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MVSD Newsletter - October 2017

posted Oct 16, 2017, 12:20 PM by Mark MacLean

Long Range Planning in the MVSD is an important aspect to our ongoing mission and vision, as well as our communication efforts with all of our stakeholders. The MVSD Strategic Plan for 2017-2018 can be accessed by following this link. Under Focus Area #1 - Communication, the re-initiation of a District Newsletter is identified among our measurements. As such, we are pleased to bring you the first monthly installment of the MVSD District Newsletter.

MVSD Strategic Plan - 2017 - 2018

posted Oct 16, 2017, 10:28 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 7:17 AM by Lee Despres ]

The previous MVSD Long Range Plan expired at the end of the 2017 school year. In preparation for that, during the 2016-2017 school year the Board's Long Range Planning Committee surveyed stakeholders in the MVSD's Learning Community (Students, Parents, Residents, Employees...) to determine their perceptions and values in regards to our District and educational priorities. Over 550 responses helped the committee craft the focus areas for the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan. Instead of a 5-year Long Range Planning document, the committee has crafted an annual Strategic Plan with focused priorities and measurements. Two broad areas, Communications and Curriculum, overarch these specific objectives. Our goal is to continually partner with our communities in our educational efforts. This planning document is a resource in that endeavor. Thank you for your support of the MVSD!

Stop Bullying

posted Oct 2, 2017, 12:59 PM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 12:59 PM ]

Bullying is an extraordinarily important topic facing students, parents, families, and schools. The MVSD is committed to increasing awareness and education, while proactively partnering with our constituents to end bullying. The following link leads you to a website that provides definitions, processes, and helpful resources in this effort. 

Newsworthy event at MVMS

posted Sep 29, 2017, 7:17 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 7:19 AM ]

We're very proud of all of our students in the MVSD. Yesterday (9.28.17) a 6th grader at MVMS showed great courage, caring, poise, and skill and helped a friend in distress. She was choking and he reacted quickly and employed the Heimlich Maneuver to help dislodge the impediment. WMUR covered the story -

Forum on Student Safety

posted Sep 25, 2017, 7:11 AM by Mark MacLean

Please accept this announcement as an invitation to attend a forum on student safety that will be held in the auditorium at Merrimack Valley High School on Wednesday, October 4, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this forum (students are also welcome), as a team of counselors and therapists will be present to discuss suicide prevention and awareness. Moreover, a brief overview of the Signs of Suicide Program (SOS) will be discussed. It should be noted that SOS is being implemented this year at MVHS.

Thank you for supporting our students and schools!

Sad News for the Penacook and MVSD Communities

posted Sep 24, 2017, 11:46 AM by Mark MacLean   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

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.

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