A Seamless First Day at The Academy
Pinkerton Academy seamlessly opened the 2014-2015 school year: students rode the bus to school, attended class and assemblies, and rode the bus home.
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Changes at PA aren’t so many but they’re important: Griffin Morse is our new Headmaster. Tina Tanguay and Peter Dannible are new Associate Deans. Jennifer Warburton takes over as Head Librarian and Heather Hass is our 504 Coordinator
Lynne Lonergan transitioned to Director of Pinkerton Academy Continuing Education (PACE) from the Special Education department. Tricia Kaufman succeeds Lynne as Assistant Director of Special Education.
Pinkerton Academy Welcomes All Students
Pinkerton faculty, staff and administration welcomed an enrollment of 3,200 students for Opening Day of the 2014-2105 school year.
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The first day included class assemblies where administrators explained the school year and changes to campus and procedures since 2013-2014. A full day of classes will be held on Friday, August 29.
Pinkerton Academy will be closed on Monday, September 1st for the Labor Day Holiday. Classes resume in full on Tuesday, September 2nd.
Freshmen & Transfer Students Hit Campus
Over 800 new Freshmen and over 60 new Transfer Students to Pinkerton Academy began their new high school careers with Orientations.
The daytime program introduced the new students to campus with a tour, registration for Student Identification Cards, a review of Student Planner, a welcome by administrators and students, and an explanation of the many, many opportunities available at Pinkerton Academy.
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For the 2014-15 School year, nearly 100 new students will attend Pinkerton from the community of Hooksett, joining Auburn, Chester, Derry and Hampstead as school districts with students at Pinkerton.
As a prelude to the first day of classes, students followed their class schedule in abbreviated fashion. This way, they know what class is held where, and with which teacher.
Freshmen students attend Freshmen Seminar in the first semester of the school year, providing valuable introductory assistance to new 9th grade students. Freshmen Seminar is supported by The Academy Mentor Program, trained volunteer students who wish to help their new young classmates.
Transfer Mentors are an added feature of Transfer Orientation. Transfer Mentors are former Transfer Students who serve as guides for new Transfer Students during their first few days at Pinkerton. The school Transfer Group meets regularly throughout the year,during the school day, to help ease the adjustment of Transfer Students to Pinkerton.
'Mums' the Word: Support the Class of 2015!
The Class of 2015 is selling beautiful mums from Freshwater Farms. Please support their fundraiser and purchase your fall decorations using the order form. The sale is open to all members of the Pinkerton and local communities. Plants are 9" in assorted colors and priced at $8 each.
How It Works: Fill out the order form, detach it and send it in with your payment to reserve your plants by Thursday, September 4. On Saturday, September 13 from 9 AM to 12 PM pick up your mums in the front of the Field House. Choice of colors is first come first served, so arrive early!
Parent Information Night: WEDNESDAY!
This Wednesday, August 27, Pinkerton Academy administrators and guidance counselors will hold Parent Information Night to give parents of Freshmen an overview of school life. Click here for a copy of the agenda for Parent Information Night. Students and parents are welcome to attend.
The presentation, at 6:30pm in the Stockbridge Theatre, will include information on:
* Student Activities (especially for Freshmen)
* Highlights of the school year (our 200th!)
* Communication processes (including the school website)
* Student use of the Health Office
* The Freshmen Guidance Office
* Course requirements
* Daily life for Pinkerton Freshmen
Campus tours will be provided at 5:30 pm, prior to the presentations, by Dean of Students Glenn Ahrens and Freshman Associate Deans Bill Lonergan and Suzanne Trice. Tours start at the front of Hackler Gymnasium; they last approximately 50 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Traveling Like It's 1814
Derry School Superintendent Laura Nelson toured Pinkerton via a mode of transportation appropriate for the school’s 200th year!
Dr. Nelson was led by horse drawn carriage around the Pinkerton campus, with Dr. Timothy Butterfield, Second Vice-President of the Board of Trustees, at the reins.
Also on the trip: Linda Butler, Executive Assistant to Headmaster Griffin Morse.
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SAT: Group Tutoring & Free Practice Tests
Tutoring and free practice exams for the Scholastic Aptitude Test are available to Pinkerton Academy students.
