September 2, 2016
 Hartford Union High School District
September Rotary Students of the Month
The Hartford Rotary is pleased to announce the senior Students of the Month for September are Hanna Bertucci and Josie DeRosa. This honor is based on academics, character, leadership, co-curricular, and volunteer work. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding accomplishments!

 
Hanna Bertucci          Josie DeRosa

Another successful Freshmen JumpStart!
Freshmen JumpStart! took place on Monday and Tuesday to help ease the transition into high school. Along with the transition, the class of 2020 was welcomed to the nest with different spirit activities to help provide some #OriolePride! Watch the video below to see their first days of high school!
Young People's Art Exhibit Winner
Congratulations to Kylie Grinwald for being selected as one of the top winners for the New York Times "Past and Present Times" found poetry contest.  Over a thousand students from across the country entered this contest, and Kylie's poem was one of only thirteen that were selected as winners.  Information about the contest can be found by clicking here
Pictured below is Kylie's poem as featured by clicking here.
 
Nicaragua Trip
In the wee hours of the morning on June 13, 39 students embarked upon a trip of a lifetime to Granada, Nicaragua.  This ten day trip was sponsored by the Spanish department and the focus was to immerse the students in the language and culture of the Nicaragua.  The students stayed with local families in their homes for the first week of the trip.  The home-stay portion of the trip allowed students to understand what life is really like in another country.  Students ate their meals with their families and spent the evenings conversing and partaking in the each family's normal daily activities.  The students also attended language school for three hours a day to work on their acquisition of the Spanish Language. 

 In addition, there were two humanitarian outings for the group.  The students visited two schools in need, interacting with the Nicaraguan school children.  At the first school, our students paired up with a Nicaraguan student painted desk that were donated to the school.  At the second school, the students brought much need school supplies to the children and spent the afternoon playing in the park with the children. Soccer was the game of choice for these youngsters.

The group also visited some of the splendor and beauty of Nicaragua.  Fortunately, the Masaya Volcano was churning, so the students were able to see the lava churning, truly a spectacular sight!  The student hiked in the cloud forest of Mombacho, one of the most famous volcanoes in Nicaragua. Most of the daring souls, ziplined through the canopy of this amazing landscape. The group spent their final two days at the Montelimar resort on the Pacific Ocean. The video below is definitely worth the full watch, what an amazing learning experience for these students!!

Updated Citizenship Expectations at HUHS
In order to better prepare our students at HUHS for the world in which they will live and work, we are making some changes to our Citizenship Grading policies and practices for the 2016-17 school year.   HUHS feels that all students should understand proper behavior and be held accountable for exhibiting that behavior.   

Academic grades are used by teachers to communicate progress toward content specific learning targets and skills. Several years ago, in an effort to separate behavioral grades from academic grades, HUHS implemented a Citizenship grading practice that assessed students behavior.  It included soft skills such as, respect, integrity, collaboration, communication, responsibility and work habits. Citizenships grades allow HUHS staff to communicate a student's level of these skills to both parents as well as the student.  

Students will be given a Citizenship Grade at least every two weeks by each of their classroom teachers.  These grades will be an overall representation of the students' behavior for all of the rubric categories.  Just as in any business, It is expected that all students demonstrate "Proficient" behavior in all rubric areas at all times.  An overall course Citizenship Grade will be given at both Mid-Terms and Quarter grading based on these bi-weekly Citizenship Grades for all of their classes.  As was the case last year, students will also continue to be graded on their attendance, punctuality and overall behavior by the district at each of the grading periods using the Homeroom Citizenship Grade.  That Homeroom Citizenship Grade will also represent student behavior during FLEX and Resource.  

While a very large majority of HUHS students exhibit these vital skills each day, we want to encourage all students to demonstrate them all day, every day.  Treating others with respect, clearly communicating, being collaborating with others, showing responsibility and a strong work ethic is not something that we should do only on occasion.  They should be modeled at all times.  We want all of our students to be lifelong models of these behaviors, allowing them to be better suited for any career/life they choose to pursue.   

HUHS has had several discussions about expected behavior in the workplace with local businesses.  Many businesses feel that implementing a strong citizenship grading practice at the high school would be mutually beneficial and have expressed a desire to utilize it in their interviewing/hiring practices.  

Time will be spent with all students during the first week of school clearly explaining these expectations.  We will clearly communicate the rubric and explain how Citizenship Grades will be used to both provide privileges to students exhibiting proper behavior as well as remove privileges for those that are not.  Any privilege that involves students leaving the HUHS grounds will require prior written parental consent.  We strongly encourage parents to join HUHS in placing an emphasis on these citizenship grades and have discussions about them with your student.  

