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Guidance News & Notes - May 2014

posted May 19, 2014, 6:27 PM by Jonathan Reed   [ updated May 29, 2014, 10:19 AM by Darlene Dodge ]


Guidance News and Notes

  1. Scheduling:  2014 – 2015 drafts are complete and will be distributed through advisories.  Students should resolve any placement issues with the Guidance staff:

  • Grades 9-12 – Mr. Cooney

  • Grades 6-8 – Mrs. Dulac

  1. Academic Awards:  Academic Awards Night will be held at Mount Sunapee on May 22nd at 5:00.  Invitations have been sent out in a separate mailing to eligible students.

  1. Summer School:  Students who complete and fail (final grade below 70) a class may be eligible for summer school to remediate their grade and earn full credit if:  

  1. They complete the course at Sunapee Middle High School

  2. Have a final grade above 60%

Students who do not meet the above criteria can make up their credit by:

  1. Alternative Credit

  2. Re-taking the class at Sunapee Middle High School

  3. Taking an accredited full credit course (needs guidance approval)


Your local resources for summer school include:

1.  Kearsarge High School 927-4261

2.  Claremont Adult Education 543-4224

3.  Lebanon College 448-2445

4.  Granite State College 542-3841

5.  River Valley Community College 542-7744

6.  www.vlacs.org – Virtual Learning (Free)

7.  Math tutoring – Paige Scammon – jdscammon@comcast.net

The guidance department will audit senior schedules to ensure they will meet graduation requirements and will reschedule students who failed a class.  However, students are responsible to arrange for summer school, or alternative credit.  Guidance personnel will be available until June 26th, periodically through-out the summer, and will return in mid-August to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Middle School Summer Programs

Middle School students who fail three core academic classes may be retained.  Students who fail two core academic classes (Social Studies, Math, Science, English, Reading) must enroll in a summer program to be approved by SMHS administration.  Newport Middle High School has traditionally offered a summer program for Middle School students.  For enrollment information contact the guidance department at Newport Middle High School at 863-2414.  Virtual learning via (www.vlacs.org ) is another free resource for summer school.  Enrollment must be approved by a school administrator.

NWEA- The NWEA testing scores (administered beginning June 3rd) will be sent home in the final mailing with report cards.  You should be able to track your student’s academic progress through this school year with the information provided in the final mailing.  For more information on the NWEA you are encouraged to take the tour on the website at www.nwea.org.

End of Year -

  • Graduation will be June 13th at 6:00.

  • Class Day is June 12th at 1:00.

  • Last day of school will be June 20th – Early Release.

  • The finals are scheduled for June 17th – June 20th.   The Middle School will continue on a normal seven period schedule during the exam period.  The High School schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday June 17th


  • Period 1 Exam (8:00 – 9:46)
  • Period 2 Exam (10:00 – 11:43)
  • Make Up Period (1:00 – 2:45)
  • Wednesday, June 18th
  • Period 3 Exam (8:00 – 9:46)
  • Period 4 Exam (10:00 – 11:43)
  • Make Up Period (1:00 – 2:45)
  • Thursday, June 19th
  • Period 5 Exam (8:00 – 9:46)
  • Period 6 Exam (10:00 – 11:43)
  • Make Up Period (1:00 – 2:45)
  • Friday June 20th
  • Period 7 Exam (8:00 – 9:46)
  • Make Up Period (10:00 – 11:43)

  1. High school student attendance is only required for periods when students have scheduled exams beginning Tuesday June 17th.

  2. Exam grades will count as follows:

       Semester Course Year Long Course

  • 1st marking period = 45% 1st marking period = 22.5%

  • 2nd marking period = 45% 2nd marking period = 22.5%

  • Exam = 10% Exam = 5%

         3rd marking period = 22.5%

4th marking period = 22.5%

Exam = 5%

  1. Students who are tardy more than 5 minutes will not be allowed to take the exam during the scheduled period.

  2. Any student who is absent during an exam period must have a parent (guardian) call the school before 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.  No make-up exam will be allowed without the permission of the administration.

  3. Students must stay in the room for the entire exam period.

  4. Students on the school grounds who do not have an exam period must be in the cafeteria or library, both of which will be a supervised quiet area.  Only students who have a make-up exam should be on school property after lunch.

  5. Lunch will be provided for high school students at 11:30 each day during the exam period.

  6. Students must turn in their books or pay for lost books before taking the exam.

Summer reading will be posted on the school website

Additional Educational Opportunities for the Summer

We are excited to let everyone know that there will be courses offered for credit for students of Sunapee Middle High School. This will be a great opportunity for students to gain additional credits and will give more options for students to have greater scheduling flexibility in the future.

Courses offered this summer:

  • Physical Education                ½ credit

  • Computer Technology ½ credit

  • Civics ½ credit

Physical Education June 23- July 4, Monday- Friday 8am -2:45

Students will participate in the following activities;  Morning Workouts, Bowling, Golf, Kayaking/Paddleboarding, Swimming, Hiking, Back Yard Games/Activities, Biking, and Fishing.

Computer Technology July 8- July 31, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 8-12
Plus 6 Hours per week of Online/Out-of-Class Coursework

Students will The Microsoft Office program is the focus of this course. Students will build  their skills by using Word to create and edit word documents including the use of Word’s wizards and templates to create cover letters and resumes, prepare a research paper with tables, generate form letters, mailing labels and envelopes and produce a professional newsletter.

A section of the class will include the Publisher program covering areas such as creating and editing publications, four-page newsletters, creating tri-fold brochures, customizing publications, and creating forms and tables. Photoshop will be introduced and incorporated into several Publisher projects.

During the Excel unit students will work on creating worksheets and embedded charts, use formulas, functions, and web queries, as well as be introduced to what-if analysis, charting, and large worksheets.        

Citizenship & Law July 8- July 31, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 8-12
Plus 6 Hours per week of Online/Out-of-Class Coursework

Do you ever wish you could make the rules?  Well, now is your chance!  In this course students create a class law code and then apply for jobs within the class.  Serve as a police officer, attorney or judge – the fate of your fellow classmates may be in your hands.  In conjunction with this simulation students will have the opportunity to examine the American government and their role within it.  They will examine the Bill of Rights and the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting individual rights under the Constitution.  Mock trials, case studies, simulations, field trips and guest speakers are all components of this course.  Upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the meaning, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship as well as the ability to apply their knowledge of the ideals, principles, organization, and operation of the American government through the political process and citizen involvement.  (Curriculum Standard 4 four)

If your student is interested in taking any of these classes, contact the SMHS guidance office at

763-5615 or email mcooney@sunapeeschools.org.