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 Holderness Central School Information

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Holderness Central School Information

Mission Statement

Holderness Central School partners with families and community to provide a challenging learning environment that educates the whole child in order to meet the emotional, physical, social, and intellectual needs.  Holderness Central School serves to develop well-rounded, self-disciplined, and independent students who function responsibly in a global society. (2012)

General Overview

Holderness Central School is one of seven K-8 schools in SAU #48, subsequently, the students will attend Plymouth Regional High School with a small number of students going on to attend several regional prep schools.   The Holderness Central School continues to be a center of pride for the town of Holderness, providing a public education for all those who live in the community.  The town is also host to a prestigious private school, The Holderness School, which educates students from grades 9 -12.   Together both schools provide an enriching educational setting and are closely linked to an epicenter of higher education at Plymouth State University.

Demographics              

Holderness Central School is a small rural public school in the north central part of the state.   The school is governed by its own school board and is part of the SAU #48 school district.  Over the past several years, the school demographics have changed slightly as the student enrollment has been on a steady decline.   However, the current enrollment has remained steady over two years.  These current trends have not impacted the long term history of community support for the school and the educational programs offered to the students.



 Principal - Mr. Joseph Sampson

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Principal - Mr. Joseph Sampson

I was born, raised and educated in NH and have spent the bulk of my life in the Lakes and White Mountains region of central NH.  Whenever there is a free moment, I am outside with my family, hiking, biking, skiing, boating, camping, or just riding scooters with my daughter in the driveway. My wife Kait, daughter Elodie, son Tanner, our Labrador Bear, and I live and play in Moultonborough NH, where all of those activities are minutes away.

I spent two years teaching and ski coaching in Vermont at Okemo Mountain School before moving back to NH and transitioning into public education. I spent seven years working at Laconia Middle School and one year at Woodland Heights School in Kindergarten.  I have worked as a special educator, reading interventionist, and youth behavior specialist. During the last three years, I have served as Principal at Wentworth Elementary School. 

I am so honored to accept this new amazing position at Holderness Central School, at a school I have always admired while growing up in Plymouth. 

I look forward to continuing the strong tradition of academic excellence at Holderness Central School while continuing to build capacity for community and place based educational opportunities for all students. Kids, with the guidance of a strong teaching staff, can promote incredible gains in school, life, and their personal development when given the opportunity to have a voice in deciding the trajectory of their educational program. I am so excited to build relationships with all of the HCS community members in order to continue making that happen. I’m so fortunate to join such a strong team. 



 School Counselor - Ms. Janna Swanson

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School Counselor - Ms. Janna Swanson

Ms. Janna Swanson graduated from Plymouth State University with an MEd. in School Counseling. Prior to joining HCS in 2013, she worked at Danbury Elementary School. Ms. Swanson is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies program at Plymouth State University.

The school counseling program at Holderness Central School provides all students equitable access to a quality developmentally appropriate and comprehensive guidance counseling program that focuses on academic success, personal and social development and career and college guidance. The school counseling curricula is aligned with ASCA (American School Counselors Association) National Standards and is delivered to grades K-8 in weekly Wellness classes. Other services to students are based on individual or group needs including but not limited to:

• Mental, emotional, social, developmental, and behavioral services to students and families

• Academic guidance and support services, including organizational, study and test-taking skills for students

• Special education services, including serving as integral member of the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)

• Career awareness, exploration and planning services, including goal setting and decision making assistance for students

• School crisis intervention and response services

• Coordination of more in-depth services needed through community agencies for the students and their families

 

SAU 48 K-8 School Counselors Competencies/Standards



 Office Manager - Mrs. Ann McKenney

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Office Manager - Mrs. Ann McKenney

Mrs. McKenney is the Office Manager here at Holderness Central School.  Prior to coming to HCS in 2007, she was the Administrative Assistant at Plymouth Fire Department.

Mrs. McKenney lives in Holderness with her husband, dog Murphy and cat Smokey.  Mrs. McKenney enjoys photography, walking with her dog Murphy, as well as camping and kayaking in the summer.

Mrs. McKenney is also a Justice of the Peace. 



 School Nurse - Mrs. Heather Mason

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School Nurse - Mrs. Heather Mason

Hello, my name is Heather Mason and I am delighted to have the opportunity to care for the children of Holderness Central School. 

In December of 2006, I received my Associates in Nursing degree from Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, NY. As soon as I graduated I began my nursing career working in the hospital setting.  I have experience working in the operating room, emergency room and a doctor’s office, which has given me a solid foundation of clinical skills to help me be successful in caring for your children. Currently, I am enrolled in a BSN program at Southern New Hampshire University.

I also have a family of my own. I have two beautiful daughters and a supportive husband, along with 2 dogs at home in Plymouth. My children are very active participating in school sports and other after school activities. We enjoy spending time together as a family by spending time on the lake and rivers, hiking, biking, eating dinner together and other fun activities. I love nothing more than quality time spent with my family.

I look forward to getting to know your children well and caring for them while here at HCS.