Principal’s Blog, October 2, 2015
This is the second exploratory week for freshmen. Students are ready to learn and really enjoy the hands-on learning in the vocational programs. Spooky luminaries were made in Metal Fabrication. Jewelry boxes and bird houses were being made in Construction Technology. Students were installing a light switch in Electrical, soldering in Electronics, oil changes in Auto Repair, going out to nursing homes in Health Service and so much more!
Mid-term is tonight. Progress Reports for Term 1 should be published on Aspen X2 on Friday, October 9, 2015.
Parent Teacher Conferences:
· 12:30-2:30 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM :
· Thursday, October 22 for grades 9 & 11: Please note: Vocational Instructors will not be available from 6:00-8:00 PM on this evening.
· Thursday, October 29 for grades 10 & 12
Student fees are due every year. Student fees are $45.00 for all students this year. Please sign up at www.myschoolbucks.com. Fees must be paid in order for students to participate in sports activities, and graduation.
Please turn in your forms to Student Affairs for the following: Health Office Annual Survey, Home Language Survey, Military Information, Media Permission Release, Military Families Compact, and Parking Permit Application. Please see our website for more information.
Stay tuned for homecoming information!
It's hard to believe it's the second week of school already! Last week was very memorable with Labor Day, Opening Day for all students on Tuesday, September 8th, September 11th and unseasonably warm heat. It was nice to see everyone and hear the bustle of students, faculty and staff in the hallways. Freshmen went through a myriad of vocational programs during the mini exploratory, learned their way around the building, met their academic teachers, practiced their locker combinations and figured out (with a little help) which bus to take in the morning and afternoon. Fall sports are off to a great start!
We had our first inspirational assembly with all students on Monday to kick off the school year. Student representative for the School Committee and senior, Geoffrey Ostman, rated it a 9 out of 10! Many students were touched by Aaron Polansky’s messages that touched on many themes, such as character, dreams, goals, bullying, overcoming obstacles, instilling confidence, power of overcoming failures, paying it forward and having a positive growth mindset. He was engaging. Students picked two charities to donate $100.00 each to MA Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Stand Up2 Cancer.
Self-Assessment Reflection Questions include:
"If you're kind, honest and improving situations you never have to worry about what anyone else thinks. Love what you are, love what you do and you can help other people. Be passionate and undeterred. This is what it means to wear your Geek Sox. May your insides always outshine your outsides."--A. Polansky
Here's one of the clips Aaron told us about. We encourage you to watch the "Butterfly Circus" and stop at about four minutes. What character best represents you? How many of you watched the whole clip?
We are looking for a few new volunteers who would like to serve on the Blue Hills School Council for the 2015/16 school year. The School Council is an advisory body that works to provide ideas and opinions to help the principal. Each year, the group reviews the Student/Parent Handbook, Program of Study, helps create the School Improvement Plan, provides suggestions relevant to the educational needs of our students, reads and discusses the budget to understand the implications for goals and activities in the school improvement plan, etc. If you are interested in serving on the council as a teacher, student, parent, or community member please contact me.
If you have questions, compliments, suggestions or concerns, please contact my office at 781-828-5800 ext. 257 or 261. Lets work together to make it a great year.
Jill Rossetti, Principal~ June 19, 2015
The Principal’s post is posted online bi-weekly. Please take a few minutes to read it. There are wonderful things happening at Blue Hills each week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 781-828-5800 extension 261.
Congratulations & Best Wishes to the Class of 2015! We are so proud of you. You did it!
Don't forget to return your Chromebook and the charger. Vocational Programs will collect sophomore Chromebooks on Monday, June 22, 2015. If you do not return your Chromebook and charger you will be charged $245.00.
Don't forget to study for your final exams: Tuesday, June 23 (English & Social Studies) and Wednesday, June 24 (Math and Science)
FInal Exam Make-up Day: Thursday, June 25 (Permission must be granted through the Academic Office)
The last day of school is Friday, June 26.
Report Cards available online in Aspen X2 on Monday, June 29.
Have a safe, healthy, fun summer.
Principal Jill Rossetti lived in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood until she was 5, when her family moved to Stoughton. A 1988 graduate of Stoughton High School, she attended the University of Massachusetts in Boston intending to become a teacher. Ms. Rossetti student taught in English, became a part-time writing lab specialist at Blue Hills from 1993 to 1995, then was hired at the school as a full-time instructor in Computer Information Systems and Networking while earning a master’s degree in education at night. She held that position until 2000. Ms. Rossetti left Blue Hills for five years and switched gears to be a trainer in information systems and eventually returned to teaching. After her daughter, Sophia, was born in 2005, she was hired back in her former position as a Computer Information Systems and Networking instructor at Blue Hills.
In 2009, Ms. Rossetti became the school’s Academic Coordinator for five years, all the while taking classes and garnering professional credentials that prepared her to be Principal. Ms. Rossetti has clearly-defined priorities for Blue Hills. “The main goal is students and safety first,” she said, “because we’re a vocational school. My second goal would probably be to maintain and improve our reputation as a great technical high school. My third goal is school-wide literacy – reading, writing and thinking – to prepare students for when they leave here for college or work.” Concerning her aims for herself, Ms. Rossetti said, “I think my goal is to improve situations, find solutions to problems, and move forward.”