Back to School Newsletter 2016

Sun, Jul 24, 2016

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

We are so excited for the coming school year! We look forward to seeing our returning students again and to meeting our newest members of the Herron High School community. The start of school each year is filled with hopes and dreams that all students will have a safe and inspiring school year.

A new school year is a fresh start that presents an opportunity to reexamine goals, assess areas of strengths and weaknesses, and devise strategies to optimize academic success. It is also a very important time in the social lives of teens. I know our students are looking forward to renewing friendships with classmates and making new friends. We take great pride in our school culture and work to keep it welcoming and inclusive to all. Herron High School is a place where students can thrive intellectually, academically and socially.

The back-to-school sales are now in full swing. It has always filled me with excitement and renewed energy to see rows and rows of school supplies in the stores,and to see families selecting items that will soon be used to expand the horizons of young scholars. Herron High School does not issue a school supply list prior to the start of school. Teachers will go over what supplies students need during the first days of school, and the students will have ample time to acquire these items. However, there are some basic items that that are always appropriate:lined notebook paper

  • binders
  • pencils and pens
  • note cards (Students can never have too many note cards)

Another item that is very helpful but not required is a USB flash or thumb drive. Most school supplies outlets have reasonably priced small memory flash drives which are sufficient for students to save their projects from one devise to another.

As you know, technology has become the standard in the 21st century classroom. Herron High School has a “Bring Your Own Devise” program. More information on technology use will be available during the first weeks of school. While we do have tablets that students may rent, many families will choose to purchase a devise. Back-to-school sales are underway on laptop computers and tablets in the event you are considering purchasing a device for your student. Many computer repair shops also offer refurbished devices –it may be worth inquiring about inventory. Smart phones are not appropriate devises, but just about any tablet or laptop that provides internet connectivity will meet the minimum needs of students. More information about devises can be found on our website here.

Our Parent Orientation night is Thursday, August 4th. While it is especially important that our new parents attend, there will be much information for returning parents as well. We are asking new parents to attend the first presentation at 5:30 and returning parents to attend the 6:30 presentation. Both will be held at the Harrison Center for the Arts gymnasium. There will also be information tables set up in the school

Once again I want to remind all families that our school is located both on busy city thoroughfares and on (otherwise quiet) residential streets. We care very deeply about student safety and in keeping our neighbors happy. It is absolutely vital that all families and student drivers adhere to drop-off / pick-up procedures and parking policies which are designed for safety and to minimize traffic flow issues. A link to information about this is included in this newsletter and we will present information about this at Parent Orientation. Please take the time to review the details and always drive slowly on and around campus.

Finally, I wish to extend a warm welcome to our new incoming students and their families. You are about to become part of a remarkable community of scholars, and I look forward to the opportunity to get to know each of you in the years ahead. I hope to see all parents at Parent Orientation on August 4th.

Warm regards,

Janet H. McNeal, Head of School

Complete newsletter here: Back to School Newsletter 2016