March 2017


Superintendent's Message​
Superintendent Robert Malay
Happy “spring”! As a native of New Hampshire I do understand the irony in that greeting. Warmer days are around the corner, we just need to be patient. The start of spring also brings the start of testing season for our students. Students in grades 3-8 will once again be taking the Smarter Balanced assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. On April 5 there will be mandatory junior SAT and PSAT 10 testing at Keene High School. In addition, the optional PSAT 8 & 9 will be offered. Advanced Placement (AP) exams at Keene High run from May 1 – 12. Also in May, the Science NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) will be administered to students in grades 4, 8, & 11. Stay tuned for specific information regarding testing dates at your child’s school.

Parents can assist your children with test taking by making sure they get plenty of rest; eat healthy meals & snacks; arrive to school on time particularly on testing days; and ensure that your children are doing homework and reading assignments to help prepare for testing.  

Board Chair's Message
Board Chair Ege CordellBy the time you read this, School Boards of SAU29 will be sitting down to meetings with new members, looking forward to implementing new initiatives, and breathing a collective sigh of relief that budget season is behind least for a few months! So what should we be doing with our new-found free time? Never fear, there is always something to learn, something to do, something to appreciate!  But the best opportunities lie in our district schools: make time to visit, walk through, meet the staff, even have lunch in the cafeteria. There's no better way to refocus our energy than to be energized by the many amazing people in our schools, from the youngest students to our most seasoned staff!  If you haven't already, make your way to SAU Central Office and say thanks to those who help keep the district running, take a tour of the energy efficient building, and stick your head in one of the many open doors to say hello. I look forward to seeing all of board members at our next meeting!

Nominate a STAR
Do you know a member of our SAU 29 family (staff, volunteer, coach, administrator, teacher, support, etc.) who should be recognized for the difference they make in the lives of our students and families; someone who is exemplary, a role model, someone who is a contribution to our work, our schools, our community? The Marketing & Communications interns at KHS have created a way for you to recognize these STARS among us!  Deadline is April 7, 2017.  LINK TO NOMINATION FORM

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Marlborough School:  Staff squeak out a win at Annual Basketball Game   ​Marlborough Staff-Student BB Game

 The Marlborough School student-staff basketball game served as their "Hoops for Heart" event last month. It was a spirited game with the students getting off to a commanding lead, but the teachers used their bench strength to keep things close and ultimately pulled out the win, 56-50!

Pinkalicious Pancakes at Chesterfield SchoolChesterfield School:  Pink-a-licious Pancakes are Healthy, too! 
Jodie Fitz, creator of Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club, recently inspired the Chesterfield students with her pink-a-licious pancake recipe.  Students were challenged to guess what made the pancakes both pink and healthy... if you guessed beets, you're right!!

Westmoreland School:   Super Kids is Building Super Readers!
 Westmoreland Super Kids Reading Program
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students had a special visitor from the Super Kids Reading Program: Cass, one of the Super Kids characters, celebrated students' ever-improving reading skills with a treat of fresh baked cookies!   

Cheshire Career Center- Fall Mountain Tours
CCC Tour Picture
CCC Tours PictureKeene High School senior Ambassadors gave tours of the Cheshire Career Center programs to Fall Mountain students. 

Winter Adventure Learning

Franklin and Fuller Elementary Schools at Nature's Classroom   Natures Classroom
5th Graders from Wheelock and Franklin Schools attended a week-long program at Nature's Classroom in MA last week. Students explored lots of interesting science-based topics as these pictures from teacher, Morris Kimura show. Looks like they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot! 

Natures Classroom

Natures classroom


John D. Perkins, Sr. Academy- KROKA Adventures  
Perkins Academy KROKA

Students from John D. Perkins, Sr. Academy in Marlow took their annual trek to KROKA Adventures. We got to tag along with Leah Giles and her 3rd and 4th grade class for part of the day. NH kids love the outdoors, even when it's 20 degrees!

Perkins KROKA


Building Community:  Here and Around the World

Fuller School- Kindness
Fuller Elementary School
Hudson, a sweet pit bull, and his owner from the Kindness is Powerful organization visited students at Fuller Elementary School to talk about the values of kindness and forgiveness. Hudson was rescued as a seriously abused 3 week old pup, but through love and kindness, he now shares his story with children around the country.

Keene High School
Students traveled to 
Nicaragua with the Rotary Club KHS Nicaraguan Tripto put "Service above Self" in February and were featured in a local Nicaraguan paper.  Read the full article here

Westmoreland School:
Rwanda One 4 One
  Westmoreland - Rwanda
Members of the Westmoreland School Student Council raised $535 this Valentine's Day for Rwanda One 4 One, a local charity that supports seven families helping to lift them out of poverty.
Standing back row: Whitney Hadlow, Carina Walter, James Farrington, Jessica Shapiro Front row: Nina Priebe, Adelyne Hayward, Nancy Zeller, Cheryl Patty (Student Council Advisor) and Gabe Howe


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Keene High School- Artists of the Month  

KHS Artists of the MonthWe're celebrating another month of fabulous Keene High School Artists: (Photo courtesy of intern, Dylan Grover)
Lauren Barnes, Digital photography; 
Nicole Perra, Art 2; Zach Judan, Portfolio; Victoria Reynolds, AP Art Studies; Shelby Theriault, Pottery; Noah Ramirez, Jazz Ensemble (Honors);  Adam Minahan, Stings; Sophie Waters, Voice (not pictured).

 Nelson School Circus

Nelson School- Big Circus  

Nelson students prepared and performed 
a night of exciting Big Top Adventures last month at their Circus Big Show held at Keene Middle School.

Cheshire Career Center- Beauty Competition  CCC Cosmetology
Congratulations to Zayra Washer (1st), Hannah Eaton (2nd) and Destiny Hall (3rd), who all qualified to go to the NH Cosmetology State Competition for their up-do creations seen here.

Student musicians from Keene Middle School's Strings Band toured the Keene Elementary schools last month, hoping to inspire a love of music and interest in joining the band as part of the month's Music in our Schools focus.   VIDEO LINK
KMS Strings Band

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