SRHS Update: Week of March 19

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of Sanborn Regional High School. Here are your important announcements for the week:

1. Did you know we now have our very own PTO? Please consider joining. The membership form is attached. Our next PTO meeting is this Wednesday March 21 at 6pm in the library. Consider sticking around that night because after the PTO event is another great opportunity....see item #2 below!

2. Hello Students, Parents, and Guardians,
Last Thursday and Friday the freshman, sophomores, and juniors at Sanborn Regional High School received a presentation from the World Challenge organization, about a trip to Ecuador the Outing Club has researched and planned, which we would like to experience during April vacation of 2013. This email is going out to all the students who signed up for more information and included parent/guardian email addresses.
Next Wednesday at 7pm in the High School auditorium, World Challenge will return to give a more in depth presentation to students and parents/guardians. This meeting will be an opportunity to ask questions and get a sense of all aspects of the trip. Attendance at this meeting is for exploratory reasons only, it is to gauge the interest and potential number of student participants. If this meeting is well attended and proves a minimum number of students are strongly interested and have parent/guardian support, we will meet with the school board for trip approval, after which we will set a date for when students must make a decision on their committal. Once students have committed, we will meet again and start planning and fundraising.
World Challenge is a 25 year old organization that is based out of England, but has expanded to the US, including Boston. The trip to Ecuador includes three major phases, the first is acclimatization, where students spend a few days learning about the culture of Ecuador, including customs, language, and food. The second phase is community service, where students work to help a rural community with a project that may include building a trail, helping teach at a school, painting a mural, or any number of activities. The last portion is the adventure, where students participate in activities like backpacking through the rainforest, rafting, or zip lining. Throughout the entire trip, students are the leaders and work together to manage a budget, make decisions on activities and the itinerary, and navigate on hikes and travel routes. While in Ecuador we will be with a World Challenge guide and have access to satellite phones for communication and emergencies. This trip would be a unique experience unlike any ever offered at Sanborn Regional High School. This is not a tour company, but an adventure company focused on helping students become leaders who are empathetic, responsible, cooperative, and globally aware.
We are thrilled to be offering such an opportunity and look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday. If you have any questions, please ask your son or daughter about the presentation they received and feel free to email either of us at the contact information below. You can also check out World Challenge's website: http://www.world-challenge-expeditions.com/
Thank you,
Karen Ladd and Kristyn Achilich
Art and Science Teachers, co-advisors of the Outing Club
kladd@sau17.org, kachilich@sau17.org

3. The Class of 2014 presents Paul Ramsay, a stage hypnotist, this Thursday evening, March 22. Enjoy an evening of entertainment as you see your friends and peers get hypnotized. The show is from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday evening at the high school cafeteria and supports the sophomore class. $8 admission, kids under 10 years age are free! Concessions will also be sold. This is a great family event! Anyone interested in being hypnotized during the show needs to pick up a permission form from Ms. Waite at the high school (or by email awaite@sau17.org).

Guidance News

4. Based on parent input, the Guidance Department has invited NHHEAF to give a special college and future planning event for sophomore parents and students.The presentation is called "High School, College, Career, Life...Bring It!" and it will be presented on April 16th @ 6:00 in the library. See the attached flyer for more information.

5. Sanborn will be hosting a comprehensive one-to-one or small group SAT Prep course offered by ACES Tutoring. The course, held over 8 sessions, is designed to fully prepare you for the SAT I test. While every student is different, students who have taken the ACES SAT Prep course report gains of 100 points or more in each category. For the class, students must purchase ‘The Official SAT Study Guide’ by Collegboard and ‘Vocabulary Cartoons II; SAT Word Power’ by Burchers (total retail cost at Barnes & Noble, approximately $25). Classes will be Thursdays from 6PM to 7:30PM at Sanborn and will run from March 29th through May 24th in preparation for the June 2nd and Fall SAT Reasoning Test dates. Sign up today at the Guidance Office! The deadline for sign up is March 23rd. The cost for the 8 session course is $125. Checks should be brought to Guidance and made payable to ACES Tutoring. See the attached flyer for more information.

6. The AP Exam registration process starts next week with a deadline of March 23. Contact the Guidance Office for more information.

7. Did you know that SRHS became a testing center for the ACT's this year? SRHS will be hosting the April 14 ACT test. Registration is due March 9 (or March 10-23 with a late fee). Sign up for the ACT's by visiting their website at http://www.actstudent.org/index.html.

EVEN BETTER ----

Last month, some of our Sanborn students participated in a special ACT study with Mr. Nute and Mr. Conant. As a result, we now have FREE online ACT prep programs for any Sanborn students who would like to try one. These expire on June 1, 2012.

If you would like a FREE ACT test prep account for your child, email me (Brian Stack --- bstack@sau17.org) and I will set you up!


In Other News...

8. The post-prom planning committee is currently running several fundraisers, including one with Perella's Pizza of Haverhill (see attached flyer). This is a parent-run event and they need your help!

For more information contact:

THERESA DRURYAfter-Prom Booster Committee - 2012 Prom for the Sanborn Regional High School (603) 702-0011drury1234@myfairpoint.net theresa.drury@hanscom.af.mil

Have a great week everyone!

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