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(908)-889-8288 ext. 202
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you back for the 2018-2019 school year. As principal of Union County Magnet High School, I continue to be impressed with the quality of our students and the level of professionalism, integrity, and passion with which our staff carries themselves on a daily basis. Combined with the incredible support of our community, including our PSA and our advisory board, our staff is committed to continuing the tradition of excellence that has made Magnet High School nationally recognized for its excellence. It is my most sincere hope that you look forward to this upcoming school year as much as I do!
I would also like to express our continued dedication to ensuring the success of each of your children. Strong connections and frequent communication with parents/guardians is a key component of ensuring this success continues, and I look forward to working with each of you. Below are some important things to know about the upcoming school year; some of these will require action by you and some on the part of your children. As such, please feel free to reach out if there are any questions.
1. As part of the “go green” initiative, we will not be sending home Back to School Packets. Therefore, in order to effectively support your children, we will be collecting vital information at the beginning of the school year. We have made it possible for you to provide much of this information through online avenues. If you have not already, you will soon be receiving an email to your registered e-mail address from firstname.lastname@example.org. This email will contain all of the necessary information to log into our data management system, PowerSchool Registration (formerly Infosnap), so that you can view and complete all necessary back to school forms. If you do not receive this email before the start of school, please let us know by reaching out to our main office secretary, Ms. Buren, at email@example.com.
2. The first day of school for students is Thursday, September 6th. Our hours of instruction are 8:00 A.M - 2:50 P.M. We will have opening day activities for students when they first arrive and we will run an abbreviated “A-day” and “B-day” schedule. What this means is that the students will see all of their teachers for a short period on the first day. Friday, September 7th will be a regularly scheduled “A” day. For your convenience, I’m embedding a link to our 2018-2019 calendar, which you can access by clicking HERE. The calendar can also be found by visiting our district homepage at ucvts.org and selecting the “Our District” tab.
3. In an effort to be as communicative as possible, we will continue to post information on our website (www.ucvts.org) and/or sent you information via email. Please make sure to let us know if any of your email address information has changed, by contacting our main office secretary, Ms. Buren, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. We will also be posting information about the great work occurring in our school through one of Magnet’s two social media platforms. Please follow us on Twitter (@magnetprincipal) and/or “like” us on Facebook (Magnet High School). Here is a link to the Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/ppb7cxy.
5. It is important to remember that with the capabilities of the parent portal to Power School (http://ps.ucvts.tec.nj.us/public/home.html), we do not mail home interim reports and report cards, as all of this information can be accessed online. In fact, you can modify the settings in PowerSchool on the “email notification” section so that grade information can be sent directly to you at a time interval of your choosing.
6. After much deliberation and exploration, we have determined a new direction for the delivery of counseling services at MHS. However, this new direction provides a transitionary period for the 2018-2019 school year. All incoming freshmen will work with Ms. Metwally, while all returning seniors will work with Ms. Koteen. Therefore, the counseling assignments for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
- Class of 2019 - Ms. Koteen
- Class of 2020 and 2021
- Ms. Koteen - Last Names A - L
- Ms. Metwally - Last Names M - Z
- Class of 2022 - Ms. Metwally
8. All Back to School forms (except the lunch payment forms) and additional important information will be found on the PowerSchool Registration (Formerly Infosnap) page. Please look through all of the information carefully. If you have any questions throughout the process, please do not hesitate to contact our main office for help.
9. Your child’s schedule for the 2018-2019 school year can be accessed via PowerSchool. For parents of incoming freshmen, this mailing contains information that details how to set up and access your PowerSchool account, and then link it to your child’s account. We’ve included screenshots to assist you along the way, but please reach out to us if you have any questions.
10. For those of you who have not yet been contacted by your local school districts with regard to transportation, I encourage you at this time to contact your local Board of Education office. Please remind the office staff in your local school district that your child has been accepted to, or is continuing to attend, Union County Magnet High School and needs to have their transportation arranged to the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus every day. Our school hours are 8:00 A.M. - 2:50 P.M. and our school address is 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076-2997. Our phone number is: 908-889-8288 x200.
11. Included with the PowerSchool Registration (formerly Infosnap) documents, you will find a campus map which diagrams where students should be dropped off in the mornings and picked up in the afternoons. We have planned the pick-up / drop-off locations with the safety of your children in mind. In ensuring this safety, no exceptions will be made for these procedures. Since our campus becomes busy in the mornings, we ask that you leave enough time in your schedules in the morning to accommodate arrival. Please reference the included traffic pattern map for parking and pick-up / drop-off locations, especially if your child is driven to school. Designated student parking areas are also noted. Students are not permitted to park a vehicle on our campus without first completing a parking request form and presenting proof of a valid Driver’s License, vehicle registration, and insurance. Those students desiring to drive to school may obtain the appropriate paperwork from the office. Please note: student parking is reserved for seniors only. Underclassmen are not permitted to drive to school.
12. Back to School Night will likely be held during the last full week of September, but a date has not yet been confirmed. However, I expect that it will be either Tuesday, September 25th or Thursday, September 27th at 6:00pm. Once the date is confirmed, I will reach out to families with an update.
In closing, I want to reiterate how excited I am that you are part of our school community. As I enter my fourth year as principal, I am continuously impressed by the great pride and tradition that has made Magnet High School such an amazing school, and I am looking forward to building upon that tradition with all of you for years to come. While our national recognition, in part, a reflection of the talented staff and rigorous programs we offer, I also appreciate the support and trust that you’ve granted us when it comes to the education of your child. As a result of this partnership, our graduates have been sought after by the top colleges and universities in the country and leave us prepared for the challenges of the 21st century job market. We have no
doubt that this will be another great year for our students, and I look forward to a continued partnership with you.
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I hope that these last few days of summer bring your family rest and relaxation.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
Paul C. Rafalowski
908-889-8288 ext. 202