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April Calendar Of Events

Apr. 02 ELC Parent Training, Early Learning Center, 5:00-7:30 PM Apr. 02 National Honor Society Induction, Auditorium, 7:00 PM Apr. 05 Quarter 3 Ends Apr. 06 Project Grad Yard Sale, CMS 9:00 AM - Noon Apr. 08 School Board, Library, 6:30 PM Apr. 9, 10, 11, 12 Common Core State Standards Pilot Test for So. & Jr. Apr. 10 Site-Based, Room11, 7:00 PM Apr. 11 SPED Parent Forum, Library, 5:30-7:30 PM Apr. 11 Project Grad, 6:00 PM, Cafeteria Apr. 13 Military Ball Apr. 17-24 Music Dept. Trip to Florida Apr. 22-26 Spring Break Apr. 27 3rd Annual Sr. Senior Prom, Cafeteria, 6:00-9:00 PM Apr. 29 School Board, NCCS, 6:30 PM

Principals Message

elcome to Spring. Days are getting longer, daily temperatures are increasing, and the final quarter of our school year is about to begin. I appreciate all of the support our school has received from its students, their parents, grandparents, community members, and businesses. Together, we continue to improve what we offer the youth from the communities our high school serves. As a means to continue to receive feedback, starting Monday, April 1, FMRHS will begin using a Visitor Survey Card located at the front door. The card asks visitors to rate their experience from one to ten, with one being needs to improve and 10 being a pleasant experience. If you are unable to rate our high school a ten, I ask for a comment to let me know how to improve. These cards may be placed in a comment box, or returned by mail. Thanks to many of our school districts registered voters, our high school will begin placing in the hands of all of our students a notebook computer for the 2013-2014 school year. Our school has an implementation committee and we welcome any thoughts and/or concerns you may have about this initiative.

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Fall Mountain Regional High School 134 FMRHS Road Langdon, NH 03602 Principals Office: 603-835-6318 Guidance Office: 603-835-2917 Fax: 603-835-6254 Thomas H. Ronning

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Fall Mountain Regional School District does not and will not discriminate in any of its educational programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disabilities. Title IX Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, and English Language Learners Coordinator Dr. Lorraine Landry, Assistant Superintendent SAU60, PO Box 600, 159 East Street, Charlestown, NH 03603 (603) 826-7756

A Message from the Assistant Principal Busy Spring for the Wildcats
As the seasonal calendar turns to spring, there are many important upcoming events for students and staff at Fall Mountain. On April 9-12, all sophomores and juniors will be participating in the Common Core Pilot Test. This pilot test is a computerized test and will be in the English Language Arts content area. Parents of those students participating have received a mailing with further information. Juniors will complete this years round of NECAP Testing tentatively scheduled on May 20 & 21 in the area of Science. This will signify the end of the NECAP state testing. It will be replaced by the above mentioned Common Core Testing in 2014-15. More information regarding this test will be provided in early May. Between those two rounds of testing, April break will provide a respite for all from April 22-26. When school resumes on April 29, students will be in the home stretch and will be looking forward to many activities including AP Exams, the prom, SATs, the JROTC Military Ball, various field trips and sporting events and, of course, graduation. With all these activities on the horizon, it is also important for students to continue to meet the expectations of the day-to-day activities at FMRHS. Heidi Gove, Assistant Principal

April 2013

FM Creations. . . The Fall Mountain Regional High School Store

Get all your Wildcat gear here! Contact Beth Gosekamp, FM Creations Advisor at or 835-6318

Congratulations to the following students for their positive accomplishments at FMRHS: Britttney Baker Matt Barry Gus Bittenbender Chance Boudrieau Draven Hulser Colby Kelcey Jasmyn LaCasse Erin LeDrew Caleb Lessard Cody Martin Drey Palmer Justin Powers Ariel Sheldon Kayla Struthers Tyler Waddell Alexandra Witty



Thank you for your support!

Common Core Standards in Reading Will Be More Difficult Expectations for all students in reading are becoming more of a challenge as Fall Mountain begins using the Common Core State Standards. Students will be expected to read more difficult text at earlier grade levels, especially informational text. FMRSD has already begun common core instruction in reading and you may have seen your child reading books other than fiction. In addition, students must be able to discuss what they read at a more complex level. For example, instead of finding the plot, characters and setting of a story, students will be reading or listening to a variety of stories. Then they will be asked to compare stories and write an essay.

