Message from the Principal

BRIEN McMAHON HIGH SCHOOL

 August, 2018

Dear Senator Families,

Welcome to the start of a promising and exciting year at Brien McMahon High School.  While I enjoy the relaxed pace of the summer, I also look forward to the return of students; the energy, the spirit, and the buzz of full classrooms make the building come to life.  I hope all of our students had the opportunity to relax and recharge this summer and everyone is ready to return to action.

I would like to take a minute to highlight some of the important things going on at Brien McMahon High School.  

A group of students from the class of 2019 completed their first year in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Programme and are ready to begin year 2. Behind them is a group of students from the class of 2020 who will begin year 1.  For those unfamiliar with IB, it is an international program that provides students with the highest level of academic preparation through inquiry based learning, but also helps to develop thoughtful, compassionate, and innovative young people.  This year, we are working on adding the IB Career Programme which links Project Lead the Way (engineering, bio-med, and marine bio) and our Naval Junior ROTC program with IB.  As a result, more students will be able to access IB and benefit from the experience.

Between retirements and newly created positions, there will be nearly twenty new teachers and other certified staff members.  We spent a lot of time this summer interviewing and hiring and we were fortunate to have such a deep pool of candidates to choose from.  I am confident that our new Senator Staff members will fit right in.

While on the subject of staffing, you may be aware that one of our beloved assistant principals, Kristi Carriero, is no longer working at Brien McMahon HS.  I want the class of 2020 to rest assured that they are in good hands as Mr. Q will take over as the assistant principal for this year’s juniors.  We are still awaiting a fourth assistant principal to be assigned and we will provide you with that information as soon as possible.

You may have noticed our new electronic sign in front of the school.  A major thank you to the Senators’ Success Fund (http://www.senatorssf.com/) and to the Hogan family for all of the hard work, fundraising, and generosity that went into the multi-year process.  Please check the sign on a daily basis to find out about events taking place at Brien McMahon High School.  

I also encourage you to check our website (https://bmhs.norwalkps.org/) for information, forms, and other resources. 

One key feature of the website is the school events calendar.  It sits at the top of the front page and it’s updated regularly.

Looking ahead to the coming school year, I would like you to put a few dates on your calendars

 

Wednesday, August 29

 

First day of school for all students. It will be a full day and students will report to their House (advisory) at the start of the day where they will receive their class schedules.

Monday, September 17

Open House (5:30-8:30)

September 26-27

Underclass Photos (more info to follow)

October 10

PSAT Schools Day (grades 9-11)

October 15-19

Spirit Week/Homecoming Football

April 9

SAT School Day

 I feel fortunate to have such involved and concerned parents at McMahon and would like to thank you all for everything that you do to support your children. Parental involvement is one of the most important factors in student success.   If you are not already a member, please join the BMHS PTA (https://sites.google.com/site/bmhsparentclub/) to help with the various activities and to attend the monthly meetings.  Look for their table at open house to sign up.  

As we begin this school year, issues of safety and security continue to weigh heavy on everyone’s minds.  I want to assure you that safety is considered our highest priority.  We began by creating a climate in which all students feel emotionally and physically safe.  Through our House advisory program and events like climate day, we are helping students to develop connections and a sense of belonging.  We also encourage students to practice “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” so that the adults in the building are made aware if students feel unsafe.  In addition, we have a student preparedness committee that meets regularly with administration to inform our procedures and other initiatives.  The school preparedness committee also meets every month to plan drills, identify issues, and to develop strategies to keep everyone safe.  While we know that there are no guarantees, I want to let you know that a great deal of thought, time, and energy goes into making Brien McMahon High School a safe place for students, staff, and the community.

While I could go on and on about all of the things that make our school an amazing place, I will close by saying how much I am looking forward to the coming year.  Please contact me with questions, concerns, or if you just want to discuss our school.


Thanks and enjoy the last few weeks of summer, 

Scott Hurwitz

Principal

hurwitzs@norwalkps.org