Dover Press Release
DOVER SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
P R E S S R E L E A S E
AUGUST 1, 2014
Elaine Arbour, Superintendent of Schools, today announced the events and activities surrounding the opening of Dover's public schools for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
School and room assignment cards will be mailed during August to all elementary and middle school students enrolled in Dover public schools. Information relating to bus assignments will be included in assignment card/letters to those students eligible to ride a bus. To be eligible to ride the bus, elementary (including kindergarten) students and fifth graders must live a mile or more from school, middle school students, except fifth grade students, must live at least one and one-half miles from school, and high school students must live at least two miles from the school.
Bus schedule information will be available beginning August 15th in the schools, at the office of the Superintendent, or by calling First Student at 742-5984. Complete bus schedules are posted on Dover’s School Website www.dover.k12.nh.us “Information for Parents” and will be published in Foster's prior to the opening of schools. Parents of students who receive special busing within Dover should call the bus company, The Provider, at
1-800-660-9664, with any questions. Parents with questions regarding other special busing arrangements should call the Special Education office at 516-6722.
New Hampshire law states that no student may be admitted to public schools unless proof of immunization has been presented prior to entrance. Parents of new students should be prepared to present a copy of immunization records before the opening day of school.
Open house for kindergarten and first grade students and those students in grades two through four who are new to Dover will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, between 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at Horne Street School and Woodman Park School. Open house at Garrison School will take place on the same day between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Parents may visit with their children during the open house hours to familiarize themselves with the school, to meet the staff and principal, and to make the opening of school less hectic. On this day, parents will be responsible for their own transportation. Parents of kindergarten and first grade students for whom physician’s reports have not submitted to the school are asked to bring that report with them to the open house.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the first day of school, the elementary schools will open their doors at approximately 8:05 a.m. with students in their rooms at 8:15 a.m. School will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m.
Fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who are new to the school district are invited to come to the middle school on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. for an orientation program and tour. After the orientation programs, students who have not previously registered during the summer will be asked to stay to complete registration information and assessment testing. Students will be asked to complete placement assessment tests including a math assessment for all grades and reading and vocabulary testing for students in grades 5 and 6 and a free writing sample from students in grades 7 and 8. Registration requirements include: a copy of the student’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of a medical physical dated August 27th, 2013 or after (or proof of an upcoming appointment date and time), and proof of Dover residency (ex. Utility bill or lease). Seventh and eighth graders will not be enrolled without an updated rubella immunization.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the middle school doors will open at 7:20 a.m. and school will begin at 7:30 a.m. Students who have not been assigned a homeroom should report to the Guidance Office at 7:15 a.m. Dismissal will be at 2:20 p.m.
Orientation for the ninth graders will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The primary purpose of the orientation program is to acquaint new students with the building, their schedules, and the DHS community.
Homeroom assignments can be found on the schedule mailed home to students and will also be posted in the cafeteria and outside the main office. Students should retrieve their welcome packet in the café when they arrive. At 8:00 a.m. the freshmen will be joined by DHS Student Ambassadors to kick off orientation.
Bus Transportation for freshmen on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 will be provided for all bus students from Barrington, Dover and Nottingham. Buses will run their normal routes and pick up students at their established stops. Students will be dismissed at noon and will be transported home to their respective stops at the end of the abbreviated day. For Dover residents only, as outlined in the Bus Transportation Letter mailed home, there is an annual bus transportation fee of $50 for students ($20 for reduced lunch students and $10 for free lunch students).
All students walking to school should arrive by 7:30 a.m. to allow time to check in.
All students return to school on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 and pickup will occur at their regular a.m. bus stops. The high school doors will open at 7:20 a.m. and school will begin at 7:40 a.m. Dismissal will be at 2:30 p.m.
DOVER HIGH SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM
The first day of school for all Dover High School Alternative Program students is August 27, 2014. School begins at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
If there are questions about the opening of school or other school matters, parents may contact the principals' offices:
Garrison School Beth Dunton, Principal 516-6752
Horne Street School Michael McKenney, Principal 516-6756
Woodman Park School Patrick Boodey, Principal 516-6700
Dover Middle School Kim Lyndes, Principal 516-7200
Dover High School Peter Driscoll, Principal 516-6900
DHS Alternative Program Joan Breault, Dean 516-6790
Regional Career Technical
Center & NJROTC Louise Paradis, Director 516-6978
The Superintendent of Schools may be reached at 516-6800. Special Education and 504 education questions should be directed to Christine Boston at 516-6722. Questions regarding federal projects or curriculum should be directed to Paula Glynn at 516-6707. Questions regarding Career and Technical Education, including the Tri-City program, and the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), should be directed to Louise Paradis at 516-6978. Questions regarding transportation should be directed to First Student, 742-5984.