Showing posts from September, 2011

SRHS Update: Week of September 26

Good Morning Parents, Students, and Friends of SRHS:

Here are some important SRHS announcements for the week of September 26:

1. Last week I attended a "think tank" in Washington DC on standards-based assessment with Social Studies teacher Brian Gray. You can learn more about our trip by visiting my blog here:

2. Also last week we hosted the Ford Driving Skills for Life Program. You can learn more about that day as well as view some pictures from the event here:

3. This week is Homecoming week. Many of you may already know that due to some scheduling difficulties there will be some changes to homecoming this year ( SAT's are the same day 10/1). There will be no parade this year, thus no float decorating. In place of the float, there will be hallway entrance way decorating and a banner competition in the hallway…

Ford Driving Skills for Life Program Comes to Sanborn

Sanborn Regional High School was one of two New Hampshire Schools chosen to host the Ford Driving Skills for Life Program this fall. The full program was open to all Sanborn students with valid NH Driver Licenses. Space was limited to 80 students on a first-come, first serve basis. The program ran in ninety minute sessions during the school day on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the high school.

Driving Skills for Life is a national safety initiative aimed at teenagers who have earned or are about to earn a driver’s license. The program was developed by a panel of safety experts brought together by Ford Motor Company and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association to teach students the skills necessary for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver’s education programs. While buckling up and driving sober are fundamental rules that drivers need to follow, this program goes a step further and focuses on four key driving skills: Hazard Recognition, Vehicle Handling, Space Manag…

Our Trip to Washington DC

This past week, 9th grade SRHS Social Studies teacher Brian Gray and I were asked to participate in a “think tank” in Washington DC. We were invited by Deputy Commissioner of Education for New Hampshire Paul Leather. Our invitation came as a result for our school’s recent work over the last year in high school redesign and our school’s efforts to better meet the needs of our students with instruction that focuses on higher levels of learning and assessments that are competency-based. We were honored to attend and represent our state. For us, it was an opportunity to see where Sanborn is nationally on the high school redesign spectrum. It was also an opportunity for us to actively participate in the discussion and planning of what needs to happen next in our country to help better prepare our students to compete globally.

The “think tank” was run by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a professional organization for state-level school administrators. The objectives for o…

Principal's Update: Week of September 19

Good Morning Parents, Students, and Friends of SRHS.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Here is all your "need to know" information for the week:

1. Tonight is our open house, from 4:30-8:00. I have attached two flyers with more information on this event. One flyer is for students in the Freshman Learning Community, the other is for all other students grades 9-12. I will be thinking of all of you while I am in Washington DC that night. I'll report out on my time at the "think tank" next week.

2. Each day, we send home an automated message to parents of students who are missing from their first period class and we think shouldn't be. If ever you receive a message like this and think it is a mistake, please call the main office at 642-3341 extension 101 to report the error. Please understand that errors will happen from time to time as we try to coordinate seventy adults taking attendance for 725 kids. Errors can occur for a variety of reasons, including a …

Principal's Update: Week of September 12

Good Morning Parents, Students, and Friends of SRHS. Here are your important announcements for the week of September 12:

1. Thank you to all who attended my first Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting of the year. We had some great discussions. Next month we will focus on the guidance curriculum, and members of the guidance staff will be on hand to answer your questions. The meeting will be held October 5 in the library from 6-7pm.

2. Our annual open house will be held next Monday evening September 19th from 4:30-8:00pm. I have attached the flyers that went out in the mail last week to you with your child's schedule. I hope you will come out next week to meet your child's teachers.

3. Speaking of our open house next week, I will be noticeably absent. I hope you will understand. The NH Deputy Commissioner of Education Paul Leather has asked me to go to Washington DC to represent New Hampshire at a "think tank" on innovative school policy. I will be taking Social Studies …

Update to Parents on 9/5/2011

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Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of SRHS:

I hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. At the Stack household, it was a time to visit with family and friends and finish up some lingering projects around the house.

Here are your announcements for the week:

1. If you haven't turned in your child's emergency forms, please take a minute to do so at the link below. These were due last week:

2. I will hold my first Principal's Advisory Council (PAC) meeting this Wednesday from 6-7pm in the library. The topic of discussion will be -- What is new at SRHS? Please come by!

3. This Friday the Senior class will host a semi formal back to school dance in the cafeteria from 7-10pm

4. For those of you who shop at Stop and Shop, plea…