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Dodging for Charity

posted Mar 5, 2018, 5:31 AM by Chris Cooney

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Did you know that over 8,000 people in New Hampshire are projected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2018? Help us prevent these diagnoses during this year's Pennies for Patients collection. Pennies for Patients will be taking place from Monday, March 5th to Monday, March 26th. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society; this society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, which make up over 10% of the new cases of cancer each year. The National Honor Society's goal is to raise at least $750. Help us defeat cancer and lower the statistics!

This year's Dodging for Charity will take place on Friday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm. Play some dodgeball while supporting local charities! You can pick up team sign-up forms in Mrs. Rosenberg's room. The last day to sign up is March 20th, but do so early so that your team gets their first choice of charity! 

Sophomore Sets New School Record!

posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:39 AM by Chris Cooney

Sophomore Camryn Young capped off an amazing indoor track season by placing third in the girls 600 meter run at the Division 2 State Meet on February 4. Her time of 1:42.83 set a new school record in the 600 meter. 

Portland Sea Dogs 11th Annual College & Trades Fair

posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:34 AM by Chris Cooney

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The Portland Sea Dogs will be hosting their 11th Annual College & Trades Fair on Thursday, May 10th, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. This event will feature representatives from state, private, community, and trade institutions throughout the Northeast and around the country. After the college and trades fair, institutions representatives and students are invited to watch the Sea Dogs' game against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, at 6:00. Every student attending the College Fair receives two complimentary General Admission tickets for the game and event. Please visit the Guidance Office to sign up!

Junior SATs

posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:32 AM by Chris Cooney

All Juniors will be taking the SAT during the school day on March 21st. Please visit Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/sat) for practice tests, tips, and tricks.

Dessert and a Show

posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:29 AM by Chris Cooney

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The annual "Dessert and a Show" concert is on 
Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm in the NJSHS gymnasium. This year, the band and chorus ensembles will be presenting music from all around the world! Mrs. Castellon and the Family and Consumer Science students are making some delicious desserts to share with you, and we will also be selling raffle tickets for great prizes like ski lift tickets, gift certificates, and more! Suggested donation for admission to the concert is $3 per person or $10 per family.

Student Writes About Job Shadow

posted Feb 21, 2018, 7:55 AM by Chris Cooney   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 8:55 AM ]

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See below an article written by student Bryan McKenny about his job shadow regarding Video Game Design...

Greetings, good citizens of Newmarket! As your newest humble news writer, I will today be sharing my job shadow experience at Skymap Games with you all.* Everyone** loves to play video games, but I also enjoy designing and programming them. I started making games on Sploder.com in 5th grade (including the famous EAT ANCHOVIES), and then I migrated to the program Gamemaker, which I used to put three games on the Google Play Store.*** The job shadow at Skymap helped me think about my next steps into the real gaming industry.

I was able to job shadow at Skymap Games through Newmarket’s Extended Learning Opportunities program. Skymap Games is located inside a glassed-off room somewhere in Manchester, NH. There are about five other different video game companies/contractors in that same room, so Skymap has only one long table, covered with computers, to work at. I had the opportunity to talk to five out of the six members that comprise Skymap, as well as some other programmers in the room, and everyone was very friendly. I learned quite a few useful facts during that job shadow, and I will try to dutifully compile them below, for your viewing pleasure:****
The two best engines for 3D game making are Unity and Unreal Engine. Unity is better for mobile games and other such performance-intensive projects, while Unreal is better for pretty much everything else (according to Skymap Games, at least). Unity is also easier to get into because it uses C# instead of C++, although Unreal does have a Blueprint block-coding mode which is easy to understand and useful for even the programmers at Skymap.

Networking is everything. This I learned the hard way (by getting only $4 out of all three of my Google Play apps), but it was ground into my brain even deeper by Neal Laurenza, the managing director of Skymap Games. Networking is essential if you want your game to get recognition, and I learned the best ways to advertise: social media (obviously) and going to events. Lots and lots of events. Neal went to PAX with his company’s game, Bacon Man, as well as other gaming conventions, and even a bacon festival in Canada. He also published the game’s preorder on the Humble Bundle store, which gets lots of traffic.

