Report Cards Issued (2/1/13) and Parent Conferences (2/7/13)

January 30, 2013

 

 

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Report Cards will be disseminated to all students on Friday, February 1, 2013 during the last block of the day, period 7.

 

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The final Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM. These conferences are an opportunity for you to meet with your student’s teachers to discuss their classroom progress and to meet new teachers your student may have for the second semester. Although you are able to keep up with your student’s progress via the parent portal of Power School, a sit down conference with the teacher is always beneficial.  Once again, we will be using the online scheduling system, pick-a-time, to sign up for conferences. Starting at noon today (January 31,2013), and until 2:00 PM on February 7, 2013, you can sign up online for a parent conference with your student’s teachers.

The process to sign up is simple and convenient. The account you set up last October is still active, so if you already registered, just click on SLRHS pick-a-time February 7 2013 to log in. As always, if you don’t get an appointment with any teacher you would like to see, you can ALWAYS contact the teacher directly via email to set up a mutually convenient time.

 

What if I don’t have an account?

If you have not registered with pick-a-time, follow the directions below to create an account.

Pick-a-Time is a web-based application to schedule conferences with teachers during the February 7, 2013 parent/teacher conferences. By using Pick-a-Time, you can schedule appointments that meet your busy schedule, print your scheduled appointments, and even receive an email reminder. In order to use Pick-a-Time, you will need to know your student’s ID number. This can be found on a student schedule, a progress report, a report card, or via the Parent Portal on PowerSchool.Create a Parent Account

In order to schedule parent/teacher conferences in Pick-a-Time, you will need to create a user account.

1. Go to https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11606953

TIMESAVER: You may want to bookmark your school’s Pick-a-Timelink as a favorite for future use.

WARNING: Do not go to the Pick-a-Time main website to create your appointments.

2. Create an account by entering your email address and a password. If you do not have an email address, you can make one up using @noemail.com, e.g., sjones@noemail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

3. Click the Login/Create Account button.

4. Fill out the required fields. The First and Last name fields should be your name, not your student’s name.

5. Click the OK button.

6. Enter your student’s ID# and birthday (mm/dd/yyyy format) in theStudent ID and Student’s birthday fields.

7. Click the Add button.

NOTE: You can add additional children attending this school once you have selected a conference date.

Create Appointments

You can begin scheduling appointments once you have created an account. Each school determines the start and end dates and times for appointment taking in Pick-a-Time. Please check with your school regarding these dates.

1. Log in to your school’s Pick-a-Time site if you are not currently logged in.

2. If you have additional students attending this same school, enter their Student ID and birthday and click the Add button.

3. Click the colored square for the teacher whom you would like to schedule an appointment.

4. Deselect the check box if you do not want an email reminder or you can change the time frame of the reminder.

5. Click the Create Appointment button. A black square indicates your scheduled appointment. A white square indicates the time is unavailable.

6. Continue until all appointments have been scheduled.

Print a Schedule

1. Click the Printable schedule link.

2. Use your browser’s print command to print a copy of your schedule.

3. Click the Return link to return to the Appointment screen.

4. Click Logout when finished.

NOTE: Please bring your schedule with you to the conference.

Cancel or Change Scheduled Appointments

You may cancel or change an appointment any time prior to the end date/time of Pick-a-Time appointment taking. If you need to cancel or change an appointment after that time, please contact your school.

Cancel an Appointment

1. Log in to your school’s Pick-a-Time site.

2. Click the Your schedule link.

3. Click the Cancel link next to the scheduled date and time.

4. Click the Cancel Appointment button to confirm the cancellation.

5. Print a new copy of your schedule. Follow the directions above for printing your schedule.

NOTE: Follow Steps 2-4 to cancel additional appointments.

Change an Appointment

1. Log in to Pick-a-Time.

2. Click the Your schedule link.

3. Click the Change time link.

4. Select a new date or time for this teacher appointment.

5. Click the Change Appointment button to confirm this change.

6. Print a new copy of your schedule. Follow the directions above for printing your schedule.

NOTE: Follow Steps 2-4 to change additional appointments.

Edit Pick-a-Time Account Information

You may edit your Pick-a-Time account at any time.

