Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Newsletter 8/1/2013

Please read the summer newsletter by clicking here. Enjoy!

SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE- SAVE THE DATES!

Mon 9/2
Labor Day- No School

Tues 9/3
Teacher’s First Day Back to School
No School for Students

Wed 9/4
First Day of School J
Student Assembles

Thurs 9/5

Fri 9/6
Registration Deadline for Oct SAT

Mon 9/9
Tues 9/10
School Committee 7pm Media Center
Wed 9/11
Summer Reading Discussions

Thurs 9/12
Open House 6pm
Fri 9/13
Last Day for Schedule Changes



Mon 9/16
PSAT Registration begins

Senior Group Presentations on College This Week
Tues 9/17
Wed 9/18
Faculty Meeting 2pm
Thurs 9/19
Fri 9/20



Mon 9/23
Tues 9/24
School Committee 7pm Media Center
Wed 9/25
School Picture Day
Thurs 9/26
Fri 9/27
Registration Deadline for Oct ACT


REMARKS FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Dear Students, Parents and Friends,

As the new Principal of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and express what a sincere pleasure and honor it has been to become involved in this incredible school community. Our high school boasts a rich history of excellence that is the result of a partnership between the school staff and parents who provide an array of experiences for our students. During my first weeks in the district, I have been impressed with the dedication and expertise of our teaching staff, the interest and investment of parents in our school, and most importantly, the energy and enthusiasm of our students! I am looking forward to a successful year for all of our youngsters, and to using our media as a means of communication with our parental community.

All of us on the administrative team hope that you are enjoying your summer and are looking forward to the start of school.  We send a special welcome to our incoming 9th grade class and those new to our D-R family, as well as warm greetings to our returning students.  Before the start of school, please keep in mind the following information:

·         Please peruse the Parent-Student Handbook. In particular, please note the emphasis on attendance, timely arrival and behavioral expectations.
·         Each day we begin school at 7:17 am with our first class. The campus officially opens at 6:45 am with the arrival of buses and cars. Students will enter the building and report to the Media Center, the Cafeteria or Auditorium until they are dismissed to their lockers at 7:12 am. Additionally, being that school safety is paramount, we are asking all drivers to school to drive up to the entrances, and quickly proceed to the exits as we cannot allow for lingering in the fire lanes.  The same consideration is appreciated in the afternoon for pick-up.
·         Students are encouraged to complete their summer reading assignment prior to our reading symposium in September. For information, please reference our website.

This summer, we are busily preparing for September, anticipating the arrival of our students and readying the building for them. Building staff are hard at work maintaining our facility and ensuring that we meet safety protocols. Teachers and staff members are working on curriculum and professional development, all with an eye for moving our building ahead. Should you be in the area, we welcome you to come by – or simply to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Very Truly Yours,


Jacqueline Striano
Principal, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School


MEET THE PRINCIPAL AT THE NEXT PTO MEETING
The first PTO meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, August 29th at two different times.  The new Principal Jacqueline Striano will have a meet and greet with parents. The first time will be at 7:30am and the second time will be at 6:30pm on August 29th. You do not need to be in the PTO to attend this meeting but we do hope you will consider learning about the plans for the PTO for this upcoming school year. Please RSVP if you plan to attend this meeting since we will be having light refreshments and would like to plan appropriate seating. This meeting will be held in the Media Center. To RSVP, please fill out the form here.

OPEN HOUSE DATE SET
Open House for parents of all high school students will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6p.m. The program begins in the high school auditorium, and we hope you will mark your calendar for this evening so that you can learn about your students’ classes and our goals for the coming school year.
Save the date! The Fall Play this year will be November 21st and November 22nd this year. This is last year’s awesome cast and crew!

SUMME R READING REMINDER!
Don’t forget to do your summer reading! Instructions can be found on our school web page under the Summer Reading tab. Discussions will take place at the beginning of school on Wednesday, September 11th!

ADMINISTRATION SETS UP BLOG FOR COMMUNICATION THIS YEAR!
For this coming school year, the administrative team has set up a blog for parents, students, and other community members to follow throughout the school year. The link to the blog is: http://www.drfalcons.blogspot.com and will include the most up to date calendar with twitter feeds and all of our most recent news will be posted here. We hope you enjoy this instantaneous form of communication.  Hopefully, this new form of communication will allow you to see all the pertinent information in a centralized spot. This blog also gives us the potential to use video as a communications tool! To sign up for daily updates to your inbox, enter your email address at the bottom of the blog page.
In April, our teachers and students joined forces to devote a day to spread the word to end the use of the “r” word.

