HS Return to School Information

Hello Schalmont High School Students and Families,

It is hard to believe that the start of a new school year is just over a week away. I truly hope that you had an enjoyable and restful summer. Over the past few months, we have been working hard at the high school preparing for the return of our students and to welcome all of our new students and the incoming freshman class. Our school looks amazing with a tremendous amount of work having been done over the summer. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful campus to come to every day. With new lockers and a new cafeteria floor, as well freshly cleaned and waxed floors and fresh paint in many areas, our school looks amazing. A great deal of time was also spent this summer thoughtfully developing the course schedule to maximize our students’ access to courses and support. The finished product certainly is a source of pride and reflects a course schedule created with a student centered perspective.

As you prepare for the first day of school, included below are some helpful pieces of information:

Grade Level Orientations

The Freshmen and New Student Orientation is planned for September 2. All freshman families and new students should have received an invitation mailed to your home.

Grade level orientations will be held during the first full week of school on Monday, September 13. Each grade level will meet separately in the auditorium for a brief yet informative presentation to review the upcoming school year, various protocols, grade level specific information and general guidelines for the year. More information is forthcoming regarding the grade level orientation schedule for September 13.

Student Schedules

Student class schedules are now accessible on the eSchool Parent Portal. Schedules will be pushed to Schoology by the end of the week as well. If there are questions or concerns regarding schedules, please contact the School Counselors at the high school. Every effort was made to schedule students into the courses they requested, however, sometimes scheduling conflicts arise.

Printed schedules will also be provided to students on the first day of school during homeroom.

Course Drop/Add Procedures

The official add/drop period is five weeks after the start of the semester. Students are encouraged to remain in their classes until the 5 week period to determine if the course work, workload of the class and the course design are achievable with their individual needs and academic goals. Teacher requests, early dismissal or late arrival are not valid reasons for a schedule change or to drop a class and requests made for these reasons cannot be accommodated.

A schedule change due to academic difficulty may be considered prior to the drop period deadlines provided:

  • A request from a parent or guardian is made.
  • A student is carrying the required number of courses.
  • A student has made a sincere effort to succeed.
  • The student, parent, teacher and school counselor are in agreement regarding the change.
  • Class balance is not disrupted by the change.
Student Parking

On campus parking for students is reserved for Seniors first. All Senior students will receive a letter home this week regarding the process to register for a parking permit. Students must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration in order to apply for a parking permit.

Junior students will be given the opportunity to apply for a parking permit, depending on space in the student lot after eligible seniors have received their parking permit.

Early Release and Late Arrival

Senior students can apply for early release or late arrival through the Counseling Center. Schedules permitting, this senior privilege must receive approval prior to students arriving late or leaving early. Class schedules cannot be adjusted to accommodate requests for late arrival or early release.

Arrival and Dismissal

Student arrival will follow the same procedures as last year. Bus drop off will take place in the rear of the building, while family drop off will take place in the front loop. Students can enter the building at 7:30 a.m., breakfast will be available in the cafeteria with homeroom beginning at 7:40 a.m.

Student dismissal will follow the same procedures as last year as well, with bussed loading in the front loop and family pick-up taking place in the rear loop. Students being picked up can exit through the Gym 1 Lobby.

Student Lockers

All students in the high school will be assigned an academic locker. Locker numbers and combinations are available on the eSchool Parent Portal. If you have any questions or concerns about lockers, combinations or have difficulty accessing your locker, please stop by the main office.

Change of Classes

Period by period class change will be staggered in order to reduce hallway congestion between classes. Even classrooms will release when the bell rings, odd classrooms will release 30 seconds after the bell. The staggered release of classes will help maintain physical distancing in the hallways as much as possible.

Public Health Guidelines

Pursuant to state mandates and in accordance with Department of Health guidelines, all high school students and staff must wear a mask upon entering the building. Masks should be worn in hallways and in common areas. During class time, mask breaks will be provided. Physical distancing will be maintained whenever possible, including during lunch periods. Frequent hand hygiene will be encouraged and increased sanitizing protocols will be implemented. Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated with these very important guidelines that will ensure our schools remain open and safe for all students and staff.

Interim Reports and Report Cards

Monitoring student academic progress and growth is extremely important at the high school level. Over the course of the year all 5 week quarterly interim grades and report cards will be available on the eSchool Parent Portal. We will also be maling home all Interim Reports and Reports Cards each quarter to ensure all students and families have access to these grade reports.

Attendance and Engagement

Regular school attendance is the key to maintaining success in school regardless of the grade level. Research shows that Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school over the entire school year. If students are experiencing attendance and engagement concerns, please contact us. We are here to help. Remember, every day matters.

I look forward to seeing all of our students back in our building together on the first day of school. I know that this year is going to be a great year filled with many great opportunities and experiences.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Matthew Heckman

Principal
Schalmont High School
mheckman@schalmont.net
518-355-6110