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Thanks to all who helped with our Grounds Clean-up Day on August 1 at Marvin Ridge! The campus is looking fantastic! We appreciate all the new mulch and trimming of shrubs and trees. There was a great turnout of students and parents on both the middle and high school campus.

In preparation for the start of the new school year, we have mailed student schedules and related information. We anticipate that these mailings will reach all students by Monday, August 10. On the back of the student schedule in the mailing, there is an explanation of how our counselors will assist students who have an incomplete schedule, and how schedule change requests will be processed. 

Our counselors’ first focus will be to ensure all students have a complete schedule for the first day of school. Schedule change requests will be prioritized and responded to by our guidance counselors, primarily during the first week of school.

 Student schedules also indicate homeroom assignments. All students will meet in homeroom for a brief period on the first day of school and receive an additional copy of their schedules.  

We are continuing to make some tweaks and polishes to student schedules in order to balance class sizes.

 Our Student Orientation Sessions will take place as follows:

Seniors- Wednesday, August 12 from 8am to 11am

Juniors- Thursday, August 13 from 8am to 11am

Sophomores- Monday, August 17 from 8am to 11am

Freshmen- Tuesday, August 18

            Last Names A-L from 8am to 10am

            Last Names M-Z from 10:30am to 12:30pm

*Sophomore, Junior and Senior sessions are drop-in.

*Freshman Orientation is not a drop-in. Freshmen and their families will meet together in the auditorium at the starting time for their session, with other activities to follow.

 During our Orientation sessions, the following opportunities will be available to you:

 Athletic Pass Sales- Representatives from our Athletic Department will be on hand for purchase of Student Athletic Passes for those who want to take advantage of this opportunity. For $80, students can purchase an athletic pass, which will provide entry to all home athletic events for the year. These passes may be ordered through the link on the scrolling announcements on our website as well.

Guidance Department:

-Counselors will be available to meet with those who have an incomplete schedule.

-Schedule Change Forms will be available. (These do require parent signature before submitting.)

-Master Schedule reference posters by department will be posted, indicating which classes are being taught each block, and which classes are currently at capacity

Homeroom Assignment Posters

Homerooms are assigned by alphabet. Homeroom rosters will be posted giving the teacher name and room number.

Locker Rental-

Students may rent a locker for $5 for the year if they choose to do so. Having a locker is not necessary as students can carry their bookbags from class to class.

Parent Organizations:

Representatives from each of the following organizations will be present to provide information about membership and the supportive services they provide:

            Academic Boosters

            Athletic Boosters

            Band Boosters

            PTSO

            Theater Boosters 

Parking Passes

Parking passes will be available to student drivers who have complete applications, all needed copies, and their $40 parking fee. There are no “prime” parking spaces this year. All spaces are the same cost. Please see the scrolling announcements section of our website for a link to the parking application and instructions that must be followed carefully in order to obtain parking passes. The parking fee may be paid in advance for eligible student drivers. The link for on-line payments is posted in the scrolling announcement section of our website. On-line payments must be received by 7am on the day of student orientations in order to be verified.

 PE Uniforms- On Freshman Orientation Day, students who pre-ordered a PE uniform will be able to pick it up. There will be inventory available for sale. A complete PE uniform costs $20. Individual separates are $10 each. PE Dept. representatives will be present for questions related to PE uniforms.

PowerSchool Log-in Information for Parents

PowerSchool information sheets will be available for parents who need to set up their PowerSchool Parent Portal account, which provides access to your student’s grades, attendance information and more. If you already have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you do not need to create a new one. Nothing has changed from last year. If you have forgotten your password, you can follow the instructions to set up an account, and when you are prompted that there is already an account for your particular email or user name, then you will click “forgot password” to reset password.

**The PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal is not currently active. It is expected that this will be turned on by our district during the first week of school.

 Seniors-

Seniors shirts and yard signs that were pre-ordered will be available for pick-up and these items may be ordered for September delivery as well. Josten’s will also be on hand for ordering of Class of 2016 items.

Transportation Information

Information regarding bus routes and stop times will be available from representatives from the UCPS Transportation Department.

 

 

 

Written by: Donna Cook - Principal
Posted: Aug 09, 2015 by Donna Cook

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