December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter
Posted on 12/20/2017

December, 2017

Dear Parents,

As we end the 2017 calendar year at Hastings High School, I would like to pass on some good news about our students and important information for both students and parents.  We are so fortunate that so many students and staff value “Service Above Self” to help each other and the Hastings community at all times during the year, especially at the holiday season.

The Values of Hastings High School in Partnership with our Community

  • The finest school in our area.

  • Known regionally for three keys to our school:

  1. strong and varied academic offerings,

  2. strong involvement in fine arts & activities and

  3. strong involvement in athletics.

  • Positive staff-student relationships and school climate develops a safe, trusting and supportive learning environment.

  • Promotion of the value of service to others.

How Do HHS Students and Staff Members Serve the Community?

  1. National Honor Society Food Drive

National Honor Society members went “trick-or-treating” for non-perishable food items throughout the community on Halloween night.  We are very proud of our NHS members for collecting over 6,300 pounds of food items for Hastings Family Services.  Thank you to the many Hastings area families that donated to the food drive!

  1. Adopt-A-Family Change Drive

THANK YOU to the HHS Youth Impact Council for motivating our students and staff to give $2,842.63! for needy Hastings families as identified through Hastings Family Services!  Many period 4 classes really stepped up and contributed hundreds of dollars – thank you for modeling giving for our students.  In the past fourteen years, students in Hastings have raised $58,415.37 in the Adopt-a-Family Change Drive!!  Way to go students and staff at HHS – thank you for making a difference!

  1. Holiday Wish Toy Drive

Thank you to the HHS Student Council for collecting 200 toys for needy families at Hastings Family Services!  Each year there are many Hastings families that cannot provide toys for their children due to financial difficulty.  This year alone there are 1,100 Hastings residents identified for need this holiday season.  The Student Council at Hastings High School is a major provider of toys for families, who may not have any other way to provide their child a gift.  The Student Council creates a school-wide effort to collect toys and motivate students to give of themselves – THANK YOU for all you do to create such a positive school climate at HHS!!

  1. National Honor Society Blood Drive

National Honor Society members will host the annual Blood Drive here at HHS on Friday, January 13.  Each year HHS students and staff members contribute nearly 100 units of blood.  This event is run solely by the NHS student officers – signing up students during their lunches December 11-16, promoting the drive, setting up for the event and caring for donors after they have given blood.  Red Cross staff members are here to draw blood, monitor donors and pack/store the blood.

Athletic Department Updates

Stay connected to Raiders sports by visiting the athletics website, and following on us on Twitter.  You are encouraged to visit the website by clicking on the “athletics” button on the HHS home page, or going directly to the page at www.hastingsathletics.org.  The site features team pages for every season and sport, staff directory and contact information, schedules and local facility maps, a parent handbook for athletics, and registration information. The athletic department Twitter handle is @HHS_RaiderNews.  This platform has over 300 followers, and is used to announce events, provide updates, and celebrate student success.   Please follow us to stay up to date!

New in 2017-18, HHS is offering electronic “season passes” for admission to all home varsity athletic events.   Season passes enhance our level of customer service, create a more efficient and secure purchasing and entry process, honor families with multiple student-athletes or multi-sport athletes, and increase attendance at HHS events.   Two options are available, and both provide admission to all home HHS athletic events, for all seasons, not including section playoff games.   Season passes are available in electronic format only.   Please visit the athletics website for more information at http://www.hastingsathletics.org/news_article/show/819159?referrer_id=2522986.  

“Student sports directors” continue to have a prominent role in the athletic office.  These junior and senior students earn one semester of independent study credit by creating features on Raiders athletic teams and individuals. They routinely post blogs, podcasts, and short videos.   You can view their work and learn more about your favorite athletic teams by visiting the student sports director page under the “multimedia” tab on the athletics website, or by going directly to the page at http://www.hastingsathletics.org/page/show/2614824-student-sports-directors.

