It’s Almost Here!

I always say that what setting is there where you can start BRAND NEW every year. It is a clean slate for everyone with the opening of school.  This has been one of the “longer” summers in recent memory so hopefully everyone is well rested, fully charged, and ready to “hit the books”.

As you know, this Friday, August 17 is the Freshman Orientation. All families with freshman received a mailing for the day’s events. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Students and families new to the district are also cordially invited to attend.

Our student enrollment is ever-changing this time of the year, SLRHS enrollment as of today is 1231, that’s a decrease of 1 student from last year at this time. Broken down by class; freshman = 312, sophomores = 300, juniors = 305, and seniors = 314. The enrollment on October 1, 2012 will be the official school enrollment.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we have several new faculty members: Charles Kelly joins our English and Foreign Language departments. Charles will be teaching English and Latin classes this year, Stephanie Ricci returns as an English teacher. Darren Fruzzetti is the newest member of our Mathematics department. We have three new science teachers joining us this year, Caitlyn Shaddock, Nicholas Pasterino, and Joshua Wolosz.  Joanne Jewell, who started last April, will handle the chef duties in Culinary Arts and Jill Bernado is  the baking instructor as the newest member of Culinary Arts.  Luke Schriefer joins us as our new Technical Education teacher and James Kenney joins our team in the Carpentry/Cabinet Making CTE Shop.  Anthony Weber joins Catherine Pratt, who filled in last year, as our newest members of the Social Studies Department.

Our SAT scores  continue to shine. Listed below are the average scores for the past three years. Although we haven’t received official stats from the College Board, given past experience,  these scores are above the  state average and Massachusetts is always ranked in the top three in the country for SAT scores. Therefore, one could surmise that our students perform better than most in the country!

SAT Score Comparison

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Critical Reading

520

527

529

Math

543

551

558

Writing

524

520

518

Some Calendar items …

August

24                     New Teacher Orientation

27                     Teacher Professional Development Day

28                     Teacher Professional Development Day

29                     School Re-opens for students

September

3                     Labor Day

5                     Faculty Meeting

7                     Student and Staff Picture Day

7                     Senior Parent Orientation Breakfast 7:45 AM

10                     Late Buses begin

10                     PTO Meeting 7 pm – Library

13                     Back to School Night 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

14                     Sophomore Parent Orientation Breakfast 7:45 AM

14                     Sophomore Class Meeting 9:30 AM – Auditorium

14                     Senior Class Meeting, Caps and Gowns, and BBQ 12:10PM through dismissal

21                     Junior Parent Orientation Breakfast 7:45 AM – 8:30 AM

24                     School Council 4:00 PM

The complete high school events calendar for the year can be accessed here:

(you may have to cut and paste in your browser)

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3KeKDdYPLTFWUw1cUIzdVRnRjA

The District-Wide Calendar can be accessed here:

(you may have to cut and paste in your browser)

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3KeKDdYPLTFU0NFZmg1NlR1YVk

Student Lockers …Most students use their lockers on a daily basis, especially underclassmen. During the summer, when our custodial staff cleans out lockers, we find that at least half the lockers are pristine, and have clearly never been used. Unfortunately, we do not have enough lockers for all 1231 students, we are about 84 lockers short. Lockers are a very expensive item, and I feel that it is not a good use of tax payer dollars to spend well  over $10,000.00 for additional lockers, when half the student body doesn’t use the one they are assigned. So …for the past few years we have come up with an alternative plan. First, all students in grades 9, 10, and 11 are assigned a locker. Members of the senior class are not AUTOMATICALLY assigned a locker. However, they does not mean that seniors can’t have a locker. Any senior who wants to have a locker, merely has to give their name and homeroom  to Mrs. Laniewski or Mrs. Cameron in the kiosk at the main entrance. I can assure you that all seniors who want a locker will get one. If you choose to share a locker with a friend, please let us know so that we keep an accurate count of available lockers. If you have a question about this, please feel free to contact us.

STUDENT SCHEDULES:

Freshman will receive their schedules at the Freshman Orientation on Friday morning. Upperclassmen, grades 10, 11, and 12 may pick up their schedules beginning at NOON AT THE KIOSK on Friday August 17, 20012 and thereafter.

The secretarial staff is completing all the necessary tasks for a smooth opening of school, the custodial staff has the building in great shape both inside and outside, and the faculty have been in arranging rooms, developing lesson plans, and getting ready for the start of a GREAT school year.

I look forward to seeing all of our students, bright and early on August 29, 2012 …this will be the start of my 35th year as an educator and I am just as excited to start as I was as a new science teacher in the Weymouth Public Schools in 1976.

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2 Responses to “It’s Almost Here!”

  1. Kevin Says:

    When can upperclassman get their schedules?

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