Sunday, August 12, 2018

Principal's Message - 8/12/18

Good evening, this is Mr. Kennedy, principal of Forbush High School. I have a few announcements and updates I would like to share with you this evening.

Campus Renovations and Updates
I want to begin this evening by welcoming everyone back to another school year! Our staff has been working hard to get our campus ready for our students and their families this week. As you visit campus this week for Open House, Freshmen Orientation, or athletic events, you will probably notice a few changes. Our courtyard has been completely renovated. While this project is not quite finished, it is getting close and I think our students and community will love the new look of our courtyard. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Mr. Hauser for all of his hard work on our courtyard renovation project this year!

In addition to the courtyard, we have also added more directional signs around campus to make it easier to locate different buildings. The student parking lot has been re-lined and the curbs, poles, and gates have been repainted. Many areas in the football stadium have been repainted, beds and planters around campus have been cleaned, and new mulch has been spread across all parts of the campus. All in all, our campus is looking great and we are excited to welcome our students and their families this week!

Open House
Looking ahead to this week, I wanted to remind everyone that we will be offering an Open House for our students and their families on two days this year. Our campus will be open on Wednesday, August 15, from 9am to 12pm, and on Thursday, August 16, from 1pm to 7pm. During these times, students should first report to their Homeroom teacher to pick up their class schedule and pay their $50 school fee. After students have received their schedule, they may meet with their teachers around campus and complete Chromebook rental paperwork in the media center. Please note, parents must be present in order for students to complete their Chromebook rental paperwork.

Freshmen Orientation
For our rising 9th grade students, Freshmen Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15 and will begin at 1pm in the gymnasium.

First Day of School
The first day of school for all students will be Monday, August 20. Students will report to their homeroom teacher to start the school day.

That is all for this evening. As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email me anytime. Also, please be sure to check out our web site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates. Thank you for your time this evening, goodnight.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Principal's Message - 8/5/18

Good evening, this is Mr. Kennedy, principal of Forbush High School. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer break so far. With just a few weeks left before school begins, I have a few announcements I would like to share with everyone tonight.

Congratulations
I want to begin by congratulating our Hunter Safety team and our Cheerleading team for their recent accomplishments. The Forbush Hunter Safety team recently finished third in the national hunter safety competition in Pennsylvania. The Cheerleading team finished first among teams from North Carolina and Georgia at their recent camp at Appalachian State University. Congratulations to both of these organizations!

Student Parking Permits
Seniors may purchase parking passes tomorrow and Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm. Juniors and Seniors may purchase parking passes on August 8 and August 9 from 1pm to 4pm. Please visit our website and complete a student parking permit application. Also, please remember that your instructional fee, as well as any student debt from previous years, must be paid before you can receive your parking permit.

Open House
For the convenience of our students and parents, Forbush High School will offer Open House on two days this year. Our campus will be open on Wednesday, August 15, from 9am to 12pm, and on Thursday, August 16, from 1pm to 7pm. During these times, students should report to their Homeroom teacher to pick up their class schedule and pay their Instructional fee. After students have received their schedule, they may meet with their teachers and complete Chromebook rental paperwork. Please note, parents must be present in order for students to complete their Chromebook rental paperwork.

Freshmen Orientation
For our rising 9th grade students, Freshmen Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15 and will begin at 1pm in the gymnasium. Once again, Freshmen Orientation will begin at 1pm in the gymnasium on Wednesday, August 15.

End of Year Parent Survey
I want to close this evening by thanking everyone who completed our end of year parent survey last spring. I was able to gather a lot of valuable information in that survey and I want to touch on a few topics this evening.

I want to reiterate that the safety and well-being of our students continues to be a top priority for our staff. We are putting some logistical and procedural changes in place this year in order to ensure student safety while also maintaining an orderly campus that emphasizes consistent student discipline practices. We will also be focusing on two-way communication this year, with an emphasis on encouraging staff and parents to communicate more regularly in order to provide assistance for students are struggling academically or behaviorally.

These are just a few of the areas in which we will be focusing this year. As always, I encourage parents and family members to contact me any time if you ever have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions. I am proud to be your principal and I am looking forward to another great school year at Forbush High School.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Principal's Message - 6/3/18

Good evening, this is Mr. Kennedy, principal of Forbush High School. I have a few announcements and updates I would like to share with you this evening.

Commencement 2018
I want to begin this evening by congratulating our 2018 Senior Class. Thank you to all the students and staff who helped make our Commencement Ceremony another wonderful event. Seniors, congratulations on your accomplishments and best of luck in your post-secondary pursuits.

