The Sentinel Legacy

The Sentinel Legacy: 9/5/2017

What a great start to the school year! The hustle and bustle of young minds at work is inspirational. When we add the significance of this year’s senior class being the 50th graduating class from SHS, it adds to the gravity of this beginning. We honor the tradition of what it means to be a Sentinel, and reflect upon the method and means by which we impact our community. This ongoing concept of “legacy” is the foundation for our school year, with its thematic purpose permeating everything from our graduation requirements, in our new “Senior Demonstrations”, to our faculty discussions. All have a part to play in our ongoing mission, with no positive contribution being too small. Ultimately, each of us, faculty, staff, and student, are called to add our own thread to the fabric of this Sentinel Legacy, weaving a bright tapestry that will wave gallantly throughout our local history.

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-In order to better assess our students as they pursue academic excellence, we have migrated our “Effort, Participation, and Responsibility” categories on our report card to SHS Learner Qualities: Self-Directed Learner, Quality Producer, Collaborative Worker, Respectful Citizen. We want our students, beyond their acquisition of essential content and skills, to demonstrate these key qualities that will contribute to ongoing success in college and/or career.

These qualities will be assessed as “met” or “needs improvement” in each course. Being the pilot year, we will be soliciting feedback from students and parents as the year progresses. Currently, these qualities will only appear on students’ report cards (does not appear on transcripts).

A link to the rubric indicators can be found here:

SHS Learner Qualities ’17-’18

Administrative Updates:

-Construction updates to the front of the school are largely complete. Normal traffic functions and routes have been resumed for drop-off and pick-up. Please note the following:

-Tree removal from the island in the front of the building (between the parking lot and access road) will be occurring on Wednesday, 9/6, beginning at 8. The access road in the front of the building will be closed during that time.

-SHS Open House will be on Tuesday, September 12, from 6-8 pm. We welcome our SHS parents and students to join us.

-The SHS Student Flu Clinic will be open to students, and held on Thursday, October 12, from 8-10:30 AM. Links to the documents may be found here:

SHS Flu Clinic Flyer:

Flu Shot Consent Form:

-The athletic season is underway! Best of luck to our Sentinels as they embark on their seasons. Please feel free to follow @SportsSentinels on Twitter for SHS Athletic updates

Other Important Dates:

-Friday, 9/15: SHS Football Home Opener: “Friday Night Lights”

-October 1-6: SHS Spirit Week: Events and Times TBA

-Thursday, October 5: SHS Homecoming Bonfire

-Friday, October 6: SHS Football Homecoming and Homecoming Dance

– Monday, October 9: Columbus Day (No School)

– Wednesday, October 11 – Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT

– Thursday, October 19 (6-8:30) NHS Induction

-Friday, October 20: Picture Retakes


First days of school images:



Enjoy the week everyone! #SHSLegacy

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


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