Come and Get ‘Em!
Chromebooks are available to be picked up next week:
- August 21-23: the IT office is open from 8:30 – 3:00 for new 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Also, the IT department can be reached by calling 860-824-5123 x 283. Separate arrangements can be made if the times and dates present a conflict.
- Thursday August 24th: all 9th graders should come to the school library from 8:30 – 3:00 to pick up their Chromebook computer. There is a $25 annual maintenance fee required at time of pickup. (Check made payable to “HVRHS” or cash is acceptable).
Important Dates to remember:
Friday, August 25 – Freshman Orientation (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Monday, August 28 – First day of school year (2017-2018)
Tuesday, August 29 & Wednesday, August 30 – Photos & Picture ID days
Thursday, September 14 – HVRHS Open House (6:30 pm)
Grade 9 – Friday, August 25, 2017
Location: Library – Time-Frame: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 & Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Location: Library – Time-Frame: 8:30am-2:30pm
2017 Yearbooks have arrived!
If you ordered a yearbook they are now available for pick up at High School Main Office weekdays until 3:00 pm. There are a limited number still available to purchase for $65.00.
Class of 2018 – Senior Portraits
Next dates will be held in the HVRHS Library September 8 & 9.
If you missed your summer session; you should receive a postcard from Lifetouch with your new appointment. You can change your date & time at www.photoappointment.com using the unique confirmation code they provide. If you need additional assistance, please call 800-426-9533, and follow the prompts to reschedule an appointment.
Please “confirm” your appointment date and time at www.photoappointment.com which is available to you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week for their convenience. Having knowledge of this information allows Lifetouch to ensure that all students have the appropriate time allotted for their portrait session. If you have additional questions please contact the HVRHS Main Office at 860-824-5123.
Once in a Lifetime – Experiencing the Solar Eclipse
On Monday, August 21, North Americans will have the chance to experience a rare event – a total solar eclipse. According to NASA, we will experience the event in our area between the hours of 5 and 8 PM, though our experience will not be as spectacular as it will be in the southern United States.
Nonetheless, viewing an eclipse with the naked eye can result in permanent damage to your eyes- even blindness. Our Safety Committee reminds you to use a pinhole projector to view the eclipse, and to be informed about the potential damage that the eclipse could cause to your eyes. Please click here for additional resources.
Dive into Summer Reading!
Already thinking about next year? Start your learning with summer reading! Click on the link below to access the summer reading for the courses in which you are enrolled:
Global History 1H
World History 10H
ECE United States History
English11H-Summer Reading 2017
AP English Literature-SummerReading 2017
Crop Hunger Walk
Sunday, September 21 at HVRHS, registration at 1:00 pm and the walk starts at 1:30 pm.
Register your team at crophungerwalk.org/fallsvillage
On Thursday, September 7 there will be a meeting held at Trinity Church in Canaan at 6:30 pm for more information about this years crop walk.
June Newsletter Now Available
Graduation Commencement Portraits
Students and family members may pre-register by signing up with their name and email anytime at www.events.lifetouch.com prior to graduation; doing so will enable a notification to be sent when their portraits are available for ordering. Everyone will be photographed. Photos will be online at event.lifetouch.com 10 days after the ceremony. Complimentary proofs can be mailed to graduates with no obligation to purchase.
Junior Achievement Career Success Program
Our school community gratefully recognizes Junior Achievement Volunteer Mike Vidal who is a Plastics Molding Engineer at BD Medical in Canaan, CT. Mike led a group of students through the Junior Achievement Career Success program which equips students with tools and skills required by employers to find and keep a job in high-growth career industries.
For the last two months, Mike has facilitated a series of sessions informing students of the necessary skills needed in the 21st Century workplace. The students greatly appreciated Mike’s expertise. In their follow up assessments, students had the following insightful comments concerning the practical applications they learned from Mike:
“You can’t walk out on a customer regardless of how you feel.”
“Communication is key.”
“(I learned) about different career clusters and the skills required.”
“It’s important to have a good decent perfect cover letter, resume and digital profile – ones that are not too crazy, funky, funny looking or embarrassing.”
“Teamwork is important when you want to add your own idea.”
HVRHS appreciates BD Medical for supporting Mike’s volunteerism in the classroom. The collaboration between BD Medical, HVRHS and Junior Achievement helps our students make real-world connections between work and the needed 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.
