February 2017

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 Message from Superintendent Robb Malay       Superintendent Robb Malay

Coming off the epic Super Bowl LI win by the New England Patriots it should come as no surprise that this month’s topic for my submission is focused on being a successful team. While Tom Brady deservedly so was named MVP of the Super Bowl, there is little doubt in my mind that his success is really the success of the team as a whole. For any team to be truly effective each member at every level needs to be supportive of one another. And as the Pat’s showed us on Super Bowl Sunday, it is the strength of the team and the drive to succeed by each individual that puts us in the literal and figurative “end zone”.   READ MORE

Ege Cordell   Message from Board Chair, Ege Cordell

Winter is definitely upon us, and the school boards of SAU29 are fighting with the snow and ice to be at their Budget Public Hearings, board meetings and next month, elections and District Meeting.  Central Office is ever present and with the many diverse communities to represent, it's my honor and pleasure to thank everyone, at all levels, for their continued support and input through budget season and beyond.

We are all SAU29; staff, students, parents, community, businesses, administration, boards; everyone and everything that touches our ability to provide the best educational opportunities in our public schools! Many thanks and a Happy Valentine's Day to all!

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Water Conservation SignHave you seen this Water Conservation sign around Keene lately?  It was constructed by National Art Honor Society students at Keene High School.  Shout out to:  Gwen Baker, Sarah Favorite, Jenna Goodwin (Secretary), Julia Johnston (Treasurer), Cierra Larkin, Emma Murphy,Jacqueline Perry (President), Victoria Reynolds, Jackie Richter,Molly Swope, Natalie Wood (Vice President), and Shannon Perry, Advisor.


Visiting Artist David Fichter at Chesterfield SchoolDavid Fichter, a visiting artist from Cambridge, MA who works in glass murals has been working with students from Chesterfield School on a Chesterfield-themed mosaic for the front entry way in the school.  Here are pictures of the artwork that inspired the design and students working to cut and place pieces of colored glass.  Shout out to art teacher Veda Crewe! Chesterfield Elementary School Chesterfield, New Hampshire http://www.davidfichter.com/about/  

Franklin School MuralMosaic artist Lizz Van Saun of Kast Hill Studio in Hopkinton, NH has been working with art teacher Forrest Bencivenga and the students of Franklin Elementary School to create a tribute mosaic in honor of beloved Kindergarten teacher, Joanne Sullivan, who passed away last year. It began with her favorite children's story, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. The children were inspired to create the mosaic to "make the world a more beautiful place" and it will be installed in the Children's Garden at Franklin Elementary some time this spring. PHOTO ALBUM


Fuller Elementary School's Jump Rope for Heart Day raised $7760.00 for the American Heart Association, the largest donation they've ever raised for this cause. The class that raised the most amount of money $919.00 got to duct tape their teacher, Mrs. Hannah Blair to the gym wall. Students who raised the most money were: Chase Johnson, Blake Shollensberger, Braden French, Ronan Caffrey, who got to throw whip cream pies at their teacher's faces during an all school assembly. 

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students assembled and donated over 75 care kits and extra supplies during their 100 Nights Donation Drive last month.  Nicole Gordon reported that what started as a homeroom competition became an lesson in caring for the community.  Nice work! 

Wheelock School 5th Graders made these wonderful Monster Mugs as a donation to the Empty Bowls fundraiser at Keene Community Kitchen on Saturday, January 28th.  Monster Mugs  http://www.thecommunitykitchen.org/EmptyBowlsProject.htm  PHOTO ALBUM

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Chesterfield K 1Students from Nancy Hardy's and Carrie Martin's Kindergarten classes at Chesterfield School collected, raised and delivered $367.89 to Joan's Pantry one chilly morning last month. The funds came by way of chores, the tooth fairy, and other creative fundraising strategies and was a new record for dollars raised by the Kindergarten classes!

They got a tour of the pantry and helped to bag apples, too!  Nice work!!! Chesterfield K
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Madelyn Leonard, sophomore at 
Keene High School, attended the Presidential inauguration as part of the Fitzwater Center program at Franklin Pierce.  She also visited The National Archives, The Newseum and met with Representative Carol Shea-Porter, Representative Annie Kuster, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Maggie Hassan. 

MLK Day at Wells Memorial

Students at Wells Memorial School learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and discussed their dreams for the world last month before creating and marching to honor his memory. They sang "We Shall Overcome" during the march as well.  

