It’s getting better all the time …

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Yes, it’s getting better, it’s getting better all the time ! Preliminary data from the Department of Education shows that the drop out rate for Silver Lake Regional High School declined AGAIN! The drop out rate for our school is 0.4%. That is extremely low …but, as I always say. I won’t be happy until it is 0.0%.  needless to say, I am very proud of our students, our staff, and our community.

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The third and final scheduled parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday evening February 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM. These conferences are by appointment and we will be utilizing the same system as we did in the fall. Pick-A-Time will be activated on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Be sure to get online to make your appointments with teachers. Report Cards will be going home on Friday, February 1, 2013. Also, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 marks the first day of the third term and second semester. All students will receive new schedules on Tuesday morning during homeroom. Please ask your student to share their schedule with you. They may have a new teacher second semester that you would like to meet during the February 7 conferences. This is one of the reasons we have conferences at the start of third term.

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Long time English  teacher Anthony Rizzitano is retiring this month after 30+ years of teaching at Silver Lake. He leaves behind a legacy of excellence, compassion, knowledge, and truthfulness that has inspired our students for generations. Rizz , as all his students affectionately refer to him, is known for helping students reach new and higher levels of achievement. His student’s performance on AP English exams is second to none. He will be sorely missed. We are fortunate to have coaxed Mrs. Kathy Drane from retirement to fill in for Mr. Rizz for the remainder of the year.

Special Education teacher, Mrs. Michelle Boudreau is leaving for maternity leave on Monday. Mrs. Jeannie O’Connor, a licensed special education teacher will be filling in during Mrs. Boudreau’s leave. And while we are on the topic of babies, Mrs. Gill welcomed her son Mason into the family on Saturday January 12, 2013. Congratulations to Mrs. Gill as we look forward to her return this spring. Mrs. Fontaine is serving as an administrative intern while Mrs. Gill is on leave.

This bears repeating …

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.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Lieutenant Governor

Tim Murray visits Silver Lake Regional High School

LTG Timothy Murray visited Silver Lake Regional High School last Thursday during the late morning. As a proponent of Vocational Education, LTG Murray was given a tour of the vocational areas. Several students stayed after exams to meet the LTG and show him the outstanding work our students and teachers do in our vocational department. LTG Murray left very impressed with all that happens at our school. Of course, I committed a major faux pas when I introduced the LTG to our robotics team students as LTG Timothy Murphy. Fortunately, LTG Murray was gracious and accepted my apologies.

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