If you are not organized when making a game with others, you will perish by fire fail. Skymap uses the program Trello (which is basically a million sticky notes that can be commented on and moved between “Ideas”, “To-Do”, and “Done”sections) to stay organized as a team, and they also use Google Drive for collectively editing the game script. To keep everyone on the same version of Bacon Man, the team uses a server that they constantly update with the latest version of the game, and other members can download it from there.
It is better to get a job as a game programmer and then work up to becoming a designer than to try to apply as a designer immediately, because “ideas are like farts; everyone has them, and they usually stink” (this was the wisdom imparted to me by Neal).
This may seem obvious, but you need good self-management and problem-solving skills to become a programmer (of any sort).

To anyone***** who made it this far, I applaud you. And I will reward you with a FAQ session that I created myself:

Q: Do I have to go to school to become a video game programmer?
A: Yes.
Q: Why?
A: Well, concepts such as trigonometry, physics, and geometry are very useful when creating video games, especially 3D ones.
Q: Fine. Do I have to go to college then?
A: Yes.
Q: Why?
A: Well, you need a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Video Game Programming (yes, that is a real major) to even be considered for a programming position.
Q: Wait, you mean playing video games isn’t enough to get the job?
A: ...

And there you have it, folks. This job shadow was extremely valuable to me, and it was also quite enjoyable. I even got to play Bacon Man! Now, it’s time for a final call to action: “Reach for the skies,” which is the slogan of Skymap Games, and can be interpreted here as: “Do a job shadow to explore your career interests!”

*you all - Archaic term that roughly translates as “the couple of random people who happen to look at the front page of the school website and are so shocked by seeing a post by anyone other than Chris Cooney that they decide to click on it.”

***https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Anjosustrakr+Games&hl=en (Fun Fact: This link doesn’t work if you’re signed into a school account, because the Newmarket School District is counted as a different country where Google Play games are not available (or maybe it’s just blocked).)

****Because who reads paragraphs these days, anyway?

*****Probably only Mr. Levasseur.

Cameron's Century Challenge - Help fight Leukemia!

posted Feb 21, 2018, 5:57 AM by Chris Cooney

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Link to fundraiser: Cameron's Century Challenge

Cameron, a student at Great Bay Community College, needs a bone marrow transplant to fight leukemia.  Please consider registering as a potential bone marrow donor on February 26, 2018.

Together we can save lives!

Cameron is a student at Great Bay Community College and needs a bone marrow transplant to fight leukemia.  The Great Bay Student Nurses Association is sponsoring a Bone Marrow Registration Drive to identify potential donors and spread awareness.  

The drive is scheduled for February 26, 2018 from 9AM to 4PM at Great Bay Community College located at 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03820 (on the Pease Tradeport).  

If you are between the ages of 18 - 55 all it takes to register as a potential donor is 10 minutes of your time and a simple cheek swab.  If you are unable to attend the drive then consider "Sponsoring A Swab" by clicking on the donate button.  All funds go directly to DKMS and are applied to processing costs associated with the swabs and are tax deductible.  Either way you can add the word "Hero" to your resume!

Cameron sitting in a chair

Q2 Honor Roll

posted Feb 9, 2018, 9:57 AM by Jason Carey   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 9:59 AM ]

Newmarket Jr. / Sr. High School Q2 Honor Roll

Grade 12 Highest Honors: Luke Longa, Kathryn Samuelson.
Grade 12 High Honors: Sydney Gendreau, Tommi Thavisouk, Andy Yang.
Grade 12 Honors: Nickolaus Bajger, Spencer Blake, Garrett Day, Bradley Goodspeed, Kaitlyn Herlihy, Sierra Holden, Anneka Huber, Olivia Mitchell, Cameron Mooney, William Perry, Madison Reynolds, David Silvia, Maniphone Soumpholphakdy.

