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    Dr. Salinas' Weekly Update October 15, 2019 

    Dear Parents:

    Our students have been outstanding in putting forth their best effort through the start of the year. At school, we discuss ideas such as growth mindset and grit. Both relate to an individual’s ability to understand that limitations are often self-imposed and with a willingness to work, everyone has the capacity to achieve at high levels. We are seeing this in more and more of our students at SHS, and it is an idea we encourage you to reinforce at home as well. For our seniors, the busyness of the college application season continues, as you will notice some new updates below, and a reminder that senior class dues collection week is in two weeks. There’s a letter updated on the website. Lastly, a reminder that our PTSA meets this Thursday, at 7:30 pm in the Board Room.  

    • Learning Management Systems At one of our recent parent forums, a question arose concerning the different learning management systems our teachers utilize. These will be posted on the parent letters page. The English department has posted theirs so you can get a glimpse of what different teachers use as the primary technology learning tool.
    • NYS Exam Scores Up We have been informed that the technical glitch has been corrected and parents should now be able to view the NYS exam scores from last May in ELA and Math.
    • College Visits to SHS These are posted outside of the AP office and visits occur during the day. Students are encouraged to meet with reps at schools, whether they are fully interested or not. Meeting with a rep gives students insight as to what types of questions to ask and what they should look for in seeking out colleges.
    • Free/Reduced Meal Application Reminders Expiring on Tuesday, October 22 This is a reminder that students must submit a new application for free or reduced meals. This annual application must be completed. If a new application is not on file students will be charged in full this point forward. Applications are available in the main office on our website.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams AP exams will be administered from May 4-15. It is the expectation of Sewanhaka High School that every AP student will sit for the exam in May. The fee for each exam is $94. In the past, the NYSDOE and the College Board have paid exam fees for students with acute financial need. That will be determined later. Although the fees for the exams may seem high, there is no question that the impact of a student’s AP experience in the college admissions process is well worth it. Registration for exams began this month. Registration ends November 8. We ask that every student pay at minimum $40 for their exam by November 1. Checks should be made payable to Sewanhaka High School. Enter the student’s name, student ID# and the exam name of the test(s) in the lower left ‘memo’ section of the front of the check. Submit checks to our finance clerk during the school day.  
    • PSAT/NMSQT Test is Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:45 am at SHS The test will be administered at Sewanhaka High School on Saturday, October 19 at 7:45 am. If you have an 11th grade student who has not registered for the PSAT yet, please do so by seeing our finance clerk, Ms. Monahan or guidance counselor this week.
    • See Saaw Program Next Monday, October 21 at 8:00 pm at FPM Please view the flyer and consider joining us next Monday for the Parent Program. The topics will focus on student wellness and health. We hope you can join us.
    • Khan Academy Updates – For all students, utilizing the Khan Academy to prepare for the SAT and all classes is essential. Any student that has sat for the PSAT or SAT is able to utilize the program for specific help. I’ve posted a handout on the parent letters section for assistance.
    • Academic Success for SHS students! We were proud to learn that 98 students achieved the designation of AP Scholar, up from 95 last year and 82 the year prior. In total, we had 54 AP Scholars, 19 AP Scholar with Honor’s, 22 Scholar with Distinction, and 3 National AP Scholars. This is a credit to the hard work of our faculty and students.
    • Congratulations to Erick Diaz Rodriguez and Elizeth Arroyo Both students were honored and recognized by NYS Senator Anna Kaplan at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration event yesterday evening. Both were honored as a result of their leadership and service to the greater school community.

    As always, this is a newsletter for parents so if there is anything you would like to see, please do not hesitate to email me at csalinas@sewanhakaschools.org

    Have a great week! 


    Chris Salinas, Ed.D.


    Sewanhaka High School