October 2018 Superintendent Message

Dover School Community,

The first full month of school is behind us with new Dover High School and CTC opened and the annual opening activities and open houses completed. Overall, it has been a successful start for the 2018-2019 school year. We greatly appreciate the support of our families as we return to the routines of the school year. The enthusiasm and excitement for the new year has been overwhelming.

To maintain the momentum of a successful school year for a child, the relationships are critical to their success. Without the relationship, there is no exchange of learning or influence that occurs between the
significant caretakers and the child.

All children must know that there is a sincere care daily exhibited by the adults in their lives. For school to be a meaningful and successful experience for children and youth, it is essential they are surrounded and supported by a caring community of adults – most importantly parents/guardians followed by school administrators, teachers, support staff and the general community. Do not believe you can make
learning and influence happen without first establishing the relationship connection with your child. Every child must know they are loved and supported by caring adults throughout their community.

There will be those times when it will be difficult to accept or to love a student’s words and actions, yet every student must have the support of an adult that sincerely cares about and is invested in them. In the English language there is one word for love – love. I love your dress. I love French Fries. I love being in the outdoors. I love our friendship. I love this job, I love you…

In the Greek language there are seven words for love. Each of the words expresses a different form of love. Four of those are eros, storge, phileo, and agape.

 Eros is erotic love, a love of passion, and emotional involvement based on body chemistry. I love you because you make me happy. The foundation of this type of love is some characteristic in the other person which pleases you. Eros looks for what it can receive.

 Storge is a natural affection or natural obligation. It is a movement of the soul for a husband, wife, child, or dog. It is a quiet, abiding feeling within a person that rests on something close to the person and the person feels good about.

 Phileo is a companionable love. This love speaks of affection, fondness, or liking. It is a love that responds to kindness, appreciation, or love. It involves giving as well as receiving, but when it is greatly strained, it can collapse in a crisis. Phileo is a higher love than eros because it is our happiness rather than my happiness. This love is called out of one’s heart by qualities in

 Agape is called out of one’s heart by the preciousness of the object loved. It is a love of esteem, of evaluation. It has the idea of prizing. It is the noblest word for love in the Greek language. It is not kindled by the merit or worth of its object. It delights in giving. This love keeps on loving even when the loved one is unresponsive, unkind, unlovable, and unworthy. It is unconditional love, Agape desires only the good of the one loved. It is a consuming passion for the well-being of others.

Dover’s children need to be surrounded by a community of adults that love and care for them as individuals without any conditions – agape. It is the type of love that feeds the purpose and passion for meaningful and supportive relationships between a significant adult and a child. The passion for the well-being of our children. Being there to support and make a difference in the life of our children who are starting their journey through childhood to early adulthood. As an adult community we can make a
critical difference by being there for our children and invest in them without any conditions.


William R. Harbron, Ed.D.

Dover Schools Strategic Plan

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Dover School District will initiate the implementation of the five- year strategic plan. The strategic plan has four goals:

GOAL 1: The Dover School District will improve educational outcomes for students by effectively engaging with the broader community.

GOAL 2: The Dover School District will develop and sustain a culture that is characterized by optimizing social, emotional, civic, physical, and rigorous academic learning.

GOAL 3: The Dover School District is committed to continue investments in infrastructure to support student learning inclusive of facilities, technology, and safety-security.

GOAL 4: The Dover School District will recruit, hire, develop and retain effective and caring educators and support them in their growth as strong community members.

The following objectives have been selected for emphasis during the 2018-2019 school year:

OBJECTIVE 1.1 – STUDENT VOICE: We will enhance student voice by crating a student-driven environment that allows students to have meaningful input and choice into their learning program.

OBJECTIVE 1.2 – STUDENT SUPPORT AND WELLNESS: We will enhance the support and wellness of all students through purposeful engagement in school and community-based activities.

OBJECTIVE 1.5 - COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDING AND PARTICIPATION: We will provide opportunities for diverse community stakeholders to engage with the Dover schools in shared problem solving and decision making.

OBJECTIVE 2.1 – SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL: We will promote and support the overall health and well-being of all students and staff.

OBJECTIVE 2.2 – STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN LEARNING: We will maximize each student’s engagement in learning.

OBJECTIVE 2.4 – COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION: We will optimize student learning and achievement by developing and implementing a competency-based education model.

The goals will be the focal point of the District’s work with the aim to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the Dover School District.

