Brickie Bulletin

September 2016

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to HHS! We are ecstatic to start off another fantastic school year. With the new school year, we have many new faces-both students and staff. Joining the Brickie family this year are the following teachers:

Madaline Bartsch-English

Bill Bennett-PLTW/Math

Rebecca Hughes-Science

Jill MacDonald-Math

Kaitlyn Phillips-Social Studies

Heidi Polizotto-French

Kristin Sloan-Math

Maggie Somody-Science

Amanda Stinnett-English

Sarah Theil-IEP Facilitator

Samantha Tres-Science

A Message From the Principal-Mrs. Patrick

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at HHS! We are off to a great start and are excited about all of the opportunities available. At the start of the school year, students are reenergized and the majority start the year with hope and a positive outlook that they can succeed. This mentality is something we need to continue to foster with students so that they believe in themselves and continue to see that they are capable of excellence.

This year, we are implementing a variety of programs that will provide your child with the necessary resources to be successful; all they need to do is take advantage of the opportunities. As parents, you can help us with this by checking your child’s grades regularly in Skyward. Teachers should be updating grades at least once per week. This gives you the opportunity to know up to date progress in each class. Additionally, encourage your child to take advantage of the resources below:

- Success Period- Academic Assistance:

With the high school’s new schedule, there is a 1-hour Success Period built in every Wednesday. On designated Wednesdays, this time will be used for college and career planning. The other Wednesdays will be used for academic assistance. Students who need to get extra help from a teacher or need to make up a test / quiz can do this during the academic assistance time. Encourage your child to get help during this time by having their teacher sign them a pass in their Student Handbook.

- After School Tutoring:

HHS will begin after school tutoring on Monday and Wednesday after school beginning in just a few short weeks. For this tutoring, bus service is provided to transport students home. Tutoring runs after school until 4 pm. Please have your child visit the Media Center to sign up and attend.

- Many of our teachers also offer morning help sessions for students who would like to come in and get extra help prior to a test. Many teachers are also willing to make time before or after school to help students individually- if they simply ask for help.

We are truly dedicated to ensuring students have every opportunity to be successful! Communication is key! Please do not hesitate to contact teachers, counselors, or administrators if you have any questions! It truly takes a village to raise a child, and we are committed to working together!

Attention Drivers

All student drivers must have a current parking permit for the 2016-2017 school year. Parking permits can be purchased for $10 in Student Services. Students without permits can be issued a Friday School. Also, students should remember that the speed limit in the parking lots is 10 mph.

Notes from the Nurse

If your student might require over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen during the school day, the school no longer has available stock. You must supply the nurse with this medication for your child. You are required to fill out a form and the nurse will label your students medication so that they can take it when needed during the school day.

Any senior who has not received the Meningitis booster immunization that is required, please do so ASAP. Please provide Mrs. O’Brien with proper documentation.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach Mrs. O’Brien at 942-8521 ext 8005 or email

Harlem Wizards Come to HHS

Ever thought of playing with a professional trick basketball team?! Now is your chance! Hobart High School’s very own dance team, the Brickettes, are hosting the Harlem Wizards HERE @ HHS on September 28th! We are looking for 20-25 members of the SCOH faculty to be a part of a co-ed team. We would LOVE to have participation from each school. No talent or skill is needed!! This will be a fun night for the whole family! You’ll get a complimentary t-shirt & 1 complimentary game ticket for a friend/family member.

If you aren't a faculty member, come and watch as our Brickie Staff takes on the talented Wizards on September 28 in the Hobart High School gym. Please contact Ashley Slater or Valentine Torres to volunteer or get additional information.

Yearbooks on Sale

The 2016-2017 Yearbook is on sale NOW for $50.00. Go to​ and click "Buy a yearbook." Buy yours before prices go up October 1st!

Taste of Autumn

The Hobart Education Foundation will again host an evening of great food, wonderful auction items, and fabulous fun! Our new location is Ambassador Banquets in Hobart. All proceeds from the event support education projects in our School City of Hobart schools. Tickets are available at the Main Office of each school as well as the administration building. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 942-8885 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Stellar Staff

Congratulations to PLTW teacher Brent Vermeulen for being selected as the first Stellar Staff member of the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Vermeulen was selected by his colleagues for his excellence in student engagement. Students in his classes can be found immersed in projects and working with manipulatives that help themmaster the curriculum in his class. Without a doubt, Mr. Vermeulen excels in the area of student engagement. Congratulations on a job well done.
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