Welcome letter and important student updates from Principal Kaste

on August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

Dear Crusaders and Parents,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Monroe-Woodbury High School.  I hope you had a great summer.  The entire staff and I are excited for you all to return on the first day of school which is Wednesday, September 6, 2017.   We have been working this summer to make the upcoming year a great one for all.

We have made some exciting changes this summer. In an effort to make the Guidance Office more accessible to students and parents, we have created a “Guidance Suite” in the A House Office. All of our School Counselors are now located in A House.  We will be updating our web page to reflect their new extensions. You can call the A House office at extension 7500 and they can redirect your call.

We also have a new Assistant Principal in D House, Mrs. Chana Markiewicz. Mrs. Markiewicz was an Assistant Principal in Washingtonville High School last year and previously worked for Orange Ulster BOCES as a Curriculum and Instruction Staff Developer.  She has experience in several key areas that we will be focusing on this year and is an excellent addition to our staff.


Parent portal opened up this morning.  Please know, that counselors are still working on balancing classes and making other adjustments.  We will be emailing final schedules by the end of the day on Friday, August 25, 2017. Ninth grade students will have their counselor notated on the schedule.  If there are major errors in your schedule (e.g. no English class), please contact the Guidance Office at extension 7500.  If there is time in your schedule and you are interested in taking any other courses instead of a study hall, please wait until after August 25, 2017 to contact the guidance office.  All students are required to have their schedules with them at all times.  Please note that Period 1 begins at 7:08 am and Period 9 ends at 1:58 pm.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

All students must be in their Period 1 class by 7:08 a.m.

Locker assignments for sophomores, juniors and seniors will remain the same as the previous year with the same combination.  Freshmen will receive their locker assignments on the schedules that will be sent next week. The lockers in the physical education locker room will require a lock that can be purchased in the school store or at your choice of retail establishment.  Students are strongly discouraged from sharing their combinations or lockers with other peers.

Armed Services

The federal law, No Child Left Behind, gives recruiters from the armed services access to contact information of High School students.  The names of juniors and seniors will be provided to recruiters upon request.  If either you or your parents do not want your name included on the listing, please have your parents complete the attached postcard and return it to the High School by Friday, September 15th.  Students who completed an armed services card last year, will have their requests carried over to this year.

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.  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 District Calendar, and the Student Handbook.  A copy of the complete Code is available at all Monroe-Woodbury schools.

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) has been implemented in the High School as required by New York State Law.  The Code of Conduct has been updated with new language that includes 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

     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.  – Late Bus departs from the High School on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  

There will be no 4:00 pm late bus on Monday and Friday.

     5:00 p.m.  – Late Bus departs from the High School on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

There will be no 5:00 pm late bus on Friday.

Important September Dates

6  –  Opening Day  
8  –  Deadline for registering for the October 7th  SAT I and II
14 – Picture Day
15 – Picture Day
20 – Orange County Early Dismissal Drill
22  – Deadline for registering for the October 28th ACT
27  – Open House – 6:30 pm        

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.  Information concerning our clubs can be located on the High School web page by using the “About M-W High School”.  Success comes from having a balanced, healthy approach to decision making, practicing the habit of consistent, timely attendance to school and to classes, and from demonstrating respect for yourself, others, and for our school.  Every school day is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to pursue excellence.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer vacation.


John S. Kaste

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