Dover Schools Updates


On October 9 th will be the first of three Dover Middle School parent and
student conversations. Trained high school and middle school students will
facilitate the conversations starting at 5:30 p.m. The topic for the first Face-2- Face Unplugged Conversation is the issue of bullying.

The dates and times for the two remaining conversations will be January 15
and April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dover Middle School. We encourage all
middle school parents to join their student for evening of quality conversations. These conversations can serve to enhance your relationship with your child and open the lines of
communication during the early adolescent years, when open communication is critical.


During October, Dover Middle School will be participating in the Gallup Poll. The poll is a 24-item survey that measures the engagement, hope,
entrepreneurial aspiration, and career/financial literacy of students in fifth through the twelfth grade. The results are summarized by school and grade level with no identification of student data recorded. The survey will provide Dover Middle School feedback on for major areas:

 Engagement – The involvement in and enthusiasm for school.

 Hope – The ideas and energy students have for the future.

 Entrepreneurial Aspiration – The talent and energy for building businesses that survive, thrive, and employ others.

 Career/Financial Literacy – The information, attitudes and behaviors that students need to practice for healthy participation in the economy.

Dover Middle School will focus on the results provided in the areas of engagement and hope. These two qualities indicate level of engagement students have in their educational program and their hopes and aspirations about the future. The data will be used to identify continual areas of improvement in designing educational programs that fully engage the learner and their voice in learning.


On October 10 th , former NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick,
will be addressing our 7th and 8th grade students and 9 th through 12th
graders on the importance of understanding the five major signs of emotional distress, which can be connected to mental health issues.

John has been traveling the state for the past few years speaking to
thousands of students at middle and high schools about the need to start
a new, non-judgmental conversation around mental illness with a goal of
breaking the stigma around mental health issues. His message is that all
people should be as familiar with the five most common signs of mental illness as most of us are with the signs of a heart attack or a stroke.

John Broderick speaks from experience on this issue and has become a high-profile leader in raising awareness about mental health. His personal story is one of both tragedy and triumph, as his own family is dealing with mental health issues. John often says, if he had known about these five signs when his own grown son was much younger, mental health issues may have been addressed sooner.

On Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. Justice Broderick will be speaking to the Dover community in the new high school auditorium. You are invited to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness, just like other illnesses cannot be treated with silence and
stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment.

Whether things in your family’s life are going well or someone is facing challenges, we are hopeful you will attend this presentation with hope that it may lead to a family discussion about the importance of mental health, and the need to communicate if there are any signs of problems above what most of us would call a bad day or a tough stretch.


Dover School District needs substitute teachers. If you are interested
in serving in this capacity contact Evonne Kill-Kish at 516-6241 or


The new Dover High School and CTC will have a series of events to recognize and celebrate the opening of a new school. The event and dates and times are:

 Ribbon Cutting – October 12 – 1:00 PM

 Public Tours of the School – November 23 - The tours will be held before the annual Alumni Basketball Game.

During the next several months, the remaining areas are being addressed by the construction company who is working through a punch list each night and on weekends to make sure all areas are completed and meet the specifications of the project.

The new facility is over 300,000 square feet with many systems requiring adjustments as they come online. In future visits to the school, you will continue to observe progress and further refinements and finishes in the school.

During the late fall and winter, the demolition process will start on the old facility and in its place will be parking and athletic fields. The total project for Dover High School and Regional CTC will be completed
by Fall of 2019.

Dover High School Tour 2018 -


On Saturday, October 20, Bill Harbron, superintendent, will sponsor a
Community Coffee Conversation about the Dover School District. The
conversation session will start at 9 a.m. at Dover High School and conclude at 11 a.m. All Dover Community members are invited to attend join in the
conversation about the Dover School District.


Check-out the Dover School Facebook Page at It is a way to stay informed of the current events of the Dover School District. There are many good happenings occurring in your Dover School District.


The District is engaged with Edlio in the design and development of a new Dover School District Webpage. The new Dover School District will go live within the next few weeks. Throughout the school year the new webpage will be expanded and refined.

The new website will also contain professional videos pertaining to ten topics related to digital citizenship to assist parents/guardians in helping their children to become responsible digital citizens.


The following are TED TALKS that you may assisted you developing further understanding of communication with young adolescents and adolescents:

 Communication and the Teenage Brain -

 How to Raise A Successful Kid Without Over-parenting -

Inspiration is everywhere and often in unexpected places; you just have to keep your eyes open.