Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We are off and running

I have to say that it is really nice to see a full building again and to see all the students getting acclimated to another school year. Today was the first day that we had both seniors and juniors in the building together. I'm sure for the juniors it seems a lot more crowded than yesterday but before long you will fit right in. Hopefully we will have all the uniforms in very soon. I'm sure there are a lot of questions that many of you might have about the school year, policy, the handbook, etc. I just want to let you know that at the end of the week, on Thursday and Friday, Mr. Darrell Miller and I will be meeting with every student in the building. I have a schedule set up for both days. We will invite the students down by programs, this will happen both morning and afternoon on the 27th and 28th. Your lab instructor has the schedule and will be bringing you down. At these sessions, I will discuss all the things that student services has to offer and in particular, what I can do for you as your school counselor. Mr. Miller will talk about the handbook and discipline and attendance issues. Rumor has it that he will be having a little quiz this year, so come prepared and make sure to review the handbook. Please feel free to ask any questions that you have been thinking about.

I also want to remind all students that you will have two weeks to change any academic class but you will need to meet with me or Mr. Knott before changing the class. Please do not change a class because you "do not like the teacher", "it is to hard", "I want to be with my friend" or any other excuse that is similar to these. That is not a reason to change a class and we will not change a class for any of those reasons. We will discuss your future goals and what is in the best interest for you to be successful. As far as your lab goes, we generally allow one week for you to switch labs. You have to remember that the first week of lab is usually when the instructors go over all the rules and safety measures. When you jump in a lab a week late, you have missed 12.5 hours of the new lab and all the important safety instructions. Think hard before switching labs.

For the seniors, you may have noticed some new instructors around the building this year. I would like to welcome Mrs. Heckler - Intervention Specialist (Math & English), Mr. Davis - Automotive Tech instructor, Mr. DeLano - Building & Grounds instructor and Mrs. Baumle - Senior Health Tech instructor. If you see them in the hallway, stop and introduce yourself.

Have a great school year and always strive to be your best.

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