John Stark Regional High School

Senior Photo Update

Hello Seniors!

 Your senior photos are due to the yearbook by Thursday, December 1st.  Please read this post carefully so you know your options. 
1. If you have had, or will be having, your photos taken by a studio, please make sure that you let them know you have a deadline.  Many outside photographers have already contacted me to see when the deadline is. They need to submit the photo and a signed release form (see specifications below). 
2. If your plan all along was to use your picture from school photo day (the one on your ID card), please respond to this email and let me know. Everyone will be receiving their ID cards Monday October 17th in Advisory.
Geskus studios will be here at John Stark on Monday, November 14th from 7:30-4:00.  They will set up a small studio in room 192 to take about 6-8 poses for each senior who wants to have their portraits taken. The cost of this is FREE. If you need to sign up for an appointment time that day, please reply to the email that was sent to each seniors email account with your free blocks so you can be scheduled for an appointment time.  
SUBMITTING YOUR PHOTO  (info for your photographer)...
You need to submit a color photo that is portrait orientation (not landscape). These can be full body shots, but keep in mind that your spot in the yearbook is not that big, so you may not be able to see your face clearly depending on the image. Your photo can be submitted via email or on a CD and should be at least 1mb in size.  These need to be .jpeg files and the file name should include your first and last name. These photos should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as an attachment. 
 If you have questions, please don't hesitate to email and ask.

We the People

Photo (l-r): Skyler Bergeron, Mitchell Dionne, Jake Silva, Alycia Silva, Brenna Hopkins, Marisa Dobbins, Jeremy Aubin, Patrick Kalob, William Shattuck

Students in the We the People class at John Stark Regional High School traveled to the state Supreme Court on October 5 and  heard arguments in the Robert Breest case and had a brief audience with the prosecutor and the defence attorney after the argument. The We the People class taught by Dan Marcus  at John Stark is designed to promote civic competence and responsibility among America’s youth.

One Step at a Time

Left to right: Emily Durica, Rachel Keon, Suzanne Carmichael, Mercedes Camacho and Alexis Slade

Four students from Suzanne Carmichael Women's Studies classes  participated in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (WAM) event at the statehouse in Concord on October 5. More than 100 men (and some women) walked a mile in heels to raise money for the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire and awareness about domestic violence.  The students volunteered at the event with Ms. Carmichael by handing out water and helping participants chronicle the event with photos.


John Stark uses Geskus for all of our school photo needs, and this includes the Senior Photos in the yearbook. They have generously offered to take yearbook photos at NO COST for seniors. Seniors who wish to take advantage of this option will schedule their photo appointment with the Yearbook during the month of November.

Geskus does offer other options for additional sitting fees, so please feel free to hear the options, but know that you are ultimately under no obligation to pay anything if all you desire is your photo in the yearbook.

Geskus Appointment Number: 1-800-948-1120

Geskus will be on site at John Stark Regional High School in November. Seniors will be able to schedule an appointment at JSR during their free block or before/after school.


-Not all seniors can afford to have professional photos, so we can provide this for all seniors at no cost.

-No candids, photos taken in the back yard, photos taken with a personal camera etc…will be accepted as a senior portrait. There are pages for candid shots, so if seniors have a candid they want in the yearbook, there will be a chance to submit these in the fall, but this will not be used as their OFFICIAL SENIOR PHOTO.

DEADLINE: The deadline to submit a Senior Photo is December 1st. NO PHOTOS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DEADLINE.

In the past, many seniors have selected other professional photographers to take their senior photos. Please feel free to contact the Yearbook if you would like a list of photographers that students have used in the past.

If you have another professional photographer in mind, please email the name and contact information the Yearbook ASAP.

If you have already have had a Senior Photo taken, please submit the photo to yearbook via email or on a CD. Please make sure the format is jpeg and that the file name includes both your first and last name.

It is our desire to have the best quality yearbook possible while making sure every senior has access to a professional photo for their Senior Portrait.



The Yearbook Staff

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**If you have a professional studio that you prefer, please email the contact information so we can contact the studio to arrange the release rights of the photo for print in the yearbook.**


Yearbook Purchasing Information

Purchasing: Yearbooks can be ordered by credit card through or by cash/check with an order form through the Yearbook Staff at John Stark. Order forms will be available in the main office.
Cost:Yearbooks can be purchased for a discounted price of $60 until September 16th. After that, the cost is $65. Yearbooks can be personalized for an extra $5.

Class of 2020 User Accounts

The Freshmen Class of 2020 will receive their new usernames and passwords for Google, network and computer access, and Powerschool during Freshmen Fest on August 26, 2016. Existing usernames and passwords have been updated/changed to meet the security requirements of the systems at JSRHS.

Greek Mythology Classical Voyage

We are offering a Greek Mythology Classical Voyage for John Stark students, co-taught by English and Art teachers for students during the 2017 April vacation. This trip will offer a half credit in Art History while students learn about and experience Greek art, architecture, mythology and culture.  Spaces are still available, so sign up today!  For more information, contact JS art teacher Erin Smart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or JS English Teacher Randy Brooker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JSRHS Students Work with NH Institute of Art to Create Large-Scale Photo Installation

PHOTO CREDIT:  Cal Loos JSRHS Class of 2016

To view more images from this event please click here or click on the photo above.

PHOTO CREDIT FOR ALL EXHIBIT PHOTOS:  Gary Samson and Eli Tyrell-Walker, Class of 2016

Joint Project by Student Amnesty International Chapter and Photo Club

Ten large scale (4’x7’) portraits created through the collaboration of John Stark Regional High School’s Chapter of Amnesty International and Photography Club has been installed in the Atrium at John Stark. The project came after students watched a TED Talk by artist and human rights advocate JR and his Inside Out Project. JSRHS students worked with International Portrait Photographer and Chairperson of the Photography Department Gary Samson at the New Hampshire Institute of Art to create and print the photographs.

Read more: JSRHS Students Work with NH Institute of Art to Create Large-Scale Photo Installation

Project Lead the Way Receives Certification

John Stark Regional High school has received national certification for it's Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. There are only 13 certified Project Lead the Way high schools in New Hampshire.  PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous, world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life activities, projects and problems. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the full experience.

Read more: Project Lead the Way Receives Certification

JSRHS Powerschool Portal Open

Students’ anticipated class schedules are now available for viewing through both the Parent and Student Portals*. (Access via mobile app not yet available.) Final schedules will be distributed to students on the first day of school.

The master schedule was created based upon students’ thoughtful requests for specific courses. There is, therefore, limited opportunity for adjustments to individual schedules. The following list suggests when course changes may be appropriate:

  • A graduation requirement is missing
  • The student has failed to receive the appropriate grade in summer school.
  • The student has not taken or has failed the required prerequisite for the course.
  • The teacher initiates the change for the benefit of the student.
  • There is a major change in the student’s plan for graduation.

“Not liking” a class/teacher and/or wanting to have late arrival or early dismissal are not sufficient reasons for changing classes.

 Student-initiated schedule changes will not be made prior to August 31st, unless they are missing a core academic class. The add/drop period will begin on Monday, August 31st and end on Friday, September 11th. Students can make appropriate schedule changes by meeting with their counselor and securing parent/guardian and teacher signatures, as directed.

We look forward to welcoming students back to school next week.

Donna S. Nelson
Dean of Student Services
School Counseling Center
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 *Please note that PowerSchool passwords for freshmen were reset over the summer. New passwords will be distributed to students on the first day of school.