Issue 1 | Volume 5 | Summer 2019
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
Uxbridge High School
300 Quaker Highway
Dear Parents, Guardians and Extended Uxbridge Community,
We hope this newsletter finds everyone healthy and well rested for an exciting start to the 2019-20 school year. The purpose of this newsletter is provide you with some of the information you and your children will need for school opening within the pages of this newsletter, so we trust you will find it enlightening and helpful.
This newsletter contains pertinent information about important dates, communication with the school, start dates, and other details relative to the start of the school year. You will find that one of our target goals this year will be improving communication with parents, using a variety of methods and strategies, including our school website, email blasts, and social media. To that end, please make sure that your family’s email address is accurate when you check your student’s information this September. Feel free to follow us on Twitter: @UxbHSPrincipal and @APDiMeg are the two accounts that the administration will be using.
We hope to see many families at our coming events, including the High School Open House/Meet the Teacher Night, which is scheduled for September 12. Our ability to work with families is as good as the two-way communication we can facilitate - so please reach out to us with information, concerns, questions, and ideas, so we can best support our students.
Our School Council will be seeking a new parent member for grade 8, as well as a student member from our incoming class. Should any parent be interested in serving on the Council, which helps support decision-making at the high school by offering a voice to students, teachers, parents, and community members, please reach out to the high school office. The group generally meets monthly and meeting times are set for the evening - so if you are generally unavailable in the hour or so immediately after school, that should not be a deterrent. Should we have multiple individuals interested, an election will be held on Meet the Teacher Night.
There is much for us to be excited about at UHS, from our statewide recognition of being an Innovation Pathway school, to our robust partnerships and opportunities for real-world learning, to the improving academic performance of our students. We will once again be scheduling LIFE conferences to help students tackle learning that is authentic and student-driven, particularly with topics that the students themselves have chosen as of particular interest, and we will have been accepted into a cohort with the state Department of Education that will support social-emotional learning for all our students. Finally, will be integrating more supports and interventions for students who struggle, beyond referrals to student services, as well as engaging in training for students and staff with respect to equity, diversity, and implicit bias.
As we approach the start of the school year, we again remind you to stay in close contact with us. We look forward to working with each of you to support all of our efforts. As always, do not hesitate to let us know of any questions or concerns. We look forward to a great fall and 2019-20 school year.
Mr. Rubin and Mr. DiMeglio
2019-20: upward trajectory
The videos below are helpful in terms of both iPad care and iPad use in school. Click here to read our UHS iPad Handbook!
A quick reminder: upperclassmen will need to renew their insurance each year! For those who have questions, please email our technology department.
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incoming student orientations set
Grade 8 Orientation will take place on August 21, 2019, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Uxbridge High School. All incoming grade 8 students, along with their parents and guardians, are invited to attend.
At Orientation, students and families will hear from school administration, meet guidance counselors, and learn about some of the goals for the 2019-20 school year. Our Peer Mentors will also be coordinating activities to help the grade 9 students become more acclimated with Uxbridge High School. In the morning, there will also be an opportunity for parents and guardians to ask questions of and hear from school administration, guidance, and even some teachers who will be in attendance. We expect the "parent portion" of the program to be done by 9:00-9:30 a.m.
For iPad registration, we ask that all parents and students register for iPads and acknowledge the acceptable use policy by following this link. For parents unable to get online to register, we will have availability to do so at the school on the 18th. All students who complete the registration by August 21 or the morning of August 21 will receive their iPads on August 21; any student who completes his/her registration after August 21 or who is unable to attend Orientation will receive his/her device within the first week of school. The instructions for registering for the iPad are the same as those listed in this newsletter for athletic registration, only parents will follow the link for "iPad Registration" instead of Fall Athletics.
Parents are also strongly recommended to purchase insurance for the iPad, which costs $70 per year or $280 for four years; there is a $100 deductible per incident. Most damages or losses are covered by the insurance. Details on the insurance program can be found on this page; click on this link to register for our insurance.
If any grade student in unable to attend on the 21st, students will receive devices at the start of the school year.
