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Fall Mountain Regional High School

February Issue

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February Calendar Of Events

Feb. 04 SB Policy Committee, Library, 5:30 PM Feb. 06 Fall Mountain Open House, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Feb. 07 FMRSD Deliberative Session, Auditorium, 6:30 PM Feb. 11 School Board, Library, 6:30 PM Feb. 12 FAFSA Filing, Library Computer Lab, 4:00-8:00 PM Feb. 13 Site-Based Committee, 7:00 PM, Room 11 Feb. 14 FAFSA Filing, Library Computer Lab, 4:00-8:00 PM Feb. 14 Project Grad Meeting, Library, 6:00-7:00 PM Feb. 15 Middle School Dance, FMRHS Cafeteria, 7:00 - 9:30 PM Feb. 16 Semi-Formal Dance, FMRHS Cafeteria, 7:00-11:00 PM Feb. 18-22 No School - Winter Break Feb. 25 School Board @ Vilas, 6:30 PM Feb. 26 Parent Forum, Library, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Feb. 28 Parent Forum, Library, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Feb. 28 NERSE - Charlestown Fire Dept. Railroad Safety Training, Auditorium, 6:30-9:30 PM

Principals Message
s always, it is hard to believe the first half of the school year is over and the second half has begun. Where does the time go? I always view this time as a checking point, a time for new beginnings for the individuals who need them regardless of what happened during the first ninety days of school. It is also a time to review personal goals to ensure we are on the right path and to make modifications as necessary. Parents, do you know what your childs academic goals are? Do you know their aspirations for life after high school? If not, please have this conversation with them. At FMRHS, I ask advisors to help our students create SMART goals. A SMART goal is: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Result-based, and Time sensitive. In addition to asking our students to create SMART goals, FOLLOW FMRHS ON twitter @ fmwildcats

I also ask the teachers to create them. During the next few weeks, I will be speaking with the staff to discuss the first semester; their personal SMART goals, and any modifications necessary to ensure a successful second half of the year. Together, we can help our youth attain realistic goals and be successful in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read about what is happening at Fall Mountain Regional High School.

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Fall Mountain Regional High School 134 FMRHS Road Langdon, NH 03602 Principals Office: 603-835-6318 Guidance Office: 603-835-2917 Fax: 603-835-6254 Thomas H. Ronning

Fall Mountain Regional School District does not and will not discriminate in any of its educational programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disabilities. Title IX Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, and English Language Learners Coordinator Dr. Lorraine Landry, Assistant Superintendent SAU60, PO Box 600, 159 East Street, Charlestown, NH 03603 (603) 826-7756

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There is a new procedure for visitors to FMRHS. ALL visitors MUST have a scheduled appointment, sign in at the receptionists desk in the front lobby, and receive a Visitor's Pass. When a guest arrives at the lobby doors: 1) The individual will push the button to speak with the receptionist. 2) The receptionist will request that the individual show a photo ID and state their reason for visiting. 3) The receptionist will check the daily Visitor Calendar for their scheduled appointment. If the individuals name is not on the list, the receptionist will call the staff member the individual is requesting to see. This will allow the receptionist to verify the reason for the visit BEFORE allowing them into the lobby. Once verified, the individual will be allowed into the lobby to sign-in. When a visit is not verified, the individual will not be permitted to enter the lobby.

NOTICE: The school district deliberative session for the 2013-2014 FMRSD budget is Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium.

Congratulations to the following students for their positive accomplishments at FMRHS: Logan Allard Levi Frye Reed Chuda Jordan Hewes Shantal Coles Christopher LaCasse Courtney Compos Ian OBrien Aaron Cotter Spencer Paradise Collin Crosby Tesa Simonds Rani Dey Victoria Walker Riley Fletcher Adam Whittaker



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A Message from the Assistant Principal

At the end of each quarter and semester, I spend time reviewing the data related to disciplinethe number of log entries, the number of incidences of student tardiness, the number of suspension from class, etc. While the occurrences by incident type fluctuate, I am encouraged to see that the total number of occurrences has decreased. As can be seen in the chart below, there was a decrease of more than 100 recorded incidences in 20112012 from Semester 1 to Semester 2. The slight increase that is seen for the first semester of this year can be expected as eighth graders transition to the high school. Obviously the goal for this semester would be to decrease the recorded discipline incidences. In the coming months, I will be comparing incidences by month in an effort to determine if there are specific months in which our students may need more support. As the second semester gets underway, it is my hope that students seize this opportunity to make a fresh start and adjust their habits and behaviors to enable them to have a successful second semester.

