Dear Student and Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff, I welcome you to the 2018/2019 school year! I am extremely excited to start my first year as the Principal of Ansonia High School. As I join the Ansonia community, I am looking forward to working alongside parents so we can challenge and support our students at Ansonia High School.

My primary goal this year is to learn as much as I can about Ansonia High School and the Ansonia community. I plan on working collaboratively with parents to build the best academic experience for all of our students. I promise to have an open-door policy and always take time to listen to student and parent concerns.

I ask that you regularly speak to your child about their classes. This includes conversations about homework and upcoming projects/test. You should also regularly check your child’s grades on the parent portal. If you have questions about grades or workload, please email your child’s teacher. I also ask that you check our website regularly for news and announcements.

Student schedules will be available the first day of school. The schedules will be handed out in homeroom. The first two weeks of school, students may request to add/drop a class. There will be forms available in homeroom, as well as in the guidance office, on the first day of school when students receive their schedule. Forms can be submitted in guidance and will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Changes will not be made unless the Add/Drop form is completed in its entirety; including Parent signature, student signature, and teacher signature. Please keep in mind after the add/drop period is over, any courses dropped will be considered withdraw fail (w/f) on student’s permanent transcripts, whether they are passing the class or not.

Please feel free to email your child’s counselor to discuss schedule changes as well.

 

Katelyn Foran [email protected]

Grade 9 A-Gi

Grades 10-12 A-G

 

Daphne DaRosa-Edwards [email protected]

Grade 9 Gj-M

Grades 10-12 H-P

 

Erin Corso [email protected]

Grade 9 N-Z

Grades 10-12 Q-Z

 

To our parents/guardians: we ask that you please read all of the forms/policy statements that are mailed home, and sign where necessary.  Your child should return all completed forms to homeroom on the first day of school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We will begin serving breakfast at 6:50 a.m. and students must be in their seats for homeroom at 7:15 a.m.  Dismissal will be at 1:50 p.m. Late arrival has a negative impact on students’ learning and we ask for your help in ensuring students arrive on time.

Please note these other important reminders:

  • The first day of school will be Monday, August 27th. We ask that you review the regular bus schedule in the newspaper or online so that your child arrives on time.
  • Cafeteria prices for the 2018/2019 school year are as follows: Breakfast $2.00, Lunch $3.00, and Milk $.50.
  • The attendance policy will be in full effect. A student with nine absences in a half-year course and eighteen in a full-year course can lose credit. 
  • Cell phones have become an area of concern. We understand the need for teenagers to carry cell phones; our concern is their use during the school day. Students often take calls and text messages during class.  This causes a disruption to the students’ learning as well as the learning of others.  Therefore, cell phones are not allowed to be used during the school day.  If students have their phones on (including silent/vibrate), they will be confiscated and returned only to a parent/guardian.
  • Dress Code: The Student Dress Code will be enforced beginning the first day of school.  Copies of the order forms are available at the high school for the appropriate shirts (available at On Time Printing in Derby). Dress khaki pants, shorts, skirts and capris are available at Old Navy, Wal-Mart, Target, H & M, and various other stores. Students not properly dressed the first day will be loaned proper wear or they may purchase what they are given.  If the student returns again without the proper attire, they will be sent home for insubordination, an offense which can lead to suspension.

I expect all of our students to take their education seriously. This means arriving to school on time, being an active listener in class, keeping up with homework and asking for help when needed. It is my hope that they will contribute to the Ansonia community in and outside of school.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

 

Paul Giansanti

Principal