Monday Message: August 14


 

MONDAY MESSAGE AUGUST 14, 2017
 
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
 
Dear Parents and Friends,
 
Welcome and Welcome Back!  I am excited to get this year started.  It has been a busy summer with helping with summer school, hiring staff, and of course the construction.  If you haven’t seen it yet, there has been a lot of work done and we are excited for all the change.
 
Speaking of change the offices moved.  The attendance, counseling, nurse’s and administration offices are all located near the high school quad between the two 2-story buildings.  These bungalows had major renovations so that three classrooms became offices for 13 people.  Soon we will also have some temporary parking near this area for parents coming to school for meetings, to pick up students from the nurse’s office, etc.  
 
I agree with Karl Lagerfeld, “What I love best in life is new starts.”  I cannot wait for the start of this new year and all that it has in store.
 
Go Sharks!
Cheli Nye, Ed.D.
 
SCHOOL NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
WELCOME TO THE MONDAY MESSAGE: ALL
The Monday Message is a weekly email created for parents and includes school news, announcements, a calendar and details about upcoming events. The Monday Message is sent via email to all parents on Monday mornings and posted online at http://malibuhigh.org/news_monday_message.  If you are not receiving this message via email, please contact Laurie Morgan at lmorgan@smmusd.org to be added to our mail list. We are always looking for ways to improve school-to-home communication. If you have any suggestions and/or would like something included in the Monday Message please email Hillary Weissman at hweissman@smmusd.org. We welcome items from staff, students, parents and the wider Malibu community.

REGISTRATION FORMS: ALL
“Get Your Stuff Day” is coming up August 15 (Middle School) and August 16 (High School) from 8:30 -12:30 in the new gym.  Please remember to go online to access registration forms http://malibuhighschool.org/registration and access important documents.  

LOCKER ASSIGNMENTS: M.S
Mr. Tucker will work with students (not sure the grades 6, 7, and 8) along with Mr. Greene to distribute lockers and locks.  Each student will be given instructions on how to operate the locks and will also have several opportunities to open and close them to ensure proper usage.  
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: ALL
Follow the links below to find answers to some of the frequently asked questions of new parents at MHS.  This information can be found on our school website and in the Student Handbook located at the front of your student’s agenda.
»Attendance Guidelines includes information on what to do when your student is absent or arrives late to school.  
»Bell Schedule
»Cafeteria Services/Lunch Menus includes lunch menu, cost and how to pay for lunch meals online or at school, where students eat on campus and information about Free and Reduced Price Meals.  
»Grades, Online Access Illuminate is our online gradebook and a valuable tool for parents to stay informed on student progress and attendance. 6th grade parents will receive a letter with an access code soon. New parents in grades 7- 12th should email their counselors for an access code. Be patient, the parent portal will be updated for the new school year shortly. Follow the link for counselor contact information.
 
TRAFFIC SAFETY, DROP OFF AND PICK UP, PARKING AVAILABILITY: ALLThe first week of school and when dropping off and picking up your child will become smooth but here are a few thing to keep in mind:
•    Drop off and Pick up is still located at the front of the school.
•    The main entrance for students from the drop off area is the entrance by the theater.
 
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: ALL
There has been a lot of work done on campus this summer.  Here are some highlights:
•    The middle school building has been completely demoed.
•    The administration and library buildings are just days away from demolition.
•    New bathrooms are almost complete in the D (100’s and 200’s) building.
•    A brand new track!
•    Windows, doors and floor along with some other projects have been completed in our music and arts buildings.
We are now gearing up for the next phases that include completion of many of these projects along with the completion of the new parking lot and the most exciting will be the start of the new middle school, administration and library.
 
OPENING WEEK OF SCHOOL:
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: EVERYONE
The first day of school is TUESDAY, August 22. High and Middle school students will pick up their official schedule in the New Gym.  Mr. Sferra, Mrs. Dahm, and Mrs. Nickerson will also be in the new gym and available to assist students.  ASB representative from both the high school and middle school will be in the gym and sprinkled throughout campus ready to assist student locating classes.  Once students receive their schedule they will then proceed to the first period class shown on the official schedule.  Even if students believe there is an error, they are to attend all the classes shown on their official schedule.  There are no schedule changes the first day of school.  Note for 6th graders who have Physical Education (PE) 1st period: Middle School PE teachers will be outside on the blacktop on upper campus where they will meet their 6th grade students on the first day of school. High School begins at 7:50 a.m. and Middle School begins at 8:00 a.m.
 
HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE CHANGES:  (9-12)
Seniors will be able to schedule appointments to see their counselor starting Thursday, August 24, juniors on Friday, August 25, Sophomores Monday, August 28, and Freshman Tuesday, August 27.  Dr. Weissman will be available to schedule appointments for students during lunch in the High School quad.
 
NEW PARENT ORIENTATION:  ALL (6th grade parents and all new to the school)
This is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 15th at noon in C-19. C-19 is located on the Juan Cabrillo campus across from the new gym. We will discuss the many things that Malibu High has to offer and answer questions about the school.

MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY: ALL
Make-Up Picture Day is August 30th during nutrition to take your picture for the yearbook, ID card and/or if you would like to order school pictures. All students, including seniors, must have their picture taken for a student ID card.  Students opting to purchase school pictures should return the school picture order form online or go to the attendance office for more information.

SAVE THE DATE FOR BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: ALL
You are cordially invited to Malibu High School's Annual Back to School Nights.  Back to School Night is our opportunity to share our expectations of your student and for you to know what to expect from us as partners in your student’s learning. We are proud of the work we do here at Malibu High and look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for the new school year with you.  Middle School Back to School Night is August 31st  and High School Back to School Night is September 14th. Both events begin with an informal reception at 6:00 p.m. in the MHS Amphitheater, followed by a welcome meeting at 6:30 p.m. and classroom visits at 7:00 p.m.

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