Heidi Gove, Assistant Principal

Hello and welcome back! Were going strong in the New Year and the new semester. We had a very successful and educational map reading unit in January where Cadets enjoyed and learned these new and useful skills. They also took part in learning about Civil Rights in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by viewing the film Joe and Max. It was a real eye opener to the struggles that people had to face everyday in two different countries, and it was a crowd pleaser as well. The new semester is going strong and all second semester Cadets are really getting a taste of what JROTC is all about. We enjoy having them and hope that they will continue to be a part of the program in the future. This month we will be learning about the Crusades during our traditional and infamous Medieval Times project. Cadets will select a medieval topic for either an essay or PowerPoint presentation, and then present it to the class. They will also perform skits and sand tables with their squads. We look forward to the months that follow and until next time TRY, TRY, NEVER DIE!!! HOOAH!!! Written by Cadet Sergeant Holly OBrien Major John Cenney, Chair

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Music Department Disney Trip Information Dates & Times for Performances in Disney: Choir: Friday, April 19 @ 4:30 PM in Epcot at the Melody Gardens at Innovations West in the Future World area. Band: Monday, April 22 @ 10:00 AM in Disney World Remaining Payment Schedule: *The 5th payment of $150 is due Friday, February 8. (Little Caesars/Safety Reflector will be reflected in this payment). *The last payment of $150 is due Friday, March 8. Glen DEon, Chair Music Parents Association The next meeting for the FM Music Parents Association is Monday, February 4 at 6:15 PM in the FMRHS bandroom. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Lucero or Mr. DEon with any questions that you may have. You may call the Music Department office at 835-6318 or by emailing us at or gdeon@

Guidance Office News

JUNIORS SENIORS If you have been accepted to a college or university, please notify the guidance office. It is important that we keep track of this information. Also remember to file your FAFSA forms as soon as possible. You must file to be eligible for any financial aid. Financial aid information and FAFSA worksheets are available in the guidance office. You can apply online at www. Junior interviews will begin February 4. This process includes planning for senior year course selection as well as discussing post-high school options. Parents are encouraged to attend these appointments. DESTINATION COLLEGE, a statewide convention for parents and high school juniors will be held at Plymouth State University on Saturday, March 16 in Plymouth, NH. The convention includes a variety of workshops with expert speakers, a NH College & University fair, scholarships and raffles. Pre-register at www. as soon as possible as this event fills up quickly. Juniors should also be planning to take the SATs in May or June. The June 1 SAT is given at Fall Mountain. You can register at The registration deadline for June 1 is May 2. Please remember if you are involved in spring sports, the June SAT date may conflict with meets and playoffs! Consider the May 4 test date if you think there may be a conflict. Juniors who took PSATs should also use that material to prepare for the SAT.

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It is not too late to apply to college. Check application deadlines and get those applications to guidance two weeks prior to due dates. Parents are welcome to make an appointment with their childs guidance counselor if help is needed with this process or their career plans by calling 835-2917. Look for the senior guidance newsletters. They list scholarships and important college information.

ALL STUDENTS: COURSE SELECTION PROCESS - Course selection for the 2013-14 school year will begin shortly. Each student will be scheduled for an appointment with his or her guidance counselor. A notification letter will be mailed home to parents with the scheduled appointment time. Parents are welcome to attend the appointment with their son or daughter. If you are unable to attend, please sign the course selection sheet. It is extremely important that you discuss course choices with your son or daughter. These choices have a significant impact on a students future plans. Again, if you have questions or concerns, call the guidance office at 835-2917. SOPHOMORES The River Valley Technical Center and the Cheshire Career Center will be doing presentations for our sophomores about programs and opportunities available at the technical centers. Interested sophomores will be invited to visit the River Valley Technical Center on March 1 and the Cheshire Career Center at a later date. Permission forms will be available in the guidance office. Applications for RVTC and CCC are also available in the guidance office with a March 15 deadline.

FRESHMEN In January and February, Upward Bound counselors present information about the summer program to freshman science classes. This program helps prepare high school students for success in high school and enrollment in college. Applications are available in the guidance office and are due March 15.