DAILY SCHEDULE
Below is next year’s Bell Schedule. It is the same as last year but is important for incoming ninth graders to know for their first day of school!
School Schedule 2013-2014
7:17 – 8:47
Green Day Period 1
Gold Day Period 1
8:51 – 10:19
Green Day Period 2
Gold Day Period 2
10:23 – 12:18 (Lunch incl.)
Green Day Period 3
Gold Day Period 3
12:22 – 1:51
Green Day Period 4
Gold Day Period 4
CHANGES TO STUDENT HANDBOOK
Below you will find some of the major changes to the handbook for the upcoming school year:
·         To comply with Mass Core Requirements, students will need to take 5 credits of Fine and Practical Arts.
·         To raise the rigor and increase academic expectations, the passing grade in classes will be raised to 65%.
·         The new tardy, dismissal, and attendance procedure is listed in table below:

Absence
Tardies/Dismissals
Consequence
Every 4 unexcused absences per term=Saturday School (8am-12pm)
Every 5 unexcused tardies/dismissals per term=Saturday School (8am-12pm)
Social
8 unexcused absences in a semester will result in student losing social privileges (includes extracurricular activities)
8 unexcused tardies/dismissals in a semester will result in student losing social privileges (includes extracurricular activities)
Driving
8 unexcused absences in a semester will result in student losing driving privileges
8 unexcused tardies/dismissals in a semester will result in student losing driving privileges
·         Hats are not to be carried during the school day and will be implemented as a procedure of “off and out of sight.” Staff will collect the hat and hand it to administrator. The student will collect their hat back when the detention is made up.
·         Any clothing, referring to tops and bottoms, must eliminate any inappropriate exposure of skin. Administrative discretion will be utilized as to appropriateness.
·         Skirts, dresses, and shorts should be without gaps or holes in the fabric.  The length of skirts must be appropriate at the discretion of the administration. All pants should be fastened securely above the hips.
·         Students cannot wear sunglasses during the school day unless the student has provided a medical note with permission.
·         The new cellular phone procedure is listed below.
1st Violation
Teacher collects phone and returns to student when he/she stays for teacher detention. If student cannot stay for detention, student will receive phone back and arrange office detention with administrator.
2nd Violation
Student gives cell phone to administrator each morning and is able to receive the phone back at the end of the school day. Students follow this protocol for one week. Student is also assigned one office detention.
3rd Violation
Parent called and must pick up phone. Student will stay for office detention. Future violations will result in greater consequences.
·         No athletes are to be excused from physical education and be permitted to participate in extracurricular practices or contests.

The entire student handbook can be found here. Handbook changes that are explained in more detail can be found here.
STUDENT PARKING AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION
Bus routes will be published on the school website as soon as we have them available.
Students will be able to purchase parking permits on August 21st and August 28th from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The form will be available online on the main page.

In order to ensure the safety of all as traffic enters and exits the school campus, students will need to adhere to the following traffic patterns and parking restrictions:

ARRIVALS: 6:45-7:15 a.m.
Student Vehicles - can come from either New Street or Horton Street and proceed towards the designated student parking areas;
Drop-Off Vehicles - can come from either New Street or Horton Street and proceed toward the circle at the Rehoboth entrance. After dropping off students, traffic proceeds around the traffic circle and back to New Street. Please be mindful of all crosswalks and stop lines, and be aware of student and faculty drivers entering and exiting parking lots as you enter and exit the drop-off area.
Staff Vehicles - can come from either New Street or Horton Street and proceed towards the designated staff parking areas;
Buses - All buses will come from Horton Street onto Regional Road and proceed towards their designated drop off area at the Dighton entrance.

DEPARTURES: 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Student Vehicles - will leave from the designated student parking areas and proceed towards either New Street or Horton Street; Student vehicles must yield to departing school buses and any failure to do so may result in a loss of driving/parking privileges!
Pick-Up Vehicles - will leave from the designated pick-up area at the traffic island on Regional Road and exit towards either New Street or Horton Street, and under no circumstances may students be picked up in the parking lot in front of the new two-story addition, or in front of the new Rehoboth entrance!
Buses - Rehoboth buses will leave from the Rehoboth entrance and exit towards New Street; Dighton buses will leave from the Dighton entrance and exit towards Horton Street.
Please note: All drivers must observe and adhere to safe driving practices. The use of safety belts and a speed limit of 15 M.P.H. will be strictly enforced on school grounds, and police officers and school administrators will be on duty to enforce these regulations. Any failure to comply may result in a traffic citation and/or the loss of driving and parking privileges for students.

STUDENT PARKING:
The School Committee has authorized a $60, non-refundable parking fee.
Students are authorized to park in:
1) the lot across from the cafeteria; 2) the newly paved lot; and 3) the non-reserved section (the last row) of the gym lot (the first three rows are reserved for faculty).
Parking will be provided to junior and seniors with a valid sticker. Seniors and juniors who desire a parking sticker must read, review, and complete the Application for Driving a Motor Vehicle to School, and present it to a member of the administration; once the application is approved, seniors and juniors will be given a parking sticker. This application is available online. Again, parking permits will be sold before school opens on August 21st and 28th.

Students will have until October 1 to procure a parking permit, after which citations may be issued. Parking privileges may also be placed on probation or revoked based on poor attendance or excessive lateness to school. Any student who parks illegally (i.e. without a properly displayed permit or in a spot marked No Parking or staff parking) will be towed at his/her expense.
If space permits, students who are eligible to drive after first semester may purchase a half-year permit for $30.00.