Link Crew “Cocoa and Cram Night”

Link Crew is excited to host the “Cocoa and Cram” event on Thursday, January 18 from 2:40 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the high school commons in partnership with Student Council.  This event is open to all freshmen and their Link Crew Leaders.  The purpose of this event is to give freshmen a head start on studying for finals which will take place the following week.  Free cocoa will be flowing from 2:40 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. along with study help provided by the junior and senior Link Crew leaders as well as a number of faculty members.  Advance copies of review sheets will be available for some classes.  This will be a fun and meaningful event that we hope all freshmen will take advantage of.

This year the Link Crew leaders have been very involved with freshman and their first-day orientation, ongoing “Links with Links” activities, a Halloween decorating event, attending school events together, an activity fair, and creating the annual Thanksgiving “Tree of Thanks.”  Way to go freshmen and Link Leaders!

Yearbook

The hottest selling book in Hastings has been the 2018 Hastings High School yearbook.  In partnership with Jostens, our yearbook publisher, students and parents have been able to purchase their yearbook from home using the toll-free service 1-866-282-1516 or on-line at www.jostensyearbooks.com   The price of the book is $80.00, but is on sale now for just $75.00 through February 2.  So far, sales have been brisk, but time is running out.  If you haven't ordered the 2018 yearbook, please do so right away.  A limited number of books will be available next spring, so only students who have purchased their book in advance will be sure to get one.

If you're in a position to help out, each year some students miss out on a chance to own the high school yearbook because of financial circumstances in their families.  Since we are selling books at cost, we have no way of giving books to these kids, unfortunately.  Please send a check made out to Hastings High School and mark "Yearbook Donation."  The total cost of the book is $75.00, but any contribution would be welcome.  Our first priority will be to get yearbooks to deserving seniors, so that they can revisit their memories for years to come through the pages of this important book.   Your gift would be one they would treasure for a lifetime.

Family Connection

What is your next step after high school?  Planning for your post-secondary life can be daunting, exciting, and terrifying.  The Hastings High School Counseling Department is committed to help students plan for their futures.  One tool we use to aid us in this process is called Family Connection.  It is basically a “one-stop shop” for career research and college planning.  Counselors meet with each student, each year of high school, to walk them through all of the amazing features of this program.  Students take learning style assessments, career and personality inventories, and build and maintain resumes.  They create a career portfolio that includes all of the career research they have done throughout high school.  Once their junior and senior year rolls around, students primarily use the tool to research colleges, apply to universities, and search for scholarships.  Students (and parents) can access Family Connection anytime – it is a web-based program, so as long as you have internet access you are set!  Head to the HHS Counseling website, click on the “Family Connection” link, click on the “Succeed” logo.  The “email” is simply the student’s SchoolView username (graduationyear.firstname.lastname, i.e. 18.Michael.Johnson).  The password is the student’s school ID number.  Let the fun begin and log on to Family Connection today!

Registration

It is hard to believe, but the registration process for next year is already underway.  Counselors, teachers, and administrators are finishing up changes to the course guide.  Teachers are preparing videos to highlight their department’s elective options (including many new and exciting course options).  Counselors are assembling the registration materials and preparing for the incoming registration planning event.  Once we get back from the winter break, we will hit the ground running.  Registration is typically finalized by the end of February.  Students have an entire week of instruction and guidance on how to register and what to register for.  Feel free to visit the HHS website for more information.

Hastings School Store

Come in for your last minute Christmas shopping gifts and receive 20% off select items.  The school store website is on the Hastings High School home page under ‘About Us’.  Please email hhs-store@hastings.k12.mn.us if you have questions about clothing availability or are interested in coming between 2:30 and 3:30 to make sure we are available.  Thank you for your continued support.  

        

2018 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) Friday, June 8, 2018

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Tickets for ANGP

Buy your Grad Party ticket today!  The cost is $50 and it will increase to $60 on January 1st.  The final cost at the door is $100, so get your ticket now at 50% off!  We use money from ticket sales to purchase all those wonderful prizes.  Purchasing your ticket now allows us to get out there and take advantage of some great holiday sales!

There are 2 ways to purchase tickets:

  1. Online - go to www.hastingsgradparty.com and click on “tickets.”  Please note, you will not receive a paper ticket, nor will you need one.  We will have a master list of ticket sales at check-in the night of the party.


  1. Student Office - tickets may be purchased at the HHS Student Office by check or cash.  Important: please make your check out to “Hastings All Night Grad Party.”

