Principal's Message 11/1/21

Welcome November

Welcome November





Finally, some sun and drying out from the last days of rain.  The warm weather is welcome and a nice addition to this last day of October and Halloween.  I want to thank our faculty and students for a positive and fun filled day this past Friday.  It was a nice cap to the week and certainly a testament to our school culture.


This past week brought the start of our Senior Privilege Program as well as Class Meetings for grades 9, 10 and 11.  The first week of Senior Privilege went well with Seniors following the QR code system for leaving and returning to school.  Any Senior who has yet to turn in a Permission Form risks their Senior Privilege.  Blank Permission Slips are available in the Main Office.


Class meetings were held with students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 to discuss the end of the 1st Quarter and some reminders and requests for behaviors that are impactful to our school community and culture.

Students were reminded that with the closing of Quarter 1 grades they will have a snapshot of their performance at either halfway through a semester course or one quarter through a yearlong course.  It was presented that this information was useful to them in how to move forward into quarter two and make any needed changes and adjustments to address any concerns with their performance.  It was emphasized that there was plenty of time and opportunities to support them; Connecting with their teachers and making use of FLEX Block for academic support was highlighted.


Students were also reminded that our intention is to engage and interact with them as young people becoming young adults and that when issues arise in our community, we will speak with them as such to best resolve any matters.  The first matter was a reminder to pick up after ourselves in the building and outside when eating lunch or any other items brought in from the outside. Cleaning the building is a big task and everyone throwing their trash away makes a big difference.


The second item was about the use of bathrooms, especially the boy’s bathrooms, and that these facilities were not created for the purpose of gathering.  Large gatherings in the bathroom creates an uncomfortable atmosphere for students wanting to use the restroom. It was shared that as a community we can not allow situations that make others uncomfortable.  It was emphasized that as young adults they would respond appropriately.


The final and most important matter was one that also tied into the other two in that it spoke to the Stoneham High School community and school culture.  The final matter discussed was a reminder that conversations in the hallway or at the lunch table or in the bathroom that contain hateful or derogatory language or terms are painful and harmful to an individual and our school community.  Stoneham High School strives to be a welcoming, accepting, respectful and kind community for all members of our diverse student body.  We asked our students to be thoughtful and mindful of their conversations and to do their part in supporting the school culture we strive for.


We appreciate our students' response to these matters as well as the support of our parents and guardians to help maintain our positive school culture. 

Go Spartans!


Have a great week!



We kindly ask that you utilize the following links as first resources to find the information you are seeking prior to contacting the  Main Office.


SHS Handbook Here


Daily Bulletin 

·  11/1/2021

·  10/28/2021

·  10/27/2021

·  10/26/2021


5 Day Schedule HERE


SHS School Year Calendar HERE 


SHS Web Page   




Save the date

Monday, 11/1; Winter Athletics Registration Begins

Friday, 11/5; End of Quarter 1

Monday, 11/8; Start of Quarter 2

Thursday, 11/11; No School / Veterans Day

Wednesday, 11/24; Half Day Dismissal / Thanksgiving Day Break 

Thursday, 11/25 - Friday, 11/26; No School / Thanksgiving Day Break

Monday, 11/29; Start of Winter Athletic Season 

Wednesday, 12/1; Parent / Teacher Conferences


Thanksgiving Food drive

Stoneham High is collecting Thanksgiving food items to be donated to the local food pantry.  


If you are interested in donating, there is a box located in the front lobby of the high school.  


Items must be donated by Nov. 10th.


Needed items:

Flour                                                     Sugar

Vanilla                                                   Condiments and Dressing

Baking Powder and soda                      Gravy

Vegetable oil                                          Jellies/Jams

Stuffing mix                                            Canned fruit for pies

Cranberry Sauce                                   Jiffy pie crust

Cocoa Mix                                             Packets/Boxes of mashed potatoes

Canned goods: green beans, corn


Classroom Needs

Infant Carriers

Looking for "gently used" infant carriers/car seats for the Child Development Real Care Baby project.  Seeking 4 - 10 carriers.  

If you can help please contact Ms. Strout at 



·  The Week in Athletics:  11/1 - 11/ 7/ 2021 HERE


·  MIAA tournament Information for all Events HERE


·  Reminder

Winter Sports Registration and Winter Sport Meetings

·  Opens Monday, November 1 st  

o    Online registration through FamilyID 


o    FamilyID, physical and payment must be completed and received by the Athletic Office no later than 11/29

§  No student will be permitted to participate in any Winter Sport tryout, practice or competition without a complete registration packet 


Winter Sport Athlete and Coaches Meeting

·  Tuesday, November 9th 

o    After school in the gymnasium

o    Mandated for all Winter Sport Student Athletes 


First day of winter sports 

·  Monday, November 29 

·  FamilyID, physical and payment must be completed and received by the Athletic Office no later than 11/29

o    No student will be permitted to participate in any Winter Sport tryout, practice or competition without a complete registration packet 


Drama Club Fall Production / James and The Giant Peach / Show Dates

James and The Giant Peach

Performance Dates:

Friday, 12/3; 7pm

Saturday, 12/4; 2pm and 7pm



Adults / $12

Students / $9

Children 5 and under / $5


YearBook / Senior Picture UPDATES

The deadline for Prestige sittings is November 15th

·  Prestige Portraits will come to SHS on Friday, November 12th from 9:00am - 2:40pm

o    40 Appointments available  

o    For appointments parents/students should email Mr. Von Sneidern;  

o    $20 fee 

§  Checks should be payable to Prestige (no cash).

§  Refundable once students return the proofs.  


Information for Josten's picture upload link and other important Yearbook information and deadlines can be found HERE.


Picture Day / Rescheduled

Picture day for all students and faculty has been rescheduled to

·  11/18/21


Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Information / Parents

Advanced Placement May Test deadline is November 15.  A $40 late fee is applied after November 15.  


Further information including for those students qualifying for financial assistance can be found: AP Testing FAQ HERE


Counselor’s Corner


·  MEFA ( Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) is offering a variety of upcoming webinars related to college planning and financing.  More information and registration here:



SAT / PSAT Information

·  SAT test dates at SHS

o    November 6, 2021

§  Registration closed

o    March 12, 2022

§  Registration deadline February 11, 2022

o    June 4, 2022

§  Registration deadline: May 5, 2022


Parent / Guardian Support

Stoneham Coalition for A Safe and Healthy Coalition: Join us for this year's Parent University, a fun, half day event for parents with students of any age that provides knowledge and advice from community experts through a series of free workshops focusing on student's educational experience and well-being


More information on the Parent University can be found here:  



Supporting our Veterans

StonehamChamber of Commerce Stoneham Veterans Day

Support, Honor, Run  11/11/2021 at Stoneham Town Hall 11:00am  Flyer and more info HERE