Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.
Although this is a unique school year and will be filled with many uncertainties, we are excited and motivated to help inspire our children to learn, grow, and connect. Our teachers and staff are the finest they come!
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. In a non-pandemic school year, they provide the following: several co-curricular assemblies throughout the year; sponsor many evening socials and fun game nights; reduce the families' out of pocket expenses 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 positive 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 begin our day with morning meetings focusing on these mindful habits and the Choose Love curriculum.
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 the office at any time.
Matt Olsen, Principal
Below are some links the New Hampshire Department of Education publishes that may be of interest.