Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Principal's Message - August 2012

Welcome back!  We hope you had a restful summer and are ready to return to school.  On behalf of the staff of Sullivan Heights Secondary I welcome you to the 2012-2013 school year!  Sullivan Heights is an outstanding school where we are proud of our reputation, traditions, and record of success in academics, athletics, fine arts and citizenship.   As your Principal, I look forward to working with our Sullivan community to help our students reach their goals and further their learning.

In your school start-up package, you should have a magnetic calendar, a locker information sheet and a student schedule. Please review this material and specifically look over the student schedule carefully.   This year we made a significant change to our school bell schedule to include a 5th period in the day. Grade 8, 9 & 10 students attend from periods 1 to 4 and grade 11 & 12 students attend from periods 1 to 5. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s schedule, the counsellors will be available to answer your questions from August 27th to 31st.  If you need to see a counselor, please call the school to schedule an appointment.  Note that the school will be closed on August 30th for a Professional Development Day.  For the first day of school on September 4th, remember to wear your best outfit and polish your smile because we start off with a homeroom and student photos. 

For this school year, I am pleased to welcome the following new STAR staff to Sullivan Heights: Mr. Yoo and Ms. Casalis teaching BASES, Ms. Mulji and Ms. Chawla teaching Science, Ms. White teaching Home Economics, Ms. MacKenzie teaching French,  Mr. Moffett teaching Planning, English and Law, Ms. Frame teaching Math and Mr. Sutter teaching  IT, Planning and PE. I would also like to welcome back Ms. Brockway who is returning from maternity leave and Ms. Tran who is returning from a personal leave.

I send out a very special welcome to the grad class of 2017… our new Grade 8 students!  Welcome to Sullivan Heights! We are very excited about having you at Sullivan Heights.  We are hosting our grade 8 Parent and Student BBQ on Sept 12th and our Annual grade 8 Day on Sept 26th.  Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend these special events.

I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to this year’s grad class of 2013… As the graduating class, you have a special and important role to play in the life of our school. As senior students, we look forward to your leadership and the sense of purpose you provide to the rest of the student body.  Make this year bet best year ever, both for yourselves as individuals, and also for our school.  Our kick off for grade 12 students is the grade 12 Grad Parent BBQ on Sept. 25th.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new and current Sullivan Heights parents.  I must say that it is really is an honour serving as your child’s Principal.  I look forward to meeting all of you and really encourage each of you to take time to get to know your child’s school.  You are all invited to get involved in the school by participating in and supporting our outstanding Parent Advisory Committee.  Our first PAC meeting is on Sept. 24th at 7 pm in our school library.  PAC meetings are held regularly on the last Monday of each month. All parents are welcome. 

At Sullivan Heights we recognize that we are one of the pinnacles of our community, a place where your children come every day to have rich, meaningful learning experiences. At Sullivan Heights, we are all looking forward to the energy, enthusiasm, talent, and interests, our students bring to school every day.  I encourage you to talk with your child about taking full advantage of our programs, clubs, teams, and activities.  Our programs and courses are designed to provide your child with every opportunity to reach their full potential and success.  As parents, I encourage you to get actively involved in the life of our school.  The five years of high school are the formative years that help pave the path for your child’s success. These years serve as the stepping-stones to your child becoming an adult.  It is our aim to help foster and develop good habits that will help your child to succeed.  Our goal is to strike a balance between schoolwork and social living, to instill a deeper appreciation for the value of lifelong learning. 

We believe that Sullivan Heights is a place where everyone can experience success. At Sullivan Heights we ask all our students to make a commitment to themselves and their learning so they can achieve their best and take charge of their learning.  At Sullivan, you are a STAR in all that you do. 
We are all looking forward to an enjoyable and successful year – See you on Sept 4th!


Mr. R. Hayes

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