Starpoint High School

Welcome Back Newsletter, August 16, 2019

Back to School!

Dear Parents:

The 2019-2020 school year is almost here. We are proud to welcome the Class of 2023 to the High School. Trust us, the next four years will flash before your eyes. Our goal is to make this building the academic, social, and extracurricular hub for our students during their high school years. We are proud of the sports, clubs and activities offered to our student body as well as the numerous opportunities to get involved in the #OneStarpoint movement to assist with students in other buildings.

Once again, we are beginning the year with “Freshmen Day”; an entire school day for our new 9th graders to get acclimated to the high school environment (more information is contained in this newsletter). A hectic September continues with Spirit Week occurring September 16-21. The Powder Puff football game and bonfire are "must sees" on September 19th.

A strong academic start can build momentum for a successful year. Teacher office hours will be posted to the website by September 9th. It is encouraged for students to stay with teachers rather than attend sports study hall. They can complete work, ask questions and build a rapport with their teachers.

This year we welcome to the high school the following staff members:

  • Ms. Melissa Leone--School Psychologist
  • Mrs. Robin Moore--Special Education / TASC Teacher Assistant
  • Ms. Kimberly Devantier---Math Teacher Assistant
  • Mr. David Reed---Social Studies
  • Mrs. Lindsey Oddy--Math
  • Mr. Vinnie Dell'Oso--Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics

Please check the school website for updated information.

We are looking forward to a great year!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 210-2301.

Important Dates

  • August 19-- Fall Sports Begin & Mandatory Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m.
  • August 28 & 29--Link Crew Training
  • September 3-- First Day of School Freshmen Only
  • September 4-- First Day of School Grades 10-12
  • September 13-- Picture Day
  • September 16-21-- Spirit Week
  • September 19-- Powderpuff & Bonfire
  • September 20--Pep Assembly and Homecoming Football Game
  • September 21-- Homecoming Dance
  • October 1-- Open House 6:30 p.m.
  • October 3-- Career Fair
  • October 10--Picture Retake Day
  • October 11--Superintendent Conference Day No School
  • October 26--ACT Exam @ Starpoint
  • November 2-- SAT Exam @ Starpoint

10 Week and 5 Week Report Card and Progress Report Dates

1st Quarter:

5 week: October 4, 2019

10 Week: November 8, 2019

2nd Quarter:

5 Week: December 13, 2019

10 Week: January 24, 2020

3rd Quarter:

5 Week: February 28, 2020

10 Week: March 27, 2020

4th Quarter:

5 Week: May 15, 2020

10 Week: June 26, 2020

Lock-In Committee Presents Largest Check Yet to Roswell

The Lock-In to Lock-Out Cancer Committee presented a $12,000 check to Alexandra Hoaglund from Roswell on June 11th. This represents the largest donation since the event began in 2013. The total raised for cancer research over the last seven years is $74, 446.

Amazing job to Mrs. Haskil, Mrs. Wasilewski and Class of 2019 graduate, Alexis Briggs for heading up this event!

The Lock-in event will be in good hands as Senior Ashleigh Cottrell will be the student chairperson for the 2019-2020 year.

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Starpoint's New Code Of Conduct

The Board of Education recently adopted a new Code of Conduct. Presentations will be made to the students during Administrative Talks on the changes.

Early is On Time

The attendance committee will continue to track tardy and absentee rates this year. Students are expected to be in class promptly at 7:40 a.m. No exceptions. In addition, each academic area has created an attendance component to their grading system. Poor attendance will negatively impact grades. Please keep the following in mind:

· Any student arriving late to school without a note is considered tardy

· It’s recommended that students bring in a note directly from the doctor/dentist office

· Discipline starts at the fourth late arrival and includes lunch detentions, after-school detentions, restricted privileges (including driving), and Level II detentions

Key reasons for regular and punctual attendance are educational benefits, safety of students, establishing success that builds self-esteem and employability which serve to benefit our students in the years beyond those at Starpoint. Attendance is a major part of what makes a student successful here. The more your child is here, the more they can learn. Please emphasize regular attendance with your child, it is a life-long habit.

Student Dress Code

All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.

A student's dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up, and nails, shall:

1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process (prohibited items include but are not limited to tube tops, plunging front/necklines, see-through garments)

2. Ensure that undergarments are completely covered with outer clothing.

3. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

4. Not include the wearing of hats, head scarves, and bandanas in the classroom except for a medical or religious purpose.

5. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, weight, sexual orientation or disability.

6. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

7. Not conceal their head or face.

At the beginning of the school year, and as appropriate throughout the year, the High School Administration will be responsible for informing students and parents of the student dress code through the newsletter, and administrative talks with the students. The school administration has the authority to apply the Code of Conduct and determine what is appropriate.

When students do violate the student dress code, the administration works with the student to have them modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. We will make every attempt to preserve the dignity of students when addressing student dress code violations. Specifically, we will make every attempt to discuss a student’s potential or actual dress code violation without the student’s peers present or in the vicinity. Any student who refuses to comply shall be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.

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Personal Electronic Device Expectations

Personal electronic device use (smartphones)is allowed In accordance to District protocol. We would like parents and students to pay close attention to the following:

  • Use of electronic devices are allowed in the hallways and cafeteria
  • Phones are not allowed to be used in locker areas and bathrooms.
  • The school policy will enforce that phones are not allowed in classrooms or study halls (see photo above). Off and out of sight means off and out of sight when in a classroom environment.

In addition, photos and videos of other students and staff members without their permission is prohibited.

This policy will be reviewed with all students during our administrative talks at the beginning of the school year.

News From Student Services

From the School Counselors and Administration:

  • Schedules were mailed out earlier this week. Please review them carefully as the deadline to request any changes is August 23rd.
  • Supply Lists: The High School does not publish supply lists, but many individual teachers do. Once your student has their schedule, you can check the teacher web page for to see what supplies are required.

11th Grade News from Mrs. vanBourgondien

Western New York College Consortium - Tuesday October 1, 2019 in LMC. Juniors and seniors can speak with approximately 20 area college representatives. The mini college fair will run from 9:45 am to 10:30 am. More information will be forthcoming.

Attention Juniors: The PSAT exam is scheduled for Wednesday October 16th 2019. The exam will begin at 8 am. Taking this test allows students to start improving skills and knowledge needed for success in college and career. This test is only given one time a year and it is not reflected on the students transcripts. Great practice for the actual SAT exam. The cost is $17. Mrs. vanBourgondien will be sure to talk to the junior class to give them more specifics.

Student Parking

Students do have the opportunity to drive to school during their junior and senior years, and this is a privilege many of our upperclassmen take advantage of. If your son or daughter wishes to drive to school this year, please read and sign the “Parking Guidelines Form” which can be found on our web site.

This form must be signed and handed in to the High School Office before a parking permit can be issued. In addition, the Parking Permit Registration Form, also on the web site, must be completed and submitted electronically.

By electing to drive to school instead of taking the district provided school bus, students are taking risks inherent with driving. Students in violation of the Code of Conduct, or engage in reckless driving on school premises, may have their parking privileges revoked. Additionally, students in poor academic standing may also have privileges revoked.

Starpoint to Host Career Fair

We are pleased to be hosting our 3rd Career Fair this year, on October 3. A few years ago, the counselors adopted the slogan of "Begin with the End in Mind," and we decided to think beyond college and trade school and started thinking about career. With that in mind, we are inviting professionals from our community to the school to present to our students about what they did and the training and commitment necessary to get there. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for their areas of interest and ask questions as they begin thinking about their futures.

We are looking forward to this day and this great opportunity for our students to hear first hand from the professionals in the area.

Progress Reports and Report Card Portal “Opt Out”

Student progress reports and report cards are posted on Parent Portal. In order to receive paper copies through the mail, you must complete the “Parent Portal Opt-Out” form by clicking the link above and return it to the high school office.

From the PTA...

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Star Spartans of the Month

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PTA Contact Info

PTA OFFICERS 2018-2019

Rachel Birtch, President 480-8016

Becca Floss, Vice President 880-4334

Kara Baker, Vice President 579-2563

Katlyn Clements, Treasurer 507-8504

Melanie Budz, Recording Secretary 940-5408

Nicole Zielinski, Corresponding Secretary 713-3679

Opt-Out and Other Forms

Student progress reports and report cards are posted on Parent Portal and are no longer mailed. In order to receive paper copies through the mail, you must complete the “Parent Portal Opt-Out” form. In addition, the link below will include other forms such as transportation request, early dismissal and working papers.

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