The administration, faculty, and staff of Littleton High School and Daisy Bronson Middle School welcome students in Grades 7 through 12 for the 2013-2014 school year. The first day of school is on Monday, Aug. 26. The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m.

Throughout this school year, we will continue to keep students, parents, and community members informed about our programs and activities through the use of the district website at www.littletonschools.org, newsletters, Edline, ConnectEd, newspapers, and Channel 2. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to your involvement in the educational and co-curricular offerings at Littleton High School and Daisy Bronson Middle School.

Grade 9 Freshman Orientation: We will be hosting an orientation for 9th grade students on Friday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. The purpose of this meeting/orientation is to review LHS policies and procedures and behavioral expectations and tour the building and classrooms. Lunch will be provided.

Open House: We will also be hosting an Open House for parents and students on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss their student's academic expectations and learn about the positive learning experiences we provide for our students.

School Lunches: Lunch Express numbers will again be necessary for purchases of food from the cafeteria. The breakfast program will remain at $1.25 per day and will be available in the cafeteria each morning. Hot lunch will be $2.65; and adult lunch will be $3.80. Milk will cost $.50 per serving. We have a no-charge policy and students are encouraged to prepay on each Monday morning for the week's meals. A free and reduced lunch program is also available for those who qualify. If there are any questions, contact Christopher Parker, food service manager, at (603) 444-5601 Ext. 5204 or e-mail him at cparker@littletonschools.org.

Health Update: Students entering Grade 7 are required to have a measles booster prior to entering school. A signed physician's note, with the date your child received the vaccine, must be on file in the Health Office. Students who can verify that they have already had a second measles vaccine do not need a booster. The State of New Hampshire also requires that students have a tetanus booster every ten years. Please send documentation that your child is in compliance with this requirement to the school nurse. It is preferable that the required health-related documentation is on file in the Health Office prior to the start of school. At the latest, the required documentation may be given to the school nurse on the first day of school.

Fall Sports: All fall sports start on August 19. Students entering grades 7, 9 and 11 must have a physical exam on record with the school nurse prior to starting practice for an athletic team. Students are required to present evidence of a satisfactory physical examination by producing a signed medical form, along with a parent permission form before practice this fall. Forms may be obtained at the main office at Littleton High School or in the main office of the CTC Center or may be accessed on the school website at www.littletonschools.org. Students must have all forms appropriately signed prior to the first practice. Pierre Lafitte will continue as the Daisy Bronson Middle School athletic director and Gregory Fillion will be returning as athletic director for the high school. Any questions or inquiries regarding the athletic program for both schools should be directed to Judith Hazlett at (603) 444-5186, Ext. 2205.

Opening Day: The first day of school will be on Monday, Aug. when students will receive important school-related information. Also on "Opening Day," students will be issued emergency medical cards and registration forms which will need to be completed by students and their parents. In September, students will be given a "Littleton High School/Daisy Bronson Middle School Student/Parent Handbook;" which contains the yearly school agenda, discipline code, and school calendar. Students are strongly encouraged to record their assignments in their agendas. Parents are requested to review the "Student/Parent Handbook" with their child and sign the form included where indicated. Completed forms should be returned to the school with their child on the following day.

Lakeway is set to open and welcome everyone back on Monday, Aug. 26.

New Students: Families newly arrived to the area may register students directly at Lakeway. Try to register as soon as possible. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate, immunization record, social security number and proof of residency at that time.

Kindergarten: Students entering kindergarten must be five years old by Oct. 1, 2013. Students entering kindergarten must be registered with the office prior to the opening of school. Parents are asked to bring their child's birth certificate, immunization record, social security number and proof of residence when registering. Kindergarten hours are the same as the hours for grades 1-6.

Just a reminder for parents of incoming kindergarten students, make sure that your child's immunization records and physical forms are returned to the office before school starts.

Conferences For Kindergarten: Kindergarten parents and students are invited to meet your child's teacher and tour the classroom on Monday, Aug. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this time classroom teachers will hold individual conferences with incoming students and parents. Classroom teachers will contact parents in order to arrange conference times. Please call the school if you have not been contacted by your child's teacher by Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Staff News: The following are the newest members to the school staff: Traci Howard, assistant principal; Janet Drapeau, instructional coach/coordinator; Angela MacKinnon, speech language therapist; Amy Kopp, library and media specialist; Jessica Harvey, elementary teacher; Denise Wood-Quillan, elementary teacher; Melanie Harkless, elementary teacher; Brooke Smith, paraeducator; Cristina Rowe, paraeducator; Nancy Cooper, paraeducator; Carolyn Hill, paraeducator.

