- Skano third graders share how different Presidents showed citizenship during their time in office. More photos…
Skano third graders share how different Presidents showed citizenship during their time in office. This helped highlight the character word for November.
In an effort to improve communications the district has created this format to provide people with a place to get answers to questions and to address rumors and inaccurate information that sometimes circulates through the community.
NOT ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED. For individual or private concerns, you should contact the school or district office by phone. We will not answer comments about specific individuals by name.
Questions are e-mailed to the district’s public information office. The PI Officer determines who could best answer the question and directs the question to that person. Once the PIO receives the answer it is posted.
Latest Grapevine Posts:
- Why are the sports team banquets so late after the season?
A. You would need to speak to the individual coach as the time between the season ending and the banquet varies greatly from sport to sport.
- What midterms do 9th graders take?
A. Ninth grade students taking Earth Science or Earth Science Honors will take a mid-term during the January Regents Exam period. The date of that mid-term exam will be announced in the coming weeks.
- Is it possible to refuse to go on a field trip? If so, how (not paying, etc.)?
A. A parent has a right to keep their child home if they do not approve of the trip. If they are unable to pay for the trip, that needs to be discussed with the building principal
- Regarding to the racism in Shen, it has been addressed to the principle and like always, nothing was ever done. Is there a higher power to address these issues to?
A. Contact the superintendent’s office and provide the specifics. He will then review and determine if a meeting with you, him and the respective principal is warranted.
- What’s this that we only get one week for Christmas break? I work hard for you all year and you won’t give me any more than that. How much more control does school need to have over my life?
A. There are six days of no school for the winter break. That is how the calendar worked out this year.
- My daughter was told she was going to get detention because she said to her friend Merry Christmas who celebrates Christmas. A staff member over heard and said it may offend the other children. How is this fair and right?
A. Without knowing the specific circumstances, there is no policy against saying Merry Christmas and students do not get detention for saying it.
- What is science ais
A. Academic Intervention Services for science.
- When are the achievement lists posted on the website?
A. As soon as they are sent by the schools.
- Why aren’t any of the Shen JV Sports team ever mentioned or photos taken and posted. The JV Football team had a undefeated season but there was no mention of this. There are other levels of sports not just Varsity.
A. If you are talking about the district website or social media, the public information officer posts any and every thing sent by a staff member. Talk to your coach. If you are talking about the athletic Twitter account, every score from every JV Football game was posted. All lower level highlights and game results are consistently […]
- Do papers have to be in a ring binder?
A. That depends on the teacher…we have more than 800.
- Why can’t we flip waterbottles at lunch?
A. That question has already been answered: http://www.shenet.org/why-dont-some-teachers-allow-water-bottles-isnt-some-sort-of-violation/. You can use the search feature to find out if a question has been answered. Just type in a topic.
- When calculating one’s GPA for the year, are one-semester (half year) classes weighted the same as two-semester (full year) classes?
A. Semester courses count half of full semester courses. Same as A or B day only courses, they count half as well.
- May I create a club based around memes and/or gifs? much thanx:)
A. Contact your principal.
- I’ve noticed time and time again that the pictures are mislabeled on the home page. It shows students from Koda, yet says that they are from Acadia. Why is this?
A. If you see something that is incorrect, please inform the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is the overall average on the quarterly report cards weighted?
A. No. Weighted grades are only for class rank.
- If i wanted to get my study hall changed to a 2nd gym class can that happen?
A. Options are available for certain circumstances. Please talk with your counselor.
- Why doesn’t Shen have a modified 7/8 softball team in addition to the Modified 9 team? Most of the other schools in the area have both levels providing enough competition for games.
A. Actually only 7 of the 16 Suburban Council Schools have a mod 7/8 team and a mod 9 softball team. We are always looking at modified offerings and mod 7/8 softball is part of that review. In order to add modified 7/8 softball, we would also need to add modified 7/8 baseball.
