Shoreham-Wading River High School (Gr. 9-12)
Dear Parents and Students:
I would like to welcome you back to the 2015-16 school year! I hope all our students had an opportunity to enjoy their summer and prepare for the rewarding and challenging time ahead. With every September comes a time for students to reflect on accomplishments and what can be done to improve upon their performance moving forward. This is also an opportunity for students to recognize that setting high expectations for themselves will prepare them for the increasing number challenges that await them.
While we move forward with the implementation the Common Core State Standards and examine our teaching and assessment practices, I ask that parents continue to work collaboratively with the school in understanding what students are expected to learn and what skills they are to acquire. In doing so, we can collectively reinforce the importance of our students’ high school education and provide the needed support and guidance to achieve their scholastic goals. You are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator with questions and concerns as they arise. The sooner your concerns are addressed, the more efficient we can be in providing assistance.
A newly implemented component in its’ third year is Home Base (advisory), which aims to develop the whole individual. The philosophy is based on the research that students are more likely to succeed with a strong network of support within the school. At the heart of the program is the student’s relationship with the advisor and his or her Home Base group; cultivated throughout the student’s four years of high school. The advisor and students will meet for 18 minutes between periods 4 and 5 each day. (Class periods are 40 minutes, with 3 minutes passing time.) The time was purposefully chosen to provide students with an opportunity to step-back, talk, and refocus before starting the second-part of their school day.
During this past summer we have hired several new staff members (Math, Social Studies, English, World Languages, Science, and English). We are confident that they will challenge our students to strive to fulfill their academic potential. As in the past, we will continue to provide our students with a positive educational experience that includes many extra and co-curricula experiences. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these learning opportunities the district offers to make them a more-well-rounded student.
As always, extra help will be available for those students who are in need of such services. A schedule of time and days will be posted on the web site and in each classroom.
For our students’ convenience, our high school library will be available during their free periods and the North Shore Public Library is available after school hours. Students are reminded that parking on campus is a senior privilege. Only those students in the 12th grade holding a senior license are currently permitted to obtain a parking permit. In the spring, when the juniors obtain their full, senior license, can they request a parking permit (first-come, first-serve).
If you have not done so already, I ask that you please obtain your log-on information to utilize the parent portal.
I look forward to seeing everyone at our school events and wish all of our students a positive and successful school year.