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Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has come to our attention that there has been some inconsistent information that has reached students and parents regarding some of the planned changes for the high school; in particular, revisions to the schedule. Teachers and administrators met with Dr. Robert Lynn Canady (School Scheduling Associates) last week and we are now at a place where we can provide information to parents about student schedules and the wide range of courses being offered. All offerings from our already extensive list of opportunities are still available for students.

We will be holding a Parent Communication Meeting this Thursday evening, February 23, for any parents who wish to attend. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM and will be in Room 133. We hope to see you there!
Dr. Pam Vogel, Assistant Superintendent

What do we want for students at Housatonic

Communication Points about a 4×4 Semester Schedule

“The high school administration, along with Assistant Superintendent, Pamela Vogel, has been, for the past year and a half, discussing scheduling changes for the high school students with the Board of Education. Ultimately, the goal is to improve student achievement and provide optimal and personalized learning opportunities for all students. While we are still working out the details with our scheduling consultant, Dr. Robert Lynn Canady, we will be implementing a new schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will sign up in the spring as they always have in the past. Please read the attached communication from Pamela Vogel, next year’s Superintendent, regarding this change for further detail.” Read more.

Parent Partnership Meeting

Dr. Martinez’s Parent Partnership meeting (Topic: NEASC Accreditation) originally scheduled for 6:00 pm Thursday, February 16th has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict. A new Parent Partnership meeting (Topic: HVRHS Schedule Discussion) has been added for Tuesday, March 21st, 2017. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm and be held in room 133. Dr. Martinez will discuss characteristics of next year’s master schedule.

Study Abroad…in High School!

“Come and learn more about our local international high school exchange program. There will be a brief presentation including students who are on exchange here this year as well as students who have traveled abroad with AFS.

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.”

Date and Time: February 23, 2017 at 7pm
Place: Room 133, Housatonic Valley Regional High School

AFS Flyer, 2017
AFS International Website

February HVRHS Newsletter Now Available

February 2017 NewsLetter Click here to read the HVRHS February Newsletter.

Class Rings and Cap & Gown Order information:

If you did not order when Josten’s was here on February 14 please contact the main office ASAP.


Where : The Amber Room Colonade (Danbury)
When : Saturday, May 13, 2017
Who: HVRHS Juniors & dates
Tickets will be on sale April 17 – May 5. Tickets price $80.00. Class dues must be paid through junior year ($60.00), in order to purchase a prom ticket! See Mr. Peck for more information.

NEASC Parent Survey Open for Submissions

HVRHS is beginning a yearlong self-study process. The purpose of this process is to help us determine our strengths and areas for improvement. Dr. Martinez and the faculty are very interested in what you think of your student’s school experience. Please take few minutes to respond to our Endicott College Survey to help us identify our priorities for this report and for the future. Your responses will be recorded anonymously. The demographic section of the survey is strictly confidential. This demographic information will be used only in aggregate form, and only for purposes of research and education.

Please go to the Endicott Research Center Website and enter the following survey code: P2068895 and click GO.


All-Star Driver is now The Next Street. Classes are conveniently held right after school at HVRHS.
For more information call (800) 732-8090 or click this
Next classes at the high school will be January 23 – March 15.
There will also be classes April 3 – May 31.
Full Driver Education Programs and 8 Hour Safe Driving Course Available.

Survive the Drive

WHAT: Survive the Drive’s Defensive Driver Training Clinic for all drivers with a valid driver’s license or leaners permit
WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2017. 10am – 3pm
WHERE: Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Rd., Lakeville CT
INFORMATION: Course cost is $299 per person. Learners Permits accepted. Students will be participating in their personal or family vehicle. Lunch, snacks and refreshments provided.
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required. Seats are limited.
This will be Survive the Drive’s only winter program for 2017. Call 860-806-3042, email or register online at
About Survivethedrive®: Survive the Drive is an independent, not for profit, educational resource that provides risk awareness presentations and hands-on defensive driver training to individuals, schools and community groups. For more information, visit


The 21st Century Fund is sponsoring a unique opportunity for students. They are providing funding for an “Ingenuity Competition”. Students – please let Dr. Martinez know if your are interested in learning more. You can email him or stop by his office by January 13th.
To learn more click on the link: ingenuity-competition


HVRHS Online Store Goes Live

Housatonic Valley Regional High School is proud to announce the opening of its official online store. Just in time for the holidays, the Mountaineers have teamed up with BSN Sports to offer a full array of clothing styles and designs to show your school pride. Simply choose an item, pick a design, and customize it to your specifications. Your gear will be shipped to your house directly, just in time for the big game! Click here to start shopping: Mountaineers Online Store.

ORDER 2017 Yearbook Click here and enter our school number #14109.

Student Accident Insurance

If you would like to to learn more about what is offered download the form here:
Student Accident Insurance_2016_2017

Next Late Opening – Thursday, March 30

This year the high school will have late openings days for teacher professional development on Sept. 29, October 27, January 26, March 30 and May 25. School will begin at 10:00 am on these days. Click the links below to view bell schedule and bus pick up times:
Late Arrival Schedule

(Updated Bus Schedules: 12/21/16)
Cornwall – Bus #2
Cornwall – Bus #3
Cornwall – Bus #4
Falls-Village – Bus #14
Falls Village – Bus #13
Kent – Bus #18
Kent – Bus #19
Kent – Bus #17
North Canaan – Bus #21
North Canaan – Bus #22
North Canaan – Bus #24
Salisbury – Bus #27
Salisbury – Bus #28
Salisbury – Bus #29
Salisbury – Bus #30
Sharon – Bus #5
Sharon – Bus #8
Sharon – Bus #9

Student-Led Conferences to Launch

Personal Learning Portfolios Showcase Progress

Beginning in September, students will experience a new block in their schedule: the Personal Learning Portfolio (PLP) block. The PLP is a compilation of work that students develop throughout the year that reflects their finest work in targeted academic skills and standards. Students gather pieces of work that demonstrate their strongest efforts, and as the portfolio is being developed, student peers and the Portfolio Coach provide ongoing feedback and recommendations. Mixed-grade level PLP groups allow students to develop supportive relationships, and to sharpen their collaboration, communication, and social skills, while also providing them with an audience that offers descriptive, non-judgmental feedback about their portfolio.

Towards the end of each semester, students lead a conference at which they present the contents of their portfolio, provide insight into each piece’s development and revision, and reflect upon the learning that occurred throughout the process. The Student-Led Conference (SLC) and underlying portfolio development process is designed to help students take ownership of their own growth and learning. Students develop and hone those skills necessary for them to reflect upon their learning and determine the relevance of class assignments. This process will lead to increased student choice, greater student involvement in the assessment process, heightened motivation, and more personalized learning experiences that are rooted in student interest.

In order to accommodate our PLP groups, we have revised the schedule to include a 35-minute meeting each Wednesday. The 10-minute Advisory period has been eliminated in order to reallocate the time for this work. Please click on the “Schedules” link to see the new times.

For more information about the program, please take a look at the PLP Student Handbook (2016-17), linked here.

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