Important Back to School Information

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The first day of school is September 4 for all grades. Are you ready? Are you looking forward to meeting your teachers? Have you finished your summer reading? Do you have all of your school supplies? Here is some important information to help you prepare.


What’s New for 2018-19?

  • We are pleased to welcome seven exchange students from China to Windham High School and also introduce a Concurrent Enrollment Program with Northern Essex Community College  

A-Z Guide of Helpful Information for the Upcoming School Year


Bus Information:

As a reminder, we encourage all students to take the bus to ensure safety. If your child will not be participating in the busing program for the upcoming school year, please notify the district at the earliest convenience in order that we can adjust routes and schedules accordingly. Bus routes will be available as we get closer to the first day of school and can be found under the “For Parents” section on www.windhamsd.org. You may also contact the bus company directly at bus@windhamsd.org with questions.


Calendar for Upcoming School Year:

2018-19 District Calendar (PDF)


Upcoming Districtwide Dates of Note:

First Day of School: 9/4 for all grades

Early Release Day: 10/5

No School/Columbus Day: 10/8


*Please refer to School District Calendar above for complete list of early release and no school  dates throughout the school year

Communications:

Events and helpful information for families will be posted on the Windham School District website along with each of the schools websites which can be accessed at www.windhamsd.org. Each of the schools will be sending newsletters and emails to families. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook: Windham School District, Golden Brook School, Windham Center School; on Twitter at @windhamsd as well as Windham School District Counseling at @SchoolWSD or on YouTube at Windham NH School District.


New Schools Construction Project:

Our new schools construction project has entered Phase II and continues to be on time and on budget. Details on the construction project as well as a video tour and photos can be found on our website at www.windhamsd.org.  


Nutrition Services/School Menus:

Breakfast and lunch is available for purchase at all Windham Schools. Menus will become available later this month and can be found on www.windhamsd.org under the Administration/Nutrition Services section.  


One-to-One Technology - ChromeBooks and MacBooks:

Each student in the district will be equipped with 1:1 technology. With 1:1 technology, the Windham School District is able to provide a 21st century learning environment and effectively integrate technology into curriculum and instruction to improve student learning, increase learning opportunities, and encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods. The Windham School District distributes MacBook Airs to every student entering grades 9-12, Chromebooks to every student entering grades 2-8, and iPad resources to kindergarten and grade 1 students.


PowerSchool Unified Classroom Utilized In Grades K through 12:

This year, the PowerSchool Parent Portal will be available at every grade level. PowerSchool streamlines communications and will help keep students and parents informed of upcoming assignments, grades, classroom activities and other important information. Tutorials and documents will be provided to parents in order to get their PowerSchool Unified Classroom accounts up and running.


Ready Set Go:

Studies have found that adding more recess time improves academic performance. Ready Set Go will once again take place at Golden Brook School and Windham Center School. Children will spend this time on the playground, weather permitting. The additional recess time can be found below:

Kindergarten and Grade 2, Golden Brook School : 8:20 to 8:40 am

Grade 1, Golden Brook School:  8:40 to 9 am

Windham Center School: 8:15 to 8:35 am


School Delays and Closings:

Our school cancellation policy is as follows:

The decision to cancel school on a particular school day will usually be made by 6 am. When appropriate, the district may also employ a delayed opening of Two (2) Hours (120 Minutes). If a delayed opening will change to school cancelation that announcement will be made no later than 7 am. School cancellations are made via the SchoolMessenger system, posted on the district's Facebook and Twitter pages as well as broadcast on several radio and television stations.


SchoolMessenger Communication System:

As a reminder, the District contracted last year with SchoolMessenger Solutions as our provider for parent notifications.  


Emergency Messages and Attendance Calls

Parents/Legal Guardians are automatically enrolled based on the information provided during the InfoSnap registration process. Cell phone numbers may be entered as the primary home number. Cell phone and email options will also be utilized. Please bookmark the SchoolMessenger page provided during the InfoSnap registration page or refer to the information below for instructions on how to opt-in to receive text messages and to designate message preferences. Also, it is strongly recommended that you provide personal email addresses during InfoSnap registration as work email addresses have had a tendency to block SchoolMessenger messages. If during the course of the school year you need to change contact information or address, please contact the school directly.   


infoCenter – Preferences

SchoolMessenger offers a variety of ways for parents and guardians to manage their communications preferences.  You can download the InfoCenter mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, as well as sign up online by visiting infocenter.schoolmessenger.com, which will also be available as a link via your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  In InfoCenter you may designate which of your numbers you wish to opt-in for text messages or select email only for newsletters and other non-emergency announcements.  For more information about SchoolMessenger and InfoCenter, please download the following document or visit our district website to learn more. SchoolMessenger InfoCenter for Parents.pdf


Student IDs:

Students at Windham Middle School and Windham High School will be provided with student identification cards. Students are required to have them on their person and will be required for printing documents, borrowing library books, etc. A $5 replacement fee will be charged to students for lost cards and can be paid via PayPal on the school websites under Links.