Parents of incoming grade 9 students are also reminded that all students are required to provide us with Form E, and in some cases Form F, of the Residency Policy, along with a copy of a current tax bill, mortgage bill, lease/renter's agreement, or utility bill. A cell/mobile phone bill will not be accepted.
At orientation, lunch will be provided for the students, and the day will conclude by 1:30. We will not have buses on that day, so parents will need to arrange transportation.
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Residency paperwork reminder
Incoming grade 9 students are reminded that residency paperwork must be submitted and turned in, either at orientation or on the first day of school. The only form in the registration packet that needs to be completed from the packet is Form E. Students/parents are not “registering” for school for the first time - parents are verifying residency and allowing us to make sure that the information we have on file is in fact accurate. If students have previously been accepted as a School Choice-in student, we simply ask that families write the words “School Choice” on the top of Form E. Form E verifies residence - students do not need to be treated as "new registrations."
Along with Form E, attach a copy of a current utility bill to verify residence, and if the residence has changed, please provide a new proof of residence, such as a lease, purchase and sales agreement, or deed. And, of course, if you no longer live in Uxbridge, you will need to apply for admission through School Choice.
It is possible that some families have to submit Form F as well. That form is to be used by families who are living at a property but cannot produce a lease, deed, mortgage, etc. Form F is used by, essentially, tenants at will who do not have a lease or rental agreement, or who live at a property owned by another person in town. Again, if a student has previously been accepted under School Choice using this document, simply write the words “School Choice” on top of Form F.
The residency packet can be accessed by clicking the link button on the left.
Full handbook linked through button at left
We have revised our Student Handbook completely for 2019-20. While some of these changes occurred last year, they all bear mentioning for the comin year.
Proms and Dances: A guest who is over the age of 18 and unable to verify using guest contract that s/he is in good standing at a school will need to submit to a CORI/criminal background check. Also, only students in grades 9-12 will be permitted to attend the junior-senior prom.
Age of Majority: Students over the age of 18 will have permission to make education and attendance-related decisions for themselves, if they choose to exercise this right. Parents will still be notified about student academic and attendance matters.
Chemical Health: We have adjusted chemical health procedures to include a diversionary program in the event of the use of vaping and e-cigrarette devices.We hope this will both curb repeat offenses and provide a learning experience if students choose to participate in such a behavior.
Hate Crimes and Discriminatory Language: We have included some language that includes educational pieces required of students who deliberately use language to negatively impact the well-being of others, particularly on the grounds of national origin, race, color, sexual orientation, gender, and/or religion.
A number of other procedures have been revised to ensure alignment with School Committee policy. For example, fundraisers that are conducted may not be organized without administrative approval. Complaints about staff must also be generated in writing using the approved district form. Finally, graduation and promotion requirements have been adjusted to reflect alignment with the most recent School Committee policies regarding credits.
The full handbook can be viewed here.
Uxbridge High School's handbook has been revised, including the Code of Conduct and a number of procedures. Please check out these highlights and review the document in full!
We were quite pleased with the results of our accreditation report, released public in May. In addition to commending a great deal of our efforts, the report provided us with some feedback that will guide our work over the next several years. We will be responsible for providing NEASC with a follow-up report in two years and five years. Some of the highlighted recommendations are listed below, and the full report is linked as well.
- Create interdisciplinary curricular units
- Enhance advisory program
- Design assessment strategies that enable instructional adaptations within a lesson
- Ensure equitable access to all school activities and extracurricular programs, including athletics
NEASC accreditation report recommendations:
Click the button at left for the full NEASC report
DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLANNING AND GOALS
Last year, the Uxbridge Public Schools conducted a comprehenstive planning process that engaged community members, students, staff, and administration in developing a strategic plan that will help guide our work over the next several years. Through the efforts of our superintendent, Dr. Frank Tiano, and our facilitator, Dr. Patricia Grenier, the school district has identified a number of priority areas, which will form the crux of our School Improvement Plan and the goals that we establish as a district, school, and individual teachers.
