The Viking Connection South Brunswick high school Fall 2016

A message from the Principal

To be honest with you, I cannot believe we are into the month of December already! It seems like yesterday that I was wishing our students and staff the best for Thanksgiving! I shared with them some of the things I am thankful for as principal, which includes:

  • Being thankful for the inspiring, caring, engaging, and influential faculty and staff we have here at SBHS.
  • Being thankful for our supportive administration and leadership team and their energy and efforts on behalf of faculty, staff and students.
  • Being thankful for our motivated, talented and creative students who call themselves Vikings.
  • Being thankful for the ways we – students and staff - embrace and model our five core values.

As principal, I am also thankful for our parent community in South Brunswick. I often share with others the importance of having a “winning equation” for students. The equation that produces excellent results happens when students, staff and parents are all working together, in alignment, supporting one another with common goals and expectations. We are a great school because that “winning equation” is applied each and every day here at SBHS. Recently, one of our teachers shared a story with me titled The White Envelope from the website http://www.giving101.org/whiteenvelope-project/

You can watch the video or read the story and I am encouraging you to spend a couple of minutes reflecting on the meaning of giving and caring for those in need, especially around the holidays.

As a school community, we are amazing when it comes to supporting those less fortunate through projects. We do this through a “Giving Tree”, Food Drives, IPLE Holiday Drive, Adopt a Family in Town, Friends of JJ Holiday Toy Drive, to name a few.

Wouldn’t our world be a better place if we all gave something to someone else – anonymously– and didn’t expect anything in return?

This holiday season, I plan to follow the The White Envelope project and purchase something for someone in need. I will write a note to my wife and place it inside a white envelope which will be added to my tree at home. As a family, we will open it last, and I will share the message of the story.

When you read The White Envelope, you will appreciate this message of giving. If your family chooses to participate in this project, consider sharing your thoughts with me via email.

I would appreciate hearing from you! I want to wish you a joyous holiday season and look forward to serving your children, our staff and this community in 2017 and beyond!

The Viking Leadership Alliance participated in the The Orange Project, which ran from December 2nd to December 9th. The purpose of this project was to raise awareness about mental illness and prevention of youth suicide. The VLA's goal was to shed light on these issues to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and to encourage youth to talk about the issues they are facing. In addition to helping the South Brunswick community, the organizers of The Orange Project have a larger goal of breaking the Guinness Book of World records for most handwritten notes (30,000). Accomplishing this feat will bring more attention to the overall message that mental illness should be talked about and suicides can be prevented through communication

Club Pay-to-Participate/ Registration Information

Students must submit a payment receipt to each group Advisor. Pleae see advisor for additional information and responsibilities. The fee is $25 per group with a maximum of $250 per family. To pay go to http://www.sbschools.org/ schools/sbhs/ and select “Pay to Participate Registration Information” in the yellow Quick Links box. Once you pay, PRINT A RECEIPT and bring to your club advisor.

Pay-to-Participate for Advanced Placement and Clubs

If you haven't already done so, please remember that students in Advanced Placement courses MUST pay a $50.00 registration fee per course to meet the Pay to Participate requirement. The period for registration was October 15, 2016 – November 15, 2016. Keep in mind that the $50.00 course registration fee is separate from the $93.00 AP Exam Ordering fee. The registration fee is applied to the cost of Advanced Placement course materials and training for teachers.

To pay the registration fee for an Advanced Placement course, please log onto the South Brunswick High School Website. Under “Quick Links,” please select the “Pay to Participate Registration Information.” Select http://www.sbschools.org/schools/sbhs/ school_information/ptp_registration.php (Instructions for online payments are available below this link.)

IMPORTANT: In the event that a student does not pay the required fee, we will withhold Advanced Placement weighting and we will not order an AP Exam for the student.

If you have any questions, please contact April Gonzalez, Assistant Principal for Academic Leadership

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