1. Log in to Pick-a-Time.

2. Click the Edit Profile/Change Password link.

3. Make any changes to your account.

4. Click the Update button.

5. Click Logout when finished.

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Code Blue Results

January 29, 2013

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As you are aware,  in conjunction with K-9 Officer Michael Lanatra and the Kingston Police Department. We had a drug search of our school on Monday evening January 28, 2013 and Tuesday morning January 29, 2013. We continue 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 then conducts a search.

As a result of today’s events, no drugs or drug paraphernalia was found either in the school or in vehicles in the parking lot. Please remember that this search was a planned even, as a matter of fact, it was planned months ago.

The students and staff were awesome …as usual. The entire process took less than 20 minutes from start to finish. I was a little too quick sending out the notice on my Twitter account, @slrhsprincipal, and students who follow me on Twitter actually knew about the Code Blue before I made the announcement !

You may feel that this drill and the Code Yellow Drill held a couple of weeks ago were close together and you would be absolutely correct.  We  planned today’s drill months ago. However, the Code Yellow drill, while planned in advance, was limited by the times the SWAT team was available and involved a completely different set of public safety officers. We took the best time that was available, hence the two drills occurred rather closely. 

Thanks to the Kingston Police for their partnership in helping us to keep our school safe. As always, any questions, please feel free to ask.

Code Blue

January 29, 2013

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January 29, 2013

Good Morning;

Yesterday at 6:30 PM and today at approximately, 8:35 AM a PLANNED EVENT was held at the high school. Yesterday evening and this morning, we called a CODE BLUE, which means that students remain in their rooms, but carry on business as usual.

In conjunction with the Kingston Police Department, the drug searching dogs swept the hallways and classrooms during the Code Blue. Last evening, common areas, supply closets, and other less commonly used areas were swept by the drug searching dogs.

Again, these were events that had been planned for several weeks.  There were no mitigating factors that served as a catalyst to hold these events. The PLANNED EVENTS and drill are part of our efforts to ensure a safe environment for students and staff.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Kelley

Principal

It’s getting better all the time …

January 26, 2013

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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.

Remember why we have a long weekend …

January 19, 2013

 

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I know that students and families alike have been looking forward to the long weekend. The Patriots play a late playoff game on Sunday, the SL Hockey team has a late Saturday afternoon game, and of course, you’re probably looking forward to sleeping in on Monday morning.

Please don’t fall into the trap of our hectic life styles and forget the reason we have a long weekend in the first place. We are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a true leader and obvious champion for civil rights and equal treatment for all. Dr. King was awarded the 1964 Nobel peace prize for his non-violent approach to activism. His message is strong and still rings loudly some 45 years after his assassination. Click on the link below to learn more about this civil rights icon and keep in mind all the good that he did for American society.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Biography

 

Code Yellow Results

January 18, 2013

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It truly is disheartening that I even have to have this conversation with the community about this, but it is a serious matter. As you know, we held a practice code yellow drill yesterday, complete with K-9, SWAT Team, and local law enforcement. Our school performed very well in the drill, but there is always room for improvement. We will continue to practice our protocols and policies regarding school safety on a regular basis. We take this seriously and hope that these plans are never used. There is NOTHING more important than the safety of our students and staff. Future Code Yellow Drills will occur along with advanced notice to parents and guardians.

Service Learning Project

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Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Program


The Silver Lake Regional High School Student Council has taken on yet another Service Learning Project. Click on the link above to see how your old shoes and sneakers can be used to build playgrounds for those less fortunate.

 

Code Yellow Practice Drill

January 16, 2013

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As I have mentioned in school announcements, faculty memos, and on this blog, we need to increase the number of Code Yellow Drills so that our response is automatic and second nature. Well …today was the first of these increased practice drills. You should have received an email, phone call,  text , tweet, or all of the above informing you. If you didn’t get the message, please be sure to let us know so that we can correct our data base. Click on the link below to view the message that was emailed to families in grades 9-12. Code Yellow Drill January 16, 2013.

SLRHS Student Council, New Year’s Resolution

January 8, 2013

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Student Council Project

The SLRHS Student Council is sending this message  to the entire student body via their classroom teachers as well as on the morning announcements.

