Keystone Oaks School District News Article

Keystone Oaks High School Welcome Back Letter

August 17, 2022


Dear Keystone Oaks High School Students & Families:


It is my honor to welcome you all to the 2022-2023 school year at Keystone Oaks High School!  My name is Michael Linnert and I will serve as your High School Principal.  We have an exciting school year ahead of us, filled with a new daily schedule, rigorous course offerings that are designed to meet the needs of all student-learners, an opportunity for daily personalized learning time, and a staff that is very excited to spend the next school year with each and every student.  Your teachers and administrators have worked extremely hard to prepare for the upcoming school year and are very excited to welcome you back.  It is my sincere hope that you all have a wonderful experience within the walls of Keystone Oaks High School each day!


In addition to our new and returning students this school year, I would like to introduce and welcome new members to the Keystone Oaks High School staff:


  • Ms. Jess Anderson: Long-term Substitute - Family & Consumer Sciences

  • Ms. Rachel Kim: Long-term Substitute - Social Studies

  • Mr. Max Levine: Long-term Substitute - Gifted Education

  • Ms. Kelsey Marucci - High School Secretary

  • Ms. Paige Petroval - Mathematics

While she was an integral member of our KOHS team, joining us this past February, Mrs. Stephanie Hull, High School Assistant Principal, will continue into her first full school year with us.  She can be reached at [email protected]


Below you will find important information regarding the high school.  This information will include both changes and updates, which are important to review and familiarize yourselves with.  I encourage you to take the time to read through this information and reach out to the appropriate person(s) with any questions that you may have.


PowerSchool Access

Access to PowerSchool will be provided to students and families on the morning of Friday, August 19, 2022.


First Day of School

The first day of the 2022-2023 school year will be on Monday, August 29, 2022.  Students will be permitted to enter the building at 7:20 a.m.  All students must enter through either the main high school entrance if taking a school bus or the weight room entrance near the tennis courts if coming to school via self-transportation or walking.  Students will be considered tardy to school if not in their homeroom each day by 7:45 a.m.


Electronic Devices

Effective August 29, 2022, the Keystone Oaks School District is changing its policy regarding students’ use of personal electronic devices. Students will no longer be permitted to use personal cell phones during the school day in district buildings; on district property; and during the time students are under the supervision of the District. Students may bring their cell phone to school, but they must remain turned off during the school day. Students may keep their cell phone in a pocket, bookbag, etc. so that they are accessible in case of an emergency, such as a lockdown or evacuation of the building. Anyone who needs to reach a student during the school day should call the main office and a member of the front office staff will ensure that the student receives the message.  The main office at Keystone Oaks High School can be reached at (412) 571-6000.


This change in policy will be strictly enforced and monitored through the principals’ office as outlined in the Code of Conduct.


Dress Guidelines

The 2022-2023 Student/Parent Handbook will be available on the district’s website on Friday, August 26, 2022. This handbook contains important information about rules, expectations and procedures for our building. One item to note is the dress code, which has been updated and simplified for the 2022-2023 school year. Each building principal will review these changes with students during the first week of school. 


All students entering Keystone Oaks High School are expected to strictly adhere to the Dress Guidelines.  Specifics regarding the Dress Guidelines are identified below and are subject to updates:

  • No hats, head coverings, or bandanas worn, or carried in school, except for religious purposes.

  • Appropriate undergarments worn and not visible.

  • Shorts and skirts of reasonable length (midthigh).

  • No clothing displaying inappropriate messages e.g. apparel that demeans or degrades another, suggest sexual activity (innuendo) or refers to violence, alcohol, drugs or tobacco.

  • No extremely tight, loose, or revealing clothing.

  • Any tops that expose midriff, bare back, chest, or underwear.

  • Building administration and faculty have the right to question a student’s dress and grooming and take necessary action if an item is not specifically stated above.

  • The building administration will make the final decision of appropriateness.


9th Grade & New Student Orientation

Orientation for all 9th grade and new students will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 11:15-12:45.  The event will be held in the high school cafeteria.  Guests will arrive through the rear entrance of the high school cafeteria, located at the rear of the building.  Families are welcome to attend with their child(ren) if they would like.  Information regarding transportation has been provided in a separate communication.


