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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.
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-
Principal Advisory Committee (A parent sounding board and communication team to the principal)
Parents,

I would like to invite you to the first Principal Advisory Committee on Oct. 5th 5-6pm in the MPHS Library. This is an opportunity to listen to each other. It is for parents to become more acquainted with the inner workings of the high school and for the principal to get a sense of things that are on our parent’s minds. We have had a small but mighty group of parents in the past and to be frank, this principal cannot do the work of the school without the parent partnership. I hope to see many of you that attended the Middle School PAC. Perhaps there are some opportunities to grow the PAC beyond just an information meeting. Scholarships, school needs and program helps could be part of the PAC purview. Meetings rarely go beyond an hour, however, I will stay as long as the conversation requires. Cookies and water are always available. Hope to see you there!

October Agenda:

Let’s Listen
Homecoming
School Resource Officer
School and District Performance
Goals for this year, Climate and Culture.
Other items as requested.
Groswold Challenge Day Oct. 9
MPHS is proud to host the Annual Jerry Groswold Challenge Day on Monday, October 9.
All sophomores will participate in this full day motivational event, which will be led by Challenge Day staff as well as MPHS staff and community volunteers. Challenge Day goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and inspiring a school-wide movement of compassion and positive change. Issues addressed include: cliques, gossip, rumors, teasing, harassment, isolation, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, bullying, and hopelessness. Groswold Challenge Day is made possible through funding provided by the Grand Foundation.
Homecoming Schedule of Unique Activities
Pep Assembly - Tuesday 3:30-4:00
Iron Man - Tuesday 7pm
(STUCOthere at 6:30 to get it all set up)
Powderpuff- Wednesday 7pm
(teams will probably get there earlier to warm up and STUCO that is not participating there at 6:30)
Bonfire- Wednesday after Powderpuff (8pm?)
Bonfire cleanup- Thursday morning -STUCO
Royalty- half time of football game
Dance set up - Saturday - need to confirm time with dance committee
Dance- Saturday 8pm-11pm
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

Groswold Challenge Day Oct.9
MPHS is proud to host the Annual Jerry Groswold Challenge Day on Monday, October 9.
All sophomores will participate in this full day motivational event, which will be led by Challenge Day staff as well as MPHS staff and community volunteers. Challenge Day goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and inspiring a school-wide movement of compassion and positive change. Issues addressed include: cliques, gossip, rumors, teasing, harassment, isolation, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, bullying, and hopelessness. Groswold Challenge Day is made possible through funding provided by the Grand Foundation.
Beginning of Year Message from the Principal
Hello and welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Middle Park High School. I hope you will enjoy the new website as much as I enjoy utilizing it. It is a primary means of communication for the high school and the school district. We can author quick announcements and keep you apprised of all things school related. I will continue to use power announcement through your cell phones as last minute reminders. Many parents expressed that this was helpful with Parent Teacher Conference reminders and Principal Advisory Committee (a parent advisory team to the principal).

A short note to dispel rumor and concern; yes, I have had some concerning health issues this summer the required five days a week/six and a half weeks of treatment in Denver. I am very pleased to report that I have made it through the course of treatment; not too badly roughed up and am able to continue on in my work.
Yes, I am excited to be in the building and available as principal for your children, our teachers, the school and communities. As those of you learned of my condition, thank you for your thoughts, concerns, prayers and well-wishes.

The coming school year is very exciting. Fall sports season starts on Aug. 14th. We wish our athletes the best for the coming season! I look forward to the coming practices next week.

Freshman Parents: MPHS Freshman Orientation is August 24th, 9am to 12pm at the MPHS Gym. It is highly recommended that your freshman student attend. This is an opportunity for your child to become acquainted with the building and staff at the same time engaging some fun activities. Don’t let your student’s first day be the First Day, give’em a leg up and a solid start.

Middle Park High School Bar-B-Q and Open House is Wednesday Sept. 6th, 5pm-7:30pm. Burgers and refreshments are provided. Message from the Principal will be 6:30pm and 6:45pm Counseling will present an overview of AP (Advanced Placement) course curriculum, expectations and testing. If this is your child’s first AP class, parents would do well to attend. Finally, the Bar-B-Q is one of the best-attended events by our parent community. Come! Say hello. Meet with friends, teachers and family.

Grand County, this is your Middle Park High School. This is what we all have in common. Welcome to a new year. Please feel very free to contact my office on any issue, concern or just a nice note, we enjoy a partnership with our parents and look forward to meeting each of you.

Go Panthers!!!!!!! -Thom. Schnellinger, Principal
New Schedule for Tuesdays
 New Schedule for Tuesdays


Important Note:
Tuesday will be a modified schedule in which Study Hall has been incorporated into the school day and appear more like Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. On the "modified" Tuesday Schedule students will be released at 4pm. Buses run regularly. Please see the attached schedule. See you next year. Have a great summer. -Mr. Schnellinger-

Athletic Info for Fall
Dear MPHS Athletes and Parents: June 5, 2017

I hope you all have a great summer break. Summers go by so fast where we live. With that said, we need to touch base on fall sports. Below is the information on fees and the things that need to be completed in order to participate in sports.

The fee to participate in athletics will be $120.00 per sport. The fee to participate in Drama (per production) and Knowledge Bowl will be $60.00. The fee to participate in Interact, SkillsUSA and FBLA will be $30.00. All fees are due before participation. We urge you to pay these fees online, however you can pay by check. Please make checks payable to East Grand School District. The MPHS Athletics and Activities Handbook is available on the web site. Please read it and make yourself aware of the policies and procedures. It seems every year we have some issues that can be addressed in that handbook.

You must register through FamilyId. The tab for this is at the top of the athletic web page. Fall sports registration will open on August 8th. Your student must take the concussion test and have a current physical. These documents and info are available on the bottom of the athletic web page.

The Fall Sports Parent Meeting will be at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 8th 2017. Free and Reduced Application Forms and Insurance Forms will be available at this meeting. The district does require that you have some kind of insurance in effect before your student can begin practice. We will also have a sign up table for help at our home events. If everyone will do just one event then no one person will get stuck doing multiple events. THANK YOU for helping us out.

Fall sports practices will begin August 14, 2017. It will be up to the individual coaches to decide exactly what their schedule will be and to communicate with their team. If your student has outstanding Athletic/Activities fees those fees must be paid in full before they will be able to begin another sport/activity. All online forms, concussion test completed, and fees must be turned in prior to practicing.

Sincerely,
Brandon Wilkes
Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
Middle Park High School
Message to Freshman Parents
Dear Parent:
Your student's initial Chromebook deposit has run it's course and is at the end of it's cycle. It is time to submit the next deposit of $50 if you would like to have coverage. Your deposit will cover breakage or damage not due to warranty issues. The first instance will be covered by the deposit. The second instance will be a $75 charge to you, with a third being a $100 charge. Any instances over three will not be covered and full payment for repairs or replacement will be your responsibility. If you do not opt to pay the deposit, you will be required to pay the full repair or damage costs. Look for a letter in the mail that includes the required paperwork for submitting or opting out of this deposit. This form must be completed and returned to the high school by December 21, 2017. All Chromebook videos, information and forms are available on the District page under Departments>Technology. If you have questions, please contact the school. Thank you.
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