Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
As we enter the three-day Labor Day weekend, it’s time to send a last set of updates and reminders on the state of the school. The Arlington High School staff has spent the summer preparing for the year. We had our opening days for meetings this week, and we are excited about this new year. I can’t wait to welcome the students on Tuesday.
While we have not changed the existing 7-day and 6-period rotating schedule, the appearance of the schedule printouts changed. This has created some confusion. If you put the seven periods of courses into the old block schedule, that is your schedule. To help folks figure this out, we’ve posted an explanation. At this LINK.
[If the link doesn’t work, paste the following in your browser: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aWS8v-dHshamhyAi0weK5ueKS2ygcI5P2zAP3JsBc3g/edit?usp=sharing]
Visiting the High School
In order to better monitor comings and goings at AHS, we have a new Front Desk Monitor, located in the Main Lobby. If you are entering or leaving the building between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., whether student or visitor, you should pass through lobby and sign in.
Over the past two years, we have taken many steps to improve the security of the building. These include an expectation that all visitors wear passes, that staff wear ID, installation of 28 security cameras, the use of key card locks, changing our external locks to limit access, and the use of safety class in key areas.
Please say hi, and help our new Front Desk Monitor to help us to know who is in the building.
There are many new staff joining us this year, so if you see an unfamiliar face, please introduce yourself. My information is uneven, as some folks were hired before I met them. Other positions are still in the process of being filled. We’ll learn more. Here’s a list of the staff who are joining the Spy Ponders this September.
Melissa Dlugolecki – Athletic Director. Ms. Dlugolecki has been hard at work all summer preparing for the fall season. She comes to us from Holliston. She was a Special Education teacher as well as a coach. Her sports are field hockey and softball. There is a wonderful profile at YourArlington (http://www.yourarlington.com/home/news/trans/366-people/5985-dlugolecki-72213)
Lester Eggleston – Guidance Counselor. Mr. Eggleston has been a Guidance Director in Irvington, New York and Lexington, Massachusetts. He has a B.A. in Sociology from Dartmouth and a Masters in Education from Northeastern. He will be working with Seniors (Mi-Sa), Juniors (McN-Ros), Sophomores (Mb-R), and Freshman (Mc-Sc).
James Anderson – Special Education Teacher. Mr. Anderson will be taking over the position opened by Barbara Gridley, who is moving to Family and Consumer Science. He comes to us from Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from University of Michigan and a Masters in Education from Northeastern.
Michael Carta – Special Education Teacher – AHS/Germaine Lawrence. Mr. Carta is a familiar face. He was at AHS last year as a long term sub.
Wendy Forgie – Special Education Teacher – SLC-B. Ms. Forgie has experience working for Beacon High School and worked in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She has a B.A. in East European Studies from Tufts, an M.A. in English from Harvard, and a Masters of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian Haley – Special Education Teacher – SLC-B. Mr. Haley comes to us with 10 years of experience teaching in Boston schools. He holds a B.S. in Economics with a Minor in Business from Framingham State and a Master of Education from Suffolk University.
Na Lu-Hogan – World Language Teacher – We will be sharing Ms. Lu-Hogan with Ottoson. She has been teaching both Physics and Mandarin at Haverhill High School.
John Moynagh – Special Education Teacher – SLC-A. Mr. Moynagh comes to us with many years of experience from Reading High School.
Joshua Roth – Science Teacher. Dr. Roth has a Ph.D. in Astronomy.
Ray Smith – World Language Teacher. Mr. Smith should also be a familiar face. He will be returning to AHS to teach Latin.
Sarah Stoe – History Teacher and Transitional Program. Ms. Stoe student taught at Arlington High School in the Spring of 2013. She holds a B.A. in History with a Minor in Secondary Education from Framingham State University.
Dan Sheldon - Computer Science Teacher. We are excited to offer this new program. Mr. Sheldon is a returning Ponder. He comes to us with extensive programming background and has already begun developing a vision for expanding our computer programming options.
Stephanie Bitton – Teaching Assistant – Germaine Lawrence. Ms. Bitton has a B.A. from Lesley University in English and Secondary Education.
Wendy Sawyer – Teaching Assistant - Old Hall. Ms. Sawyer holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Science from Northeastern in criminal justice. She has been an Adjunct Instructor at Bay State College.
Danny Arnao – Teaching Assistant – Front Desk. Mr. Arnao will be helping us to supervise students and visitors entering the building. He will also be assisting our Athletic Director with equipment and events management. He holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Sarah Gregory - Learning Center - Math Tutor.
The Cotton High School first opened in Arlington in December of 1864. That means that Arlington will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its public high school this school year. We are looking forward to the restoration of this beautiful building. Stay tuned for more about that!
In the meantime, we are working to improve the cleanliness and repair of our current facilities. I want to thank the staff who have been working hard to make that happen. Custodians and maintenance have been hard at work all summer cleaning, fixing, and updating.
There have been changes in the way the custodial crew is organized with an emphasis on better cleaning. In addition to our regular custodians, an outside firm has been brought in to clean Downs House and provide extra support. The town has also hired a new custodial supervisor, Jeremy Brandl. Please give them your support.
Thank you Mary Villano
I want to take one more opportunity to thank Mary Villano for her work this summer. She is a tireless advocate for our students and a wise educator. Thanks to her fine-tuning of the schedule, we expect to have better services for many of our special education students, more opportunities for teacher collaboration, fewer students with holes in their schedules, and more. I am excited that Mary will still be around as our Foreign Student Coordinator. I expect to draw on her wisdom often.
All the best,