Principal's Newsletter

Principal's Newsletter,  2018-2019

September 14, 2018

It was great to see so many of you last night at the open house.  We’ve had a very successful start to our year and look forward to the great things your students will accomplish.  As I mentioned, please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions or concerns as the year progresses. 

Enjoy your weekend!


Marie Soucy



Picture Day: Is Wednesday, September 19th.  School picture forms were sent home with students last week.  Please be sure your child has his/her picture form on the 19th, or place your order online at

Yearbook Orders: When ordering school portraits on, you will be prompted to order a yearbook.  You can also go to and enter your Yearbook ID Code 12642419.

Help Wanted: RJH is currently hiring for a part time kitchen help. Hours 10 AM to 1 PMMonday – Friday. Contact Lisa Furman ( ) for more information.



Picture Day: Wednesday, 9/19

Rye School Board Meeting: Wednesday 9/19 @ 5pm

6th grade trip to Mt. Agamenticus: Friday, 9/21

7th grade trip to Browne Center: Friday, 9/28

September 7, 2018


As a regular addition to my weekly notes, I will be introducing you to our staff in the “staff spotlight”. This week, we are shining the RJH spotlight on a staff member who is an integral part of our community, Sheila Adams, 8th grade science teacher. She has been a part of the RJH family for 30+ years. During her time at RJH, she has taught science at all grade levels and always manages to make lessons engaging and exciting for our students. Sheila’s passion for science and technology extends beyond the classroom, as she travels the country during her personal time to stay up-to-date with the best practices in her field. Most recently, Sheila traveled to Chicago this past June to attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Sheila is a respected member of a variety of local and national science and technology committees where she is able to network with other educators across the country.

In the classroom, Sheila uses hands-on approaches
with the students to enrich learning. Whether she is working with NASA to bring in Moon Rocks, which are considered to be a national treasure, facilitating student participation in University of New Hampshire New England Astronomy Festival, hosting an international Earth Day student webcast, or allowing students to use technology in a meaningful and creative way during after school meetings in Technology Club, Sheila’s expertise and dedication affords students a unique opportunity to grow in the fields of science and technology.

Sheila is a proficient grant writer and is regularly awarded funding for her innovative projects. This past school year, Sheila was a recipient of a grant from The Clipper Foundation for an initiative where students will construct a small-scale sailboat, equipped with a GPS transmitter for tracking, that will be launched into the Atlantic Ocean. Students will observe data from the boat’s journey and learn about ocean waves, currents, and geography.

Her positive disposition towards students, immense knowledge of her content area, and her unwavering commitment to RJH, prove that Sheila Adams is an invaluable educator, and we look forward to her continued years of service.


Picture Day: Is Wednesday, September 19th. School picture forms were sent home with students yesterday. Please be sure your child has his/her picture form on the 19th, or place your order online at

We are also looking for a few volunteers to help facilitate the picture taking on that morning. It typically lasts an hour. If you are willing, please email Elizabeth Figliulo @

Open House: is being held on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 – 7:30. We will begin in the gym for a short presentation.

PaySchools Central: We are pleased to announce a new online lunch payment system through PaySchools Central. This service, which is entirely optional, allows you to manage your child’s lunch account online. An email was sent out last week which provided the unique student ID and registration instructions. If you did not receive this email, or if you need assistance, please contact Database Administrator Lorraine Curtis at


RJH Open House: Thursday, 9/13 6:00-7:30pm
Picture Day: Wednesday, 9/19
Rye School Board Meeting: Wednesday 9/19 @ 5pm

August 31, 2018
Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 school year at Rye Junior High School!
Despite the heat wave that was endured, students and staff had a successful first week of
school. Time was spent over the course of the 3 days building community, setting
expectations and learning new routines. The week ended with a student assembly. Your child(ren) should have come home with the usual start of school paperwork. Please take some time to complete it and return to school on Tuesday. As some of you may have experienced, we are working through some bugs with our new entryway. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to improve it.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
Marie Soucy

Students should keep their laptop chargers at home. There isn’t a need to bring them from
school to home and back. We have extra charged computers in each classroom that students can
use if needed.
6 th grade students should be receiving chromebooks in the next week and will be able to bring
them home once the insurance has been purchased.

If you haven’t registered for the Chromebook insurance yet, please do so at your earliest
convenience. All students need to register every year. If you need financial assistance, please
contact me (
(See the links in your email.)

School House Rock Jr.RJH Play!!!

Auditions for this year’s play, “Schoolhouse Rock, Live”, will be held next Wednesday,
September 5, after school from 3:00-5:00. Online signups are now open. Please visit the
school's website for a link to the Audition information.

Auditions:  Wednesday, Sep 5, 3pm-5pm
Performances:  Nov 15,16, 17, 7:00pm
Below is the link to our Parent Website with all of the information about the play:

Fall sports begin on Tuesday next week. 
Cross country has practice from 3:00 to 4:00.
Field Hockey has practice from 3:15 to 4:30.
Boys Soccer will practice from 3:15 to 4:30 @ Lang field at Rye Elementary School.
Volleyball has practice from 3:15 to 4:30 in the gym. 
Girls Soccer has practice from 3:15 to 4:30.
Labor Day Recess: Friday, 8/31 and Monday, 9/3
RJH Open House: Thursday, 9/13 6:00-7:30pm
Rye School Board Meeting: Wednesday 9/19 @ 5pm

See the Fall Newsletter for fall program.

August 24, 2018

We are ready and eagerly awaiting the arrival of students on Tuesday. There are a few announcements and reminders for you as we begin the year.  Drop off begins at 7:45 am daily.  Students should not arrive prior to that unless they have a scheduled appointment with a staff member.  Students will gather on the playground, or in the café during inclement weather. The bell rings at 8:00 am, at which time students will report to their homeroom. On the first day, staff will be out and about to direct students who need help finding their homeroom. Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:10 am.  Please make every effort to have your children here on time as it helps set students up for a successful day. 

The staff and I look forward to working with you and making it a great year for your child(ren).

Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have as we begin the year.

Have a great weekend,
Marie Soucy ​​​​​​​


Chromebook Insurance: The protocol for Chromebook use is the same as last year.  Parents have the option to purchase insurance for any damage might occur throughout the year.  Students with insurance are also able to bring computers home daily and keep it when they graduate from RJH.  See the following link for more information: Optional Home Use of District Owned Chromebooks

To sign up for insurance see here


Morning Drop Off:  At the request of the Rye PD, parents who are driving east on Washington should not turn left into the school parking lot.  Rather, it is preferred that you drive past the school and loop around in Grange Park, which will allow you to turn right into the parking lot.  This helps reduce the amount of congestion that can occur during this time.



First Day of School: Tuesday, 9/28
No School, Labor Day Recess: Friday, 8/31 and Monday, 9/3
RJH Open House: Thursday, 9/13  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Rye School Board Meeting: Wednesday, 9/19 @ 5 pm


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