- Why doesn’t Shen athletics (or HS) acknowledge academic achievements of student athletes, like Academic All-America honors? I know there were several who received such honors but sadly no mention on any Shen social media outlet. It’s truly unfortunate that these students accomplishments are not valued more.
A. Both the district’s public information officer and the athletic director post any student accomplishments if we know about it.
- Why does Shen consider cheerleading a sport, but not colorguard? It has been obviously proven that the Shen Colorguard is an incredibly successful organization, that even took home first place at world championships last year. Colorguard deserves far more respect and funding, and should at least be recognized as a sport by the school.
A. Cheerleading was approved as sport by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association in 2014. Please see attached list for NYSPHSAA approved sports http://www.nysphsaa.org/Portals/0/PDF/Handbook/2016-17%20Handbook/Sports%20Standards.pdf
- In response to Dr. Robinson’s tweet: “Can we get a strong armed, accurate passing, field vision basketball player to play QB at Shen like the Girard kid? Promote 2 sports!!” ….. I didn’t think a school could just “get” players you wanted….this is an insulting and insensitive remark from someone who is supposed to be promoting a harmonious school environment….As for the two sport athlete, looks like one of the SHEN QB’s was just that so the tweet implies so much more…no need to elaborate there. How about rallying behind the athletes you do have and showing them that while sports and winning are important – that they are cared about as people and not dismissed as soon as the next best ‘player’ comes around? Let’s show a little respect to the athletes you do have, along with the ones you wish you had…How can one expect our students to treat others with respect when those that lead us don’t?
A. Like most things, if the reader has a different perspective, a different interpretation will be made. The superintendent’s Tweet was piggy-backing another Tweet about the top basketball player from Glens Falls who also plays football as the starting quarterback. As the last line of the Tweet clearly state…”promote 2 sports.” The superintendent is one of […]
- Do the 10th graders have any regents exams they need to report to school for durning regents week in January ?
A. Only if they are taking the Algebra or Earth Science Regents exam. In addition, some midterms will be scheduled during Regents week. All students should check with their teachers to see if their classes will have a mid-term exam during the January Regents testing period.
- Why are they calling water fountains Bubblers when they are found to have high lead content?
A. A drinking fountain as a unit that has an electric cooling compressor that chills the water prior to consumption. A bubbler as just a small bowl type fixture with a push button drinking mouthpiece (bubbler) that is fed directly from the main water supply with no prior cooling or added pressure. Bubblers are typically in elementary school classrooms and drinking fountains are […]
- When do the yearbooks go on sale in HSE?
A. Yearbook orders were accepted during the two weeks after Columbus Day. Order forms were sent to every students’ home. There were announcements and signs around the school. The Yearbook Club can still accept orders until the end of January. The price for the book is now $60. “Last Chance” order forms will be sent […]
- I know numerous students who are trying to get into 6th grade math honors. Is it possible to switch halfway through the year? If yes, what are the requirements?
A. It is not possible to make the change at this point. In most cases, these sections are full. Students are placed in Math 6 Honors based on multiple criteria including grades, NYS assessment scores (if taken), common assessments, and quantitative CoGAT scores. Students may be recommended for Math 7 Honors at the end of […]
- Will students be able to view the inauguration of President elect trump in the M.S. auditorium as they were allowed to for President Obama 8 years ago? I can remember teachers being allowed to take their class if they wanted to.
A. Teachers are allowed to set up a viewing of any historical event.
- What do you mean by, they are not new? (regarding the “all gender” bathroom) I understand that these used to be faculty bathrooms and now they all “all gender” bathrooms. What is the purpose of changing this? Also why do you say they are new when in reality they were changed into “all gender” bathrooms last week on Monday, November 9th
A. The bathrooms are not new. The signage is.
- I noticed that there were several bathrooms that used to be faculty bathrooms in High School East that now say they are all gender bathrooms. I think this is great, but the doors were locked. What is the policy on these bathrooms? Will they be unlocked at some point?
