Blue Hills News
October 27, 2023
Dear Blue Hills Families
I hope that you enjoyed the long holiday weekend last week. This week's newsletter will be short and sweet; more next week!
Congratulations to the Varsity Football Team under the direction of Coach Madden for their victory over Tri-County last night. In doing so, Blue Hills captured the state vocational championship for 2023! Well done to the players and coaches!
Please stop by for the Boosters Holiday Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get some holiday shopping done, and support our amazing Booster Club!
(photo credits below: Kelly Silvia - Thank you!)
December Lunch Menu
From the Guidance Department
We would like to remind parents and students about the Dual Enrollment opportunities available to Blue Hills students at Massasoit.
The Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to enroll in college courses at a reduced rate ($50/credit) in order to earn college credits while still in high school. Courses can be taken after school, on weekends, online and over the summer.
Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or above. They must submit a qualifying GPA or take the Accuplacer placement test before registering for a course.
The Accuplacer will also be offered at Blue Hills on Monday, November 27 after school. Students should register here.
Here is a PowerPoint with more details.
Booster Club Updates
- 2023 Holiday Fair – Saturday, Dec 2 @ BHR from 10 – 3
- Monthly Booster Meetings - 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 7pm in school Restaurant – Chateau de Bleu
- School Store – open most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10-1. Watch for dates in December for a few holiday shopping nights!!
- Volunteer Opportunities – The signup genius for holiday fair volunteer opportunities will be out in November!
- Interested in being a Vendor at Holiday Fair, email Bluehillsboosters@gmail.com
- Join the Blue Hills Booster Club Facebook page for news and updates!
December 6 - In-Service, 10:40 a.m. student arrival
December 13 - Adams Scholarship Ceremony, 8:30 a.m.
December 22 - Early Release, 10:50 a.m. - Holiday break begins
December 23 - January 1 - School Closed/Holiday Break
January 2 - School Reopens
Health Authorization Form
Thank you to the many of you that have completed this already on PowerSchool. In order to provide any medications (even over the counter) to your student, we must have parental authorization. Log into PowerSchool and complete the Health Authorization Form.
Bus App Instructions - FirstView
Please use this First Student provided app to track your bus route. It updates frequently, and is a tool to help provide real-time (or close to it) information.
The student attendance guidelines are contained within the Parent-Student Handbook. Please be advised:
A student will be required to attend summer school upon the accumulation of sixteen (16) absences in order to fulfill BHR attendance requirements. An additional course will be required for every five (5) absences accumulated after (16). All such courses must be taken at the Blue Hills Regional Summer School. All course subjects must be approved by the (ARB) Academic Review Board. If a student is absent on consecutive days it will be counted as one day’s absence if accompanied by a doctor’s note. Notes must be provided within one week of the student’s return to school. All notes must be originals with an authorized signature and date(s) on the doctor’s office stationary. The student’s home phone number and homeroom must be on all doctors’ notes. Absences on special days, assemblies, etc. will be counted as a full day’s absence. A student must be in attendance for at least half the school day to be counted present. Half the school day means being in school from 7:47 am to 11:00 am or 11:00 am to 2:20 pm.
All out-of-school suspensions will be counted day for day towards a student’s maximum number of absences.
If you are not in class or homeroom by 7:48 AM, you are considered absent from school. You must sign in at Student Affairs Office and receive an admittance pass in order to attend class. If you arrive late for school, you are considered tardy and you must report to the Main Office prior to admission.
On the 4th tardy per term and every 4 tardies thereafter, you will be subject to Saturday detention. You and your parent/guardian may be required to meet with the Principal. Parking privileges may be suspended or revoked. Continued tardies may result in more severe penalties being assigned.
PowerSchool & Attendance note:
We have had some questions from parents about attendance on PowerSchool, particularly around "class attendance." Please note: we do not track class attendance for students, and PowerSchool is not set up to keep this accurately. Therefore, particularly in vocational programs, the system may significantly overstate the number of absences your student does have. The best way to look at your student's actual attendance is to click on "Grades and Attendance" - this will show you a daily attendance list at the bottom with attendance for the year.
- Lunch is free, but students who wish to have a second lunch or snacks must still purchase these. You can add money to your child's myschoolbucks account to enable them to purchase additional meals and food in the cafeteria.
- Pickup and Dropoff - Please DO NOT use the main entrance/driveway to drop off or pick up students. This is causing a logjam at the entrance/exit to the building. Please enter through the East entrance, closest to Massasoit, and proceed toward the main entrance/exit.
- If your student is out, please email email@example.com to report them absent. You can also call 781-828-5800 x 2250 - leave a message if it goes to voicemail.
- Athletic Schedules Available Here!
Emergency Contact Information
- Please, if you have not signed up for a parent account on PowerSchool, do so now! Please complete all required forms as soon as you can. Grade 9 students may not receive a Chromebook until permissions/agreements are completed!
- NEW - If you are calling your student in sick, please call the attendance line (781 828 5800 x 2250) OR email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thank you for bearing with us as we work to safely navigate drop-off and pick-up times. Please enter the entrance closest to Massasoit and proceed along the front of the gymnasium to the main entrance/exit.
- Please be reminded: Earpods/headphones may not be worn during the school day except with the explicit permission of the teacher. This includes breakfast, lunch, and passing times. Earpods will be confiscated if seen, and consequences assigned.
2023-2024 School Year Calendar
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.
Community, Opportunity, Relevance, Employability
The Blue Hills Regional Technical School District is an equal opportunity educational institution. All programs, courses of study and activities are open to all students without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability. The School District is in full compliance with Massachusetts Law, Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (U.S. Code), and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals may make inquiries relative to Chapter 622 and Title IX from the coordinator, at the school address or by phoning 781-828-5800.