I hope this message finds you well rested from the Winter Break and in good spirits and mindset as we enter the month of March and a seven week stretch until our next vacation in April. This stretch is the longest unbroken part of the school year with seven weeks of full week school days. It is a time of much activity in our Music and Drama programs, athletics, clubs, senior college and career planning process, MCAS and other school related activities. It is extremely important for students to establish healthy routines and habits to support their academic success as they balance the many activities, they may be involved in.
Thoughtful and consistent use of FLEX block opportunities to support learning and academic growth is critical for student progress. The next seven weeks of a consistent academic schedule before them provides an opportunity for students to effectively schedule FLEX time to support their academics. Students should speak with their teachers about how to schedule and make best use of FLEX to support their learning and progress.
An added component for tomorrow is our return to school without masks and like so many things of this pandemic it affects each individual differently. For some their experience with COVID might be something they are ready to move forward with in their day to day lives with no safety requirements and for others their experience with COVID may require their forward view to include continued safety requirements. For some it will be a welcome relief and for some it will raise worry and anxiety. It is important that we respect each person's experience and decision. It is our expectation that all members of the school community respect others' decisions to wear masks and that all members feel safe.
This is no small event in our school community. For two years our interactions with each other have been guided by social distancing and wearing masks. We have two classes, Class of 2025 and 2024, who have only experienced SHS and interactions with their teachers fully masked. Tomorrow is not just a return to school, but a return to personal engagement and interaction that has been tested these past two years. Let’s move forward together with acceptance, respect and kindness for all.
Welcome back and here’s to a good week. Make the next seven weeks how you want it…Go Spartans!
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 Web Page:
Save the Date
Monday, 2/28 - Friday, 3/4; Course Selection (details below)
Wednesday, 3/1; Student athlete spring sport season mandatory meeting, 3pm SHS Gymnasium
Tuesday, 3/22 & Wednesday, 3/23: Grade 10 ELA MCAS Testing
● Grade 10 MCAS 8:15 - 10:30 / Classes 10:41AM - 2:50PM
● Grade 9 full day schedule 8:15AM - 2:50PM
● Late start grades 11 & 12; 10:41AM - 2:50PM
Stoneham Public Schools / Mask Update
Beginning Monday, February 28th, 2022, masks will be optional for all students, staff, and visitors in all Stoneham Public Schools. Please see the link for more information.
2022 - 2023 Course selection
Course Selection for the 2022-2023 academic school year will occur the week of February 28. Here are specific dates for each class. Students will be able to remotely select their courses on the date the portal opens for their class. School Counselors will meet with those students who did not complete their selection the following day during FLEX block.
● Portal Open 2/28
● Meetings with School Counselors 3/1 (Day 2 Flex)
● Portal Open 3/2
● Meetings with School Counselors 3/3 (Day 4 Flex)
● Portal Open 3/3
● Meetings with School Counselors 3/4 (Day 5 Flex)
Pre-College Summer Programs
Many colleges and universities offer pre-college summer experiences for students who are interested in career exploration and academic enrichment. Please see the Guidance page of the high school website for more information:
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
● SHS will be hosting the ASVAB on Friday, March 4th at 8:15 a.m.
● Please sign up in the Guidance office by February 15th.
● If you have any questions, please see your counselor.
● 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
○ June 4, 2022
■ Registration deadline: May 5, 2022
Athletics / Required Coaches Meeting for all Spring Sports Athletes
Spring Sports Meeting Wednesday, March 2nd
● After school / 3:00pm
● Required all Spring Sport Athletes
● First day of practice
○ Monday, March 21st
● FamilyID, physical and payment must be completed and received by the Athletic Office prior to first day of practice; Monday, 3/21
○ FamilyID will be open starting Wednesday, 3/2
Morning drop off and afternoon pick up
Our traffic pattern / route has been established with student safety, vehicle and driver safety, drop off and pick up efficiency. All drivers are strongly reminded to follow the established traffic routes for student drop off and pick up.
Drivers are not to cut through open parking spaces or drive over, through or around orange parking cones. Not following the established routes causes confusion and complicates an already congested parking lot of drivers and students.
Please do your part to help maintain a safe and efficient student drop off and pick up routine by thoughtful driving and compliance with our traffic routes.
SEO / Spartan Enrichment Organization
When: Friday, April 8th
● Bus leaves SHS at 5:30pm and returns at 11:00pm
Where: Spirit of Boston; 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
Cost: $125 tickets
● Price includes
○ Round trip transportation from SHS to Commonwealth Pier
○ Boston Harbor Cruise
○ DJ on the cruise
● All students attending prom MUST ride the coach buses - no meeting at the pier.
● How to purchase
○ On sale 2/28/2 - 3/4/22
● Checks (payable to SHS Activity Fund)
● Venmo (@Kurt-vonSneidern)
Dear Parents of Stoneham High School:
A few students at SHS are fundraising to help homeless people here in Massachusetts.
They’re accepting empty soda cans and sparkling water cans, but they must contain the 5 cent label.
If you have any cans, please drop them off at the high school lobby, where there'll be a box to put them in. Cans / bottles must be cleaned and delivered in plastic bags.
Anything helps, let's help them reach their goal of raising $250 by the end of March.
If you can’t make it to the highschool this week, a follow up will be sent to organize another available area where you can donate your cans.
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: