Dear Families of Berlin Public Schools,
On behalf of our entire staff, I am happy to welcome you to the 2023-24 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We know a strong partnership will make a great difference in your child’s education, as children need support from both the home and school in order to be successful students. As educators, we want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that your child:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of your child’s school life
5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and to go on to be a lifelong learner in whatever pathway is chosen after high school.
I am pleased to introduce the new administrators and staff in our schools. You may notice that some of these “new” staff members have a familiar face, as they are either returning to our district or challenging themselves with new positions within the district…true life-long learners! At Berlin Elementary School, Tammy Fauteux is returning as the Principal. The Assistant Principals are Sandy Pouliot, now focusing on grades K-2, and Cynthia Pike, who has joined us to work with grades 3-5. Joining our teaching staff are Nicole Palmieri (grade 2), Brianna Tibbetts (Kindergarten), John Paine (Student Support Center), and Tracey King (Title I).
At Berlin Middle High School, long-time Social Studies teacher, Andy Rancloes has stepped into the Principalship alongside two new Assistant Principals, Jesse Arsenault (BHS AP) and
Anthony Valliere (BMS AP). Joining the BMHS teaching staff are Ryan Goulet (BHS Math), Rachel Welch (BMS English), Megan Jacques (BMS English), Becky Wallace (Special Education Teacher), Stephanie Hussey-Pack (BHS English), Anne Kopp (BMS Family & Consumer Science), Aisha Rae Vien (Career & Technical Education Center Early/Elementary Teacher Prep Program) and Kurt Melanson (BHS Social Studies).
At the District level, Jason Hook has transitioned to the role of Director of Special Services. Maggie Arsenault (Speech Language Pathologist), Megan Hood (Occupational Therapist) and Stephanie Riff (Occupational Therapist) are the new Berlin Public Schools staff who will be providing student services.
As you’ve likely heard in the news, many districts in NH have positions that remain unfilled at this late date in summer. We are no stranger to this! We are working diligently to fill a BHS Family & Consumer Science teacher position and a BMS Student Support Center teacher position. We also have openings remaining for Educational Assistants, an Administrative Assistant, a Custodian/tradesman and are also seeking substitutes for most every department. I predict that our staff will continue to be busy hiring well after school opens but please know we will have plans in place to ensure the best possible offerings for our students!
The staff and I feel privileged to be part of this community. There is something special about Berlin, our students and our families! We thank you for your support and look forward to all that the new school year will bring.
Your partner in education,