A. Those bathrooms are faculty bathrooms during the school day. However, they will be available during evening events such as games and performances.
- There is this very rude and racist group at Shen that thinks it’s appropriate to use the hard R word directed towards students of color and often us those terms on social media which is very provoking. They go around wearing camouflage clothing and carrying mini confederate flags and often post videos of them dipping tabaco on the back of the bus. I feel very uncomfortable with the group and feel that something needs to be addressed. Shenendehowa is already starting to be considered as a racist school and I hope it doesn’t become one.
A. Please talk with your principal.
- When are the benches going to be open? I use the benches during my sign in to get work done since there is no where else in Shen to go where it’s quiet.
A. The benches are open. However, some areas are not due to supervision concerns. Generally the south side of the West Wing is available for student.
- Is there a dress code for teachers? It looks like Casual Friday found 4 more friends.
A. According to the district’s Code of Conduct: For the purpose of this Code, appropriate dress for staff members is defined as giving proper attention to personal cleanliness and clothing that is professional, safe and does not disrupt, distract or otherwise interfere with the educational process. Staff members are expected to model appropriate dress and decorum, […]
- Just wondering Dr Robinson if there’s anyway we can keep the public display of affection out of the hallways of the schools…. especially same sex couples. Its very confusing to an eleven year old heterosexual… and even more confusing as a parent to have to explain such behavior.
A. PDA is not allowed regardless of same or opposite sex couples.
- Who is paying for the football field lights when they are on? I saw a non Shen soccer team on it last night with all the lights on. My taxes?
A. We charge an hourly rate for turf rental, which includes the cost of lighting.
- Can we paint the Shen buses green for Shen pride?
A. No, they have to be yellow by law.
- On the day that the ski club packets were being accepted (high school east), I handed mine in with the check in the morning to the guy in the lobby. He stapled and put it in a box then told me that I’m all set. Does this mean that I am definitely in ski club? How can I find out? When does it start and how can I get more information on ski club? Thanks.
A. Contact the Ski Club advisor. If you don’t know who that is, check at the main office.
- What was the percentage of kids from Shen in 2015-2016 who opted out of the State Tests? And comparing that to 2014-2015, was it a big or small difference?
A. Approximately 23% test refusal rate for all grades 3-8 (ELA & Math combine) district wide for 15-16…about a 2% increase from the 14-15 school year.
- Will president elect donald trump be visiting our school and if not can it be arranged?
A. Not that we are aware of. The district does not arrange visits, the President does.
- Can elementary schools PTA’s still sell Shen sportswear now that the district has the Shen online store?
A. Yes, but it must be through the Shen Shop.
- May I ask why there is an “I’m not a robot” requirement before posting a comment?
A. Because we were getting a lot of spam mail.
- Is there any way the schedule can be left open when the portal closes for grading updates? While I try very hard to not make doctors appointments durning the school day sometimes it can’t be helped. The schedule was closed so I had no idea if it was an A or B day.
A. Unfortunately, no. Several of the components are tied to grading…such as the classes a student attends.
- Can my child switch teachers still ?
A. Please contact your child’s principal.
- It seems strange that a 9th grade student, for example, that is taking Algebra Honors would receive the same weight for the course as a 9th grade student taking Algebra 2 Honors, a double accelerated course. This skews the class ranks in an unfavorable way for accelerated kids. Is there a reason why this is the policy?
A. All students in the same course, regardless of the age of the student or grade the student is in when taking the course, receive the same weighted multiplier (Policy 7223). Students who reach more advanced courses earlier have the opportunity to take more advanced courses later in their high school career as illustrated by […]
- Last spring I heard a rumor about the Shen homework policy changing so that Shen students would not have as much homework. Was this policy approved? My sixth grader at Acadia is exhausted from all of the homework. My child has hours of homework every single night. Even on the weekend. We have quit every single extra curricular activity because there was not nearly enough time to complete the hw. Even with zero extra curricular activities my child is spending every waking hour working on school work. Teachers must realize that when they assign 30 minutes of homework, the kids are getting 30 minutes of hw from each of their teachers. This results in hours of hw each night, no time to explore extra curricular activities, no family time, no fun. This is very unhealthy. My 11 year old child is stressed. Simply miserable.
