It’s been quite a while since the last post …

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I apologize for taking so long between posts …no excuses.

First some information from recent activities at the high school. In conjunction with K-9 Officer Michael Lanatra and the Kingston Police Department. We had a drug search of our school on Monday evening 12/17/12 and Tuesday morning 12/18/12. We decided to search the building the evening prior in order to check common areas, closets, storage areas, and other parts of the building that we do not normally check with our routine search during school. I’ll remind you that we DO NOT search individuals. Lockers are checked, backpacks, vehicles, and rooms. If one of the dogs indicate on an object,  school administration conducts a search.

As a result of the drug search, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found in two student vehicles. Please remember that this search was a planned event. In fact it was originally planned for October 29, 2012, but Hurricane Sandy caused us to change those plans. This was not in response to the horrific tragedy in Newtown CT.

While on that topic, you may have noticed increased police presence here last week. We at SLRHS have an outstanding relationship with all three local police departments. Unfortunately, incidents such as what occurred in Newtown spawn copy-cat actions. This is a sad commentary on our society. In fact, some surrounding schools in other towns had to investigate some potential threats. Fortunately, none of those threats in other towns were credible, however, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While we experienced NONE of these threats at SLRHS, the KPD and I felt it was important to increase presence here in the mornings. Again, there were no precipitating events, just being cautious. We can NEVER be too cautious when it comes to the safety of our students and staff. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously and leave nothing to chance. I remind you that all of our exterior doors are locked throughout the day. The only access to the building during the school day is the main entrance where the buzzer is located.

Keeping with our safety theme …

SOCIAL HOSTING

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Back in 2006, a PTO led initiative helped us to institute taking coach buses to the Junior and Senior Proms. Thankfully, this practice has worked out exceptionally well over the years and gives us one less thing to worry about with our children. As an added bonus, it has provided a venue for members of the entire community to come together and see our students dressed in their prom finery before heading off for an evening of dancing and lasting memories. While the buses play a key role in promoting a safe prom, it is time to step it up a bit. For the past three years, the Silver Lake Chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions, SADD, has sponsored a social hosting presentation called, Be a parent, not a pal.  Those in attendance always comment on how informative this presentation is and how it has opened their eyes to some of the pitfalls that we as parents can fall into, while we are trying to keep our children safe from harm. Several area schools require parents to attend a presentation like this prior to their students being able to purchase a ticket to attend the prom. Supported by the PTO, SADD, School Council, Student Government, Faculty, Administration, and the School Committee; our school will have a similar requirement this prom season.

In order for your student to purchase a ticket to the Junior Prom or Senior Prom, the parent or guardian of the student MUST attend an informational session about social hosting laws and issues endemic to our communities. You will have two opportunities to meet this obligation. Sessions will be held on February 27, 2013 and March 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium. You can attend either of these sessions in order to meet this obligation. More details will be forthcoming, but I wanted to get the information out there as soon as possible so that families could make plans. So save one of the above dates and we’ll keep you posted on developments. Special thanks to all who served on this sub-committee, especially parent Dawn Walsh (dawnewalsh@yahoo.com), SADD Advisor Marlene Lopes (mlopoes@slrsd.org), and faculty representative Melissa Fontaine (mfontaine@slrsd.org). Please feel free top contact any one of us should you have questions.

One to One Pilot Initiative

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I am very excited to announce that we will begin a 1:1 initiative pilot program beginning in the second semester. Through a grant and initiative with Google, we are purchasing two classroom sets of Samsung Chromebooks. Four teachers will utilize the Chromebook in their daily lessons with their students in class. The teachers taking part in the pilot are: Ms. Leontie, Ms. Orcutt, Mr. Bostrom, and Ms. Andrews.  We expect to have this pilot running by the start of the second semester. Research on this initiative was conducted by the Silver Lake Regional High School Instructional Technology Committee, referred to as TATL …Technology at the Lake.

Exam Schedule

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The second term and first semester come to a close during the last week of January. The end of the semester culminates in a mid-year exam for full year classes or a final exam for semester long classes. Click the link below for the exam schedule. Please note that there are shortened days during the exam period to allow for reading and study time for students. Project Silver is hosting exam preparation sessions for any student, especially members of the freshman class who are experiencing this activity for the first time. Please keep checking Project Silver schedule on the web site Project Silver. The following  link below will provide you with the entire schedule for exams Mid-Year/Final Exam Schedule.

Students in the Community

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Teacher Mark Batchelor and Career & Technical Education seniors from the Metal Fabrication/Welding Program  are installing handrails on the new handicap ramp at Pope’s Tavern in Halifax. Pope’s Tavern was built in 1820 as a wedding gift for new bride, Lydia Sturtevant. Today the old home is used as the town’s senior citizen center.  It stands in the center of town, opposite the Halifax Town Hall at the corner of South Street and Plymouth Street. The students are working with the town’s Municipal & School Building Committee while they learn and train for future occupations in metal fabrication and/or welding. Although the building has a ramp used at the back door, there has been a need for one that would allow wheelchairs access to the old building.

Lost and Found

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Our lost and found bin is overflowing! If your student has lost a book, notebook, backpack, clothing, or other item, please have them check the lost and found bin. We will be donating all unclaimed items to charity on January 7, 2013. The lost and found is located in the Central Storage Room, in the hall opposite the locker room and next to the Trainer’s Room.

I wish everyone a

Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year 

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