High School News from Mrs. Othmer

High School News from Mrs. Othmer

November News

Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day!

From: Edith Lovejoy Pierce

The New Year always brings new adventures. The HTRS elementary was the recipient of the TrueSchool grant that focuses on early literacy. The HTRS TrueSchool team has developed the goal of instilling the love for reading in our students and making an effort to change the “I have to read!” mindset. We are asking parents to share in that responsibility and help us to foster the wonder and excitement for reading. There are several reading activities planned for the New Year, and we will be sharing the details very soon.

Elementary students are working very hard and still earning those Titan tickets for simply doing what they need to do. In addition to that, they are striving to meet their AR goals. Teachers are seeing a tremendous amount of academic growth so we are very excited around here! 

Winter is upon us and the decision to go outside for recess is made on a day to day basis so please make sure you send your children to school prepared with coats, hats, and mittens/gloves. We have a collection of coats and snow pants that are free for the taking outside of Lanette’s office.  Please help yourself if there is a need. 
As always, high schoolers are extremely busy with athletics and activities. We are excited to announce that we have a new organization under the direction of our activities director Kara Engles. The High School Leadership Summit team. This team is comprised of the following students. Lauren Nanninga, Carissa Allen, Isaiah Lockard, Nic Knudson, Mikkayla Flynn, Cameron James, Andrew Stalder, and Natalie Novak. The mission of this team is to improve the HTRS high school climate by planning activities and encouraging the positive use of social media. 

Regular attendance seems to still be a concern with some students. The new attendance policy provides for the opportunity to reward those students for regular attendance. The students with 95% or greater attendance for the semester were put into a drawing for a $10 iTunes gift card. We are working on adding different incentives for the attendance reward. One significant change is the requirement that students not miss more than 32 hours of class time in order to have early release time at the semester. Please feel free to contact the office if you should have any questions about the new attendance policy.

“If you see something or hear something say something.” These words were actually first used by Homeland Security. We have adopted these words to use with students in terms of safety and security. Students are finally starting to see that we can’t get hung up on the “I don’t want to be a snitch” mindset. The HTRS staff feels very strongly that ALL students should feel safe and supported while attending school, and we have to work together to make sure that is happening.

2019 will be filled with opportunities for all of us. My hope for all of us is to take advantage of those opportunities to make a difference!