in the military, and those who only want a career in the civilian world find this test to be useful in clarifying their occupational goals.


The Department of Education sponsors this test for those who are not interested in the military, but who wish to search for a career which matches their personality and interests.  Test scores correlate to the "Holland Typology" commonly used by career counselors to match students to career paths.  Students who need additional help in discovering what they might like to do for an occupation often find the insights and suggestions provided in the ASVAB to be helpful.  Each student receives a list of careers best suited to their own personality.


All training and jobs in each branch of the military are correlated to scores on the ASVAB, and requirements tend to vary according to the needs of the service. When using the test for this purpose, students must advise recruiters of the scores they receive as these are not automatically reported to any branch of the military. Those interested in the military may take the test as often as they wish. However, it is only administered once each year at Sanborn, and taking it again normally requires travelling to Portland.  The ASVAB list is not shared with recruiters.


This year's ASVAB test will take place during block one and two on Thursday, March 7th.  Space is limited, and students must sign up in the Guidance Office prior to February Vacation.  For more information, contact Dr. Lennox in the Guidance office.


Save the Date: Open House January 14, 2013   
High School Conferences and 8th Grade Move-Up Night       
On January 14, 2013 from 4:00-7:30 PM, teachers will be available for conferences with high school parents. High school students are encouraged to attend these with their parents.

At 6PM, in-coming 8th grade students and their parents from Ellis School, SRMS, and the Seacoast Charter School are invited to come to an 8th grade open house in the auditorium. Folks will get an opportunity to learn about SRHS - specifically the Freshman Learning Community. This event is part of a series of transitional activities for 8th grade students and their families.
SRHS is the Newest Member of PACE    
PACE: Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange      


This fall, Sanborn Regional High School became the newest member of the Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange (PACE). PACE is a group of local business people who live or work in Atkinson, Danville, Hampstead, Kingston, Newton, Plaistow and Sandown, New Hampshire. They get together on a monthly basis to network, promote their businesses, socialize, and improve the community.  They also hold an annual auction to benefit a scholarship program to eligible students from the Timberlane, Pinkerton and Sanborn Regional School Districts.

SRHS joined PACE for a variety of reasons. During a review of our culture survey data in the Spring of 2012, it was determined that one way to improve our overall school culture and climate was to look for more ways for our school to partner with the local community. 
As a member of PACE, Sanborn staff now have a way to better connect students with potential internships, work study programs, and job shadowing experiences. The school also has the opportunity to invite local business leaders into the schools to work directly with students on various class projects and initiatives.

For more information on PACE, please visit their website by clicking here.
NH Scholars Program Recognizes SRHS     
Sanborn Considered One of the "Best" at Implementing the Program      


The New Hampshire Scholars Program is a partnership between Sanborn Regional High School, the local business community, and the New Hampshire College & University Council focused on increasing the number of high school students that take a challenging and rigorous curriculum designed to strengthen the chances for success in college and the workplace. In order to be eligible students must complete the following core course study requirements:


English:    4 Credits

Mathematics:   3 Credits

Science:   3 Credits (Biology, Chemistry, & Physics or Anatomy & Physiology)

Social Studies:   3 Credits

World Languages:   2 Credits (in the same language)


This past week, representatives from the State visited Sanborn to talk with the Guidance staff about how they have implemented the program over the past few years. They hoped to take away some helpful hints and advice that they could share with other schools looking to have a successful implementation of the NH Scholars Program. State officials consider Sanborn to be a NH Scholars success story and one of the best run programs in NH. They explained why in this way: In 2012, SRHS had the third highest success rate of NH Scholar students accepted to college. Specifically, of Sanborn's 54 NH Scholars from the Class of 2012, 98% went on to a 2 or 4 year school (87% of students stayed in NH).   


There are lots of scholarship opportunities for NH Scholars. If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the NH Scholar website by clicking here.


Kudos to the guidance staff (Michelle Catena, Diana Rooney, Denise Fall, Heidi Leavitt, Dr. David Lennox, and Laura Pouliot) for their tireless efforts to personalize learning for all students and provide full college and career counseling services so students can take full advantage of programs such as NH Scholars. 

NH Scholars
Video: NH Scholars Overview

Free Financial Aid Assistance Night      
Sponsored by the NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF)       
NHHEAF will sponsor a FREE financial aid assistance program to Sanborn Regional High School parents.

When: Wednesday January 23

Times: 12-1, 1-2, 2:30-3:30, or 3:30-4:30
Where: 4 Barrell Court in Concord, NH

** Advance Registration is Required **

Click here to view the flyer for this event which tells you what to bring and how to register.

This event is not sponsored by the Sanborn Regional School District            

Athletic Booster News       
Show Your Sanborn Pride This Winter Season!  