Parents are able to drop students off in front of the building at the Rehoboth entrance. Traffic will move around the Rehoboth circle to the left and toward the building. Students parking in the senior and “gravel” lots will bear left into the parking lots, while parents will stay to the right, dropping students at the sidewalk by the Rehoboth entrance. After dropping off students, parents and those dropping off students will proceed around the circle and back out toward Regional Road.

You will need to exercise extreme caution in the crossover area where parents will be exiting and students entering the parking lot. Also, be aware that there is heavy pedestrian traffic where students cross from the parking lots into the building. No drop-offs are permitted at the Dighton circle, which is where bus drop-offs occur in the morning.
Before you know it, our students will be returning to D-R for another fun year of learning!

DRESS CODE REMINDERS
The School understands that dress is often a reflection of individual taste and is often part of a person’s identity. Nevertheless, in order to maintain optimum conditions under which learning can take place effectively and safely, the school must establish guidelines that govern the wearing of any item that materially and substantially interferes with the operation of a normal school day. The following rules have been adopted not to produce conformity, but to ensure a safe, effective learning environment.

At Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, students are expected to be neat and clean in appearance and dress in good taste. The following guidelines should be followed:
1.        For health and safety, footwear must be worn at all times.
2.        Garments designed as underwear, sleepwear or are transparent garments must not be worn as outerwear. Pants must not display underwear.
3.        Hats, bandanas, hoods, visors, and all other head coverings are prohibited in the school building (except for religious purposes, medical reasons).  Hats are not to be carried during the school day and will be implemented as a procedure of “off and out of sight.” Staff will collect the hat and hand to administrator until detention is made up.
4.        Heavy chains, spiked collars or bracelets and choke collars are not permitted.
5.        Any clothing, referring to tops and bottoms, must eliminate any exposure of skin at the waist.
6.        Skirts, dresses, and shorts should be without gaps or holes in the fabric.  The length of skirts must be appropriate at the discretion of the administration. All pants should be fastened securely above the hips.
7.        Clothing that depicts graphics, text, or depictions of actions against school procedure or against the law are prohibited.
8.        Students cannot wear sunglasses during school unless a doctor’s note is provided for medical reasons.

Administrators will determine if a violation of dress code regulations has occurred; after meeting with the administrator, the student’s parents will be called, and students will be required to change into more appropriate dress. Students refusing to comply will be sent home.

GUIDANCE UPDATE
All students will be receiving their schedule in the mail by the end of August with their locker number, locker combination and their guidance counselor’s name. Please be aware of the guidance counselor name as we have made changes to the way the guidance counselors are assigned. Also, included will be a copy of the tentative guidance department calendar listing the important key dates (dates could change).

Guidance counselors will be available to make schedule changes on August 27th, 28th and 29th. Students will also be able to make changes until September 13th by appointment. Students can make schedule changes for the following reasons listed below: inappropriate level, unmet prerequisite, scheduling error. Schedules will not be changed for the following: convenience, to be with a friend, change a teacher, no longer interested in course.
 
Helpful websites for parents and students:
College Testing: SAT's vs. ACT's 
SAT: www.collegeboard.com -register for the SAT's, send SATs scores and college information. Students are encouraged to create a personal account on this website. Follow the prompts through the STUDENT link.
September 6th is the deadline to sign up for the October 5th SAT test!
ACT: www.act.org - register for the ACT through this website
August 23rd is the deadline to sign up for the September 21st ACT test!
Financial Aid (FAFSA)
Students and families should begin this process during the Fall of senior year. 
  • Students and Parents/Guardians should apply for a PIN (Personal Identification Number) ideally during November/December of the students senior year.  Students and Parents/Guardians can apply for their PIN as early as the student’s junior year.
  • Students and Parents/Guardians should begin applying for Financial Aid, with the parent/guardians most recent tax documents, as early as January of the student’s senior year. Each school/college has their own Financial Aid Priority Deadline.  All students and families should refer to the schools website for specific deadlines.
www.fafsa.ed.gov -Financial aid application to determine federal student aid. Students and Parents will be required to apply for a PIN (Personal Identification Number) in order to apply for Financial Aid.
www.mefa.org -Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority
CSS Profile -  Online application that collects information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds.
www.ncaaclearingshouse.net - Forms needed for Division I and II sports
www.commonapp.org - Common application for college admissions
www.naviance.com - Naviance college and career readiness solutions help connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals, and improve college and career planning. This website is required to be used by all students; students will be given a username during their freshman year.
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents - Helpful website for parents to look at to help their son/daughter with college planning. There is an action plan for grade 9-12. Please take a look at it and talk to your child.
New This Year:
Guidance counselors will now be available weekly on Friday mornings from 7:30am-8:30am for parent/guardian questions or if you need help with anything. No appointments are necessary!
The road to graduation is challenging but well-worth it when graduation comes. The Class of 2014 will await their graduation June 7, 2014!

FRESHMEN TRANSITION PROGRAM




Here is an article and picture from the Taunton Gazette that highlighted the Freshmen Transition Program that occurred from July 26th to August 1st.
 
Note: There will be a separate newsletter with Athletic Information coming soon!