Blue Hills News
Dear Blue Hills Families
It's the middle of June and school is nearly out for summer!
Please keep the final few days' schedule in mind:
Friday, June 16 - X7, Early Dismissal 10:50 a.m.
Monday, June 19 - No School, Juneteenth
Tuesday, June 20 - Last Day of School, X8, Early Dismissal 10:50 a.m.
This will be the final newsletter of the school year. I hope that you all have a wonderful summer, with time for family and friends. On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff at Blue Hills, thank you for your support over the past school year. See you in September!
A special congratulations to our retiring professionals - best wishes and thank you for all you have contributed to the students and families of Blue Hills:
Mr. Tom Cavanaugh
Ms. Sue Grant
Ms. Marybeth Joyce
Ms. Ana Peach
Ms. Holly Winn-Stevens
Suffolk University Book Award
Congratulations to Christopher Riviere, grade 11, for being awarded the Suffolk University Book Award. Chris was nominated by his history teacher, Ms. O'Malley. The Suffolk University Book Award is given to a student who exemplifies a commitment to their education and school community. As part of the ward, Chris received a copy of A Short History of Boston, by Suffolk University's Dr. Robert Allison. Keep up the good work!
Nurse's Office - Important Notice
From the Nurse's Office:
In preparation for the end of the school year, we must coordinate the return of any remaining medication your child has at school. Any medication not classified as a controlled substance may be sent home with a student only if the student's parent/guardian provides written permission for the student to receive the medication, or if the student is over 18 years of age. A parent must arrange pick up for any controlled substances directly with the nurse.
Please notify the school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Meds not picked up on or before Tuesday, June 20, 2023, will be discarded.
BHR Summer Reading Program 2023
SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2023 For Incoming 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders Goal of the Summer Reading Program The goal of our summer reading program is to foster a love of reading by providing students with an opportunity to read for enjoyment. Recent research on the benefits of reading for p...
Fall Athletics Registration
FALL ATHLETICS REGISTRATION:
Registration for Fall Sports is now open! All athletes must register on Family ID and have a valid physical exam on file at the school in order to participate. Don't wait! Take care of this today!
All students: As the year comes to an end, please make sure you are watching your attendance. Students who accumulate 16 absences for the year are required to attend summer school. We do not excuse single days. We do "reduce" consecutive days to count as one absence when a doctor's note is provided. We also fully excuse all covid related illnesses, so please report these to the nurse. Family trips, weddings, graduations are not excused days. If you have questions, please contact your child's guidance counselor who can review your child's attendance with you.
Summer - Mental Health Care
Summer is just around the corner, and it's time to start planning your warm-weather activities! As you make your summer to-do list, prioritize self-care and well-being.
Embrace the great outdoors. Spending time outside has numerous benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood, and boosting creativity. Consider activities like walking, hiking, biking, gardening, or relaxing in a shady park.
Make time for loved ones. It's easy to get caught up in our daily routines and miss out on quality time with friends and family. This summer, prioritize reconnecting with your loved ones through shared meals, game nights, movie nights, or simply picking up the phone for a catch-up call.
Prioritize sleep. During busy times, our sleep habits can suffer. Make an effort to establish a consistent sleep schedule and give your body the rest it deserves.
Most importantly, have fun and do something that brings you joy each day. Whether trying a new hobby, indulging in a favorite activity or simply taking time to relax and unwind, make sure to prioritize your happiness this summer.
If you or a family member are struggling with mental health or substance use issues, remember that help is available. Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential coordination service provided by Blue Hills Regional Technical School, is available 24/7/365 to help you find mental health care or substance use treatment providers. Call 888-515-0595 for multilingual support or visit caresolace.com/bluehills to search for providers on your own or receive assistance through video chat, email, or phone.
June 14-16 - Grades 9 & 11 Final Exams; Early Release Days (10:50 a.m.)
June 19 - Juneteenth, No School
June 20 - Last Day of School; Early Release Day (10:50 a.m.)
Just a gentle reminder about our attendance policy. Students who accumulate 16 absences for the year are required to attend summer school. We do not excuse single days. We do "reduce" consecutive days to count as one absence when a doctor's note is provided. We also fully excuse all covid related illnesses, so please report these to the nurse. Family trips, weddings, graduations are not excused days. If you have questions, please contact your child's guidance counselor who can review your child's attendance with you.
- Vaping continues to be a major concern at Blue Hills and at schools across the country. Part of the inherent danger of vaping is that it is difficult to know what is inside a vaping device. One of the latest trends has seen vapes laced with fentanyl - a potentially lethal drug. I encourage you to read this article discussing the concerns with vapes. At Blue Hills, students are not allowed to carry or use vapes at any time, and will be subject to disciplinary measures
** Please Read** Dismissal Procedures:
Please help us by sending a note in with your student on the day that they will be dismissed. They should bring the note to the main office in the morning. This allows your student to sign out at the appointed time and meet you at your car. Otherwise, we need you to come into the building and identify yourself, at which time we have to call your student's classroom or shop to dismiss them. It is far easier and faster if you send a note in the morning. Thanks for your help with this.
- Aspen X2 is used by Blue Hills to record student grades, attendance, discipline, family contact information, and much more. If you need assistance logging in to Aspen X2, you may follow this link. For further assistance, you may call the Academic Office at 781-828-5800 X2670.
- 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.
- If you have not, please complete the SY 2022-2023 Mandatory Registration & Student Emergency/Contact Information on Family ID. This is required of all students each year, and includes the Parent-Student Handbook. This helps us keep your emergency contact information up to date in our system.
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2022-2023 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.