September 2023


Hello Junior Parents/Guardians,


Can you believe we are halfway through our child’s high school career?!   


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This is a big year for us and our students.  Some might even call it the “Dark Year”. ;)  Since there is a lot happening this year, we wanted to give you a few highlights of what to expect as the parent of a Junior:  

  • The year of testing:  ACT, SAT, AP, SAT subject tests.  And don’t forget the PSAT test at the high school in mid-October. Since the test is organized by the High school, we (as parents) do not have to do anything except bring our student to school on the day of the test.
  • Driver’s License:  Most students will be receiving their license this year.  Remember to call your insurance agent about the new driver in the house and, don’t worry, not everyone passes on the first try.
  • Share the Keys: If your student will be requesting a parking space at the HS for their senior year, this is a mandatory presentation for parent AND child.  If you attended as sophomores, you do not have to attend again. Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2023, Virtual at 7:30 pm.
  • Prom (5/17/23):  This year the students are able to attend the prom
    • Promposals: The students tend to ask in crazy ways.  Get ready for all the excitement.
    • Tickets:  Most students buy their own tickets.
    • Prom weekend:  Some students may try to convince you that this is a weekend-long event.  Your child will not be the only one not attending a weekend party.  If parties do happen, it is usually the seniors (and not even all of them have one).
  • Senior Graduation (6/18/24):  This is our pay-it-forward year.  We will organize the graduation and will need your help volunteering the night of the graduation.  More information regarding the graduation will be given in the spring.   

And the elephant in the room this year – College!   Here are a few helpful ideas:  

  • College Email:  If your child has not created an email for the college application process, you might want to think about it.  Most of these tests ask for an email.  To prevent your email or your child’s email from being bombarded by colleges, you could create an email for all college-related items (tests this year and applications next year).  Most people use first name initial, last name, and the student’s year of graduation.  
  • Brag Sheet:  Now is a good time to start creating your child’s list of accomplishments, since they are due in the spring.  The guidance counselor will use it next summer to help write your child’s recommendation for college.  Think about what they have done over the last couple of years: sports, theater, forensics, job, volunteering…
  • College visits at SHS:  Many colleges visit SHS not only on college night but throughout the school year during the day.  Have your student talk to their guidance counselor about the procedure to attend these visits. 

Also, please mark your calendar with the following PTO-sponsored event dates:

  • Junior Class Coffee with Stacy Grimaldi (10/6): 9-10:30 am at Batavia Cafe. RSVP HERE:
  • Dads Social (3/14/24):  location/time TBD
  • SHS Parent Social (TBD):  a great reason to get out during the winter blues and catch up with friends!
  • PTO meetings:  9/29, 12/8, 1/12, 3/8, and 5/17
  •!  A great resource for all PTO information.  Make sure to check regularly.

We look forward to a great year ahead.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email anyone of us.  



Class of 2025 Junior Parents