Scam alert

All Juniors are taking SAT on April 5th.

Please beware of anyone calling with this sales pitch.  We have not shared any information with this company.  Please call the school if have questions

Beware a phone call from “SAT/ACT Scholastic Achievement” or “College Level Exams” (or probably any of a number of other names). It could lead to some scholastic sorrow. If you get the call, you’ll be told that (presumably pulled from marketing lists of kids who have taken the PSAT or similar) their organization is offering “free” test preparation services “in partnership with the district” and your child already consented at school to participate in their program. All you have to do is give them your credit card info, which they won’t charge unless you don’t return the test prep materials. If you don’t want to give them the info over the phone, no worries, the caller will direct you to their website (including and SATACTCOLLEGETESTING.ORG, which are currently identical, or the first redirects to the second). You are repeatedly assured that if, for any reason, you aren’t satisfied by the materials, you get a full refund. In fact, their website states their refund policy ” All students will receive a 30 day money back guarantee with no questions asked. Simply return the materials within 30 days, and you will receive a refund!“. Don’t believe it. Numerous consumers have complained that this company won’t honor its refund policy. Another tip-off: 30 days is hardly enough time to find out whether the $216 worth of prep materials actually work.

We urge caution about buying anything from this website. The company is not affiliated with the Educational Testing Service, the company that owns Scholastic Achievement Test. It’s allegedly owned by a guy named Joseph Tu. He has created a site that makes it look official — with information about Student Aid, Student Loans and SAT exam schedules. But it is all boilerplate info ripped from other sites. Another red flag: it has literally no information about the study materials they are selling. It’s designed to lure you into believing that you are dealing with an officially sanctioned exam service.

Most Likely to Succeed Showing

Join us for a screening of this award-winning film and an evening of dialogue about what matters most for students today with special guest Ted Dintersmith, executive producer of Most Likely to Succeed.
Wednesday, Oct. 19th
6:30 pm
Rochester Opera House
Rochester City Hall
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867



Safety Questions Update

We value good communication between home and School; therefore, I want to take a minute to share some information with you.  Today, we were informed of some posts on social media that made a statement regarding the safety of students in school.  We have spoken with Rochester Police Chief Allen who has confirmed that the threats are unsubstantiated. We will continue to work with the Rochester Police Department to ensure the safety of everyone in our schools.

I can assure you that the Rochester Police and the Rochester School District take all of these concerns seriously.  There is not a confirmed threat.  Your children are safe to come to school.  We should not let ourselves become part of the social media hysteria.  The Police will have an increased presence throughout the week, when appropriate.
This notice is purely to alleviate any concerns you may have if you hear any rumors. Please know at all times the safety and security of students and staff is our first and foremost responsibility; and be assured that any issue will be addressed appropriately.

This may be a good opportunity for you to connect with your child about what it means to be safe, respectful and responsible at school and throughout the greater community.  Also, help your child understand the difference between a real concern or a posting on social media.

Bus Drop Off Changes

The following form will be given out to K to 2 students that ride the bus home.  This is provided in case you miss the form.





Please understand that this drop off form is in effect for this school year ONLY. A new form will need to be completed
for each school year. Thank you.
Re: New practice for K-2 bus drop off
Dear Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Parents/Guardians:
The Rochester School District has worked collaboratively with parents and our bus company to establish a new drop off protocol for students in grades K-2. Effective October 3, 2016 students who are in grades K-2 must be received at their assigned bus stop by a parent/guardian or a responsible adult who has been designated by the parents.
We understand that this may change the normal routine for your family, but want your input to ensure that we have a safe dismissal for your child. Therefore, we are requesting that you please complete the information below and return it to your child’s teacher by Wednesday September 28th. Even if you are not requiring a parent or guardian at drop off, we still need you to complete the form below.
Name of Student: ______________________________________________________________
Grade level: _____________ School: _____________________________
Bus Number: _____________
– I will have a parent/guardian or a responsible adult greet my student at their bus stop.
– I will not have a parent/guardian or a responsible adult present and grant permission for my K-2 student to walk from the bus stop.
___________________________________ _______________________
Parent – Print name Date
Parent Signature
Please return this form to your child’s teacher by September 28, 2016

Budget Reduction List

Rochester School Department
FY 2017 Budget Reductions
Increase Catastrophic Aid $         80,000
Increase Medicaid $         80,000
Total Revenue Increase $       160,000
Building Committee
Electricity – Honeywell Project $         73,878
Instruction Committee
McGraw Hill – Math Program $         61,000
Pearson – Reading Program $       100,000
New Equipment – CIC $       100,000
New Equipment – CIC (go out to bid now) $       123,000
Professional Development $         20,000
Office Supplies $         50,000
Paper $         40,000
Sub Total – Instruction Committee $       494,000
Special Services Committee
Freshman Sports – Payroll $           1,000
Freshman Sports – Other Expenses $           5,000
Wrestling – Payroll $           4,600
Wrestling – Other Expenses $           8,300
Sub Total – Special Services $         18,900
Location Personnel Committee
East Rochester Reading Teacher $         80,000
East Rochester/Gonic Behavioral Specialist $         80,000
Tutoring Academy Teacher $         80,000
Tutoring Academy Paraprofessional $         17,000
Elementary Media Specialist $         80,000
Creteau Tech Center 1/2 HVAC Teacher $         31,000
Middle School Teacher $         80,000
Middle School Guidance $         80,000
Middle School Reading Specialist $         80,000
High School Biology Teacher $         80,000
High School English Teacher $         80,000
High School Business Teacher $         80,000
High School 1/2 of ELO Teacher-Reallocate to Public Safety
10 Paraprofessionals $       170,000
Occupational Therapist $         80,000
Special Ed Consultants $         80,000
Summer Tutoring $         20,000
Summer Stipends $         10,000
Sub Total – Personnel Committee $     1,208,000
Total $     1,954,778

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