As we move forward, we plan on continuing to share updates and committing to our school district core values, which are listed at right. Additionally, the goals fall into three primary areas:
- Develop an efficient and responsive culture
- Design coherent systems to achieve excellence in teaching and learning
- Ensure purposeful use of data
District Core Values
School-wide Learning Expectations
Use technology as a resource to access, evaluate, and effectively apply information, as well as enhance communication
Communicate information clearly and effectively, with consideration of audience
Work independently and collaboratively to solve problems, think critically, and create original products
Value and demonstrate personal responsibility, character, cultural understanding, and ethical behavior
Become an active owner of his/her learning, demonstrating adaptability and independence.
As part of our reaccreditation process through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, our school examined our practices in terms of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as the ways our school interacts with the community, provides support to students, and demonstrates sound leadership practices. The foundation on which all of these are built is the statement of core values and our beliefs about student learning. Individual student progress toward meeting expectations is reported out on report cards, and school-wide progress is compiled twice per year. As we move forward, our goal will be to more consistently embed these core values and learning expectations across all our work.
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A member of the Uxbridge High School Community:
Shares responsibility for excellence and integrity
Perseveres through challenges and adversity
Accepts new ideas and thoughts
Respects self and others
Teaches effective communication, compassion, and balance
Accountable for a high standard of academics and behaviors
Nurtures personal independence and responsibility
Michael Rubin (co-chair)
Martha Ann Rolandelli
The School Council is established as a decision-making body for schools in Massachusetts. Comprised of students, staff, community members, and parents, and chaired by building principals, the organization helps drive the school agenda, designing and approving the school improvement plan, and providing guidance to School Committee in matters such as budget and school critical needs.
Some of our goals for the coming year include redefining success criteria and looking at student assessment practices, building relevant, real-world opportunities for students to learn, expanding advisory, and continuing to offer additional supports for students when they struggle, including building emotional and academic capacity.
All School Council meetings are open to the community. Agendas for the monthly meetings will be posted on the school website.
Goals for 2019-20
School council 2019-20
- Redefining definitions of student success and criteria for assessment
- Enhancing advisory program, Innovation Pathway, and instructional techniques
- Building academic and social-emotional capacity in students and staff
- Improving academic supports for struggling learners, including regular education supports
- Integrating additional early college and career learning opportunities for students
REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR CONCUSSION INFORMATION!
Our athletic registration is moving online, linked here. On the following pages, we have outlined explicit instructions for how to sign up for fall sports at both UHS and MMS.
Students must also have an up-to-date physical examination on file with the school nurse to participate in athletics. For athletics, the physical examination is considered valid for 13 months, meaning a student who had his/her last exam dated September 1 would be considered current until October 1.
In terms of academics: No student is eligible to participate in the fall season of interscholastic athletics at Uxbridge High School unless they have received a passing grade in the equivalent of 5 of 7 year-long courses. The fall season is based on a student’s final grades at the end of the previous school year. For the winter and spring, a student must have passed 5 out of a possible 6 courses (from the UHS Student-Parent Handbook). A student may be permitted to practice, but not compete, with permission from UHS administration.
If families cannot register online at home, we will make resources available at the high school. Families will have the option of paying user fees online through FamilyID. There is no service charge for paying online!
There is a place to indicate if a user fee exemption is being requested as well. Please fill out that form online and the school will consider the request, which is based on free/reduced lunch status.
Please contact our Athletic Director, Marc Calarese, if you have any specific questions relative to physical exams, eligibility, or participation fees.
REGISTRATION MUST TAKE PLACE BY AUGUST 17!
IMPORTANT LINKS FOR ATHLETICS
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HOME PAGE
ATHLETIC PHYSICAL FORM (MEDICAL)
CONTACT THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
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Athletics: SIGN-UPS are ONLINE: DUe August 17!
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Click here for Family ID
FALL SPORTS: FIRST DAY AND START TIMES
We will have a mandatory student-athlete/parent meeting on Tuesday, August 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Uxbridge High School auditorium. Mr. Carbone will be reviewing all athletic procedures and guidelines, as well as explaining concussion protocols, user fee information, and other rules that govern interscholastic athletic participation at UHS.
All prospective student-athletes and their parent-guardians must attend. This will have a different format than years past.
