Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
I would like to welcome the New Year with a couple of quotes I found:
Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.
- Ellen Goodman
For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
-T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
You may interpret these quotes however you like. Sometimes it is best to express wishes and thoughts by the words of others. I would like to wish all of you a happy new year!
Reflecting back to our 2018 school year I can honestly say that we have had a tremendous start to the year and I am simply amazed with all that I have observed. I am delighted to see many of our Seniors being accepted to college. We already have an impressive list of schools including: St. John’s University, Johnson and Wales University, Franklin Pierce University, Loyola - Chicago, Providence College, Arizona State University, Hofstra University, Worcester State University, Suffolk University, Merrimack University, and the Universities of New Haven, Maine, and Massachusetts. I know our students are excited about their futures and many eagerly await more letters of acceptance.
Here’s to a productive NEW YEAR!
Sincerely, Michael Dudek
A December Recap:
Lisa Rounds and her Drama Club celebrated December with "A Christmas Carol"
The holidays aren't the holidays without the sounds of music
More December recap: https://www.smore.com/6374e
Midterm Exams INFORMATION:
Video Program Extends Beyond the Classroom
Blackstone-Millville Regional High School’s advanced video class continues to work with PBS Student Reporting Labs on extended learning opportunities and partnerships outside of the classroom. “Our students deliver high quality video content that has been shared out nationally,” states Principal Michael Dudek. Video Production teacher, Damien Gaudet, shares that “this year we had BMR senior, Emily Franceschi, highlighted on the PBS National News broadcast describing her opinion on the power of celebrity influence on politics. Most recently, BMRHS was notified that their video content is being utilized on the Rhode Island PBS educational site where teachers can use various resources for lesson plans and curriculum use. The lesson plan is for use with the New England Mill Rehabilitation media gallery to analyze the practice of mill rehabilitation in New England. Blackstone-Millville Regional High School students captured footage and produced several of these videos for a student project last academic year.
Here is the direct link to the site:
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
How can you help?
Make school attendance a priority
• Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.
• Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
• Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
• Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
Help your teen stay engaged
• Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
• Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
• Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
• Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
These past two months have been filled with Holiday cheer and a time of thanks! We have a lot to celebrate and be grateful for. This season, we hosted a "district of one, Thanksgiving Dinner." We had a tremendous turnout and I am looking forward to our next community celebration.
Since the last time you read our newsletter we celebrated our honor roll students, a Thanksgiving Football game victory, a boys soccer playoff win, individual musician accomplishments, and our first college acceptance letter. Our teachers have also been working diligently to engage students in exciting learning opportunities. Below you will find some images capturing these moments.
Additionally, School Council dates and information are posted within the newsletter. Please take a look and see what else we have in store!
Important! If there are snow delays or cancellations please check your local television stations. A OneCall message will also be issued by the Superintendent.
Here’s to a productive end of 2018!
December 12th - 2nd Quarter Progress Reports Available
December 14th/15th - Drama Performance
December 17th - HS Band and Chorus Concert (7:00-9:00pm)
December 21st - Half Day Dismissal - Pep Rally
December 24-28, 31 - Holiday Recess
January 1st - New Year's Day - No School
January 2nd - School Opens
January 16/17/22/23- Midterm Exams for all Students
January 19th - Professional Development Day (No School for Students)
January 21st - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
January 30th - 2nd Quarter Report Cards available on X2
IN NEED OF PARENTS:
What is a school council?
A school council is a representative school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members and, at the grade 9 to 12 level, students. School councils are a means of promoting the educational benefits of site-based decision making for each and every school in Massachusetts. With teachers, parents and community members working together at its core, the School Council enables the school to be at the center of planning, goal setting and budgeting for school improvements. The expanded participation of the school community in its decision-making helps to provide the school with different and mutually complementary perspectives on its goals and improvements.
What do School Councils do? What are their main areas of responsibilities?
The primary responsibilities of the school council are to advise and assist the Principal with the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and to help develop any projects arising out of the SIP that the Principal identifies as beneficial to the successful functioning and development of the school. The school council meets each month during the academic year.
We are looking for interested students, staff, parents, and community members to serve on our council. Please email Mr. Dudek (principal) if interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Anticipated Dates (5:30-6:30pm):
SCHOOL GOAL: 95% OVERALL Attendance Rate
Monthly Numbers by Year of Graduation:
Class of 2019: Sept (94.64%); Oct (94.15%); Nov (90.85%)
Class of 2020: Sept (95.78%); Oct (94.3%); Nov (93.06%)
Class of 2021: Sept (96.05%); Oct (95.15%); Nov (92.74%)
Class of 2022: Sept (95.71%); Oct (94.98%); Nov (92.02%)
Blackstone-Millville Regional High School is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student should start building this habit immediately so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
DID YOU KNOW?
· Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
· Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
· Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
· By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.
· By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school. If your student is going to be absent or late, please contact the attendance line at 508-876-0114.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. We invite you to contact us if you are facing a personal challenge so that we might be able to assist you. We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is missing from class, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.
SCHOOL POLICIES AND STATE LAWS
It is important that you understand our school policies and procedures. We, the school, are required to take daily attendance and notify you when your student has an unexcused absence.
If your daughter/son has three unexcused absences in one quarter, we will send a letter of notification home to you. After four unexcused absences we will schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance. We are obligated to develop a plan that may require an assessment to determine how to best meet the needs of your student and reduce absenteeism.
Students who have 10 excused absences within the school year will need to schedule a conference with administration to discuss how to best meet the educational needs of a student. Consultation with medical professions may be considered.
At Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, we encourage students and families to commit to, and support students to meet a school expectation of a 95% attendance rate.
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO
· Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
· Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
· Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
· Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
· Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
· Keep track of your student’s attendance.
· Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.
· Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
· Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
COMMON PRACTICES TO AVOID
Although excused absences do not count towards the “academic 50” policy, missing days/classes hinder academic progress. Students have commonly missed a school day for routine dentist and medical appointments that do not warrant missing an entire day of school. Please be aware that individual course attendance is taken.
Missing school-sponsored community events also count towards a student’s absentee record. Students will not be excused for missing events that build on school culture and positive spirit.
Many students/guardians are not aware that excused absences are recorded on school records and forms. Colleges and future employers may view attendance records: excused/unexcused absences, tardies and dismissals.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or anyone in our guidance office.
Michael Dudek, Blackstone-Millville Regional High School
Please be Aware: Safety First
We know that the holiday season is a hectic one, where people can be coming and going- always in a rush. However, as a community, we have to be sure that we are paying attention to what matters most - the safety of our children. That is why we wanted to take some time to remind our families of a few of the protocols we have in place to help us do so. We know that they may take a few extra moments, but in the end - they are worth the time they take.
Journalism students made contributions to several Wikipedia articles schools in the region. School pages edited were: David Prouty High School, BVT, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, Sutton High School, Nipmuc Regional High School, Woonsocket High School, Uxbridge High School, North Smithfield High School, and Franklin High School.
Specifically, students added information on school demographics, AP testing data, and sports programs for these schools.