from Dr. David Heisey, Principal ...July 2017
Dear Freshman Parent/Guardian:
The purpose of this letter is to provide you and your incoming freshman student with some important information regarding the opening of school.
The transition from the middle school to the high school is an important time in a young person’s life. During the next few weeks, freshmen will participate in programs presented by a number of departments and student groups and are invited to attend Freshman Orientation scheduled for Friday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Students will have the opportunity to follow their schedule, meet the counselors, and explore some of the co-curricular opportunities and much more. It is recommended and beneficial that 9th grade students attend orientation, but it is not mandatory. All freshman students are then invited to Scotch Hills for a free pizza lunch and mini golf following the orientation program at the high school. Additional information from the Student Government Association (SGA) detailing freshman orientation can be found on the high school page of the district website and on the enclosed flyer. Members of SGA ask that students RSVP by August 11 to firstname.lastname@example.org if they plan to attend.
We would like to provide parents and guardians with an opportunity to learn more about the high school program and have scheduled an informal evening session for Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Manya Ungar Auditorium, located in the front of the building (Door #1).
An issue of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s “Guide to the Parent/School Partnership” is provided for your reference. The purpose of this pamphlet is to outline the responsibilities of parents, students and educators, and to provide the expectations as they relate to student conduct and discipline. Also included is information addressing Student Health Services from our Health Office. This information will help all of us contribute to an environment that is safe, rewarding, and productive.
During the first week of school, students will receive a Student Handbook, which contains specific policies, procedures, curriculum, and counseling information. This is a valuable resource for students. As often requested by incoming freshman students, a school supply guide is currently available on the high school website. It is not recommended to purchase all of the items listed during the first week of school. School supply needs will vary based on the individual student, the grade and the course load.
Related to the mandated Health Education Proficiencies, the NJ State Statutes – Title 18A: 35-4.7, indicates that “…any student whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instructions in health, family life education, or sex education is in conflict with his/her conscience or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given, and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result therefrom.” If further information is needed, you may contact me.
Enclosed you will find a yellow emergency card. The information provided is kept confidential and housed in the Health Office. It is important to keep all information current. Any demographic change throughout the school year should be directed in writing to our Counseling Office, and health related updates should be directed, also in writing, to the nurses in the Health Office.
The following information and forms apply to freshman students:
Scoliosis Screening – The State of NJ requires school districts to screen for scoliosis once every two years. Pupils in grades 9 and 11 will be screened during Physical Education classes. If you DO NOT want your child screened in school, please return this form by the first week of school.
District Publicity Release Form – Permission to publish student photos, etc. must be updated in the student database. This information is held for the duration of a student’s enrollment in the high school.
Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement – Signatures of both the student and parent/guardian are mandatory before access may be granted.
Green Dot Program – The bystander intervention program that strives to connect students to the issue of violence prevention. If you DO NOT want your child to participate, return the form provided on the enclosed Green Dot Program letter.
Please have your student return the requested information to their first period teacher by Friday, September 8. Forms are also available in the Main Office of the high school (Door #12) and on the high school page of the website. You are also welcome to return the forms to the high school via fax (908.889.8254) or through email at: email@example.com. If you do need assistance, the main office support staff is available at 908.889.8600, Ext. 3409.
School begins for students on Wednesday, September 6, which is a single session day. Students are dismissed at 12:08 p.m. and lunch is not available. Additional information regarding instructions for the first day of school and your student’s schedule will be mailed to your home within the next few weeks. You are also invited to follow me on Twitter @SPFHS-HEISEY to receive important SPFHS information and announcements.
I look forward to meeting the parents and students of the Class of 2021.
David L. Heisey, Ed. D.