MANDATORY PARENT MEETING: AUgUst 20
Log into FamilyID to register
today - both for sports and
http://bit.ly/2hkkc1G is the
We will be announcing fall sport start times prior to the meeting on August 20. When we have all of those start dates and times compiled, we will be sending those home!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATHLETIC AND IPAD REGISTRATION
We hope this message finds everyone excited about the coming fall season. We are looking forward to what the fall wiill bring for our Spartans, and our entire coaching staff and school community anticipates many great moments on the field, the pitch, the course, and the links this fall.
In the past, we have held registration as a single day, affectionately called Orange Card Day. While convenient in terms of having all athletes report on a single day, the lines, the inefficiency, and the manpower - coupled with the challenge of parents and families taking time from work - led us in another direction this year, both for registration and for athletic fee payment.
For athletic registration, we are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID (www.familyid.com/organizations/uxbridge-public-schools). For fee payment, please pay online with Family ID - there is no additional charge.
On the following pages, we have explicit instructions for both Athletic Registration and Online Payment. We tried to make them very detail-oriented so that folks would be able to follow them easily. That said, on August 10 and 12, we will have computer labs open at the high school from 8-12 and administration available to support families who need assistance with registration; the websites also both offer customer service. Family ID’s contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org (email) and 1-888-800-5583 (phone).
The sites are both very user-friendly, and we know these processes will streamline registration, physical examination eligibility, and user fee payment. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Michael Rubin, Principal Chris Carbone, Athletic Director
ATHLETIC AND IPAD REGISTRATION
FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.
BEFORE YOU REGISTER:
All prospective student-athletes and their parents should make sure that they read the Student-Parent Handbook, the Online Concussion Course, and have an up-to-date physical examination. Physical examinations are valid for 13 months, meaning a student who had his/her last physical examination documented on September 1, 2019 would be considered to have a valid physical on file until October 1, 2020.
The physical examination form (linked here) completed by the physician may be provided to the school in one of several ways:
1. Bring the hard copy to the high school office, to the attention of the nurse.
2. Take a picture or scan of the physical examination form (filled out by the physician) and upload as part of the registration process.
3. Have the physician’s office fax or mail the form to the high school office. (This is the least preferable way).
INFORMATION NEEDED TO REGISTER:
It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of your online registration.
* Physician Information
* Most Recent Physical Examination
* Health Insurance Information
* Contact information for emergency contacts
A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:
Follow these steps:
1. To find your program, click on the link provided above and select the registration form under the word Programs. (In this case, it says “Uxbridge Fall Athletics: 2019 Middle and High School” or "Grade 8 iPad Registration").
2. Next, click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.
3. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
4. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).
5. Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you in to FamilyID.com
6. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.
7. Click the Save & Continue button when your form is complete.
8. Review your registration summary.
* If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at: email@example.com or 888-800-5583 x1.
* Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.
Our preferred method will be for families to pay online, using the FamilyID website.This allows money to be automatically debited, eliminates the exchange of paper, and allows both the school district, town, and family to track the debit of the user fee. Should a student decide in the preseason not to participate, refunds are more easily processed. To use a credit card or electronic check, select that method - there is no service charge!
Families can also bring a check to the athletic director or coach. Please note that district procedure requires checks and cash to be handed over weekly, or when the depositor is in possession of $500, whichever comes first, but there are several steps between the receipt of the check and its final debit from the student-athlete’s bank account, including logging the student’s check against the roster, the deposit at the bank, and the turnover at Town Hall. Processing an electronic payment eliminates all intermediary steps.
A note from guidance
The onset of the school year will bring with it some excitement, as our counselors work with students on transitions, for students entering UHS in grade 8, or preparing to leave as juniors and seniors.
In the past, there may have been confusion on where to turn with questions about academic challenges, schedules, concerns with teachers, or the college search process. The student's guidance counselor is ALWAYS the first layer of communication, along with the student's teachers. If additional support, such as special education, administration, or an adjustment counselor, is needed, the guidance counselor will be sure to loop in those supports when that is warranted.
We will be planning several different lessons and activities this year as we bring guidance programs to students on a more comprehensive level. Feel free to reach out to your child's counselor if you need additional support!
We have many student activities at UHS! Plan to get involved and pay close attention to announcements regarding the meeting times, particularly as groups organize at the start of the year.