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Congratulations to senior Coleman Smith who won $3,000 for DV Farm, his charity of choice, in the Mariposa Museum YES Competition held at Keene High School. KHS YES competition Students were tasked with researching and pitching a local charity for support.  DV Farm serves disabled veterans. Runners up each received $500 for their respective charities as well.  

Here are the official results:  
Top Prize:  Coleman Smith, DV Farms
Runners Up:
Griffin Nelson, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Hanna Majewski and Alexander Stroshine, Cedarcrest Home 


Meteorologist WMURFifth Graders from John H. Fuller School welcomed meteorologist Hayley LaPoint from WMUR, who shared her love for all things weather with an attentive bunch!  


It was STEAM DAY at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and Principal Erik Kress, a self-proclaimed "science-geek", led a Weird Science workshop where students learned about air pressure in lot of really fun ways! All of the Franklin teachers teamed up and took on subjects like catapults, safely launching fresh eggs, making ice cream (very popular!), gak, rollercoasters and more!  PHOTO ALBUM

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Happiness Break at Keene High School ​courtesy of Denise Mazzola and Giovanni (Gio for short), a trained therapy dog. The day just got a little happier for these teenagers!


Nearly 100 dedicated and awesome teachers from our town schools spent the day Monday polishing up their skills with Dr. Michael Shackleford at Marlborough Elementary School.Teacher Training
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Westmoreland Geo BeeCongratulations to Westmoreland School's outstanding student geographers:   Grade 4:  Alexis Hills and Evan Ahnert Grade 5:  Sam Bergeron and Jett Giza Grade 6:  Molly Chamberlin and Charles King Grade 7:  Ian Bergeron and Jonathan Hills Grade 8:  Riley Chamberlin and Gunnar Shonbeck  Overall winner to represent Westmoreland School at Keene State College: Gunnar Shonbeck 

Spelling Bee WestmorelandCongratulations to James Farrington, Westmoreland School Spelling Bee Champion!!  Great job to all outstanding spellers: Back Row L to R: Macey Webber, Jessica Shapiro, Heidi Malila, Reese Olmstead, Ovid Cote, Brandon Cote and Sam Bergeron;  Front Row L to R:  Anna Hildreth, James Farrington, Cadence Longley

KMS Geo BeeShout out to Keene Middle School​ Geography bee finalists who competed to represent KMS in the statewide competion. Finalists included: Aizaz Ali, Brady Belden, Aidan Fauth, Jonah Murphy, Aditi Saleh, Linnea Schick, Marshall Roof (3rd place), Nora McIntyre (2nd place) and Jonas O'Mara (KMS Champion)!

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Congratulations to Madison Schmidt, Spelling Bee champion from Fuller Elementary School! The competition and pressure were tough on all of the finalists, but she outlasted her classmates to claim top honors! 

Marlborough Geo BeeCongratulations to Maggie Meister (Grade 8), who won the Marlborough School Geography Bee.  Second place went to Mia Hogancamp (Grade 8), third to Rylan Hogancamp (Grade 6).  Others competing were:  Talula Bollinger, Miranda Boswell, Kristen Farhm, Jack Lyons, Josie Switzer, Nikolas Filimonov, and Hannah Shepard.


The Evolution Dance Team participated in the Annual SMS Dance Competition on Saturday, January 21st. The Keene Middle School Team won 1st and 2nd place in the Middle School Hip Hop Category, and Madigan Keating won 1st place in the Middle School Individual Dance Improv Competition. The Team came out on top and won 1st place with their Hip Hop Performance, receiving the Middle School Overall Highest Score of the day. Way to go Ladies!!!!! 
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Keene High School Velocity Dance Team also won first place for hip hop and overall highest                                                                 score for high school teams!

Keene High School student Natalie Wood's scratch-board project titled Rise and Shine received Best of Show Honors in this year's New Hampshire Scholastic Art Show.
Natalie's artwork was one of twelve artworks selected as best of show out of 925 exhibited artworks from students in grades 7 to 12.  

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The Scholastic exhibit is at Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Academy. Natalie will receive her certificate and $100.00 at the awards ceremony on February 5th at 1:00 P.M.  Congratulations to Natalie and her Art 2 teacher, Mrs. Fedorowicz, for their dedication to the Arts.  Awards are to be given on Sunday, February 12th at 12:00PM.

Congratulations Kyle Trombley and Sara Corrieri, sophomores at Keene High School.  You make us all proud!! http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/after-playing-carnegie-hall-two-keene-high-students-headed-to/article_f15a8df8-1818-5637-ac40-209912e28af5.html

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