November 2, 2009 Duxbury High School WEEKLY NEWS Web site: www.duxbury.k12.ma.us HU UH 130 Saint George Street, Duxbury, MA 02332 phone: 781.934.7650 MARK THESE DATES PRINCIPAL’S CORNER Dear Parent/Guardian, November 3 Our Homecoming Day events were a great success! The Senior Breakfast and Homecoming Pep Rally PROFESSIONAL were the best we have had in my time at DHS. The Homecoming Court was presented during the DAY, NO SCHOOL football game in the evening. These students were selected by their peers and have my congratulations: Parent Information Night, 7:00pm, Alden Ninth Grade: Marshall McCarthy and Kathryn Nutter 104 Tenth Grade: Brendan Gillis and Amelia Dudley November 4 School Committee Eleventh Grade: Cameron Draper and Lorin Gerraughty meeting, 7:00pm, Alden Twelfth Grade: C.J. Cote, Kathryn Griffin, Margaret Hibbard, Andrew Pierce, Jillian Smith, November 5 Christian Strand DHS School Council, 5:00-7:00pm, DHS Rm. Homecoming Queen: Brooke Kent 106 Homecoming King: Benjamin Potash World Premiere The DHS School Council will meet on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 5:00pm in room 106. We will Concert Performance, be discussing the following topics: 2011 Budget, NHS, Plagiarism and Cheating, and Student 7:00pm, PAC Handbook focus items for the year. November 4 & 5 Tomorrow will be an all-day Professional Development Day. Among other activities, each department MCAS Re-test: will be refining course specific curriculum maps and developing unit templates that include ELA Sessions A & B; instructional strategies, assessments, and the integration of technology. ELA Reading, Sessions 1&2 The School Start Time Committee would like to meet with parents, teachers and interested community members to discuss the start time change. This forum is part of the committee‟s ongoing efforts to November 6 review and assess the current status of the change. The format of the forum will randomly assign “Hypnosis Gone Wild”, attendees to small groups in order to allow all to speak freely and respectfully. Each group will report 7:00pm, DHS the results of their discussion to the whole group at the end of the evening. Discussion topics will focus Auditorium on present issues and not the past. Parent committee members will facilitate the small group discussions. Discussion results will be communicated to the community at a later date. The forum MCAS Re-test: agenda and other pertinent information regarding the School Start Time Committee can be found at ELA Reading,Session 3 http://www.duxbury.k12.ma.us/sleepstudy.html. November 9 Have a great week! School Start Time Forum, 7:00pm, DHS Sincerely, Student Lounge Andrew Stephens Principal MCAS Re-test: Mathematics, Session 1 From the Guidance Office Seniors: Reminder that if you have a December 1st or 15th deadline, you must submit your transcript November 10 release by today, November 2, 2009. It is imperative that you make this deadline so that we can have the MCAS Re-test: time needed to complete your recommendation letter and all necessary forms. Also keep in mind that if Mathematics, Session 2 you have a January 1st or 15th deadline, you need to have your request into Guidance by December 1st. Juniors: Register on Naviance and make an appointment with your Guidance Counselor to begin to talk about your post graduation plans. We will sponsor a college planning parent meeting on February 2, 2010 so please mark your calendars. I encourage all parents to register on the MyNutrikids site to set up low balance email alerts to avoid shortages in your students accounts. The site is www.MyNutrikids.com. If you have any further questions call my office 781-934-7669. Thank you, Deborah Beary, School Food Service Director. ‘Answer the Call’ for DEF As part of its Annual Appeal, the Duxbury Education Foundation asks you to „Answer The Call‟ during its first annual Phonathon being held November 15-17. Dozens of community volunteers - including Duxbury teachers and administrators, parents, and high school students –will call Duxbury residents and ask for a pledge to the DEF. Donations in any amount will be enthusiastically accepted. How Can YOU Help? VOLUNTEER! If you‟d like to be part of this exciting DEF event and help make calls, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability. Come on your own or bring a partner, your high school student, friend, tennis team, golf foursome or book club. Any and all are welcome to take a 2 ½ hour shift or more. ANSWER THE CALL! Four local businesses have generously donated their office space and phone lines. On Nov 15 th, 16th or 17th, when your caller ID says: Coldwell Banker, William Raveis, Vantage Realty or Coastal Construction, answer the phone, talk with our volunteers and make a pledge in any dollar amount. If you‟d like to donate before you get the call, visit www.duxburyeducationfoundation.org NOVEMBER 5 WORLD PREMIERE CONCERT PERFORMANCE: In memory of DHS graduate and trumpet player Paul Fortini, the Fortini Foundation and Duxbury High School Wind Ensemble have commissioned a piece by renowned composer Rossano Galante. Entitled “Journey to the Lion's Castle,” the piece will be performed by the DHS Wind Ensemble during the high school Fall Band Festival, which also features performances by the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. The event begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 5, at the Performing Arts Center. Setting Limits on Screen Time If battles over screen time create conflict in your family, Lynne Griffin can help. As a nationally recognized expert on family dynamics and author of Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment, Lynne gives parents the practical skills, strategies and language needed to keep family life respectful. Texting, IM‟ing, Facebook and gaming are