Basketball season is in full swing! Come out and support your teams! The next home game for JV/ Varsity girls is Tuesday, December 11 and for JV/Varsity boys is Friday, December 14, 2012. The Boosters will be offering concessions at the varsity games and need your help! If you can do so, please contact Sheila Pierce at Admission to the varsity games are as follows: current Sanborn students can bring their Sanborn ID and get into the games at no charge, students without a Sanborn ID is a $1 charge, adults are $3, and senior citizens are $2. Family season passes are available at $40. Check out the website for more games upcoming in the season at

There will be no December meeting for the Athletic Boosters. See you in 2013!

AFL-CIO Scholarship Opportunity  
Open to Children of Parents Affiliated With AFL-CIO of Massachusetts    


If the parent of any Senior belongs to a labor union affiliated with the AFL-CIO of Massachusetts, that student may be eligible for for an AFL-CIO scholarship by taking their Labor History Examination on February 6, 2013.  Students must see Guidance no later than December 17th in order for us to submit their names to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.  A study guide and more information is available in Guidance.  Contact Dr. Lennox at 642-3600.

For more information, click here to view the flyer.


Scholarship Information For SRHS Students
A Message From the Guidance Department - Updated for December

The Guidance Department receives information about national, state, and private scholarships throughout the school year.  Click on the link below to learn more about scholarship information that the Guidance Department has received from these organizations.  The local scholarship packet will be available in February.

Click   here for the most recent scholarship newsletter (December). 
Help Raise Money to Support Our Kids
Support the Southern Rockingham Coalition for Healthy Youth

The Pizzaria Uno Chicago Grill, located on the Haverhill Plaistow line is holding a fund-raiser to benefit the Southern Rockingham Coalition for Healthy Youth. Up to 20% of sales on December 13th will be donated to continue the work of the coalition when patrons present the "ticket" below to their server. This includes all food and beverage items and includes take out, as well, from the restaurant's opening at 11:00 a.m. until closing at 1:30 a.m. Uno's marketing manager, Sarah Morse, said this is a unique opportunity for local businesses to contribute to a worthy cause and celebrate the holidays with employees, either at the restaurant, or bringing take out to their own facility.


The coalition has been bringing substance abuse, violence, and bullying prevention programs to schools and the communities in the Hampstead, Sanborn, Timberlane and Fremont school districts for a number of years. The coalition's federal grant ended in October of this year and the coalition is embarking on a fund-raising mission to make up for lost grant funding. According to coalition coordi-nator Jennifer Selfridge, "the coalition has reached a critical point in our work. Neither state nor fed-eral grant funding is available and while the coalition is seeking assistance from several foundations, fund-raising in the community remains our best hope for survival. In the past the coalition has been able to help our school districts jointly apply for funding - bringing resources to all our schools on a shared basis - an efficient and effective way to continue exemplary programming during very lean times. It has worked with local police departments to support the Prescription Drug Take Back Pro-grams, worked with law enforcement and the faith communities to sponsor "Senior Safety" sessions, and provided community forums to provide information about substance abuse, suicide prevention, keeping our kids safe, and other topics.


The coalition accepts individual and corporate donations through it's fiscal agent, Steppingstone Music Opportunities Inc. d/b/a/ the Sad Caf�. For more information about how you can help, please call Jennifer Selfridge at 603-347-1702, or send a check to Southern Rockingham Coalition c/o The Sad Caf�, PO Box 1051, Plaistow NH. Donations are tax deductable.  


This event is not sponsored by the Sanborn Regional School District 

Summer Academy in Applied Science & Tech
Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania
The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the The University of Pennsylvania offers a unique program for a selective group of high school students to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework. Their three week Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology (SAAST) combines sophisticated theory with hand-on practical experiences in cutting-edge technologies. Students can earn college credit in each of the following six programs:

- Biotechnology
- Computer Graphics
- Computer Science
- Nanotechnology
- Robotics
- Engineering Complex Networks

The deadline for application to SAAST is March 15 2013 (priority) or May 15 2013 (final). Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information, click here to visit their website.
Click here to view their program brochure.


This event is not sponsored by the Sanborn Regional School District 

After Prom Party Planning
A Message From Parent Volunteer Theresa Drury

Volunteers are needed for the After-Prom Party Planning Committee of the Sanborn Regional High School to host the After-Prom Party at the conclusion of the Junior-Senior Prom on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  


After-Prom Party Planning Committee is requesting your help to plan the After-Prom Party. Actions required are fundraising, seeking donations for raffles, run/set-up/chaperone/clean-up for the party.


The purpose of the After-Prom Party is to offer students a safe, adult supervised, substance-free venue to continue their night of fun after the prom. We hope to plan for a bonfire to kick off the event, followed by many indoor activities: including a DJ for dancing and interactive games, photo booth, raffles, giant inflatables, movies, basketball, ping-pong, just to name a few. We also would like to provide plenty of food & drink throughout the party and conclude the party with a continental breakfast.


