Key Info for Start of School

We hope you have had an enjoyable and productive summer break. The new school year is just around the corner, and we look forward to seeing all of you in the next few weeks.  We welcome the Class of 2023 and their families and are delighted that you'll be joining our HCHS community.

As a short note of introduction to our new families, we will be serving as PTA Co-Presidents.  Paul Radvany is the parent of both a rising 11th grader and a recent alum, as well as an HCHS alumnus himself.  He is a professor at Fordham University and serves as a mediator.  He has served as a grade representative, an assistant legal counsel, and -- most recently -- as a PTA Co-President.  Carin Barbanel is the parent of a rising 11th grader.  Carin has served as both a Recording and Corresponding Secrectary.  Carin works in industrial insulation.

Click "read more" for some updates and reminders about important school events and PTA activities, as well as a checklist to help your family get ready for September. 

Please take a minute to review your online contact information right away:

·  Please check the contact information on file for your family and your child in the Online Parent Directory at hunterpta.org/directory:

o    You must be logged into the PTA website to view the directory.  (If you are having trouble logging in, please follow the instructions athunterschools.org/howtologin)

o    Click on #3 “Edit Directory Listing”

o    Make any required changes and remember to press the "Click Once to Update" button at the bottom of the screen

·  Please note that the Online Parent Directory is a great source of contact information and search tool for parents to use throughout the year.  By editing your directory listing, you have full control over what information other parents see regarding your family. 

While you're logged in, update your volunteer interests and skills. We depend on your special interests, skills and contacts to carry out the PTA’s mission of enhancing the Hunter experience for every student.

·  In the Online Parent Directory, go to #4 “Edit Volunteer Interests” and check off the ways you might help.

·  Mark the committees that interest you, as well as the skills and contacts you possess. The relevant committee chairs will be in touch as needs arise.

Need help?

·  logging in: help@hunterschools.org (provided by the school)

·  updating your family record: directory@hunterpta.org

·  updating your volunteer interests: info@hunterpta.org

Please pay your annual PTA dues:  

PTA Dues for the 2017-2018 year are now being accepted online at hunterpta.org/dues. Simply use your credit card to make your payment. Dues are $75 per student.

·  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 also pay for the Hunter Calendar, enable us to provide all the useful information found on the PTA website, and fund events, workshops, and PTA meetings that bring our parent community together.  

Orientation schedule (all students will be photographed for student IDs & their school yearbook photos at each of these sessions):is from Tuesday, September 6th(grades 11 & 12) and Wednesday, September 7th (grades 7-10). Please see prior communications and the September Notes email from Dr. Tony Fischer on September 5th. (all students will be photographed for student IDs & their school yearbook photos at each of these sessions):

·  Grades 11 & 12:  Tuesday, September 5 at 1:00 pm (students only) 

·  Grades 9 & 10:  Wednesday, September 6 at 1:00 pm (students only)

·  Grade 8:  Wednesday, September 6 at 10:45 am (students only)

·  Grade 7:  Wednesday, September 6 at 8:30 am

o    Grade 7 students and their parents will convene in the auditorium to hear from various school administrators.  Students then meet their Travel Classes (the group of about 25 students with whom they share most of the day), receive their schedules and Metrocards and have their Hunter ID photos taken.  Parents have a session with PTA officers to learn more about the school and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

First full day of school -- Thursday, September 7

·  Start time is 8:08 AM

·  The end time (and occasionally the start time) will vary according to the student’s schedule and may be different each day; typical end times are 2:02, 2:46 and 3:30 PM.

·  Students will receive this information at Orientation. There are also no supply lists until classes begin; students will receive these from individual teachers if necessary.

Mark your calendar for key events listed below:

·  Wednesday, September 27 at 7 pm - First PTA Meeting in the school auditorium.

·  Friday, October 6 - Open School Day for Parents.

·  More grade-specific event information can be found on the PTA website.  If you’d like to get an early start on adding dates to your calendar, click here.

·  In addition, your grade reps will remind you about important upcoming dates throughout the year.

·  Last day of classes for all students except seniors is Thursday, June 14; last day of final exams is Friday, June 22.

 

A PDF of the full 2016-17 Wall Calendar is now available on the website (click here). Updates are made to the online version of the wall calendar throughout the school year. To see the list of updates, please click here

Bookmark these links:

·  PTA: hunterpta.org (features full-year calendar, directory, news)

·  HCHS: hunterschools.org

·  Sports: hunterschools.org/hs/athletics
 

Watch your (postal) mailbox:  You will receive a printed mailing containing a hard copy of the 2016-2017 HCHS wall calendar, order forms for school photos, and additional information about ways you can contribute to the PTA and the school. Please feel free to contact your Executive Grade Rep with any grade-specific questions:

·  7th Grade Rep to be announced. For now, please use info@hunterpta.org

·  Sabrina Chosed (8)  8rep@hunterpta.org 

·  Anna Lehmann (9)  9rep@hunterpta.org

·  Michelle Weismann (10)  10rep@hunterpta.org

·  Sam Maser (11)  11rep@hunterpta.org

·  John Lei (12)  12rep@hunterpta.org 

We look forward to being your PTA co-presidents this year and thank all parent volunteers who join us in our effort to support our school and its wonderful students, parents, faculty and administration. We’ll see you in September!

Warmly,

Paul Radvany & Carin Barbanel
HCHS PTA Co-presidents
president@hunterpta.org