powerful vehicles that require powerful boundaries. The Setting Limits on Screen Time workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov 3 7:00 -8:30pm. Lynne coaches parents on how to establish limits in respectful ways, how to influence kid‟s screen time without using blocks, and provides hints and techniques that work for the most challenging teens and preteens. The cost for this interactive workshop is $15. The group will be held in the Merry Room at the Duxbury Free Library. Register and pay for this event on line at www.theparentconnection.org. PTO NEWS Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the Homecoming Events: Senior Breakfast: Denise Woomer and Karen Falcone Pep Rally: Beth Dubuisson and Cindy Schneider Homecoming Dance: Eileen Bertoni, Chris Burke, Margaret Brook, Irene Connolly, Kim Cully, Lenore DiPrima, Debbie Ford, Peggy Files, Ellen Garielli, Linda Garrity, Patty Guilfoile, Kelly Innello, Jane Kelso, Meg Jordan, Laura Lawson, Sarah Magnuson, Heidi Marcotte, Linda McGrath, Lori Miller, Patty McHugh, Debbie Minahan, Ann Mullins, Robin Nutter, Sally Austin-Runci, Noreen Roy, Joanne Savard, Mary Alice Scanlan, Shari Shane, Beth Tarbox, Andrea Tougas, Mary Varonko, Joanne Williams, Sue Zaverucha Also a special thank you to Stop and Shop for their support of the Duxbury PTO and to North Hill Country Club for providing the golf carts during the half time events and to those who helped transport the golf carts: Lynne McWilliams, Kevin McWilliams, Gerard Savard and Paul Kosharek, many thanks! Duxbury School Calendars are still available ($15 set). Please contact Barbara Kosharek to order - email@example.com or 781- 760-6248. The Duxbury Student Union will host a High School Coffeehouse on Friday November 13, from 7:30-10:30. All High School Musicians are welcomed to perform. Tickets are $5.00 and Free for all DSU members (High School Membership at the DSU is ONLY $25.00!!) Contact Billy Jewell @ school or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info, tickets or to sign up to play. Also the DSU will be hosting a BATTLE OF THE BANDS Contest. This Contest will take place on a series of nights at the DSU, where bands will perform and be voted on by audience members. Interested Bands should sign up ASAP as only a limited number of Bands can be entered. The Contest begins on November 27, followed by the second round on December 18. The final Concert Battle will be on Saturday, January 2. Bands can sign up by emailing Tristan Cary at email@example.com. There will also be a sign up sheet in the Band room and at the DSU. Parent Information Night November 3, 7:00pm, Alden 104 ‘Characteristics and Challenges of Parenting High-end Learners’ Gateway Director and high-end learner authority, Linda Tetreault, will present information on the characteristics and challenges parents face in raising children who are considered high-end learners. Ms. Tetreault will offer a detailed presentation and entertain questions on the two topics. She will also offer assistance to parents who wish to plan on future meetings to discuss and share their experiences. All are welcome. School Start Time Forum November 9, 2009 7:00pm DHS Student Lounge The School Start Time Committee would like to meet with parents, teachers and interested community members to discuss the start time change. This forum is part of the committee‟s ongoing efforts to review and assess the current status of the change. The format of the forum will randomly assign attendees to small groups in order allow all to speak freely and respectfully. Each group will report the results of their discussion to the whole group at the end of the evening. Discussion topics will focus on present issues and not the past. Parent committee members will facilitate the small group discussions. Discussion results will be communicated to the community at a later date. The forum agenda and other pertinent information regarding the School Start Time Committee can be found at http://www.duxbury.k12.ma.us/sleepstudy.html Parents interested in learning more about the high-end learner project and differentiated instruction can go to the following links: High-end Learner Project Link: http://www.duxbury.k12.ma.us/highendpilot.html Curriculum Center Link: http://www.duxbury.k12.ma.us/curriculum.html Duxbury Music Promoters – Silent Auction Donations The Duxbury Music Promoters are gearing up for their annual Silent Auction. The auction will run for all five holiday concert nights in December with proceeds going to our award-winning Music Department to help defray expenses. In these hard economic times, your donations are needed more than ever for this worthy. All students are invited to enjoy the funniest Hypnotist Show, on Friday, November 6th at 7:00pm. The show will be at the DHS Auditorium, at Duxbury High School. Tickets are 10$ at the door, as well as waivers to participate in the show. All funds raised will support the Duxbury HS Drama Program. Try something new and different this Friday Night. The Grant a Wish program will be rolled out to families in early November. This program will allow parents, grandparents or anyone wishing to help, make a donation to either Chandler or Alden via a special website. The unique thing about this program is that all donations may be earmarked for a particular “Wish” that has been submitted by a specific staff member or group. These wishes are for items that will enhance the existing curriculum and classroom experience, but fall outside the realm of cause! Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction may contact Priscilla Richardson at 781-585-6460. current funding by the school and/or the PTA. Additional details will be made available shortly. We hope you will consider helping us to Grant Wishes this school year.