Communication from Marie Soucy, Principal

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6/9/17

  1. 8th Grade Gear Wall Project:  The final 8th grade culminating event, which includes a student Art Show and the unveiling of the Gear Wall, is taking place this Tuesday, June 13th, from 6-7 pm.   Students will be presenting their culminating project which depicts “Great Decisions” from more modern times in US History.  Students collaborated to create panels that come together to make the impressive gear wall which measures six feet in diameter.  See the following press release for more information on the project: Gear Wall Press Release
  2. Drama Production:  This coming school year, 2017-2018, the drama production will be in the Fall instead of the Winter.  They will be putting on the show, “How to Eat Like a Child”.  Be looking for more details to come out as the school year approaches.
  3. The Rye Historical Society:  "The Rye Historical Society (RHS) and Town Museum invite you to dive into Rye history and use all the fabulous resources on our web site (www.ryenhhistoricalsociety.org) under the tab "resources" where you will find hundreds of historic photos of Rye and newly digitized documents such as letters, diaries, account books and many other fascinating, intimate details of Rye's past. In addition there are countless other fabulous resources at the museum which we will be happy to show you. RHS is a goldmine of material for your projects and research from RJH through college.The museum is open on request all year, (info@ryenhhistoricalsociety.org, 997 6742) beyond the regular hours of Saturdays 10-12 and Wed. 3-5.  We look forward to serving you!  Alex Herlihy, president, RHS"
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

School Board Meeting: 6/14, 5 PM

8th Grade trip to Canobie Lake Park & Sleepover: 6/15

School Use Feasibility Committee Meeting #1-6/15 8:30-10am
at Rye Town Hall (public meeting)

6th Grade trip to Pawtuckaway: 6/16

7th Grade trip to Funtown: 6/17

Awards Day: 6/19 @ 9 AM
8th Grade Graduation: 6/19 @ 7PM

Last Day of School & Cookout: 6/20

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May 26, 2017

Enjoy the long Holiday Weekend!  


  1. Parent Survey:  The School Board is looking for some insight from you:
Dear RJH Parents/Guardians

We know that everyone is pressed for time, but we really need you to take 5 minutes out of your Memorial Day weekend to help us understand what’s working well at RJH and what areas might need some attention.  Right now we have received surveys for only 29 out of approximately 150 students.  With such a small and unrepresentative sample, it is difficult to use the results to inform our goal setting work this summer.  Please take a few minutes and share your insights about RJH and the education your child (children) is/are receiving.

RJH survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHJKZKQ

Thank you,
The Rye School Board

  1. Congratulations!:  Congratulations to Anna Rose Marion and Juliette Michaels who were awarded the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) Scholar Leader Awards.  This program recognizes two students from middle schools around the state who have distinguished themselves in terms of outstanding scholarship and leadership.  Anna Rose and Juliette, along with their parents attended the statewide Awards Banquet last night. 
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

School Board Meeting: 5/31, 5 PM
Project Safeguard Revisited: Thursday, 6/1
6th grade Safety Building & Goss Farm Fieldtrip, 6/1
Spring Concert: 6/8, 7PM


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5/19/17
  1. Parent Survey:  This is a friendly reminder to have you complete the school board’s annual parent survey, found at the link below.  We need your input!  Please take 10-15 minutes and respond to this survey by May 26thRJH: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHJKZKQ 
           Thank you,
           The Rye School Board
           Scott Marion, Chair

