Blue Hills News
From the Desk of the Principal - September 9, 2021
Dear Blue Hills Families,
Opening week has been wonderful so far! It is great to see students eager to learn and get back into a normal routine. As I wrote last week, if your child is struggling in the full return to school, please reach out to our counseling office. We want to support all of our students.
We need your help!
As part of the ESSER III grant from the federal government, we are required to seek stakeholder input on how we plan to safelty return to school and spend the grant funds over the next several years. The link to the survey is below (or click here). Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so that we can best plan for these additional funds. Thank you!
Important: If you have not yet completed the mandatory registrations on FamilyID, please do so as soon as possible!
Vaccine Clinic: If you would like your child to participate in the covid vaccination clinic being held here on Friday, September 17, please see below and return the consent form to Ms. Gainey ASAP in the Nurse's office.
Buses: Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we get bus routes adjusted and bus capacities sorted out. As you know, there are issues across the state with bus driver shortages. We are working with our vendor, First Student, to make sure the transportation needs of our students are met. If a bus misses your stop or does not come, please let the school know so that we can follow up with the bus company. Please also be aware that bus stops and routes may change in the next several weeks if we need to add buses. We will send out any changes to those impacted. Thank you, again, for your patience with this.
Back to School - from DESE: Please take a look at the Commissioner of Education's "Back to School" site for statewide information.
Career Guide 2021-2022: Check out this amazing resource on CTE education and career fields: http://www.flipcareerguide.com/books/vprt/#p=1.
Grade 9 - Exploratory Information - Read below for important information on exploratory from Ms. Sylvia.
Vocational Director's Office - Exploratory
Good morning! It was a pleasure meeting many of you last night during the freshmen orientation evening. Here is some important information regarding the upcoming exploratory.
1. Here is an exploratory guide for students and families. Read this guide prior to Monday and please let me know if you have any questions. Please pay special attention to the rubric - this is how each student is graded in exploratory. A perfect score is 105. Also pay special attention to the Mandatory Supply List for each program. Students should bring these mandatory supplies each day during their exploratory - even if they're not used. The students are graded on preparedness with these supplies.
2. All students will be given a pair of safety glasses on Monday morning. Students should have these glasses with them for every exploratory. Should a student need a pair of over-the-glasses safety glasses, please ask their instructor, and a pair will be provided. Students are charged $3.00 for a replacement pair.
3. All freshmen, during exploratory, must wear pants and closed toed shoes. Please no slide-in slippers. Shoes must have a toe and a back fastening the shoes to the foot. Students who are not dressed in appropriate attire will lose points on the rubric.
4. After homeroom on Monday, freshmen students will report to the cafeteria where your exploratory teacher will pick you up and escort you to your first program.
5. Keep in mind that final placement is dependent on the score a student receives in that program. For instance, each of our programs have a specific amount of students that they can accept each year. Those numbers are 12, 14, 15, 20 or 22. The numbers are set by the state based primarily on square footage. If a student chooses a program where only 12 students are admitted, but 40 students choose it as their first choice, the top 12 grades will get placed into the program. If a student did not make it into their first choice, we will then do the same with their second choice. When there is a tie, we look at the overall average of all 9 exploratories to break the tie. For this reason, it is important that students do the best they possibly can in each exploratory because the overall average can help them get the program they want.
I wish you the very best as you explore the many exciting opportunities that Blue Hills will provide for you!
Vaccination Clinic - September 17, 2021
If you would like your child to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccination, please complete the consent form below and have your child return the form to Nurse Gainey, next to the Main Office and across from the Guidance Office. Also included below is information on the Pfizer vaccine.
Informational Forms are attached. Participation is completely voluntary, and requires parental consent.
Questions on the clinic can be directed to Nurse Gainey.
- September 10 - Grade 9 Mini-Exploratory
- September 23 - In-Service, Late Start 10:40 a.m. arrival
- October 6 - Progress Reports
- October 11 - No School (Columbus Day)
- October 14 - Advisory Board
- October 21 & 26 - Parent Conferences
21st Century STEM - Extracurricular Opportunity
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Blue Hills Regional Technical School’s mission is to continue its history of academic achievement, technical training and character development through a curriculum which emphasizes the integration of cutting-edge technical programs and challenging academic courses, enabling its students to become competent, caring and productive people in a diverse and changing world.
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