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End of School and Leadership Positions

Good afternoon Newmarket parents, teachers, students and community members,

Congratulations to all on the conclusion of another school year. As I have moved about the school district attending events, meeting with staff and community members it has become clear to me just how much everyone values our schools. I have had the privilege of talking with many long-time Newmarket residents and staff members who speak with great pride about this community and our schools. There is clearly a lot to be proud of in Newmarket.

I am pleased to report that we have filled all of our leadership positions in the district. When I was hired as Interim Superintendent 3 weeks ago filling all of these vacancies became my highest priority. At last night’s school board meeting the final pieces of the district leadership team were put in place. In addition to myself as Interim Superintendent and Patty Wons as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Professional Learning we have added the final two leadership pieces to the team.

Andrew Korman will be our new Principal at NJSHS. Andrew comes to us from Portsmouth High School where he served several years as an Assistant Principal and most recently the Director of Curriculum. Andrew is an exceptional educator and a great person. He brings great vision for what a school should be and tremendous enthusiasm for the work. Please join me in welcoming Andrew Korman to Newmarket. I will work with Andrew to set up some events over the summer for the community to meet him and his team.

Jeanne Civiello will be filling the Assistant Principal position at NJSHS vacated by Sheana Thorell.. Jeanne is moving from her role at NJSHS as Speech Language Pathologist into the AP position. In her previous professional career she has served as a Special Education Administrator. Jeanne is known to the staff and familiar with the grade 6-8 program. She is a great addition to the school leadership team.

I also want to take a moment to thank Dave Dalton and Sheana Thorell for the work they have done over the last two years. Anyone in education knows that the last 2 years have probably been the most challenging ever faced by public school educators. Dave and Sheana have put their heart and soul into the school in order to meet the needs of our kids. As they move on from Newmarket I want to wish them well. Both have expressed to me their willingness to support the new leadership team in any way that is needed. Their selflessness in supporting the transition to new leadership speaks to the high quality of educators that they both are and continue to be. Thank you Dave and Sheana.

In my last newsletter on June 3, I made an unfortunate omission. When I mentioned the successful athletic teams we had competing in postseason events at that time, I only mentioned baseball and softball. As a life-long runner and former track coach this was an unforgivable oversight. I would like to offer my support and congratulations to the members of our track teams that competed in postseason championships. In particular, the Newmarket girls won multiple state championships in D3 and advanced to the Meet of Champions. The Newmarket girls 4 X 800 team did so well at the meet of champions that they advanced to the New Englands and did so well there that they are now headed to the nationals this weekend at Penn. Good luck to our girls 4 X 800 team this weekend. Newmarket is proud of you!

Finally, I know it is summer and your attention is moving away from school related business but I want to remind you of the meet and greet I have scheduled for Monday evening, June 20th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the elementary school gym. I’m just trying to give Newmarket community members the opportunity to meet me as the new Superintendent. If you can’t make it, I will be scheduling more opportunities for us to meet over the summer and early fall. 

 Have a great summer everyone,
Todd Allen

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