  1. Cookout:  The end of the year is near!  As a celebration of "STEP UP DAY" on the last day of school RJH will be having a cookout for 6th and 7th graders before they leave for the summer.  If any parent is interested in helping out (cooking, serving, cleaning up, donating to the event) please contact Alison Dunn at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Thank you in advance for helping to make the last day of school a memorable one!
  1. Rye School Board: Enrollment/School Use Committee Announcement: The Rye School Board invites one (1) RES and one (1) RJH parent to participate in the above mentioned School Board Election Ballot  The purpose of this Committee is to “study the long-term enrollment projections and consider how to best use the current school district properties to best meet the educational needs of Rye students while striving for fiscally responsible proposals.”  If you are interested in being considered for this Committee, please submit a letter of intent and qualifications to Superintendent Sal Petralia at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Friday, 5/26.  It is our hope to have the selections made by June 2. Additionally, we are seeking two (2) citizens-at-large to comprise this Committee. If you know of anyone outside the school community who may be interested, please forward this message. The same application process and dates apply. Thank you for your consideration.
  1. RJH Garden:  In order to help sustain the growth of our garden over the summer, we are looking for families to sign up for garden care.   Garden care consists of daily watering, occasional weeding and harvesting as things become ripe over the summer. Garden care is once per day for a week. The time commitment is under an hour.  If you can commit to any time this summer please sign up here: Summer Garden Care Sign-Up
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:
Early Release: Friday, 5/26
School Board Meeting: 5/31, 5 PM

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May 12, 2017
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  1. Students of the Month: Congratulations to our latest students of the month: Ariana, Adrian, and Katie!
  2. Chris Herren Presentation: I would like to thank Ann Rafferty, the PTA and REF for helping to bring speaker, Chris Herren, to RJH yesterday.  Mr. Herren came in with a story and a message about drugs and alcohol but left our students with a deeper lesson in self-esteem and self-worth.  I encourage all parents to take this opportunity to discuss the assembly with their child(ren) as we will continue to do over the next few weeks.
  3. Students learn about WWII:  See the attached article in Seacoast online written by student Gabriella Shetreet about the latest Social Studies projects.  Students learn about World War II
  4. Rye School Board: Enrollment/School Use Committee Announcement: The Rye School Board invites one (1) RES and one (1) RJH parent to participate in the above mentioned School Board Election Ballot  The purpose of this Committee is to “study the long-term enrollment projections and consider how to best use the current school district properties to best meet the educational needs of Rye students while striving for fiscally responsible proposals.”  If you are interested in being considered for this Committee, please submit a letter of intent and qualifications to Superintendent Sal Petralia at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Friday, 5/26.  It is our hope to have the selections made by June 2. Additionally, we are seeking two (2) citizens-at-large to comprise this Committee. If you know of anyone outside the school community who may be interested, please forward this message. The same application process and dates apply. Thank you for your consideration.
  5. Evelyn Drake Scholarship: Just a reminder that the application deadline for this scholarship is Monday, May 15th.  To apply, please pick up an application in the front office, or go to www.musicatryejrhigh.weebly.com
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

School Dance: 5/19, 7-9 PM
Early Release: Friday, 5/26
School Board Meeting: 5/31, 5 PM
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5/5/17
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  1. Evelyn Drake Scholarship: Evelyn Drake was a beloved piano teacher in Rye who dedicated her life teaching music to the boys and girls in our town for many years.  To honor her memory, the Rye Beach Club has set up an annual music scholarship opportunity for the boys and girls of the Rye, NH public schools.  To apply for this scholarship, please pick up an application in the front office, or go to www.musicatryejrhigh.weebly.com
  1. 8th Grade Monumental Reflections:  Congratulations to the 8th grade students and teachers on a successful presentation of their projects last night!  Students were first asked to inspect monuments in our community, and present to their class. After identifying the most intriguing characteristics between monuments, they were tasked with creating their own, which contained the same aspects as permanent monuments.  Special attention was paid to providing factual information in a condensed fashion, and all monuments had to contain symbolism that was related to the subject. Students were able to have their first exposure to the laser cutter as their groups created an inscription as part of their display. The projects are on display in the hallways. Be sure to take a look at them when you are at the school! 
  2. Rye School Board: Enrollment/School Use Committee Announcement: The Rye School Board invites one (1) RES and one (1) RJH parent to participate in the above mentioned committee per Article #3 of the School Board Election Ballot. The purpose of this Committee is to "study the long-term enrollment projections and consider how to best use the current school district properties to best meet the educational needs of Rye students while striving for fiscally responsible proposals." If you are interested in being considered for this Committee, please submit a letter of intent and qualifications to Superintendent Sal Petralia at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Friday, 5/26.  It is our hope to have the selections made by. Additionally, we are seeking two (2) citizens-at-large to comprise this Committee. If you know of anyone outside the school community who may be interested, please forward this message. The same application process and dates apply. Thank you for your consideration.
  3. Donations for Pease Greeters: As an extension to the 8th grade social studies project, one student is collecting candy to be donated to the Pease Greeters.  If you’d like to send something in, candy donations will be accepted until next Friday
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS: 

