Principal’s Message - Allegan High School

Winter Trimester Brings Lots of Excitement to AHS

December brings lots of excitement with the beginning of 2nd trimester, and all 10th-grade students off to the Tech Center for a visit on Wednesday, December 5th.  Each 10th-grade student selected three programs to visit at the Tech Center.  Some of the students will attend in the AM and the other half in the PM.  In January, 10th graders will be selecting their 11th-grade classes, and early application to the tech center is important if they would like the opportunity to attend the Tech Center next school year.

The AHS Band and Choral Winter Concert is scheduled for December 20th at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  Come out and support our Performing Arts, and get into the holiday spirit!

The Robotics Team will be getting things kicked off with an initial meeting on December 12th @ 3:30 p.m.  This is an excellent, fun, and competitive experience for our students.  Students will learn about this year’s game in January, and then the build season begins with six weeks to prepare for competition.  The team is looking for mentors and needs financial support as well.  If you are interested in helping mentor, contact Jim Mallard at the high school. If you are interested in sponsoring, please either send your donation to Allegan High School Robotics Team or visit our GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/2019-allegan-tesla-tigers-robotics?sharetype=teams&member=1088072&rcid=r01-154386851708-6d98b9cbc5b14aca&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w.

With the beginning of 2nd trimester, we want to remind parents that last year we did increase the number of absences allowed under the Attendance Incentive due to a flu epidemic that was going through the high school.  This was an exception due to those unusual circumstances and only intended for last school year.  The Attendance Incentive is still one absence this year and is not expected to increase this trimester.  Some students and/or parents are viewing this incentive as punitive when a student is ill or has to be absent because they have to take their final exams when they miss more than one day.  Please remember that this is an incentive, and we do not expect every student to achieve this goal each trimester.  If your student is ill and needs to stay home to get better, please remind them that the incentive is a great opportunity, but taking final exams is an important part of learning as well.  For example, students planning to attend college will take many exams in college.  Students planning to go into the trades will also take certification exams.  Taking exams is an important part of learning.  The incentive provides an opportunity for students to have that exam grade impact their final grade unless the final grade improves the overall grade for the class.  This should not be viewed as a punishment, and all students should be encouraged to take their final exams regardless of the incentive for future plans. Staying healthy is far more important than not taking the finals.

Student Leaders finished off the 1st trimester by placing a positive message sticky note on every student’s hall locker door!  This positive message campaign seemed to be well received by students, and we were impressed with the number of sticky notes still on lockers days after being placed on them.

Winter Break kicks off with an Early Release Day on December 21st with a 12:33 p.m. dismissal.  School will resume on Monday, January 7th, 2019.

Enjoy your winter break!

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