Anime Club Student Council
Book Club Yearbook
Business/Investing Club PRIDE
Drama / Musical (cast and Crew) Class Officers/Events
Jazz Band FuelUp
National Honor Society
Lockers are assigned to students by administration. On the first day of school, all students need to check their schedules for their locker assignments and combinations. It is highly recommended that students do not share lockers!
Any problems that students encounter with their lockers should be reported to the first period teachers or to the office.
Athletic lockers should also be locked when athletes are at practice or games.
Mark your calendars
Athletic Registration Deadline: August 19
Grade 8 Orientation: August 21
First Day for Students:September 3
No School, Labor Day: September 2
Open House/Meet the Teacher Night: September 12
Half-day for students: October 11
No School, Veterans' Day: November 11
Locker assignments & Care
Schedules POSTED IN EARLY AUGUST
Uxbridge High School on Twitter!
Schedules for the 2019-20 school year will be soon posted to the Parent portal and be viewed online. Students will be provided with a hard copy of those schedules on the first day of school.
Our School Counseling staff has made every possible attempt to satisfy the many requests that our students made. That said, we understand that there will be some students who may be disappointed with the outcome of their schedule - the sequence of periods, the elective courses in which they are enrolled, even the class rosters after comparing with their friends. Bear in mind that scheduling is a complex task, not every class is able to meet every period, and some courses were not able to run based on low enrollments. There may also be some mistakes based on a number of factors - human error, incorrect levels, missing courses to satisfy graduation requirements.
We are, generally, unable to satisfy requests for specific teachers or courses. Should you make a request to move out of a class based on a specific teacher, we will share that with the teacher. Again, please understand that moving a course may not be possible based on the other courses a student has registered to take.
Should you believe there is a mistake, please follow this link to fill out a form, which will be shared with Counselors upon their return to school. They will handle these in order of priority (a student missing a graduation requirement will obviously be a top priority). Until a counselor has met with the student, all students should follow the schedule they are provided on the first day of school.
Again, follow this link to indicate any errors or changes that may need to be initiated for the start of 2019-20, and we look forward to seeing our Spartans in a few short weeks!
Some instructions for parents/guardians and students upon receipt of schedules:
@UxbHSPrincipal: Mr. Rubin's Twitter
@UxbridgeStuCo: Uxbridge Student Council
@UHS_Spartans Uxbridge athletics Twitter
@APDimeg: Mr. DiMeglio's Twitter
In addition, a number of teachers and sports teams will use their own throughout the year. It's a great way to share updates and info from the school, even if people tend not to post on their own! #spartanpride
Information about summer reading can be found by clicking the link at left!
Grace Cassell will be joining our English department full time, after serving as a long-term substitute for part of last year. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Language Arts Education. Grace grew up in Norman, OK and recently moved to Providence, RI. She is going on my 3rd full year of teaching; previously has taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English as well as Sports Marketing. Grace cites the Salem Witch Trials / The Crucible (with The Things They Carried as a close second) among her favorites topics to teach.. Outside of the classroom, she is a personal trainer at the MacColl YMCA. In her free time, Grace enjoys traveling, reading, walking her dog, and spending time with her husband.
Caitlin Reidy joins our English department after three successful years at St. Bernard's. While there, she created and supervised educational internships, including a journalism internship through which students published articles. She also chaperoned and helped coordinate the school's week-long trip to Camp Sunshine in Maine, during which the students and staff worked with children with cancer, as well as their families. A graduate of Anna Maria College with a degree in English literature, Caitlin enjoys teaching Gothic literature, Film, and Holocaust Literature, through which she was able to coordinate a school visit from a Holocust survivor. In her free time, she enjoys photography and videography, and she enjoys travel, especially to Ireland.
A Westfield State graduate, Kyla Moran will be joining our counseling team following a stint in higher education. She had previously worked as a wellness teacher at Tri-County Regional and a high school counselor at high schools in Norton, Franklin, and Holbrook. She enjoys teaching stress and time management, healthy decision-making, and college and career readiness. He enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family. She is currently training for a half-marathon and looks forward to getting to know our students and community - and sharing her love of binge-watching some Netflix series.
