December 2017 Parent Newsletter Now Available
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Student Lead Conference Dates / Early Dismissal
There will be 2 early dismissal dates for Student Lead Conferences. Tuesday, December 12 and Tuesday, May 15. Dismissal will be at 12:20 pm. The conferences will be scheduled between 1:30 – 7:30 pm. Conferences will be scheduled by the student & their PLP Teacher.

Students will share goal(s) they set earlier in the year, discuss why the goal(s) is meaningful, and describe progress made towards achieving their goal(s). Additionally, students will discuss any work samples they have collected for their personal portfolio.

As a school we value having students set worthwhile goals and taking the necessary actions to achieve their goals. Personalized Learning Portfolios (PLP) empowers students by letting them establish individualized goals and select the work of which they are most proud. Also, the development of the PLP is a way for students to reflect on the work they do and share their thinking about the learning that has occurred. There is substantial research about the positive value of goal setting and reflecting on one’s work.

Students share their successes with those individuals who matter most to them. In preparing for and conducting the SLC, students can demonstrate effective organization, advanced planning, and presentation skills. Also, student ­led conferences and the underlying portfolio development process encourage students to take greater control of their learning while sharpening their skills in collaboration, communication, and creativity.

The student led conferences can be held on any agreed upon time and date. December 12th is the one day where teachers will make themselves available until 7:30 pm. The expectation is that all conferences will be finished before the holiday break which begins on December 22nd.

Winter Concert
Friday, December 15 at 7:00 pm in the Henry Burgess Auditorium.

Saturday, December 2 — Saturday, December 23
Open daily – 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Trees starting at $30, Cabot Cheese: $3–$12, Wreaths: $12–$65 (average $20), Floral Centerpieces: 1 candle $15 / 3 candles $25, small swags $10, Large swags $15, Balsam Cross $20, Mixed Cross $24, Kissing Balls $30, greens $1 a bunch, roping $2–$3 a foot, small boxwood trees $20, Large boxwood trees $25, Holiday (cemetery) boxes $20, Poinsettias $4-$45. All prices are approximate and could vary with the individual product.

December Career Experience Workshop
Register through Enriching Students with Dr. O’Neill. Space is limited to 10 students, so reserve your spot early! For more information on any of these workshops, email Dr. O’Neill at
Interview Skills Workshop
Career Cafe: Exploring Careers in Marketing and Accounting
Thursday, December 14 at 10:34 to 11:14 a.m. in Room 101 (College and Career Center)
Career Cafe hosts its first event with marketing and accounting professionals Kimberly Rock and Jennifer Weigel. Enjoy casual conversation, ask questions, make contacts, and eat FOOD! It’s Career Cafe, after all.

Housatonic Valley Regional High school will hold a Blood Drive in memory of Joan L. Cannon at the Mahoney-Hewat Science & Technology Building on Friday, December 22 from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm. For an appointment, please visit or call 1-800-733-2767. You can also contact to make an appointment of for more information.

The 21st Century Fund is pleased to present its Annual Ingenuity Competition (AIC) to inspire students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School to envision and implement cutting edge projects through ingenuity, teamwork, and delight.
Forming​ ​a​ ​team:​ A “team” is comprised of three current HVRHS students.
Mentor:​ Teams can select (or be assigned) a mentor to assist with the proposal. A mentor can be a teacher, coach, parent, or business person.
Funding:​ ​A $5,000 grant, provided by the 21st Century Fund, will be allotted as follows:
$2,000 for project expenses. $1,000 to each student towards an enriching experience of their choice (e.g. college, workshops, camp, etc.). This portion will be approved by the 21st Century Fund)
Benefits​ ​to​ ​students: Inspire teamwork, Engage students in thinking about contemporary issues, Stimulate critical thinking, Instill project management skills (creating, organizing, implementing), Provide opportunity for winners to enhance their resume.

Students are you EAGER​ ​TO​ ​SHOW​ ​THE​ ​WORLD​ ​HOW​ ​INGENIOUS​ ​YOU​ ​ARE?
With an abundance of boring and useless ideas out there, you now have an opportunity to do something ingenious and important. The 21st Century Fund for HVRHS is launching its second Annual Ingenuity Competition. The purpose is to inspire students to envision, design, and implement cutting edge projects through ingenuity and teamwork. Teams of three students each will develop proposals that address one of the areas listed below. A mentor will be assigned to each participating team to help with developing the proposal. A committee will pick the winning proposal based on criteria such as practicality of implementation and potential impact on an important issue confronting society. Prize money will be awarded to support the implementation of the project. At the end, an award stipend of $1,000 will be awarded to each team member to be used toward an enriching experience of their choice such as college, a workshop, camp, etc. This is an exciting opportunity to do something noteworthy and be rewarded for your efforts. Who knows……your project may land you a spot on the evening news.
Please For further information on how to get started, please contact Dr. Martinez, the school’s project coordinator.
Proposals are due to Dr. Martinez no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, January 5, 2018.