Lisa Ranauro, Chair 603-835-2917

Guidance Office News



Senior Scholarship Packets will be distributed on Friday, March 22. You must have applied to college or a technical school to be eligible. These scholarships give you access to over $100,000 in local scholarship money. They must be completed and returned to guidance by Monday, April 15. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Please note that students are responsible for mailing their own scholarship applications to outside scholarship committees. Guidelines and instructions are included in the packet. Early graduates can stop by the guidance office on March 22 to pick up their packets.

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Athletics Corner
Congratulations to the Fall Mountain students selected as 2013 NHIAA and NHADA Scholar Athletes. This award is presented to seniors who have excelled in athletics as well as academics while demonstrating outstanding school and community spirit and leadership. The awards will be presented in Concord on February 5. Governor Maggie Hassan will addess the group and present a proclamation. Boys & Girls BasketBall schedule
Feb. 01 Feb. 05 Feb. 07 Feb. 08 Feb. 12 Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 Feb. 01 Feb. 05 Feb. 07 Feb. 08 Feb. 12 Feb. 15 Boys Basketball @ Mascoma 5:30/7:00 PM @ hillsboro-d. 5:30/7:00 PM vs Bellow Falls 5:30/7:00 PM vs Mascenic 5:30/7:00 PM @ stevens 5:30/7:00 PM @ conant 5:30/7:00 PM @ Newport 5:00/6:30 PM vs Monadnock 5:30/7:00 PM Girls Basketball vs Mascoma 5:30/7:00 PM vs hillsboro-d. 5:30/7:00 PM @ Bellows Falls 5:30/7:00 PM @ Mascenic 5:30/7:00 PM vs stevens 5:30/7:00 PM vs conant 7:00 PM

Catherine Halley Sean Kelly Levi Frye Caleb Loiselle Reed Chuda

Whitney Wyman Sean Chamberlin Caitlin Tramontina Kris Hewes Heidi Miller


Matt Schmidt, Athletic Director

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Career and Technical Education Department News
Lots of great things happened over the first semester in our Fall Mountain CTE programs. While these students learned valuable life, workplace, and technical skills in their areas of study, they also supported our greater community and had fun too. In Building Trades, Mr. Ferland and his students continued their work on the barn project. This project continues to grow every semester as it provides a living laboratory for the students to practice their new skills first hand. They are afforded a rare opportunity to participate in and watch the beauty of a project that develops over time. This semester saw the addition of a manure pit, a roof over the outside furnace, and the installation of the gutter cleaner. The school store did Mr. Sayers students in the a gangbuster business woodshop designed and this semester while built high quality cutting still finding ways to boards, bowls, furniture, meet the new federal and cabinets. The visiting nutritional guidelines. NEASC accreditation The students in Mrs. committee was greeted with Gosekamps Business customized cutting boards Education program created by the students. came up with creative ways to meet the new standards while providing the student body with healthy and delicious choices and made a fine profit. Lots of newly designed merchandise was added as well. In the Family and Consumer Science program, Mrs. Forrests students baked 500 muffins for the Friendly Meals program. This program has always promoted and practiced the healthy cooking and eating practices that are now reflected by the new federal guidelines. The quilting and sewing class designed and created small utility quilts. These quilts will be brought and donated to villagers in remote mountain communities in Haiti when Mrs. Gosekamp travels there in February to volunteer in health clinics through the Mustard Seed Mission. CTE Department News continued on next page. . .

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This & That Cat Chat

. . . CTE Department News Students in Mrs. Allens Graphic Design program designed and created bookmarks and posters that highlight past Caldecott Childrens Book Award winners. These creative and colorful products will be used by children in our districts elementary schools to help foster their love of reading and literature. The annual Greenhouse Holiday Sale was very successful this year thanks to the ongoing support of the members of our community who purchase our products and the students who work so diligently to create them. This year the sales of our handmade wreaths, kissing balls and centerpieces allowed us to donate $500.00 to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and provide additional financial support to our program. Liz Collinsworth, Chair

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SEMI-FORMAL will be shining at FM for the Semi-Formal Saturday, February 16 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Tickets are $15.00 and will be sold durning lunches starting on February 4.

Neon Lights

The Fall Mountain Regional High School Store. Get all your Wildcat gear here! Contact Beth Gosekamp, FM Creations Advisor at 835-6318 or