**If you are unable to afford the ticket cost, please contact Asst. Principal Kris Husaby to fill out a request form.  All requests are confidential and no student will be turned away for financial reasons.

Volunteer for ANGP

We need hundreds of volunteers to make this party happen.  There are many types of volunteer opportunities during the school year, the week of graduation, and the night of the party.  It’s fun watching the grads have a wonderful time. (And the volunteers have a great time too!)  Please volunteer online at www.hastingsgradparty.com or contact Julie Larson at 651-335-7785, email her at julieaslarson@comcast.net.

Fundraising/Donations for ANGP

The All Night Grad Party is a self-funding event and receives no money from the school district.  We rely on donations and fundraising efforts to make this important party a reality year after year.  Please support our fundraising efforts or make a donation and help make the 2018 party a success!  The best way to help financially support the Grad party is by making an online donation on our website www.hastingsgradparty.com.  Your donation is tax deductible!

If you have any questions about the All Night Grad Party, please contact Jody Rudh at tjrudy@comcast.net  or 651-438-0130

Break for Breakfast: Take a Few Minutes to Fuel Up!

Did you know Hastings High School serves breakfast daily in the cafeteria from 7:15-7:45am and 8:15-8:45am?  We offer one hearty hot entree option and several cold choices every day for only $1.30 per meal. (See menu on next page for all daily breakfast choices!) If your child has qualified for free or reduced priced meals breakfast is FREE every day to your child.  Each meal comes with an entrée, an optional protein item, fruit, and milk.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but unfortunately, most of us do not have enough time for this meal between waking up and getting to school on time.  Breakfast literally means breaking the fast between the time you last ate before you went to bed and when you woke up.  If we do not break the fast, our body and brain continues to go without the food and energy it needs. It starts to go in starvation mode, making it more difficult for our bodies to perform as we need them to during the day. Several of our breakfast options are quick and easy to eat on the go, so be sure to check out our menu and stop down to the cafeteria to try our breakfast!

Meal Account Balances

Thank you to parents and staff who have worked hard to make sure their students have positive meal accounts! When everyone pays their share, ALL students can benefit with exceptional lunches that include high-quality lean meats and fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. We know that sometimes it is not easy, so if you or someone you know is struggling to keep up with meal account payments, please reach out to us. We are willing to work with you to keep your student’s balance current or help you complete a Free & Reduced Meals Application. Contact Kim Harren, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, at 651-480-7126.

Important Information

  1. Holiday Break.  School will not be in session Monday, December 25, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  School will resume Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

  2. Registration for next year.  The 2018-19 Hastings High School Course Guide is being completed and will be available on line at the beginning of January.  Please become familiar with the graduation requirements and course offerings.  Registration will occur in school during the months of January and February.  Parents do need to sign and approve their child’s registration forms, which students bring home after meeting with counselors about academic requirements, approved NCAA courses and entrance standards of post-secondary institutions.

  3. No school Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

  4. Semester 1 Final Exams.  The final exams for semester 1 classes will be January 24 and 25, 2018 according to the schedule below.  All students must take final exams on these dates.  Please contact the student office at 480-7485 if your child will have a conflict.  Please note that any finals that are missed due to student absences will be scheduled for make up after these final exam test dates.

Wednesday, January 24 – finals in periods 1, 3, 5 and 7.

Thursday, January 25 – finals in periods 2, 4 and 6 – from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. there is time for students to finish any finals or make up work with teachers.  If students do not have the need to see teachers, they are welcome to be in the commons until the busses come at 2:30 p.m. or they may leave if they have transportation.

  1. No school Friday, January 26 – teacher grading workshop.

  2. First Day of Semester 2 - Semester 2 classes begin Monday, January 29.

  3. No school Friday, February 16 – teacher staff training/development.

  4. No school Monday, February 19 – President’s Day.

  5. Conferences.  Semester 2 conferences will be Thursday, March 1 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, March 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. & from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  6. Spring Break.  School will not be in session due to spring break Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16.  School will resume Monday, March 19.

If you have any questions or concerns about these or any other issue, feel free to contact me directly at

651-480-7474. Thank you for your continued support!                 

Sincerely,

Mike Johnson - Principal