Hello Parents and Guardians –
It is October already! The mornings are cool, the afternoons comfortable, and we have settled into a strong routine. The next month or so is relatively quiet with respect to events at the high school, and then as we approach the holiday season, things will accelerate quickly. In the meantime, it is important to focus on routine to make sure that students can stay on track and engaged. I apologize if some of what I present below is repetitive, but I want to make sure that everyone has access to important information.
Students (and parents) should engage in a healthy practice of tracking academic progress. This would include students checking Aspen once or twice a week to make sure they are on top of their assignments. If your student (or you) notices that they are struggling a bit, here are support opportunities available.
The best place to start is with the teacher of the class. This person can best answer questions your student will have. In addition to class time, students can access teachers during power block and after school. There are late buses for both Hamilton and Wenham every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday that leave campus at approximately 3:30pm.
Your student’s counselor can assist as well! The counselor can be most helpful if your student is struggling in multiple classes or if your student needs assistance with initiating a conversation with a teacher. This is an important point because kids don’t always know how to ask for help! Also, counselors are a good entry point for students to talk about any social or emotional issues that they are facing.
Ms. Losee and I
Ms. Losee, our Assistant Principal, and I can help as well! Oftentimes we are positioned to point kids in the right direction or help them enter into a conversation with their teachers. Encourage your student to reach out to us as well if they need help.
We want students to develop self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-advocacy skills. Adults are here to help them with this development. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these resources.
We are VERY understaffed in the cafeteria! This slows down the lines at lunchtime and limits the options that students can access. School cafeterias across the country are experiencing issues, and we are no exception. If you are interested in working in the school cafeteria, please go to www.schoolspring.com and apply!
Please call the Safe Arrival Line at 978-468-0420 if your student will be absent from school. Upon return to school, you must email Crystal Miller (email@example.com) or send in a note with your student. Also, if your student needs to be dismissed from school, please send your student in with a note to be presented to the front office before the school day begins.
We have done three rounds of testing for safety checks (pooled testing) and so far have not had any positive results. If you would like your student to participate in testing at the school, please contact our nurse, Lea Tabenkin (firstname.lastname@example.org). All individuals entering the school must continue to wear a mask. If your student forgets to bring a mask, we have some available. However, everyone is expected to bring their own mask each day.
Also, flu season is almost (or already) upon us. There will be a free vaccine clinic for residents of Hamilton and Wenham on Wednesday October 6th from 11am-6pm at Pingree Park. Please check here for more information. Note – pre-registration is required.
Aspen Parent/Guardian Update
At the present time, we are waiting for over 200 families to update contact and medical information in Aspen and to sign relevant policies. We need everyone’s help with this. If you have not yet taken care of these important tasks, please read these directions carefully.
Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday October 11th – No School
PSAT’s, Wednesday October 13th. Students in grades 10 and 11 who registered will take the PSAT during the school day. Please check your email for information about PSAT’s.
Picture Retakes, Wednesday October 20th (new date). You can expect to receive the pictures that were taken at the start of the year during the week of October 11th.
Grades for Quarter One Close, Friday November 5th. Report cards will be posted in Aspen shortly thereafter.
Thank you – feel free to contact me with any questions.
-Bryan Menegoni, Principal, HWRHS