Volunteering in Windham Schools:

Windham Schools love our volunteers and we welcome family volunteers for classroom help, field trips and holiday parties. As a reminder, our volunteers need to be fingerprinted and go through a background check, which can take several weeks. For those who are interested in volunteering and have not yet gone through the process, we encourage you to begin the process over the summer in order to be ready for the fall, as we have been experiencing some recent delays. Volunteer packets with detailed instructions must be obtained from the SAU or any of the schools.

The following outlines important WHS events:


WHS School Hours:

7:48 am to 2:17 pm

School drop-off begins at 7:20AM

On Early Release Days, students will be dismissed at 11:17 am

On days that school is delayed due to inclement weather, school will begin at 9:48 am


WHS Student Handbook:

The handbook can be found here


School Supply Information:

Individual teachers will advise students of required class supplies in the first days of school. In the interim, students should bring basic supplies such as notebook, pens and pencils on the first day of school.


Summer Reading Information:

Summer reading assignments including incoming Grade 9 student assignments can be downloaded here


Athletics and Tryout Information:

WHS Fall Sport Tryout Schedule is posted below here. PLEASE NOTE: All athletes must register at familyid.com in order to participate. In addition, the season’s game schedule can be found here.

Cheerleading

8/20, 8/21 and 8/22, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, WHS Gymnasium

 

Freshman and New-to-the-District WHS Orientation:

8/28, 3 to 7 pm

New Student Orientation for All Rising Freshmen and Newly Enrolled to the District High School Students (Grades 10 through 12). Students should be dropped off in the front of the school at 3pm for the orientation portion of the afternoon. Parents join their student at 6pm in the auditorium for a brief informational session regarding our laptop program. After that time, laptops are distributed. It is very important that parents complete their InfoSnap registration as laptops cannot be distributed until this is done.


WHS MacBook Air Program:

We will be distributing MacBook Airs to all high school students. Incoming Grade 9 and new-to-the-district students will receive their MacBooks at the orientation on August 28. Families will need to agree to technology policies during registration verification and pay a $35 insurance fee via PayPal prior to orientation. Students will need to show a printed PayPal receipt or proof of payment in order to receive their MacBook. Grade 10 through 12 students will receive their MacBooks on the first day of school. They will also need to pay the $35 insurance fee via PayPal prior to September 4th and show proof of online payment in order to receive their MacBook. The PayPal link was provided during InfoSnap registration verification and can also be found here and on the WHS website under “Links/Student MacBooks.”


Open House Information:

9/5, 6 to 8 pm


Picture Days:

Wednesday, 9/6

Please note picture ordering forms will be sent home with your students prior to picture day. However, pictures can also be ordered online through our school photographer.


Blackout Cancer Week:

9/8 to 9/14, Game to be held on 9/14


NHHEAF Financial Aid Information and Naviance Training Night for Parents of the Class of 2020:

9/27, 6:30 pm at Windham High School Auditorium

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) will present a financial aid information night and our WHS Guidance Staff will provide training on the Naviance College Search System.


SAT TESTING to be Held at Windham High School:

10/6, Students will need to register through CollegeBoard


WHS Parent/Teacher Conferences:

10/10, 2:40 to 5 pm

10/11, 2:40 to 8 pm


WHS PSAT Testing:

10/13, Interested students should register through WHS Guidance


Judge Broderick Campaign to Change Direction Presentation on Mental Health:

10/17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, WHS Auditorium

America is at a crossroads when it comes to how our society addresses mental health. We know that one in five of our citizens has a diagnosable mental health condition, and that more Americans are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents. While many of us are comfortable acknowledging publicly our physical suffering, for which we almost always seek help, many more of us privately experience mental suffering, for which we almost never reach out. This presentation will present ways in which we can change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.



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