Recent Announcements

Sad News for the Penacook and MVSD Communities

posted by Mark MacLean   [ updated ]

Mr. Chris Foley, the principal of Penacook Elementary School, passed away this morning surrounded by family and loved ones. Acting principal Ms. Jennifer Moore sent the following communication out to the Penacook Elementary School community this morning:

Dear Penacook Elementary Families,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Mr. Foley's passing. Mr. Foley passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his loving family. 

We anticipate that some students will have difficulty understanding and coping with his loss, and have arranged to have additional counselors and staff at PES tomorrow, and in the coming days, to help support both students and staff. 

The Penacook Elementary Community is a close-knit family who will lean on one another as we mourn the loss of Principal Foley. Please feel free to contact me if your child is struggling to cope with this news, so we can provide him/her with additional support.  

I will be sure to communicate the details of the arrangements as soon as they become available, as I know many of you will want to pay your respects. In the meantime, please feel free to deliver any sentiments for the Foley Family to Penacook Elementary School. I will be coordinating with Lindsey to make sure she receives them. Right now we ask that you respect the family's need for privacy as they work through this difficult time. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Foley family. 

Penacook Elementary Hosts Bill Signing

posted Jul 17, 2017, 10:11 AM by Katie Keyser   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 10:16 AM ]

Governor Sununu recently signed a bill into law that will help NH School Districts fund full day Kindergarten. The signing took place at Penacook Elementary School where full day Kindergarten has been in place since the 2014-2015 school year.

Ryan's Story

posted Apr 19, 2017, 7:29 AM by Katie Keyser   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 7:59 AM ]

Calling all parents
- Please join us, at MVHS on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 pm for this important presentation on bullying, cyberbullying and teen Depression.  Ryan's Story is presented by his father, John Halligan. The presentation will cover lessons learned too late for this family. 

MVSD Math Specialist Honored at NHTM Event

posted Mar 17, 2017, 12:49 PM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

3.16.17 - Ms. Jessica Jacques (pictured below holding her award) was honored at the New Hampshire Teacher of Mathematics (NHTM) Annual Conference with the Dr. C. Evans Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award. Testimony from parents and colleagues describes Ms. Jacques as an "inspiring teacher" who is "enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and passionate about her subject." Grateful parents thank Ms. Jacques for instilling a love for math in their children and inspiring them (their children) to "think critically and problem solve." All much deserved high praise! This year marks Ms. Jacques third in her position as MVSD's Math Specialist and her impact throughout the District is very positive. Ms. Jacques as been with the MVSD since 1997. Please join us in congratulating her for this accomplishment.

Announcing the new SAU #46 Assistant Superintendent of Schools

posted Feb 24, 2017, 1:14 PM by Mark MacLean

On Thursday, February 23, Dr. Randy Wormald appeared in front of the SAU #46 Board for their final consideration and nomination. At the meeting, he was unanimously approved by the SAU Board as the new Assistant Superintendent of Schools for SAU #46. Dr. Wormald will officially begin on July 1, 2017. This new position is actually a bit of a homecoming, as Dr. Wormald taught at Andover Elementary/Middle School from 1991-1996. Dr. Wormald's educational accomplishments are many; here a just a few:
            • EdD, Curriculum Leadership: Teaching, Learning and Leading, Northeastern University
            • 2005 Disney Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year
            • 2005 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year
            • 2008 ING Unsung Hero Award
            • Presents and leads Professional Development across the US (focused in NH and New England)
            • A well renowned and highly respected educator, leader, and innovator
Please help the MV and Andover educational communities in welcoming Dr. Wormald to SAU #46! As Randy transitions to his new position, you will likely see him at various events and meetings the rest of this academic year. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this important process.

Weather Related Delays and Cancellations

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:20 AM by Mark MacLean

When we suspect weather might be an issue, an intricate process begins "behind the scenes." The previous evening, everyone is put on alert and asked to have their phones with them and to prepare for early communications. At around 4am, SAU and District personnel begin texting and chatting about the road conditions and what will be best for students. We also reach out to road agents and colleagues (other local school decision makers). We closely monitor WMUR, AccuWeather, and other radars; the forecast heavily influences the ultimate decision. In the MVSD, the first buses are typically on the road by about 6am and employees are pre-tripping buses up to an hour before that (depending on the weather). With information and forecasts in hand, the goal is to come to a conclusion about school cancellation by approximately 5:30am. It is a very collaborative and communicative process, but in the end it is the superintendent's decision.

Sometimes forecasts are not correct (a benefit of living in New England) and we have to deal with wintry road conditions. Our bus drivers are all very well trained and take every precaution in ensuring student safety. We will continue to strive to make the best decisions we can. Please let the dropping temperatures and drifting snow serve as a reminder to ensure that your family cars are ready for these upcoming months. The following link is from a private site ( This link provides insight and resources for readying your cars for a New Hampshire winter. As always we value your continuing support and partnership.

