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

The secret is clearly out – Herron High School offers an exemplary educational experience. Our annual Open House held last Thursday night was very well-attended. We had about 900 visitors come through our doors to learn about what makes Herron High School so special. I spoke with many prospective students and families who were just in awe of our teachers, our students, and our core values that we live out in all we do.

I want to thank all the students and parents who volunteered their time to provide tours, offer directs and answer questions, as well as those who provided refreshments. It was an amazing and affirming evening; we couldn’t have done it without the support of our current families.

Based on the number of applications we have received in just the first hours of Open Enrollment, there is no doubt we will have a waiting list of hopeful families. Because of this demand, it is extremely important that if you have a child who is a sibling of a current student who wishes to attend Herron High School next year, you must complete and submit the enrollment application no later than November 16th.

I want to remind families that our Thanksgiving break begins at 2:00pm on Friday, November 20th – but not a moment before! Knowing that the Thanksgiving holiday is the most heavily traveled, this year we are offering students a full week of holiday break. If your family has travel plans on that Friday, the early 2:00pm dismissal will allow you to get on the road before rush hour; however, please plan on having your student attend the full day from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Every single hour counts in a child’s academic life. Be assured that your student will be engaged in relevant learning even as the holiday break approaches.

We are still looking for parent volunteers to assist with our formal Thanksgiving Luncheons. We truly look forward to this annual tradition and know that for some students, this meal is the most elegant meal they have ever attended. We have many community leaders who will be joining our students for this festive occasion. We will be serving three shifts a day and need plenty of volunteer help. Information on how to sign up to volunteer follows later in this newsletter. Advisories will be engaged in a variety of community service projects both luncheon days.

Finally, I want to draw your attention to the canned food drive being sponsored by the Junior class of the Achaean 80. Throughout the month of November, students are asked to bring canned food and dry sundries to their Advisory class. The collected food will be donated to the Julian Center, an organization providing relief to victims of domestic violence. I hope you will consider picking up a few extra groceries as you plan your holiday shopping.

All my best,

Janet H. McNeal, Head of School

Complete newsletter here: 11.7.2015 HHS