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PTA News and Announcements


January 23

Mid-term make-up day

January 27
9:00 am

Coffee with Principal

January 31

Founders Day

February 9

Curriculum Open House

February 17

Staff Development Day

February 20-24

February Break

Coffee with the Principal featuring SHS Literacy Coaches

Did you know that the single best predictor for improving reading comprehension at any age is reading volume? Learn this and more when SHS Literacy Coaches Rebecca Marsick and Barbara Robbins join Principal James D’Amico for the January PTA Coffee on January 27th at 9:00 am in the faculty dining room. And if you have time before the coffee check out the following book lists:
NPR Reading Concierge
NYT 100 Notable Books of 2016
Top 10 Books to Give Adolescent Boys Who Say They Hate Reading
Publishers Weekly Best YA Books 2016
24 of the Most Powerful Graphic Novels
Race and Civil Rights Books
Barnes and Noble Teen Bloggers' Favorite Books of 2016

SHS PTA Nominating Committee Seeking Parent Volunteers

The SHS PTA Nominating Committee is in the process of identifying candidates to fill open positions for the 2017-18 PTA Board. If you have an interest in serving on the Board next year in any capacity or if you have any questions about any positions, please contact one of the chairs Jody Beck ( or Julianne Thompson

Reflection Winners Announced
Congratulations! The PTA is pleased to announce our school’s winners in this year's PTA Reflections Program, "What Is Your Story?" First place winners will advance to the next round of judging for our State Reflections Program. Thank you to all students who participated in this contest.

Literature: 1st Place, Natasha Johnson: “We will break through”
2nd Place, Maria Tergis “The Empty Project: From Inside to Out”
Photography: 1st Place, Sarah Barnett: “Growing: A Upward Spiral
2nd Place, Nicholas Brown: “Transparent Future”

1st Place, Antonia Sousa “Moments”
2nd Place, Christopher Russi: “A Day Having Daydreams”

Visual Arts:

1st Place, Sophie Driscoll: Collage “Sophie Elizabeth”
2nd Place, Mari Sachs: Watercolor “Something Magical”

Dance: 1st Place Sarah Barnett: “Close to the Sun”

Guidance Department News

Schedule changes: All students who need any adjustment to their schedule for 2nd semester can see their counselor during lunch periods on Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th. No appointment necessary.

Local scholarships available: Applications are now being accepted for Staples Tuition Grants, Westport Woman’s Club and Westport P.A.L. Scholarships. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Course selection schedule: Starting in February, Counselors will begin to meet with students for course selection for the 2017-18 school year. Grade 11 will be seen from February 13th–16th. Grade 10 will be seen March 6th–10th. Grade 9 will be seen from March 20th–24th. Please be sure that all students sign up for guidance appointments during the week that is scheduled for their grade.

Spring Sports Sign-up

Spring sports registration opens February 1st. Go to to register. Please check the Staples Athletics website for meeting and try out information for this upcoming season.

Appropriate use of PTA Directory

Please note our policy on use of the PTA directory/email addresses: The authorization to use the email addresses collected by the SHS PTA for purposes of communicating with its members is granted solely to the SHS PTA in connection with PTA communications and matters strictly related to school events and classroom activities. Any other use of such information, directly or indirectly, by any other person or entity, is unauthorized and expressly prohibited. Unauthorized uses include, but are not limited to, commercial announcements (advertisements), group discussions and social events unrelated to school. Inappropriate e-mails should be forwarded to the PTA Co-Presidents or school administration.

Board of Education

The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Monday, January 23rd at 7:30pm. Click here for the current meeting agenda. This meeting can also be viewed live on channel 78 or via computer on the district’s website or by clicking here: BOE Meeting Live Stream

Community Bulletin Board Information - click here for community info and events!

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