Late Pick-Up Policy Announcement
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our after-school programs, athletics, and Saturday School programs are usually provided at no cost to our students. This is in hope that they may become more successful, not just in the classroom, but to better prepare them after they leave HCSS. Understanding that teachers/staff time is important, students should be picked up in a timely fashion from these programs. We have recently noticed, more students be picked up late from school in regards to these programs.
- Regular school dismissal on Monday-Thursday is 4:00 pm for all students: dismissal on Friday is 3:19 pm for all students.
- After-school/ Detention dismissal is at 4:45 pm Tuesday and Thursday. There are no activities held after-school on Monday; Wednesday and Friday are at teacher discretion.
- Saturday Detention dismissal is at 12 noon.
- Saturday School dismissal is 1 pm.
- Athletic Dismissals are per Athletic Director and/or the individual coach’s discretion.
Students should be picked up promptly from school. Parents and those picking up students from school are asked to be very sensitive to the extra burden placed on the school when students need to be supervised after the pick-up time.
Penalties for late pick-up:
- 15 minutes after assigned dismissal time, parents will receive a phone call.
- After this initial 15 minutes, there will be a late fee of $5 for each additional 10 minutes, until that student is picked up from the program. (Example, if two students are picked up from after school help at 5:30, they each owe $30) Late fees must be paid at the front office to Mrs. Hendrickson as soon as possible. If the fine is not received , the student will not be allowed to attend school functions (field trips, dances etc.) or receive his or her report card
- If after one-hour the student remains at school, the proper authorities may be contacted.
- If late pick-ups happen 3 times in one school year, the student will not be allowed to attend after-school, Saturday School, or may receive an alternative consequence for the remainder or the school year.
(Penalties for late pick-up start with the 2nd infraction)
The National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
NHS is looking for new members to serve, help, and lead our school and society. Please get an application package from Mr. Dere, College Guidance Counselor/NHS Advisor in Room: 213.
The deadline is December 19, 2014.
Contact info Mr. Dere, Mr. Polat
College Financial Aid Night
Dear parents and guardians,
You are invited to attend important financial aid workshop that are designed to help you complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Regardless of which college, university or technical school your child plan to attend, FAFSA is the form that you must fill out to determine your eligibility and apply for all federal grants, work-study, student loans & some need-based scholarships. The financial aid presentation will be given by Mrs. Catherine Ryan, Director of Financial Aid at Westfield State University.
TEST MAKE UP and TEST CORRECTION POLICIES
The mission of HCSS is to provide a college preparatory focused education to youth of every race and ethnic group in Chicopee, Ludlow, Springfield, and West Springfield in a safe, academically challenging, and caring educational environment.
As part of our mission and vision, we create opportunities to help students to reach their maximum potential. Quarter Final assessments and Benchmark tests are two of the tools we use to prepare students for rigorous state and college tests. These HCSS tests create opportunities for growth. Students learn from their mistakes; the opportunity to make corrections on their quarterfinals and benchmarks teaches them the benefits of proofreading, editing, and revising. They correct errors, gain valuable knowledge and experience for future tasks, improve their grades. The goal of the test correction sessions is to help students identify their weaknesses and to provide them with the proper structure and support for mastery.
Wellness Workshop '14
On Wednesday, November 26th the HCSS students will be attending HCSS’s Second Annual Wellness Workshop. The workshops will be delivered in two different sessions. The first session will be presented solely to Middle school students during the 1st and 2nd periods while the second session will be presented solely to High School students during the 3rd and 4th periods.
For each workshop, the students will be separated into groups based on gender, the Middle School students will cover topics around personal hygiene and self-esteem. The High School students will cover topics around sexual health (STDs, abstinence, and birth control) personal hygiene, and healthy relationships.