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 child coming late to class and the teacher forgetting to change their attendance in the system, a substitute teacher who doesn't know the kids as well misses a student when taking attendance, or we are working off of an altered bell schedule due to a special event. Your child's safety is always our number one concern. Thanks for your patience.

3. This week is Ford Driving Skills for Life Week:

Sanborn Regional High School is one of two New Hampshire Schools chosen to host the Ford Driving Skills for Life Program this fall. The full program will be open to all Sanborn students with valid NH Driver Licenses. Space is limited to 80 students on a first-come, first serve basis. The program will run in ninety minute sessions during the school day on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the high school. Sign-up forms are available from Rick Theriault, School Safety Officer. All students in grades 10-12 will attend a 30 minute presentation by the Program Directors in the morning.

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 Management, and Speed Management. The result is a unique program that informs teens about these skills, which could prevent more than 60% of teen vehicle crashes. For more information, visit

PARKING WILL BE SEVERLY LIMITED ON THIS DAY. The student lot will be closed so it can be used for the driving courses. Students are asked to carpool and will be directed by the Kingston Police to park in the neighborhood across the street from the school.

4. Come see a district-wide production of Seussical, the Musical, this weekend at the HS auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Show times are Fri and Sat at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm.

5. Homecoming will be held the weekend of October 1st. Festivities start with a pep rally at 1:15pm on Friday September 30th. Games run all afternoon on October 1st after 1:30pm. There will be a night football and a community-wide bonfire event the evening of October 1st. On Sunday the 2nd, there will be a golf tournament at Apple Hill Golf Club to benefit scholarships for Sanborn students. Check out the attached flyer for more information.

6. Stay up to date on college deadlines and SAT/ACT registration dates. Visit the guidance department website at The next SAT test date is November 5th. Registration is due by October 7.

7. Help us bring back John Halligan this year so he can share his powerful message with our students. John and Kelly Halligan lost their thirteen year old son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003. At the time of his death, Ryan was a student at a middle school in Essex Junction, Vermont. It was revealed in much greater detail after Ryan’s death that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and on-line.

In memory of his son, John spearheaded the Vermont Bully Prevention bill which was signed into law (ACT117) in May 2004 and only a few months after Ryan’s death . He also successfully led the passage of the law pertaining to mandatory suicide prevention education in public schools (ACT 114) in April 2006.

Safe Sanborn is working to raise money to bring John back to speak to our students again. Check out the attached flyer for more information on how you can help with this project.

Have a safe week everyone!


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