Life in New England is a joy—we get to experience all of these great variations in weather. Who would have thought of some of the weather we had last week was during February vacation—who would have thought that we would have 40-50 degree weather and some parts of California would have snow. I hope you all had time to enjoy those days with friends and family and some extra laughter. Returning from February vacation begins a period of time that can be a very hectic and busy spring. Time generally flies by and we have to remind ourselves (all of us) once again the importance of having a “strong finish” to the school year.
As the month gets underway, I ask that you mark your calendars for our First Annual Shepherd Hill Learning Showcase. This will take place on Thursday, March 28 (details can be found on page 2 in the March newsletter). This event will take the place of our Spring parent-teacher conferences for the 2018-2019 school year. This event is designed for our community to come in and see what the learning looks like within the halls of Shepherd Hill. We look forward to seeing you on this night.
As we pass the midpoint of the third marking term, it is time to begin preparations for the 2019-2020 school year. Towards the end of March, teachers will provide each student with recommendations for next year’s courses and students will begin meeting with guidance counselors to select classes for the next school year. In order to assist students and parents with this process, five career pathways (arts, business, communication, Engineering/STEM, and global studies) have been developed to enable each student to fulfill graduation requirements while providing for individual interests, needs, and career goals. The Pathways Programs continue to evolve with the expansion of Project Lead The Way in Biomedical Science (3rd year) and Engineering and Manufacturing (1st year). We are very fortunate to have these programs at Shepherd Hill to allow our students the important industry based exposure and immersion to these potential career paths.
Our Program of Studies will be finalized and approved in the coming weeks and a message will go out to all students and parents to view it on the website when it is finalized. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you on March 28th. Be well!