From the Principal's Desk:
Greetings Hilton High School Families:
After what seemed to be a very short, yet very enjoyable summer, it’s back to school time! I hope this letter finds everyone ready for all that the new school year will offer. At HHS, we’re prepared and excited for the 2014-15 school year to begin. The HS has been an active building all summer with teams of teachers working on new curriculum and instructional practices and many students involved in summer academic programs, athletics, as well as music and art programs. We’ve also undergone the construction of our new synthetic athletic field, stands with a new press box and lighting at LeBeau field, as well as upgrades to our auditorium and heating system with new, more efficient boilers. The HS is truly an exciting and busy place year-round!
Welcome New Assistant Principal:
Please join the Hilton HS family in welcoming our newest administrator, Marc D’Amico. Mr. D’Amico was hired this summer to replace HS assistant principal, Dr. Michael Zaffuts, who has moved into the position of Director of Technology for the HCSD. Mr. D’Amico has been an English teacher at both Merton Williams and the HS and last year, completed his administrative internship at Hilton HS. Mr. D’Amico will assume most of Dr. Zaffuts’ responsibilities, including managing the students who have last names beginning with letters P-Z.
In order for all students to be successful, we need everyone to adhere to our rules and policies and appreciate support from parents regarding enforcing them with students. We will be reviewing in detail our expectations for student behavior at the start of school for all students, but appreciate parents discussing them with students as well. All our rules and expectations are described in detail in the student handbook section of the Agenda planners available to all students, as well as in our parent handbook, which is available at school or on-line by going to the high school webpage link on the district website: www.hilton.k12.ny.us. There are also sections in this newsletter that explain our dress code and other rules that we look to parents to support. Remember our 3 school-wide expectations; Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Productive.
In order to have the greatest opportunity for a good academic year, we need your help. A true partnership between home and school is always an important aspect to ensuring that you are well informed and that your student is successful. Please take the time to read our newsletters (emailed and on-line via our HS webpage), check our website regularly, log-in to the portal on infinite campus to review your child’s academic progress, attend Open House (Thurs. 9/25 at 6:30pm) and other parent nights, communicate with staff members regularly. Thanks for your commitment to your child’s education and all we do here at the high school to make a quality, comprehensive education even stronger.
I look forward to getting to know our new class of ninth graders, having our former students back in the building, and meeting with many parents as we move through the 2014-2015 school year. Thanks for your continued support of students and programs and for your continued involvement in your son/daughter’s education. It is going to be another great year at Hilton High School!
Brian Bartalo; HHS Principal
The HS Parent Newsletter is now being e-mailed home as well as published on this site, it will no longer be mailed. If you want a hard copy, one will be available in the HS Main Office, you can have your student stop by and pick it up. If you do not have a current e-mail listed on your childs records, please e-mail HSParents leaving your e-mail address along with your student(s) name. We will update our records.
Change of Family Information
If your family's address, home phone number, cell numbers, work phone numbers, email addresses, or any other information pertaining to your family situation changes or needs updating, please call Linda Maslyn in the Counseling Office, 392-1000, ext. 2053. Proof of residency is required for any change of address. Addresses will not be changed until proof of residency is confirmed. Keeping your family information current helps to ensure that you receive any information that is mailed out during the school year.
New students to our district will need to register at our Census Office located at 225 West Ave., Hilton, NY. Parents will need to provide student's original birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency, custody or guardianship papers and address of the last school attended. Student's report card and any special education services received by the student are helpful, if available. Please call Dawn Blodgett at 392-1000, ext. 7031 with questions regarding registration or to have a registration packet mailed to you.