Weekly update

December 10, 2021

Dear SAU 90 Staff and Families,

We wish to thank everyone who attended the holiday parade last weekend.  Whether you were walking with the district or any other community group or watching from the sidelines, it was a fantastic day filled with much joy and festivities adding to the merry season! What a great way to “kick-off” the holidays. Please be sure to check out our Facebook post which features some great photos from the day!  Special thanks to Super Hero, Super Evan for serving as our Grand Marshal this year!  And should you or your family need any support during this time of the year, please be sure to reach out to Mrs. Emily Buchan Fixler, our School Outreach Worker at ebuchan@sau90.org.  She is working with area agencies to ensure all of our families have a happy and healthy holiday ahead.  

December 17 is SUPER EVAN Day!  We ask that everyone wear their “Super Evan” swag in celebration of our favorite superhero, SUPER EVAN, on his 8th birthday.  This is a great time to make a donation to DIPG, diffused intrinsic pontine glioma, a very rare form of childhood brain cancer.  To donate to DIPG research or to learn more, please visit The Cure Starts Now at https://thecurestartsnow.org/support/view-heroes/evan-austin

Thank you to those families who completed the survey requesting remote learning the eight days prior to the holiday break and the two weeks after the break.  There were approximately 50 students, or 5% of our student population in grades kindergarten through grade eight who will be receiving educational support during these designated times.  As stated in the letter, our priority continues to be in-person learning as we feel this is the best option for most of our students. However, we wish to support all of our learners who may need this option given their circumstances.  Due to the limited participation, each school will be developing plans based on their students and their academic needs.  Principals will be in contact with families.  The first session begins next week.  

The good news is the positivity rates in our state, Rockingham County, and in our schools have decreased since last week.  However, positive cases in Hampton rose from 47 positive cases last week to 98 positive cases this week.  This week, there are 3 new cases at Centre School, 7 new cases at Marston School, and 1 new case at Hampton Academy since last week.  This is good news for our school community.  According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control) New Hampshire’s COVID-19 case rate has declined.  The positivity rate has dropped from 13.4% statewide to 11.6%. Rockingham County's positivity rate has dropped from 14.2% to 13.7% while the Seacoast region rose from 11.6% from 11.7%. Let us hope that these numbers continue to move in a downward trajectory.  

Report cards will be available on Monday after 4pm through our PowerSchool portal for the first trimester of school.  If you need any assistance with accessing the portal, our District Data Coordinator, Tim Smith can be reached at tsmith@sau90.org.  

Wishing everyone a great weekend ahead!


Dr. Lois B. Costa

Superintendent of SAU 90