We have come to the end of the first marking quarter. Teachers are calculating quarter grades and report cards will be sent home the week of November 15. Five weeks ago, we opened the parent portal. To date, we have approximately 85 parents registered on our site. Once registered, parents are able to access their child’s grades in all subject areas. Contact with teachers is easily made through email which is achieved through a double click on a teacher’s name in the grade book. I encourage more parents to register for the portal. This week, we have included the portal directions link on this page. If you need help, please call me or a guidance counselor, we will be happy help get you registered.
Is it time for a parent conference? Repeated calls from teachers and poor progress throughout the quarter may warrant a conference. A team approach - parents and teachers working together usually produce positive results. Our guidance counselors are available to arrange a conference for parents and teachers.
Please remember, research and practice shows that students perform better in school when parents stay involved and informed. Let’s work together to improve your child’s academic performance.
Rensselaer Jr-Sr High School serves a population of approximately 458 students in grades 7-12 with a teaching faculty of 37. As part of the Rensselaer City School District, the Jr-Sr High School is located in Rensselaer County across the river from Albany, NY, the state capital. Rensselaer is a small city community with a population of approximately 7,800. Rensselaer High School offers a traditional college preparatory program, as well as opportunities for vocational and technological studies through the Project Lead The Way Program. All students are encouraged to supplement their academic program with a variety of electives in instrumental and vocal music, technology, business education, social studies, math, and family and consumer science. In addition, students at Rensselaer Jr-Sr High School have the opportunity to earn 29 college credits through the University at Albany’s University in the High School Program and Hudson Valley Community College’s College in the High School Program. Furthermore, counseling services are available to all students and a collaborative setting is available for students with disabilities as approved by the Committee on Special Education. Students are encouraged to expand their educational experience by participating in the school’s co-curricular program including athletics, drama, and civic and social awareness clubs and activities.
All students are required to complete 22 units of credit to graduate. They must pass all courses required by the State Education Department (SED) and the Rensselaer City School District Board of Education.
We realize that today’s clothing styles can present with a challenge in purchasing what is deemed appropriate. However, we are steadfast in our determination to maintain a school environment that is comfortable for all students and adults in the building. We thank you for your cooperation. Our student attire policy is included in the student agenda, which your children received on the first day of school.
Our goals for the 2011-2012 school year continue to fall into the areas of high student achievement, a safe school climate, and working to personalize the high school. We look forward to continued progress with our goals as we work with you in providing a quality education for our students.
Please feel free to contact us at (518) 436-8561 should you need assistance.