|Newmarket School District April 2016, Issue 1|
School Facilities Update
There was a joint meeting of the School Board and Facilities Committee on April 13th (6:00 pm at Town Hall) to discuss updated educational specifications for the Elementary and Jr./Sr. High Schools. The meeting was recorded by Channel 13 and can be found HERE. The educational specifications list what spaces are needed to serve the educational program, and will serve as the foundation for the architect to come up with solutions. Principals Andriski and Pine, along with Banwell Architects, have worked diligently over the past months to produce specifications that are both reasonable and easy to understand. A step-by-step plan leading up to a project vote in March 2017 will also be reviewed at the meeting.
A Phase I environmental inspection of the McGrath property is underway and will likely be completed in the next two weeks. An inspection of the buildings on the McGrath property revealed some hazardous material which will likely cost approximately $18,000 to remove according to an initial estimate. Also, the Town Dept. of Public Works has given and estimate of $24,000 to demolish and remove the building on the McGrath property. That work will need to go out to bid later in the summer. A closing on the McGrath property will not take place until at least July (as is stated in the Purchase and Sale Agreement) because the purchase will be funded in part from the the 2016/17 budget which takes effect on July 1, 2016. The McGrath property abuts the Elementary School and will allow for another access road to Route 152, separate bus and parent drop offs, relocation and expansion of the playground, and additional parking.
A draft land swap agreement has been created to effectuate the swapping of land behind the Elementary School. As per the warrant article, the district will get approximately 4 acres of land directly behind the school in exchange for a little more than 2 acres of land the district currently owns along Durell Drive. The transfer process is expected to occur over next few months.
Many thanks to the members of the committee for their dedication and tireless service to these efforts. To find further information, please visit the Facilities Web Page http://facilitiescommittee.newmarket.k12.nh.us/ and/or liking the Facilities Committee on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Newmarket-Facilities-Committee-1639462626310253/?fref=ts.
The Gym Floor Has Been Fully Repaired!!
As of April 13, students and staff at Newmarket Junior Senior High have full use of the newly repaired gymnasium. The staff, lead by Athletic Director James Hayes, worked diligently to create different options for gym classes and with other area towns to make sure that our athletes had practice and game space for winter sports. The following video, which was produced Library Media Specialist Eric Anderson and NJSH students, will allow you to see what the beautiful new floor looks like. Click HERE to watch the video.
The following students have received statewide awards. Congratulations!!
Kyra Franklin – 2016 Scholastic Art Awards of NH
This program gives thousands of students throughout America the opportunity to broaden their creative horizons while earning local and national recognition. The objective is to foster the confidence of young artists and give them the opportunity to be recognized for their creative achievements by the world at large. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923, and have become the nation's largest and longest running program of its kind.
Ponmani Vongsay - DECA State Conference
3rd Place in Role Play 1 in Restaurant and Food Service Management
3rd Place in Role Play 2 in Restaurant and Food Service Management
3rd Place in Overall for Restaurant and Food Service Management
DECA recognizes its members through a variety of recognition programs for distinguished achievement as academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.
Liz Beaulieu, 6th Grade English Teach-Staff Recognition at the PSO Meeting
This award is based upon many factors, but goes to someone who goes above and beyond their duties. All staff members are chosen by their co-workers and they receive a small gift and their name is placed on a plaque in the staff room at NJSH.
Jump for the Heart - April 19th at NES
Building Drug Resistance and Resilience in Your Teen-Part 2
For Parents and Teen- April 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at NJSH cafeteria. There will be a brief Parent Staff Connection (PSC) meeting before the presentation.
Newmarket School Board Meeting - April 21th-7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall
School Vacation Week - April 25 - 29
The Newmarket PSO (Parent Staff Organization) will be holding a meeting on May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the NJSH cafeteria.
The NES PTA is holding a Walkathon and Carnival on Saturday May 14th from12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elementary School to benefit the Newmarket Food Pantry and NES PTA jointly. Look for details on the NES Website
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - June 22, 2016 and it will be a half day.
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|Newmarket School District March 2016, Issue 1|
Newmarket Voting Day Results
Many thanks to the voters of Newmarket for the support that they showed the SAU with results of the March 8th voting. Please click here for election results:
School District Transition Planning
At the February 18, 2016 School Board meeting, Board Chair Nathan Lunney announced that, in an effort to prepare the SAU for success, the School Board has developed a transitional plan for the next 4 months. With the upcoming retirement of Patricia Ballantyne, the Current Director of Curriculum and Development, with a goal of Meredith Nadeau beginning her July 1 tenure poised for success and with input from Interim Superintendent Dr. Mike Martin and Meredith Nadeau the following decisions were discussed:
- Based on his superior performance in the District for the last 10 years and the wealth of institutional knowledge that he possesses, Dr. Martin nominated NJSHS Principal Christopher Andriski for the role of Assistant Superintendent. After much discussion, the School Board voted unanimously to accept this nomination. Congratulations, Chris!! Thank you for your tireless and dedicated service to the faculty, staff, students and residents of our District.
Moving forward, the SAU team and the School Board will continue to iron out further details regarding the transition and the goals for the District. The search for a new principal for the Junior/Senior High School has already begun. Please be assured that Chris Andriski will continue to serve as principal of the Junior/Senior High until June 30, 2016.
- Effective immediately, Ms. Ballantyne will become the Assistant to the Superintendent. In this role, she will continue her duties pertaining to curriculum and grants and add the day-to-day management of the SAU central office, serve as the point of contact for communication with the Superintendent, act in his place when he is not in the office and seek council from the incoming superintendent when needed. Special thanks to Pat for her willingness to step up during this transition and for the the multitude of ways that she has served our district during her four decades as an educator and administrator.
Drama Club Play at Newmarket Junior/Senior High
April 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm and April 2nd at 12:00 pm
Scholastic Book Fair at Newmarket Elementary School
March 28th-April 8am-3:30pm
Book Fair Family Night
Wednesday, March 28th 6:00 pm-8:00pm
Online Book Fair
Available at scholastic.com/fair until April 4th
Book Fair Volunteers are Still Needed
If you are approved to volunteer at NES, please HERE to sign up.
Newmarket School Board Meeting
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|Newmarket School District February 24, 2016|
Remember to Vote!!!
Newmarket Voting Day is March 8th
7:00 AM-7:00 PM at the Town Hall