Epsom School District
Epsom Central School is a K-8 elementary school serving the rural community of Epsom, NH. There are approximately 420 students enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year. Epsom Central School is part of SAU #53 with Allenstown, Deerfield, Chichester, and Pembroke. Students from Epsom Central School attend Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, NH for high school with approximately 177 Epsom students at the high school and seven students enrolled at Pace Academy Charter School.
Over the past year our staff has been working together on P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) to have consistent expectations across the common areas of the building including the cafeteria, hallways, recess, and assemblies. Recognition has occurred through a variety of areas including eagles in the cafeteria, feathers in the hallway, and an assembly.
Our SOAR (Successful Outcomes Achieving Responsibility) program had an on-site visit with the Department of Education and achieved approval to continue supporting students with emotional, social, and academic guidance within our school keeping our students part of the E.C.S. community. Ancillary services include guidance, speech, OT/PT and the school psychologist as we work to have students stay in the regular classroom within Epsom Central School as often as possible.
Throughout the year we celebrate student achievement and recognize the support members of our community through events including the monthly student presentations at the School Board meetings, band and choir concerts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) club, Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Grandparent Lunch, mini-courses, and our fifteen other clubs.
Our Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day events included presentations by our students recognizing the dedication and sacrifice to our country by local service men and women and their supportive families.
Epsom Central School partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services Immunization Department to provide 91 students with the flu shot. School Care and the Rite Aid worked together with E.C.S. to provide 39 flu vaccinations and two pneumonia vacations to our staff. We have a vision screening with the Epsom-Chichester Lions Club scheduled for later this fall.
The middle school has continued with two of our annual educationally based overnight field trips. The sixth grade students attended Camp Mi-Te-Na in May as part of our environmental camp program. Our current eighth grade students and families have fundraising from January through this past December as we enjoyed our eleventh annual historical trip to our nation’s capital in April of 2018 and our twelfth trip is set for April of 2019.
Mrs. Hohman has continued with beginning lessons at school in addition to a small choir and band ensembles. Currently we have 21 students participating in the extra curricular music program.
Grade five students will be participating in the Dare program with Deputy Fiske from the Merrimack County Sheriff’s office later this winter with support of the Epsom Police Department and town business and citizen donations to make this possible.
This spring we held an ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training with emergency responders and school personnel from across the State of New Hampshire. The fire and police departments have continued to support our staff and students as part of our emergency response planning including off-site evacuation drills throughout the school year.
We have continued our use of the STAR assessments for reading and math to compare our students on a national level. Additionally, the previous assessment, Smarter Balanced, has changed to the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System. Students in grades three through eight had multiple sections over a two-week period of time in ELA (grades 3-8), Math (grades 3-8), and Science (grades 5 and 8).
Last year we introduced competencies from grades kindergarten through eight listing the topics and goals for each grade level as was required by N.H. RSA. Competency-based learning uses standards to determine expectations and to define what being competent or proficient in a subject area or grade level means. The general goal of competency-based learning is to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are essential for success in school, careers, and life. These are in place along with the adjustment in the assessment rubrics used and report card changes to give parents and families more details as to the knowledge and understanding in each curriculum area. Instead of having one overall grade, such as an “A” or a “B,” specific skill categories are listed providing significantly more information about strengths and areas for improvement. In addition to the competency skills, we have put in CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Regulation/Control) skills for the social expectations on each report card available through the ALMA Parent/Student/Staff portal.
Please visit our website, www.sau53.org/ecs, to learn more about Epsom Central and our many student activities.
Patrick Connors, Principal Jon Herod, Assistant Principal
Link to Department of Education information