April 2013

What is informational text? It informs the reader about the natural or social world and it is different from fiction because informational text does not use story characters. It has special language characteristics like: Dogs bark, Some sea snakes are quite deadly, or Apples can be red, yellow, or even green! Informational text arranges the article or book to assist the reader in finding information quickly and efficiently. These might include a table of contents, an index, bold or italicized text, glossaries for specialized vocabulary, definitions for specialized vocabulary, photos, captions and other labels, and graphs and charts. In middle school and high school especially, students will be reading informational text, including original documents, from the Declaration of Independence to presidential speeches. Biographies, autobiographies, science, and social studies are other examples. This kind of reading is popular with all skill levels of readers because they can locate text on nearly any topic of interest. Some examples of types of informational text include cause and effect books, question and answer books, and most reference texts. Parent Tips: As you read with your child, ask him or her in-depth why and how questions that encourage your child to analyze and synthesize texts. For example, read three different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and ask your child to compare and contrast them as you read. At the secondary level, encourage your child to research a topic he or she is interested in using informational texts and original documents. Source: A Parents Guide to Common Core Standards by Samantha Cleaver

Guidance Office News

Many colleges have rolling admissions. Check application deadlines and get completed applications to guidance ASAP. Students and parents are welcome to make an appointment with guidance if help is needed with this process by calling 835-2917. VERY IMPORTANT: Senior scholarship packets were distributed on March 22. Only seniors who have applied to post-secondary institutions received scholarship information. The FMRHS Administered Scholarship Booklet is due in guidance by Monday, April 16. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Seniors will be responsible for mailing their own applications to all outside scholarship committees by Monday, April 16. This process was reviewed with seniors when packets were distributed. The guidance department staff will be available after school in the library on Tuesday, April 2, to assist seniors with their scholarship applications. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Rumrill or your sons or daughters guidance counselor at 835-2917. OPEN HOUSE DATES for students/parents: River Valley Community College Claremont Campus - April 9 & May 14, 5:00-7:00 PM Keene Academic Center - April 17


FM SCHOLARSHIP FUND Dollars For Scholars is changing their name!

It is the same organization with a new name. The mission is to continue providing scholarships to Fall Mountain graduates and post-graduates pursuing a college education. The 2013 Fall Mountain Scholarship Fund Campaign (formally Dollars for Scholars) will begin in March and end in May. This is the 44th year that this dedicated group of local citizens has encouraged students to reach for and achieve their educational goals after high school. Since 1969, over 2,000 Fall Mountain students have received local scholarships. In 2012, nearly one hundred and forty thousand dollars was given toapproximately 140 graduating seniors and post-graduates to help them pay for college. This is the kick-off of our 2013 campaign and if you have any questions, want to donate, or would like to help us carry on this historic legacy by setting up a scholarship for your business or special person, contact one of our Board of Directors:

April 2013

Greg Macri, Randy Rhoades, Rob Kasper, Sue Richardson, Patrick St. Pierre or Rich Nalevanko, President at 835-2564. Your Fall Mountain Scholarship Fund donation can be mailed to: Fall Mountain Scholarship Fund c/o Fall Mountain Regional High School 134 FMRHS Road Langdon, NH 03602

You should plan to take the SAT Reasoning Test in May or June. The June 1 SAT is given at Fall Mountain and the registration deadline is May 2. Registration material is available in guidance. If you are involved in spring sports, the June SAT date may conflict with meets and playoffs. You should also consider SAT Subject Tests for courses you have completed this year. Check admissions requirements for colleges you are considering. ACT information is also available in the guidance office. Juniors should be thinking about college visits this spring and during April vacation. College visits are an important part of the college search process. If parents or students have questions, the guidance staff is available to assist you, please call us!!


The Course Selection Process for 2013-14 is complete. In mid-May the master schedule will be developed and student schedules will be computer generated. Fall Mountains data management system will do the work for us; student schedules will be created through a computer scheduling process. If students have conflicts or open blocks due to course availability, guidance will meet with students individually to work out scheduling problems prior to the end of the school year. Completed schedules will be mailed home during the summer.