A. A new homework policy was adopted last year and teachers have begun working to implement the policy this year. While the homework regulations do provide time guidelines, individual students complete their work at different rates. We also recognize the value of extracurricular activities and ideally students are able to both complete their homework and […]
- Can you explain to me what lecturing about the need to take in Syrian Refugees by my sons German Teacher during class time has to do with the learning of the German language? A. Students are often exposed to cross disciplinary content in all of our subjects. As part of our World Languages Department, students are not just exposed to one language but to art, literature, music and news about many world cultures. If you have a specific concern, ask your son’s teacher.” That may be,however, A lecturer on the need to bring refugees into a country is not an exposure to culture or anything else but a political rant. As for contacting my sons teacher; as her employer it is your responsibility to monitor her conduct and class conduct not mine.
A. Some things cannot be handled through an anonymous grapevine…no information about who the teacher is, what grade level or what school. Plus the fact that anonymity does not provide the opportunity to ask followup questions to the student and teacher to determine what actually happened and if it violated any policies.
- Is it against the rules to post memes about Shen on an Instagram account or some social media platform? It would be funny for memes (ironic images or jokes that get spread around easily on the internet) to be based on Shen issues, and laughs. It would be funny for people to take their PRIDE in their school with funny images.
A. Talk to your principal.
- What is the point in classes such as art and general music? Especially for general music, if children do not want to be in chorus, band, or orchestra, they most likely would not want to take a music course. All the courses do is hurt my child’s average and it is ridiculous because personally, I have never used music a single day in my career. If there is some sort of way to not do these courses could you please say it? Thank you and have a great day!
A. Thanks for sharing your concern. We respect and understand that each student is different and while art or music may be one child’s favorite class, social studies or technology may be another child’s favorite. Art and music are required courses. The study of all disciplines (i.e., math, social studies, art, technology, music, science, English) […]
- Regarding the question about a student being able to excercise their “right” to sit during the pledge of allegiance, and them NOT needing to obtain permission from their parent or guardian, as a parent I would want to know if my child was “exercising” this right without my consent – would the school notify me?
- I want to comment on another comment made earlier regarding teachers bringing in newspaper articles for discussion with students. As we are all witnessing on a world stage, media can and in many cases is bias and slanted. I think it would be a slippery slope for any teacher to enter into his/her daily instruction news sources of current events (just look at the comments concerning the presidential election or the syrania refugees below). How can we guarantee the messages are fair, balanced and most importantly factual?
A. There are many sources of information used in classrooms, not just one.
- Today the Koda 8th graders received their permission slips to see the Broadway play, Wicked, at Proctors and the fee is $65.00. Anyone can see that, that is a large payment and some families may have a hard time coughing up that amount. Is there anything the school does to help these families financially?
A. Yes, please contact the counselor if there is a financial hardship.
- Why isn’t there Freshman Boys Volleyball. There were 40 kids at the JV Tryouts.
A. The Suburban Council does not offer freshmen as a level in boys volleyball. In order to have a team, you have to have opponents to play.
- I know that Shen schools have emergency drills for the students, faculty and staff to practice what they need to do. But my kids now tell me that there are no drills during lunch periods and they haven’t had any instruction on what to do for a lock down etc. during lunch. My question is are the kids and staff instructed on what to do during an emergency during there lunch period?
A. Schools provide instruction on what to do and we do hold emergency drills during lunch.
- Which of the Shenedehowa schools have won the national blue ribbon of excellent from the U.S. DOE and for what years?
A. Tesago in 2013, Arongen 1991 and Gowana when it was a junior high.
- Can you explain to me what lecturing about the need to take in Syrian Refugees by my sons German Teacher during class time has to do with the learning of the German language?
