SHHS Principal's Update

Week 2: September 16, 2022

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Photo by B. Henry

Dear Strath Haven High School Community,

Congratulations, you have completed your first full week of the 22-23 school year!! Last night was also out first Home and School meeting. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us. These meetings are always a great opportunity to connect, and I personally enjoy our conversations.

September is National Suicide Awareness month. At tonight's football game there will be a mental health awareness booth staffed by our district's student services team. We hope to see you all at the game!

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Hilden

In this issue

  • Preliminary PSAT 10/11 Information (October 12 test date).
  • Activities Fair (Friday, September 23 during all lunches)
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The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that Strath Haven is offering to students in grades 10 and 11 on October 12. Like the SAT, it measures the knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math students learn in the classroom—the same knowledge and skills your child needs to succeed in college and career.

  • FEE: The PSAT is being offered at no cost to all students in grades 10 and 11.
  • LOCATIONS: Students will be providing testing room information approximately one week prior to the exam.
  • ACCOMMODATED TESTING: SHHS will administer the PSAT with all approved College Board accommodations to students. If you have questions about your student's eligibility for accommodated testing, please contact your child's case manager or Ms. Regina Hollis, Special Education Department Chair (

Why is the PSAT/NMSQT important?

  • It connects students to more than $235 million in scholarships, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program. If your child opts into the free Student Search Service®, scholarship providers will invite them to apply. *Only students in 11th grade are eligible to participate in NMSQT.

  • It's excellent practice for the SAT. Both tests measure the same knowledge and skills and ask the same types of questions, so PSAT/NMSQT takers will know what to expect on the SAT.

How to prepare for the PSAT

The best way your child can prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT is to pay attention in their high school classes and study the course material. Students who do well in school are likely to do well on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Because the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT focus on the same subject areas and ask the same types of questions, your child can use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to practice for the PSAT/NMSQT. It's a free, interactive study tool that provides a personalized practice plan that focuses on exactly what your child needs to stay on track for college.

Your child can download and print official PSAT/NMSQT practice tests, as well as online sample questions with answer explanations.

Questions? Please contact Tabatha Duffy ( or Andrea LaPira (

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Attendance Policies and Procedures

Please see the document below for information regarding SHHS attendance policies and procedures.

General Announcements

AP Registration: Attention students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course this fall. Please complete this form and submit payment to Mrs. Seifrit in the counseling office for all fall and yearlong AP classes. The deadline is November 15th.

YEARBOOKS AT LOWEST PRICE THROUGH 9/30 | Our Jostens site is live and ready for 2023 Haven Yearbook sales. The lowest pricing of the year is active through September 30. Visit our website for the link to order your 2023 yearbook.

Class of 2023


Below is the link to the Sign-Up Genius for the Class of 2023's Fall Festival Truck-A-Thon. This event will be held on September 23rd from 5-10 PM at the Creekside Swim Club (rain date September 25th 12-5 PM) It is the biggest fundraiser that we run to finance the extravagant after-prom party that is meant to keep our children safe after their prom, in place of other non-sanctioned, off-site options. It is an amazing event where the entire gym is decorated, and features food, soft drinks, games, and of course music and dancing. Without your help we will not be able to put this event on. Please sign up -- and have your seniors sign up -- so we can make the $40,000 needed to make this event an evening our kids will never forget!

Class of 2026: Do you need HAVEN gear? Consider shopping for t-shirts and shorts supporting the class of 2026. Mini-Thon apparel is also available. Place orders here. Orders are due Sunday, September 25 at 11:00 pm. Orders will be distributed to the students at school. Please note: If you did not get your gear from the summer time order, please have your child pick it up at the 3rd floor office.
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Counseling Center: Events/Announcements

PACAC College Fair at Penn State Brandywine on September 29th

Penn State University, Brandywine

The Commons Building

25 Yearsley Mill Road

Media, PA 19063

Hours: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

All students and families are welcome to attend! To view the colleges/universities that will be attending the fair, please click here. Please register for a barcode at Show your barcode to colleges who will scan it to send you more information about their schools. The day after the fair, you will receive a report with information about each college that you allowed to scan your barcode

Teen Advisory Council:

Dr. Janice Hillman at Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine as the Medical Director for the Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Teen Advisory Council and Dr. Laura Offutt, Host of Real Talk with Dr. Offutt and Founder and Director of International Adolescent Health Week are seeking interested young people ages 13-18 for this year's Teen Advisory Council, and applications are open until October 10th. Students will have the opportunity to earn up to $150 in stipends and will create teen health educational materials, provide input for Adolescent Health practices to better serve their patients, and plan a special International Adolescent Health Week events in March.

A direct link to the application is here: For questions or to request a printable copy of the application, please contact us at

SHHS 22-23 School Calendar

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