Click here to access the Citizenship Rubric and privileges/consequences information.
Peru Trip
The Spanish Club will be taking a group of  students to  Peru during the summer of July 2017. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the stude nts of Hartford.  This 10 day trip incorporates a cultural exchange, allowing students to become completely immersed in the Peruvian culture. Student participate in two volunteer opportunities within the local communities.  In past trips, student have painted desks, painted buildings, and played soccer with local children. In addition, students will be attending a lang
uage school to further there knowledge of conversational Spanish.  This trip also includes excursion to iconic locations in Peru such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.  There are still spaces available.  Registration for this trip closes on  September 30th .

There will be an informational meeting on  September 14th at 6pm in West Commons about the logistics of student travel, the cost of the trip and fundraising events that are available for students to participate in.  For more information, contact Senora Algiers at  sue.algiers@huhs.com
                                
In This Issue
Quick Links
Student Announcements
 
Lunch Menu
 
District Calendars & Schedule
Calendar of Events
SEPTEMBER 23
No School for Students,
Professional Learning Day for Staff

SEPTEMBER 26  
Homecoming week begins

SEPTEMBER 
28 
PowderPuff Games

September 30 
Pep Rally, Parade, Game

OCTOBER 
Homecoming Dance

Health Minute
Welcome back students and families to the HUHS 2016-2017 school year!  I hope it is a healthy and happy one for you all.  My hours in the Health Office are Monday-Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  I can be reached at the number below and I would love to hear from you with any questions, concerns or information relating to your student(s).  A reminder to all parents, that students always need to report to the Health Office when they are ill or need to call home or if they need a permit to leave the building for any reason so that they are not marked truant.  Cell phones or school phones should not be used to text or call parents, I will be happy to call parents anytime the student comes to see me.  The Health Office is located in the Attendance office in the first main hallway.  Forms for medications, immunization information, health issues, inhalers, Epi-Pens, etc... need to be redone on a yearly basis for students who want to carry their inhaler with them and have an Epi-Pen here at school in either my office or carrying it with them. Those forms can be found here.  This page is updated frequently with helpful information, so you may want to check it periodically for some fun and informative health tips for students and families. 

For starters, click here for a web page provided by our government about food safety, food recalls, tips on lunches and other helpful information.

Have a great school year!
Laurell Scholz, E.M.T.
Health Technician

New Website
All Hopefully you have noticed that our website has changed. We were able to launch the site on August 26 before Freshmen JumpStart! kicked off on Monday. The homepage of the site focuses on the positive news and recognition of our students, recent Tweets, a calendar of events, and rotating pictures. 

Please note that Skyward Family Access is now under My HUHS at the top of the screen, as shown below.

The Student Announcements can be found by clicking on the megaphone. If you had subscribed to the announcements in the past and would like to subscribe to the daily e-mail, please e-mail: announcements@huhs.org with your preferred e-mail address.

The Staff Directory is now located under "Be Informed" if you are looking to contact any of our teachers. In the upcoming weeks, the staff directory will house introductions from our teachers. Stay tuned for more information!
HUHS Scholarship Foundation Inc. & AmazonSmile
The HUHS Scholarship Foundation Inc. provides scholarships to graduating seniors from HUHS who apply on line their senior year through the counseling department web site, generally right after the 1st of January each year.  The number of scholarships vary annually generally there are over 40 scholarships ranging in value from $700 - $2,000 to selected students.  The scholarship process is handled through HUHS and rating of scholarships and selection is handled through the Board of Directors of the foundation.

Our scholarship foundation has a registered account with AmazonSmile as a 503(c)(3) organization any purchases you make after selecting "HUHS Scholarship Foundation" as your charity of choice will receive a donation of 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases made through AmazonSmile.  

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile ( smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Thank you for supporting HUHS Scholarship Foundation Inc. and our deserving students!

Some News from Activities & Athletics
HUHS Athletics Tweets
Each one of our athletic teams has a Twitter account to provide up-to-date information to athletes, students, parents, and fans. Check out @HUHS_Athletics to get started!    
Girls Volleyball Beats West Bend East
Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball team for defeating West Bend East last night in a hard fought match.  Click here  to read today's  Daily  News coverage. Photo below from the Daily News.
   
SkillsUSA Nationals Trip
Competing at the National SkillsUSA competition in June were Garret Buckholz in Criminal Justice, Jacob Stamm in cabinetmaking and Raphael Roxas in Sheetmetal.

Each of them took first place at the state competition to make it to the National competition. At Nationals, students had to go through a series of activities for each of their individual competitive events.

When all was said and done, HUHS was very proud of Raphael Roxas, who placed 3rd in the nation in Sheetmetal! He represented HUHS SkillsUSA on the stage at nationals and brought home over $300 worth of tools and gifts from different vendors, such as Dewalt and Lowes.

Congratulations Raphael, what a great accomplishment! HUHS SkillsUSA Advisers are Carmen DeBack and Corey McCauley and they were able to accompany our SkillsUSA students to nationals over the summer!  
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