Blue Hills News: Back To School

From the Desk of the Principal - September 2, 2021

Dear Blue Hills Families,

It is that time again! It is my pleasure to welcome you back to school for the 2021-2022 school year. I hope that you have a had a wonderful summer, and on behalf of the faculty and staff at Blue Hills, we can't wait to see you all. A special welcome to the Class of 2025, our new freshmen class eager to get started on their Blue Hills adventure.


There is a lot going on in the world as far as Covid-19 is concerned. We are in a good place as a school to fully reopen on September 7, 2021 to all of our students and staff. There are a number of mitigation strategies we will continue to use wherever feasible, including:


  • Mandatory masking on buses for all students and staff
  • Mandatory masking inside the building, including hallways and classrooms. Exceptions will be allowed for mask breaks, breakfast, and lunch.
  • Rapid Covid testing for symptomatic individuals
  • Physical distancing measures where feasible in classrooms and the cafeteria
  • Limited building access for visitors
  • Sanitization and deep cleaning processes will continue, including the use of Merv-13 filters
  • Outdoor classes, lunches, and breaks when possible


Please make sure you have reviewed the School Reopening documents on the website that were emailed out last week. If you are not yet receiving email communication from the school, please contact jpica@bluehills.org to update your contact information.


Important: If you have not yet completed the mandatory registrations on FamilyID, please do so before September 7, 2021.



Each Thursday during the school year, I send out a newsletter to families, faculty, staff, and students highlighting important information. Please read and review these newsletters as they are the primary mode of communication from the High School. Of course, continue to check out our website, social media, direct emails, and phone calls as well. We strive to make sure you have all the information you need to partner successfully with us in your child's education.


Finally, as this year opens up, we want to partner with all of our families to ensure that students have the support that they need to succeed. The past several years have been challenging in a number of ways, and have impacted families and individuals very differently. If your student needs help, please say something. We are here to provide our students with the very best education that we can, and we know that is only possible if they are socially and emotionally in a good place. Our guidance counselors and counseling staff are always ready to provide support for students who are in crisis, struggling, or just need someone to listen.


We are looking forward to a great school year at Blue Hills, and look forward to seeing all of our students return!


Sincerely,

Mr. Zini

Enzo comes to BHR!

Dear Blue Hills Families,


I want to share some exciting news with you! As I am sure you have heard from other parents, have read about recently or seen on television, therapy/comfort dogs are a relatively new outlet that school systems are using to help students to improve social interactions and relationships with peers, expand their verbal and nonverbal communication, teach life skills, decrease verbal outbursts, increase interest in school activities with peers and decrease stress and dysregulation within the school environment. The mere presence of a Comfort Dog seems to promote positive feelings amongst the people they visit.


For the better part of a year, I have been working on researching the advantages of, and talking with administration about, having a therapy dog at Blue Hills Regional Vocational School District to not only benefit the students in the BHR classrooms but also the Blue Hills community as a whole. Last spring, our School Committee voted to allow my therapy dog to come to school.


We are happy to say that Enzo, my 11 month old Labradoodle actively in training, will be visiting our school during the 2021-22 school year. This is very exciting news for us, and we are anxious to see the benefits that ensue with the students from having him here and seeing this program grow.


We are thrilled to have this unique opportunity and are confident this will be a positive experience for everyone! If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact me directly at 781-828-5800 ext. 4001 or via email at jrossetti@bluehills.org.


Respectfully yours,

Jill Rossetti, Superintendent-Director

Start with Hello

Last year, we completed a simple training program with all students called "Start with Hello." The message is simple - we want to recognize loneliness and social isolation, and work towards creating a socially inclusive school community that combats loneliness and social isolation. One simple thing we can all do is follow the three steps in the program:

  1. See someone alone...
  2. Reach out and help...
  3. Start with hello...

As a school community, we are committed to helping every student feel welcomed and accepted. Start with Hello!

Vaccination Clinic - September 17, 2021

There is an optional vaccination clinic that will be hosted by the Randolph Board of Health at Blue Hills on Friday, September 17.


If you would like your child to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccination, please complete the consent form below and have your child return the form to Nurse Gainey, next to the Main Office and across from the Guidance Office. Also included below is information on the Pfizer vaccine.


Informational Forms are attached. Participation is completely voluntary, and requires parental consent.


Questions on the clinic can be directed to Nurse Gainey.

Grade 9 Parents Night

Wednesday, Sep. 8th, 6-7pm

800 Randolph Street

Canton, MA

Grade 9 Parents! -- Join BHR administrators and guidance staff for a welcome and orientation night on September 8, 2021, at 6 p.m. in our cafeteria. We will discuss expectations, academics, vocational programs, special services, and athletics. Come and meet our Booster Club officers and find out how to get involved! Can't wait to see you there!

Upcoming Dates

  • September 8 - Grade 9 Parents Night, 6 p.m. (in-person; masks mandatory)
  • September 10 - Grade 9 Mini-Exploratory
  • September 23 - In-Service, Late Start 10:40 a.m. arrival

21st Century STEM - Extracurricular Opportunity

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Blue Hills Regional Technical School

Blue Hills Regional Technical School’s mission is to continue its history of academic achievement, technical training and character development through a curriculum which emphasizes the integration of cutting-edge technical programs and challenging academic courses, enabling its students to become competent, caring and productive people in a diverse and changing world.


Core Values:

Community, Opportunity, Relevance, Employability