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Waterville Valley Elementary School News

August 21, 2013

Waterville Valley Elementary School (WVES) will be back in session on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.  The Waterville Valley school proudly maintains the distinction of being the #1 academic elementary and middle school in the state of New Hampshire!

Principal Gail Hannigan welcomes returning and new students with the following update:

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope you have enjoyed your summer break, read lots of great books, played with friends near and far and are enjoying the last weeks of this terrific weather.

Dale Merrill and Jon Francis and crew have been busy installing security upgrades all summer.  I am pleased to say that the building looks much the same. It still has a welcoming feeling.  The biggest change will be that people will be buzzed in the front door.  I believe it is like ringing someone’s front door bell and waiting for them to let you in and greet you!

We have a few new staff members this year.  Sara Nicolaisen took a full time art position at Sant Bani & will be teaching the High School students for a change!  Our new art teacher is Jadi Mercer.  Jadi lives in Laconia with her husband and dog and we will be sharing her with Holderness Central School where she works four days a week.  Jadi has a Masters in Art Education from Plymouth State University.

Clair Larsen is our new sixth grade language arts teacher.  She will also be a 6-8 grade classroom aide focused on the students.  Clair has a degree from Plymouth State University in English and holds a middle school certification.  She student taught at the Plymouth Elementary School and is an experienced paraprofessional.

We also welcome Jennifer Souza who will be working as a Special Education teacher and paraprofessional in the 6-8 grade classroom.  Jennifer is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University.  She lives with her family in Gilford, NH.

In other staff news, Kate Metevia is now Kate Smarz.  Kate and Sean were married on July 13th at the Holderness School Chapel and the reception was held here in Waterville Valley at the Conference Center.  Kate was a beautiful bride and she and Sean celebrated with friends and family.

And lastly, administrative assistant Tammy Drolet will be leaving Waterville Valley Elementary School in September to take a position at Plymouth State University working in finance and contracts.  We are all sad about Mrs. Drolet leaving, but we are wishing her well in her new adventure!  Please take the time to stop by and see her.  I am working with the SAU office to find a new hire and will keep you posted about our progress.

Our population today is 41!  The numbers are not confirmed but this is what we are expecting:

Kindergarten – 3
1st – 3
2nd – 4
3rd – 4
4th – 2
5th – 5
6th – 6
7th – 5
8th – 9

Staff assignments:

K-2 – Mrs. McChesney: All subjects

3-5 – Mrs. Smarz: 3-5 reading and language arts; 3, 4 math; 3-5 science and social studies.  Mrs. Hannigan: 5, 6 math

6-8 – Ms. Larsen: 6 reading and language arts, study skills support. Mr. Poole: 7, 8 reading and language arts; 6-8 science; 6-8 social studies; 7-8 pre-algebra.  Ms. Orlando: 6-8 study skills.  Mr. Poole and Mrs. Hannigan will monitor and support VLACS Algebra I Honors.

The specialist schedules for the Middle School will remain the same, 2:00-2:45 so students participating in co curricular will not miss core subjects.  Students missing art, music, guidance or PE should see their respective teacher for assignments.

The first day of school will begin with a morning meeting in the multi-purpose room at 8:00 a.m.  All parents are welcome to join us.  We will introduce new staff, students and their families and talk a bit about our new school year.  There will be coffee and donuts for parents following the meeting so new families can meet everyone.  I will also give a building tour.

Teachers are here the afternoon of August 21st and all day August 22nd for Professional Development.

We open on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.  School hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  It is a PE day, so please be sure your child is dressed for PE, including sneakers.

Also, I have asked Patty Furgal to put the dress code on line so everyone has it for their back to school shopping! (

You will also find the attendance policy attached for your convenience so you can have it at your fingertips when planning family vacations.  Students not being present 175 days of the 180 are missing an unacceptable number of days.  Thank you for your attention to this policy.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone and welcoming our new students and families.  There is still time to get a book read and your math skills reviewed before September 3rd!

Enjoy the rest of August.

Sincerely, “Mrs. Hannigan” Gail

Waterville Valley Elementary School #1 Academic School in the State of New Hampshire

About Jan Stearns

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