Rochester School and PACE

“Across the country, New Hampshire is recognized as a leader in competency-based education. Through our PACE pilot program, seven school districts and one charter school are now reducing the level of standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments that are integrated into the student’s day-to-day work—a model that is expanding nationally based on our success.”


Maggie Hassan, Governor

State of New Hampshire

State of the State Address

Spaulding NEASC Report

Attached is the Spaulding High School NEASC Report

Spaulding High School – Final Report – 092215


Dear Peter:


On behalf of the Committee on Public Secondary Schools, I am pleased to submit the final version of the evaluation report which you and I discussed in its draft form. May I remind you of the Committee policy on Statement of Limitations which requires that upon your receipt of the evaluation report from the chair of the visiting committee that it be released within 60 days to the following individuals and locations: • superintendent of schools • board/committee of education • members of the faculty • state department of education • public library or city/town office • appropriate news media Following the official release of the evaluation report, please send a PDF copy of the report to each member of the visiting committee by email. In addition, I have sent an electronic copy of the final evaluation report to the Committee office as required. You may wish to add the electronic copy onto the school’s website. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, Dan, Donna, and all Spaulding High School personnel and students all the best as you make use of this report to make a good school even better. I would also like to thank you and Dan for your upbeat candid communication during the entire accreditation process. Please let me know that you receive this correspondence. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks and have a great day living the dream! Don Donald D. Gainey, EdD 45 Hunting House Lane North Scituate, RI 02857’ (401) 764-0373 (H)

Me to We Day iNACOL keynote


An amazing opening keynote at iNACOL15




Opening Keynote Address: Sustaining Lasting Change: Mobilizing Thousands Toward Student-Centered Learning
Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free The Children, Me to We Day

Mobilizing sustainable and holistic systemic change in education requires strong leadership, a shared vision of the future, and the abilityto  build capacity to dramatically improve the learning environments of all students. In his opening keynote address, Craig will inspire and
challenge our thinking on leading worldwide systemic change in education through the use of social media.

As co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we,’ Craig will share insights from his journey of providing holistic and sustainable education, clean water, health care, food security and alternative income programs in eight developing countries. In 1995 at 12 years of age, Craig co-founded Free The Children. He has since built one of the largest social media followings in the world with 3.6 million followers, mobilizing thousands of youth to reach out and help others. He will share his story of empowering others, reminding us that it only takes one person to make a powerful difference in the world today.

Teagan’s Touchdown

Something amazing happened at the football game Friday night. This is Teagan House who is on our team (is there everyday) and has muscular dystrophy scoring a touchdown in an actual high school football game. Thanks to Winnacunnet staff who allowed it to happen.
This is the true meaning of sport. IMG_1284



Below is how we would plan to communicate with parents when an emergency response is activated. We are going to increase our communication to parents. If in doubt, we will send a notification of an incident. There are conflicting thoughts about yesterday’s incident at RMS. It was not an emergency response, but we should have sent home notification to parents about the incident.

We value and appreciate good communication with our families. However, our first and most important job is keeping your children safe during an emergency. Depending on the nature of the incident, communication may be delayed as administrators and staff take the necessary precautions. As soon as it is possible, we will communicate to families. In addition to emergency responses, we communicate weather related school delays and closures. Below is a chart that outlines the communication methods used by the district.








* only if the incident appears to be for an extended period of time; otherwise, parents/guardians will be notified only at the end of the incident.

Incident today at RMS

Dear Parents / Guardians,

I am writing today to allay any concerns you might have about an event that transpired today (10/22) at Rochester Middle School and which has subsequently been made public.

The administration was made aware that a student may have brought to school a prohibited item. Upon investigation, school officials did discover a B-B gun. The student was immediately suspended. At the time the situation was brought to our attention there was not an imminent threat to safety. Had there been either a concern for school safety or had we received an actual threat, we would have activated our emergency response procedures by first stabilizing the situation followed immediately by broadcasting details of the situation via our Honeywell Instant Alert System.

When speaking with your child about this incident, you might take the opportunity to explain what items are appropriate to bring to school and which items should be left at home.

Ensuring a safe environment for learning is and continues to be our top priority at Rochester Middle School.

Sad News

The Rochester Community and Spaulding High School experienced a very difficult situation this weekend, the death of a student.

Our counseling staff is trained to help staff and students in this process.  We seek to maintain a typical schedule, while reaching out and helping anyone that is impacted by the events.  The staff met this morning and then will meet together again at the end of the day.  Our counselors have sought out any students that might have been directly impacted, and staff have referred students when they appear to need to talk.

Any parent that is concerned about the reaction of their child, can seek help and support from our guidance department.  We will have additional counselors available the rest of the week.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of the student.

Update Friday September 25th

Dear Rochester School Community,

I want to reassure you that we are in communication with the Health Department and at this time we do not have a report from them (as of 8:00 am today) related to a reportable illness. However, we know that with the start of school and change of season that this is the time of year when illnesses tend to elevate. Most of these illnesses probably fall in the viral category which is similar to a severe flu.  The Health Department along with the District advise at this time everyone follow good hygiene practices such as:

Frequent hand washing
Cover your cough
Stay home when ill with a fever greater than 100.0
Remain home until fever free for 24 hours without a fever reducer
Remain home if you have vomiting or diarrhea

Most importantly, if you have any questions or concerns related to your own health or the health of your children, contact your health care provided.