Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of Kelly,
We’ve already completed four weeks of school! It seems like just yesterday we were holding Jump Start to begin the year. Parents, I urge you to be involved in your child’s life. Their high school years will pass in the ‘blink of an eye’ and they will be graduated and out of the house. Whether it is their school activities, church activities, community sports, or scouts, find time to do things with them. They will be gone before you know it.
Congratulations to Jerard Bajar and Derek Brasher for being named 2020 National Merit Semi-Finalists! In all of Southeast Texas, only four students earned that distinction this year and two of them are from Kelly High School!
Part of the school’s normal activities is to check grades after four weeks and create a ‘Failing List’. Although it doesn’t really do anything officially, it does give the counselors a list of students to check on whom may be having academic issues although, most often the cause is failing to complete assignments or make-up work. If you haven’t, I encourage you to check your child’s grades on the Parent Portal and contact the teacher if you have any questions.
‘Think Before You Post’
This link takes you to a recent article from the Oregon office of the FBI and discusses their efforts with internet communication; e-mails, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. People often forget that when they use these to communicate that it is with real people which can have real consequences to what they have posted. Young people can be especially susceptible to this problem. Read through the article and share it with your teen. Calmly discuss the possible consequences of inappropriate digital communication whether sexual, threatening, derogatory, insulting, false, etc.
Congratulations to our Cross Country team, our Football team, and our Volleyball team. All are having a great year so far.
School Pictures for grades 9, 10, and 11 will be taken next Wednesday and Thursday, September 18 & 19 during their English class. You will have the opportunity to buy packages, but this is not required. The purchase packets will go home with the students soon. All students need to have their picture taken so that they are in the Yearbook. Seniors will take their senior portraits later in the year.
Support Kelly High School! While I certainly do not promote one business over another, Education First Credit Union offers a program in which they will make a donation to our school if you register MKCHS with them as you take out a loan. Anyone can join the Credit Union and support our school in this way.
Freshmen Retreat will be held Wednesday, September 25 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Beaumont. All freshmen should report directly to St. Jude at 8:30 am and will be released from there at 2:25 pm. If your child needs to be dropped off and picked up at Kelly there will be a bus to transport students from Kelly to St. Jude and back. More information will be distributed in Theology class.
The counselors will take a limited number of sophomores to Ford Park for a Career Expo on Thursday, September 26. Students will be able to gather information about possible jobs and vocations for their future. Numbers are limited and sign-up closes on September 12. Please have your student register with their counselor if they are interested in attending.
We have a few individuals in our community who need special prayers at this time. Please remember families who are experiencing difficulties or divorce and those families and individuals who are dealing with serious illness.
Roger S. Bemis