We are pleased to announce that two new LHS teachers were approved by the School Board Wednesday night:
Amanda Valliere will teach in the Social Studies department. Amanda is an LHS grad and Louise Valliere’s niece.
Dana Jacobson-Goodhue will be our new, full-time 504 Coordinator.
Council, in collaboration with Administration and staff, continues to fine-tune, make adjustments to language and put motions forward that affect student life both here in the building and outside of school.The Parent/Student Handbook along with the Athletic and Co-Curricular Handbook, contain expectations, guidelines, rules and consequences, all of which have an impact on the student experience. As a result, Council has a responsibility to be a part of the decision-making process when changes are made. As we work toward becoming more of a democratic school, we will continue to have the important, and at times difficult conversations with all parties involved that are necessary to move a school forward. I’m happy to report that progress has been made. Council bylaw changes have been proposed and a culture is being created where student input is relied upon - that’s good news. Enjoy the sun and have a good weekend.
Focus on Learning
SAU #88 Director of Student Services, Tim Koumrian was happy to share good news this week He received a formal letter from the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Special Education Bureau and Lebanon received a 100% compliance on Indicator 12 (Timeliness of Early Transitions) for last year - 2015/2016. Thanks to all our special educators on their hard work in keeping Lebanon on track, especially as evidenced by your positive working relationship with Early Supports and Services, in ensuring that the transitions are smooth and timely. Well done Team!
Model United Nations
We are so proud of our Model UN Team, pictured below at the 2017 PSU Model UN Conference last weekend. This was a much smaller conference than the last event in New York City, and our team enjoyed the intimacy of the experience. Approximately sixty students participated from around the state, and Kelsey McCutcheon won an award for "Best Position" paper.
Stephanie, Kelsey, and Lorraine represented LHS.
Thanks to Advisor Vanessa DeSimone for facilitating this year’s Model UN team.
On Wednesday, April 12th, the young women who participated in the Women’s Studies Extended Learning Opportunity gave their final presentations. Like the last three years, it was an incredibly moving experience, demonstrating great growth and learning. Thanks to Emily Musty and Sara Bennett for providing this opportunity for our young women, and Joy Gobin, our ELO coordinator.
Olivia, Joslin, Molly, Bella R., Shelby, Allison, Kainat, Ashlyn, Libby, Lexie, Isabella Y.
Back Row: Emily Musty and Sara Bennett
Math Investigations: “Have you ever cheated on a test?”
It’s known that, when asked a question like “Have you ever cheated on a test?”, even on an anonymous survey, respondents won’t always answer truthfully. That’s known as Response Bias. Math Investigations students explored several ways in which randomness can be incorporated into a survey, thus “disguising” an embarrassing response.
The class asked 78 students and faculty “Have you ever cheated on a test?” Before answering, each respondent was instructed to privately flip a coin. If it came up heads, the respondent was instructed to respond “yes” no matter what the true answer was. If the coin came up tails, the respondent was instructed to respond truthfully. So, a “yes” response could have been due to actually having cheated, or it could have been due to flipping heads.
Of the 78 questioned, 64 responded “yes” and 14 responded “no” . Using logic and proportions (ask any Math Investigations student) we can conclude that about 50 of the 78 respondents truly had cheated on a test. That’s about 64% of those questioned had cheated on a test.
Math Investigations is a Running Start course taught by Lynn Fisher and is offered for dual LHS and CCSNH credit.
Day of Silence
On April 14th, the LHS Diversity Club organized a Day of Silence to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and bring awareness to LGBT concerns.
Students Entrance Hunter addresses the faculty Puzzle Pieces Bulletin Board
Literary Club Annual Writing Contest Winners
Winners have been announced for the Annual Literary Club writing contest. There were many excellent pieces of writing that were submitted. Thank you to local author Emma Wunsch (http://emmawunsch.com/) for serving as our judge. There were eleven finalists and selecting the winners was difficult. Congratulations to:
First prize: Hannah Falcone
Second prize: Sarah Sentman
Third prize: Owen Johnstone
Thanks to teachers Jacklyn Angell and Ann Sharfstein for being Literary Club advisors this year.
May is an incredibly busy month for testing.
NWEA Testing: All 9th and 10th graders will participate in Northwest Evaluation Association testing May 1-4. The tests take approximately one period, and two will be given: reading and math. Students’ results will be mailed home within a couple weeks of testing and you will be able to track your son/daughter’s progress over time.
AP Exams: Many of our students are busily preparing for AP exams which occur the first two weeks of May. We wish them well.
