Parent Partnership Meeting Changes
Dr. Martinez announces a change to the previously announced Parent Partnership meetings. In place of the October 23rd and November 27th Parent Partnership meeting will be a single meeting called the HVRHS School Community Partnership. Please read the message below to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE:
School Community Partnership meetings are being formed at all of the Region One schools. The role of the HVRHS School Community Partnership is to provide stakeholder input in the development of the School Improvement Plan (SIP). The SIP reflects the vision, mission and goals that we value so that we can continue to improve learning for all students. Involvement from parents and community members can help to assess school needs and set educational goals and is critical in assisting in the development of our long and short range planning.

The structure of the meeting consists of sharing information about specific topics in the SIP. Small groups will be led by both teachers and administrators, on these topics. There will be presentations, followed by discussions in table groups. We will hear thoughts and ideas on the topic presented and then address questions with the larger group.

The plan is to have two meetings this year. The first meeting is being planned for Monday NOVEMBER 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The spring date has not been determined yet – but it will be after the NEASC accreditation visit in March. This venue provides a good opportunity to share some of the good work that is ongoing and your support is critical to making this evening meeting a success.

The Board of Education has suggested using this venue (at least for this first meeting) to discuss “What does a Housy graduate look like”. The work of identifying the positive characteristics and traits that typify a HVRHS graduate is a challenging, but a worthwhile endeavor.

With the implementation of this new format for sharing information, I will be canceling the October 23rd and November 27th Parent Partnership meetings.

So that we can gauge the rooms needed to make this event happen comfortably I am requesting that you RSVP if you will be attending. RSVP’s should be sent to Julie Lang at jlang@hvrhs.org


October Newsletter Now Available
Click here to read the October 2017 edition of the HVRHS Parent Newsletter.


Last day for Senior Portraits
Monday, November 13, will be the last day to have senior portraits taken for the yearbook. Senior Portraits will be in the Library. You should receive a postcard from Lifetouch with your appointment. Please “confirm” your appointment at www.photoappointment.com which is available to you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week for their convenience. If you have additional questions please contact the HVRHS Main Office at 860-824-5123.


ID & Photo Re-Take Day
Monday, October 23, 2017 in the Library is scheduled for underclassmen, teachers, staff and any senior who wants an ID card for 2017-2018. There is no charge for these Id’s, but you can purchase photos if you choose.
Click on the links below for for order forms and information:
Picture Day Info
Order form


Homecoming
Saturday October 21st from 7pm – 10pm in the HVRHS Cafeteria.
Admission is $7 or $5 if you bring a non-perishable food item.

Homecoming Bonfire
Friday, October 20 from 6pm – 8pm
$5.00 Entry
Food – Music -Fun


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.


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!


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


Robotics Team
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:

www.716robotics.com

There will be a parent information meeting on October 26th from 6:30-7:00 PM in the STC. This meeting will cover who and what this club is, travel, fundraising, schedule, expectations and answer, hopefully, all your questions. This is not mandatory and anyone can contact Andy Brockway anytime if you have a question. andrew.brockway@snet.net


DRIVER EDUCATION
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 118.
Enroll online at : www.thenextstreet.com/housatonic
Full Driver Education Program
October 2, 2017 – November 20, 2017
November 27, 2017 – January 29, 2017
8 Hour Safe Driving Course
October 2, 2017 – October 11, 2017
November 27, 2017 – December 6, 2017


2017 Yearbooks
If you ordered a yearbook for the class of 2017, they are available for pick up at High School Main Office.


High School Late Opening Dates 2017-2018
Thursday, October 26 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 be a Late Opening Bus Schedule for these days which include; September 28, October 26, November 9, December 7, January 25, February 8, March 29, April 26 and May 24.
Click the link for your bus:
Cornwall Bus #2 – Late Opening_2017_2018
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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_2017_2018
Sharon Bus #8 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Sharon Bus #9 – Late Opening_2017_2018