From the Principal

Dear Parents and Families of
Hazel Park High School,

High school is an important and 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.

In order 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.   Please join us in making this the very best education for your child.  Please mark your calendars for our Back to School/Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 13, beginning at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet our amazing staff and tour the building.

Viking Day: August 24, 2022

First Day of School
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The first day begins at 12 pm and dismisses at 2:40 pm. We will have our first FULL day of school on September 1st beginning at 7:40 am until 2:40 pm.  Students can come in for breakfast beginning at 7:10 am but may also receive breakfast as they enter the school. Students can access their schedules on the student MiStar portal. We will have a printed copy of every student’s schedule upon arrival. ALL STUDENTS REPORT TO ADVISORY FIRST. Advisory is a .25 credit elective class that all students have each morning. It is graded as a PASS or NO CREDIT.  Arriving to school on time each day is VERY important. Missing advisory will have a negative effect on a student’s GPA (Grade Point Average), however, the elective credits earned in Advisory are additional and can only help toward reaching the 22 credits needed to graduate.  Advisory is a time for students to connect with their teachers and peers, build community,  support their social, emotional and academic growth and gain valuable information that will help them be successful.

Student IDs
ALL HPHS STUDENT MUST PRESENT THEIR
2022/23 SCHOOL ISSUED ID UPON ARRIVING TO SCHOOL

All students are given one ID at no charge when their picture is taken.  Students who attended Viking Day on August 24 and had their picture taken should bring it and be ready to present it at the door.  Any student that was unable to attend Viking Day will have his/her picture taken on Tuesday, September 6th between 8 and 10 am and their student ID will be given at that time.  Beginning September 7th, ALL students must show their HPHS 2022/23 student ID upon entering the building.  For the safety of all students and staff, any student without ID will be directed to the media center.  A new ID will be issued at a cost of $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 the upcoming Homecoming Dance.

Chromebook Distribution
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. Copies of the form are located at the front entrance of the building, in the main office and in the media center.  Personal devices such as laptops and tablets are not allowed.

Policy Reminders
NON-SCHOOL ISSUED PERSONAL
COMMUNICATION DEVICES BOARD POLICY

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” in accordance with the contents of the Hazel Park Student Handbook, Chapter 8 (2020-2021). Please see the Student Handbook for more details. Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

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 (with the exception of religious items)

* Shorts/skirts and rips/holes in pants must be 5 inches from 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

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 NOT carry a backpack or purse larger than 4 X 6 inches with them to each class. Students must keep personal belongings in their assigned locker.  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,

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