Good Morning, this is Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ronna Cadarette. The Board has voted unanimously to resume in-person instruction tomorrow, Thursday, November 5, 2020, via a poll vote. Students will receive their meals in their school buildings as usual. We will continue to closely follow the Schools Dashboard and local circumstances with staff and student health per the NH DHHS and CDC guidelines. At this time, we have NO cases in our schools, and only one case in our three communities which is not connected to our schools. Please call the SAU with any questions. Thank you for continuing to monitor the health of your family and being proactive to enable us to be in-person. We are very grateful to serve the communities of SAU 58.
I trust that you and your loved ones are doing well and that your children are enjoying their classes. As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise throughout the nation, state, and our county, we remain diligent to protect the safety and welfare of our students and staff by following recommended guidelines at our schools. Although communities in our area are seeing cases, there are minimal in schools at this date. Our communities have been very fortunate at the time of this posting. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) has established a 48-hour timeframe from the date of symptoms or a positive test (date of test was taken) in the contact tracing efforts. If you have had known contact with a confirmed positive case, please seek immediate professional medical advice.
Each positive COVID-19 case serves as a reminder that this virus continues to circulate throughout communities. Working together we can help mitigate the impact and spread. Please be vigilant in your health screenings and reporting. Continue to monitor your own health and the health and well-being of your family members. Medical experts inform us that hand-washing and hygienic practices, 6-foot distancing, and face coverings all have a significant impact on the manner in which this virus can spread. Our collective actions matter and make a difference.
We will provide consistent communication as we have information available for you. Please refer to our Response Plan (previously Back to School Plan revised daily). Our intent is to be responsive and transparent in our communications. As always, we are incredibly appreciative of your understanding and support.
Respectfully and in health,
Dr. Ronna F. Cadarette
Superintendent of Schools
2020 Back to School Plan
As indicated previously, our Back to School plans are fluid and changing based on the most recent data. At this time, we are changing the first day of school for all students to Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This will allow for additional training, student move ups that didn’t occur in the spring, and time to prepare for sanitization and other safety factors.
Please read the Back to School information thoughtfully. We will send out another survey looking for a firm yes/no answer regarding your student by the end of the week to solidify planning of staffing and bus routes. We continue to advocate for the families of SAU 58 at the state and national level. Health and happiness to you all.
Back To School Plan Updated 11/9/2020
Welcome back for the 2020-2021 school year to all of our students from SAU 58 staff!
The focus for this year is to continue to support our mission "to ensure all systemic decisions positively impact student achievement." It is a privilege for all of us to be part of SAU 58 where the communities continue to give their support in a fiscally responsible manner. We are committed to offer instructional programs that challenge and meet the needs of all students so they can achieve their greatest potential in an environment of educational excellence. The partnerships between home and school for two-way communication are vital to the success of your child, and we welcome your involvement.
Please connect with your child’s teacher and visit our website and Facebook pages regularly for the latest information and offerings as we continue to strive to enrich the lives of our children and provide opportunities to engage in our community events. You are appreciated by the dedicated individuals who serve SAU 58 on behalf of our students.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Stark Board Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Abbey Group-Safe-Serve Workshop
December 8, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Northumberland School Board Meeting
December 9, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Stratford School Board Meeting-REMOTE
December 15, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM SAU Board Meeting - Budget Hearing
December 23, 2020
The attached message is being sent on behalf of the Commissioner of Education
Thank you, as always, for the great work you are doing under difficult circumstances. Across New Hampshire, most of our K-12 students are back in the classroom either full or part-time. Your experience with remote instruction has helped provide educational opportunities for students learning under a new hybrid model and for those who are still learning at home.
As students have adapted to remote instruction, they have improved their skills in self-directed online learning. This presents an opportunity to expand the choices we can offer them.
I am excited to announced a new partnership with Modern States Education Alliance to offer free, online courses, and free CLEP exams, giving New Hampshire high school students the chance to earn college credit at no cost. Modern States tuition-free online courses prepare students for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, which are accepted at 29,000 colleges and universities across the country, including the University System of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Community College System. Through our new partnership, Modern States will pay the $89 CLEP exam fee and proctoring fee for the first 1,000 .New Hampshire students who complete their courses. That will save our students the equivalent of $1.5 million in post-secondary tuition. Under New Hampshire’s competency-based system, students who demonstrate mastery may also be able to earn high school credit for these courses.
This is a tremendous new resource for Granite State families, and I wanted to make sure you could offer it to your students. This is a way to supplement the classroom instruction you are already providing, while giving students the ability to earn college credits for free. Modern States’ offers 32 courses, including foreign languages, math, science, English and economics. Courses are self-paced and designed to prepare students to pass the corresponding CLEP exam. There are six locations across New Hampshire where students can take the exams. The free, online courses are taught by professors from universities such as MIT, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Rutgers, and George Washington.
You can learn more, including the complete list of 32 college-level courses, at https://modernstates.org/
course/. I encourage you share this tremendous new resources with your students, giving them a chance to put their skills at self-directed online learning to work toward free college credit.
Frank Edelblut | Commissioner of Education
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301