Blue Hills News
From the Desk of the Principal - March 10, 2022
Dear Blue Hills Families,
As we quickly pass the halfway mark of Term 3 and approach Spring, I would like to reiterate the importance of attendance in the success of our students.
First, we want to continue to stay home if sick. Any absence that is documented as quarantine or covid-related will be listed as "excused" in X2. None of these absences will count this year toward student attendance. Most of these absences have already been labeled as excused in X2. When you log into X2, click on "My Info" and "Attendance." Here, you will be able to see your attendance for the year. Excused absences are those that are related directly to the pandemic.
That being said, it is crucial that students are present in school whenever possible. Our attendance policy allows students 15 absences per year. At 16 absences, students are required to go to summer school. Extended absences of 2 consecutive days or more are "reduced" to count as one day upon receipt of a doctor's note. For example: a student who is out for five days with the flu will only be charged one absence upon receipt of a doctor's note. Extenuating circumstances, such as deaths in the family, may also be considered by the Academic Review Board at the end of the school year.
For complete information on the attendance policy, please visit the Parent-Student Handbook. You can find the attendance information beginning on page 12.
If you have questions regarding your attendance, please contact your guidance counselor.
Upcoming and Important Dates
- Spring Semi-Formal Dance - See Flyer below. Student Council is hosting the dance in our gym and cafeteria. Tickets will be limited as we do not have outdoor space available.
- Prom is being planned and information will be coming out shortly - Save the Date - May 13, 2022.
- Spring Sports begin on March 21! See information below - student-athletes must register on FamilyID.
- Grade 10 MCAS begins with the ELA MCAS on March 22 and March 23. Information will be sent home to all sophomores. Grade 12 will have a delayed opening on those days.
- We welcome our new Class of 2026 with a new student welcome reception on March 24th at 6 p.m.
- March 25: Professional Development Day, No School
Class Rings Available for Purchase through Balfour
Important: We are continuing to implement the SOS Signs of Suicide Program for all grade levels. This will be done over the coming weeks. Please read the attached letter explaining this program and providing resources for parents and guardians as well.
Spring Sports are nearly upon us! The season begins March 21. All students that plan on participating must register on FamilyID, even if you they have played a sport in the past.
Registration is now open! Please make sure that your student has an up to date physical on file with our Nurse, and that the return to play protocol has been met if a student has had covid in the past (Protocols found here).
Do you need extra help?
Any student who is struggling with grades and work at the halfway point of the year should be in communication with their teachers and guidance counselor to work on a plan to improve. Failure should not be an option! We have some great opportunities for additional help with the Before and After School Program, and every teacher stays after school multiple days each week to provide extra help. Guidance counselors can assist in organizing and developing a game plan to move forward successfully.
Breakfast and Lunch
Recently, we began asking students to enter their ID numbers when receiving a breakfast and lunch. It is important to note, however, that breakfast and lunch are still free for all students. We are re-instating this checkout process because our point of sale system is new, and both staff and students need training and practice on it. Additionally, we will be selling additional items in lunch beyond the provided free lunch soon, and this will require a student to pay using their ID number and myschoolbucks.
To reiterate: breakfast and lunch remain completely free for all students this school year. Thanks for helping us with this transition in our systems.
At-Home Covid Testing
Many of you have successfully signed up for the voluntary at-home Covid testing program. You may continue to sign up anytime and pick up tests in the main office.
- When the at-home tests arrive, students will be notified that they are available for pickup in the Main Office.
- A letter detailing the plan is attached below.
- The optional opt-in form is found on Family ID: Click here.
Attention ALL alumni of Blue Hills. Please register on our new job posting site to view open positions at local businesses. Any trouble registering, please contact Ms. Poliseno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the link to register: https://www.collegecentral.com/bluehills/
Before/After School Program
For more information and to sign-up your child, please visit The Blue Hills Before/After School Program. There is still room available. This is a great opportunity to have focused time to complete schoolwork with assistance!
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