Starpoint High School

Spring Newsletter April 12, 2019

Happy Spring!

Dear Parents:


Spring Break is just about here which means the end of the school year is quickly approaching. Our Seniors are making their final decisions on the next step in their journey in addition to looking forward to prom and graduation. We wish the Class of 2019 all the best as they graduate and move on. Hopefully, they will take some great friendships and memories of Starpoint with them.


There is still work to be done though. Advanced Placement Exams begin on May 6th and Regents review classes will be starting up soon as well. Please have your child attend these review sessions as much as possible as they are a great way to prepare for the Regents exams.


In addition, there are plenty of activities and events scheduled this Spring. See below for a complete list.


Have a relaxing and enjoyable two-week break.


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

Important Dates

  • May 1-- Mandatory Traffic and Safety Seminar for Seniors
  • May 4--SAT Exam @ Starpoint
  • May 6-16--A.P. Exams (See schedule below)
  • May 11--6th Annual Student Art & Craft Fair 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. High School Gym
  • May 17--National Honor Society Induction
  • May 21--Senior Scholarship Breakfast
  • May 21--District Budget Vote
  • May 22--HS Chorus Concert
  • May 24-27--Memorial Day Weekend (No School)
  • May 29--HS Band Concert
  • May 31--Starpoint Art and Food Truck Festival
  • June 3--HS Choral Solo Night
  • June 4--All-District Jazz Concert
  • June 8-- ACT Test @ Starpoint
  • June 12--Parade of Graduates
  • June 13-- Last day of classes
  • June 14-25--Final Exams
  • June 26--Senior Prom
  • June 27--Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
  • June 28--Graduation

Mandatory Pre-Prom Traffic and Safety Fair

Starpoint requires that all seniors attend the Niagara Regional Traffic Safety Program field trip. This year the fair will be held at the Keenan Center in Lockport on May 1st. Attendance at this fair is necessary in order to attend the senior prom and permission slips will be forthcoming. The Traffic Safety Program provides hands-on activities, traffic safety information regarding dangers of texting while driving, how to proceed at railroad crossings, and impaired driving demonstrations.

AP Exam Schedule

  • May 6, 8:00 A.M. AP Government and Politics
  • May 7, 12:00 P.M. AP Physics
  • May 8, 8:00 A.M. AP English 12: Literacy and Composition
  • May 9, 8:00 A.M. AP Chemistry
  • May 10, 8:00 A.M. AP U.S. History
  • May 13, 8:00 A.M AP Biology
  • May 14, 8:00 A.M. AP Calculus AB
  • May 15, 8:00 A.M. AP English 11: Language & Composition
  • May 16, 8:00 A.M AP World History
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Regents Review Classes

Starpoint is proud to continue to conduct Regents exam review classes. Classes will begin in May and run right up until exam time. These teacher-led sessions are designed to review important concepts and test-taking strategies to prepare for the June Regents exams. The review classes begin at 3:30 or 5:30 p.m. and are approximately 90 minutes in duration. Please check the Starpoint High School Web page for a complete schedule of the review classes.

News From Student Services

From the School Counselors and Administration:


9th Grade News from Ms. Wasilewski


Scheduling News:

At this point, all 9th graders have met with me individually to choose their classes for next year. If you have not signed the blue scheduling form, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to call me at 210-2366 with any questions!


Regents Exams:

Ninth graders will have a Regents exam in their Science course and in Algebra I (students in Stretch Algebra will take the Regents next year) this June. Passing scores on both exams are required for graduation. Review classes will be offered in May and June. Please encourage your child to attend.


Extra-Curricular Involvement:

If your student is not currently pariticipating in clubs, sports, or other activities outside of school, it's important to encourage them to get involved. Such activities enhance personal and social skills while also creating a student resume that will be appealing during the college admissions process. Take a look at our extra-curricular brochure online. There's something for everyone and students can join most clubs at any point in the year.