An Open Letter to Our State Legislators and Representatives

posted Nov 28, 2016, 11:58 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 2:14 AM ]

NH funds public education primarily through property taxes. The stress that this puts on property owners and educational institutions is significant. We recognize a need to change the system. Through collaborative work with the MVSD Board and through public input at various meetings, we have decided to take an active approach in imploring our state legislators and representatives to help bring about this change. We are hopeful that a change will not only provide some relief via property taxes, but will also allow public education systems to continue to provide a high quality educational experience for all of our unique learners. We truly believe that public education is of great value and is a hallmark of our society. As a public school system, we are the advocates for all of our learners. That stated, an equitable funding system is necessary.

Below is the body of an open letter that was sent out to state legislators and representatives of all MVSD communities:

You are receiving this email because you represent one of the Merrimack Valley School District (MVSD) towns (Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, and Webster). First of all, thank you for your time and for your thoughtful representation of our communities. Public service is often (unfortunately) a thankless job. I am sending this email on behalf of the Merrimack Valley School Board, the MVSD administration and teachers, our communities, and our 2,500 students. Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to read this email.

We are sending this correspondence with the hopes that hearing from a public school system will further illuminate the stress that our current system for funding public education puts on our property owners and school systems. An unintended consequence of downshifting costs (as exemplified by increasing expenses connected with the retirement system, lack of school building aid, and recent cuts in stabilization funds) is that it compels the school systems to ask local property owners for more of their tax dollars.

Advances in medicine, diagnosis, and treatments, along with mental health awareness and opioids, have led to a changing dynamic in many of the young learners who enter our buildings on a daily basis. Even with a slightly decreasing enrollment, we find ourselves in greater demand for services and personnel to meet the needs of our students. Knowing that states also have never received the promised IDEA funding from the federal level, school systems find themselves in front of our communities asking for more as we continually strive to provide an engaging and high quality education to all of the children in our charge.

We believe that the state's process for funding public education puts school systems and property owners in adversarial roles. The lack of control property owners feel with increasing tax bills at times compels folks to look scornfully at their local education system. As a result, the public perception of the value of education is eroding. Public education is not looked at as one of the greatest public services that we have, rather it is sometimes considered to be an unnecessary drain on taxpayer resources.

We humbly ask that in your representative roles you will help us. Will you meet with the governor and/or governor-elect to help bring about change? As revenues continue to decline and student needs continue to increase, we're hopeful that our state government will bring substantive change that will provide relief for property owners, help restore the perceived value of public education, and most importantly allow school systems to positively impact all the unique learners that populate our buildings.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

If you believe that a different funding solution is necessary as well, please contact your representative and share your thoughts (based on our recent election, some of these representatives will change in January of 2017):

Andrew Hosmer -
Caroletta Alicea -
Jason Parent -

John Reagan -
Howard Moffett -
Jason Parent -

Dan Feltes -
Steve Shurtleff -
Mary Stuart Gile -
Chip Rice -
Paul Henle -

Andrew Hosmer -
Mario Ratzki -
David Karrick -

Andrew Hosmer -
David Karrick -
Clyde Carson -

Thank you for your time and continued support of the MVSD!

MVSD Budget Development Information

posted Nov 8, 2016, 1:30 PM by Mark MacLean

Each year the Merrimack Valley School District (MVSD) brings a budget to our communities and asks for your support in educating the children of our District and maintaining and/or upgrading our facilities and infrastructures. Constituent approval takes place at the annual meeting in March, but the process of creating a budget is a continuous effort throughout the year. This document (linked below) was created to explain the MVSD budgeting process in an effort to facilitate collaboration and communication. Please direct any questions you have about the budgeting process to Superintendent Mark MacLean – Thank you for reading.

MVSD ChildFind

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:56 AM by Katie Keyser   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 10:01 AM ]

The CHILDFIND Clinic screens for possible educational disabilities. These can include speech, vision, hearing, motor ability or learning disabilities.  The screening is administered by staff members of the Merrimack Valley School District. The clinic will be held at Penacook Elementary School November 18th, 2016, 1:00 - 3:00PM. Click here for more information.

Invitation to a "Community Conversation" - Tuesday, November 15 - 6:30pm @ MVHS

posted Nov 3, 2016, 8:42 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 6:49 AM ]

"Having a community conversation is vital today; but it is only the beginning." Clinton Graham

Clinton Graham is the author of a book of poetry; "Progressive Perspectives." Mr. Graham is a former Milton High School (MA) All Scholastic Athlete, Channel 5 High Five recipient, Professional European American Football Player, and currently a Correctional Officer. He has experiences and perspectives that he will share with hopes of bringing people together; on "both sides of the aisle."

The MVSD invites you to join Mr. Graham for this "Community Conversation" on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:30pm in the MVHS auditorium.

Mr. Graham will introduce himself and use his unique background and experiences to engage attendees in conversation on some of the societal issues we face today. Along with Mr. Graham's presentation, this event will provide opportunities for attendee interaction in an engaging question and answer session. Among the goals of Mr. Graham's session is the hopes that this open dialog will positively expand this important conversation and potentially broaden perspectives all around.

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