THE HATTER UPDATE (Feb. 4, 2022)
THE COMMUNICATION FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES
A NEW SEMESTER BEGINS
ATTENDANCE - REMINDER
Being on time for school is critical for student success. Students who are on time have time to mentally get settled and prepared for their day and get the benefit of all the content of their first-period class. The first period BEGINS at 7:30 am. This means that students must be in the classroom at that time. The bell rings at 7:25 and 7:28, giving them 5-minutes, and a warning bell at 2-minutes to get to first-period class. Arriving at the building at 7:30 am means a student is tardy.
Students arriving late to school will immediately meet with one of the administrative assistants or our Dean of Students who will be monitoring student arrival. Understanding that sometimes there are traffic patterns or issues that occur in the morning that may be out of a student's control, we provide a fresh start each semester. Students who have 3 unexcused tardies to school will be issued a final warning and email communication will be sent home. The 4th unexcused tardy and beyond will result in after-school detention for EACH tardy accumulated. Thank you for your help with this as we work to provide a smooth start to our day for teachers and students.
COURSE SELECTION PERIOD
Grades 9-11 Course Selection for 2022-2023 School Year
Course selection is a critical step in the academic planning process. Hatboro-Horsham HS believes that accepting responsibility for decisions is an integral part of the educational and learning process. Course selection should be completed thoughtfully and carefully after realistic self-evaluation and considerable dialogue with teachers, counselors, and parents/guardians. We hope that in streamlining this guide, your child will be able to make informed course selection decisions based on career paths and interests.
Families can find the course selection guide here - https://www.hatboro-horsham.org/Page/768
COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE
I. Students will complete course selection between February 7 – February 16. Students will utilize the ClassChoice program to complete their selections. An email will be sent to students with more information.
II. Each student will have an individual meeting with their counselor regarding their course selections. Information for counselor meetings will be emailed to students in February. If the selections have been carefully made, changes should not be necessary, except in unusual situations. If a student wishes to request a change, they must meet with the school counselor before the deadline for changes to course selections - that date is March 25, 2022. Students should make selections in the Feb 7-16 window.
Student choices will be made available for families to view through PowerSchool. Families will receive an email alert) in March that provides access. We cannot stress enough the importance of carefully considering and selecting courses during this time.
Families of 9th, 10th & 11th graders, our high school counselors are excited to talk with your students about their future plans. ClassChoice opens for students to enter their course requests for next year on Monday, February 7. Students will be meeting with their counselors soon to review their selections and talk about their goals. We encourage all students and parents to become familiar with the HS School Counseling Canvas page for more information about course selection and post-secondary planning.
Current juniors interested in attending college after graduation should review the “College To Do List for Juniors” on the Canvas page making special note of the upcoming SAT and ACT test dates. The next test registration deadline for the SAT is February 11. The next test registration deadline for the ACT is February 25. Reach out to your counselor to schedule an in-person or virtual meeting when you are ready so they can help create a plan to reach your post-secondary goals.
EASTERN CENTER FAMILY OPEN HOUSE
Open House at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove is Sunday, February 27 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for parents of high school students in Eastern Montgomery County to see how EASTERN can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program. CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE ELECTRONIC INVITATION
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. Below you will two events that we are extremely excited about that will take place this month as part of the celebration of Black History.
SPRING SEMESTER BTSN
The spring semester Back to School Night will take place on February 17th. This semester, we will provide two options for families. Understanding that we have segments of our parent/guardian population who want in-person meetings and segments who are interested in a remote option for a variety of reasons - we have worked to create both. The first half of our BTSN window will be live at the high school. The second half of the BTSN window will be virtual. You can find the schedule in the attachment below.
RED & BLACK WEEK IS COMING ...
Red & Black Week begins February 22 - February 25
Last names A through K - Black Team
Last names L through Z - Red Team
Sign-ups for Red and Black Teams are open now.
Check out the promo video below!
For this year, we will not have outside observers for either Pool Night or Gym Night. Gym Night will be streamed live on both Comcast and Verizon.
RED & BLACK RAFFLE BASKETS & SUPPORT
Please support the HSA Fundraising for Post Prom & Scholarships by purchasing a $5.00 raffle ticket! Winners will be called at Red & Black Gym Night on Friday, February 25, 2022. Raffle tickets will be on sale until 2/23/21.
Red and Back Night Donations & Volunteering
· Please consider volunteering to help &/or donate items at the 2022 Red and Black night - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aa9a828a57-redand2
· DONATIONS DROP OFF - Tuesday, February 22 - Donation Drop off - High School Lobby - 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Please donate today! - All proceeds benefit the High School Post Prom, Scholarships, and other HSA events.
POST PROM MEETING
· Monday, 2/28/22 – High School Cafeteria – 7:00 PM. 9th-12th parents are encouraged to join. Anyone who would like to help please plan on attending.
· Questions? - email@example.com
1,000 POINT MILESTONE
Congratulations to senior Alice Hall on scoring her 1,000th career point on February 1, 2022. Alice is the most recent female basketball 1,000 point scorer, with the last being in 2005. She is also the first African American female to reach 1,000 points in her high school career. Alice will be headed to MIT in the fall.