NECAP Science: This is the last year of the New England Comprehensive Assessment Program Science testing for grade 11. The exams are planned for May 16, 18, and 19.
The Beginning Ukulele class gave a performance in the library on Friday. We had a great audience, and everyone sang along for our last number, Octopus’s Garden by The Beatles. It was a great way to come together as a school community and have some fun before April Vacation. Congrats to the Ukulele Class on all of their hard work so far this semester! From left to right: Sam, Jon, Roneet, Noah, Anna, and Ms. Haley.
Enjoy the break with your families,
Music and the Arts:
Drama Club Spring Play Festival
The Drama Club will present four plays in the first week of May. Performances have been moved to the auditorium at the SAU88 offices on Seminary Hill.
Of note is a new performance piece, The Late Frost, based on the poetry of Robert Frost. Students have been working with the Jonathan to select poems to include, and how to adapt each of them for the stage. The other 3 titles include Art, Gruesome Playground Injuries and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. One play per night will be presented Tuesday, May 2 through Friday, May 5, with all four plays presented on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.
Just a few brief descriptions on our events for the remainder of the year.
Spring Play Festival- Tuesday, May 2-Sunday, May 7 at the SAU88 Auditorium
Thanks everyone. Let me know if you have any questions, and congrats on a terrific Music in Our Schools Month!
Great news! The school board unanimously approved the 2018 Band Trip to Ireland!!!!! This is very exciting! Information about a registration meeting with our tour company representative will be going out soon. A big thank you to our administration and school board for all of their support, and to the parents that attended the meeting last night. Many many thanks! Your support is tremendously appreciated!
Just a few brief descriptions on our events for the remainder of the year.
Great East Festival - Friday May 19th Concert Band.
LHS Art Show - Thursday May 25. Jazz Band only. We provide about an hour of music at the art show exhibit. Evening performance, time TBA, but it will likely fall within our normal rehearsal window, so that is perfect!
Memorial Day Parade - On Memorial Day, May 29. Concert Band.
Graduation - June 8. The Concert Band performs at Graduation every year.
Alumni Day Parade - June 10th. Concert Band.
I hope you all have a wonderful vacation!
Computer Science Education Standards and Data-Driven Jobs
On Thursday night, I was in Concord for the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association. One fellow member of the Board is David Benedetto, who is the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Integration and Computer Science Administrator for the New Hampshire Department of Education. He and I caught up about the recent approval by the state’s Professional Standards Board (PSB) of forthcoming educator standards in computer science education. The next stop for these standards is the state Board of Education.
The PSB is also working to formulate official academic standards in computer science for the state to adopt. These will be based on both the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students, which inform teaching and learning across all subjects in the 21st century, and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards - which are more specialized, and primarily the domain of computer and technology courses, but still broadly applicable – especially across STEM subjects. The PSB’s goal is to come up with a localized solution to this. The tricky part, according to Mr. Benedetto, is that between computer science teachers, technology integrators, and business educators who often teach high school computer courses, “so many people are using and teaching technology in different ways and at different levels.”
With so many jobs opening up in computer science in the future, it will be important for school districts to meet the needs of students to prepare for having a variety of technology skills. Benedetto suggested that one of the fastest growing job areas in the technology sector is that of a data analyst. In order to be able to fill those jobs, “being able to take raw data, organize, manage, and interpret it will be critical” for today’s students, he said. Learning how to collect, manipulate, and make sense of data is a process that can happen in a number of classes, and that is one of the facets of technology integration here at LHS: part of our dedication to providing the appropriate tools and learning experiences for students. As we prepare this upcoming summer for next year’s courses, we will continue to pursue the technology that allows for this.
Andrew DiGiovanni, Technology Integrator email@example.com
Athletics and Co Curricular:
Senior Class News
Prom 2017 - May 13, 2017
This year’s theme is Diamond Gala and will be held at the Fireside Inn from 7pm-10pm. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday April 12, 2017. They will be $45.00 from April 12, 2017-April 28, $50.00 from April 29 to May 5, and then $55.00 May 6, 2017 to May 12. Again this year, we will have a grand march at 6:00 pm at the high school. Doors open at 5:30 pm
Senior Parents - please visit the Project Graduation gift registry to make a prize donation.
The Senior Tea is an invitation from the Lebanon Women's Club. It is not a school-initiated event. It has happened for the last 70 years.
The event is intended to bring the senior girls together to celebrate their educational success and their futures. It brings together women of all ages and hopes to empower women to be united in support and encouragement for one another.
The Lebanon Women's Club offers this as a gift to senior girls- they make all the sandwiches, cookies, etc.
