Epping School District News
Mark Vallone to Retire as Principal of Epping Elementary School
There will be a Community event for Mark Vallone’s Retirement. A Retirement Reception will be held on Thursday, June 15th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Epping Elementary School.
RSVP to Cheryl MacLeay at 679-80018, Ext 224
Note from the editor: Mark will be missed by the whole Epping Elementary School community: students, teachers, staff and families of the students. All of us in Epping wish him the very best in his retirement and in his next endeavors.
I am reprinting, with permission, this great article about Mark’s retirement from The Union Leader, written by Jason Schreiber, Union Leader correspondent.
Epping Elementary School Principal Mark Vallone to Retire by Jason Schreiber
When he became principal of Epping Elementary School 19 years ago, Mark Vallone decided to step outside to help address traffic issues during student drop-off. It didn’t take him long to realize the importance of being a visible principal as he opened car doors and helped the kids out. “I’ve been doing meet and greet every day,” he said. That early morning ritual is something he’s going to miss when he retires at the end of the school year.
“I know it’s very reassuring to see the person who’s running the school is out there. I get to see the kids and their parents and their aunts and uncles and dogs,” Vallone said.
After his nearly two decades as principal and 41 years in education, the 63-year-old Epping resident who spent most of his career working in his hometown is preparing to say goodbye.
He’s also preparing to welcome his replacement. The school board voted Thursday night to appoint former Enfield Village School Principal Justin Benna as the elementary school’s new leader. Benna served as Enfield principal from 2004 to 2016 and is currently finishing up his doctorate degree at the University of New Hampshire.
At Thursday’s board meeting, Superintendent Valerie McKenney described Benna as a “student-centered” educator who is a former elementary teacher with extensive work in education leadership and policy. McKenney said Benna is also a person known for building relationships with the community.
That’s what Vallone has tried to do since beginning his career in Epping as a teacher who helped struggling students.
In his message in the newly released town report, Vallone mentioned a fitting quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Vallone said his career in education is hard work worth doing. “I’ve always regarded this job as the prize of my life’s work,” he said.
Vallone said he’s enjoyed spending time with the students and his staff in the school of about 500 and being an advocate for public education. “Working in your hometown is a little tricky at times, but it’s been great because there are so many different ties and different connections. It’s fun to watch the generations. Some of my former students have grandchildren in the school now,” he said. The work in his hometown school has given him a chance to get to know so many in the community, he said. “Usually a trip to the grocery store can take a long time,” he said, laughing.
School Board Meeting Schedule
The Epping School Board holds regular meetings at 7:00 pm in the Epping Town Hall. The public is invited to attend. Meetings are also televised by ETV. Agendas and minutes are posted on the district website at www.sau14.org under School Board/Agenda & Minutes. ETV is also streaming meetings that you can watch live on your computer at: http://etv22.pegcentral.com/.
- May 4th and 18th
- June 1st and 15th
K, 1st & 2nd Grade Family Science Night
The Family Science Night will take place Wednesday, April 5th from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Epping Elementary School. The program starts promptly at 6:30 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. The cost is $5.00 per student. Adults are free. The students will do a number of hands-on experiments with the help of the adults. Check-in starts at 6:00 pm. Please arrive on time to be able to participate in all experiments. Materials are reserved for students in grades K, 1 and 2. Hope to see you and your student there!
Note: Space is limited and reserved only for students who have registered with Miss Bates by Friday, March 31st.
Second Quarter Honor Roll 2016-2017
High Honors: Wyatt Allen, Lauren Anderson, Maela Baker, Khyden Colon, Taylor Comeau, Ian Cottrill, Ava Duxbury, Evie Estabrook, Matthew Falkingham, Ava Finkelstein, Isabella Foote, Kayleigh Gray, Sam Graziano, Jordan Guarente, Brody Hannon, Sean Haugh, Quinn Houtz, Parker Irving, Wyatt Jones, Jonah Katz, Brooke Lawrence, Ryan Leombruno, Logan Lewis, Aidan MacLean, Sydney MacVicar, Rachel Mazzone, Aiden Murphy, Seth Noble, Austin Ober, Jackson Pelland, Makenzie Pettis, Jeremy Quanttrini, Jack Vigliotte
