Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:
Last year, Bloomfield High School was honored as a “National Breakthrough School” and an “AP Honor Roll School for our success in providing a high quality educational experience for all students. As we approach the start of the 2017-2018 school year, I am excited about the prospects of continuing our journey towards excellence and to this end, several exciting programs will continue at BHS. The special Wednesday activity schedule will be in effect again this upcoming school year. This special schedule allows time at the end of each Wednesday for students to meet with teachers in small groups for extra help or to make up work. It also allows students to participate in school clubs and activities. This is a unique schedule that is designed to personalize the learning experience and allow students to make choices they think are important to their education. The Wednesday schedule will be held each regularly scheduled Wednesday throughout the year, starting September 13th.
In an effort to focus on students’ college readiness, BHS will continue to offer all juniors and seniors the opportunity to take the PSAT and the SAT, respectively, for free during the school day. It is our belief that by providing this opportunity to all upperclassmen it will help them improve their opportunity to gain entrance to the college of choice. Each senior’s packet has an informational letter about the October SAT.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Bloomfield Educational Foundation (BEF), we will continue to offer free after school SAT preparation classes to all interested juniors. This program has helped many students improve their SAT scores and will save our families hundreds of dollars. The BEF grant also pays for all Advanced Placement (AP) testing fees. These two programs are unique to BHS and would not be possible without the generous donation of the BEF and their members.
This year will also see an exciting new resource for all ninth-grade students with the introduction of a 1:1 Chromebook program. Every student will be issued a Chromebook for use in the classroom and at home. This program will extend to the entire school population in 2018.
One of our goals for this year is to increase school to parent communication via email. To ensure each family receives important information it is vital that parents create their own account in PowerSchool. If you do not already have a PowerSchool account of your own, you can create one in a few easy steps by visiting this link https://ps.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/public/. In addition to receiving email correspondence, once you have your own account you will be able to view your child’s grades, attendance, and view report cards.
Individual preliminary student schedules will be mailed to the home of each student before the end of August.
There are many important forms contained in this packet that both students and parents need to read, fill out, and return. Please read this letter in its entirety and be sure that all necessary forms are submitted to ensure a smooth school year. All forms should be returned to the “safe haven” teacher on the first day of school.
First day of school: All students grade 9-12 are to report to their “Safe Haven” room at 7:45 a.m. on September 6th where final schedules will be handed out. “Safe Haven” locations and teachers are listed on students’ schedules below the course information. September 6th will be a full day of school. As is the case every day that school is in session, it is vital that students arrive to school on time and prepared to learn. Included in this packet is a voucher that helps raise funds for BHS if you buy school supplies from Brookdale Shop Rite. BHS receives $5 for each voucher that is redeemed.
The district website, www.bloomfield.k12.nj.us is an outstanding source for school information with links to the high school’s home page. The BHS student handbook and many other school policies are posted there, as are pictures and stories about our many outstanding students and teachers. We encourage contact with our faculty and staff through email. A list of all staff’s email addresses is provided on the website.
Student Code of Conduct: It is the responsibility of each student and parent to review the “BHS Student Handbook” on the Bloomfield High School website and be familiar with the expectations for appropriate behavior at BHS. As I have said many times, school is the students’ work place and I expect that they will behave as if they are at work. This means that the district dress code and policy on cell phone use will be enforced starting September 6th. Student ID cards and lanyards will be given out in Safe Haven locations during the first week of school. Each day thereafter, students will be required to wear the ID on the lanyard around the neck to gain access into the school. Students who enter school without a school issued ID are subject to school detention. Replacement ID cards will be available for purchase.
The following forms have been included in your packet:
- Computing and Publicity Consent form – This must be completed and returned for a student to use the internet in school.
- Home and School Association Membership
- Information Regarding School Pictures
- The Bell Schedule for the First Days of School
- School Bus Schedule
- Board Policy 9713: Recruitment by Special Interest Groups/Armed Forces Denial of Information (11th and 12th grade packets only)
- October SAT letter (12th grade only)
- 9th Grade Orientation Information (9th grade packets only)
I wish everyone an enjoyable remainder of the summer. Students, remember that your success is dependent upon your effort!
See you on September 6th.