Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy New Year!

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year! School is back in full swing and second semester is going full tilt. Despite early dismissals and missing one day for inclement weather, we are off to a great start.

I want to thank all the parents who were so patient with us during those early dismissal days. The email notification seemed to go without a hitch and all the students were picked up in a timely manner. As we learn more and more about the capabilities of RenWeb, we are even more pleased with our decision to go with them.

You should have also received an email with a survey link asking for your input as we go forward with our 1:1 technology initiative, “iMHS.”   The survey is very short and should only take 3-5 minutes to complete. The results of this survey will be shared with the Board of Trustees as we take our next step toward the full implementation of our plan.
On a much somber note, after the Sandy Hook shootings, schools across our state and nation have been reviewing their safety and security plans and MHS is no different. Prior to our return to classes last week, the school leadership team met and reviewed our plan. On Monday before the students returned, the teachers met to review procedures and policies related to the plan. Since our in-service, we have continued to consult with other schools and local law enforcement agencies to make sure that our plan addresses all the foreseeable concerns that we have regarding school safety and security. We are continuing to look at upgrading our video surveillance system and school entrances, as well as any other measures the state and local authorities deem necessary. Your children’s safety and security are and remain our top priority.

Basketball and boys’ soccer are winding down with the playoffs for junior high less than 3 weeks away. I hope that you will take time to come out and watch these young men and women play. They do notice when you are there and appreciate your attendance.

As always, I am so proud of our school and its students and thankful to be a part of the MHS family!