Dear Student and Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff, I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! I am excited to start another year as the Principal of Ansonia High School. I am looking forward to working alongside parents so we can challenge and support our students in Ansonia High School.

My primary objective is to teach the value of education to all of our students. The only way to achieve this is by working collaboratively with parents and the community 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 and the value of a high school diploma. 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. It is also important that you encourage your child to get involved in extra-curricular activities. We have numerous sports, clubs, and organizations that support academic success and can provide students with more meaningful high school experiences. Be sure to check our website and Ansonia Public School’s Facebook page regularly for news and announcements.

Schedules for the 2019-2020 schoolyear will be mailed home in the middle of August. The master building schedule and all individual student schedules were created by working in collaboration with your child's school counselor throughout last spring. Your child's schedule will reflect both their choices and graduation requirements. Changes to individual schedules can be requested beginning August 29th and ending September 12th. All requests must be accompanied by a completed schedule change form including parent/guardian signature. The schedule change form will be available on the first day of school and will be processed in the order they are received. If you notice there is an error in your schedule, (i.e. you have already taken a class that appears for the 2nd time, you are missing a required course, etc.) please reach out to your counselor via email.  Counselor assignments for the 19-20 school year follow.

Wendy Chin- [email protected]    

Grade 9

PACE

Daphne DaRosa-Edwards- [email protected]

Grades 10 and 11- A-M

Grade 12- A-L

Erin Corso [email protected]

Grades 10 and 11- Corso M-Z

Grade 12- N-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 Wednesday, August 28th. We ask that you review the regular bus schedule in the newspaper or online so that your child arrives on time.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you are signed up on Parent Portal to check your child’s grades.
  • Summer reading has been posted to the website. All reading must be finished by the first day of school.
  • Cell phones have become an area of concern.  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