Weekly Updates

  • August 12, 2020

     

    Dear Families,

     Thank you to all who have taken the time to complete the Parent Choice Survey. Administration is working diligently assigning students into two hybrid groups. Families will be notified regarding their student(s)’ placement by the end of next week. The SAU 34’s AA BB calendar for the hybrid option for the 20-21 school year is attached to this email. Please note there are a couple of weeks that do not contain a remote Wednesday. We wanted you to have this information as soon as possible for your planning purposes.

     It has come to our attention that our email messages are going to the junk email for some Gmail accounts. If you do not receive an email that corresponds with my voice message, please check your junk folder.

     Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to the building principals:

    Washington Elementary School, Principal Kelli Colarusso, kcolarusso@hdsd.org, 495-3463

    Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School Pre-2 Principal Jeni Laliberte, jlaliberte@hdsd.org, 464-1110

    Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School 3-5 Principal Donna Furlong, dfurlong@hdsd.org, 464-1110

    Hillsboro-Deering Middle School, Principal Marc Peterson, mpeterson@hdsd.org, 464-1120

    Hillsboro-Deering High School, Principal Jim O’Rourke, jorourker@hdsd.org, 464-1130

     Respectfully,

    Patricia Parenteau

    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

    July 29, 2020

    Dear Hillsboro-Deering Families and Staff,

    I want to invite you to attend Hillsboro-Deering’s forums on School Re-entry to be held on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. The meetings will be held virtually in order to allow for as many participants as possible. I welcome any questions in advance in order to make the information presented as thorough as possible. Please email your questions to Carol Fogarty at cfogarty@hdsd.org

    Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School: 6:00–7:15pm 

    To join:  https://zoom.us/j/92075398927?pwd=QTFKK2xQclF1NXYrTFd3NUI1SkpqZz09
    Meeting ID: 920 7539 8927
    Passcode: 917950

    Hillsboro-Deering Middle and High School: 7:30-8:45pm

    To join: https://zoom.us/j/93026140518?pwd=bWNxNVJpa2Jld2tNTUR3VUUvL3Rsdz09
    Meeting ID: 930 2614 0518
    Passcode: 134825


    Based upon the data received from the surveys, the Hillsboro-Deering Schools have also been working on developing a Full Remote option, details of which will be presented Monday evening. 

    Please be aware that the student registration process has been updated to an online format. The directions for this new process will be sent out within the next week.

    I hope to see you on Monday and look forward to our discussion.

    Patricia Parenteau,
    Superintendent of Schools

     

    Dear Washington Elementary School Families and Staff,

    I want to invite you to attend Washington Elementary School’s forums on School Re-entry to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, 6:00-7:00pm. The meeting will be held virtually in order to allow for as many participants as possible.

    To join:         https://zoom.us/j/99346287928?pwd=OWVOZzZNekczeWpQTkxVUjJpc1FXUT09
    Meeting ID: 993 4628 7928
    Passcode: 189927

    I welcome any questions in advance in order to make the information presented as thorough as possible. Please email your questions to Carol Fogarty at cfogarty@hdsd.org .

    Based upon the data received from the surveys, the Washington School have also been working on developing a Full Remote options details of which will be presented Wednesday evening. 

    Please be aware that the student registration process has been updated to an online format. The directions for this new process will be sent out within the next week.

    I hope to see you on Wednesday and look forward to our discussion.

    Patricia Parenteau,
    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

    June 30, 2020

    The District Re-Entry Leadership Team met this morning and discussed the excellent work that is being done by the Task Forces. 

    The New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut is scheduled to present  the STRRT (School Transition Reopening and Redesign) Task Force recommendations to the Governor later today.

    I will be presenting a brief overview of our work to date as an SAU, as well as the STRRT recommendations at the Hillsboro-Deering School Board Meeting scheduled for July 6th and at an upcoming Washington School Board Meeting. 

    The district's administrators will meet as a group to review all of the work to date next Tuesday, and we anticipate that we will be able to share the focus for the next steps to plan for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year by July 14th.