A. Students are often exposed to cross disciplinary content in all of our subjects. As part of our World Languages Department, students are not just exposed to one language but to art, literature, music and news about many world cultures. If you have a specific concern, ask your son’s teacher.
- I understand that we are associated with a school in Jamaica (a sister school). Recently, several employees went on a trip to visit the school in Jamaica. What was the cost of the trip and how was it funded? (ie. travel costs, accommodations and release time from their jobs with the district)
A. The project is totally funded by the State Department through GRASP funds and promotes the exchange of ideas and best practices in instruction wherein administrators and/or teachers work together in either school. Through the years, AISK has sent teachers, students and administrators to our schools to meet with our personnel and observe our best practices. Shenendehowa […]
- What is your policy on the new “All Gender” bathroom in the Acadia 7th Grade wing? Who is this bathroom supposed to be used by? Can it be used casually by any student?
A. They are not new. They have always been there. This is a single stall bathroom available to students, not bathrooms with multiple stalls.
- Why is there a four-to-a-table rule in the library? I often go to the library with myself and more than 3 other friends (so 4). The odd person out will usually move a chair up to the table so we can all sit together. Me and my other peers frequently get yelled at for this, even when there are countless open tables. I don’t see how this is a problem, as long as the noise is kept in check. I believe that there should be a 3 strikes system for noise level if there is more than 4 to a table, seeing as more people = more noise. Names are taken of each person at the table, if there are more than 4, and they are being noisy. If someone’s name appears 3 times, they are not allowed to sit more than 4 anymore. Thanks for the feedback.
A. The library is a busy and large facility (over 200 seats) in which we need to maintain an academic environment in which classes can conduct research and students can read, work individually and in small groups on academic projects. The four person to a table policy (also the policy in most area high school libraries) […]
- Where does Shen get their lunch food from? Can I buy products used at Shen at grocery store, because some of it is quite good?
A. Yes you can. We use Tyson Chicken products, Cain’s dressing and most of our snacks can be purchased in the grocery store.
- Can you tell me why there are no policy and procedure manuals for non-instructional substitute positions such as teacher aides and monitors. Shouldn’t each school have Basic job descriptions with duties and expectations for each position. How can one be expected to perform their duties properly when there are little to no guidelines or instructions given upon arrival at a school. In a school district such as Shen how is this acceptable?
A. All non-instructional substitutes report to the building , main office in the morning and receive instructions from the building secretary and at the secondary level schedules for the day. We will review the current expectations and provide guidelines for non-instructional substitutes through the HR office.
- I recently took a test in the HSE testing room. I was unable to focus due to the constant noise. The monitors talk and watch videos with sound, teachers were coming in and out with chrome book carts and there was some sort of construction being done. It’s unfair to students trying to focus on their tests if all of this is happening while they are in there.
A. This was likely an isolated incident as the testing room is usually very quiet.
- I’m sitting in the parking lot of HSE waiting for my athlete to finish with practice. Parents please find a parking space between two lines and wait fir your athlete to text you to say that they are exiting the bldg. We are all anxious to get home and this parking lot is dangerous to students walking in the dark!!! Please stay safe and do not impede traffic flow!!
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- Can people still say they support Trump if they do not say something derogatory?
A. Absolutely. And, if you are harassed in any way for doing so, report it to your teacher or principal.
- How would a Shen HS student go about creating a club?
A. Talk to the principal.
- will i get in trouble if i sit down for the pledge?
A. According to the district’s code of conduct 4410R: Patriotic Ceremonies – The State of New York requires that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited while saluting the flag each day in the schools. Students have the right to refrain from either the pledge or the salute. In doing so, they have the responsibility […]
- I heard that b/c Trump won Shen will display a statue of Trump in every classroom b/c he’s cool. :)
A. There is no district policy requiring statues of presidents in the classroom.
- Where can I find a chemistry tutor?