Ariana Grob will be joining our science department following a successful stint at Springfield Public Schools, with whom she was a teacher last year as part of the UMass student teaching immersion program. She majored in neuroscience with a concentration in developmental disabilities. A native of Merrick, New York, Ariana worked for a number of years in summer camps both with youth students as well as emotionally disturbed middle and high schoolers. She looks forward to bringing her interest in teaching pH and buffers, evolution and genetics, and heart science to her chemistry, biology, and biomedical science classes. When not teaching, Ariana will be planning her wedding, as she was engaged this summer, as well as crafting and taking care of her pet bird, Pikachu.
Highlights from 2018-19:
Senior Kevin Alves earns "Best Project" award at annual PLTW Student Showcase
Three different student teams earn state "championships" in industry challenges offered through engineering and biomedical classes
21 students, including 8 grade 8 students, earn college credit as a result of their end-of-course assessment schools
UHS earns more than $400,000 in grant money to improve equipment infrastructure and provide training to educators
UHS accepted into the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools
UHS becomes one of only two schools in the Commonwealth to earn multiple Innovation Pathway distinctions
More than 30 schools visited UHS to learn about our programs and from our staff and students
UHS was visited by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in fall 2018
Following the spring of 2018, in which UHS was named as one of the first four schools in the state to successfully pilot an Innovation Pathway model, the school became one of only two schools in the state to earn additional pathways in 2018-19. For students who participate in the IP program, they will have a course sequence in manufacturing engineering, access to college-credit courses, support from counselors, and a culminating activity as either an internship or capstone project, working alongside our industry partners. The arduous application process has brought great attention to our programs at UHS, and, for students, the pathway will culminate with career and college-ready skills. For students enrolled in engineering classes, speak with the teachers, guidance counselors, or administration about the opportunities that Innovation Pathways can open!
What Students Earn and Enjoy as part of these Pathways:
Access to college-credit bearing classes while still in high school
Training on industry-standard equipment and procedures
Possible industry-endorsed credentials
Opportunities for senior projects and internships
Hands-on and authentic learning that happens every single day!
Early College Highlights in 2018-19:
- 36 individual students earned English credit through Quinsigamond Community College
- 15 students earned two semesters of academic credit through partnerships with QCC
- 21 students earned college credit through qualifying scores on PLTW final assessements
- Among the students who earned credit for engineering, 8 students were in grade 8!
- UHS formalized credit-bearing course relationships with Boston Architectural College
We continue to expand opportunities for our students to earn college credit while students at UHS - in addition to traditional Advanced Placement options, where students have to achieve a qualifying score on the College Board test in order to potentially earn college credit, we offer a number of classes for which a grade in the class automatically entitles the student to college credits, which transfer to all Massachusetts colleges and universities, most New England public colleges, and even several private schools.
Some simple IDEAS that help us a lot!
As the principal of the building, it is cliche to say that "my door is always open," but please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything I, or someone on our staff, can do. We may not always have the solution, but we promise to listen, to problem-solve, and, finally, to support all of our students toward whatever their goals may be. I look forward to working with all of you, and am excited for what 2019-20 will bring!
A Final note
1. Check out certain aspects of The Student Handbook. Yes, it's long. No, we don't expect everyone to know it verbatim. But certain aspects of it help us educate students every day, so be aware of our regulations regarding dress, appropriate language, and standards of behavior.
2. Monitor iPad use. In school and at home, iPads are a great learning tool, but students need to exercise restraint - which means avoiding its use as a toy, a gaming platform, a movie player, and a social media platform when it can be used for so much more.
3. Keep track of social media and remind students that what they post, email, photopraph, video, tweet, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, or Meme may not go away after it is deleted.
4. Monitor the grade portal. It's always appreciated when parents/guardians reach out to teachers and counselors for support if things start to slide. At the same time, it's always nice to capitalize and celebrate successes!
5. Come to our Open Houses, Parent-Teacher conferences, etc.. We will make arrangements to talk if those times are not accommodating, since it's impossible to find perfect times for everyone.
6. Try to attend a sporting event, musical or drama performance, or academic showcase. Our kids do some amazing things and they love to show off!