Raider Family News

August, 2021

WELCOME BACK!!

Greetings Students!!


We are so happy and grateful to be welcoming you back to Somerset Berkley Regional High School for the 2021-22 school year. To the Class of 2025, and any new transferring students--Welcome Aboard to our Raider Family! We are eager to get everyone back in our classrooms, on our athletic fields, and playing music in our hallways! We look forward to concerts, semi-formals, and events that can bring us all together as a school community. I urge you, even if you never have before, to get involved in all SBRHS has to offer. I also strongly encourage you to check your email for updates as the administration, teachers and staff utilize this on a regular basis for disseminating information out to our student body and their families. Please take the time to read through this newsletter as it contains some very important information about our upcoming year. We are still preparing, so please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we are dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals and, perhaps, even create new goals that they didn't even know they had! We are here for you to achieve in your academics, but also care about you as individuals and people. If you need any assistance or guidance, please reach out to your teachers, counselors, or administrators--we are all here to help! Work hard and dream big! As some of you are already realizing, these four years go by very fast--make the most of them! We look forward to seeing you soon.





Dr. Susan Brelsford

Principal

brelsfords@sbregional.org


Mrs. Kim DoCouto

Grades 10 & 12 Assistant Principal

docoutok@sbregional.org


Mrs. Erica Pereira

Grades 9 & 11 Assistant Principal

pereirae@sbregional.org

First Day of School

The first day of school for the Class of 2025 will be Monday, August 30, 2021. Students should arrive to school by 7:25 a.m. and proceed directly to their first period class (Period 1). This is the class that will be found in the first box under Monday on your schedule. Your schedules will be available on Aspen before the first day of school. If you have not received your list of classes, please contact smithm@sbregional.org. (Ms. Smith) in the Main Office. She will send you a copy.


The first day of school for the Class of 2024, 2023, and 2022 will be Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Students should arrive to school by 7:25 a.m. and proceed directly to their first period class (Period 6). This is the class that will be found in the first box under Tuesday on your schedule. Your schedules will be available on Aspen before the first day of school. If you have not received your list of classes, please contact smithm@sbregional.org. (Ms. Smith) in the Main Office. She will send you a copy.

2021-2022 School Schedule

Based on feedback from students and staff, as well as the need for 4 lunch periods to accommodate students comfortably in the cafeteria, we will be using a modified version of the 2019-2020 school schedule. The schedule runs on a Monday through Friday basis. This means that the classes that fall on a Monday will always be on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday, etc.
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Lunch

Lunches will be free to all students during the 2021-22 school year.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up

PLEASE READ AS THIS HAS CHANGED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS!



Parents are highly encouraged to enter onto campus from the County Street/ Grandview Avenue entrance or from Clifford Holland (refer to image below).

The southbound lane (closest to the building) of Blue Raider Boulevard will be closed south of the traffic circle to all traffic entering the campus from Luther Avenue for drop off and pick up. The only exception will be special education vans will be allowed access past the traffic circle.

Any vehicle entering the campus from Luther Avenue will have to drop their student at the main entrance, turn around in the traffic circle and exit back out to Luther Avenue. It is also highly recommended when exiting onto Luther Avenue you turn right (East) toward County Street to keep traffic flowing.

When picking up your child in the afternoon it is also encouraged for you to enter onto campus using the County Street/Grandview Avenue or Clifford Holland entrance and stage in the northbound travel lane of Blue Raider Boulevard for your child to exit the building.

Luther Avenue has no parking or standing signs and this will be enforced by the Somerset Police Department.

Please see the diagram below regarding the traffic pattern. If there are any questions regarding the route update please contact SRO Vicente-Roberts at sro@sbregional.org.

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Student Parking

Seniors may buy parking passes up until September 2, 2021. Seniors may come to the main office from 8-2:30 M-F (before August 30) or before or after school hours once school begins. The cost of the pass is $50.00. Checks can be made payable to SBRHS.

The main office will then determine how many parking spaces are left. After September 2, 2021, juniors interested in obtaining a parking pass may submit parking paperwork (NO MONEY) to Ms. Smith. (She will be sending an email prior to 9/2/21 to remind them of this information). The paperwork is due by September 6, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. These names will all be submitted into a lottery which will be held on September 7 at 2:15 p.m.

School Supplies

At the high school level, charged Chromebooks and checking email are the essential school supplies for day one! The first week of school, teachers will disseminate syllabi which will detail individual classroom expectations in terms of supplies. Most classes require some type of binder/folder/notebook and, of course, writing utensils. Again, more information will be forthcoming by teachers during the first week of school.

Free Tutoring--Come to Academic Support

For any students who may need extra help in their coursework, we offer FREE academic tutoring after school in our library. It is called Academic Support and runs from 2:15-3:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Students do not need to sign up nor stay the entire time. This is a place to come for extra help, review before an assessment or simply to get homework completed. Attendance is taken for tracking purposes. There is also a late bus that leaves from the school at 3:45 p.m. and brings students to the Berkley Commons for Berkley students or to their street in Somerset.


Academic Support is offered in the following subjects and will begin the week of September 13th:


Mondays: Science with Ms. Tinkham (tinkhamd@sbregional.org)

Tuesdays: Math with Mrs. Rebello and Mrs. Eldridge (rebelloc@sbregional.org or eldridgek@sbregional.org)

Wednesdays: Social Studies with Mr. Dionne (dionnem@sbregional.org)

Thursdays: ELA with Mr. Fallon (fallonm@sbregional.org)

Summer Assignments

All students should have their summer reading assignment completed by the first day of school. AP students (not including freshmen students) have additional summer assignments. For a detailed explanation of summer assignments please click here.
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ATTENTION FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS--Tech Night is Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Students that are new to our district as members of the Class of 2025 OR have transferred into any other grade over the summer are invited to attend Tech Night with their families. Here, you will be able to pick up your Chromebooks as long as you have filled out the district's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Families may also want to purchase Chromebook Insurance, which covers costs of repairs. Insurance is optional and is $100.00 ($25 per year). For more information please click here.

Tech Night will begin in the Performing Arts Center. Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Content Coordinators, the Athletic Director, Nurse and Special Education Content Coordinator are also available this night for questions. In addition, Big Buddies will be available for tours.

Tech Night Times

Students with last names A-L are invited to attend from 5:00-6:00 p.m.


Students with last names M-Z are invited to attend from 6:00-7:00 p.m.


We look forward to seeing you! Again, please be sure to have the Acceptable Use Policy read and signed before attending.


If you cannot attend, Chromebooks will be available for pick up on the first day of school. Again, the AUP must be signed before the Chromebook is given to the student.

SUMMER BINGO

Don't forget to send us your favorite pictures from your well deserved summer breaks.




In addition, throughout the year, please visit www.somersetberkley.org for upcoming dates, information, forms, etc.

Musictown Festival Is Back!

The 48th Annual Musictown Festival will be back this year in October! Starting first with the Musictown Ball on Thursday October 7th, then Concert Night on Tuesday October 12th, and finally the Musictown Parade on Sunday October 17th. More information about this year's festival celebrating music in our schools and community can be found on the Friends of Music website: https://www.friendsofmusic1972.org/musictown-festival

Attention Music Families--Invitation to Join the SBRHS Friends of Music

We encourage all K-12 music department families to become members of the Somerset Friends of Music. Signing up to become a member is very easy and membership annual dues are only $10 for an individual and $15 for a family. This organization not only supports, but also advocates for the music students and staff in our schools. Becoming a member adds your voice to this cause, among other benefits. Details on being a member of the SFOM can be found on their website: https://www.friendsofmusic1972.org/membership