August 5, 2019

Dear SJ Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year! I hope this letter finds your family enjoying the beautiful remaining days of summer.

Several new and exciting things have taken place since school closed in June. We are quickly getting ready to greet our returning students and preparing a warm welcome to the Class of 2023! Orientation week will be a busy one, please see below for more information to help you prepare.

Below you will also find a link to our official school calendar. Please note, our “Back to School Night" is scheduled for September 12 th at 6:30pm. Our teachers look forward to meeting you and giving you an overview of the year ahead. 

The start of a new school year brings with it a great deal of excitement and, sometimes, just a little bit of anxiety. Know that if you need us, the capable and attentive SJHS staff and I are just a phone call away. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

May God bless your families and keep you safe and healthy. We are looking forward to a great school year ahead.

See you soon.

Sincerely,

Nancy DiBuono
Principa l
Click below for a printable Orientation Bell Schedule!
Click below for a link to our online school Calendar!
Welcome Week Orientation Schedule Details
  • Monday, August 26 from 9:00am-2:00pm - New International Student Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 27 – Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
  • Wednesday, August 28 from 7:55am-12:30pm – “FIT DAY” Orientation for freshman, international and new transfer students. Dress code is required. A cookout lunch will be provided for all students. iPads are not needed this day, unless you need assistance troubleshooting your SJ accounts.
  • Thursday, August 29 from 7:55am-12:00pm – Orientation for Freshman and Sophomore students only. Students should report to the gym to check in and receive their schedule. Orientation will include an assembly, student ID pictures and a quick rotation of classes (10 minutes each). Dress code and iPads are required. Lunch will not be served.
  • Friday, August 30 from 7:55am-12:00pm – Orientation for Junior and Senior students only. Students should report to the gym to check in and receive their schedule. Orientation will include an assembly, student ID pictures and a quick rotation of classes (10 minutes each). Dress code and iPads are required. Lunch will not be served.
  • Monday, September 2 – School closed in observance of Labor Day.
  • Tuesday, September 3 from 7:55am-2:15pm – First full day of school.
Important Orientation Week Notes:
School Hours (7:55am-2:15pm)
We will begin each school day at 7:55am and dismiss at 2:15pm. We will follow the same class rotation schedule as last year with “X” as a fixed period. Daily class rotations will be available on Plus Portals.

Transportation
All St Joseph High School buses and Trumbull bus service will begin on August 29, 2019. For questions about bus transportation, please contact Ms Angela DeStefano at adestefano@sjcadets.org or ext 300.

Drop-off and pick-up zones are established behind the gym to ease traffic flow. Please use the two side lanes for drop-off and the middle lane to travel. The drop-off/pick-up zone is available from 7:00-7:55am, 1:30-2:30pm and 11:30-12:30pm on early dismissal days. Parents can help alleviate traffic congestion at the end of the day by picking up students 15-20 minutes after dismissal. The faculty parking lot and the front circle driveway may not be used for drop-off or pick-up .

Communication
Parents and new students will receive an email with an activation link to PlusPortals. PlusPortal grade reporting will allow parents to see current grades, missing assignments, progress reports, and report cards. If you prefer to receive paper copies of letters and report cards, please call the Main Office.
 
Emergency Communication
We use a phone messaging service that enables us to communicate with families about emergency situations and important school events. If your contact information changes throughout the year, please call the Main Office to update your information.

Calendar and Parent/Student Handbook
The 2019-2020 Parent/Student Handbook will soon be available online ( Campus Life -> SJHS 2019-2020 Student Handbook ). Before the start of school, please review the Handbook with your student and complete the online acknowledgement form located on the campus life page. This form must be signed by all parents and students by Monday, September 3, 2019.
 
Dress Code
Students must be in full compliance with the dress code starting on the first day of Orientation. For more details about the dress code, please refer to the 2019-2020 Parent/Student Handbook .
 
Summer Reading
Summer reading must be completed by the first day of school. For more details about the summer reading assignment, please visit Academics -> Summer Reading on our website.
School Contacts
Chris Blackwell
Attendance Officer

Margo Sheehan
Dean of Students

Mary Ann Cerritelli
Administrative Assistant, Main Office

Dorothy Miller
School Nurse
Angela DeStefano
Transportation Coordinator
adestefano@sjcadets.org, ext 300

Juliann Moskowitz ,
Director of Library Media, iPad Assistance

Lynn Mallon
Guidance Secretary

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"This Week at St Joes" Newsletter returns next Monday, August 12! Keep an eye out for our enewsletter with everything you need to know about SJ!
St Joseph High School | Trumbull, CT | 203-378-9378 | www.sjcadets.org