Notes from the HOS

Last week many of our classrooms celebrated the 100th day of school — this year is going so well, but it’s flying by.

The search for our new head of school is in process, and we have some wonderful candidates. You will have an opportunity to meet and provide feedback on the finalists in March (more information on that will be forthcoming).

We know our students are grateful for the unique culture and community of our school (as this little video can attest!), but last month we had a visitor from the New Hampshire Department of Education who also appreciated what makes SCS special. I would like to share the letter I received from Jane Waterhouse, an administrator in the Charter School Office:

I would like to thank you for the warm welcome I received when I came to visit your school, on January 16, 2019. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of you and touring your school. I was particularly impressed with the very creative and inspiring student artwork displayed throughout the building, all with a story behind the creation. There was a feeling of calm serenity as we walked through the school, and my observations of classes in session confirmed that one of the reasons for this was due to the high level of student engagement in the very interesting and engaging work they do.

Some of the highlights of my visit were:
  • A truly amazing musical performance by the second grade students;
  • A fascinating interactive current events activity where students gathered, interpreted and used evidence to understand and make decisions on the morality of a current political dilemma;
  • A unique, multi-age mathematics class where students were working in small groups on problem solving activities;
  • An art/history integrated project-based class where students were creating very intentional, detailed drawings;
  • A faculty that is committed to the mission, goals and values of the school, all of whom thoroughly enjoy their work;
  • A learning environment that has a strong focus on academics, and adeptly and successfully integrates the arts (music, drama, visual, movement, etc.) into every aspect of curriculum and instruction, both as an instructional tool, but also as a way for students to demonstrate achievement of competencies.  This is very innovative approach as it ensures that all students are able to pursue their interests and find enjoyment in their school work.
This visit provided me with a greater understanding of SCS’s innovative approach to learning. Your students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend an educational establishment that has such an enlightened approach to learning.

I hope everyone has a great winter break!

Classroom Spotlight


Jess and Karen’s kindergarten classes celebrated their 100th day of school with lots of fun activities like stacking 100 cups, licking a lollipop 100 times, drawing their self-portraits at age 100, and popping 100 balloons.

First/Second Grade

Brieghan’s class made Chinese New Year decorations for the classroom. Welcome to the Year of the Pig!

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Scenes from the 100th day celebration in Kari’s class. Students had a blast creating sculptures and pictures out of 100 math manipulatives!

Third/Fourth Grade

Our 3/4 students have been working on a genetics unit, and here Stacy’s students are creating unique creatures through the investigation of genetic traits. We’ve got lots of interesting critters livening up our second floor halls right now!

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Our annual SCS Art Auction showcases collaborative pieces by our students and staff. This year’s auction is set to open for online bidding on March 8, and Kelley’s class is hard at work on the (very cool!) piece it will be contributing.

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There were lots of interesting projects going on in Kristin’s class this month!


Seventh/Eighth Grade

Seventh and eighth graders and teachers spent a lovely springlike day in Boston this month. Hannah’s photography classes attended the Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA, and then joined everyone at the Museum of Science to explore the Hall of Human Life. What curious and engaged students we have!

SCS Performs at Fundraiser
for Ukulele Kids Club

This month our music staff and seventh grade ukulele players Avery Garbin, Kaylee McGlynn, Annabelle Tidd, and Jordan Blier attended Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group’s annual Groundhog Day Luau benefit. The girls’ performance kicked off the night’s festivities, which raised money for the Ukulele Kids Club, a nonprofit organization that donates ukuleles to children’s hospitals for music therapy programs. It was a fun evening of community and music, and SCS won an awesome Martin bamboo ukulele in the raffle!

SCS Student Creates
Public Mural for City of Dover

Eighth grader Sofia Self’s winning design in a local art contest was officially unveiled this month at a ceremony at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. Sofia’s mural is designed to start conversations about the impact of climate change, and it will be installed in the tunnel connecting the Children’s Museum to the public indoor pool. This public art project was organized by Dover Rising Waters, a group of citizen volunteers working to implement the Climate Adaptation Chapter of Dover’s master plan. You can find more information about Sofia’s mural here and news coverage of the unveiling at Congratulations, Sofia!

Focus on Art!

“Penguins with Personality” by Judy’s kindergarten classes. See the entire adorable collection on Artsonia.

SCS ArtVenture Summer Camp!
••• JULY 8–AUGUST 2 •••

SCS ArtVenture Summer Camp 2019 registration is now open! Sign up by APRIL 1 using our Camp Registration Form (please submit a separate form for each child). Contact us at if you have any questions about this year’s program.

Mark Your Calendars!

There’s so much going on this year at SCS! Keep an eye out for details on school happenings in your email and on our online events page, and make sure to follow us on Facebook!

SCS Takes to the Ice
Sunday, March 10, 4–5:30 pm
Dover Ice Arena
Reserve your tickets by February 22!
Online Art Auction
March 8 – May 18
Your chance to bid on unique pieces
of collaborative student art!


Scenes from Around the School

Say Hello to Our Grade 7/8 Teachers!

Kasey Bilodeau

Grade 7/8 Teacher

Shannon Keyes

Grade 7/8 Teacher

Cory Wells

Grade 7/8 Teaching Assistant

Kayla Hoffman

Grade 7/8 Teacher

Josh Shawver

Grade 7/8 Teaching Assistant


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