.....from Dr. David Heisey, Principal
I hope you are having a safe and relaxing summer. Plans are well underway for a successful year. School opens for all students on Wednesday, September 5, which is a full school day (8:08 am – 2:24 pm). Students will attend all classes (Period 1-2 through Period 14-15) following a modified bell schedule. Students should arrive by 8:00 am and report to their Period 1-2 classroom as noted on the enclosed schedule. At this time, students will receive an additional copy of their schedule and other instructions for the first few days of school. The AM1-AM2 classes (7:19 am) and AP Science Labs (7:41 am), and the Union Country Vocational Technical School (UCVTS) shared time programs begin Thursday, September 6.
Kindly review the student's schedule for accuracy and report any course changes to the student’s school counselor through email by Thursday, August 30. Note that requests to change course levels can be made after the tenth day of class (Friday, September 21) providing there has been a parent/teacher conference and a teacher recommendation. Schedule changes for teacher preference are not possible. The counselor-student assignment and contact information is available on the website (link: Counselor-Student Assignments). You are also invited to follow the Counseling Department on Twitter @SPFHSCounseling for department updates, news, and many student opportunities.
The cafeteria will be open for lunch beginning Wednesday, September 5 and students may bring or purchase lunch. For your convenience, funds can be deposited into a cafeteria account for your student through the secure internet-based payment system, PayforIt, or by check. All checks are to be made payable to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education, with the student’s name and school issued identification number clearly noted, and turned into the Main Office. Additional information can be found on the SPF District website under Departments-Food Services.
The application and instructions for Free and Reduced-Price Meals is made available on the district website under Departments-Business . Free & Reduced Lunch Information and in the main office. Families are reminded that they must apply each year to receive this benefit. This benefit does not carry over from the previous year. In addition, the district has again made available voluntary student accident insurance through Bollinger Specialty Group. The voluntary participation student accident insurance plans offered through the school can be purchased online at: www.BollingerSchools.com.
Students that rely on public school transportation will have a bus pick them up and take them home beginning the first day of school. If you have not received your bus pass by Thursday, August 30 please contact the SP-F Board of Education, Transportation Department at 908.232.6161, extension 4010 for assistance. It is very important that students who ride the bus report to the front (Westfield Road) of the building immediately after dismissal. Buses used to transport high school students home are again used to transport students from the elementary and middle schools. Every effort is made to adhere to the schedules of all schools. The after school late bus will again be available to students that are bussed to school, and who are involved in a supervised after-school activity (club, additional academic support, etc.). The late bus departs from the front of the high school at approximately 3:45 pm. Note that the late bus is not available on single session days.
A safe and orderly environment is one component of an effective school. Student safety continues to be a priority as we begin a new school year. Your cooperation to adhere to these expectations is necessary and appreciated.
- The areas designated for student drop-off and pick-up are:
-the front of the high school (Door #1-Westfield Road),
or -on the side of the building near the main office (Door #12-Westfield Road)
or -on Evergreen Avenue, at the end of the Evergreen School driveway. Students are not to be dropped off in the Evergreen School Parking lot.
- The Evergreen School parking lot, the Senior Parking lot (Cedar Street entrance) and the parking lot near Happel Court are off-limits to pick-up or drop-off students because of safety concerns.
- Only those 12th grade students that have a parking permit should enter Cedar Street into the student parking lot.
- All external building doors are locked after 8:08 am through dismissal. Parents/guardians/visitors are required to buzz into the high school through the front of the building (Door #1- Attendance/Athletic Office) where you must register.
It is our intention to utilize email and web-based communication in lieu of traditional hard copy correspondence as much as possible. Paper copies of report cards and progress reports will not be sent home. All student marking period grades will be posted online through the PowerSchool System. The dates for the grade postings are noted on the website (link: Marking Period Calendar ). Parents/guardians wishing to receive a paper copy of report cards/progress reports are to do so in writing. The request can be directed to my office or to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address, and include the student’s name, grade, address, along with your name and relationship to the student. The PowerSchool parent/student portal is scheduled to be available before the start of school.
For your information, during the first week of school students will receive a Student Handbook, which contains specific policies and procedures, curriculum, and counseling information. This is a valuable resource for students and can be for parents as well.
Communication continues to be an essential component of the parent/school/community partnership. I have a Twitter account, which is dedicated to essential high school announcements. You are invited to follow me @SPFHS_HEISEY. The school website continues to be a valuable resource where we will continue to post correspondence and pertinent information on a regular basis. Most general school correspondence will be forwarded to each household through the email account(s) provided on the student’s demographic record. Please notify the Counseling Office if any of your demographic or contact information should change throughout the year.
The annual Back-to-School Night program has been scheduled for Thursday, October 4 at 6:45 pm. This is a single session day for students with a 12:08 pm dismissal. You will receive information regarding this event within the next few weeks. I encourage you to attend this important evening.
As we look ahead to an exciting and new school year, I look forward to working with all of the school’s stakeholders as we “educate and empower our community of individual learners to be successful citizens of the world.”
David L. Heisey, Ed. D.