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    Saturday, June 25, 2022


    Well, we made it through the 2021-2022 school year.  It has definitely been a year like no other. 

    On the last day of the school year, I had the opportunity to speak with the students that were in attendance (approximately half of the high school student body).  In that discussion, I relayed some of the changes that will be occurring for next year.  So, I would like to highlight some of those items for you here as well.

    1) Cell Phones...they will no longer be allowed in the classrooms.  Cell phones are to be kept in student lockers during the course of the day.  They have become so much of a distraction that it is greatly affecting student learning.  Consequences for not keeping cell phones in lockers include:  1st offense...warning, parent/guardian will need to pick up phone;  2nd offense...Friday School, parent/guarding will need to pick up phone; 3rd offense...one day of OSS, parent/guardian will need to pick up phone; all subsequent offenses will result in OSS days and parent/guardin retrieval.  Students will be able to access/use their phones during lunch. 

    2)  ICU will be discontinued for the upcoming school year.  It will now be a voluntary study hall during the times of Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 245 PM to 330 PM.  It is the student's responsibility to utilize this time wisely.  Teachers and staff are here to help every student.  However, the student needs to be present...again, the student's responsibility.  I will no longer be monitoring the door to watch for students who are supposed to be in a particular classroom.  If you need help, get yourself there.  As a student...take charge of your education!  

    3)  Dress Code...in discussions with the high school student council, it has been decided that the old 'finger-tip length' rule comes back into effect when it comes to shorts, skirts, dresses, etc.  Also, the old 'three finger width' measurement for shoulder straps and shirts will be in effect.    

    4)  Over the last 10-15 years, in my opinion, we have afforded students countless opportunities to turn in assignments late and/or retake tests.  That will not occur anymore.  Deadlines need to be met, plain and simple.  It's time to get the job done.  (note:  obviously if there are IEP/504 accommodations on file, they will be met)  It's my belief that we have been enabling students for far too long and generally doing them a disservice when it comes to them leaving our doors after graduation with what we have been doing. 

    As you can see from the four items mentioned above, it's time to get back to the BASICS of education.  I do anticipate obstacles/challenges along the way.  However, I do believe that we can get back to what we need to be doing...educating the students rather than being distracted by every little thing.  This may sound a little out of the ordinary from the direction of many schools these days, but I think a 'reboot' is in order to better serve ALL of our students.  If at any time you have a question regarding any of the above information, please feel free to contact me at the high school office. 

    Please enjoy your summer.  Get some much needed rest and relaxation.  


    K.J. Poepping, Principal

    MASSP President