The Weekly Jr. Oiler

September 13, 2019

Jr. Oilers Live and Learn with GRIT

Our school motto is Jr. Oilers live and learn with GRIT! Students are learning all about core values that are important here at school and in life. Gratitude, Responsibility, Integrity, and Tenacity (GRIT) are the focus for all areas of campus, be it in the classroom, cafeteria, hallways, etc. Students learned these expectations in a GRIT assembly and also in GRIT campus tours last Friday.

Students are earning GRITcoin daily for showing the positive behaviors of our core values. They will have many opportunities starting soon to spend some GRITcoin and in early October our student store will open. Our first GRITband Day will be happening at the end of September. On one of the last days of each month teachers will be handing out up to 8 GRITbands to various students who have displayed a tremendous amount of either Gratitude, Responsibility, Integrity, or Tenacity. Students should wear these proudly, as they will be randomly rewarded for earning these bands and showing school pride! Parents will receive an email letting you know your child received a band - please ask them about it at home. The design of the GRITbands is new this year, so last years' bands can be distinguished.

PTSA has been generous enough to help fund so much of GRIT. Please join PTSA to help fund our awesome programs. It has made such a difference on campus! If you have any ideas of rewards or contacts, please contact Principal Glembocki. We are so excited to reward those who do what's right!

School Site Council and Parent Volunteers

We are looking for parent volunteers for committees and activities this year. School Site Council meets to review school goals, budgeting to meet those goals, school safety plans, and more. We are looking for two/three parents to fill this committee. This group meets 3-4 times throughout the year. If you are interested in School Site Council please email Mrs. Glembocki by Friday, September 20.

We are also looking for parents to volunteer before school to assist with more supervision around the perimeter of campus. These volunteers would make sure students are safely crossing the streets, using positive language on campus, and following school rules. If you are interested in volunteering in this manner, please contact our PTSA President, Erandy Matejka at

Parent University

Huntington Beach Union High School District hosts several parent nights each year. They graciously invite all Dwyer families to participate. Many of the topics surround wellness and mental health, both of which are super important for adolescents. Please see below for dates and descriptions.

School Policy Reminders

We want to remind everyone at the start of the year of school policies so that students do not incur consequences. We would much rather have students be rewarded for following school rules and having GRIT!

Tardies: It is super important for students to be on time - not only in the morning, but to every class throughout the day. Students are better prepared and more relaxed when they are not rushing and flustered. We have even instituted a warning chime during passing periods to let students know they have one minute before being tardy. There will be rewards for students who display GRIT by being on time.

There is also a consequence structure for students with habitual tardies. Anyone with 3 or more in one week with be given an infraction. Students who continue to accrue tardies will then be assigned detentions and Friday/Saturday School. 6 or more tardies in one week is an immediate Friday/Saturday School.

Dress Code: Dwyer has a set dress code policy that students must adhere to. All expectations were discussed at our opening assemblies and are also on our website. Students choosing to break the dress code with be given loaner clothes to wear for the remainder of the day. Clothing items will be returned to students when they return the loaner clothing.

Drop-off and Pick-up Reminders

Please make sure to use 14th Street, 17th Street, or Palm Avenue to drop-off and pick-up your child. Rather than double parking, you may also want to come up with a meeting location a block or two away. There are crossing guards on these streets to help out, so either side of those streets are safe. Please make sure your child uses a crosswalk at all times.

The back parking lot is not a safe area for student walkways and therefore is not a drop-off and pick-up location. It will be under construction most of year and is closed to all but staff. Thank you.

What's Happening in September?

September 17 - Make-up pictures, during lunch through 7 period, Auditorium

September 20- PTSA Meeting, 8:45 AM in Media Center

September 26 - Back to School Night, 5:30-7:30 PM