Lisa Ranauro, Chair 603-835-2917

Health Office News

Many of our teens are not getting enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need about 9 hours of sleep each night (for some, 8 hours is enough). One study showed that only 15% reported sleeping 8 hours on school nights. Approximately 4550% of our students that ask to leave school early because they do not feel well are suffering from sleep deprivation symptoms (headache, low grade nausea, depressive mood and sometimes dizziness). According to the NSF, the following are possible consequences of not getting enough sleep: Limited ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems; Makes you more prone to acne; Leads to aggressive or inappropriate behavior such as yelling at your friends or being impatient with your teachers or family members; Causes you to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods such as sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain; Contributes to illness, not using equipment safely or driving drowsy. Currently, I am (when appropriate) attempting to educate our students regarding the hazards of not getting enough sleep. Next months newsletter will discuss other aspects of sleep deprivation as well as possible solutions. Amy Jenkins, RN

April 2013

Schedule of Upcoming Events April 17 - 24 May 16 Thursday May 19 Sunday May 27 Monday Spring trip to Orlando, Florida & Disney World Jazz Band / Madrigal Concert @ 7:00 PM - Auditorium Spring Concert - Band & Choir @ 2:00 PM Auditorium Memorial Day Parades (Band)

Music Department

The Fall Mountain Regional Music Parents Association would love to get more Choir & Band parents involved in attending monthly meetings and helping with the various FMRHS Music Department activities. If you are interested in helping out in any capacity, please contact Mr. DEon or Ms. Lucero directly or plan to attend the next meeting on Monday, April 8 at 6:15 in the bandroom. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Lucero or Mr. DEon with any questions you may have by calling the Music Department at 835-6318 or emailing us at or

Details regarding the spring trip to Florida will be discussed.

The next meeting for the FM Music Parents Association is Monday, April 8, 6:15 PM in the FMRHS bandroom.

Music Parents Association:

Glen DEon, Chair

Hello and welcome back! This month is full of excitement and new adventures that we cant wait to set out on. On March 9 we held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the VFW in Charlestown. It was a huge success! We sincerely thank the Fall Mountain community for their support. We also want to thank the Cadets and their families who were able to lend a helping hand at this event. The funds raised will primarily be used for our Military Ball which will be held on April 13. Several Cadets took part in a Color Guard that was performed at the Walpole Town Meeting on March 16. This Color Guard was challenging because the flags required to be carried at Trail Arms rather than in the traditional harnesses because of the low ceilings. All Cadets involved did a fantastic job. Fall Mountains JROTC will host their 17th Annual Military Ball Saturday, April 13. This is the time of year when Cadets are recognized with awards for all the hard work theyve done during the past year throughout the community. The event is highly anticipated, and each and every Cadet is looking forward to this sophisticated night of dinner, awards and dancing. We look forward to the months that follow and until next timeTRY, TRY, NEVER DIE!!! HOOAH!!! Written by: Cadet Sergeant Holly OBrien Photos by: Cadet Staff Sergeant Richard Aumand

April 2013

JROTC MILITARY BALL Saturday, April 13 5:00 - 5:30 5:45 - 5:55 5:55 - 6:05 6:05 - 7:30 7:30 - 7:45 7:45 - 8:15 8:15 - 9:15 9:15 - 9:25 9:25 - 11:00 Silent Auction Post Colors, National Anthem, Invocation Guest Speaker Dinner Presentation by Ellen Kok, Cadets Intermission Awards Ceremony Benediction, Retire Colors Dance Major John Cenney, Chair

Athletics Corner
Spring sports are underway and the pre-season conditioning has started. Everyone is excited to begin actual competion and are working hard to get into shape. Rick Elliott returns for another year as the head track coach. Congratulations to Coach Elliott and the indoor track team for placing sixth out of 38 for sportsmanship in indoor track. Thats a good sign, and with strong numbers coming in the spring, we are looking forward to a great season. Coach Elliott is assisted by Bruce Ferland, Michelle Swift and Larry Sayers. Coach Hank Beecher begins his 38th season as the FM varsity baseball coach, and Frank Brown returns as the JV baseball coach. Coach Brown is coming off an undfeated season in 2012, and after graduating a large class they have a lot of young talent that will be expected to step up this season. Welcome to new varsity softball Coach Julie Parrott. She is coming up from the junior varsity and is excited to progress with this group of players that were under her wing last year. Katie Harmon comes to us from Vilas and will be the new JV coach this season. Season openers are scheduled (pending snow melt). Track opens at home on Friday, April 5, 3:30 PM. Varsity Softball & Baseball are on the road vs Conant on April 7 while the respective JV teams play at home on that date. Game times are 4:00 PM. Home openers for Varsity Softball and Baseball are April 10 vs Hillsboro-Deering at 4:00 PM. Complete schedules are available on line. Fans and parents, come out and support our teams. Loud, proud and positive. Remember, we encourage good sportsmanship as that allows our student-athletes to perform at their best and have a good experience. Good luck to all.

April 2013

Winter Sports Update Congratulations to Morgan Ferland for being named to the Division III Girls Basketball 2nd Team All State.


