Principal's Page

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.

Our fantastic faculty is excited and motivated to help inspire our children learn and grow.

Providing some history about our little gem of a school...South Range Elementary School opened its doors in 1966. At that time, the 20 classroom school building was designed to accommodate up to 550 students in grades 1 through 6. Our school has evolved into a kindergarten through 5th grade building with about 325 students. During this over 50 year evolution, portable classrooms and offices were constructed in front of the school, 6th grade moved to the middle school, renovations and construction of the back wing occurred, the portables were removed, and kindergarten joined our school.

To this day, South Range School maintains a strong, family-friendly feeling. Our school is a place where children and adults enthusiastically come to learn everyday. We continue to have a very active PTA and a strong volunteer program. The PTA brings great opportunities to all of our students and staff. They provide several co-curricular assemblies throughout the year. They sponsor many evening socials and fun game nights. The PTA helps reduce the families' out of pocket expense by partially funding field trips. Also, our volunteer program is just as strong as ever. South Range School has been recognized annually for the New Hampshire Blue Ribbon Award for volunteerism for over 35 years.

As a school community, we pride ourselves on a strong focus of the whole child. In addition to the curricular academic areas, we emphasize and maintain a strong focus on good citizenship and social/emotional awareness and well-being. We feel that it is difficult to learn in school without the feeling of safety and social/emotional health. Our general good citizenship expectations focus on being safe; being respectful, kind and polite; and doing your best. In addition to these umbrella expectations, we focus on the 5 mindful habits of: Empathy, Persistence, Optimism, Resilience, and Flexibility. We will begin our day with morning meetings in the classroom focusing on these mindful habits. We also have monthly all-school meetings in the gym that reinforce these ever important qualities.

On behalf of the South Range School staff, I thank you for your partnership in your child’s educational journey.

As always, I invite you to call or stop in the office at anytime.

Matt Olsen, Principal


Below are some links the New Hampshire Department of Education publishes that may be of interest.

South Range School Report card

Derry Cooperative School District Report Card