Could it be that spring is nearly here?  After reaching our limit of 6 snow days for the first time in memory, no doubt we are all looking forward to sunshine and warmer weather!

I hope the spring break was a time of rest and rejuvenation for you and the ones you love. We return to school with our eyes on the State testing, which begins on Tuesday, April 9 and continues through Thursday, April 11. Our daily schedule will be different on these days, starting with an earlier arrival time for staff and students on Tuesday, when our students must arrive at school at 8:00 am. We thank you for adjusting your morning routine to make sure your child is at school on time for this very important test. 

To help our students fulfill their potential on these assessments, Ms. McCarthy has been encouraging them to carefully read through their testing guide books as well as to take advantage of the online practice test sites during study time at school and at home. The students have also rehearsed the detailed testing room procedures so they will know what to expect on test day. We know that for some students, testing for 3 or more hours at a time can be stressful and mentally exhausting. Your help in reminding your child to get plenty of rest and have a healthy breakfast before leaving the house every day is much appreciated.

Please read through the detailed information in this newsletter carefully for more information regarding testing week.

Looking ahead in April, students will be making their course selections for the fall. The Parent Advisory meeting on April 17 is a good time to bring your questions about course requirements and how your student can individualize his or her educational plan to make the very most out of their time in high school. Whether it is a senior year capstone project, a customized independent study course, or dual enrollment, we want every New School High student to be excited about the educational choices they make. 

-Cynthia