For Families

Dover High School Family Information Update

September 20, 2017 

       In the last week, we have had a ring assembly for sophomores hosted by Josten’s and Picture Day done in cooperation with Mark Lawrence Photography.  Both organizations spoke to me about what a pleasure it was to come to Dover High School because the students were positive, helpful, and respectful.  Thank you for all your efforts in instilling these qualities in your students. 

      Please note the vital information below from the School Counseling Department concerning PSATs and the college process.

     PSAT sign-ups are now taking place and the deadline to sign-up is September 27th.  The cost is $20 and students can sign-up in the School Counseling Office. PSATs will be on Wednesday, October 11. See the attached memo for more details.

Valuable Information for Seniors and Parents/Guardians

     The School Counseling Department will be hosting a ‘College 101 Presentation’ for parents/guardians of seniors on October 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Frederick C. Walker Auditorium.  This presentation will go over the nuts and bolts of the college application process and will be the same presentation given to seniors during the week of 9/25/17.

     UNH will be hosting the NEACAC College Fair on Monday, October 2nd from 6:00-8:00 pm and Tuesday, October 3rd, from 9-11am.  Over 300 college admissions representatives will be on hand representing their schools.  The event will be held in the Lundholm Gymnasium located within the Field House. For more info visit:

     Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents/guardians will be on October 17 at 6:30 in the Frederick C. Walker Auditorium.  A financial aid representative will review the ins and outs of the financial aid process.  This event is for seniors and their parents/guardians.

     A second financial aid event will be a fun & interactive presentation by New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) for seniors during the school day on October 31st and November 1st.  There will be a presentation once every block for seniors in the Frederick C. Walker Auditorium over the course of the two days.  Seniors must sign up in the School Counseling Office to attend one of the presentations. Sign-ups will be in October. 

     The deadline for submitting Senior Photo, Senior Bio, Baby Picture, and Personal Message to a Senior is November 8, 2017. 

     The photo, biography, and baby picture should be e-mailed as attachments to  If the baby picture is not in digital format you may have your student drop off a baby photo to Mrs. Stewart in Room 328 or mail to: DHS Yearbook, 25 Alumni Drive, Dover, NH 03820.

      A Personal Message from parents/guardians may be purchased online at

      Note that you may view detailed information regarding the submission requirements by going to the DHS homepage and choosing For Families and then DHS Yearbook 2018.

      Questions may be directed to the Yearbook Editors at:

     Jostens will be at Dover High School on Thursday, September 21st at all lunches.  Students may order rings or other jewelry with a $50 deposit.  Custom class rings and  jewelry can be designed and created at

     The Dover Police Department wishes to pass along a friendly reminder to both students and staff that the use of any handheld mobile electronic device while driving is against the law.  The use of handheld electronic devices while driving causes significant distractions to the driver, and increases your chances of being involved in an accident.  The Dover Police Department strictly enforces all laws pertaining to the Use of Mobile Electronic Device While Driving.

     Dover High School participates in the Hannaford Helps School Program that takes place from August 27 through December 2.  When shopping at Hannaford, please deposit your receipt if appropriate in the collection tree.

     Picture Day was held on Tuesday, September 19th.  The make-up/retake date is Tuesday, October 24th.

     We ask that you do not stop to drop off or pick up students on Alumni Drive.  We only want students crossing the street in crosswalks.  This practice is dangerous and negatively impacts traffic flow.

     Dover High School participates in the Hannaford Helps School Program that takes place from August 27 through December 2.  When shopping at Hannaford, please deposit your receipt if appropriate in the collection tree.

     Picture Day was held on Tuesday, September 19th.  The make-up/retake date is Tuesday, October 24th.

Repeated Information 

     Students interested in being nominated for a service academy through the office of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen must have completed the application process by October 6, 2017.  Students can get more information by clicking on the “Academy Nominations” tab at

     Female students interested in applying for the Girl Scouts sponsored leadership program, “Girls Rock the Capitol” should see their school counselor for information and an application.  Applications must be submitted and received by October 30, 2017.

     We want to thank everyone for their cooperation during morning drop off and afternoon dismissal.  To help with the afternoon dismissal we ask that parents picking up students not back up onto Alumni Drive from A Lot and park in marked spaces if picking up in the Senior Lot.  