Bell Schedule

Keystone Oaks High School will follow the Daily bell schedule below:


Daily

Time

Homeroom

7:45-7:50

Period 1

7:54-8:34

Period 2

8:38-9:18

Period 3

9:22-10:02

Eagle Time 1

10:05-10:35

Eagle Time 2

10:38-11:08

Eagle Time 3

11:11-11:41

Period 4

11:44-12:24

Period 5

12:28-1:08

Period 6

1:12-1:52

Period 7

1:56-2:36


Keystone Oaks High School will follow the Early Release bell schedule below on days requiring an early release from school:


Early Release

Time

Homeroom

7:45-7:50

Period 1

7:54-8:17

Period 2

8:21-8:44

Period 3

8:48-9:11

Period 4

9:15-9:38

Period 5

9:42-10:05

Period 6

10:09-10:32

Period 7

10:36-11:00


Keystone Oaks High School will follow the Two-hour Delay bell schedule below on days requiring a delayed start to school:


Two-hour Delay

Time

Homeroom

9:45-9:50

Period 1

9:54-10:17

Period 2

10:21-10:44

Period 3

10:48-11:11

Eagle Time 1

11:14-11:44

Eagle Time 2

11:47-12:17

Eagle Time 3

12:20-12:50

Period 4

12:53-1:16

Period 5

1:20-1:43

Period 6

1:47-2:10

Period 7

2:14-2:36



Bus Passes

Bus passes will no longer be mailed home.  All bus information is available in the Parent Portal in PowerSchool.  Click on “Transportation Info” to see bus information for this school year.  Any questions regarding the bus may be directed to Ms. Lucas ([email protected]).  



Bus Transportation - After School

Students riding the bus home will depart at the final bell of the school day for their bus.  Buses will be located in the following areas:

  • High School - Rear: Bus 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 13

  • Middle School - McNeilly Side: 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16


Chromebooks

Chromebooks will be available for pickup on the first day of school.  Students attending Parkway West Career & Technology Center will pick their chromebook up in the main lobby upon arrival to the school.


The Keystone Oaks School District offers a protection plan for all students and families for their school-issued chromebook.  Students and families are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  Information regarding the protection plan and enrollment can be found below:


https://www.kosd.org/ChromebookDeviceProtectionProgram.aspx


Daily Schedule

Students will access their daily schedule in PowerSchool.  Paper copies of student schedules will not be provided.  Students should be familiar with their schedule prior to the first day of school, as cell phones and electronic devices will not be permitted to view schedules.


Eagle Time

Eagle Time has been designed to allow for personalized learning and flexibility of scheduling for students.  During this time, students will take ownership of their schedule and select learning opportunities based on personal choice or academic interest and need.  Students are encouraged to select an Eagle Time period that will best meet their needs.  This is an exciting and unique opportunity for all students this school year.  More information will be provided to students during the first week of school.


Students will be responsible for signing up for both their Eagle Time sessions daily and lunch period.  However, the teacher has the authority to override a student’s Eagle Time selection based upon need.  Failure to register for Eagle Time or failure to report to Eagle Time will result in a class cut referral.


Parent/Student Handbook & Code of Conduct

The Parent/Student Handbook & Code of Conduct for the 2022-2023 can be found at www.kosd.org.  An electronic copy will be sent home via school messenger prior to the start of the school year.  A hard copy can be provided to your child upon request.  


It is very important that you review the Handbook and Code of Conduct with your child(ren), as it contains important information regarding school district policies and high school information and behavioral expectations.


School Counselors

The school counselors can be found in the Student Services Suite, located down from the high school cafeteria.  School counselors are available for a multitude of student needs.  Students in need of their school counselor should reach out to their counselor via email to schedule a meeting.  Counselor information is listed below:


Technology Support - Students & Families

The link below will direct you to the Keystone Oaks School District Student & Family Technology Support website.  Information includes Technology Support, Help Desk Ticket Submission, Username/Password, and more.


https://sites.google.com/kosd.org/kosd-parent-student-tech-suppo/home


Technology Quick Guide

The link below will direct you to the Technology Quick Guide, which can be used to access information regarding Technology, Chromebooks, PowerSchool, and more.  The link is viewable by those within the Keystone Oaks School District.  Students must be logged in to their KOSD Gmail account for viewing access.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/11DpDgbfRMOgRkDaCJQNyOY9CwcrG3Oq2hTIJfr-RHgg/edit?usp=sharing


As always, the teaching, support, and administrative staff are available to best support students and families throughout the school year.  If you have any questions regarding the upcoming school year, please contact us.


I am looking forward to a wonderful school year and cannot wait to see you all on August 29th!


Thank you for your time and welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!


Mr. Michael Linnert

Principal

Keystone Oaks High School

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