Register for Next Year Online with PowerSchool
At the end of this month, students will select their courses for next year which, in the past, had been done on paper forms. Read about our many offerings in the Course of Studies Guide. This year, students will be registering for courses on PowerSchool. Click here for detailed instructions about the process, which should be completed by Wednesday, March 12.
2014 Scholarship Information Now Online
Additionally, the Winter 2014 edition of the “Counselor Connection,” the Guidance Department newsletter, is online. It contains 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.
“Connecting Lives, Sharing Cultures”
HVRHS Named One of the Top AFS Schools for 2014
Since 1950, Housatonic Valley has worked with American Field Service to host students from around the world at our school as well as to send our students to foreign countries for an immersion in language and culture unlike anything they can experience at home. Our students benefit on both ends of the exchange, relating to those students and welcoming them into our “family” for the year, and bringing a world of experiences back to share after living abroad.
This year, AFS has recognized HVRHS as one of the Top Schools “that have demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing global education in distinctive ways.” Mary O’Reilly, Spanish teacher and coordinator of the program, has enhanced our international exchanges with her recent trip to Panama and her continued connection to Latin America, efforts that were recognized by AFS in their award. Click here to read more about the award on the AFS website.
It’s That Time of Year
14-15 Course of Study Guide Now Available Online
Yes, it’s January, and the school year is officially half over, which means it’s already time to start thinking about next year. The Guidance Department has just finalized the 14-15 Course of Studies Guide, which is now available online. It contains our academic program and detailed descriptions of our course offerings, all of which are helpful to students and parents when it comes to selecting courses for the future. Click on the link in this article or on the “Students” tab and select “Course of Studies Guide.” If you have additional questions about courses, feel free to contact a teacher in the department or a guidance counselor for further elaboration.
3-D Printing Comes to HVRHS
Imagine being able to invent an idea for a product, and being able to see it realized in a matter of minutes. 3-D Printers can do just that, and they feature prominently in news articles and inventor circles these days. Thanks to the efforts of our new Art teacher, Linda McMillan, this technology has arrived at HVRHS for students to use.
Ms. McMillan explains, “In November, I began to look ahead at the upcoming quarter and more specifically, the sculpture class that would be beginning. I did some digging around to see trends in great art classrooms and looked at both Connecticut standards as well as the 21st century skills that have been developed for art education. I also considered variations of the creative concepts behind MakerSpaces and other technology applications for our learners that are currently finding their way to schools….One interesting thing I came across was the use of 3-D printing in the classroom. For the purposes of the art department, it is very applicable not only to 3-dimensional art (as a way to design and create 3D art and sculpture using the latest technology in a new and exciting way), but also in the field of graphic arts and design (creating a mock up of a product for a design class – i.e, having students create commercial advertising and design choices for a product such as a cell phone case). As a graphic design project, it would take the assignment from concept to the commercial art of marketing to the final product – a valuable exposure for students interested in careers in marketing, product design, or commercial art.”
After exploring the possibilities, Ms. McMillan explored funding for the printer through the educational funding website, DonorsChoose, and thanks to the generosity of a local donor, the project quickly received full funding. “I am thrilled that it was responded to so well,” said Ms. McMillan. “Now we can get down to the business of giving our art students a connection to the current and latest technology available.” The Sculpture class begins in the second semester, but Ms. McMillan is planning demonstrations of the product for staff in the near future.