Welcome Back Students Turners Falls High School

  TURNERS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

              222 TURNPIKE ROAD, MONTAGUE, MA 01351

               Telephone (413) 863-7200     Fax (413) 863-0298

                Christopher Barnes, Principal

            Kristen Schreiber, Assistant Principal

August 15, 2022

Dear TFHS Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the teachers and staff of Turners Falls High School, we welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! We hope that your family has had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing your students very soon. At TFHS, we are excited to begin the year, and we look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure that our students can reach their highest potential.

When we began the school year one year ago, we were focusing on getting back to operating in a more normal manner. This year, we will continue to move things forward, and some of our areas of focus will include: analysis of student writing across the curriculum, establishing tiered supports for academics and to address social emotional health, finding opportunities for more clubs and activities, and continuing to invigorate school pride through events and activities. We have much work to do, but we are excited to get started. Below you will find a variety of information to help us get started.

A few important dates to begin the year:

  • Thursday, August 25th from 5:00-6:30 p.m.: High School Orientation for new incoming 9th graders, and any other new H.S. students
  • September 1st - First day of school for all grades (7:45-2:25)
  • Tuesday, September 13th: Student Photo Day
  • Thursday, September 22nd: TFHS Open House, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

COVID Guidelines:

As was the case during the second half of last year, students will not be required to wear masks. All students are certainly permitted to wear masks, and parents and guardians will be making that determination with their kids at home. Each family’s decision will be respected by all members of the school community.

Bus Transportation:

The bus routes continue to be finalized, and we will have them up on the website (gmrsd.org under the “parents” tab) as soon as possible. There is no “sign up” for bussing, and students who attend TFHS and live at least 1.5 miles from school will be included in the bus routes. The routes are being built according to our enrollment in each building, and once the routes are compiled, they will be posted on our website for families to view. Late bus service may begin the second full week of school, but more information on that will be coming.

Meals at School:

  1. Baker signed into law a one-year extension of School Meals for All for the 2022-2023 school year. We are officially a “universal meals” school, which means that all students will receive free lunches. Every student in MA who would like a school breakfast and/or lunch will receive meals at no cost to their family. Families will continue to have the option to put money on student accounts through PayForIt.net. Details can be found under the Parents tab on the district website. PayForIt.net can be used for purchasing a second lunch, but we will no longer be offering la carte items. All students will receive a bar code for their lunches. HS students can put them in the plastic holder for their ID’s. The menus will be online for community members to view.

Family Communication:

We will continue to utilize PlusPortals to support home-school communication. All of our communication will be managed through PlusPortals, so please be sure that we have the most current email address and phone number on file. Parents can access PlusPortals by using the link under the Parents tab on the district website, or by going directly to the web address, which is www.plusportals.com/GMRSD. If you need assistance in accessing your PlusPortal account, please call our main office at 413-863-7200. If you do not have internet access, please notify the main office so that we can provide you with paper copies of our communications. We will also be using our Facebook page and the website (gmrsd.org) to post information, updates, and photos. I will be in regular communication with families, and I would encourage families to reach out to me or Mrs. Schreiber with any questions or concerns.

School Supplies and Schedules:

  • At TFHS, each teacher will let their students know what supplies are needed in class. For the first day, students are asked to bring something to write with and an assignment notebook or planner.
  • Student schedules are on PlusPortals. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the School Counseling Office at 413-863-7203.

Supporting Your Child:

While we recognize and admire that our high school students are progressing towards independence, guidance and support by both family and school staff is essential to their success. To this end, please be sure that your child is on time and prepared for school each day. We will be utilizing our automated telephone system to call the primary number listed for a student who is marked absent, unexcused, or tardy unexcused, each day before 10:00 a.m. Calls will begin in the second full week of school, after the Add/Drop period ends on Monday, September 12th and students’ schedules are settled. If you need to report an excused absence, please call 413-863-7200.

Please contact the school with any questions. We look forward to welcoming new students on August 25th and to seeing you at Open House on the 22nd.

Sincerely,

Christopher Barnes                                                                                                Kristen Schreiber

Principal of Secondary Education                                                                           Assistant Principal

Christopher.barnes@gmrsd.org                                                                             Kristen.schreiber@gmrsd.org

 

 

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