Honors: John Balukonis, Reilly Clark, Trevin Duffy, Brett Hynds, Keagan Lawrence, Angelina Leo, Haley Marden, Hannah Marshall, Andrew McNamara, Avery O’Neil, Peyton Rines, Adam Santos, Blake Snyder, Cooper Soles, Madeline Stevens, Naomi Toomire, Jacob Tracy
Caring Eagles: Wyatt Allen, Lauren Anderson, Maela Baker, Khyden Colon, Taylor Comeau, Ian Cottrill, Trevin Duffy, Evie Estabrook, Matthew Falkingham, Ava Finkelstein, Isabella Foote, Samantha Gomes, Kayleigh Gray, Aidan Hauenstein, Sean Haugh, Parker Irving, Brooke Lawrence, Keagan Lawrence, Angelina Leo, Logan Lewis, Sydney MacVicar, Cole Magdziarz, Haley Marden, Beckham Martin, Rachel Mazzone, Andrew McNamara, Aidan Murphy, Seth Noble, Austin Ober, Avery O’Neil,Jackson Pelland, Makenzie Pettis, Peyton Rines, Adam Santos, Blake Snyder, Cooper Soles, Madeline Stevens, Naomi Toomire, Jacob Tracy, Jeremy Quattrini, Jack Vigliotte
High Honors: Zander Beltran, Emily Carleton, Jackson Dufresne, Garrett Follansbee, Nathan Gallant, Anna Gatchell, Nev Haugh, Sawyer Idell, Nathaniel Johnson, Jim Le, Jordyn Lee, Samantha Listovitch, Tyler Morang, Adam Munguia, Sonora Newman, Mikayla Picard, John Pottle, Tiernan Sousa, Abigail, Stich, Patrick Thompson, Lilyan West, Maria Wheeler, Cameron Wishart, Allison Whitesell
Honors: Morgen Bertogli, Jackson Boelter, Eoghan Brown, Kelly Covey, Trevor DeCourcy, Evan Deloge, Hailly Demers, Leonie Dickerson, Lindsey Duffy, Lil Fawcett, Haylee Fields, Piper Gagne, Maria Guenard, Emma Hynds, Kallissa Marquez, Haley Marshall, Keira McElreavy, Hayden Miskinis, Connor Mueller, Presley Nichols, Dylan Palmisano, Jacob Purington, Jazmine Raymond, Xander Reinheimer, Kierra Souphakhot, Keith Spencer, Christopher Tagliaferro, Zachary Tessier, Landon Toomire, Piper Vetter, Madison Whitty, Reed Yates, Lilly Yergeau
Caring Eagles: Alyssa Bartlett, Morgen Bertogli, Jackson Boelter, Eoghan Brown, Emily Carleton, Kelly Covey, Trevor DeCourcy, Leonie Dickerson, Lindsey Duffy, Emily Dufresne, Haylee Fields, Piper Gagne, Nathan Gallant, Anna Gatchell, Nev Haugh, Emma Hynds, Sawyer Idell, Nathaniel Johnson, Aubree Marcheterre, Haley Marshall, Keira McElreavy, Hayden Miskinis, Tyler Morang, Sonora Newman, Presley Nichols, Dylan Palmisano, Abigail Parenteau, Mikayla Picard, John Pottle, Jacob Purington, Jazmine Raymond, Kayla Schumann, Kierra Souphakhot, Tiernan Sousa, Abigail Stich, Zachary Tessier, Patrick Thompson, Landon Toomire, Piper Vetter, Lilyan West, Samantha West, Maria Wheeler, Cameron Wishart, Allison Whitesell, Reed Yates
High Honors: Avie Blakney, Dylan DuLong, Isabella Greubel, Amelia Harper, Wyatt Idell, Chanah Katz, Shawna Lin, Lillian Long, Autumn Loving, Sarah McTague, Casey Morin, Autumn Patterson, Annabelle Shumway, Eva Simpson, Charlize Stevens, Jacob Twombley, Delaney Yates, Ryan Zheng
Honors: Ayla Bennett, Jessica Brassil, Burton Campbell, Elysia Cancel, Daniel Ciriello, Robert Currier, Abby Deary, Colin Hallinan, Myleigh Martin, Maelie McAniff, Malaney McAniff, Aden Rossel, Skyler Simard, Aria Smith, Logan Snyder, Jasmine Terrio
Caring Eagles: Nikki Albro, Robbie Bizzaro, Avie Blakney, Jessica Brassil, Abby Deary, Dylan DuLong, Isabella Greubel, Amelia Harper, Tyler Howe, Wyatt Idell, Lauren Johnson, Chanah Katz, Cooper Lawrence, Shawna Lin, Lillian Long, Autumn Loving, Myleigh Martin, Maelie McAniff, Malaney McAniff, Sarah McTague, Autumn Patterson, Rachel Peirce, Hermione Porter, Aidan Rossel, Skyler Simard, Eva Simpson, Charlize Stevens, Annabelle Shumway, Logan Snyder, Jasmine Terrio, Jacob Twombley, Delaney Yates, Ryan Zheng
EES School Calendar
- May 2 – PTO meeting 7:00 pm in the EES Art Room. Free babysitting in the Library.
- May 2 – Grade 1 Field Trip to Children’s Museum
- May 4 – School assembly at 9:50 am
- May 8-12– Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
- May 9 – Band & Chorus Field Trip to Music Hall
- May 10– Michelle Nelson-Schmidt discusses her books
- May 10– Unified Arts Showcase for grades 4 & 5 6:00-7:30 pm
- May 10– Grade 5 visits Epping Middle School
- May 11 – 5th Grade parents Information night at EMS– 6:30-7:30 pm
- May 16 – UNH Northwest Passage presentation to Grade 2
- May 24 – Music & games night for Grades 1& 2 6:30-7:30 pm
- May 25 –Spring concert for grade 3 Band & Chorus
- May 29 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
- June 5– PTO meeting 7:00 pm in the EES Art Room. Free babysitting in the Library.
- June 9– PTO Carnival from 6:30-8:00 pm
- June 12– Field Day –Grades 3-5 Ran date June 15
- June 13– Field Day –Grades K-2 Ran date June 14
- June 13,14 - Grade 4 Field Trip to Strawbery Banke and Gundalow Sail
- June 19 – Grade 5 Field Trip to Charlestown Navy Yard and Super Duck Tour in Boston
- June 23 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students
- Closing Ceremony –
- Kindergarten-Grade 5- 9:00 - 11:00 am
- Grade 5 Awards Assembly 1:15 - 2:45 pm