High School Late Opening Dates 2017-2018

Thursday, September 28 will be 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.
Schedule for late opening (Thursday will be a Day 2) click here: 2 hr Late Opening for TPD
Click the link for your bus:
Cornwall Bus #2 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Cornwall Bus #3 – Late Opening_2017_2018
Cornwall Bus #4 – Late Opening_2017_2018
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

Crop Hunger Walk

Sunday, September 24 at HVRHS, registration at 1:00 pm and the walk starts at 1:30 pm.
Register your team at crophungerwalk.org/fallsvillage
On Thursday, September 7 there will be a meeting held at Trinity Church in Canaan at 6:30 pm for more information about this years crop walk.

Parent Partnership Meeting This Fall

Dr. Martinez has established times and dates for Parent Partnership meetings this fall. The dates and times are as follows:
• September 25: 6:00 – 7:15 (Discussion topic: Grading Practices)
• October 23: 6:00 – 7:15 (Topic to be determined)
• November 27: 6:00 – 7:15 (Topic to be determined)
All meeting to be held in the lecture hall (room 133) at HVRHS.
The purpose of the Parent Partnership meetings is to inform parents and community members about educational and school-related issues and to have constructive dialogue about how we, together, can improve Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Parent Partnership meetings are open to all Region One students, parents, and community members. Refreshments will be served.

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.

September Newsletter Now Available

Click here to read the September 2017 edition of the HVRHS Newsletter.

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!


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:


Picture Re-Take Day

Monday, October 16, 2017 in the Library
Click on the links below for:
Picture Day Info
Order form


All-Star Driver is now The Next Street. Classes are conveniently held right after school at HVRHS from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
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.

Dive into Summer Reading!

Already thinking about next year? Start your learning with summer reading! Click on the link below to access the summer reading for the courses in which you are enrolled:
Global History 1H
World History 10H
ECE United States History
History 12H
English11H-Summer Reading 2017
AP English Literature-SummerReading 2017

Graduation Commencement Portraits

Students and family members may pre-register by signing up with their name and email anytime at www.events.lifetouch.com prior to graduation; doing so will enable a notification to be sent when their portraits are available for ordering. Everyone will be photographed. Photos will be online at event.lifetouch.com 10 days after the ceremony. Complimentary proofs can be mailed to graduates with no obligation to purchase.

Junior Achievement Career Success Program


Our school community gratefully recognizes Junior Achievement Volunteer Mike Vidal who is a Plastics Molding Engineer at BD Medical in Canaan, CT. Mike led a group of students through the Junior Achievement Career Success program which equips students with tools and skills required by employers to find and keep a job in high-growth career industries.

For the last two months, Mike has facilitated a series of sessions informing students of the necessary skills needed in the 21st Century workplace. The students greatly appreciated Mike’s expertise. In their follow up assessments, students had the following insightful comments concerning the practical applications they learned from Mike:
“You can’t walk out on a customer regardless of how you feel.”
“Communication is key.”
“(I learned) about different career clusters and the skills required.”
“It’s important to have a good decent perfect cover letter, resume and digital profile – ones that are not too crazy, funky, funny looking or embarrassing.”

“Teamwork is important when you want to add your own idea.”

HVRHS appreciates BD Medical for supporting Mike’s volunteerism in the classroom. The collaboration between BD Medical, HVRHS and Junior Achievement helps our students make real-world connections between work and the needed 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.

Envirothon Teams place 3rd and 1st


Congratulations to the Housatonic Valley High School Envirothon teams for their 3rd and 1st place finishes at the State Competition on Thursday, May 19th. The Housatonic Team Two comprised of Noah Watson, Liam Sweeney, Ella Matsudaira, Lili Culbreth and Cameron Majette placed third with high scores in the Current Issue/Oral Presentation (tie) and Soils/Land-Use. The Housatonic Team One and first place team members included: Eve Cullerton, Mari Cullerton, Lauren Murtagh, Dean Saccardi and Victor Flores. Team One produced high scores in Wildlife, Aquatics, and a tie for the Current Issue/Oral Presentation. Kristen Galgano and Olivia Woods participated with other schools as wildcard participants. The first place team will represent Connecticut at the North American Envirothon to be held in Maryland this coming July.

National Language Exams:

HVRHS Students Attain High Marks!

Congratulations to students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the National Language Exams. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French and Spanish.

The Silver Medal winners in French are sophomore Manuela Bonett and freshman Shirleen Santiago for level 2, and senior Cameryn Caruso for level 3. Silver medalists score at or above the 85th percentile nationally.

The Bronze Medal winner is sophomore Madison Rinehart for level 1. Bronze medalists score at or above the 75th percentile nationally. All are students of Marjorie Becker. They will be honored at a special awards ceremony to be held May 15th at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT.

The following HVRHS students received Honorable Mention for having scored at or above the 50th percentile nationally.
Level 2: Emily Abbott, Julia Hernandez, Abby VanDeusen
Level 3: Sarah Mauri, Maggie Sullivan
Level 4: Sara VanDeusen
Level 5: Katherine Starr

In Spanish, the Gold Medal winner is sophomore Victor Flores for Level 3. Victor scored at the 99th percentile nationally. The Silver Medal winner is sophomore Marijke Stiffler for Level 3. Marijke scored at the 91st percentile nationally. The Bronze Medal winners are sophomores Lindsey Clark and Jeffrey Palmer for Level 2. Lindsey scored at the 76th percentile and Jeffrey scored at the 81st percentile nationally.

The following eleven students attained Honorable Mention for scoring at or above the 50th percentile nationally.
Level 2 Grade 9: Valerie Lenis, Marin Montoya and Tifanny Munoz Arango.
Level 3 Grade 10: Matthew Lopes, Donovan McCray, Sebastian Munoz Arango, and Maebel Spencer.
Grade 11: Nicholas Suby-Brown
Level 5 Grade 12: Grace Beddingfield, Paris Beddingfield, and Kyra Cullerton.

These young people are to be commended for their enthusiasm and dedication to language study. Their teachers, Mrs. Tristana Nuñez and Ms. Rosemarie Nanni are very proud of them.

Study Abroad…in High School!

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.”
AFS Flyer, 2017
AFS International Website