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Summer, 2015 (Back to School Information)

Dear Mead Maverick Families,

I know that you are enjoying the summer and are looking forward to the first day of school in August.  I value communication and want you to have a heads up about important events on the horizon.  During the school year, I will send out parent letters via email, and I love to tweet about the great things happening at our school.  You can follow me at @MeadHS.

This year we will kick off a number of new classes.  We are beginning our Energy Academy program with the following classes: Principles of Energy Science, and a Front Range Community College course called Energy Industry Fundamentals.  I am also excited to announce that we have added Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Physics 2, Computer Graphics, Elementary Tutor, Studio Art, Career Pathways, and Introduction to App Development.  Several of these courses were added after the scheduling process in the spring, so if a student is interested in making a change to one of these classes, he/she needs to talk to a counselor during the August registration process.  We are also rolling out Naviance, a program that will help our students connect how they are progressing academically with their college and career goals.  You will hear more about this program later from our counselors as each student and family will have access to the system.   

Mead High School is also among the first high schools in our district to implement a 1:1 technology initiative where all students will receive an iPad mini.  We will host a parent information meeting about the student use of iPads on August 31st at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  This is a great opportunity to find out more about how we will use these devices to enhance instruction and about ways to ensure that your student is using technology responsibly. 

We will distribute iPads prior to the start of the school year on August 11th (A- G), 12th (H-P)and 13the (Q-Z ) from 3:00-7:00 p.m.  You will receive more information about this process in a separate email letter.

We encourage all students to be present for the new school year registration in order to receive a student ID, class schedule, new locker assignment, and transportation information.  Students will also be turning in all district-required forms.  All returning students received their packets during the last week of school.  Parents, please ask them to look for the large brown envelope!  In addition, students may purchase individual or family athletic passes, and a yearbook.  We will also have school photographers present to take pictures so be sure to bring payment for these as well.  The dates for back-to-school registration for all students are as follows:

FRESHMEN and “NEW to MEAD” HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Friday, August 14th

8:00-10:30 a.m.

 

SOPHOMORES

Friday, August 14th

Noon-2:30 p.m.

 

JUNIORS AND SENIORS

Thursday, August 13th

8:00-10:30 a.m. and Noon-2:30 p.m.

Students may request a schedule change during their assigned registration time on August 13 and 14.

We have worked hard to ensure that all students have been scheduled into the classes they requested last spring.  Students may request a schedule change for the following reasons:

1.     They went to summer school/ online school and completed a class on their schedule.

2.     There is a mistake with their schedule (placed in the wrong level/subject).

3.     Student is missing a class needed to meet graduation requirements.

4.     A 9th/10th grader does not have a full (8 classes) schedule.

5.     Student would like to add one of the new classes added after registration ended.

All schedule change requests will be based on space available in each class.  Classes will not be overloaded to meet student requests.  Updated class schedules will be posted online, August 17th, after 3:00 p.m. on the Infinite Campus portal.

All 9th grade students will report to their classes on Wednesday, August 19th at 7:15.  We will have special activities in the morning for our freshmen to help their transition to high school.  Buses will run on a regular schedule that day with orientation beginning promptly at 7:30 in the gymnasium.  In the afternoon, the students will follow an abbreviated schedule where they will attend all eight of their classes.  Food services will provide lunch on this day.  All students (9th-12th grades) will report on Thursday, August 20th at 7:15 for “A” Day classes.  

We will finish off the first week of school on Friday, August 21st with the MHS Back-to-School Night and Round Up.   This is a family event, and we encourage you to attend together.  The MHS Back-to-School part is from 5:00-6:30 where parents/students will have the chance to select 15 minute sessions to attend on a variety of topics.  All parents and students are encouraged to attend a meeting with me in the auditorium at either 5:00 or 5:45 p.m.  I will be speaking about goals for the school, and we have a couple of recognitions that I know you will not want to miss. The MHS Round Up will take place between 6:30-8:30 in the area off the Commons.  This is always a fun event with music, food (snacks as well as sandwiches, burgers, etc.), booths with information about MHS activities, games, and opportunities to visit with neighbors! Please watch the website for more information regarding the exact schedule for this event and for information about purchasing advance tickets for food and games so that you are not waiting in line!  We will also have copies of the schedule available on the night of the event.

Beginning August 3rd, please feel free to call Mead High School at 720-494-3940 if you have any questions.  I look forward to working with you this year!

Go, Mavericks!

Linda Rawlings

Principal, Mead High School

 

 

 

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