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Principal's Message

 August 2016

 

Dear Parents & Guardians,

 

I hope that you and your family have had some time to relax and enjoy the summer weather this season. It has been a very busy summer at NHS.  As you may be aware from my earlier email, we have decided to go with two interim administration positions for this school year as we work to restructure and then hire for July 2017.  The administration team is excited to begin the school year!

 October will be a busy month at NHS.  Our NEASC accreditation visit will be October 16-19.  This is an exciting time for us as we showcase our school and receive constructive feedback from other educators in New England on how we can continue to grow in service to our students, families and community. 

 Unless otherwise noted below, all school policies will remain the same as last year.  The student agenda planner has explicit and detailed notations of our policies.  Students and parents will be required to sign-off on a paper that acknowledges you have received, read, and understand the policies at NHS. 

The following are reminders of important policies that will remain in place:

 Automated Attendance Calls:

This year NHS will continue our automated attendance call system.  PowerSchool will automatically call every parent/guardian at approximately 10:00 a.m. if students were not in homeroom. We believe it is very important for students to be in school every day, and we want to be sure parents/guardians are aware when the student is not present.  We certainly understand that emergencies and illnesses arise, but we also want to make sure you are notified for safety reasons if your child is not here. PowerSchool will also make a second call at approximately 6:00 p.m. if your child was not in the assigned class(es) or study hall(s), but was present at school.  This is to alert you of a possible cut.  Again, attendance in assigned classes and study halls is both for safety reasons and academic success.

 Grade Policy:

The minimum passing grade is 70.

 Dress Code:

All students should be dressed and groomed in a neat, modest, safe and appropriate manner. Shoes must be worn at all times. Torn, tattered clothing that exposes skin will not be allowed. The following items do not support the educational environment, may cause safety issues, and are not allowed:

•shorts or skirts more than five inches above the knees;

•low cut or midriff tops that expose cleavage or stomach area;

• “A” shirts/muscle shirts, halter tops/dresses or strapless tops/dresses;

• spaghetti straps, tank tops with straps less than 2” wide;

•low slung pants; pants should sit at the natural waistline

•any top, pant, short or shirt that exposes undergarments or is see-through;

•clothing which prints vulgarities, promotes illegal activity, displays pictures or words or printed website links that advertise or imply drugs, alcohol or weapons, or displays discriminatory words or gestures;

•slippers, pajama tops or bottoms, leotards, leggings, or tights that substitute for pants;

•coats and all forms of outerwear, including outerwear vests, during the school day;

•scarves, gloves, sunglasses during the school day;

•hats, hoods, headbands during the school day;

•pants or shirts with tears/holes that expose skin;

•chains, belts with ornaments or jewelry that can injure another person;

• any clothing or items worn or displayed that denote gang association are prohibited; including but not limited to beads, bandanas and jewelry;

• costumes of any kind; even for Halloween.

 We do want students to adhere to a manner of dress that promotes the importance of the educational environment and does not lead to distraction.  If a student is not following the published dress code, he/she will be asked to change or will spend the remainder of the day in ISS (In-School Suspension).  This does not provide the optimum learning experience for your student.  Therefore, we are asking for your cooperation in purchasing and monitoring the clothing your student wears to school.  We want students to begin thinking about dressing with an attitude that says school is important and valued.  Students should be mindful that they are not dressing for an afternoon at the beach or the mall.  School is a serious place of learning and the choice of clothing should reflect that attitude.

IDs: 

Students, teachers, and staff must have their IDs on their person in the school.  IDs are issued in grade 9 and are valid until graduation.  Pictures for students entering grades 9 will be taken free of charge in September, and IDs will be handed-out about ten days later.  Students who lose their IDs can order replacements in the main office for a $5 replacement fee.  Student IDs will also get you free admittance into any HOME sporting eventThe ID must be presented at the gate.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.  Without the ID, students will have to pay the ticket price for admittance.  IDs are also used at dances and proms to gain admittance.

