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Jr./Sr. High Back-to-School 2017-18  

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Welcome back letter from WJSHS Principal Ryan Groat


Dear Watervliet Parents/Guardians,

We hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing summer. We too have been enjoying the nice weather, summer related activities, family and friends.

I am excited to welcome and introduce Ms. Bundas, our new high school social studies teacher who will join our team this year. We are in the process of hiring other teachers to fill positions in art, reading and ENL.

Our next correspondence will be sent via Parent Portal the third week of August. This will include a tentative copy of your child’s schedule for the 2017-2018 school year and other important forms. Please complete and submit these forms by September 6 via the portal.

There are various reasons for student schedules to be considered tentative at this time. At the conclusion of summer school we recalculate grades and we also take another look at teacher and class availability, class sizes and room assignments.

We also are currently working through NYS assessment results to ensure that every student who is eligible for intervention services gets them.

In this newsletter, you will find news from the middle school and high school guidance department as well as information about summer reading, the grades 7-12 Open House on Sept. 21, academic intervention services, and the Parent Portal.

We will begin the school year with “kickoff” assemblies to address expectations for behavior, attendance and academic achievement. We will be aggressively addressing the behaviors that detract from the academic atmosphere and culture necessary for optimal learning while emphasizing academic expectations and the importance for students of putting forth their best effort. Every student will have the opportunity to challenge themselves socially and academically
every day.

This year’s assemblies are on Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8. Thank you in advance for supporting our message of the importance of education.

Every student will receive a new handbook that includes the Code of Conduct and information regarding the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which supports the development of a school environment free of discrimination and harassment. We ask that you take a few minutes to review this information with your child as it provides a clear explanation of the expectations and procedures we have for students attending WJSHS.

Newsletters will be posted electronically to our website throughout the school year. If you do not have Internet access, please contact the main office at 518-629-3300 and we will provide you with a paper copy.

We hope this newsletter provides information you and your child need to get off to a great start and will help you better guide and support your child’s educational experience at Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School.

We look forward to a great school year.

Ryan Groat, Principal
Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School