Message to Parents and Community from Dr. Martinez
All-Star Driver is now The Next Street. Classes are conveniently held right after school at HVRHS.
Check out www.thenextstreet.com/housatonic to see.
Due to scheduled renovations for HVRHS; driver educations classes will not be held at the high school this summer. Please contact The Next Street for information on classes this summer.
Envirothon Teams place 3rd and 1st
Congratulations to the Housatonic Valley High School Envirothon teams for their 3rd and 1st place finishes at the State Competition on Thursday, May 19th. The Housatonic Team Two comprised of Noah Watson, Liam Sweeney, Ella Matsudaira, Lili Culbreth and Cameron Majette placed third with high scores in the Current Issue/Oral Presentation (tie) and Soils/Land-Use. The Housatonic Team One and first place team members included: Eve Cullerton, Mari Cullerton, Lauren Murtagh, Dean Saccardi and Victor Flores. Team One produced high scores in Wildlife, Aquatics, and a tie for the Current Issue/Oral Presentation. Kristen Galgano and Olivia Woods participated with other schools as wildcard participants. The first place team will represent Connecticut at the North American Envirothon to be held in Maryland this coming July.
The USDA requires every sponsor (public, charter, private, RCCI) participating in the National School Lunch Program to provide information to their community on the availability of Summer Meals, even if they are not a sponsor or site for Summer Meals.
Childhood food insecurity remains at unacceptable levels across the country and children are most acutely at risk in the summer when they do not have access to school meals. There were 708 sites in the summer of 2016 across Connecticut offering free meals to children 18 years and younger, yet only 1 out of 4 of CT’s children who access school meals are accessing Free Summer Meals.
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you do not have a Summer Meals program in your town, children ages 18 and younger may visit Open Summer Meals sites anywhere in the state to receive a meal. There is no application, identification or commitment to participate in Summer Meals. Take the time to share this valuable information with the families in your community.
If you have any questions about Summer Meals, please contact Caroline Cooke at the CSDE at email@example.com or 860-807-2144.
SUMMER MEALS INFO click below:
National Language Exams:
HVRHS Students Attain High Marks!
Congratulations to students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the National Language Exams. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French and Spanish.
The Silver Medal winners in French are sophomore Manuela Bonett and freshman Shirleen Santiago for level 2, and senior Cameryn Caruso for level 3. Silver medalists score at or above the 85th percentile nationally.
The Bronze Medal winner is sophomore Madison Rinehart for level 1. Bronze medalists score at or above the 75th percentile nationally. All are students of Marjorie Becker. They will be honored at a special awards ceremony to be held May 15th at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT.
The following HVRHS students received Honorable Mention for having scored at or above the 50th percentile nationally.
Level 2: Emily Abbott, Julia Hernandez, Abby VanDeusen
Level 3: Sarah Mauri, Maggie Sullivan
Level 4: Sara VanDeusen
Level 5: Katherine Starr
In Spanish, the Gold Medal winner is sophomore Victor Flores for Level 3. Victor scored at the 99th percentile nationally. The Silver Medal winner is sophomore Marijke Stiffler for Level 3. Marijke scored at the 91st percentile nationally. The Bronze Medal winners are sophomores Lindsey Clark and Jeffrey Palmer for Level 2. Lindsey scored at the 76th percentile and Jeffrey scored at the 81st percentile nationally.
The following eleven students attained Honorable Mention for scoring at or above the 50th percentile nationally.
Level 2 Grade 9: Valerie Lenis, Marin Montoya and Tifanny Munoz Arango.
Level 3 Grade 10: Matthew Lopes, Donovan McCray, Sebastian Munoz Arango, and Maebel Spencer.
Grade 11: Nicholas Suby-Brown
Level 5 Grade 12: Grace Beddingfield, Paris Beddingfield, and Kyra Cullerton.
These young people are to be commended for their enthusiasm and dedication to language study. Their teachers, Mrs. Tristana Nuñez and Ms. Rosemarie Nanni are very proud of them.
Study Abroad…in High School!
This program is targeted to anyone who is interested in an international exchange experience, whether it is to study abroad or to host a student in your home while they attend high school. Housatonic has been hosting students from around the world since 1951. These students have come from 69 different countries.”
AFS Flyer, 2017
AFS International Website