From the Dean’s Desk- March 2020
March is an exciting time of year. It represents that Spring is right around the corner. Just a quick reminder that on March 8th daylight savings time resumes, so remember to adjust your clocks. Spring sports programs will be kicking off very soon. I want to wish a successful season to our Spring sports teams. This past Winter season, there were some amazing performances by our students: Congratulations to all the athletes on a great Winter season! Go BLACK KNIGHTS!
Dean Thomas Agosto
This Month at SHS:
NEW SHS Absence Documentation Form
Parents and Students: To document your absence(s) please complete the Absence Documentation Form within 10 days of your absence. E-mails will not be accepted to excuse absences. To gain access to the form please visit THIS LINK. Students will need to use their school-issued Google Account. At the end, please upload written documentation as per the policy (for example: a doctor's note, court summons/appointment, official college visit invitation/email, or parent/guardian note). You can take a picture of your documentation (with your smart phone) and upload the picture. Please make sure the picture is CLEAR and all parts of your documentation are clearly visible, or it cannot be considered as an excuse or exemption.
Sports Registration for Spring Athletics Online
If you’re playing a Spring sport you must register online by Sunday, March 15th. Please visit THIS LINK or you can go to SHS website, click on athletics and click on register. Blue physical cards that are needed to participate in sports are available in the nurses office.
Guest Speaker Andrew Starks – Retired NFL Player on 3/5
Exchange Club will host Andrew Starks, former Chicago Bears Linebacker to discuss life after sports and the importance of giving back and getting involved in your community. All students are invited; please see Mr. Agosto to sign up. Food will be offered. The event will take place after school in Room 101 at 2:15 pm.
Rainbow Rave Dance at AITE – March 6 - 6-10 pm
AITE's gay-straight alliance is sponsoring its Second Annual Dance for LGBTQ youth and their allies: The Rainbow Rave! (in the AITE cafeteria) All Stamford public school students of high school age are invited to have a fun and fabulous time dancing and eating with their peers. This follows the successful Stamford High Rainbow Cinema Night held in February, when "Love, Simon" was shown for movie fans at SHS--with pizza as well!
Mayor’s Multicultural Council of Stamford – Afternoon of Jazz – March 8
The Mayor's Multicultural Council of Stamford invites you the third Afternoon of Jazz to be held on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20 Forest Street in downtown Stamford across from Latham Park. The concert and refreshments are free. Both metered and City parking lots are free on Sunday.
Walk-ins are welcome, but seating is limited, so please reserve by calling Ana 203 219-0817 or email to reserve seats. The MMC Afternoon of Jazz, chaired by Shobhna Bhatnagar, celebrates the local diversity and global appeal of jazz and features Latin and traditional jazz standards by artists Maria Tiscia, David Oliver, Geoff Morrow Joey Bracchitta, Michael Nunziante and Brendan Ronan, the SHS Jazz Ensemble and Cookie Thomas.
True Colors Conference at UConn Storrs--LGBTQ Youth and Their Allies – March 20 – All Day
One of the nation's largest LGBTQ Youth Conferences, True Colors is an event for all LGBTQ students and their allies, held at UConn Storrs campus. Students from every high school (and some middle schools) in Stamford attend the conference workshops to learn about LGBTQ issues and find unconditional support. Over 3,000 students participate in this joyful, exciting and educational event. The School Based Health Center, a Family Centers program, has sponsored a coach bus for the 50+ students from Stamford, as well as purchasing conference tickets and lunch, thanks to a generous grant from the Giuliani Foundation.
SGC Will Host Interview Bootcamp 3/23-24
Once again Stamford High School is planning a 2-day Interview Bootcamp scheduled for March 23rd & 24th. We strongly encourage anyone planning to pursue a summer internship, part-time or full time job or college interview to attend this valuable workshop. To sign up please see Mr. Agosto (203-977-5614), Dean of Students in Room 163. Spaces are limited.
