Next Late Opening – Thursday, Oct. 27
This year the high school will have late openings days for teacher professional development on Sept. 29, October 27, January 26, March 30 and May 25. School will begin at 10:00 am on these days. Click the links below to view bell schedule and bus pick up times:
For a full list of colleges that will be visiting our College & Career Resource Center this fall click on the tab for “School Resources” and select “College & Career Resource Center”.
AUDITIONS FOR THE DROWSY CHAPERONE!
The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society will be holding auditions for the March production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE on Wednesday, October 26 and Monday, October 31, by appointment. Please sign up for an appointment in the main office. Be prepared to sing a song of your choice from any Broadway show and bring sheet music if you have it.(If you need help choosing a song, come to the Audition Workshop on Oct. 19!) All students are welcome and encouraged to audition – no experience necessary! Performances will be March 16-18, 2017. Rehearsals begin December, 2016.
When: Wednesday, Oct 26 & Monday, Oct. 31 (by appointment)
Callbacks on Wed., November 2
SPECIAL AUDITION WORKSHOP
The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society presents a special Audition Workshop with Michael Berkeley. Get a head start on THE DROWSY CHAPERONE auditions! Take the fear out of auditioning – learn the tricks and techniques that turn fear into fun. Bring music if you have it or we will provide music and song suggestions.. Students will have the opportunity to perform audition songs and work on presentation, song interpretation and audition preparation, as well as reading lines from a script in a “cold reading.”(You will not be required to perform during workshop if you’d prefer to simply observe and take notes.) No prior experience necessary– all high school students welcome!
When: Wednesday, Oct 19 from 2:30 – 5:15 pm
Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s Houstonic Musical Theatre Society presents the 14th Annual North West Connecticut Kitchen Tour on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets are $40.00 and the proceeds benefit the production of The Drowsy Chaperone – March 16-18, 2017. Tickets are available at Salisbury, Sharon & Kent Pharmacies.
For more info and to order tickets on-line click on www.HMTS.org
All-Star Driver is now The Next Street. For more information call (800) 732-8090 or click this link:thenextstreet.com
Student Accident Insurance
If you would like to to learn more about what is offered download the form here:
Student Accident Insurance_2016_2017
Student-Led Conferences to Launch
Personal Learning Portfolios Showcase Progress
Beginning in September, students will experience a new block in their schedule: the Personal Learning Portfolio (PLP) block. The PLP is a compilation of work that students develop throughout the year that reflects their finest work in targeted academic skills and standards. Students gather pieces of work that demonstrate their strongest efforts, and as the portfolio is being developed, student peers and the Portfolio Coach provide ongoing feedback and recommendations. Mixed-grade level PLP groups allow students to develop supportive relationships, and to sharpen their collaboration, communication, and social skills, while also providing them with an audience that offers descriptive, non-judgmental feedback about their portfolio.
Towards the end of each semester, students lead a conference at which they present the contents of their portfolio, provide insight into each piece’s development and revision, and reflect upon the learning that occurred throughout the process. The Student-Led Conference (SLC) and underlying portfolio development process is designed to help students take ownership of their own growth and learning. Students develop and hone those skills necessary for them to reflect upon their learning and determine the relevance of class assignments. This process will lead to increased student choice, greater student involvement in the assessment process, heightened motivation, and more personalized learning experiences that are rooted in student interest.
In order to accommodate our PLP groups, we have revised the schedule to include a 35-minute meeting each Wednesday. The 10-minute Advisory period has been eliminated in order to reallocate the time for this work. Please click on the “Schedules” link to see the new times.
For more information about the program, please take a look at the PLP Student Handbook (2016-17), linked here.
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