Newsletter for April 26, 2014

Sun, Apr 27, 2014

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Friends of Herron High School,

Last night was our junior/senior prom. The theme was The Great Gatsby.  The students looked fabulous in their attire and behaved so wonderfully. We are so proud of our world class citizens, and grateful to our parent chaperones for helping to make this a splendid event. A special thank you goes out to our staff members; Melissa Medinger, Robin Knop and Katherine Castro, our student prom committee, and especially our Director of Kendall Price who put so much time and effort towards its success.   

Spring is such a busy time for schools. We are gearing up for testing season,  helping students who are suffering for that age-old ailment called Spring Fever, planning and registering for Summer Academe, planning graduation, scheduling in-coming 9th graders for their classes, registering and counseling our current students about their next year’s schedule, and planning facilities needs for next year.

Did I fail to mention how much we love it! Just as spring is a season of hope and renewal, we find the challenges of spring invigorating and inspiring. We held Scheduling Saturday for our in-coming 9th graders this weekend. It is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a time when we get to meet with our new students and set them on their high school academic journey.

We are, once again, planning a rich and rigorous Summer Academe. We are offering remedial courses that we are requiring students to take, and courses that will allow our students to get ahead and clear spaces in their school-year scheduling for more electives and internships (seniors only). Summer Academe is a partnership between Herron High School and The Harrison Center for the Arts. All courses are infused with an art element. We find that attending school in the summer is much more palatable to our students when they can learn their course subject material through an artistic lens.

During the month of May, we will be administering NWEA tests, ECA exams, and AP exams. All of these tests are important! The NWEA test is an indicator as to how much our students have grown academically in their reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics. The ECA exams are a state requirement for graduation. The ECA tests students after they complete Algebra I and 10th Grade English Language Arts. The AP exams will allow students who have been enrolled in an AP course this year to earn college credit.

How can you help us get through this busy and exciting season? Please help keep your student focused. School isn’t over until the last day. Students may have more work to do at home as they prepare for their tests, projects and course finals. Please help your students review their course materials. The days are longer now, and it stays light until after 8:00 p.m. Nevertheless, please make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep (One way to help our students have a good night’s sleep is to ask them to turn over their cell phones to you when it is bedtime.)

Also, please check your students’ grades in PowerSchool, and stay in close communication with your students’ teachers. Let’s work together to allow our students the success they deserve.


Janet H. McNeal, Head of School

Complete newsletter here: 04.26.2014