• Dr. Salinas' Weekly Update July 15, 2019 

    Dear Sewanhaka Community:

    For those of you with us on June 29, we had a memorable commencement for the Class of 2019. As a class they were very successful with a 94% graduation rate, with 88% pursuing full time post-secondary education and $13.1 million in scholarship awarded. There was much more that this group of graduates accomplished, and they made us all proud!

    Throughout the summer, I will continue sending updates so as to assure you have up to date information of the different tasks and activities for which you can prep your son or daughter. The summer is a great time to plan for some of the major events for a coming school year, while at a pace that reflects the extra time to enjoy with family. Throughout, please do not hesitate to email me with questions, concerns, or requests. I can be reached at: csalinas@sewanhakaschools.org

    Summer Office Hours: The main office is open from 7:30 – 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday. We can handle most requests, which may be regarding lunch accounts, help with report cards, or return of items. We have a clerical staff on site in the guidance office to help with registration. Please remember to enter through the atrium doors in the back during the summer, where security is posted. 

    School Calendar: Throughout the summer we collect and finalize the dates for the school calendar. We will finalize this in mid-August and post to the website as a pdf.

    7th Grade Orientation: Orientation for all incoming 7th grade students is Tuesday, August 27th at 8:00 am here at SHS. More information will be sent when we send out our welcome letter in two weeks.

    Sports Physicals: Our district offers free sports physicals to student athletes. All students needing one may come to SHS on Saturday, August 10th at 10:30 am and meet in the gym. Students must bring a purple medical form signed by a parent or will not be allowed to have a physical. Forms are available for pick up in the nurse’s office or main office.

    Parent Portal: If you have questions on how to access your parent portal account, please click on the links provided. If you have been locked out, please feel free to email me. Lastly, please remember that students also now have access to a student portal account. To view instructions in English, please click on this link. In Spanish, please click on this link. 

    Supply Lists: We post these in early August for our junior high students. Mr. Geritano will send out the corresponding information.

    Working Papers: The last day for working papers was June 28th. However, our nurse is on campus Monday through Thursday from 8:30-11:30 to process working cards until August 1. You must make an appointment. After August 2, working papers will only be available at NHP Memorial High School. If you have any questions or if you are in need of a physical for working papers only please call 488-9554 to make an appointment.  

    August SAT Administration: Please note that we offer an SAT administration in August. Students who wish to sit for this should register through their College Board Account. It is recommended that students sit for the SAT 2-3 times. The August administration offers students a good opportunity to prepare for the fall.

    Religious Exemptions to Vaccinations: As you may know, New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164 was recently amended to eliminate the religious exemption to vaccination. Although there are very few such exemptions at SHS, we will be contacting families prior to the start of the school year. Any questions, please feel free to contact the main office.

    Summer Construction: While we do not have a massive bond in place regarding summer construction, we always make updates to our facilities. You will therefore notice a lot of work going on per usual this summer. In addition to the cleaning, washing, and sanitization that occurs for every one of the classrooms over the summer, we also are working on the following:

    • Adding space on the 2nd floor in the Vocational Building for the academic learning center.
    • Moving two CTE classrooms.
    • Transitioning two department offices.
    • Renovating the first-floor women’s restroom.
    • Upgrading the tennis courts.

    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