Grade 11 Highest Honors: Marie Hoehner, Kyle James, Alyssa Levesque, Bryan McKenney, Jolena Senesombath.
Grade 11 High Honors: Antonio Evangelista, Madeline Geier, Juliana Guilfuchi, Benjamin LeBeau, Lucas Russell, Caitlin Temple, Jackson Tower, Sammie Yang.
Grade 11 Honors: Peyton Catalano, Anna Childs, Simon Cote, Michael Dowst, Mary Farnese, Margaret Hayes, Frederick Holmes, Alexa Palasciano, Rhiannon Regan.

Grade 10 Highest Honors: Nicole Berry, Morgan Buinicky, David Eckland, Jaelyn Edmonds, Samuel Frede, Felix Hoehner, Navya Kotturu, Elias Longa, Ruth Malone, Alyson Mooney.
Grade 10 High Honors: Nicholas Berthiaume, Allison Burleigh, William Chase, Kathryn Day, Eric Diaz, Ashlynn Henderson, Keenan Mills, Maria Willerer.
Grade 10 Honors: Kaylie Cullen, Steven Diaz, Bethany Gibney, Dylan Vongsa, Logan Willey, Nora Woody.

Grade 9 Highest Honors: Collin Blake, Caden Corbin, Brianna Filion, Maria Filion, Isabelle Fortier, Kaylen Fowler, McKayla Hartman, Owen Hayes, Abigail Henry, Morgan Hock, Taylor Kenison, Colby Kumph, Grace Lunney, Zoe McGuirk, Stephen McKenney, Chloe McKinney, Zachary Mosher, Jack Noon, Julia Perry, Haydn Russell, Mia Smith, Mitchell Tilton, Chloe Tobin, Sierra Yim, Ethan Zundell.
Grade 9 High Honors: Emma Ambrogio, Chloe Fermon, Hayden Goodreau, Joseph Lavallee, Thomas Leahy, Michael Leung, Brigid Moore, Katherine Morgan, Dominic Scarponi, Conor Sullivan, Jenna Titus, Jessica Wickens.
Grade 9 Honors: Lauren Bowley, Stephen Coffey, Audrey Davis, Madison Estelle, Nicholas Harter, Alia Hernandez, Brady Lessard, Aprylle Magbanua, Riley Palasciano, Vivica Thavisouk, Jake Tobin, Owen Tower, Tyler Wood.

Grade 8 Highest Honors: Colin Bassett, Evan Braley, Ryan Chase, Simran Dillip, Catherine Geier, Aubrey Hill, Morgan Long, Porter Malone, Riley Nolan, Sophia Nolan, Isabel Pentony, Phoebe Swiatek, Julia Walkowiak.
Grade 8 High Honors: Sydney Beaudet, Jessica Berry, Andrew Berthiaume, Paige Bosworth, Liliana Buono, Shea Calkins, Grady Dionne, Paige Dube, Mia Fidyk, Madison Joe, Danica Jones, Loralei Kyes, Gabrielle Madore, Cassandra Mosher, Olivia Pasquale, Avery Richardson, Sylvia Rissel, James Sullivan, Augustus Vigorito, Anna Willerer, Lexa Woody, Lydia Zungy.
Grade 8 Honors: Francesca Evangelista, Kaitlyn Fralish, Isabella Giacomoni, Emily Lavoie, Kiandra Loukx, Jewelle Maziarz, Chloe Reynolds, Lillian Ronai, Jasynda Senesombath, Caroline Snyder, Emily Thibodeau.

