December 13 Principal's Message

posted Dec 15, 2015, 4:12 AM by Eric Klein

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With another weekend of fifty degree temperatures, it seems strange to write about snow days, but I would like to remind everyone that parents will receive a district-wide notice from Superintendent Dolloff for school cancellations or delays.  I would also encourage families to utilize a “back-up plan” through the local news stations.  Details and more information can be found here: information for Storm closings.

There are some important events this week, but also several celebrations as we prepare for the upcoming December vacation.  As we are now midway through the second quarter, Progress Reports will be completed by the end of the day on December 15th.  I encourage you to get together with your son or daughter to review grades and check for any missing assignments.  Please be in touch with the teachers if you have any questions.

A reminder that there is no late start this Wednesday as we will hold our Advisor Holiday Breakfasts on December 16.  Each year, many advisory groups get together for breakfast on the Wednesday morning before the December break.  Your student’s advisor will provide you with details regarding the time and location of breakfast.  

We will end the week with our Semi-Formal Winter Dance, on December 18th, from 7 to 10 pm.  Tickets are $10, and a reminder that we will be administering breathalyzer tests for all students as they come into school dances.  Our school committee worked with us to create a policy for breathalyzer use, which you can find at this link.  Students will be tested in a private area not in sight of other students coming into the dance.  The rest of the dance guidelines can be found at this link.  Please be in touch if you have any questions.  Should students wish to bring a guest from another district, a guest permission form must be filled out and turned into the main office by the end of the week.

As we prepare for the December vacation, I’d also like to share some important information. First, there is no homework or laptops over break.  For several years, Yarmouth High School has followed a practice of not assigning homework over vacations, as students deserve a break from the rich and challenging coursework they experience during the school year.  Vacations also represent precious time for families, which is another reason why we collect laptops from students over the breaks.  Students will be turning in their laptops on Tuesday, December 22nd.  

Senior Laptop privileges - During the winter holiday break, however, some seniors often need to use their computers for college and financial aid applications.  As we have done in the past, seniors will be allowed to keep their laptops for the December vacation, and as expected, will be responsible for the care of their computer (seniors, of course, may also choose to leave their laptop at YHS where they will be secured in our computer lab)

We will be offering two days over vacation for students in grades 9-11 to use laptops for make-up work.  The office will be open on Wednesday, December 23rd from  9:00 am - 2:00 pm, and Wednesday December 30th from 9 am - 2 pm.  Students must sign up and plan on staying in the office.

On a final note, over vacation the Lost & Found will be donated to charity.  Please ask your students to check, and double check, the lost the found table located outside the main office.  After classes on Tuesday the 22nd, we will be collecting any unclaimed items and donating them to a local organization.

Best Regards,