Shoreham-Wading River High School
Daniel Holtzman, Principal
Kevin Vann, Assistant Principal
Dr. Rebecca Chowske, Director of ELA/Social Studies/World Languages
Mark Passamonte, Athletic Director
Main Office - 821-8140
Attendance Office - 821-8136
Athletic Office - 821-8132
250A Route 25A (Click Here for Directions)
Shoreham, NY 11786
Hours: 7:20 a.m.–2:05 p.m.
Dear Parents and Students:
I would like to welcome you back to the 2014-15 school year! I trust all our students had an opportunity to enjoy their summer and hopefully prepare for the rewarding and challenging time ahead. With every September comes the chance for students to look back on their academic performance through a different lens. This is the time from them to reflect on what has been accomplished and what they can do to improve upon their performance from the prior school year. This is also an opportunity for students to recognize that setting high expectations for themselves will prepare them well 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 with questions and concerns as they arise. The sooner your concerns can be addressed, the more efficient the process of providing assistance.
A newly implemented component in its’ second year is the advisory which aims to nurture the whole individual, operating on the premise that students are more likely to succeed with a strong network of support and a committed adult advocate within the school. At the heart of the program is the student’s relationship with the advisor and his or her advisory 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 in the middle of the day to provide students with an opportunity to step-back, talk, and refocus before starting the second-part of their school day. A committee of over forty (40) faculty members worked for over five (5) months on the creation of the program in conjunction with building and district-level administration. We are very excited and eager to put our plan into action.
During this past summer we have hired several new staff members (Math, Special Education, Social Studies, World Languages, and English). We are confident that they will continue to 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 and growth opportunities the district offers to make them a 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 school library will continue to be available during their free periods as well as the public library during 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.