Kudos:

I'm so proud of all of the 9th graders who participated in the high school musical! I sat in the front row and loved the the production! Great job to all actors, singers, musicians and stage crew!



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Dear Junior Parents/Guardians:

Happy Spring! Your child’s Junior year is quickly coming to an end. In just a short few months they will all be seniors. As they are finishing up their Junior year, regents exams will be quickly approaching. Teachers are preparing them and will be offering review sessions after school. Please encourage your child to sign up for review sessions. Scheduling for your child’s senior year is underway. Look for your child’s scheduling form to come home and please sign and return the form to Student Services.

Some important information as your child is entering their senior year of high school…….

Prior to your senior year (spring/summer):

- Narrow your list of colleges. Make sure these are the right match for you.

- Visit the three schools at the top of your list. Make an appointment.

- Decide whether you will apply as an Early Decision or Early Action candidate and begin preparing your application for admission. These deadlines are typically in early to mid-November of your senior year.

- Compose rough drafts of your essays.

- Contact coaches, if applicable, and apply to the NCAA.

- Create an art portfolio, if applicable.

Fall:

- Have a strong senior year.

- Make sure your letter of recommendation form is filled out and handed in to Student Services.

- Apply to SUNY at www.suny.edu/applySUNY. The application is available August 1. You can also apply through Common Application.

- Apply for federal financial aid and complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov. The application is available October 1.

- Stay organized!

- Identify teachers and counselors from whom you will ask for a letter of recommendation.

- Attend college fairs and open house visits-most will occur in September-November.

- Continue to investigate scholarship opportunities. Check out www.fastweb.com.

Please feel free to call or email me anytime with questions. Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Andrea Rodenhaus

School Counselor

Grade 11

210-2315

arodenhaus@starpointcsd.org

Ready to get your Game On?

On June 26, 2019, the PTA will be sponsoring a "Get Your Game On" themed Post Prop Party for all members of the Class of 2019 and their dates. Students do not need to attend the Prom to come to the Post Prom party which is scheduled to begin at 10:30pm at the High School. For more than 10 years the PTA has been providing a safe, secure, supervised and substance free environment for student to extend Prom night. This is complete with entertainment, food and prizes, all provided at no cost to the students.


We are currently soliciting donations from area businesses. Please consider sending in a donation for the auction part of the evening. You may even want to go in on an item with another family. We are asking for theme baskets or gift cards that would appeal to a high school student, i.e. gas cards, restaurants, movies, sporting goods, clothing stores etc. We also like to include some big ticket items such as a dorm fridge, a TV, computer equipment and luggage. If you are more comfortable with a monetary donation, we will be happy to make a purchase and put your name on it. A check may be made payable to Starpoint PTA in any amount. If you are able to send in a check or gift card, please place it in an envelope labeled "PTA Post Prom" by June 10th.


As you can imagine, many hands are needed the night of the event if you would also consider volunteering for even a few hours. Please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members listed below with any questions or if you're able to lend a hand!


Thank you in advance for your support.


Katie Manns 860-9887, Brenda Zdrojewski 517-0523, Diana McIntosh 628-6754, Cassie Ranke 930-9777

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Teacher Office Hours

We encourage our students to stay 10th period with their teachers to get academic assistance. Staying 10th period benefits by helping to establish rapport between the student and teacher in addition to helping the student to understand the curriculum.


Below is a link to all the High School Teacher Office Hours:


https://www.starpointcsd.org/Domain/2578

Star Spartans of the Month

PTA Contact Info

PTA OFFICERS 2018-2019

Rachel Birtch, President rbirtch17@gmail.com 480-8016

Becca Floss, Vice President Beccafloss@gmail.com 880-4334

Kara Baker, Vice President karambaker@msn.com 579-2563

Katlyn Clements, Treasurer katlynclements@gmail.com 507-8504

Melanie Budz, Recording Secretary dm@budz.org 940-5408

Nicole Zielinski, Corresponding Secretary sancheznicole373@yahoo.com 713-3679

High School on Twitter & Instagram

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