Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

October 2013

1060 Sheldon Street | West Suffield, CT 06093 | 860-668-3810 |


Upcoming Events:

Administrative Council

Wed. October 2nd
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SHS Media Center

Open House

Thur. October 3rd 
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

NHS Induction Ceremony

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Suffield High School Commons


Tues. October 8th

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

MIS Portable #4

No School

Mon. October 14th
Columbus Day

PSAT Testing

Wed. October 16th
7:30 AM
Suffield High School Gym

Early Dismissal

Tues. Oct. 22nd
12:00 p.m.
Professional Development

Picture Retakes

Thur. Oct. 24th

Virtual Backpack:

2013-2014 School Calendar

 School Lunch Menu

College Planning Calendars

2013-2014 Suffield High School Student Handbook



A Message From The Principal

Summer officially gave way to fall this past week, but our staff and students have already been energetically immersed in the school year for a full month. Our returning students have comfortably reestablished themselves in our community, and our newcomers, most notably members of the Class of 2017, have enjoyed a smooth transition to their new surroundings. This is a particularly exciting time in education as our staff embraces the challenge of putting the Common Core State Standards to work in a way that best prepares our students for the challenging world that awaits them.

In response to our data from the School Climate Survey, all teachers will pursue the goal of improving communication between school and home in an effort to better personalize the educational experience of each student. Our teachers have done an excellent job through the years of forging relationships with students and parents, but we are striving to do even more in this area. To this end, teachers will now be updating their PowerSchool Gradebooks within five days when it comes to assignments such as homework and quizzes and within ten days for longer assignments such as major tests and papers. This will allow both students and parents to be fully aware at all times of any issues regarding class standing. The emphasis on the reporting of grades in PowerSchool is just one avenue we are following in our effort to further enhance communication.

Parents are also reminded to contact a teacher, guidance counselor or the school office any time they have a question or concern. You will find helpful staff waiting to assist you.


We already have our share of accomplishments to celebrate this school year, most notably ones involving students Ben Gee and Taylor Schwab. Ben distinguished himself at the 72nd Annual American Legion Boys State program, which was held in late June at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. David Greenleaf, the program chairman, characterized Ben as a “very active participant and contributor.” Ben was elected Governor of the Boys State in a vote of the over 200 junior class attendees, and he was also selected as one of the two senators who represented Connecticut at the national program in Washington D.C. in July.

Taylor, meanwhile, has been appointed to the 2013-14 State Student Advisory Council on Education. According to its assistant executive director, the council provides students a vehicle to voice their views on education issues, and it also ensures that state education leaders, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, “become familiar with high school students’ perspectives on key issues.’’ The council, which held the first of its seven three-hour meetings just recently, convenes at the State Department of Education in Hartford.

What a busy first month! Thank you for helping us to create and support a strong school community. We look forward to a productive and enjoyable school year.


 Donna L. Hayward





As I do each year, I invite all interested parents to join our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC offers parents a chance to attend information sessions about the high school. More importantly, the meetings allow school officials the opportunity to better understand the views and concerns of our parents. We greatly value your input. The meetings are always scheduled for a Tuesday evening. This year’s schedule is as follows: October 15; November 19; January 21; March 18 and May 20. We hope to see you there!



Suffield High’s open house is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their son or daughter, visiting each of their classes and meeting their teachers. They will hear from teachers about everything from daily routines to topics studied. More in-depth and individualized conferences are scheduled for November, but this presents a great way for parents to better understand their student’s experience.



Class dues are an important responsibility for all grades, not just the seniors who are already thinking about their class trip, senior prom and graduation. Dues are approximately $35-40 per year, but they can increase if not paid on time. Juniors often pay an added assessment or hold extra fundraisers as they attempt to secure the funds necessary to enjoy a spectacular final year. Dues should be paid to one of your student’s class advisors. The advisors are Ms. Lombard and Mr. Wheeler for seniors, Ms. Kochanek and Mr. Casolari for juniors, Ms. Harnett and Ms. Dumais for sophomores, and Ms. Ives and Mr. Faria for freshmen.



Orpheus, the literary magazine of the high school, has created what advisor Ms. Majewski describes as a comfortable, quiet environment for creative writers. Students write together, provide peer feedback if requested and discuss the styles of successful writers. The group plans to produce a literary magazine once per marking term for the enjoyment of students and faculty. Both students and faculty are welcome to attend meetings and contribute material to be considered for the magazine. The group meets Wednesdays in Room 714. You do not have to attend the meeting to submit items for the magazine.




This is already shaping up as a banner year for fall sports. Both soccer teams were unbeaten through the first week of the season with each squad defeating NCCC rival Avon. Boys and Girls cross country teams finished first in their respective small school varsity races at the 33rd Stratton Brook XC Invitational in Simsbury. Field hockey is currently undefeated and in first place in the NCCC. Volleyball won their first two games and our girls swim team had a nice win over Manchester. Football is currently undefeated – and we are looking forward to hosting a home game in Suffield on Friday, October 4th at 6:30pm on Beneski field. Go Wildcats!!


Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800


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