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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. William VanBennekum

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Principal – Mr. William VanBennekum

Mr. Van Bennekum is beginning his twelfth year as the principal of Holderness Central School.  Originally a native of New Hampshire, he grew up in nearby Gilford where he resides today with his wife Cathy, a Winnisquam Regional School District Data Coordinator, and his two children Nicholas 21, a senior at SUNY ESF @ Syracuse and member of the men’s soccer team and Kaitlyn 19, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island.

Mr. Van Bennekum began his educational career in Chesapeake Virginia, where he taught for seven years as a middle school math, science and social studies teacher. In addition to teaching, he also served as an Athletic Director and Boys’ Basketball coach. The following year, he was offered his first administrative appointment as an Assistant Principal.   He served the communities of Indian River, Western Branch and Deep Creek for eight years before making the move back to his home state of New Hampshire. Mr. Van Bennekum is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education grades 4-8 and holds a Master of Science in Education Administration. He completed his certificate of graduate studies in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University earning his superintendent certificate in December 2016.  He is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program at Plymouth State University.



 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 Notary Public and 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.