A. We do not provide information on tutoring services.
- Are parents held accountable for their children at all anymore? Shen teachers and aides are doing the job of the parents and then being blamed for everything when the student are not getting straight A’s or having a great time in school. Yet parents are not being held accountable for having their child attend school, do their homework, or be respectful to adults in school. Teachers are fighting a losing battle. At what point does the Shen administration step in and tell the parents that they have a huge part to play in the success of their child’s education and success?
A. WE are a learning community. It does no good to point fingers. We should all be working together to ensure every child is successful.
- I know you answered a question recently about “why don’t we have prom kings and queens” your response was that we haven’t had one in 10 years. But why??? Prom night is one of the biggest night these kids look forward to, the one night where they don’t have to worry about classes and homework, and they can just have a good time, how can you take the thrill and ambition from the prom king and queen?
A. That decision was made a long time ago, don’t know why. Kids look forward to the prom whether there is a prom king/queen or not.
- If an athletes arm is dangling funny throughout the fall season, what should the coach do?
A. The athlete’s parents should take him to a doctor.
- I am so tired of the disrespect that a few seem to have to the high school teachers who are the director/producer’s of the high school musical and their choice of shows. The news is barely out and already some people are complaining. There are plenty of opportunities out there for those looking for community musical theater. I for one trust those in charge and appreciate that they are willing to expose the Shen community to shows they may not be as familiar with or are the current popular show to perform.
A. Thanks for the feedback.
- I need to know who to talk to about filing complaints about a teacher. This particular teacher does not know how to teach, takes a up an entire class talking about nonsense, and punishes their students with bad grades on tests that they were not prepared to take. If a teacher is not qualified to teach an advanced class, it has negative effects on their students and it reflects badly on the school. This is not ok and I’m sure every student that has this teacher would agree with me.
A. You talk to your principal.
- Do comments and questions on grapevine get forwarded to the department in question? For example, did the physical education department receive the complaint that High Schoolers went outside when it snowed?
A. Yes, all comments and questions are forwarded. And when we get multiple comments on a topic, they are forwarded to the person responsible even though we don’t continue to post them all.
- Approximately how many students are at the Shenendehowa Central School District?
A. Information about enrollment is posted on our enrollment webpage: http://www.shenet.org/about-us/enrollments/
- This may be a stupid question, but how do students in HSE go to see their counselors? Do we need to make appointments, or can we just walk in and talk to them when we need to?
A. The answer is both. While you can surely make an appointment, the counselors if available meet with students on a drop-in basis as well.
- When will the information about spring drivers Ed be posted?
A. All of the details for the Spring 2017 Driver Ed program have not been finalized yet. The spring session of Driver Ed typically runs from February through June. Registration forms are generally posted on the Driver Ed webpage right before students leave for winter recess and the registration period usually begins in the […]
- how much of the orchestra grade will be practicing?
A. The orchestra grade is based on preparedness and participation. Practicing is a part of the preparation necessary to successfully participate. Students who spend time practicing are generally more successful because the act of practicing makes a student more prepared.
- Back in September Mr. Flynt sent an email to the students asking to nominate a teacher that we thought had influenced our learning in a positive way. Me and many of my friends responded but never heard about it. We were supposed to get a Chipotle lunch and be entered for a raffle too. Did this already happened? when? I am still waiting to hear.
A. A winner was selected, the nomination was Mr. Allison.
- Is it true that Karigon students are not allowed to bring a book and read on the playground during recess?
A. Recess is a time when children are to be involved in a physical activity and moving around the playground. We do allow children who have a medical reason/excuse to “sit” during recess and read a book.
- Does the district any official guidelines on how a student who identifies with a different gender than they were born with should be referred to? It seems like at least one student is complaining that they are being called a she when they want to be called a he or vice versa. Does the student have to legally have their named changed or can they just announce to a teacher that they are now a different name/gender without any type of legal documents?