Grade 7 Highest Honors: Amy Benson, Lilla Bozek, Amy Burke, Alexia Catalano, Ava Crumb, Molly Fabrizio, Holly Fermon, Keaghan Hayes, Payton Hock, Annika LeBlond, Megan Lessard, Jason Robillard, Sophia Yim.
Grade 7 High Honors: Grady Adams, Abigail Bentley, Quinn Burns, Andrew Cloutier, Jordan Espo, Cooper Mills, Nicholas Nigro, Eliza Noon, Zoe Perkins, Ella Pottle, Jameson Senesombath, Giacinta Tilton, Dylan Tobin, Samantha Venuto.
Grade 7 Honors: Nicholas Blackadar, Jack Boudreau, Charlotte Conley-Reynolds, Matthew Cutting, Ella Gallion, Lexus Golden, William Hinchcliffe, Karina Jones, Sadie Mansfield, Robert McCarthy, Finlay McGuirk, Maggie Moore, Caleb Smith, Luke Snyder, Pachak Souphakhot, Amonjay Torbor, Marianny Torres.

Grade 6 Highest Honors:  Charlie Ambrogio, Acadia Bloodlane, Allison Burke, Delaney Corbin, Satbani Dhariwal, Soumyan Dillip, Alexander Foltz, Olivia Grundy, Madelyn Hartman, Alexander Henry, Katelynn Houle, Chelsey Ioia, Haiden Joe, Gwenivere Kane, Jadyn Kyes, Delaney Nadeau, Samuel Nolan, Orion Raczek, Matilde Sala, Kathleen Sullivan, Emma Walkowiak, Emma Weick.
Grade 6 High Honors: Amy Alexander-Morgan, Olivia Bell, Morgan Boucher, Avery Bowden, Baris Fortier, Alison Gibney, Anna Harding, Alyssa Hernandez, Hunter McGraw, Jillian Orsi-King, Charles Pynn, Avery Richards, Aiden Riley, Gabrylle Santiago, Parker Sweitzer, Jonathan Tudor, Sean Vincent, Elias Volpini, Carl Zheng, Georgios Zygouris.
Grade 6 Honors: Logan Barnes, John Belanger, Dylan Burns, Rhianna Cleaves, Aiden Cummer, Marston Daigle, Avery Dobberstein, Reagan Dube, Makayla Edgerly, Lucy Felix, Kara Gilbert, Wyatt Flinkstrom, Vadsana Khounnasenh, Joshua Lambert, Ariyanna Marshall Hartford, Erin Maxwell, Camden Moran, Ashley Shelton, Pranav Thamil, Charlee Witham.

Project SEARCH in 2018

posted Jan 23, 2018, 5:47 AM by Chris Cooney

The second semester of Project SEARCH picks up again on Wednesday, January 31.  This seminar features Professor Jim Connell speaking to students about nuclear energy. This visit will also find students coming home with a FREE long sleeved T-shirt with the winning design they voted on back in November.  

  • On February 14 students will be discussing anxiety with Lynn Lyons, a mental health practitioner.  
  • On March 7, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) visits us with some timely and relevant discussions about being inclusive!
  • On March 21, Mike Francis arrives in full costume to relive the history of Galileo.  Throughout the presentation audience members will be actively involved in experiments and demonstrations. After the lecture, "Galileo" answers questions about his experiments, his life and his times.  
  • Our last UNH seminar, April 4, will involve a lively debate between some local Newmarket speakers who study Intelligent Design and the UNH science community that teaches the Theory of Evolution.
  • On April 11, SEARCH members with excellent attendance are invited to travel to a Boston field trip to see Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse.  This is an all day field trip that culminates with a great Boston ad-lib play that has filled the house for many many years!

Box Tops for Education

posted Jan 22, 2018, 10:53 AM by Chris Cooney   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 10:53 AM ]

Help our school earn cash by clipping Box Tops from products and sending them to school! Each one is worth 10¢ and our school can use the cash for whatever it needs. See a list of products at BTFE.com/products.  
Be sure to sign up at BTFE.com as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers.  Deliver Box Tops to Mrs. Sawyer at the Jr./Sr. High School.  Every Box Top makes a difference!

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