Chris Herren Presentation: 5/11, 12:45 PM
School Dance: 5/19, 7-9 PM
Early Release Day: 5/26

NON-SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENTS

Portsmouth Police & Rec Department Youth Summer Basketball League.  See the attached forms for more information: FlyerPress ReleaseContract

Rye Community Ham & Bean Supper Flyer: Saturday May 13th



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April 21, 2017
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. World Language Week: Thank you to Mrs. Brown for a successful week.  Each day was celebrated in a special way with the culminating event happening today, an international soccer tournament. 
  2. Last Day of School: Will be on Tuesday, June 20th.   It will be a half-day.
  3. 8th Grade Graduation: Will be held on June 19th at 7PM.  The award ceremony will be held during the day.  A time will be communicated with you as we get closer. 
  4. Smarter Balanced Testing: Will be held during the month of May.  Be on the lookout for more specific dates & times for each grade level.    
  5. Facebook: Be sure to check out our Facebook page to keep up with what’s happening here!  You can find us at RJH Facebook Page
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

8th Grade Monumental Reflections: 5/4, 6 – 7 PM
Chris Herren Presentation: 5/11, 12:45 - 2:15 PM
School Dance: Friday 5/197-9 PM
Early Release Day: Friday 5/26
Have a great vacation week! 

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3/9/17

Dear Parents,

We are back in full swing here at RJH after vacation.  8th grade students completed the NAEP testing this week, 6th grade had a great time at the Portland Museum of Arts and ice skating , and we all celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday today with a variety of activities during advisory.  We’re looking forward to a change in season as we spring ahead with the time this weekend, and at the same time are keeping an eye on a potential storm for next week! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. PTA After School Enrichment classes for Session 6 for 6th-8th grade. Sign ups begin Monday, March13th at  https://ryepta.eventbrite.com
    • Drafting with AutoCAD with Susan Bressan: Interesting in building design, interior design or basic architecture? Then come and learn about drafting with AutoCAD. We will learn to measure and survey a space, input the existing conditions into an AutoCAD drawing and even how to show new ideas through design documents! We need young bright and creative minds to begin on the journey to creating a more beautiful and better functioning tomorrow.

oYoga with Erin Fleming:  Are you looking to de-stress, increase your flexibility, and energize your body and mind? Then come enjoy a relaxing, yet challenging class that incorporates Bishnu Ghosh, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga styles of yoga with Ms. Fleming- a certified yoga instructor. Namaste!

  1. The next PTA meeting will feature a discussion aimed at 8th grade parents (though anyone is welcome!)-Come have an informal discussion with some "seasoned" PHS parents and students about classes, extracurriculars, social aspects and more about the tranistion to high school. Ask questions and get advice about moving on (kleenex will be provided for 8th grade parents who breakdown thinking about how fast the past 14 years have flown by). Wednesday, March 22nd 5:30-7 RJH cafeteria. (see flyer)
  1. Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age:  On Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 at the Portsmouth Middle School, the Clipper Foundation will host Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  This documentary examines the dangers of excessive screen time and the challenges parents and teens face navigating an increasingly digital world. The movie explores the impact of social media and games on family life, presents current research on the adolescent brain, and provides solutions families can take to avoid screen time over-use.  There will be moderated discussion to follow.  This event is free and we hope many families can attend! See flyer for more information. 
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

No school for student, Friday, 3/17
Annie, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25
Monday, March 27th: Trimester 3 begins
Friday, March 31st: Trimester 2 report cards sent home
 Friday, March 31st: School Dance, 7-9PM
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February 24, 2017

Dear Parents,

What an exciting week we’ve had at RJH!  It began with 8th grade students spending time at Timberland and Seacoast United on Tuesday touring facilities and hearing from the professionals at both companies.  On Thursday we had 12 professionals volunteer their time to speak with groups of students about their careers.  6th grade students also became CPR trained today.  We finished the week off with a school wide assembly featuring hot chocolate and recognizing our students of the month.  When the rain cleared, students enjoyed a bonfire where they were able to roast marshmallows and enjoy a s’more!

