Class pages for parents (please join!)

An important part of your child’s high school experience is the parties: Fresh/Soph Hop, Junior Prom, Prom, After Prom, etc.  These and other functions are planned by numerous parent volunteers, and still other parents spend long hours coordinating the fundraisers that help pay for the food, the decorations, and for subsidizing the tickets.

So please Join/Like the Facebook Pages/Groups below to get information about the parties (when, how to buy tickets, what students should wear, etc.) and how to participate in the fundraisers. (All these functions are separate from the SHHS Home and School Association, so if you are signed up to receive Home and School news only, you’ll be missing out on A LOT.)  Thanks!

Class of 2015 (closed Group)
Class of 2016 (Page)
Class of 2017 (open Group)
Class of 2018 (open Group)

These Pages and Groups provide an additional way for everyone to communicate, beyond the emailings from the school (usually sent via June Clifford in the Main Office) and your Grade Reps. The emails will always be important, of course, because there are many parents who do not have Facebook accounts, or who never, ever check them.

By the way, if you are one of those parents in charge of events or fundraising and want June Clifford to send out an email to all the parents in a particular grade, it is best to give her the exact wording for both the subject and the body of the message … asking her to just send a PDF will tend to get a low level of readers (it might get bundled with 5 other fundraisers).

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Score a Directory at the football game

If you didn’t buy a SHHS Student Directory at Back to School Night, they will be for sale ($10) at the next two football games: Sept 26 (7:30pm, vs Upper Darby) and Oct 2 (7:00pm, vs Springfield). Talk to Kelly Caulfield at the Band Spirit Wear booth. In related news, a huge thanks to Kelly Caulfield. And, of course, Go Panthers!


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Reminder: Home and School wants your money ($10), tonight

The Strath Haven High School Back to School Night kicks off at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 18th. Among the usual highlights, you can show support for the Home and School Association by buying a student directory. Make your check out to SHHS Home and School Association, or bring a bill. Just $10: less than two Caramel Mocha Frappuccinos at Starbucks!

And many, many thanks to our volunteer directory editor (Lisa Starr), ad salesperson (Jacki O’Connell), and BTSN sales table associate (Mike Kohut). High five them (or whatever) if you see them tonight. The money raised from the directory will be put to good use throughout the school year. And you’ll get good use out of the directory for years to come.

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Please buy a $10 Directory at September 18th Back-to-School Night

Strath Haven directory 2014Back-to-School Night is Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 PM. Please bring a $10 bill or a check (payable to SHHS Home and School Association) to buy the 2014-2015 Student Directory. In addition to names, phone numbers, and addresses, the Directory is packed full of useful information — even a handy sheet of forms for when your kid is going to be absent. And it is our major fundraiser, so please buy one even if don’t want one (you want one, though). THANKS!!!

If you sent your spouse alone to the event with only $10, please make sure they buy a Directory before they enter lobby area where student clubs are selling freshly-baked brownies and cookies. Or send them with more than $10.

If you’re new to the District and the whole BTSN thing, it’s an opportunity for you to meet your kid’s teachers and hear about course objectives and teaching philosophy. Following the regular schedule of the evening, parents of Seniors are invited to a meeting in the auditorium where counselors will provide details on the post-secondary application process.

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Home and School Association meeting Sept 11

Greetings, parents, from your friendly Home and School Association. If you are new to the District, we are parents (see who we are) who volunteer in various ways to help our teachers, students, and fellow parents. We would be delighted to have you attend our first meeting, this Thursday at 6:30 pm in the High School library (second floor). The first 30 minutes or so is purely social (with light refreshments!). At 7 pm, Principal Yannacone will present her yearly “State of the High School” report on recent test score results, noteworthy events on the horizon, and the goals she and her staff have set for the school year. The final part of the meeting will be the Home and School Association volunteers brainstorming about logistics and goals for the coming year — we would love for interested parents to stay and participate, or even to just lurk. If you can’t attend this week, please see our future meeting times and pencil them in (or the digital equivalent). Meeting times are always published on the High School calendar at, which you can subscribe to via iCal and such. You can also get time nudges and information by liking our Facebook page at


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Keeping track of sporting events

If your kid does a school sport, you probably need to know about this website: It has the schedule of all sports, but you can also create printable schedules for a single sport, too. Most events have a link to a map showing the field location. You can register (view instructions PDF) to have cancellations and venue changes emailed to you as soon as they happen … which works great assuming coaches update the databases promptly. Some teams have their own websites, too: see for listing. Go Panthers!


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Getting updates on goings on at High School

Just in case you didn’t get the memo, don’t forget to read the Strath Haven High School Daily News for important dates and reminders. E.g., freshman football players should report for concussion pre-tests in 5th Block today (Friday, September 5th). And Band Front members should be at King Field at 5:50 pm tonight.  An image version of the September 5th issue is displayed below to give you a sense of what you might be missing. I’m told these announcements are made on the school PA system … but not all kids are actually listening.

Ideally, the school would automatically send this PDF each day (better: the night before) to the parents who so desire, but until that happens you’ll need to just check the website ( manually and then scroll to Announcements. (Yes, sadly, all the important information at the High School is placed below the slide show, below the fold.) Alternatively, you can use an RSS-to-email service like … and it will email you when the announcements are posted (that’s what I use).




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