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Review Update

October 21, 2021
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
We will soon mark the end of the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. We are excited to celebrate a successful return to in-person learning and are proud of our students, staff, and families for partnering together to make this happen. We are excited to return to traditional events and celebrations, too! For example, our students came together to celebrate homecoming, with over 950 students attending the dance in our stadium. The Pine-Richland High School staff and students have made it an awesome start.
As we continue to focus on our PRIDE values, we appreciate your partnership with us and commitment to supporting our students. We continue to stress the importance of engagement and attendance. Research is clear; students with good attendance are more likely to be successful in school. High attendance rates are linked to high achievement and growth. Our RAMS Way focus on engagement is continually reinforced. We appreciate your support and efforts to encourage your child’s personal growth by being present and on time each day.
 
In addition to encouraging daily attendance (as defined by school board policy) and engagement, we are reminding students of the importance of reporting to school on time. Effective on day one of the second quarter, Monday, November 1st, we will continue to monitor and record students’ tardies to school. We have done this informally thus far this school year but are moving to a more formal process to address tardies in a proactive manner. Please note, students will be expected to report to homeroom by 7:45 a.m. Consequences for continued tardiness to school will be enforced as follows:
  •  3 tardies = Student and parent will receive an email alert from the school social worker, Mrs. Welshonce. 
  • 6 tardies = Student will meet with an assistant principal, and parent(s) will be notified.
  • 9 tardies = Student will be assigned to after-school detention.
  • 12 tardies = Student will lose his/her parking permit for one week. 
  • 13 or more tardies = A meeting with the assistant principal, student, and parent(s) will be held.
 
General attendance information can be found on pages 6 and 7 in the student planners as well as on pages 6 and 7 in the PRHS Handbook and on pages 5 through 7 in the PRSD Discipline Code.  
 
We understand the relationship between motivation and school attendance. Our teachers are working with students inside of the classrooms and developing innovative and engaging lessons to maintain students’ motivation and discover new interests. For example, students in Mr. Riley’s Painting classes have been taking their artwork outdoors; Mrs. Bartoszewicz’s Chemistry students were determining mass; and Ms. Paolini’s Chemistry students were observing and identifying physical and chemical changes.
 
Outside of the classroom, all students are encouraged to get involved in our clubs, activities, or athletic programs. Please be sure to review the list of diverse opportunities available on our website.  
 
Our school counseling team has been leading improvements in the social and emotional components of the school. As an example, we continue to implement our Suicide Prevention and Intervention curriculum. Our School Resource Officer Nowosielski and Director of Safety and Security Mr. Petyak partner with staff to implement our School Safety curriculum. Information is shared with our students through our weekly activity periods. We continue to identify ways to build resiliency in our students. Resiliency is the ability to adapt well in the face of hard times and build upon one's strengths. A student's high school years are filled with challenges and opportunities. Our staff is here to support our students and families through the challenges. Resiliency is established when students transform challenges into accomplishments. 
 
Parent/Teacher Conference Days are scheduled for November 4 & 5, 2021. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's counselor or teachers if they would like to schedule a conference. While we reserve these dates for conferences, parents are always welcome to contact teachers at any time to request a meeting. We want to work together to support your child and their learning at Pine-Richland High School. Quarter one report cards will be available for parents and students to review together on Wednesday, November 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
 
We are looking forward to a successful second nine weeks of the school year for students, staff, and families!  
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Nancy Bowman, PRHS Principal
Dr. Frank Hernandez, PRHS Assistant Principal for P through Z
Mrs. Gina Mahouski, PRHS Assistant Principal for G through O
Dr. Stephanie Svilar, PRHS Assistant Principal for A through F
 
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