Wow, it is hard to believe May is already here! The school year has flown by fast, but it’s been a good one. Thank you to all of the families in our community who have welcomed me in my first year at Highland Junior. It is a true honor and privilege to be in such a great place working with such amazing families and kids!
This is a very busy month with final exams as well as the many end-of-year activities. Please be sure to check the final exam schedule and plan accordingly so that students may complete all of their courses this semester. It is important for students to finish the semester strong – start preparing for finals now, talk to teachers right away with any concerns and work hard for the last three weeks! The school calendar can also be found in this newsletter and online for final concerts, tournaments, award ceremonies and banquet dates. We appreciate your support at all of these events!
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th – 10th. Administration, PTRO, Student Council and various other student clubs will be trying to make it an extra special week for all our teachers. Any additional words of thanks and appreciation are encouraged for the many hours that teachers spend devoted to our students.
Finally, as it heats up and we get closer to summer, students occasionally need to be reminded of appropriate behavior and dress code at school. We appreciate your help and support in these areas so that we can all finish the school year in an environment that is safe and productive.
Student Dress Code Gilbert Public Schools
In support of the educational environment, the following guidelines have been established. It is an expectation that volunteers working with students will adhere to this policy. These guidelines include, but are not limited to:
Shirts and tops must have straps at least two inches wide and not expose midriffs or be too low cut in the front, back, or under the arms. Halter-tops and shirts with spaghetti straps are not appropriate. Clothing may not be made of see-through fabric. Clothing must cover the entire buttocks and a modest area of the legs. Undergarments should not be exposed.
Clothing, backpacks, binders or other accessories, jewelry, bracelets, or skin markings (temporary or permanent) with symbols or negative messages are not allowed at school. Jewelry and ornamental accessories such as chains, spiked collars, or spiked wristbands are not allowed, as they present a safety hazard to self and/or others.
Clothing items identified by a school administrator and/or a law enforcement official as negative or gang affiliated and/or carry the potential to create intimidation and violence will not be allowed. The following are also not allowed:
Tattered and torn clothing
Students may not wear their hair in a manner that is disruptive to the learning environment.
In the interest of student safety, appropriate shoes must be worn at all times. Bare feet are not
allowed. Shoes with wheels (Heelys) are not allowed in District buildings.
Body piercings that pose a safety hazard or distract from the educational process are disallowed.
School administrators will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of any student's appearance.
To create the safest possible environment for students and to guarantee that the students' focus is to receive a quality education, GPS finds it necessary to outline expectations regarding student dress code. Questions regarding clothing/appearance issues should be directed to the school administrator.