Revolution Prep will conduct a group tutoring session at Pinkerton Academy starting in late September to help students prepare for the upcoming SAT to be conducted on October 11th. Deadline to sign up for the group tutoring session is Tuesday, September 16th. Click here for rates and more information. Click here to register for the group session at Pinkerton.
A free Scholastic Aptitude Test Practice Exam will be held on two occasions in September:
* The Hampstead Public Library is offering a SAT Practice Exam on Saturday, September 13 at the Library, from 9:00am to approximately 1:00pm. Students do not need to live in Hampstead to participate. Contact the Hampstead Public Library at 329-6411 or email ProgramsHPL@gmail.com for more information and to register. Spaces are limited and advance registration is required.
* Revolution Prep is offering a free SAT Practice Exam on Saturday, September 20. For more information, write email@example.com.
Who Is My Guidance Counselor?
A Guidance Counselor at Pinkerton Academy is one of a student's greatest resources for planning the future! Do you know who is your assigned Guidance Counselor?
Click here for a list of the Guidance Counselors at Pinkerton. Along with new students for the 2014-2015 school year, there are even some new, experienced Counselors in the Guidance Department.
Freshmen Elections to Student Council & Class Office
Freshmen interested in running for Student Council and Class Office may submit petitions for office during the first days of school.
For Student Council:Interested students should see Mr. Breda, Advisor, in Room 306 of the Ek Science Building from August 28 through September 4. Petitions are due on September 4th. Petitions are available from Mr. Breda before school, after school, during lunches, and between periods. Freshmen elections will be held in mid-September.
For Class Office: Students interested in running for Freshmen class office should see Class Advisors Mr. Burch in Room 435 or Ms. Gentile in Room 420 of the Spaulding Arts and Humanities Center. Info and materials are available from August 28 through September 4. Petitions are due on September 4th. Mr. Burch and Ms. Gentile will be available before and after school. The election for class officers is during lunch periods on Thursday, September 18 in the Media Center of the Academy Building.
Make a difference in your class and community: Be an officer for the class of 2018!Class officers plan and run class events and community service activities.
MyLunchMoney - New Food Program
The recent Back-To-School mailing included information on setting up a new food services account called MyLunchMoney. You are now able to make electronic deposits for this program.
Parents can say goodbye to sending cash and checks to the school cafeteria, by creating a secure on-line account and can manage their student’s life easily and conveniently. Whether it’s viewing what meals your child purchased for the week, or simply setting weekly or daily spending limits for your child, MyLunchMoney provides you with a direct link to your student’s school wherever you have internet access.
Now parents can experience the benefits of using MyLunchMoney by taking advantage of some of our popular features including: spending history, low balance notification, smart pay, expired credit card notification, meal control settings, spending limits, and multi-student funding.
For information and to set up an account, visit the MyLunchMoney.com website here.
Artists Wanted! Fine Art Exhibit Planned for September
In honor of Pinkerton's 200th, we are creating a fine arts exhibit to include artwork by current students, faculty and alumni, as well as pieces from other Pinkerton community members not mentioned.
We will be willing to display fine art and craft items (examples include, but not limited to drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, wood-turning, quilting, etc.). Work can also be displayed virtually if you'd like to send along a digital photo.
If you're interested, or know someone who is, please e-mail Wendy Root at: firstname.lastname@example.org. They should include photographic images of 1 or 2 pieces they would like to include in the show (all e-mails must be received by September 1st). Once we've established interest level, we will contact artists with dates and times for drop off and pick up.
Aspen Parent Portal: The NEW On-line Resource
Parents of Pinkerton Academy students: Aspen Parent Portal has replaced Edline as your on-line system, effective now for this school year. The Aspen Parent Portal, is very user-friendly.
Click here for an overview of Aspen Parent Portal.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Parents should have received their log-in credentials by U.S. Mail. If you did not receive your log-in credentials, contact SIS@pinkertonacademy.org.
Back to School Packets - On-Line
Back-To-School Packets hare available on-line, although all families were U.S. mailed these documents in early August.
Click here to electronically access each of the class-by-class packets.
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Derry, NH 03038
Main Office - (603) 437-5200