  • If you would like to make a monetary donation (tax deductible) to help support the After-Prom Party, please make checks out to the Class of 2014/SRHS and note that the donation is for the After-Prom Party. Mail check to Sanborn Regional High School, 17 Danville Road, Kingston, NH 03848, Attention: Class of 2014/After-Prom Planning Committee.

Please click here for more information  on the after prom party and the ways you can help as a parent. 


Please click here if you are a business, or know of a business or group who would like to donate to this worthy cause, which is funded 100% through donations!!! 



Please contact Theresa Drury if would like to volunteer to help with the planning of the After-Prom Party or need additional information at (603) 702-0011, or (781) 271-6108 / email 
Yearbook Ordering Information
A Message From the Yearbook Staff

It is time for senior parents to consider yearbook orders. Please click here to view ordering information.

Note: You can save $$ if you order your yearbook early. After February 11, there is no guarantee that a yearbook will be available to purchase.
Marketing Our School Better
Written By Mr. Stack for the November edition of the Sanborn Voice.

One of my personal goals this year as your principal is to do a better job communicating all of the positive things that our school is engaged in to the community. This need for increased communication comes a recommendation that a group of students, staff, and parents made last spring after reviewing the data from the culture survey that most of you took last fall. Undertaking this goal has taught me quite a bit about the latest effective marketing strategies that companies and political organizations use to get their word out. I almost wish I had actually taken some more business courses when I was in college because they would have come in handy for this project.


I have come to realize that as a building principal, communication can either be my best friend or my worst enemy. People need information in order to make decisions or form opinions about the school as it relates to their own lives. When they aren't adequately informed, they are forced to make decisions on the assumptions they make from the lack of communication from the school. This year, my goal is to be as transparent as possible with the work I am doing to improve our school as well as the work that many of you put in each day that makes our school so special. Since our towns do not have a regular newspaper source that is read daily by community members, I have had to "think outside the box" as to the best way to market our school. Here are some of the ways I have chosen to do this for the upcoming school year:


Streaming Content:


You may have noticed the new television that was mounted in our cafeteria a few weeks ago. This TV was funded by a $1000 grant from Bob's Discount Furniture in Nashua. The Modern Media class has assumed responsibility for regularly updating the content that streams from this TV using their YouTube format. Their goal is to use this as a way to communicate daily announcements and video updates of important topics facing our school. You can always view their latest playlists of videos on the Sanborn YouTube channel (a link is available on our school's homepage). Additionally, as I receive additional donations, I plan to mount as many as ten other televisions in other key locations around the school to stream this same information during the school day and during other school-sponsored events.


Social Media:


As many of you know, we have a "Parents and Friends of Sanborn Regional High School" page on Facebook that was started two years ago. To increase readership and activity on this page, I have started posting a daily "picture of the day" on the newsfeed for this page. The pictures could be of anything going on in the school that day. I am always looking for submissions from staff and students for this project. I would encourage you to join me in this initiative. If you have a picture that you take with your phone that you think is "newsworthy" for Facebook, just email it to me by clicking here with the caption you would like me to post with the picture.


We have other Facebook pages for specific clubs, courses, or grades. These pages help link our community better. I have been toying with the idea of using Twitter more, but I haven't officially rolled out a plan just yet. Some of you may have found my test account SanbornRegHS on Twitter, but don't be dismayed if you don't see a lot of updates from this account just yet.


Online Newletter:


For the past three years, I have sent a weekly newsletter of important Sanborn updates to parents and other community members via email. In years past, I had as many as 400 email contacts. I am currently up to almost 1,400 email contacts. This year, I rolled out a new newsletter format using a marketing company called Constant Contact. The Constant Contact format not only looks more professional with links and pictures, but it allows me to track data from individuals who click on some of the various links and documents that I include in the newsletter. This data has helped me learn what type of information our community wants to read about. I am always looking for students and staff to contribute to this newsletter. You can email me potential articles at The online newsletter is emailed out at the beginning of each week. It is also shared on two of our largest Facebook pages. You can sign up to receive these weekly newsletters in your email. A sign-up link is on our school's homepage.




This year, I continue to update my principal's blog (which you can view by clicking here).  In addition, I have also started writing regularly for a national high school redesign blog which you can view by clicking here. These blog formats allow me to share some of my thoughts and opinions on important topics facing Sanborn HS and education in general. Each week, I receive emails and comments on the topics that I write about both from local Sanborn community members as well as folks from around New Hampshire as well as other states around the country. Writing this blog has been an important way for me to be able to share some of the great work that all of you are doing as we have been transforming our school for the twenty first century.


I am always open to suggestions for ways that I can further improve the communication our school makes with all of you. Don't be shy. If you have a good idea, you know how to reach me. My door is always open for all of you!



We hope you all have a great week! 

Brian Stack, Principal

Ann Hadwen, Assistant Principal / FLC

Michael Turmelle, Assistant Principal / Curriculum

Michelle Catena,Guidance Director

Vicki Parady-Guay, Athletic Director

Bette Lanzillo, Special Education Building Coordinator