James M. Bennett High
Respect. Responsibility. Ready to Learn.
- James M. Bennett High
Parent Message 1-12
Good evening Clippers. This is Principal Savage with your weekly message.
Overall our students did a good job the first full week of 2020. We still have some students who are consistently arriving late to school and some who try to be in the hallway during instruction time. From the start of the school year hallways were something we declared as a priority. Our data shows that we are true to our word as we saw a significant increase in office referrals as it relates to students being in the hallway. This increase is a result of holding students accountable and providing consequences as needed. With the addition of our second campus patrol staff member and a continued effort to address the hallways we are hopefully, that those numbers will decline as sometime things must go up before they come down. I have also learned that sometimes things don’t change as fast as you want them too but if you continue to stay focused on the task at hand, in time it will change.
As always, we need your support in helping students achieve graduation. Please be sure to look at parent portal to monitor student grades, if grades are low start asking about class attendance. Many students who are failing have a pattern of avoiding class.
As you monitor your student’s performance at school both academically and behaviorally, keep in mind the county has made an effort to provide more avenues for students to achieve graduation. Some of those include the following:
- Dual College Enrollment – see attachment
- Evening High School – see attachment
- Online Learning – see attachment
If you have any questions about these options, please reach out to guidance Department.
As you know mid-term exams are fast approaching. The mid-term exam exemption policy is a county wide policy and it is specific about the requirements to be exempt from exams but the requirement that most often gets the attention is the number of days students can miss in order to be exempt.
SEMESTER AVERAGE* MAXIMUM DAYS ABSENT**
A 4 days absent – Excused or Unexcused
B 3 days absent – Excused or Unexcused
C 2 days absent – Excused or Unexcused
This impacts 11th and 12th grade students.
Just a few reminders:
- Senior parent meeting will take place Monday (13th) at 7 in the media center.
- PTSA meeting and classroom visitation will take place on January 16th from 5-7.
- The annual Martin Luther King Day Jr. Celebration for Youth is on Monday January 20th from 8am – 12noon at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. Bus transportation and chaperones are being provided from various locations throughout the county. Check out the attachments for more information.
- The 2nd term ends on January 24th.
- The freshman class will be having a Valentine’s Candy Gram fundraiser and are in search of donation of individually wrapped candies.
As always there are a lot of great events happening each week so be sure to check out the bulletin and Facebook.
Thank you and have a great evening.