Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
Here at BMRHS we continue to move forward with staff and students actively engaged in the classroom and with the various events scheduled throughout the month. Please take a look at our pages for Winter highlights and future events.
Quarter 2 Report Cards will be posted onto X2 at the end of the month and will be available in your parent portal as a PDF file. We invite you to review your students Report Card and contact your students teachers should you have any questions or concerns as it pertains to his/her grades or Learning Expectation evaluation.
Please take a look and see what we have in store in the upcoming months! Various events are scheduled so please be on the lookout for dances, music events, NHS Empty Bowl Dinner, and fundraisers.
Hope to see you all there.
Michael Dudek, Principal
We are excited to share that we have a new District/Schools website and mobile app launching Saturday, January 25th. Please visit your mobile device app store and download it free (search "Blackstone-Millville Schools") and visit us online at http://bmrsd.net!
I would like to provide you with an update on three major aspects pertaining to the high school. Each of these aspects contains a link to additional information. As a community of learners, we consistently reflect on best practices to support teaching and learning in our building. All three items addressed below will focus on personalized learning, assessments, and restorative discipline. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Flex 20 Period (beginning 1/28/20)
A daily 20-minute time period will be dedicated during the school day where students will have the opportunity to gain the skills for success with each teacher and course during a 7-day cycle. A personalization block encompassing advisory, enrichment, and/or intervention will allow students to work with their teachers to support their academic needs, interests, and areas of exploration. Flex block will be scheduled at the end of 1st period, allowing teachers to specifically work with students assigned during that time.
Restorative Program (Formerly known as Central Detention; beginning 1/28/20)
Program Outline: This model provides each student with an opportunity for deeper behavioral reflection while still holding the students accountable. Students will be responsible for completing a reflection exercise that leads them through the process of identifying their behavioral missteps and determine what changes they can make moving forward. The Restorative Time staff member will explain the reflection activity and the expectations for its completion. Each student will then meet with the assistant principal to review their reflection and make a plan of action moving forward to address/change behavior. (Infractions leading to restorative program: tardiness, insubordination, cell phone violation, and any other student handbook violations equaling a “central”)
Schedule: Monday-Thursday (2:05-2:50pm)
Alternatives to traditional end-of-course assessments will be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic year. In order to further promote student learning and create a more authentic means of student demonstrating what they have learned at the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, students will have the opportunity to show what they know through poster sessions, portfolios, reflective papers, student-proposed projects, and alike. Please click on the link for further information.
In the KNOW - Video Series
In the Know - Images
January 27th - End of Term
January 31st- Report Cards Viewable on X2
February 17th – 21st - Winter Recess
February 28th 7:00 – 9:30 - Gymnasium: Class of 2020 – Winter Sock Hop, Friday,
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 our second annual "district of one, Thanksgiving Dinner." Everyone had a great time and I look 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, individual musician accomplishments, a National Championship (BAND) 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 2019!
BMR MARCHING BAND = CHAMPS
The BMR Marching Band completed their most successful season on November 9th, by winning Division IV Open National Championships by more than one point. They also cleaned up all weighted captions, winning Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Overall Effect. Winning Nationals capped an undefeated season during which the band was also crowned New England States Champions. The Marching Band will be visiting the Massachusetts State House on January 8th, at the invitation of State Rep. Michael Soter, to be recognized for their accomplishments.
After a quick two week rest, our winter activities are starting up, with our NESBA Champion Winter Guard looking to be highly competitive again this year. Other groups starting rehearsals are Winter Percussion, Brass Choir, Woodwind Choir, and High School Jazz Ensemble.
8th Graders Visit the High School
John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients
The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides a credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test. Congratulations to the following students:
Congratulations to our students who made 1st quarter honor roll. Keep up the great work!
SCHOOL GOAL: 95% OVERALL Attendance Rate
Monthly Numbers by Year of Graduation:
Class of 2020: Sept (95.57%); Oct (95.24%); Nov (93.3%)
Class of 2021: Sept (97.65%); Oct (96.27%); Nov (94.81%)
Class of 2022: Sept (96.53%); Oct (94.53%); Nov (92.98%)
Class of 2023: Sept (96.31%); Oct (96.20%); Nov (94.20%)
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
Updates from the School Counseling Office:
Freshmen: Students will be discussing the progress of their high school transition this school year. Freshmen will be reflecting on their strengths and challenges thus far, and will find opportunities for improvement. Students will gain knowledge of effective study and organization skills to assist their progress. When we begin second semester scheduling, Freshmen will also begin to take part in some career exploration.
Sophomores: Students who took the PSAT exam in October will be going over their results with their school counselors in the coming weeks. Students will also link their Collegeboard account to Khan Academy, to get personalized assistance in preparing for the future SATs.
Juniors: Juniors will be meeting individually with their school counselor to discuss their plans for after high school, SAT/ACT testing, and how to best prepare themselves to be successful when they graduate.
Seniors: Seniors have been meeting with their school counselors to discuss post-secondary plans. Any students who plan to attend a program or college should have completed the FAFSA. Students can also apply to scholarships available to them through Naviance.