     The Wentworth-Douglass Foundation is holding its annual 5 K Road Race/ 1 Mile Walk on Sunday, September 24 at 9:00 am to support the Seacoast Cancer Center.  To register or to get more information including how to form a team, please visit  To join the Dover District team, the link is

      Dover High School will be hosting a free Flu Shot Clinic on October 2, 2017 between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm.

Food Services 

     Information is attached to this email concerning the Dover High School Food Service Program.  You will find an informational letter, an explanation of how to access and use the MealTime Online Portal, and attachments related to Nutrislice, an interactive, online tool to view Dover High School menus.  Questions can be directed to the Dover School District Food Services Director, Mr. Josh Appleby.  He can be reached at 516-6962 or at  Applications for free and reduced lunch will be distributed during Advisory on Wednesday, August 30th.  They can be returned the next day to the student’s advisor or to the Main Office.  This is an open application process so should your circumstances change during the school year, please reach out for an application.

Transportation- Buses 

     All bus students received their bus passes in Advisory. Bus routes have been set by First Student for Dover students and Dail Transportation for Barrington and Nottingham students.  Dover routes can be found on the District Website a and Dover, Barrington, and Nottingham routes can be found on the Dover High School Website at

     First Student (Dover students) can be reached at 692-4406.

     Dail Transportation, part of Student Transportation of America (Barrington and Nottingham students) can be reached at 1-800-711-5480.

     Durham School Services (Student Services students) can be reached at 603-895-9664.

Transportation- Senior Parking

     Information concerning the purchase of Senior Parking Passes was included in the mailing sent out on July 20, 2017.  Eligible students with properly completed paperwork and no outstanding obligations can purchase a Senior Parking Pass on the following dates between 9:00 am and 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm:  August 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.  Senior Parking Passes may also be purchased between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm starting Monday, August 29th.  Beginning Wednesday, August 30, 2017 parking in the Senior Lot during the school day requires a valid 2017- 2018 Senior Lot Parking Permit.     

Transportation- Junior Parking

     Information concerning the purchase of Junior Parking Passes was included in the mailing sent out on July 20, 2017.  Eligible students with properly completed paperwork and no outstanding obligations can drop off an application for a Junior Parking Pass beginning Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 7:30 am and may continue to do so through Friday, September 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Parking passes for juniors will be distributed beginning Monday, September 11, 2017.  In case of the need for a lottery, students receiving a parking pass will have their names posted outside the Main Office.  It is important to note that the order in which completed Junior Applications are received does not play a role in determining who receives a parking pass if a lottery must be used.  Through Monday, September 11, 2017 juniors may park in the Bellamy Lot or the Fire Station Lot without a permit.  Beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2017 parking in the Bellamy Lot or the Fire Station Lot requires a valid 2017-201 Bellamy Lot or Fire Station Lot Parking Permit.

Transportation- Parent Drop Off

     We encourage students to take the bus and car pool to alleviate traffic and delays due to the volume of traffic in the area around morning drop off and afternoon dismissal.  Our proximity to the Dover Middle School and the limited ability of the infrastructure to handle the volume of traffic present at these times makes travel through the Durham Road/Route 108 and Bellamy Road corridors difficult at best.  This situation will at times be compounded by the construction of the new school, even though every effort will be made to limit construction related travel during arrival and dismissal times.  If you are dropping your students off and/or picking them up, we ask that you use Parking Lot A (not the bus access road) in front of the school or the Alternative School Lot located down the street. We also ask you to note that both parking lots have one-way traffic patterns.  For Parking Lot A, the entrance is on the Durham Road/Route 108 end of the lot and the exit is on the Bellamy Road end of the lot.  For the Alternate School Lot, the entrance is on the Bellamy Road end of the lot and the exit is on the Durham Road/Route 108 end of the lot. 

Transportation- Parking for Athletic and Other After School Events 

      Parking for events held at Dunaway Field and Bellamy Field is in the Bellamy Lot and the three lots located at the school:  Alternative School Lot, Senior Lot, and Parking Lot A (in front of the main building).  Please be sure to park in marked spaces only to ensure the safety of pedestrians and to allow access for emergency vehicles.  There is no access to Dunaway Field from the current high school so be sure to build in extra time to walk to events. 



Peter Driscoll
Dover High School Principal

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