Welcome to 2021-2022 at MWHS!

on August 24, 2021

Monday, August 23, 2021

Good Afternoon MWHS Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Monroe-Woodbury High School.  The first day of school for students is Wednesday, September 1st.  The HS team is looking forward to welcoming our students back to the building and is excited for a great start to the new school year. Please take a few minutes to read this entire document as it includes important information related to the start of school.

School Counselor and House Assignment –  School Counselor and House assignment information will be available through the Parent Portal when it is opened later today.

Schedule – Schedules will also be available through Parent Portal later today.  If there are major errors in your schedule (e.g., no English class), please contact the guidance office; these will be rectified first before any other changes are considered.  Students will be able to walk their schedule on Wednesday, August 25th & Monday, August 30th between the hours of 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and Thursday, August 26th between the hours of 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Students will need to sign in and checkout using a QR code that will be posted at the main entrance.  Students should anticipate it will take approximately 15-20 minutes to walk their schedules.  Only students will be permitted in the building during these designated times.

Wednesday, September 1st 

All students must be in their Period 1 class by 7:15 a.m.  We will follow our normal bell schedule for the day.

Period 1 – 7:15 a.m. to 7:55 a.m.

Period 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.

Period 3 – 8:45 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

Period 4 – 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

Period 5 – 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.

Period 6 – 11:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

Period 7 – 11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Period 8 – 12:30 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

Period 9 – 1:15 p.m. to 1:58 p.m.

Masks – Masks must be worn by all students and staff in our building and while on district transportation.  Masks can be removed during lunch.  Information concerning mask breaks will be in a future communication. Masks will not be required while outdoors. 

Lockers – We will not be using lockers this year.

Stairways – We will use single directional stairways.  These are marked with arrows above each stairwell.

 Code Of Conduct and DASA

The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act and Section 100.2(1) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education require that each school district adopt a written policy on school conduct and discipline “designed to promote responsible student behavior.”  The Monroe-Woodbury K-12 Code of Conduct supports a three-level approach to student management with prevention, intervention, and aftercare initiatives, and it also establishes the standard for appropriate conduct in school, at school events, and on school property.  An abridged version of the Code is in the Student/Parent Handbook.  A copy of the complete Code is available on the website and at all Monroe-Woodbury schools.

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is followed in the high school as required by New York State Law.  The Code of Conduct includes language with an age appropriate version of the law, that states that no student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school property, or at a school sponsored function.  The administration, faculty and staff, and the DASA Coordinator will work throughout the year to create a tolerant and safe environment in the high school for all students. 

Bus Transportation – Bus routes information will be posted to the Parent Portal no later than August 25. Activity routes will be posted on the Transportation page of the district website.

  • 6:45–7:00 a.m.   Buses arrive at the High School 
  • 2:08 p.m.            Buses depart from the High School (Regular Dismissal)    
  • 4:00 p.m.     Tuesday – Thursday
  • 5:00 p.m.     Monday-Thursday

AttendanceRegular and timely attendance is expected each day.  Board of Education policy defines to absences and tardies as follows:

Excused – due to personal illness of student (three days or less), extended illness requires a doctor’s note, serious illness of immediate family member, or death in the student’s family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations, or such other reasons as may be approved.

Unexcused – all other absences/tardies. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to notify the school office within at least 24 hours of the absence and to provide a written excuse upon the student’s return to school. Corroborating medical verification is expected in the case of excessive absences due to a suspected health condition. After the third consecutive day of absence for medical reasons a doctor’s note will be required.

Students are not permitted to leave school grounds without permission.  

High School Minimum Attendance Policy

A student enrolled in the high school must be in attendance in order to be eligible to receive credit for that course. At the high school level, any student with more than ten (10) unexcused absences from class during a semester, five (5) unexcused absences in a Physical Education course, twenty (20) unexcused absences for a full year course, or thirty (30) unexcused absences for a full year lab class will not receive credit for that course.

Senior PortraitsLifeTouch/Prestige photos will be sending postcards for Seniors to register for portraits.  Each student will be assigned a unique code to register.  Following is a list of dates for Senior Portraits; once you receive the postcard, students should select a time slot between 3:15 p.m. – 8 p.m:

September 20 – 24
October 25 – 29
November 15 – 19
December 13 – 17

Student Pictures –  Underclass school pictures will be taken by LifeTouch between Tuesday, September 28th and Friday, October 1st.  Additional information will be shared at the beginning of the school year.

Student IDsAll students should wear their student IDs daily. IDs should be visible throughout the day.  IDs will once again be scanned during all lunch periods to assist in the event contact tracing is necessary.  If for any reason you do not have your student ID, please visit your house office as soon as possible. 9th grade students will receive information regarding their IDs at our 9th Grade Orientations.

Drop Off Arrival/Dismissal Students are encouraged to ride the school bus to and from school each day as this is the fastest and safest way to travel.  Parents that choose to drive students to school should drop them off in the morning by entering school property via the access road on Route 32 at Central Valley Elementary School. Students will be dropped off in the lower high school lot and enter the building through the House D Entrance. Afternoon dismissal and pickup will follow the same procedure.  Parents should expect to wait on the access road until approximately the time that the school buses depart before being admitted to the lower lot to pick up their child. Please follow directions of the school safety staff during all times. 

Important Dates

September 1     Opening Day

September 3       Deadline for registering for the October 2nd  SAT 

September 17     Deadline for registering for the October 23rd  ACT

September 30    Virtual High School Open House. More information to be shared at a later date.

October 8           Deadline for registering for the November 6th  SAT                      

The high school administration, faculty, and staff are looking forward to a safe, productive, and exciting school experience for all students.  I encourage you to contribute to the school community by joining clubs, activities, and various building and district-wide committees.  Success comes from having a balanced, healthy approach, while demonstrating respect for yourself, others, and for our school.  Every school day is an opportunity to learn, grow, and to pursue excellence.  

I encourage you to continue checking the district website for important updates related to the start of the new school year. The high school team will send updates specific to our building when necessary.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer vacation.


John S. Kaste






Period 1 – 7:15 a.m. to 7:55 a.m

Period 2 –  8:00 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.

Period 3 – 8:45 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

Period 4 – 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

Period 5 – 10:15 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.

Period 6 – 11:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

Period 7 – 11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Period 8 – 12:30 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

Period 9 – 1:15 p.m. to 1:58 p.m.