Dear Parents and Students,
I hope that your summer has been an enjoyable one. The 2018-2019 school year should be an exciting one at Garfield Heights High School, as we continue to strive to be the best we can. One focus this year is to develop our PBIS program centered around Bulldog Pride. We want our students to be Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Determined and Excellent. We want everyone to be the Best version of themselves. For the past few years, our staff has worked together to develop teacher-based-teams, in which we focused on aligning our curriculum and developing common assessments. We will continue that work this year having professional conversations and taking students and our building to the next level.
The High School prides itself on the many activities, groups, and sports in which our students can participate. I encourage everyone to find something that they love and get involved. There is something for everyone: Our Key Club, a students of service organization sponsors many different activities, we have many clubs such as Art Club and a Spanish Club. If it’s fine arts you are craving, our Drama Department put on a phenomenal production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last year. We also have a Music Department that includes Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Music Express, Concert and A’capella Choirs. Finally, if active participation is your thing, our sports teams are all very competitive. Find something you love and get involved.
You may notice an addition to your student’s schedule that states Advisory. We added an advisory period to our schedule last year and will continue it this year. Advisory will be utilized at various times throughout the year. This time will be utilized to help students have a positive transition into the current school year with personal and academic goal setting and academic monitoring.
The dress code will be strictly enforced again this year. Here are a few reminders of our most difficult issues. Tops and bottoms must overlap at all times, including when arms are raised. There should be no midriffs showing. Length of shorts, skirts, and dresses must equal or exceed student’s fingertip length. Pants should be held up with a belt at all times. Please be aware of what your child is wearing in the morning. If a student is not in compliance with the dress code, the parent will be called to bring a change of clothes for their child. We have provided you with a copy of the complete dress code online at at our website here. Please review it with your child.
I have always been impressed with the sense of community and cooperation among the staff and students in this building. If there are any issues or challenges that arise, we work together as a family to find a solution that works best for our students. There is something special about this school and this district that makes me incredibly proud to say that I am a member of the family.
Enjoy the last few weeks of your summer vacation. I look forward to seeing everyone on August 14. Don’t forget the high school schedule is from 7:30 – 2:20 M,T,W,F and 8:30 – 2:30 on late arrival Thursdays.