 PSAT:

Again this year, all students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will take the PSAT (Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test) free of charge.  It shows that the NHS recognizes that we need to give students every opportunity in high school to become college or career ready.  The PSAT is only offered on one day each year which is set by The College Board.  This year it will be November 2nd.  Here are the advantages to administering the PSAT:

  • Juniors can be eligible for designation as a Merit Scholar which leads to scholarship assistance;
  • Sophomores and Freshmen get a “preview” of what the SAT experience will entail;
  • Both grades get access to free on-line SAT prep and tutorials through “My College Board” to prepare for the SAT;
  • All students will get a detailed report of areas of strengths and weaknesses with their test booklet returned so they can review item by item;
  • A plan for teachers to use the item analysis and review of tests will be made so that the students and teachers use this as part of formative assessment data;
  • NHS gets a free detailed data disk report of the aggregate of skills and deficit areas so that we can make a comparison to our curriculum in order to analyze for gaps in instruction.

November 2nd will be an early release day.  Therefore, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will come to school for the usual start time.   Grade 9, 10 and 11 will take the PSAT.  Students in grade 12 should use this day as an excused absence for college visits. Please plan now.

 Electronic Reporting:

Now that all student information is on PowerSchool and grades, attendance, and behavior are always current, NHS no longer mails progress reports or report cards home.  If you do not know your PowerSchool user name and password, please contact the counseling office.  Enclosed you will find a form that you can fill out if you still would like to receive paper copies or do not have access to the Internet.  Please return this form to school by September 23 to ensure you will be on the mailing list.

 

 The dates for the end of quarters will be posted on our website.  They are also here for your reference.

 Naugatuck High School

Reporting Schedule 2016-2017*

 

Marking Period

Start Date

Grades Close

Final Marking Term Grade Due

1     (45 days)

Parent conferences 10/21-10/23

8/29/15

10/31/16

11/4/16

 

2     (45 days)

 

11/1/17

1/13/17

1/20/17

3     (45 days)

Parent conferences 3/22-3/24

1/23/17

3/28/17

4/3/17

 

4     (40)days

 

3/29/17

6/5/17

 

Finals

(5 days)

5/30/17-6/5/17

6/5/17

 

 

Final Examination Policy:  Any student with a cumulative grade average of 95% or higher may be given an exemption from the final examination.  The grade average is computed from the first, second, third & fourth quarters.  If a student chooses the exemption, the final grade entered will be the computed average.  There is no exemption option for FINAL exams given in semester based courses. Any final exams for semester one courses will be given during the regular school hours in the last few days of the semester.

 

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

May 30, 31, and June 1, 2, 5, 2016

*Dates listed are tentative and are subject to change due to school cancellations.

 

I would also like to highlight some important dates for the high school that will be coming up during the first few months of the school year:

·         August 29 – First day of school for students

·         September 7 – Open House at NHS; early dismissal for students

·         September 24 & 25 – SAT Bootcamp at NHS (more info will be coming)

·         October 10 – No School - Columbus Day

·         October 16-19 – NEASC Accreditation Visit

·         October 20 & 21 – Parent Conferences; early dismissal for students

·         November 2 – PSAT administration to all grade 9, 10 & 11 students and NEASC early release

 

The full calendar is on our website (http://www.naugatuckhigh.naugatuck.k12.ct.us/) (as well as included in this mailing) and you are encouraged to check the web site often for important announcements and information.  Our electronic newspaper is also full of news and happenings and is worth viewing:  http://nhsgreyhound.com/

 

We also encourage you to make sure your contact information is correct so that we can send important announcements through School Messenger.  A form is included with more information on School Messenger, PowerSchool, and the MySchoolBucks lunch program for your reference.  There is also an important announcement from the nurse’s office.


I am very excited to begin another school year.  It will be good to fill these empty summer halls with sounds and sights of returning students and the new faces of freshmen and transfer students.  I am confident this year will be just as exciting and rewarding.  My door will always be open to students, parents, and community members.  We welcome any opportunity to showcase the many talents and accomplishments of our students.  To that end, I encourage all of you to come to the sporting events, music performances, art shows, open houses, parent conferences, and all other celebrations of excellence. 

  

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

 

Sincerely,

 

Janice E. Saam

Principal 

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