Sunday Night Howl
Weekly Announcements sent every Sunday Night at 6pm
Good Evening New Tech Students and Families. This is Principal Martin with your Sunday Night Howl! Wow! What a long break! I hope all of our Timberwolves had a great and relaxing break. It is now time to come back to school! We have missed all of you and we are excited for this new semester. Please be sure to log in to Infinite Campus so you can check your schedule before you come to school. Many of you will be in new classes this semester. If you do not have access to Infinite Campus, you can email me and I will send you your login information. We will also have a paper copy of your new schedule available for you when you return to campus. Students should also log into Echo and make sure all of their classes appear there as well.
Tomorrow is a Holiday as we recognize and celebrate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our first day of school is Tuesday, January 18th. Don’t forget, school starts at 8:10am. Breakfast is available starting at 7:45 and it is free for all of our students.
Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases we have decided to cancel our Campus Clean-up Day that was scheduled for tomorrow January 17th. Our first priority is safety and we do not want to promote any unnecessary spread of this contagious virus. Our PTSA will be rescheduling this event for later in the semester. I want to thank everyone who signed up. I look forward to a time when we can hold this event in the near future.
We have adjusted our bell schedule a little bit for this semester. We are switching Lunch and Advisory. This means students will go to Advisory right after period 3/4 and lunch will follow Advisory. Please also note that our finals schedule has also slightly changed. Our bell schedule can be found on our school website under the “About” tab.
As we are returning to school from a fairly long break, I want to remind our school community that our school computers should be used for educational purposes only. Students should not play video games during any classes. This became a pretty large issue last semester and we will be addressing this more directly this semester through phone calls to parents and if necessary we will confiscate school issued computers from students who are not able to follow this rule. I also want to remind our students and families that pajama pants, bedroom slippers, and blankets are not allowed unless it is a special designated day for those items. The last Friday of every month is PJ pants day. These are the only days students will be permitted to wear pajamas. This semester, students who choose to come to school wearing pajamas will be sent home to change. Parents, please help us manage these things from home by speaking to your students and by monitoring what they are wearing to school in the mornings. We appreciate your partnership.
Lastly, I am sure you have all heard about, seen, and maybe even experienced the issues in our neighboring schools around the surge in COVID cases. The Omicron Variant is spreading through families and school communities very quickly. Please help us manage this by doing your part. Please talk to students about correctly wearing their masks by covering their noses and mouths completely. We want to encourage our students to wash their hands frequently and also use hand sanitizer often. We will continue to have testing available to students on campus and I would like to highly encourage ALL students to get tested once a week regardless of vaccination status. We are learning that even vaccinated people are still becoming ill from this virus. If we work together in our small school community, we should be able to stop or significantly slow the spread. If students are sick, please keep them home. Students who are home due to illness or quarantine can still log in to Echo to keep up with their assignments and classes. For an update on our district’s contact tracing and stay home if ill policy, please visit our district website.
Please be sure to check out our Monthly School Newsletter. It contains a lot more important information about what’s going on at New Tech for the rest of January. If you have subscribed to the newsletter, you should be able to find it in your email inbox. Otherwise, you can access a copy of the newsletter from our school website under the News and Announcements tab.
This will conclude your announcements for the week of January 16th through the 22nd. Your quote of the week is: “Enjoy the little things. For one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” -Robert Brault
Welcome Back Timberwolves! I can’t wait to see all of your faces on Tuesday!