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.
Have a great week!
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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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Week in Athletics: 11/1 - 11/ 7/ 2021 HERE
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
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; email@example.com
o $20 fee
§ Checks should be payable to Prestige (no cash).
§ Refundable once students return the proofs.
Picture Day / Rescheduled
Picture day for all students and faculty has been rescheduled to
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
· 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