I’ll start by apologizing for not getting the weekly update out yesterday as has been the typical release throughout the year. Nonetheless, here it is, just a day later.
I think the best place to start is with the wonderful event that took place on Friday evening at Keene High School to celebrate the Class of 2021 at their commencement ceremony. The words shared by the various speakers certainly captured all that the Class of 2021 embodied and touted their accomplishments to all in attendance. Truly a remarkable group of young adults that represent all of the positive qualities and values of our greater community. They have endured so much uncertainty at the tail end of their high school experience making their collective achievements all the more incredible and impressive. The Class of 2021 leaves us with little doubt that they will go onto greater accomplishments throughout their lives and complete confidence that we will be hearing from them again. Best wishes to our Blackbird Graduates of 2021 and congratulations on a job well done!
And with that, we are in the final days of school in all of our buildings. Today, the Dukes of Marlborough School wrap things up...or I guess I should say wrapped things up by the time this gets sent out. Marlborough School jumped into the school year from the onset five days a week with onsite/in person teaching and learning. They have done a marvelous job throughout the year of continuing the learning process while being able to keep the students and staff safe. Happy first day of summer Dukes!
Tomorrow, several other schools will complete the 180, nine to be exact, then Nelson School on Thursday and Keene High School on Friday (yes, the seniors finished 1 week earlier). Each of our schools have done a tremendous job throughout the year in keeping one another safe in the buildings and continuing to move forward with the teaching and learning. There have been several shifts in guidance that came from our state officials, but each time, our students and staff stepped up to the change and made it work. And if we’re being truthful and transparent about it, so have our wonderful families.
There have been a number of questions on what next year is going to look like and I’ve promised everyone that I would send out the first draft as soon as it was ready for distribution. I will keep that promise, but in all honesty it has been delayed slightly. Please expect that draft to come out with a link for public comment/input on or before July 1st. Beyond that, we will continue to monitor the updated guidance from our state officials throughout the summer months and communicate that more broadly so we are all aware of what is happening.
Lastly, I want to thank the many parents, guardians, staff members, board members and yes, students that have reached out to me throughout the school year. Your support throughout the entire pandemic has been a great source of motivation for all of us collectively, but also for me personally. It has and continues to be my pleasure to serve as your Superintendent. Thank you for your support!
I would also encourage you to share that same positivity with your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s), principal(s) and other members of our staff that have had a positive influence on this past year. Most, if not all, of our staff members will go the extra distance because they know it is the right thing to do without expecting anything in return. A kind note really makes a difference.
To be cliche, it has been a year unlike any other. There have been many lessons that we have taken from this past year, and knowledge gained that will serve us well moving forward. I hope that you all have a fun, fulfilling, relaxing, enjoyable, but safe summer! We will stay in touch moving forward, but for now, continue to...
COVID-19 Data: Providing all of the COVID-19 data that we have been tracking since the onset of the pandemic back in March, 2020.
Confirmed COVID-19 Positives that our school personnel are aware of from the beginning of school year 2020-2021 (numbers from 1-4 will be suppressed to help protect individual privacy). These are aggregated so that it does not identify either student or staff and provided in both the most recent weekly totals as well as the totals for the entire school year.
E-Flyer Distribution Program: As a reminder, there are many flyers that our schools are asked to send home throughout the school year. We also post these flyers on our website and it can be found by going to this E-Flyer Distribution Program embedded link.
Last Day for Students Early Release Schedule
Meals: The final pick-up of this school year through your District will be tomorrow June 23rd. However, all students remain eligible for free meals throughout the summer.
Southwestern Community Services (SCS) will be granted space at the Keene Middle School to offer a summer food program. They will offer breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. starting on Monday, June 28th. For additional information regarding their summer food program contact SCS. For all other inquiries please contact Keene Food Services at 603-357-9011.
Screening Assessment: Please continue to complete the screening assessment each school day. This allows our school nurses to continue to monitor and provide support with regard to the health of the school community. Please note that we are not requesting that this be done on the weekends, holidays or breaks, only on days that school would typically be in session.
Special Education: The needs of students with disabilities are enormously important. As always, your first point of contact is your child’s special education teacher or building principal. Please reach out to them anytime and share your thoughts. You may also contact the Student Services Offices at SAU 29 at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected]. The Student Service’s office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We want to hear from you, Thank you!
https://bookauthority.org/books/best-special-education-books; the 38 best special education books of all time.
https://childmind.org/article/back-to-school-anxiety-during-covid/ - learn how to help kids handle fears and gain independence with returning to school.
https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/supporting-your-childs-mental-health-during-covid-19-school-return - Learn how to support your child’s mental health during Covid-19 school reopenings.
https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-fight-hate-an-age-by-age-guide/ - An anti-racism, age by age guide on how to talk with your kids about this difficult topic.
All 12th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to the house office.
All 8th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to homeroom.
Parents and Students, Chromebooks should be used for your school work only. Please do not eat while using your school issued Chromebook. We are experiencing high volumes of damaged Chromebooks due to spills. Please make sure you fill in the online registration for your students. It is important to have all the correct information in place.
Clever academy for teachers: Login to your clever account and click on the question mark in the upper right corner of the screen and choose Clever academy.
Technology support during COVID19: Please see the update.
Power School Update:
Power school online registration help can be found here.
Please remember to fill out the youtube permission form. For KHS and KMS
Help desk number (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here.