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October 28, 2021

Dear Harrison High School Families,

Your children deserve the best possible experience at Harrison High School.  Our entire school community is committed to providing a rich learning environment where students can explore, take risks, and be challenged.  We value your partnership in supporting your children to thrive and flourish.

A significant factor in your child’s success is attendance in school.  Chronic absenteeism is identified as any student who misses 10% of the school year (15-18 days).  A pattern of chronic absenteeism is any student who has missed 4 or more days of any class at this point of the school year.  The conditions of the pandemic have made attendance particularly challenging as students must stay home if they are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms.  However, when your child is well, they need to be in school and have their voices represented in our classrooms.  Please feel free to reach out to me, one of our assistant principals or your child’s school counselor.

October PTA Meeting

At the October PTA meeting we discussed the value of giving your child and your family a break from social media and cell phones.  A presentation about self-care and how to foster the IB Learner Profile characteristics “balanced” and “reflective” was given by school counselor Mr. Logue, health teacher Mrs. Zanot, and social worker Mrs. McCarthy The presentation also  explained  the importance of keeping cell phones outside of bedrooms at night to encourage  children ages 14-17 getting 8-10 hours of sleep each night.  

We will continue to promote the responsible use of technology and social media throughout the school year. Watch for information on the upcoming week-long “social media cleanse” January 10th through the 14th and the Cell Quell January 12th, but don’t wait until then to power down; give yourselves a break from the noise!  

It is important to be reminded of how the use of cell phones and social media  connects to the Student Code of Conduct:

Students are not permitted to:

  • Take a photograph or video of any faculty, staff, or student without their permission.

  • Send, forward, or post a picture, video, or any message that is perceived as hurtful to a student, faculty, or staff member.

Students should:

  • Use the wifi provided in the building when on campus as the filters in place are one measure to support students.

  • Immediately report any hurtful electronic communications to school administration.

Please remind your child that nothing is private once it is sent, forwarded or posted.  Accountability for the detrimental and harmful use of cell phones/social media applies both inside and outside of the school day if it is determined to cause a negative impact at school.  We appreciate your vigilance with your child in this effort.  

Highlights and Upcoming Events:

  • The HHS College Fair was held on October 20th for Juniors & Seniors.

  • A presentation on Athletics After High School (NCAA) was held on October 21st.  Watch for an upcoming recording of this event on the Harrison High School website. 

  • The PSAT was administered in school to ALL Juniors on October 26th.

  • The Seal of Biliteracy Information Night for parents of seniors is tonight, October 26th, at 7pm in the Guidance Classroom of HHS.  The New York State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more languages. 

  • Superintendent’s Conference Day is November 2nd and there is no school for students

  • The HHS Playhouse will perform our fall play, Dear Chuck, November 5th, 6th, and 7th.  

  • First Marking Period ends on November 12th.  

  • The HHS Coffee House event All Together Now, hosted by the Performing Arts Department, is November 12th at 7pm in the HPAC

  • Our upcoming PTA meeting on November 17th is a presentation by our Mental Health Team on Stress & Supporting Your Child in Seeing its Benefits.  

  • The Daily Bulletin is filled with important and timely information and is sent each day to students in addition to being available on the high school website for parents.  

Thank you for supporting educational experiences and the nurturing and welcoming environment for all  at Harrison High School.

Sincerely,

Ms. Kimberly Beukema
Principal 

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