WELCOME ALL NEW 5TH GRADERS
ON SEPTEMBER 4TH, PLEASE REPORT TO THE SCHOOL 1 CAFETERIA WHEN THE FIRST BELL RINGS TO MEET YOUR HOMEROOM TEACHERS
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
I hope that this letter finds you all well. September 4th is quickly approaching and I would like to take this opportunity to share some thoughts that I feel will be helpful to students who wish to start the school year on a positive and proper note.
Enclosed, you will find a separate letter that provides a user name and password for the Real Time Parent Portal. This remains an important part of the partnership between parents, students, teachers and administrators for the purpose of improving our students’ educations and thus insuring their future success. Real Time is also extremely important as the means of providing emergency information to all members of our community. When you enter the Real Time Parent Portal, review and update all your contact information for accuracy. Please notify the main office if you need assistance with regards to updating your information.
The new school year will bring with it some changes in your schedule. In addition to the continuation of the 90 minute block for Language Arts, all grade levels will meet 6 times per week for Mathematics. Students will receive instruction in Health, Art, Music and World Language for a complete Marking Period. Technology and Enrichment will be meeting one time per week for the entire year as well as strategically placed periods for the purpose of supporting cross-curricular instruction. Physical Education will become part of the 5th and 6th Grade recess time. Physical Education Teachers will be on hand to facilitate more structured activities for the students. The 7th and 8th Grade recess time will offer opportunities to meet with teachers for additional help and enrichment in the areas of Art, Music and Technology. The use of technology will continue to grow as all subject areas continue to expand into the world of Google and Google Chrome.
As always, I would encourage discussion at home regarding the start of a new year. I hope that all the students are excited about returning to school and continuing their growth in education. Please be reminded that our dress code requires that all clothing ensure that no undergarments are visible. Skirts and shorts must be at or below fingertip length. The purpose of our dress code is to acquaint students with what is generally acceptable in today’s workplace, so I am soliciting your support by asking that you monitor your child’s clothing before he or she leaves for school. Also, in keeping with our goal of preparing students to be productive members of our country’s workforce, it is also necessary that we work together in establishing a responsible attitude towards school attendance. Students that are chronically late will be subject to disciplinary consequences.
There will be a continuous expectation of appropriate behavior at all times. Students will be responsible for their behavior and no justification will be accepted for disrespectful or uncooperative responses. We wish to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and hard work. Mutual respect of individual goals and responsibilities by both staff and students will go a long way in helping to maintain a school of which we can all be proud.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you at “Back to School Night” on Monday, September 15th at 7:00pm. On that evening I would ask that all 8th Grade Parents make themselves available for a brief but important meeting regarding the events that are unique to the 8th Grade Class.
Philip Ligus, Principal
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