Significant Experiences and Hard Work: The Story of Jesse Remington High School So Far…

Jesse Remington High School is a 25 year story with hundreds of pages left to write! This June we celebrate our Silver Anniversary, yet we know the story began long ago during the life of Pastor Jesse Remington, our namesake. Remington served at Candia from 1795-1815, and created the bridge between the Colonial era and the next century.

As I reflect upon my years at JRHS, two key descriptors come to mind that represent the lasting value of this great school. The first is “meaningful experiences”, something JRHS is very good at. If you ask our alumni what the most lasting legacy of their years were, it is typically some combination of a great person and a significant experience. The diversity of experiences at JRHS are the tools in the hands of the faculty to train skillful students. I think of Dan Burgher leading a group of students up a ledge climb, or Susan Wilderman leading a nature walk, guiding a chem lab, or solving an equation. Jacob Samuelson has brought us the experience of the new, young teacher with great energy and vision. This spring he put that to work with the formation of the Lacrosse Club. Then there’s the tall shadow of master teacher Karen Trudeau, skillfully guiding students through a dissection or presenting on something all natural. Matt Hannan with his encyclopedic knowledge of Scripture has challenged our students to drill deeper into their faith. Joe Cyr has provided an outstanding year of Koinonia Groups ministry, and Abi Cyr has piloted our new Excellence in Writing curriculum. These are just some of the Servants who have gone the extra mile to do more than just get the job done, they have created meaning in the lives of our students.

The second descriptor is “hard work”. Any readers of this article who are over 40 have likely noticed that there has been a significant shift in the understanding of hard work. In much of schooling and learning today, the concept of good, lasting and meaningful work is under attack. The Greatest Generation, which saved America from tyranny, is now in the history books, and the Millennial Generation has much to learn about consistent, hard work through the trials of life. JRHS is in the business of holding up a proven standard of excellence, as our Alumni can attest to.

Significant Experiences, and Hard Work. Two of the many lasting values of a JRHS. I’m reminded of Paul’s proclamation to the Church in Colossae: Whatever you do, in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (3:17).

We encourage you to join us on Saturday, June 17th from 2-9pm, as we celebrate all that God has done over the past 25 years at Jesse Remington High School.  You can learn more about our event and purchase your tickets today by clicking here. Remember–if you are a JRHS Graduate, a generous donor will cover the cost of your ticket!  We would love for anyone who has been a part of the story, or will be included in the pages to come, to attend this memorable event.

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~Jeff Philbrick

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