A. This information is taken out of the district’s DASA Regulation 7555R All students should be addressed by a name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is exclusively and consistently asserted at school. Students are not required to obtain a court ordered name and/or gender change or to change their official records as […]
- Dear SHEN: bigotry is intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself….the Super’s letter today had a threatening feel to those who may be Trump supporters implying that they are bigots. Please also be aware that there have been many cases of verbal and written comments bashing students who may be in support of our new president. SHEN is better than that – we should encourage discourse and dialogue and promote diversity but not make EITHER side feel threatened for their beliefs and differences. Let’s be part of the solution not the problem folks.
A. The letter said no such thing. It is referencing incidents that have occurred this past week where Trump is specifically mentioned. However, the letter goes on to say: “As a school district we believe in No Place for Hate and will firmly discipline those who seek to intimidate, harass or create a school environment that […]
- I think that it is good for Dr. Robinson to communicate to parents regarding any known poor behavior patterns that he is being told of. However – I think it was terrible that he went on to guess the causes and attribute these behaviors to being “emboldened by the Trump” win. That is inflammatory toward the 50% of the population that voted for Trump and attributes racism to us and our preferred candidate – FALSELY. Dr. Robinson crossed the line. Instead he should be calming the community. Placing blame with no facts is not professional or helpful
A. The facts are that in each of the incidents, Trump or his campaign slogans have been named specifically with comments like “Build a wall! All hail Trump! You’re Mexican or Muslim, Trump is going to deport you.” That is why it was included in the letter. The objective of the letter is to reassure people that, as always, […]
- Please explain the educational value of going on a field trip to Destiny USA, a shopping mall in Syracuse NY.
A. The field trip is NOT to the mall, the trip is to WonderWorks (which happens to be in the mall). Wonderworks is an interactive science activity center. At this location students participate in dozens of activities that focus on STEM – primarily: Earth Science, Physics, and Astronomy. In addition, the setup of this location allows […]
- if you have a therapy animal, can you bring it to school?
A. Please see the district policy on this: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T9MfEXuHapX-tXnYlLk52O7Jn24BRL9posicVPmcrNw/view
- Can 9th graders apply for the Tri M Music Honor Society?
A. No, Tri-M Music Honor Society is for students in grades 10-12.
- Yesterday, the HS Musical was announced, and it is more an opera than musical theater. Many kids are not interested in this show which is Phantom, but NOT the Andrew Lloyd Webber version. Last year’s show was also not a fan/student favorite, with no tap-dancing or big show numbers. Why does one person get to pick the show for the entire school, especially when that person’s taste is not at all in line with the students? It is not fair. Can we change the show?
A. The musical selection is the choice of the director, in consultation with the administration. The musical last year played to standing ovations.
- Recently at high school east, the bench area on the west wing of the schools were closed during lunch periods, as a senior I frequently use that area to study during my senior sign in since there are very minimum quite places to sit. The benches were closed following a large number of students eating in the area. I’m aware that the area is a new addition to the school that cost the district a significant amount to install, they restricted students from eating there because of the mess. Im wondering, is the mess from students really worth wasting thousands of dollars that the school district designated in installing the benches. Also I feel I should mention that there is a custodial staff at the school responsible for cleaning the school (including th benches)
A. When students do not take care of areas around the school that they frequent, we close these areas down until we can correct the problem.
- What is the protocol regarding passes at HSE. Are teachers required to write a pass on an official gold sheet (even if they ran out)? If I have anything signed, dated, and with the location on it it should be accepted as a pass. If it’s not, that’s absurd!
A. Teachers can get as many passes as they want. While exceptions are made, we try to limit passes to the official ones teachers have access to.
- I heard that senior classes are not weighted with the ap or honors credit, is this true?
A. They are weighted, but only if students take the advanced placement test if they are in AP. Honors is also weighted.
- Why doesn’t the students that have an overall average of 90%-94% ever get recognized for there academic achievements? That average is not good enough in Shen..those students work hard too!
A. Students can be nominated for effort by their teachers at the end of the year awards night. There are also recognized through honor roll.