They arrange for a speaker, and they are genuinely interested in meeting with senior girls.
Senior Boys Lunch - April 26, 2017
The Senior boys have been invited by the American Legion, Lebanon NH
There will be a luncheon served
Guest speaker will be a local business owner sharing his insight to the
importance of education, community service and community leadership.
Dear LHS Parents,
We would like to invite your student to attend our RYLA program this year. Please read the information below, discuss it with your student and have him/her contact Ms. Gobin at the High School or Susan Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org We will then have them fill out an application and complete an interview process. This must be completed by the end of April, so please let us know ASAP if you’re interested. We can send several students so don’t hesitate to try.
What is RYLA?2017 District 7850 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference for students completing their sophomore year in high school (ages 15-16).
The 2017 RYLA will be held at Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont from 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 23rd through 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 25th, 2017.The District 7850 RYLA Program Goals are to:
- demonstrate Rotary’s values of service, high ethical standards, and world peacethrough a program validating Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
- encourage and assist young people in responsible and effective voluntary youth leadership by providing them with a valuable and effective training experience;
- foster continued & stronger leadership of youth by youth; and
- recognize and reward publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities as youth leaders.
History of RYLA
Originating in 1959 in Queensland, Australia, RYLA was created as a festival highlighting local youth organized in honor of a royal visit by Princess Victoria. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971. Conducted on a district level, RYLA offers Rotarians a special opportunity to mentor the developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship among young people in their communities.
RYLA and Rotary’s New Generations Initiative
Youth Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in Article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution: New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
Who is eligible to attend RYLA?
RYLA participants in District 7850 are students completing their sophomore year (approximately 15-16 years of age). While each local club may develop its own eligibility requirements for accepting applicants (see below), RYLA participants are generally young people who display or have displayed, or are potential candidates to display, the ability to assume a leadership role.
School Day SAT Make-Up Date: The School Day SAT was April 5th and almost all Juniors completed the test. Those who were not available to test are expected to take it on the Make-up Day which is May 2, 2017. The make-up test will be given at LHS.
Multi-Scholarship Application Packet: College bound seniors should pick up their Multi-Application Packet this week to start working on it over spring break. These are primarily local scholarships from Upper Valley organizations and LHS graduate trust funds. Many have substantial award potential, seniors should take advantage of this opportunity. The deadline to return the packets to Mrs. Daigle is Wednesday, April 26th.
FAFSA information needs to be included with the packet.
Junior Parent College Information Night- Parents who were unable to attend this informational meeting can still obtain packets from the School Counseling Office. Please contact your student’s counselor or Michele Daigle, School Counseling Dept., Asst., @ email@example.com for your copy.
-SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS should be checking Naviance on a regular basis for new scholarship applications being activated almost weekly. Numerous local and regional scholarships have been activated and applications are uploaded for printing.
Student Assistance Information:
Looking for a therapist - there’s a new place in town! Counseling Associates. 603.865.1321 @ Buck Road, Hanover/Lebanon
Pre-register now for Girls' Self-Defense Class in Lebanon
Action for Safety is a self-defense and violence prevention program for girls ages 10-13. Registration is now open for the session on Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Women's Health Resource Center on the Mall in Lebanon, NH. Sign up now by calling the Center at 603-650-2600, email Suzanne at the Resource Center, or see the full description here.
The course is free, and registration does fill quickly.
The Junction Teen Center in White River Junction
The Junction Teen Center is a drop-in space for youth 15 (or freshmen) to 20 years old. All activities are free and take place at LISTEN's Bourne Center, 42 Maple Street, adjacent to the LISTEN Thrift Store.
If your child has an Epi Pen, see this chart below from Mylan on the recall of defective Epi Pens. If you have an Epi Pen listed here, return it to the pharmacy where you obtained it to exchange it for a new, free Epi Pen(s). Check your child’s backpack if they carry one! I have checked the Epi Pens kept in the Nurse’s office and have already contacted the parents of students affected by this recall.
Mylan Provides Update on Meridian Medical Technologies', a Pfizer Company, Expanded Voluntary Worldwide Recall of EpiPen® Auto-Injector
This recall is being conducted as a result of the receipt of two previously disclosed reports outside of the U.S. of failure to activate the device due to a potential defect in a supplier component. The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Both reports are related to the single lot that was previously recalled. The incidence of the defect is extremely rare and testing and analysis across the potentially impacted lots has not identified any units with a defect. However, the recall is being expanded to include additional lots as a precautionary measure out of an abundance of caution. READ MORE