    Have a wonderful Fourth of July,

    Patricia Parenteau

    Assistant Superintendent

     

    June 23, 2020

    The Re-Entry Leadership Team held its weekly meeting today and is providing the following update:

    • The three SAU 34 Re-Entry Task Forces continue to meet and develop recommendations for the 2020-2021 School Year.
    • The Technology Department continues to make upgrades including doubling the bandwidth by the end of August, upgrading staff systems, student chromebook replacements, and evaluating software needs and subscriptions.  
    • The Facilities Department has researched, made suggestions, and continues to plan for on-going sanitizing and safety needs.
    • The School Nurses have drafted initial protocols and procedures around PPE re-opening of offices, have acquired all of the necessary PPE for the summer, and are working with facilities to purchase necessary supplies moving forward.
    • The Mental Health Task Force is doing an in-depth training with Cassie Yackley, Psy.D., to prepare for the coming work.
    • New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut has shared he anticipates the STRRT (School Transition Reopening and Redesign) Task Force recommendations to the Governor will be finished and made public at the end of June.

     Be well and enjoy the summer weather,

    Patricia Parenteau

    Assistant Superintendent 

     

    June 16, 2020

    The Re-Entry Planning Task Force work is continuing.  Operation Lunchbox is continuing through the Summer Break. A separate message is being sent this week with the full details to all families.  The Technology Department continues its work on identifying and responding to current and future needs.  Please be sure to submit a ticket to helpdesk@hdsd.org if you are having difficulty with your district equipment or programs.   The District Nursing Team is continuing to develop and update health and safety protocols and the Facilities Department is working on identifying and meeting equipment and training needs.

    Be safe and stay well,

    Patricia Parenteau 

    Assistant Superintendent

     

    June 9, 2020

    The Re-entry Leadership Team held its weekly meeting this morning and each of the Task Force Groups had an opportunity to report out on their initial meetings.  Each Task Force is working to produce a specific plan for re-opening that aligns with the following goals:

      • Protects the health and safety of all students and staff;
      • Promotes the social emotional well-being of all students and staff; and
      • Provides all students equitable access to rigorous academic opportunities

    Within that work, the Task Forces are emphasizing the importance of leading with humanity, staying focused on the social and emotional wellbeing of all school community members, while ensuring that we align with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.  Please see the linked School Decision Tree published by the CDC as a reference.

    Additional information can be found on the SAU 34 website by clicking on the Re-Entry Icon.

    Be safe and stay well,

    Patricia Parenteau

    Assistant Superintendent

     

    June 2, 2020

    The planning for the 2020-2021 school year is underway and the Task Forces’ weekly meetings begin this week.  All of the information regarding the re-entry process can be found by clicking on the Re-Entry Icon on the SAU’s homepage HDSD.org . The District Leadership Team is very grateful for all of the detailed and valuable feedback from both the Parent and Staff Surveys that took place last week..  

     Next week the principals will email an academic questionnaire to students and their families in grades 4-12. Students in grades K-3 will have the opportunity to share their learning experiences with their teacher next week. A community survey is being developed so that we can gather the input and feedback from those who wish to share, but may not have a student in the schools.  We are in the process of forming the Stakeholder Advisory Groups to assist the Task Forces with their work.  We are also scheduling meetings to provide the support staff with additional opportunities to share their input. 

     We will continue to provide you with weekly updates throughout the planning process.

     Be safe and stay well,

     Patricia Parenteau

    Assistant Superintendent

     


    May 26, 2020

    The District Leadership Team composed of SAU and Building Administration, the Facilities, Technology, and Food Service Directors, the District Nurse, the Grant Managers, and the Union Presidents held its second meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

    Surveys to obtain initial feedback from families and staff members are being finalized and will be distributed via email later this week. Surveys for students and the community at large are in process and will be distributed soon. All the surveys will have a link to volunteer to participate in the planning process.

    Stakeholder Forums are being organized and will be held between June 13 and June 30th. These forums will be an opportunity for members of our community to share their experiences and ideas with the school principals and district leadership.

    Staff from all across the SAU volunteered to participate in the Task Forces planning for the 2020-2021 school year. The Task Forces are formed and will begin weekly meetings next week.
    The task force membership can be found on the SAU 34 Website.

    Be safe and stay well.
    Patricia Parenteau, Assistant Superintendent