Upcoming Events

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Hunter to Host Blood Drive Friday, March 6

HCES is organizing a Blood Drive for the New York Blood Center on Friday, March 6 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at HCES/HCHS.  Parents from the entire Hunter College Campus Schools community are invited to participate; please sign up via this link. Please bring a photo ID or ID card with your signature. Walk-ins are also welcome. Read on for a personal appeal from HCES parent Ariel Fishman, whose life was saved by donors like you.

PTA Meeting in Queens March 11: Encouraging Teens to Venture Outside the Box

Please join us on Wednesday, March 11, for Hunter's annual PTA Meeting in Flushing, Queens.  The focus of the meeting this month will be "Risks and rewards: why students should venture outside the box," a Q&A with Principal Tony Fisher and guest speaker Kimberly Chu, a school consultant and a faculty member at the NYU School of Medicine's Institute for Psychoanalytic Education. There will be a free shuttle leaving from Hunter at 6 pm (RSVP required) and returning after the meeting ends at 9 pm. For more information on the presentation, the Queens location, reserving your spot on the shuttle, and more, read on.

Parent Volunteers Needed March 18!

The HCHS Admissions Department and the PTA Admissions Committee are looking for parent help on Wednesday, March 18 from 2-5 p.m. at the Hunter Day Open House. It's the first opportunity for newly admitted students and their families to visit the school and to learn about the wonderful opportunities that await them at Hunter. Please consider helping make this a welcoming experience for our newest students and their families. Reply to admissions@hunterpta.org today!

How Much Screen Time is OK? Hunter Parents Share Strategies in Wellness Dialogue

How much screen time is too much? On Jan. 14, as part of the regularly scheduled Wellness Dialogues, HCHS counseling chairperson Colleen Hennessy and HCHS health teacher Michelle Gullo met with 35 parents to discuss the technology challenges facing our teenagers. The discussion highlighted the most recent research and the group shared strategies for helping children develop healthy relationships with technology. Read notes from the meeting here.

Mosaic Event: Talking About Race in the Classroom and Beyond

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m., Mosaic and PAAC invited the HCCS community to "Are We Ready? Talking About Race in the Classroom and Beyond." This student-driven event provoked thoughtful dialogue about recent events across the country. The facilitator was John Gentile, a diversity and inclusion consultant to many independent schools. A discussion of the event by Dr. Tony Fisher is in the March issue of Hilites.

Updating PTA listing information...and paying your PTA dues

A little reminder...please check your online parent directory entry and privacy settings by Thursday, Sept. 18 to make sure your updated address is correctly listed in PTA's printed directory. Note also that the school and the PTA have separate systems, so you must update your address in both places. Click here to find out more about changing your address. 

Also, there's still time to pay your PTA Dues.  Dues for the 2014-2015 year are now being accepted online at hunterpta.org/pay/pta-dues-2014. Simply use your credit card to make your payment. You can also send a check, payable to Hunter College High School PTA, to the address listed online. Each family that pays dues ($75/per student) will receive a copy of our printed Family Directory, which lists contact information for students, parents, faculty and staff. Your dues support student clubs, athletics, lab supplies, faculty development and much more.

If you are still having problems logging in to the PTA Web site, or have other questions, send a message to help@hunterschools.org.

Back to School FAQs

Read on for a few quick ways to get your family ready to start a new school year at Hunter.

New Approach to Building an Ethical School Culture in 2014-2015

Starting with the 2014-2015 school year, Hunter will embark on a new approach to community and school culture. The school's goal is to bring those issues more explicitly and consistently into the conversations we have and the work we do at Hunter. Work will focus on the ideals of community, diversity, and individuality. Each year, the entire school community will focus on how one of six values plays a part in those ideals. The values are: compassion, creativity, curiosity, integrity, respect, and responsibility. This inaugural year, the "core value"  will be Respect. 

Parents: Link School Calendar to Your Devices

Parents of Hunter students can now link the school's calendar to their personal devices like smartphones and tablets. The electronic HCHS Calendar is part of the school's website. You can also always find it here. But now you can have it with you wherever you go. The PTA webmasters suggest that you subscribe to the calendar rather than importing it. (A full pdf version can also be downloaded here.)

Need step-by-step directions? Click to read instructions on how to subscribe from various calendar applications and devices.

Magazine Drive

Hunter College High School is in partnership with an online service called Great American Opportunities.  They offer literally hundreds of magazine subscriptions, and if you subscribe through them, the Hunter PTA receives 40% of the profits!  Got a kid who loves to cook?  A mother-in-law who loves to garden?  A colleague who loves to travel?  A babysitter who’s really into fashion?  There’s a magazine – or two! – out there for each of the people on your list.

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