Matt Schmidt, Athletic Director

Student of the Month

Criteria for selection as FMRHS Student of the Month is cooperation, attitude, consideration for others, academic effort (creative thought and curiosity), attendance, and contribution to community and school life. Students are nominated for this monthly award and voted on by the staff.

Senior Alex Kossakoski has been selected the FMRHS February Student of the Month. Alex is the son of Gene & Lynn Kossakoski of Walpole. Alex has been on the honor roll all four years and the high honor roll his junior year. He is currently a mentor, co-captain of the math team, a member of the National Honor Society, and Interact vice president. He has been an active member of Interact his sophomore, junior and senior years, and has traveled to El Salvador with the Interact group the last 2 years. Alex is a fan of baseball. He has been a member of the FM baseball team all four years, playing on the varsity squad his junior and senior years. He received baseballs Attitude, Effort and Performance award his freshman year and was selected to the 3rd Team All State his junior year. Outside of school, Alex participates in Keene American Legion Baseball, Walpole Babe Ruth and Sr. Babe Ruth baseball, and is the announcer at Walpole baseball tournaments. Plans after high school include majoring in sports management at Sacred Heart Universy where he has been accepted to attend. Congratulations, Alex!

April 2013


The Fall Mountain Greenhouse spring planting season has begun. Students are busy in Mrs. Collinsworths Greenhouse Management class starting flats and 6-packs. This year we will have 16 different varieties of tomatoes and 8 types of peppers. Stop by for veggies, herbs, annual flowers and hanging planters. We are open every school day until 3:00 PM starting the week after spring vacation (April 29). We will be holding an Open Greenhouse on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 AM - Noon. In addition to our flowers and vegetables, syrup and eggs from the FM Natural Resources and Animal Science programs will be available for purchase. Larry Sayers woodworking class will also be selling their handcrafted birdhouses.

Liz Collinsworth

This & That Cat Chat

Physical Education News
All Quarter 3 Physical Education final exams will take place during the first week of April. Quarter 4 classes begin on April 8 and students should be prepared and ready to participate on that day. Fit for Life classes will emphasize life-long fitness activities. Walking, hiking, running, strength training and other fitness skills will be the focus. Semester II Physical Education students will transition to individual and team oriented outdoor activities. A field trip hike up Mount Monadnock is being planned in May for all classes. The tentative date is Thursday May 9. Students will receive information and permission forms in class. The deadline to sign up will be May 1. Julie Parrott

FM Ski & Snowboard Club News

Thirty-five members of the FM Ski and Snowboard Club spent 2 beautiful days of skiing and an overnight stay at Stowe Ski Resort in Vermont. An end of the season club barbeque and ski day took place on March 23 at Mount Sunapee. Thanks to all who support this program! It is growing every year! Julie Parrott, Club Advisor

April 2013

PROM 2013 . . .

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony April 2, 2013 7:00 PM FMRHS Auditorium

Midnight Masquerade May 11 7:00 PM - Midnight Alysons Orchard Tickets are $30

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This & That Cat Chat

FMRSD Parent Forum Parents and Guardians Welcome! April 11, 2013 5:30 PM 7:00 PM, FMRHS Library Elizabeth Webster, Easter Seals Autism Family Support Specialist Presenter of Autism Awareness 911 Safety Issues What Families Need To Know Returns to FMRSD to present Organizing Autism

Fall Mountain Early Learning Center Childfind

The Fall Mountain School District will hold a Childfind Screening on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Fall Mountain Early Learning Center. All children ages 2 through 4 (not attending kindergarten in the fall) and who are residents of Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon and Walpole are welcome to attend. The purpose of this free screening is to briefly assess the overall development of the preschool child in order to identify any children who may have special needs. The screening will also provide the parents with the opportunity to obtain more information regarding typical growth and development. Please call 835-6314 or e-mail tvittum@ for further information and an appointment. Tammy Vittum, M.Ed. (603) 835-6314

April 2013

Autism Spectrum Disorders involve behaviors that challenge every little thing about every day life - at home, at school and out in the community. This workshop will provide an overview of tips and ideas for organizing, managing and coordinating ASD in four areas: Community Connections Educational Efforts Family Fiascos (Managing the Mob) Keeping Track of Your Child RSVP by April 9, 2013 to: Gail Baker, Student Services Secretary at 826-5762 Ext. 126 or e-mail

Pre-buy a yearbook and receive it one week before anyone else! Cant afford to pay the $55.00 up front. No problem.. a $25.00 non-refundable deposit will hold a yearbook for you. Balance due before delivery. A limited number of yearbooks are still available.get one today before they are gone!