December 3, 2018
TO: ALL Parents and Students at Tooele High School, 2018-2019
FROM: Jeffrey D. Hamm, Principal, Tooele High School
Dear Parents and Students:
Happy Holidays! It appears that Winter is upon us, bringing with it ALL the excitement and opportunity of our Winter Sports programs, Winter Dance and Music Concerts, Winter Tree Festival, and the Winter Ball. Best of luck to ALL our students and staff involved with each of these extracurricular programs--enjoy your respective seasons!!
Attached you will find your child's mid-term grades for second-quarter. We would ask you to please review these with your student(s)--including accessing the fuller, more detailed report on the SIS (Aspire) grading system--and then contact your child(s) teacher(s) if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding their grades. We would also ask you to review your student's attendance periodically--and consistently--with them so that there are not any surprises at the end of the quarter (or year) with "UA's" and/or any other potential truancy issues.
We would like to share a couple other items of information from THS, as follows . . .
We look forward to whatever challenges lie ahead and competing in Class 4A for at least two more years until the next regularly-scheduled UHSAA realignment in 2020.
Our admittedly high expectations for ALL students have never wavered at Tooele High School: in class, on time, every day. It is black and white; students are either in class and out of the hallways by the time the tardy bell rings, or they are not. If they are not--and if they do not have an admit slip from the attendance office or a hall pass--they will now run the risk of being issued a “Tardy Ticket,” starting in January. Tardy Tickets will be administered according to the following three-strike rule:
[*For those who cannot afford to pay their fines, alternative methods of makeup for tardy tickets will be provided. More specific information will be forthcoming as second semester draws near.]
Please understand that we have no desire to play “gotcha” with kids; nor are we looking to profiteer off anyone’s poor attendance habits. Truth be told, it would be much easier for us to simply ignore the problem and hope for it to get better without doing anything different at all. But we can no longer let these truancy issues slide. Good attendance is tied to good grades and better academic performance all the way around, which is what we are constantly striving for at Tooele High School--to be the BEST!!
Thus, we are simply implementing these tardy and truancy tickets to serve as a deterrent, and to help our students stay motivated to attend ALL their classes, on time, every day. We simply wanted to make you aware now that this will be happening next semester so that parents will have time to discuss this new protocol with their students. As always, we appreciate everyone’s support in helping our students achieve their potential and ultimately grow and mature into the best versions of themselves.
Congratulations to ALL and thank you for representing Tooele High School with GREAT Buffalo Pride! We are SUPER PROUD of our Academic Accomplishments!!
Finally, please review the attached Dates of Importance to keep up with what’s going on at our school during the month of December. Our Winter Recess runs from Monday, December 24-Tuesday, January 1. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
~Dates of Importance: DECEMBER 2017~
As always, we would like to thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding, and support as we have gotten everything up and running this year and, hopefully, gotten everyone working together on behalf of ALL our students. We appreciate the opportunity we have to work with you on behalf of your students each and every day. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns; I can be reached at the enclosed (email) address and/or telephone number(s) during school hours at your convenience.
Thank you for your interest in and continued support of Tooele High School!!
Jeffrey D. Hamm, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Tooele High School (435) 833-1978