From the Principal

Dear Parents and Families of
Hazel Park High School,

High school is a critical time of transition – moving from the middle school experience and preparing for the bigger challenges of adulthood. What happens during these few short years will have a lasting impression on students’ development, growth, and future. Our main goal is to ensure that every student is provided the highest quality education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment.

To accomplish this goal, all decisions that will be made at HPHS will always be guided by what is best for children. Peter Drucker stated, “The best way to predict the future is to create it!” We are committed to creating a bright future for all of our students and in having a school we are all proud to be a part of. This can be done best by working together as a team with our staff and parents. We are confident that the entire HPHS staff is committed to helping all students achieve their very best because every student is valued and worthy of our best efforts.

The year will be busy, exciting, and full of rewarding challenges for each student. For the safety of our students and staff, ALL HPHS STUDENTS MUST PRESENT THEIR 2021/22 SCHOOL ISSUED ID UPON ARRIVING TO SCHOOL. 

Any student without ID will be directed to the media center. A new ID will be issued for $5 and the parent will be notified via email that the $5 charge was assessed. A student who pays on the day they forgot the ID or within 5 school days will have a reduced cost of only $2. All student fines must be paid before students can purchase tickets to events such as dances, plays, and/or sporting events.

Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner:

All students receive free meals at school each day. Breakfast is served 7:10-7:30 a.m. through the front entrance and 7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. from the front and back entrances. Lunch and dinner are served from the cafeteria. Dinner is available from 2:40-3:45 p.m. daily.

Chromebooks:

Hazel Park is a 1:1 technology district. This means every HP student receives a technology device for use at school and at home provided the Chromebook agreement form is signed by a parent or guardian and the student. Chromebooks allow students access to online learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. It is imperative that students bring their device and that it is fully charged each day.

Policy Reminders:

Personal Communication Devices (PCDs) include but are not limited to: CELL PHONES, computers, tablets, electronic readers, and/or other web-enabled devices of any type. Hazel Park High School staff reserves full discretion as to when students may use PCDs through the means of a “Stoplight” system. Each teacher will determine when and what school-appropriate use of PCDs will look like in his/her classroom under each “light” by the contents of the Hazel Park Student Handbook, Chapter 8 (2020-2021). Please see pages 79-80 in the Student Handbook for more details.

Dress Code parameters: We have a large selection of new clothing for anyone failing to adhere to the dress code parameters. 

No obscene, violent, or vulgar words or images

No hats, hoods, skull caps, bandanas, or head coverings (except for religious items or hair accessories)

Shorts/skirts and rips/holes in pants must be 5 inches from the top of knee unless leggings are worn underneath

Strapless, backless, spaghetti straps, tank, or halter tops are not allowed unless covered by a sweater, shirt, or jacket 

No bare midriffs (this means no bellies or lower backs visible)

No see-through, low cut, or revealing clothing

No bedroom slippers, robes, or pajamas

No gang-related apparel

No apparel depicting drugs or alcohol

Medication:

If your child takes prescription medication, we MUST have a form on file in the counseling office signed by your child’s physician. Forms are available in the counseling office. Students are NOT permitted to keep medication on them. If your child must keep his/her inhaler and/or Epinephrine Pen with him/her, we must have another document signed by the parent/guardian and the student. NO over the counter medications such as pain relievers, cough medicine, allergy medications, etc. are allowed to be taken while in school.

Lockers:

A locker is assigned to every student. Students MUST bring their own combination lock and use the locker that is assigned to them. If a student chooses to use a key lock, they risk the lock being cut off if the administration deems it necessary to get into the locker and the student is unable to provide the key. It is the student's responsibility to keep the locker clean and free of any food. We recommend students keep a light jacket or sweatshirt in their locker for use while in school. Winter/ heavier jackets must be stored in lockers and may NOT be worn in class. 

Backpacks:

Students may carry a backpack with them to each class, however, we strongly encourage students to use their lockers to keep personal belongings in. We will not utilize school cameras to look for lost or stolen items that are not secured in a locker.

Throughout the year, our school website will attempt to provide you with the most current information including weekly newsletters that will be emailed and posted to the website. However, if at any time you have questions please do not hesitate to contact any of our administrators or any of our staff at (248) 658-5100.

We are honored to have been a part of so many wonderful traditions in Hazel Park Schools and excited about the many new adventures that lie ahead.

With students in mind,
 

Tammy M. Scholz , Ed.S.

Principal

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