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    Dr. Salinas' Weekly Update August 11, 2017 

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    I hope you and your family continue to enjoy the summer break. With August upon us, we are preparing for the fall sports season, with practices beginning over the next two weeks. A reminder below that our district provides students the opportunity for a free physical at LIJ this Saturday, August 12. Students are picked up and dropped off at SHS and this is mandatory for students participating in fall sports. Additional updates are included below. In the coming days, parents and students will begin to receive information regarding the start of the school year. As you do so, and if questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us to help guide you through inquiries. This week’s updates include:

    SUMMER OFFICE HOURS Our office is open throughout the summer, Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. Parents are free to contact us or stop into the office with questions or just to say hi.

    Athletic Physicals at LIJ Students are bussed to and from LIJ and are asked to meet at Sewanhaka in the automotive area at 10:30 am to be picked up and dropped off. Forms should be printed and filled out prior to arrival and can be found on our district website at: https://www.sewanhakaschools.org/domain/2614

    SCHOOL LUNCH LETTER POSTED ON OUR SITE Lunch information is listed in our district letter posted to our parent flyers page. This letter details pricing and method of payment. Parents and students are reminded that our school uses MySchoolBucks to pay for school lunches. Parents can update, pay, and access their account by following the steps listed in the letter. To access pdf. copies of the letter, please visit the Parent Flyers page at: https://www.sewanhakaschools.org/Page/23467

    FALL SPORTS SEASON Practice for our varsity football and cheerleading teams begins Wednesday, August 16. All other varsity sports begin on Wednesday, August 23.  

    PARENT PORTAL AVAILABLE IN 2017-2018 This year, teachers will once again make use of the parent portal to communicate the progress of students during the school year. Parents are strongly encouraged to sign-up for the parent portal so that they may begin using it to view their son or daughter’s academic progress throughout the school year, inclusive of attendance reports, lunch account balance, class schedule, report cards, transcripts and other items of information. In addition to receiving up to date information on a student’s progress, the Parent Portal also allows our parents to send and receive messages from each of their child’s respective teachers. To sign up for the parent portal, please click on the ‘Parent Portal’ icon located in the far right column on our homepage:  https://www.sewanhakaschools.org/Page/23468    Be sure to click on the Portal Portal Form when on this page.

    PREPARING TO WELCOME OUR INCOMING 7TH GRADE STUDENTS Our staff is finalizing plans and details for the 7th grade orientation to be held on Wednesday, August 30. Parents and students of the incoming Class of 2023 will receive a lot of important and essential information pertaining to their entrance into SHS. Our entire school community is looking forward to welcoming our incoming 7th grade students and their families who we expect will find this year's orientation to be welcoming and meaningful. Information regarding specific times and location will be mailed to families later this summer.

    ELECTRONIC WEEKLY UPDATES 2017-2018  Parents are reminded that our school will continue to use electronic means as the primary communication system. This includes the Parent Portal, website, Connect-Ed, and my weekly update. Every Friday afternoon, I send out this update email on the upcoming week’s events. Additionally, letters and flyers will be posted each week to the Parent Flyers page at: https://www.sewanhakaschools.org/Page/23467

    If you know a parent who is not receiving these communications, they can contact me immediately so that we can ensure all our contact information is correct.

    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL The first day of classes for students is Wednesday, September 6, 2017. It is important that students print a copy of their schedule from the portal before arriving. Students will attend their ‘A Day’ classes. Students are expected to report to their first period class by 7:45 am. Students who have not been assigned a Period 1 class should report to the cafeteria in order to begin their day.

    PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK On opening day, students will receive a parent-student handbook that includes a copy of Sewanhaka High School’s code of conduct, the general guidelines for our academic program, parent information, and a comprehensive listing of clubs and activities. Additionally, the handbook includes important dates, a list of our important telephone numbers, and the daily schedule. Parents and students should review this handbook together, as it contains essential information about SHS.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Chris Salinas, Ed.D.


    Sewanhaka High School