***Calendar Change: Friday, December 20 is now an Early Dismissal at HVRHS and all Region 1 Schools. Happy Holidays!***
Curious about the Core?
Summary of Instructional Shifts Available Online
There is a lot of talk about the shift to the Common Core that has begun in schools around the state, and while HVRHS has been working with those standards for some time now, the shift in focus may not be immediately apparent to those outside of the classroom. Students are now being asked to read more nonfiction at earlier ages and in broader contexts across their schools, and mathematics standards require students to develop strong foundations in earlier grades to make way for advanced calculations at the secondary level.
The State Department of Education has produced a helpful, one-page summary of the instructional shifts, which is available here for your reference. Our teachers will refer to the standards in your meetings with them, and we hope to work in partnership with parents to achieve the higher levels of rigor and scholarship that are described in the Common Core. For further reading on the complete set of Common Core State Standards, click here to visit the full site.
Everything for the Holidays, from our Students
The FFA is proud to announce the opening of their Holiday Store for the 2013 season. The store is open from Nov. 30 to Dec. 23, stocking some of the most attractive trees, wreaths, and poinsettias this side of the North Pole. Stop by the greenhouse to pick up your holiday decorations and support our FFA program in the process. Open daily 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Region 1 Athletic Fund Makes Annual Appeal
Consider Supporting Region 1 Athletics in Your Holiday Giving
This past year, the Region One Athletic Fund granted more than $20,500 to 67 applicants to attend a variety of programs. According to Dave Grusauski, “our goal is to ensure the highest level of physical achievement for the students of Region One, to enhance their capacity to compete and to cultivate competitive teams. These include but are not limited to, special coaching, summer training/camp programs, transportation to competitions or training programs, special performance enhancement movement classes performance, master classes, coach training, equipment/uniform purchase, or even facility improvement. All ages in the region are served.” To read more about the fund, click here.
Students Exhibit at Online and Local Galleries
HVRHS Art students are displaying their work in several locations this fall. The Kent Historical Society and the The Good Gallery of Kent are sponsoring a show at the Good Gallery, featuring the work of students from Kent School, Marvelwood School, and South Kent School, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The exhibit celebrates the life and career of the Impressionist artist, George Laurence Nelson. Congratulations to the HVRHS students with work in the show: Shane Dodge, Liam Bamberry and Jenna Vanicky. Click here to visit a link to the details of the show, and click here for the podcast, courtesy of WHDD.
Our new Art Teacher, Linda McMillan, is also excited to announce a new website that offers a visual celebration of the great work being produced in the Art of Photography classes. Among many images showcased are photographic homages to 17th Century Dutch Masters. Check out the site at: http://hvrhsphoto.jimdo.com
Our Guidance Department recently released the Fall 2013 edition of the “Counselor Connection,” their newsletter containing important information about college deadlines, testing dates, and other events. Click here to view it in PDF form, or go to the “Guidance” tab under the “Departments” toolbar.