Principal's Blog

Week of September 14th

Back to School

It's hard to believe it's the second week of school already! Last week was very memorable with Labor Day, Opening Day for all students on Tuesday, September 8th, September 11th and unseasonably warm heat. It was nice to see everyone and hear the bustle of students, faculty and staff in the hallways. Freshmen went through a myriad of vocational programs during the mini exploratory, learned their way around the building, met their academic teachers, practiced their locker combinations and figured out (with a little help) which bus to take in the morning and afternoon. Fall sports are off to a great start! 

Geek Sox Assembly

We had our first inspirational assembly with all students on Monday to kick off the school year. Student representative for the School Committee and senior, Geoffrey Ostman, rated it a 9 out of 10! Many students were touched by Aaron Polansky’s messages that touched on many themes, such as character, dreams, goals, bullying, overcoming obstacles, instilling confidence, power of overcoming failures, paying it forward and having a positive growth mindset. He was engaging. Students picked two charities to donate $100.00 each to  MA Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Stand Up2 Cancer. 

Self-Assessment Reflection Questions include:

  • Is it kind?
  • Is it honest?
  • Did it improve the situation?

"If you're kind, honest and improving situations you never have to worry about what anyone else thinks. Love what you are, love what you do and you can help other people. Be passionate and undeterred. This is what it means to wear your Geek Sox. May your insides always outshine your outsides."--A. Polansky

Here's one of the clips Aaron told us about. We encourage you to watch the "Butterfly Circus" and stop at about four minutes. What character best represents you? How many of you watched the whole clip?  

Information:

  •  All students should have received their Chromebooks last week. 
  • Week 1 of Freshmen Exploratory has started. Many students were engaged in their programs as we walked through this week.  Talk with your child about their experience this week! Freshmen did a job chart and reflection in Google Classroom to kick off the first College and Career Readiness lessons this week in the vocational program with the guidance counselors and their instructors. 
  • Freshmen will need their Chromebooks for academics and vocational weeks. 
  • The first day for late buses for extra help, teacher detention and office detention is Monday, September 21, 2015.
  • Seniors eligible for co-op. Please contact Ms. Poliseno at kpoliseno@bluehills.org  for more information.
  • Chateau is now open for lunch between 11:00 and 12:45 during the week.
  • Thursday, September 24: 10:40 AM  student arrival due to in-service.
  • Career Fair October 5th from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information, please contact Ms. Poliseno at 781-828-5800 ext. 327 or via email at kpoliseno@bluehills.org
  • The new gym floor is scheduled to be completed before the end of September; stay tuned.
  • Don’t forget to pay your student fees! Go to  www.mySchoolBucks.com and register free for an account. 

School Council

We are looking for a few new volunteers who would like to serve on the Blue Hills School Council for the 2015/16 school year. The School Council is an advisory body that works to provide ideas and opinions to help the principal. Each year, the group reviews the Student/Parent Handbook,  Program of Study, helps create the School Improvement Plan, provides suggestions relevant to the educational needs of our students, reads and discusses the budget to understand the implications for goals and activities in the school improvement plan, etc. If you are interested in serving on the council as a teacher, student, parent, or community member please contact me. 

If you have questions, compliments, suggestions or concerns, please contact my office at 781-828-5800 ext. 257 or 261. Lets work together to make it a great year.