THE HATTER UPDATE

THE COMMUNICATION FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES

REFRAME . REFOCUS . REBUILD.

This week we spent significant time working with students and staff in large groups, small focus groups, and intimate conversation groups about the events of last week, the current culture, and getting back to basics. We discussed some of the basic expectations, the reframing of guidelines, varying approaches to discipline, and increased communication. We communicated those expectations to students, staff, and families yesterday via email. We are excited about next week and an opportunity to continue to reframe, refocus and rebuild, as we head into the Thanksgiving break.

CONGRATULATIONS INDUCTEES

Special congratulations to the 55 students in the Class of 2022 who were inducted into the National Honor Society this past Wednesday evening. These students have met the national criteria for induction which includes their commitment to scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

PEP RALLY

Next Wednesday, November 24th, we will have our annual fall pep rally, which occurs on the half-day prior to Thanksgiving. The pep rally will now be a full pep rally for grades 9-12. We are certainly aware there are some students who may not comfortable in a pep rally-style environment. As a result, we have specific locations that students can go to instead of the pep rally until the 11:50 am dismissal, the pep rally will be streamed live to those classroom areas.


SPIRIT WEEK CONTINUES

Monday - 11/22: Pajama Day

Tuesday - 11/23: Decades Day

Wednesday - 11/24: RED & BLACK (Hatter Pride)

GUEST NETWORK ACCESS

We will be re-establishing the guest wi-fi network next week (Monday, November 22). The network reinstallment will remove access to social media sites that include Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. It is critical that parents/guardians have conversations with their high school children regarding the use of mobile devices and the negative impact they have in classes during academic periods and the social media impact in a learning environment. The concerns regarding declining student engagement in class due to cell phones have increased significantly. The guest wi-fi network that connects with student mobile devices is a privilege that many other high schools around us do not have (i.e., Wissahickon, Springfield, Jenkintown, Upper Merion, Abington, Lower Merion, Harriton, Spring-Ford, and others). It is also important to note that it is a violation of the district Acceptable Use Policy to bypass the district’s content filter (i.e. VPN, or proxy connections), which poses significant security issues. There were modifications made to district systems to curtail access to these methods of bypassing the district content filter. We appreciate your support in assisting us in communicating this message.

REPORT CARDS

The 1st marking period ended on Tuesday. First marking period grades are now live and accessible through Power School and Parent Access.

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION - LATEST NEWS

2022 - Scholarship Brainstorming meeting

Tuesday, 11/30/21 – (Room-D108) 7:00 pm

Questions: Carolyn_kushner@verizon.net

· Please join us to add suggestions to the 2022 scholarship process

Holiday Treats for HHHS Staff

Friday, December 10, 2021

Questions: randifaith@yahoo.com

Please sign up to contribute an item, please have you or your child bring it to the MAIN OFFICE on Friday, December 10th by 10:30 am.

· Place your item on a disposable plate or please label the plate if you would like it back.

· Please LABEL your dessert if it contains NUTS, PEANUTS, OR COCONUT. Thank you!

2021 Formal/Prom Dress Sale – VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS NEEDED!

Weekend #1 - 01/07/21–01/09/21

Weekend #2 - 01/14/21–01/16/21

Questions: jenspearing@gmail.com

· Volunteers are needed - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4DADA922A31-special

· See our flyer for details on donations - https://www.hatboro-horsham.org/cms/lib/PA50000097/Centricity/Domain/604/Special%20Occasion%20Clothing%20Sale%20flyer%202021.pdf

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

We want to take this opportunity to wish all of our HHHS Families a wonderful Thanksgiving.