April 2016, Issue 1

posted Apr 21, 2016, 8:13 AM by Jason Carey
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.

Student Recognition

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.


Staff Recognition

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.


Upcoming Events
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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