Facilities Improvements: new playground; new roof for second floor; new telephone system. Will include voice mail for all staff.

Opening And Closing Of School: School officially starts at 8 a.m. Students are to be in their classrooms by 8 a.m. or they are tardy. Classrooms are open for students at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving prior to 7:45 a.m should report directly to the multi purpose room. Students eating breakfast must be in the cafeteria by 7:45 a.m. Students who walk or are driven to school should not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m.

Children who cross on Union Street should do so only at the light and should wait for the crossing guard to assist them in crossing safely. The front entry near the kindergarten will serve as the morning entrance for bus students. We are asking that parents use the loop in front of the school to drop off their children. Do not use the entrance near the main office. Please remember that buses always have the right of way in the loop, and so never park in this area at any time.

In order to increase security in our building, we operate a "buzzer system" by the main office entrance. All parents and visitors are asked to use this entrance and to report to the office before entering the main building. In the interest of safety, during school hours all visitors will be required to sign in and wear an identification badge before entering the building. Visitors should make an appointment before visiting classrooms. This expectation will be in effect from 7 a.m until 3:30 p.m. During the first two weeks of the school year we will allow parents to walk children to classrooms, however, beginning Monday, Sept. 12, we will ask parents to "say good bye" in the loop. This change should allow classes to start sooner, and should also decrease the demand for the limited parking spaces around our building.

Dismissal for all bus students, grades K-6 will begin at 2:30 p.m. Walkers will leave at 2:40 p.m. Please do not enter the bus loop until all buses have left. Also, please do not park in restricted areas. Parking for the public is available in the front row of the lot across from the school.

School Breakfast and Lunch Programs: Breakfast will be served from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Lunch will be served between 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Breakfast, $1.25; Hot lunch, $2.35; snack milk, and lunch milk, $.50 cents, and adult lunch, $3.80. We have a no-charge policy and we encourage prepayment of lunches on a weekly or monthly basis, rather than daily. We would also appreciate if students, especially in the early grades, could bring their money in clearly marked envelopes to expedite the collection process. Free and reduced applications will be sent home with your child on the first day of school. A new application must be completed each school year. Eligibility from the previous year may continue only through Oct. 1. All information is held in strict confidentiality. A student's status is not denoted in any way when served lunch.

Behavior: PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) continues to be our framework for maintaining a positive learning environment. Staff, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to work together in an effort of cooperation to support a positive school culture. Continued staff training in Responsive Classroom has fostered skills necessary in this area.

Lost And Found: Each year we seem to accumulate a large amount of 'found' items. Writing your child's name on things such as clothing, and lunch boxes would increase the chance of returning these items to their owner.

After School Program: The Town of Littleton Recreation Department will run an after school program for students in grades K-6 every afternoon school is in session from 2:30-5 p.m. in the MPR at Lakeway. For registration information contact the Ryan Glass at the Recreation Department.

North Country Boys And Girls Club: Students in grades 3-8 are bused to the club for a variety of after school activities from 3-6 pm. You can register or get more information by contacting Eric Frydman, unit director, at 838-5954.

Volunteers: We would like to offer interested parents and community members an opportunity to share your time and creative talents with our students. Please consider becoming a volunteer at Lakeway. It offers several opportunities to parents, grandparents and interested community members to become involved in our school throughout the year. An orientation will be scheduled in the very near future.

The Hugh J. Gallen Career and Technical Center is located on the Littleton High School Campus. The Gallen and Career Center follows the same calendar as the high school. The center offers programs in Accounting, Business Education, Automotive Technology, Broadcast Technology, Computer Systems Technology, Construction Technology, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Health Science Technology, and Technology Education. Students from Groveton, Lisbon, Lin-Wood, Profile and White Mountains Regional high schools can also attend the programs at the Career and Technical Center.

Students can earn high school as well as college credit in all programs. For more information, contact the CTC director Alan Smith at 603-444-5186.

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