Middle/High School Principal’s
As the summer winds down, I will begin by welcoming you to
the 2015-2016 school year. Antwerp’s
goal each school year is to provide a quality education based around developing
our students’ critical thinking, collaborative and communication skills. With a
focused effort to develop these particular skills, our students will be college
and career ready. To accomplish this, we
must maintain a positive learning environment where students take
“ACCOUNTABILITY” for their actions.
Antwerp Middle/High School, as an educational institution,
has an obligation to provide a safe learning environment where all students
will receive a quality education. To
accomplish this, students will understand and exhibit ACCOUNTABILITY. This
involves students taking responsibility for their actions whether positive or
negative. Our students must be aware of the rules, policies, procedures, and
regulations for which they will be held ACCOUNTABLE. There are a few policies that will be
emphasized to the students and I ask for your help and support in these areas
as well: dress code, electronic equipment, attendance, bullying, inappropriate
language, and public display of affection.
These are only a few of the policies, so I emphasize that you
intently read through the student handbook after the student receives it. You will also be able to access the student
handbook on the school website.
Under the dress code policy, a
student’s hair color must be a natural color.
It is the parents’/student responsibility to make sure when hair that is
dyed is a natural color.
The second topic is the length of
the shorts/dresses, wearing of spaghetti strap tops, and jeans. In addition, shorts
or jeans must be worn at waist level. The length of shorts/dresses must reach
their fingertips when arms are placed to the side.
The third is our electronic
equipment policy, which indicates students shall not use or possess personal devices
during the school day. Unauthorized electronic equipment will be confiscated
from the student and disciplinary action will be taken.
A fourth involves our attendance
policy, which emphasizes the importance on daily attendance. Attendance is
important in developing a quality work ethic.
A student must have a doctor’s note for every absence beyond five
Lastly, a discussion should happen with
the student regarding our bullying policy.
Bullying will not be tolerated and will be addressed appropriately. I
strongly encourage you to read our policy on bullying, which can be found on
our school website and in the student handbook.
One major change from prior school years, is the
implementation of “Friday School” to replace “Saturday School.” Friday school
will be held from 3:00 – 5:30p.m. Those students will be called to the office
at the end of the school day and will walk to the assigned classroom once the
hallways have been cleared after dismissal of school. It is the parent/student
responsibility to arrange transportation home at the conclusion of the Friday
I am excited to inform you that Antwerp Middle School
(grades 6-8) will be in its third year of the National Junior Honor Society
(NJHS). This is a prestigious organization that will help establish and expand
our focus on academic and social performance.
Student members of the NJHS will strengthen their abilities to use
skills to improve the society around them. This prestigious membership is not a
right, but a privilege. Students must meet certain criteria to be eligible for
this organization. The students will receive an informational brochure on the
first day of school.
High School students may pick up their schedules beginning
Monday, August 6th - 11h, from 8:00-3:00. Beginning on
Wednesday, August 12, Middle School students may begin picking up their
schedules during regular office hours 8:00-3:00. There will be an Open House on
Monday, August 17th, from 5:00 – 6:30p.m. and I encourage all
students to attend. It is important that
you pick up your schedule prior to the first day of school. As a reminder, the 2015-2016 school year officially
begins at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
Incoming sixth graders are strongly encouraged to attend
the Open House on Monday, August 18 from 5:00 – 6:30p.m. Again, There
will be no separate sixth grade orientation. This will give the sixth
grade students an opportunity to find their lockers, practice unlocking their
lockers, place supplies needed in their lockers, and determine where classrooms
are located. Basic supplies for sixth graders include a separate folder and
spiral notebook for each class (6-8) as well as pencils. Students may use a
3-ring binder organizing system if desired. If there are additional items
needed for class, teachers will let you know on the first day.