Blue Hills News

From the Desk of the Principal - October 1, 2020

Dear Blue Hills Families,

October is here!


I hope that you and your family are doing well as we enter the second month of a school year we are all certain to remember. Today, we welcome back our junior class to the building and this week we finish out first two week cycle in our reopening plan.


This may seem quick, but Progress Reports will be issued next week on October 7. Please keep up to date on your child's progress by connecting with their teachers through X2, Google Classroom, or email.


Each week, I will send out the following week's schedule of in-person learning. We will try to keep at least 10 days ahead, but please be flexible as we know that data and information can change quickly.


PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday, October 14, will be an in-person day for Grade 9 (vocational) and will follow the Green Day Schedule for all remote academic students. This is due to the holiday on Columbus Day. Our deep cleaning schedule will be adjusted this week, and will take place Wednesday afternoon and evening prior to Thursday's cohort returning to school.


Logistics & Reminders:


Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures:


  • Please enter through the East entrance (closest to Randolph) and pull in front of the cafeteria/gym to drop off and pick up. Drop offs before 7:40 should go into the cafeteria. Dropoffs after 7:40 should go into the school through the main entrance. Please exit out the main entrance.


Reminders:


  • Students on buses - you MUST wear a mask and remain physically distanced the entire time you are on the bus.
  • Masks must be worn during the school day unless directed by the teacher (mask break, breakfast, lunch, etc.).
  • When a student is attending school in-person, please make sure that you are checking and certifying that your student is symptom-free, according to the self-check guidelines.
  • Remember that attendance is required for all remote learning - failure to attend classes during the day will lead to an absence and potentially a zero on schoolwork. If you are having a difficult time with technology at home, contact IT@bluehills.org.
  • Not only is attendance required for all remote learning, but students need to log in early to their classes so that class can begin on time without disruption. Please be sure you are leaving enough time for yourself to get ready and prepared for class.
  • Dismissals - If you are dismissing your child on an in-person day, please send a note with them that day or email jpica@bluehills.org. We are trying to limit the number of people in the building. Thanks!


Sincerely,


Geoff Zini

Principal

Physical Education & Health/Wellness

This year presents a unique challenge for our physical edcuation and health and wellness curriculum. However, we are committed to providing a quality curriculum and engaging students as much as possible, even while remote. Our Physical Education/Health department has worked very hard to develop a comprehensive and engaging curriculum and creative instructional plan. If you would like to learn more about the physical edcuation and health overview for the year, click here.

Upcoming Schedule - IN-PERSON Days

PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday, October 14, will be an in-person day for Grade 9 (vocational) and will follow the Green Day Schedule for all remote academic students. This is due to the holiday on Columbus Day. Our deep cleaning schedule will be adjusted this week, and will take place Wednesday afternoon and evening prior to Thursday's cohort returning to school.

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Remember - if you are not "in-person" on a given day, you are still REMOTE LEARNING. Anyone who is having technology issues should immediately reach out to the school by phone or email IT@bluehills.org.

Living History

We are indeed living through historic times. As a former history teacher, I am fascinated by history, ancient or recent - and living through 2020 will be something we talk about for decades. On a recent walk through the building, I came across this chart made by our Health Assisting students. Thinking it was just made, I was perplexed by the low numbers of deaths attributed to Covid-19 - until I saw the date - March 13, 2020. I don't think that anyone knew, on our last day in session last school year, what this year would bring.
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Lunches

All students will receive free lunch and breakfast through December 31, 2020. However, we are still collecting applications for free and reduced lunch so that begining in January there is no lapse in service for students who qualify. Please fill out the form and return it to cfama@bluehills.org.

What remote schedule am I following???

Without question, figuring out which schedule you are following on a given day can be difficult when you are at home and your routine is thrown off. Here's a quick guide to help:


Vocational "Remote" Days - these all look the same! If you are on a vocational week and are remote, simply follow your shop's instructions for the synchronous meeting times (8:30 and 1:30, usually) and work independently or as needed during the day. Failure to attend both synchronous sessions will lead to the student being marked as "absent" and potentially receiving no credit for the day.


Academic "Remote" Days -

  • "Blue Days" - Mostly on Mondays and Thursdays. Refer to the released schedule to make sure you have the right day. On these days, you'll meet "live" with periods 1-4. The rest of your day is extra help and independent work.
  • "Green Days" - Mostly on Tuesdays and Fridays - Refer to the released schedule to make sure you have the right day. On these days, you'll meet "live" with periods 5-8. The rest of your day is extra help and independent work.
  • "Wednesdays" - On Wednesdays, follow the Wednesday schedule! You'll meet with all of your academic classes throughout the day. HINT: We may occassionally use this schedule on other days, or schedule Wednesday to be in-person.


For both vocational and academic "remote" days: Please remember that school runs from 7:48 to 2:20. At any time in this period of time, you can be asked to meet with a teacher, attend a session, or do extra help/support activities. If class begins at 8:30 or 9:00, you may very well have things to do and prepare for prior to the start time. Be diligent in checking your email and google classroom. Getting an education is your "job" right now, and is the best investment you can make at this stage of life!

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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.