Congratulate your student with an ad in the 2018 yearbook!
Ad details: Files must have .jpeg, .jpg, or .png extensions. If necessary, we can convert the file for you. Photos/images must have a resolution of 300dpi or higher, Ad & Shout Out deadline is February 1, 2018, Pricing: $300 Full Page, $165 Half Page, $90 Quarter Page, $50 Eighth Page, $30 Sixteenth Page. Ads are full color. How to pay for the ad using the website: Go to this link to create and place your ad (You can also order a yearbook here.) Use school code 14109. Confirm that you are on the page for: Housatonic Valley Regional HS. Click on “Buy a Yearbook Ad for your student or your business”. Select the Size/Price you prefer. Choose “Buy this Item for”: Student OR Business.
Type the name of your Student or Business in the pop-up window and click “Search”. Select your Student or Business name if it appears. If your name doesn’t appear, click “Add Business/Student Name”. On the next pop-up window, add the full name for your Student or Business name, and again select “Add Business/Student Name”. Another pop-up window will confirm that your name has been added. Click “OK”. Click on the green button “Ad type selection”. (This is where you will choose either to have us create the ad — OR — create the ad yourself.)
A pop-up window will ask you to select: “I want to use School Ad Creation” (in which you pay online for your ad. Then you email your photos and text to us, we create your ad for you, and we submit the ad to you for approval.) OR “I want to use Online Ad Creation” (in which you create, submit, and pay for your ad online). Click “Next” in the lower right corner.
At any time, if you’d like to edit your selections, click on the yellow pencil icon. If you chose “I want to use School Ad Creation”, select “Check Out” and complete payment for your ad (then email us your images and text and we’ll take care of the rest). If you chose “I want to use Online Ad Creation”, follow the prompts to select a layout template, upload images and text, create your ad, and submit payment. For Tech Support while using the online ad creator, contact Herff Jones Technical Support at 877.362.7750

High School Late Opening Dates 2017-2018
Thursday, January 25 will be the next Teacher Professional Development, the high school will start at 9:45 am and dismiss at the regular time of 2:25 pm. There will also be Late Openings February 8, March 29, April 26 and May 24.
Click the link for your bus on Late Opening Days:
Cornwall Bus #2 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Cornwall Bus #3 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Cornwall Bus #4 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Falls Village Bus #13 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Falls Village Bus #14 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Kent Bus – #17 Late Opening_2017_2018
Kent Bus #18 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Kent Bus #19 – Late Opening_2017_2018
North Canaan Bus #21 – Late Opening_2017_2018
North Canaan Bus #22 – Late Opening_2017_2018
North Canaan Bus #24 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Salisbury Bus #27 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Salisbury Bus #28- Late Opening_2017_2018
Salisbury Bus #29 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Salisbury Bus #30 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Sharon Bus #5 – Late Opening
Sharon Bus #8 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Sharon Bus #9 – Late Opening_2017_2018

Self-defense Club
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 pm run by community member Bill Anstett. All are welcome – you just need to get a waiver form from Mr. Tripp and return it signed by a parent or guardian. If you are headed off to college next year – this is a great opportunity to gain some confidence in your ability to protect yourself. In addition to learning techniques, you will learn situational awareness and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Order your yearbook for 2018:
school order # 14109 or use school name
Yearbook Information click the link: Yearbook 2018

All-Star Driver is now The Next Street. Classes are conveniently held right after school at HVRHS from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm in Room 136.
Enroll online at :
Full Driver Education Program
November 27, 2017 – January 29, 2017

Debate Team
The Housatonic Debate Team meets on Tuesday at 2:30 pm in Room 117. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. See Massyl Mallem or Mr. Lizzi for more details!

Come join us Thursdays from 3-5 pm in room 362!

Robotics Team
The official start to the robotics season is Thursday, November 30. The Who’sCTEKS Robotics team meets on Thursdays 5 -7 pm at the Mahoney-Hewat Science & Technology Center (located behind the high School). All are welcome to attend.
Click on the link below for the Who’sCTEKS website:

To learn more about FIRST Robotics click on the link below:

Shrinking Our Carbon Footprint
Here at Housatonic, we are doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint. We’ve gotten rid of Styrofoam plates in the cafeteria, and we’re working on eliminating as much plastic as possible from our wastebaskets by looking at solutions such as metal cutlery and boxed water. We’re also using solar power now to offset our fossil fuel consumption. Click on the image to the left to view real-time data on the energy being generated by our new solar panels!

Grading Practices: Raising the Bar for All Students
As explained in the September Parent Newsletter, grading practices are undergoing a significant shift at HVRHS. The changes are based on the philosophy that grades should reflect student achievement and that each student must meet a clearly defined level of proficiency to earn credit for having taken a course.
Any student who receives a grade below 70 on a major assessment (i.e., test, essay, project, etc.) will earn a “Not Yet Proficient” (NYP) mark in their gradebook. This mark is similar to an “Incomplete”: it must be resolved in order for students to earn credit in a course. More than just the average of work assignments, however, students must demonstrate proficiency on the major concepts of a course in order to pass. Central to this policy is the opportunity for “reassessments”: additional attempts to meet course expectations after working with the teacher to address misunderstandings. Whether students are at “NYP” or at an 85% average, they may opt to reassess to improve their performance and understanding.
This approach fundamentally differs from the previous policy in its belief that students must master course concepts in order to earn credit. Using the former “average” approach, students may have passed a course, even though they had not understood some significant portions of the class. A helpful comparison is the medical model: we would not want to graduate a doctor who did not fully understand the nervous system, and we at Housatonic do not want to graduate a high school student who cannot effectively read, write, calculate, and problem solve (for starters!).
The details of how a student may remedy their NYP and demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency are detailed in the chart above, and additional information about how to resolve an NYP is available in the Parent Newsletter and in the Student Handbook. Please contact your child’s counselor or PLP Coach if you have any questions.