“Happy New Year Silver Lake.  As the new year begins, your school needs your help. Student Council wants to hear what you have to say about Silver Lake…we want to hear your voice.  We are forming a school wide committee open to any and all students with something to say…it is called Silver Lake Resolves.  Think of it as forming New Year’s resolutions as a school…for the school, as well as finding ways to make sure we keep those resolutions.   The first meeting will be held on January 16th at 2 pm in room 1118.  There will be refreshments so please RSVP with Mr. Pina before 1/15.  Community service hours will be given to those who actively participate in this committee.  Any questions, please see Mr. Pina in room 1118 or at apina@slrsd.org.”

Why do I walk down the candy aisle ?

January 7, 2013

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January 6, 2013

As Homer Simpson would say …mmmmm chocolate … I just got home from the CVS in Kingston. Why did I walk down the candy aisle and see 75% of chocolate snowmen, cherry cordial M and M’s and Marshmallow Santa’s …of course I had to buy them … and EAT them. I want you to know,  that, even after 30+ years at SLRHS,  I still feel like a kid in a candy store and can’t believe how much I enjoy my job … because of this, I have never worked a day in my life!

Project Silver

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We are excited to announce that once again Project Silver will be sponsoring a mid-year exam study session for all freshmen. Below is a flier with more information that has been posted in all ninth grade classrooms. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this opportunity.

Hey Freshmen…Need help studying for

Exams?

When:

January 10th

2-3pm

Teachers & NHS tutors will be available for help with ELA & Algebra I

January 15th

2-3pm

Teachers & NHS tutors will be available for help in all subject areas

Where:

Library

What to bring:

Books, study guides, paper, pen or pencil and any questions you might have

What to do:

Swing by the library after school. Teachers and members of NHS will be available to help prepare or tutor you in the subject areas you need support in.

Passes to the late bus will be provided.

These study sessions are brought to you by Project Silver!

Junior and Senior Prom Reminder to Parents

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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 Wednesday, February 27, 2013 and Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 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. Students are encouraged to attend but are not required to do so. 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 to contact any one of us should you have questions.

Graduation Planning for the Class of 2013

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This is the time of year that we begin to make final arrangements for the Commencement Exercise for the Class of 2013. Graduation will take place on June 1, 2013 at 11:00AM on Sirrico Field.

While many arrangements, such as chair rental, sound, and staging, were made a year in advance, there are numerous aspects of the ceremony that require decisions and input on the part of students and their parents.

Therefore, I invite you to be part of the Class of 2013 Graduation Planning Committee. The first meeting will take place on January 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM in the Principal’s Conference Room in the main office. Clearly, parents and guardians of members of the Class of 2013 have an immediate interest in the ceremony. However, it is very helpful to have parents and guardians of underclassmen as part of the planning process in preparation for future graduations.

The 2013 class officers represent the student body for this committee. If you are interested in serving on this ad hoc committee, please contact Judy Laniewski or Karen Cameron at the attendance kiosk at your earliest convenience; jlaniewski@slrsd.org or kcameron@slrsd.org.  If you prefer to call via phone, 781-585-3844 extension 1001.

Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 7, 2013

The final scheduled parent-teacher conferences will be held on February 7, 2013. These conferences will be by appointment. Once again we’ll be using  pick-a-time for you to sign up for appointments. Please keep an eye out for an email that will be sent out announcing the opening of the pick-a-time portal.

School Council Survey

Thanks to the over 300 families who took the time to complete the survey developed by the SLRHS School Improvement Council. If you recall, the survey was open at the end of November and beginning of December 2012. Click the link below to see the results of the survey. The School Improvement Council will continue to study the results and develop our next School Improvement Plan to reflect these opinions.  2012 School Improvement Council Survey Results. Please feel free to contact me should you have any suggestions or comments about the survey.

Safety Plan

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We met with Police from all three towns last Friday as part of our monthly meetings. According to the experts, the procedures we have in place for emergency situations are well thought out, practical, solid, and appropriate. The thing is, these procedures need to be second nature to all of us, so expect more frequent unannounced practice drills throughout the course of the school year. I will always let you know when these drills occur and I will always follow-up with an email about the results.

Parent Portal Web Address Change

December 26, 2012

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The PowerSchool server, which hosts the Parent Portal that students and families use to check their grades online has been upgraded from version 6.2 to version 7.6.

Due to this update the new web address has been simplified to ps.slrsd.org/public

Please update all bookmarks, favorites and shortcuts to reflect this change.

Your username and password HAVE NOT been affected

If you have any questions, please contact our Manager of Information Systems:  mstringer@slrsd.org