We hope you enjoy the week off, whether you stay close to home or travel away. 

Best,
Marie Soucy

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Social Studies Presentation: Thank you to all of you who took the time to come to our meeting last night.  We appreciate the feedback and especially appreciate the positive recognition for all the work our teachers have put in to make this model successful.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is a copy of the PowerPoint that was shared, Social Studies Presentation.  At the end of the presentation is a link to a survey where you can provide feedback as well.   
  • Student of the Month: Congratulations to the Students of the Month for January:  Raphael, Finley and Anna Rose! 
  • Annie:   The RJH rendition of Annie is coming right up on March 23,24, and 25.  Please consider placing an in the Playbill for Annie.   It's an affordable way for business owners to advertise to hundreds of Rye families and the support will help our Performing Arts program.  Here is the link to place an ad: Program-Ads
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

Rye School Board Meeting, Wednesday, 3/8 6PM





February 17, 2017

D
ear Parents,


I hope you are all able to enjoy all this snow we’ve been having!  As you may be aware, we have been trying to get students outside as much as possible during recess.  Getting outdoors has many benefits to students including the natural source of Vitamin D.  We have taken note that students do not always come to school appropriately dressed for the weather at this time of year.  We would appreciate your help with encouraging your children to wear warm coats and accessories. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • New England Mathematics League Contest:  Students will be participating in the New England Mathematics League Contest in math classes next week.  This contest covers grade level appropriate topics and give students an opportunity to participate in a math challenge, which they can gain recognition from. 
  • Eighth Grade Corporate Field Day: The Eighth Grade Corporate Field Day is a pilot project to expose eighth graders at RJH to “a day in the life” of major multinational and small-medium sized businesses in our community.  Eighth Grade Corporate Field Day includes a half-day excursion to 2 major companies (Timberland and Seacoast United) to increase awareness about, and open minds to, various professions within these businesses. Timberland and Seacoast United were chosen based upon partnerships with their HR departments. In addition to meeting with professionals at each company, students will also tour the facilities, which will focus on a day in the life of business executives.
  • CareerDay - ALL school: The Career Day at RJH provides students with an opportunity to hear from professionals in various fields.  Students will attend two 30 minutes sessions of their choice.   The list of 13 professionals from the Rye area who will be presenting to students is below, for your information.
    • Attorney
    • Author and Entrepreneur
    • Business Development/IT
    • Computer Coder
    • CFO of a Computer Company
    • Education Consultant/Artist
    • Executive Line Producer at CBS Studios
    • Health and Environment Consultant
    • Human Resource Director
    • Pharmaceutical Sales
    • Private Investigator for NH District Attorney
    • Professor/Research Director at UNH
UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS:

8th Grade Corporate Field Day, Tuesday, 2/21
Career Day, Thursday, 2/23
6th Grade CPR Training, Friday, 2/24

 

 



January 20, 2017


ANNOUNCEMENTS: 
● Student of the Month: ​Congratulations to the Students of the Month: Grace B, Lilia P-S, and Delaney M! 

● Moon Rocks are Coming to RJH!: ​ On Thursday, January 19th, Sheila Adams will be receiving NASA’s lunar samples here at RJH. The community will be invited to view the samples on Thursday, January 26th. Be on the lookout for more information to come out on that! 

● PTA Meeting: ​The next PTA meeting will be on 1/24 at RJH, 6pm, followed by a talk on Executive Functioning by the RES Special Education staff. Find out more and RSVP here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showRSVPSignUp/904094eaba822a20-executive

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS: 
PTA Meeting: Tuesday, 1/24, 6PM 
Moon Rock Viewing: Thursday, 1/26, 5:30 - 7:30 
Early Release for Students: Wednesday, 2/1

 

  




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