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Principal Forum and Welcoming New Educators

Dear staff, parents and members of the Newmarket community-

It has yet again been another very busy week with interviews, building project completion, and remote learning. I thought I would provide you with some very timely information on each of these topics.

Principal Forum and Welcoming New Educators
First, we want to thank the parents who submitted questions for the Candidate Forums today.  A student forum is scheduled for tomorrow with both candidates.  Below you will see the Channel 13 links to the on-demand versions of the forums.  Please take a few minutes to provide feedback on the candidates through the google forms below.  We will use the feedback from staff, parents and students to guide our interview questions and make the final decision in the selection process. The hope is to have a nomination for the school board at their next meeting. 

David Dalton - Parent Forum Feedback Form:  

David Dalton Video: 

Shannon Caron - Parent Forum Feedback Form: 

Shannon Caron Video:

In addition to the principal’s search, we have completed the hiring process and would like to welcome the following educators to our Newmarket team for the FY21 school year.

Janna Mellon, Business Administrator
Michelle Merrow, JSHS - Computer Science
Jailin Zhang, JSHS – World Language Teacher - Mandarin
Joanna House, JSHS – World Language Teacher – Spanish
Dana McKenna, NES – Speech Language Pathologist

Building Project
We are pleased to announce that the renovation of the Jr./Sr. High School is nearly complete, with only minor items left to be done.  The project remains under budget and we do not anticipate that will change.  Between now and June, punch list items will be completed along with final commissioning of the systems.  A request for bids for the new school sign has gone out and the new electronic sign will be installed in the May/June time frame. The spaces are beautiful and we look forward to the day that the public can see them, and students and staff can begin using the spaces again.  Thanks to all of the many people who helped to make this project a success and to the residents of Newmarket for their support.

Governors Announcement
This afternoon Governor Sununu announced that he will extend Emergency Orders directing schools to continue with the remote learning, remote support for the rest of the academic year. He also stated that this would continue through the summer months. This translates into a remote learning, remote support approach to summer school (credit recovery and special education) this summer. Sadly, this has also caused the NHIAA to cancel the spring 2020 athletic season.  More information to follow on this soon.

Working together, we will get through this one day at a time!

Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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