Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:

I am delighted to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year and I am thrilled that you will be the first group to utilize our brand new athletic and physical education spaces! Aside for massive amounts of physical construction that took place over the summer, teachers have been constructing and tweaking their curricula to make Mamaroneck High School an even more engaging and exciting place of learning. Our Economics teacher had the privilege of participating in a workshop with the head of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, one of our Biology teachers spent two weeks in the Amazon studying insects and birds and on Tuesday, August 29th the entire English Department will participate in a workshop with an educator from Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking - these are just a few examples of the work that teachers engage in during the summer to prepare for the coming year.

In July, Ms. Lina Cannavo joined our administrative team as an Assistant Principal taking over for Mr. Frasene who retired in June. Ms. Cannavo did not travel far, she comes to us from Rye Neck High School where she taught Spanish and Italian for the last ten years. Ms. Cannavo will be supervising the Physical Education, Counseling, Social Studies and Art Departments. Mr. Washington remains in charge of the Math, Science and Technology Departments, Ms. Rodriguez supervises the Special Education and World Language Departments and I supervise the English, PACE and Music Departments. Should you have any questions regarding one of these subject areas – feel free to contact the person in charge of the department. At the first PTSA/Principal Conversation meeting on October 16th all four administrators will discuss the responsibilities and joys of the work we do at MHS!

Over the past two weeks as I mulled over the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia I was once again reminded of the privilege and tremendous responsibility that we, as educators, have in combating the increase in racism, anti-semitism and xenophobia that has been on display in the United States. In my letter to faculty this week I wrote the following:

As always, in times like this my instinct is to turn to Facing History and Ourselves to see what resources they are putting together to help teachers begin to address these incredibly painful scenes. Roger Brooks, President and CEO of FHAO, in his letter to educators wrote the following, “Teachers are on the front lines with young people to help them understand that they can be part of a positive change for a better future. We have an opportunity, together, to do everything in our power to build the next generation of Upstanders.” And so friends as we gather again on September 1st for another year of doing this privileged work our mandate and our responsibilities are even greater than usual.

At Mamaroneck High School we are committed to teaching students Biology, Calculus, History, Spanish etc. but just as important to us is that we teach our children to be fine upstanding citizens who will make positive contributions to society. We look forward to continuing this work in 2017-18.

The first day of school for all students will be Tuesday, September 5th. We will stagger our start times on opening day in order to accommodate our Freshman Orientation. All incoming 9th grade students are invited to report to the McLain auditorium at 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed at 2:42 p.m. (9th grade students will receive a letter in the mail from the Guidance Department with more details on the first day.) 10th, 11th and 12th grade students should report at 10:45 a.m. to their first period class. Students will spend 20 minutes in every class and will have a short lunch break. All students should bring their lunch to school, the cafeteria will not be open. A copy of the schedule for September 5th is on the homepage of the MHS website.

Please note that there are a number of documents that you need to access and/or sign in order to begin the school year. Please use the list below to make sure you have read and filled out all necessary paperwork:

  • All students can now access their schedules through the parent portal. Should there be an issue with the schedule please contact your child’s counselor directly. All students should bring their schedule to school on September 5th.
  • The AUP sign off form can now be signed electronically, please do so by September 15th.
  • The expectation is that every student has a device (tablet, laptop or chromebook) with them every day in class. If students need to borrow a district device they should bring a check for $27 made out to MUFSD and see Mr. Sammartano in the library, if they did not do this in the spring.
  • Students’ assigned lockers and combinations can be found on the schedule tab in the portal, late next week.
  • Parents please review the Mamaroneck High School Code of Conduct with your children. At our opening assemblies this year we will review the Code of Conduct and discuss the values that we cherish at MHS.
  • The schedule for day rotations and the bell schedule are on our website, freshmen do NOT panic in trying to understand the schedule, we will cover this in orientation!

For parents who are new to the school and/or community, the PTSA is sponsoring a New Parent Coffee at 8 a.m. in the teacher’s cafe. This will be a fabulous opportunity to meet other parents who are experiencing some of the same anxieties and excitement that you are feeling!

Back to School night is Thursday, September 28th at 7 p.m. in the meantime should your child need any assistance in transitioning to the next step in their high school career please do not hesitate to contact a guidance counselor or any administrator. Enjoy the waning days of summer and I look forward to greeting all students on September 5th.

With great respect,

Elizabeth Clain

Mamaroneck High School
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