For Families

Dover High School Family Information Update

March 22, 2017 

The Dover School Board has made the following adjustments to the 2016-2017 School Calendar.  The last day is based on our current snow day total.

            *Friday, March 24, 2017 will be a student day.  It will not be a teacher workshop day.

            *Friday, May 26, 2017 will be a student day.  It will not be a teacher workshop day.

          *The last day for underclassmen will be June 21, 2017 and it will be a half day.  We have not set the exam schedule for Second Semester at this time.

      Each year juniors participate in New Hampshire’s state-wide assessment program.  This year the assessment will have two components:

  1. The SAT with Essay- to be taken in school on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 7:55 am to 12:55 pm.
  2. The Science NECAP- to be taken in school during May.  Specific dates and times will be announced closer to the actual test administration.

Please see the attached letter that provides more detailed information on the SAT Day.

     New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) will be hosting a presentation on Early College Planning, April 10th, at 6:30 pm in the Frederick C. Walker Auditorium. This presentation is recommended for parents of students in grades 9-11 and is not to be confused with Financial Aid Night for Senior Parents in the fall.  While financial aid can make college more affordable, parents and students are expected to take primary responsibility for paying for post-secondary education. In this session, NHHEAF will address options for managing college costs, applying for financial aid, and discuss college funding options.

     The Dover Police Department is hosting its first annual Junior Citizen Police Academy starting Monday April 10, 2017 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  The program will meet each Monday for four weeks except Monday, April 24.  This will be a great opportunity for those interested in law enforcement and police procedures to be involved in classes covering topics like K9 Demonstration, mock motor vehicle stops, patrol tactics, and more.  Any junior or senior that is in good academic standing can see Officer Kennedy for more information. 

     Three community conversations centered around connecting the community to education will be held in March and all residents are invited to join these conversations and share their insights. 

The two remaining conversations will be held in the McConnell Center Cafeteria found in the basement of the building located at 61 Locust Street.  Free parking is available in the Library Parking Lot, refreshments will be served, and child care is available for school-aged children.   Meeting times are:

Goal Setting                Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Action Forum              Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Repeated Information 

     The School Board has approved Thursday, June 8, 2017 for the Class of 2017 graduation ceremony and the waiver required for this date has been accepted by the State of New Hampshire. More details concerning graduation will be shared in the near future.

     College-Bound Seniors: all the scholarships listed on the Scholarship Wall in the Guidance Office are also posted online on the Guidance Webpage.  The link is:

There is still time to order a 2017 Dover High School yearbook! It's on the link below to order online...OR......Bring cash, or check (payable to DHS Yearbook) to room 328.  

Order your yearbook today....$65.00

     Dover High School will be participating in the Strafford County Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  The 99-question survey, which takes about 40 minutes to complete, will be administered during Block 2 on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  Copies of the survey are available in the Dean’s Office and the Guidance Office for people to read.  Attached to this email is a more detailed letter concerning the process, a fact sheet about the survey, and an opt out form.  If you decide to use the opt out option for your student, the form must be returned to the Guidance Office by April 5, 2017.

     We would like to alert you to some social media pages associated with Dover High School that celebrate the wide variety of activities that take place here.  We will continue to make people aware of the wide variety of chances to “follow” the many activities taking place at Dover High School.  Please follow us on Facebook at Dover High School and Career Technical Center, DHS Guidance, Dover High School Art, and Dover High School Cosmetology. The Athletic Department Twitter handle is @Tsunami__DHS and updated schedules can be found at .  Girls lacrosse Twitter handle is @greenwavewlax.  The Tide has three social media accounts:  Twitter- @TheTide_new, Instagram- thetide_dhs. and Facebook- @dovertide.  Some other opportunities to follow Dover High School on Social Media, in addition to those listed above include, Twitter, DHS CALL TO ACTION @kstephenskim, a Facebook page entitled DHSSTUDENTAMBASSADOR, and these accounts for Boys Lacrosse and the Lacrosse Boosters: Boys Lacrosse Twitter: @Greenwave_Lax, Boys Lacrosse Website:, and Facebook: Dover Lacrosse Boosters (representing both DHS Boys and Girls Lacrosse).


     As you know, high school seniors are encouraged to file the 2017-2018 FAFSA now as the next step in the college admissions process.    In January and February, financial aid professionals from our state's colleges and universities will host FAFSA filing events on their campuses to help families file this important form. These events are done in a group setting, with families working independently to file the FAFSA with assistance from financial aid professionals as needed.  Families are encouraged to sign up for a FAFSA filing event at a campus near your high school or home. These FAFSA filing events are open to current high school seniors. Students do not need to be applying to a certain institution to take advantage of FAFSA filing on that campus.  To register for a filing event, please visit  A confirmation email will be sent to confirm specifics about the event, and to outline the materials needed to assure a successful FAFSA filing.

     Would you like to be more involved in your child's school? Maybeth Anderson, Dover High School librarian, would love to have your help in the library this year.  There are many tasks for you to choose from: entering magazine and book data on a computer, compiling library attendance statistics, creating signs, shelving books, repairing books and much more. Choose the day and time that work best for you.  No experience necessary! Please contact Maybeth for more information:;  603-516-6973.



Peter Driscoll
Dover High School Principal





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