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New for 2018/2019 - Concurrent Enrollment
Starting with the 2018-19 academic year, MPHS will be partnering with Colorado Northwestern Community College to offer Concurrent Enrollment courses. In this program governed by State Legislation, students enrolled in these courses can earn college credit as well as high school credit. Students can significantly reduce their college expenses, increase the likelihood that they will complete a college degree or certificate, and earn marketable workforce skills by successfully completing concurrent enrollment courses.

The college tuition is paid through an agreement between EGSD and CNCC, so students do NOT pay tuition for these courses. During the 2018-19 school year, CNCC will be offering College Spanish (Spanish III and IV) and College Algebra (Honors Precalculus) at MPHS.

Julie Hoff, CNCC Director of Concurrent Enrollment, will be visiting MPHS on Wednesday 5/30 to register students during study hall. Please contact Julie with any questions at julie.hoff@cncc.edu.
New Things: Parking Passes
New Things:  Parking Passes
All students that drive and park on our campus during the school day will be required to have a parking pass. We realize that many students use multiple vehicles. In such cases temporary passes can help here. For safety reasons, we do need to account for all vehicles. If there is a unique circumstance, I have confidence that we can help you. Weekend athletic parking and car pooling after hours is not a concern. This is change, it is different. Thank you for your help and cooperation.
Social Media and Your Teen (printed from 4/17)
Of late, we have been confronted with a number of negative student behaviors, i.e., cyber-bullying, harassments, fatigue, and distracted learning. A common link that exacerbates the problem appears to be unregulated, unfettered use of social media, as in FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT, INSTAGRAM and general cellphone/computer technology use.

Although these tools can be used for very good reasons, they can also be abused. For the school, I ask the teachers to have a plan and expectation regarding the use of technology, Chromebooks, websites and cellphones. If you don’t, “you get what you get”.

Certainly, in the home, if you do not have a plan, if you have not discussed rules and use of technology with your child, if there is not a time where the technology is turned off, THEN “you get what you get”.

As I speak to students that are harassed on FACEBOOK and a student reveals that they have two thousand “friends”, I am overwhelmed to think of the possibilities of predators “trolling” the child’s site and information. This is really dangerous. Look, teens are trying to figure out their social setting everyday with their peers. Many do this well. However, missteps occur during this time of life. They learn in those moments. Let’s not just hand the children a tool that complicates their world exponentially without talking to them about expectations and limitations regarding its use.

The school addresses cyber safety in the Freshman Seminar. Please visit the attached websites for more information. Review information with your child, discuss limits and expectations regarding technology use. Don’t just leave this for your child to sort out online with a stranger. Being an informed and involved parent is never a bad thing. Visit the sites. Have a conversation with your child.

-Mr. Schnellinger

Sites:
http://www.safesearchkids.com/parents-guide-to-protecting-teens-on-social-media/#.WIoBnSMrIcg

https://www.commonsensemedia.org

First Month at MPHS and the Four Essentials
First Month at MPHS and the Four Essentials
It’s been a great month with great kids and staff at Middle Park High School. Classes are well under way and the students are starting to get into a routine. As I ask our students to be focused, I often lean on four essentials to be a “student”.

1) Be present, attend every day, pay attention to the lesson at hand. Attach yourself personally to something in the lesson or assignment.

2) Complete all your assigned schoolwork. It is best to do this on the day it’s assigned. Often, many classes allow for time to do homework. Use that time.

3) Have pride and complete work neatly. Do your best. Quality work always says positive things about your character and work ethic.

4) Get to know your teacher. They are available to help. If you need help ask. If school is getting out of control, talk to a parent, teacher or counselor. Certainly, you can see Mr. Penrose or me. We want you to do well and be successful here at Middle Park High School.

So, parents, that’s it. If you have questions about assignments and helping your child. We are full partners in your student’s education. Please call or e-mail the teacher.

Looking forward to the year,

-Mr. Schnellinger-