August 21, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I hope everyone has had a relaxing summer. Just a reminder, the first day of school is Wednesday August 27. The school day starts at 7:40 and ends at 1:59. Also, please note that there is no school on August 29 or September 1 for Labor Day weekend.
I am really looking forward to starting my second year at Athol High School. There will be many changes that were planned last year that we will finally be implementing this fall. One major change is that most classes will meet for the entire year and students will have six classes a day rather than four. There are also some significant changes in the student handbook, most notably regarding our cell phone policy.
We also have a significant number of staffing changes. Mr. King is now serving in the role of assistant principal and athletic director. We are welcoming five new teachers to the building as well as three staff members who are joining us from other positions in the district. I look forward to working with all of the new members of the faculty.
I have a few reminders about some important dates. Please join us on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 in the auditorium for our Open House. There will be a brief presentation at 6:00 where I will review some of the changes for this year and review our goals for the school. Once the presentation in the auditorium is over, you will have an opportunity to follow your student's schedule and get some important information from each of the teachers. Just a reminder that the purpose of this night is not to have individual parent-teacher conferences, but rather to give more of an overview regarding the expectations for each course and to open the line of communication. Additionally, you will be able to sign-up for access to the family portal that will allow online access to student grades. I hope that I will see everyone there.
The other date to make note of is September 24. This is a half day for students and they will be dismissed at 10:57. Please plan accordingly.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact my office at (978) 249-2435.
Steven C. Meyer
Athol High School