Winter 2018 Parent Newsletter Now Online
The Winter 2018 edition of the Parent Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the most recent edition, and email us if you would like to be added to our mailing list for future newsletters!


Girls Go Cyber Start Program:
Who: High school girls in CT can form a team of 1-4 participants
What: Can participate in an online game that challenges you in the areas of problem solving and critical thinking that are integral to success in cybersecurity. NO PRIOR COMPUTER OR I.T. EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. Young women in high school in Connecticut who excel in the GirlsGoCyberStart game will have the opportunity to win computers and other prizes as well as a trip, with a parent, to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference.
When: Registration will begin on January 29 and ends on February 16, 2018. The first 10,000 young women in high schools in these states who have registered may play the game online from February 20 through 25.
Where: At home, at school–wherever you have a computer and an internet connection
Why: Cybersecurity is a fast-growing and much-needed career, and one in which women are radically underrepresented. This program is trying to address that.
How: An introductory web site with answers to other questions potential participants may have, a fuller description of the game, and a sample challenge is now available online at GirlsGoCyberStart.com.


Art Show at HVRHS
You are cordially invited to a photography exhibit at Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s art gallery. Two Walls Gallery (located in the HVRHS library) is pleased to show the work of Tara Nugent, a 2009 HVRHS graduate. The exhibition titled, “The Presence of Absence” features Ms. Nugent’s poignantly moving portraits of the inanimate and the forgotten detritus in our world. The show will open on 25 January (Thursday) from 2 – 4 pm and from 5 – 7pm and refreshments will be served. Ms. Nugent, who has a BFA in photography from the Hartford Art School, has worked for renowned photographers as a studio assistant and has shown her work nationally. For further information, please contact Warren Prindle at Housatonic Valley Regional High School: wprindle@hvrhs.org


Message from Principal Dr. Jose Martinez:
School Community Partnership Announcement

About five or six weeks ago I made a suggested date for the next HVRHS School Community Partnership meeting. I proposed holding January 22nd as the date. The addition of one major event has necessitated a change to having this meeting on January 22nd. Dr. Martinez will announce a new date for the next School Community Partnership meeting after consulting with the school’s Leadership Team.

On January 24th Dr. Peg Dawson will be presenting a parent workshop from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the topic of EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING (note: the intended audience is middle school and high school parents).
CLICK HERE:Workshop with Peg Dawson, EdD

CLICK HERE:Dr. Peg Dawson_ Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
Would you like to learn more about how the teenage brain functions? Does your child, at times, need help with self-monitoring, learning or adapting from past mistakes, planning, organizing, or time management? If you are saying YES to these questions, then this workshop is for you.
The workshop will be held in room 133 at the high school.


2018 Bee Keeping School

click here for more: 2018 Bee Schools-register


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
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Falls Village Bus #13 – Late Opening_2017_2018
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Kent Bus – #17 Late Opening_2017_2018
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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
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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


Winter Grant Deadlines: Northwest Litchfield County


Berkshire Taconic’s winter cycle of grant making deadlines is open to nonprofits, students, individuals and schools. Grant and scholarship application forms for all funds are online. If we can help answer questions about your application, please be in touch by email or call us at 413-229-0370.

FOR NONPROFITS
NEW: Harvard Business School’s Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) program is designed for senior nonprofit leaders who are committed to implementing effective performance measurement and management in their organizations. For the first time, Berkshire Taconic is offering one scholarship for the four-day program, which runs from May 29 to June 1 on the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Mass. The value of the program is $4,500. Applications are due Feb. 1.

The Green Pastures Fund supports nonprofit organizations or public entities that encourage or preserve small, community-based agricultural ventures. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Applications are due March 1.

FOR STUDENTS: SCHOLARSHIPS
The Andrea Wagner Women in Science Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to female residents of the Berkshire Taconic region who are currently enrolled at a four-year college and majoring in natural or physical science or engineering. Applications are due March 15.

The Ferris Burtis Scholarship Fund sponsors graduating high school seniors who have been accepted at a conservatory or school of music to pursue a career in classical music. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded. Applications are due March 15.

The George H. and Lucille E. Buterbaugh Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 annually to graduating seniors who are residents of Salisbury. Applications are due March 15.

The Karen Kisslinger Scholarship Fund supports graduating seniors from Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Webutuck High School and Monument Mountain Regional High School who have a demonstrated interest in community health. Scholarships begin at $1,000. Applications are due March 15.

The Moe England ’53/England Scott Family Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 to graduating high school seniors who are planning to attend Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Applications are due March 15.

The Teddy Lee Drumm Memorial Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 annually to residents of Sharon who have been accepted at an accredited college, university, vocational-technical or professional institute, as well as prior Drumm recipients. Applications are due March 15.

FOR STUDENTS & INDIVIDUALS: TRAVEL, SUMMER SERVICE & CULTURAL PROGRAMS
The Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund and Youth World Awareness Program provides grants to students ages 14 to 22 for international travel and service. Grants range from $500 to $1,500 for individual applicants; larger grants may be considered for groups. Applications are due Feb. 1.

The Simple Gifts Fund awards grants to young people ages 13 to 19 for participation in cultural or creative summer programs. Grants range from $200 to $800. Applications are due March 15.

FOR SCHOOLS
The James C. Kapteyn Endowment Fund honors excellence in teaching with a $10,000 prize for study or travel. Nominations from school principals or chief administrators are due Feb. 9. Nominees must complete their applications by March 30. Contact grants@berkshiretaconic.org to nominate an educator.


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.


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 136.
Enroll online at : www.thenextstreet.com/housatonic
Full Driver Education Program
November 27, 2017 – January 29, 2017


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

To learn more about FIRST Robotics click on the link below:
www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc


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!