Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
August 28, 2017
Dear High School Students, Parents and Guardians,
I hope you’ve found time to rest and relax this summer and are ready to return next week for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. We have a number of exciting new or expanded opportunities this year as you develop as innovators, critical thinkers, leaders and engaged citizens. We are offering an Introduction to Engineering semester elective, a Bronx River Research year-long elective, a Playwrighting year-long elective and we will continue to offer the opportunity to participate in online courses through OC21 (more information here).
You will notice that our Art Room is in the process of being updated through the generous support of the Bronxville School Foundation. We also have flexible furniture in one of our English classrooms that will allow for the expanded inclusion of Socratic Seminars and active theater work, again this has been funded through the generous support of the Bronxville School Foundation.
We administered the Challenge Success survey last spring to all middle and high school students. I would like to thank the Bronxville School Foundation for their support in funding this work. We will travel with those results to Stanford University this fall to discuss the implications of the information you shared regarding the amount of homework you are assigned, the amount of sleep you are getting and the amount of support you feel within the school, to name a few categories we surveyed. A direct result of the data is a pilot of a new high school schedule that moves Extra Help to the morning. The pilot schedule is located here.
School begins on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 with incoming ninth graders reporting to the cafeteria at 8:00 AM. They will be met by their Freshmen Transition Leaders who will give the ninth graders a tour of the school and go through student schedules. All students will report to their A or A/B block class at 10:10 AM and the schedule for the first day of school is located here. All students can access their schedules on the Portal -- either under 'Schedule' or an easier to view version is located under 'Reports' and is called '6 day schedule.' If you have any questions about your schedule prior to the first day of school, Guidance Counselors will be available starting on Monday, August 28th. For all freshmen, your locker number is located on the upper lefthand corner of your six day schedule. Locker numbers 1-119 are on the 3rd flood in the C wing. Lockers C120-C171 are on the second floor in the Cwing near the Elementary Library. Students must bring their own locks if they choose to use their lockers.
Be aware that the 2017-2018 Bronco Guide is available on the high school website here. It is expected that students and parents have reviewed the policies inside. All students and parents must read and acknowledge the Bronco Guide by logging on to the Portal, and clicking on ‘Backpack’ in the toolbar. Then be sure to acknowledge the Bronco Guide by clicking on the HS Agreement pdf file. The acknowledgement is located on the top when the file is open.
The Portal is where all class information will be located including your schedule and your grades. You can download the Infinite Campus APP and use our school code (XWZTYL) for the most convenient access to the Portal. Also, we will need to have all students reset their network passwords within the first two weeks of school. You will hear more about this shortly. In order to do so, each student will need to know the last four digits of his/her student ID. The number is located in the web version of the Portal.
Four important dates are approaching quickly so please mark your calendars.
- Ninth Grade Picnic and Activities Fair which will take place on September 7, 2017 beginning at 7 PM at the Meadow Avenue entrance (the Atrium). Following the picnic, ninth grade parents will hear an introduction to the high school. At the same time, ninth grade students will have an opportunity to tour a fair in which they will hear about clubs and other activities in the high school and will have the chance to sign up to be a part of these groups
- High School Back to School Night is on September 14, 2017 and begins at 7:00 PM. More information about this will be shared once school begins.
- Twelfth Grade Post High School Planning Meeting for all seniors and parents is scheduled for Monday, September 18th at 7:00 PM
- The entire ninth grade along with Freshman Transition Leaders will be traveling to Sharpe Reservation for a kick-off to the high school on Monday, October 2, 2017. Please be sure to fill out permission slips in a timely manner so that your child (ninth grader or Freshman Transition Leader) may attend this trip. They will be handed out on the first day of school.
At the beginning of this school year, I would like to bring your attention to one of the four dispositions of The Bronxville Promise, engaged citizenship. We have developed a definition of this and it includes being aware of local and global issues, understanding the complexity of these issues, and understanding global interconnectedness. As engaged citizens, we expect students will be able to identify problems and recognize injustice. In order to do that, students will be able to do research: evaluate resources, examine different perspectives, and connect past to present. We expect students will be able to collaborate: listen to others, accept others' ideas, and make contributions that benefit others. Finally, we want our students to be aware and motivated to act with integrity, empathy, and persistence. This requires that students observe before taking action, not see others as less than, and are open to different viewpoints. We expect our students to have a sense of fairness, and value global diversity. It seems that now, more than ever, it is essential that we develop these ideals in our students. We will not tolerate behaviors that are hateful or bigoted. Our faculty and staff are here to help students learn to engage in meaningful and respectful discussions about difficult issues. We want to remind students and the school community that those difficult conversations will include diverse points of view and perspectives but will respect all members of our community. We appreciate your support as we insure that all members of our community feel valued and respected.
Bronxville High School