Stock Market Challenge is 4/2
More than 40 Stamford High School students will be competing next month in the Junior Achievement Student Stock Market Challenge. The Challenge is a technology-based simulation of the stock market in which every 60 seconds represents a day of trading. Beginning with a hypothetical account balance of $500,000, student teams compete to accumulate the highest possible net worth in their investment portfolio by the close of trading. As reminder, participating students will need to attend two after-school training sessions on 3/10 and 3/16, 2:20 – 3:20 pm. To learn more about this program, please EMAIL Ms. Yates. Good luck to all participating students!
IB Diploma Programme Senior Visual Arts Exhibition – 3/27
Stamford High School's IB Diploma Candidates are hosting a Visual Arts show with curated works from their Visual Arts Portfolio. The exhibition will be held Friday, March 27th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the 3rd floor of Stamford High School. We hope to see you there.
Mandatory Spring Sports Parent & Team Meeting – March 31st 6 pm
If you’re playing a Spring sport, you must attend the mandatory parents and players meeting March 31 at 6 pm in the SHS auditorium.
Board Tour on April 1st
Stamford High is inviting various elected officials to tour our facilities on April 1, 2020. The goal of the meeting and tour is to provide a first-hand view of how budgetary decisions effect our students and staff. To learn more, or to help with the event, please EMAIL Lisa Butler.
Incoming Freshman Class Orientation at SHS 4/2 @ 6:30 pm
Stamford High School will be holding the annual INCOMING Freshman Class orientation at SHS on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Large Auditorium. You will have the opportunity to learn more about Stamford High School’s vision and mission, along with SHS clubs, programs and sports. Come learn what it means to be a Stamford Knight! Looking forward to seeing you there!
SATs are April 14th
The SATs will be administered in school to all Juniors on Tuesday, April 14th. Similar to the procedure in the fall, there will be a delayed opening to mitigate disruptions during test taking. Further details will be provided separately.
Student Government Council is Sponsoring a Career Fair on 4/15
In an effort to increasingly connect Stamford High School students with our community and real-life learning opportunities, we will be hosting a Career Fair for students tentatively scheduled for April 15 in the school gymnasium during second block. We are looking local community members in Trades / Public Works, Health and Wellness, Technology, Business, Communications etc. to participate in this event. The format will be an informal "meet and greet" with our students to learn more about your careers. If you would like to participate in our Career Fair or any similar events, we ask that you complete the form that can be located below and provide us with some basic information. If you happen to know of any individuals who would like to participate please forward them this e-mail. Our students would benefit tremendously from learning about your careers and professions. We envision an informal “meet and greet” in a Career Fair setting where the students could have a brief conversation with you about your career. Thank you in advance for providing this opportunity to our students. Interested? PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK
The SHS Athletic Director will be leading a full-campus clean-up this spring. Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, all students and community members are encouraged to help make our school look its best. Donations of mulch, flower bulbs and more are greatly appreciated. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks. If you would like to make a donation, please EMAIL the Stamford High Beautification committee at .
Congratulations to the Stamford High School’s National Art Honor Society
Congratulations to the National Art Honor Society at SHS. The NAHS at Stamford High School holds the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and brings art education to the attention of the school & community! On February 20, 2020 NAHS held their annual induction ceremony. Returning members of the club received their certificates for the year. 11 new members were inducted into the club by Miss Alter (Advisor) and their fellow student leaders: Presidents; Mia Ayala, Leah Swan, Treasurer; Ebony Martinez and Secretary; Emma Valerio. As part of the ceremony, students participated in our tradition of hand-printing on a poster to unify the group!
New Schedule is Coming – September 2020
Stamford High will be adopting a new schedule starting in September 2020. Under the new schedule, students will be able to take 8 rather than 7 classes, increases the number of credits a student can earn in a year. This change supports the state change in high school graduation requirements from 20 to 25 for our current freshman class. The opportunity to earn more and varied credits will also result in student transcripts that will be more competitive for college admissions. Additional details will be provided later this month