THE HATTER UPDATE (Feb. 15, 2022)
THE COMMUNICATION FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES
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. 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 the accumulated after-school detention for EACH tardy. 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. 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.
ACT 158 FAMILY NIGHT
There have been some significant changes in state guidance regarding graduation requirements for students in the Class of 2023 and beyond. Those guidelines address five distinct pathways that students must meet in order to graduate. Based on the information and the impact on a student's graduation status, the high school will be offering an ACT 158 Family Night on February 28th at 6:30 pm. The event will walk parents/guardians through the five pathways, as well as the next steps. You can find updated information on the pathways by viewing a new document that was just added to the website last week. you can find it here - https://www.hatboro-horsham.org/Domain/859
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
ECAT CALENDAR UPDATE
- ECAT is closed for students.
- Any student utilizing HHSD transportation will need to utilize the normal AM routes and the scheduled PM pick-up at 11:50 am. Students will go to Study Hall during the periods in which they would normally attend ECAT.
- Any student able to provide their own transportation should attend HHHS during their normal class periods and are not required to remain at the high school during their regularly scheduled ECAT periods. (AM tech should arrive by 9:40 am. PM tech may leave at 9:40 am.)
- The Red & Black Pep Rally is scheduled for the afternoon. Therefore, PM Tech is optional for students.
- District transportation will be provided as normal, however, any student who wishes to remain at HH and participate in R&B will be excused from ECAT.
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 the rest of this month as part of the celebration of Black History.
SPRING SEMESTER BTSN
The spring semester Back to School Night will take place this Thursday, February 17th. This semester, we will provide two options for families. We have worked to create both because we have segments of our parent/guardian population who want in-person meetings and segments interested in a remote option for various reasons. 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. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD(REN) GIVES YOU A COPY OF THEIR SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.
RED & BLACK WEEK IS COMING ... IMPORTANT UPDATE
Red & Black Week begins February 22 - February 25
Last names A through K - Black Team
Last names L through Z - Red Team
As covid cases have been reduced, we now have the ability to invite a limited number of spectators to our evening gym night. Parents/Guardians who would like to attend Pool Night (Wednesday, 2/23) can do so - the cost for Pool Night is $5.00. However, based on the redesigned orientation of the gymnasium and how students will be seated, we are unable to invite everyone to view gym night live and in person. Because this is the last opportunity for senior parents/guardians to witness Red & Black Gym Night (Friday, 2/25), we will open opportunities to them ONLY. Senior families should expect an email and sign-up form by tomorrow morning. The cost for entrance for Gym Night is $5.00 and each family is only permitted two guests.
The event will still be aired live on the high school YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend.
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? - firstname.lastname@example.org
A PEEK AT ROBOTICS - THE 2022 TEAM
The Hatboro-Horsham Robotics Team is well underway in their preparation of a robot for the 2022 season. Since January 8th, the team has met 5 nights per week and both Saturdays and Sundays to design, fabricate, assemble and program their 120-pound competition robot. We wish them luck as they finalize the robot over the next two weeks in preparation for the competition season. Please take a moment to watch their build week 5 video on YouTube below ...
Congratulations to the Lady Hatters basketball team who head to the district playoffs after a big win over top-ranked Abington High School.
Congratulations to the swim teams on outstanding performances at the Suburban One League Championships. The Lady Hatters won the conference and the many members of the boy's team will be traveling to districts as well. Congrats on a great regular season to bothteams!