Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of Kelly,
Welcome back or Welcome to Kelly. We send out an e-newsletter every couple of weeks to try to keep everyone informed of the various activities happening here at Kelly High School. Between this newsletter and the school calendar, we hope to have as up-to-the-minute information available to you as possible.
We currently have an enrollment of 392; 97 freshmen, 92 sophomores, 103 juniors, and 102 seniors. The opening of school, the distribution and implementation of the new Chromebooks, the various beginning of the year activities have all been wonderful and, from my point of view, have gone very smoothly.
In light of the incident involving a disturbing comment by a recent graduate, Kelly’s school board has created a safety committee which is working with school administration and will be reviewing various aspects of the crisis planning in place for the school. Police presence on campus is now in place and the board and administrators are working through the process to make this presence permanent. Future training for staff and students is being planned and a security assessment was recently conducted. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one concern.
A special word of thanks to Kiersten Lamb, the Student Ambassadors, the Advancement Department, and all the staff members who assisted with the activities for last week’s Howdy Week. Everyone put in an enormous amount of time and energy in providing outstanding activities all week to welcome our new students to Kelly High School and everyone to a new year.
Elsewhere in this newsletter is a copy of a flyer created by the Sarasota (Florida) County Sheriff’s Dept. It lists 15 ‘apps’ about which they feel parents should be concerned. The flyer shows the icon and gives a brief description of the potential problems of each app. All of these apps can be legally downloaded by anyone at least 14 yrs. old!
The new Cell Phone Policy has been implemented smoothly and without much resistance. As I’ve stated previously, students may have their cell phones but they must be turned off and stored out of sight in a backpack, book-bag, purse, etc. Besides trying to prevent or lessen many of the negative effects and temptations of constant access to cell phones, games, and social media, the more important goal is to help our students focus on the reason they are here at Kelly in the first place: education and formation.
Here we are in the third week of school and I’m already mentioning grades and time off! Monday, September 2 is Labor Day and a school holiday. Friday, September 6, is the end of the 4th week. Monday, September 9, a mid-quarter failure list will be created in the Counselors’ Office to identify students who are struggling academically and try to assist them with their success. Please log on to the Parent Portal to review the grades of your students.
Our 1st home football game of this year is Friday, September 6 against Legacy Christian at 7:00 p.m. I hope you will come join us!
Roger S. Bemis, Principal