All grades: Students were introduced to the first topic of our Choose Love Curriculum, Courage. Students chose courageous quotes to live by and set a courageous intention for themselves this year. Next, students will be introduced to the second topic of our Choose Love Curriculum, Forgiveness. Students will participate in an informational/interactive seminar on the Social and Emotional Learning benefits of practicing forgiveness not only with others, but with themselves. All teachers will be incorporating topics of Forgiveness into their curriculum as well.
BMRHS IN THE KNOW - IMAGES
FACEBOOK LIVE: Q and A
Attention Parents: Are you Aware?
Thursday, December 12th – Progress Reports Available on X2
Friday, December 13th – Drama Performance – Cinderella – 7:00
Saturday, December 14th – Drama Performance – Cinderella – 4:00
Monday, December 16th – High School Winter Concert – 7:00 - Auditorium
Friday, December 20th – Pep Rally - ½ Day
December 23rd – December 31st – Holiday Recess
January 1st - No School - New Year's Day
January 17th - Professional Development Day (No School for Students)
January 20th - Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 28th - 2nd Quarter Report Cards available on X2
About 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 every school in Massachusetts. With teachers, parents and community members working together, the school council supports school-based planning and goal setting for school improvements. The expanded participation of the school community in school improvement helps to provide the school with different and mutually complementary perspectives on its goals and improvements.
Anticipated Dates (5:30-6:30pm):
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
I am excited to share our fall newsletter with you. There is a positive energy in the air and I am eager to continue this wave into the first few months of school. Marching Band and fall athletics have had success this season and CHARGER pride is growing strong!
This newsletter contains several live links and videos. You will also find important dates and on-going updates. We have a special treat for you all! A school-year update video has been created highlighting some major events from this year.
School Council dates and information are posted within the newsletter. We are looking for interested parties to be part of the council. Additionally, we began our school year concentrating on building healthy relationships throughout our building. Lots of icebreakers and "getting to know" you activities were observed. We have some great individuals in our school and I look forward to sharing some of these stories with you in future newsletters.
I also am including an important memo centered on school attendance. Please help us with our goal of maintaining a 95% attendance rate! November parent-teacher conferences are coming up so please be on the look-out for an email to sign up for appointments.
Here’s to a productive Fall/Winter!
Sincerely, Michael Dudek
The high school will conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences on the following days: November 13th (4:30pm-7:30pm) and November 14th (2:30-4:30). For your convenience we have created an online appointment schedule. Parent/Guardians will be able to create a schedule of appointments, minimizing long waits to see specific teachers. Parents/Guardians who choose to come to school without appointments may see teachers if a time slot is available.
To schedule a conference, select your child's teacher(s) who you would like to schedule a conference with on November 13th and 14th. It is easy to schedule more than one conference for one child, or more than one conference for multiple children.
If you have any questions before you start this process, please email Mr. Dudek at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the main office and speak with Linda (508)-876-0117.
Please make every effort to schedule appointments online. If you need to schedule over the phone you may do so with Linda. First come, first serve with appointments. Pick your conference(s), then register name and contact info. This creates a registration for each conference and sends you a confirmation email with a link to choose appointment times. On that same page, you will be able to add and change both registrations and appointments.
*CONFIRMATION OF ALL TIMES/APPOINTMENTS NEED TO BE MADE FROM A GENERATED EMAIL SENT TO YOU AFTER YOU CHOOSE YOUR TIMES.
LINK WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 4th.
District Attendance Policy
The High School recognizes that regular and punctual school attendance is essential for success in ensuring that students attend school regularly in Accordance with Massachusetts General Law. Parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and punctually, and the parents or guardians are responsible for reporting any absence of their child (Ch. 76 §1A ). The school is responsible for inquiring about any unreported absences and notifying the parents or guardians of a student who has 5 or more unexcused absences in a school year (Ch. 76 §1A & 1B).
The expectation for all students is to achieve a minimum 95% attendance rate. The calculated percentage includes all absences from school including excused absences (medical, personal, funerals). Yearly Progress (AYP) and an acceptable performance level of each school include yearly attendance rate and chronic absenteeism.
Regular school attendance is defined as three (3) excused absences during a quarter.
Documented Excused Absences
The following absences are considered documented excused and do not count towards the maximum three (3) allowed absences, however documentation must be provided and missed work must be made up:
Excused absences include:
· College School Visits (Juniors and Seniors are allowed 2)
· Medically documented illness or injury (seen by a physician)
· Bereavement/family funeral
· Major religious observances
· Court Date
· Severe family circumstances (excused at the discretion of the principal)
Absences for those reasons listed above will be noted when proper documentation has been received. This documentation must be submitted no later than 5 school days after the absence. Illness will only be excused with a note from a doctor after being seen. Families who schedule routine appointments (counseling, dental or medical appointments) during the school day will only have excused absences for the time of appointment. Students are expected to return to school if time permits.
PLEASE REVIEW FULL POLICY IN STUDENT HANDBOOK
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 (email@example.com).
Anticipated Dates (5:30-6:30pm):
PSAT AND COLLEGE/CAREER/COMMUNITY READY DAY!
On October 16th, the school community participated in a number of activities that centered around college/career/community readiness. I would like to thank our counselors for putting on a wonderful day for our students. Here is a summary of the scheduled activities:
Our student council organized a "recognition week" to highlight different aspects of the town wide community and appreciate them in different ways. Each day of the week correlated with a different part of our community.