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From the Principal

August 23, 2017

Parents, Guardians & Families of HSEP Students:

In just over two short weeks the doors of the High School Extension Program will open with renewed hope and enthusiasm for the 2017-2018 school year. This year will bring about positive change and renewed effort to preserve the traditions that have made the High School Extension Program successful throughout its history. I am looking forward to meeting each of you, if I haven’t already, and working cooperatively to ensure your student achieves their goals and is set up for success upon graduation from this school.

Attendance is going to be our number 1 student priority for 2017-2018. It is of the utmost importance that students attend school every day on time. With this in mind we are going to be openly tracking schoolwide attendance data and sharing this with students. Our benchmark goal is to have 85% attendance daily. If students are able to meet this mark they will be receiving monthly enrichment opportunities.

In addition to attendance, we will be focusing on providing students with a new format for Wednesdays. Students will have the opportunities to work collaboratively with their peers or independently to improve upon the culture, design, and vision for the school through genius hour. Students in the first semester will investigate problems facing the school and create solutions to make the school a better environment and more enriching experience for all who attend. They will work throughout the semester on the project and will present their findings to the public at our first Passport to Passion Night on January 17 at 6PM.

I am completely dedicated to creating a positive and innovative atmosphere for students at the High School Extension Program. I am coming to HSEP from Lawrence High School where I served as a teacher, History Department Chair, and most recently the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. I taught history for seven years prior to leaving the classroom, at which point I have championed project-based learning, inquiry-based learning and an evidence-based approach to classroom teaching. I have worked on developing career-based pathways, and hope that some of my experiences will enhance the positives that have existed here.

I am very excited to announce that we will be having a family orientation cookout to kick off school this year. The cookout will take place Tuesday, September 5 at the High School Extension Program in the front basketball court area. The cookout will take place from 11:30AM - 1:30PM and will offer an opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, myself, and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, and desserts while playing lawn games and learning more about the school. We encourage at least one member of the family to attend. For a detailed schedule of the first week please, click here.

Once again, enjoy the last two weeks of summer and we look forward to seeing everyone on September 5th. Please see below for important dates and events for the beginning of school.

First Day of School | September 5
School Kickoff Cookout | September 5 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM
No School: Rosh Hashanah | September 21
Open House | October 25 | 6 - 8PM


Ryan Souliotis