Welcome to what we hope to be another inspiring year at Shepherd Hill Regional High School. Our District School Committee and our staff of talented, dedicated, and nurturing educators are excited to navigate our students through their educational journey during the 2017-2018 school year. As I write this today I hope you are enjoying some of the final days of summer and to let you know that even though classes have not begun on the Hill yet, our school is busy with activity. We recently hosted our 9th grade JumpStart program for the class of 2021, our Fall athletic programs are gearing up with practices, our outstanding facilities staff are busy putting the last touch ups on the building and grounds, our technology staff are working hard to launch our tech initiatives for the coming year, and our guidance staff are busy making the final adjustments on the class schedules.
Whether new or returning to the Hill, students and families are encouraged to review the important information contained within our Student Handbook which serves as an invaluable resource throughout the school year. The Student Handbook is developed and updated annually in support of our mission to prepare students for success in today’s fast paced global community. The policies and procedures contained within are much more than regulations governing student behavior; they have been carefully designed and reviewed to cultivate a school culture of respect, resilience, commitment, and kindness. We have posted and highlighted some of the changes to this year's Student Handbook on our SHRHS web page.
We will also be moving towards a more paperless office at Shepherd Hill moving into the school year. This will mean that we will no longer be printing out and sending home paper copies of the progress reports and report cards. We would like all of our students and parents to utilize our Parent and Student Portal within our SchoolBrains Student Information System. All students and parents should have login information to access their information, grading, and progress throughout the calendar year. If at any time you need assistance with this, please feel free to contact our main office and guidance office for assistance. If needed, parents can also request a hard copy by coming into our main office.
Another shift we will be implementing this year will be a daily utilization of our notification system to monitor attendance at Shepherd Hill. What this will look like is following our daily attendance in the morning you will receive notification via automated phone call, text, and email regarding your son or daughter not being in school that day. This system will provide a more immediate and timely notification of the absence. Therefore, it is absolutely important that we have accurate contact information to notify you within our student information system.
This will be my second year as Principal on the Hill and I can tell you that I am even more excited about being a part of this community where truly great things happen each and every day both inside and outside the classroom. I want to reinforce that all students should feel that 1.) we believe in them, 2.) they are important, 3.) we are here to help them grow as learners and young adults, 4.) they are listened to, 5.) we have high expectations of them, 6.) they are capable of great things, 7.) we will have some fun moments, and 8.) they will succeed and reach their fullest potential.
Welcome back again and I look forward to seeing you around our Shepherd Hill campus.