Report Cards
Parents and students, report cards will be available for pick up in the office beginning this Wednesday, June 6. Report cards will not be mailed this year, but parents and students can pick up report cards at any point over the summer.

Summer Office Hours
Our summer office hours will begin next week. Beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 4, our office will be open from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Thursday. We will be closed on Friday through June and July.

Driver Education
If you are interested in Driver Education, Forbush will have three sessions available this summer. Each class will last 4 days, Monday through Thursday from 8am to 3:45pm. The session dates will be June 11-14, July 9-12, and July 23-26. In order to take the class, the student must be 14 and a half years old, per North Carolina law. The cost of the class is $65 and the student must attend all four days.

That is all for this evening. This will be my final regular phone message until August. As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email me anytime. Also, please be sure to check out our web site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates. Thank you for your time this evening, goodnight.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Principal's Message - 5/27/18

Good evening, this is Mr. Kennedy, principal of Forbush High School. I have a few announcements and updates I would like to share with you this evening.

Commencement - Class of 2018
I want to begin this evening by thanking all of our students, teachers, staff, and parents for making this another great school year at Forbush High School. I am excited to celebrate with our Senior Class of 2018 at Commencement on Wednesday. Our 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University this Wednesday, May 30, beginning at 5pm.

Memorial Day
As a reminder, tomorrow is Memorial Day and Forbush High School will be closed. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, May 29 at 8am.

Board of Education Student Representative
I want to congratulate junior Riley Warfel, who has been selected to serve as the Forbush student representative on the Yadkin County Board of Education next year. Riley was chosen from a pool of 8 high-quality candidates. Congratulations once again and best of luck in your role as our student representative on the Board of Education.

Medications
Parents and students, please remember that all medications at school need to be picked up by May 31. Any medications not picked up by May 31 will be discarded.

Cafeteria Debt
Students and parents, please be sure all cafeteria debt is paid in full. Unpaid cafeteria debt will roll over into student debt for the following school year.

That is all for this evening. Please be sure to check out our web site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates. Thank you for your time this evening, goodnight.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Principal's Message - 5/20/18

Good evening, this is Mr. Kennedy, principal of Forbush High School. I have a few announcements and updates I would like to share with you this evening.

Exams Continue This Week
As a reminder, final exams continue this week. Second period exams will be given tomorrow, third period exams on Tuesday, fourth period exams on Wednesday, and Thursday will be our exam make-up day. For detailed information about our exam schedule, please visit our website and scroll to the bottom under “Latest News.”

Student Accomplishments
Congratulations to our students honored at last week’s Academic Banquet. Also, a big thank you to Mr. Hutchens, Mr. Davis, and Mr. Hauser for organizing the event.

The Forbush Chorus put on an excellent concert last week. Great job by our students and Chorus Director Laurie Roberts for a fantastic show!

Congratulations to our JROTC cadets on their recent promotions; we are already looking forward to this upcoming school year.

Congratulations to our men’s tennis doubles team of Matt Wilhelm and Lance Kennedy, who recently made it to the 2A State semifinals, finishing top-4 in the state. This is further than any Forbush men’s doubles team has advanced in school history.

Congratulations to our baseball and softball teams, both of which won regular season conference titles this year. This is the third straight conference title for the baseball team and the fifth straight for the softball team.

Congratulations to the women’s soccer team on winning their fourth straight conference title. The women’s soccer team made it to the fourth round of the state playoffs this year.

Congratulations to our track and field athletes who competed in the 2A State Meet this past weekend, including Mackenzie Fulk, Zane Johnson, Madisun Shore, Anna Kathryn Kilby, Laura Wyrick, Brittany Gammons, and Dakota Mendenhall.

3rd Annual Automotive Pig Pickin' and Car Show
The 3rd Annual Automotive Pig Pickin’ and Car Show will be held on May 26 from 11 to 2 behind the E Building Automotive Shop. The cost is $8.00 per plate, which includes BBQ, Beans, Slaw, Roll, and Dessert. You may dine in or carry out. There is no entry fee for the car show and all cars, trucks, tractors, lawn mowers, and motorcycles are welcome. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. If you plan to participate in the car show, please see Mr. Senter in room 519E or call him at 336-755-7005.

Medications
Parents and students, please remember that all medications at school need to be picked up by May 31. Any medications not picked up by May 31 will be discarded.

Cafeteria Debt
Students and parents, please be sure all cafeteria debt is paid in full before the end of the school year. Unpaid cafeteria debt will roll over into student debt for the following school year.

That is all for this evening. Please be sure to check out our web site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates. Thank you for your time this evening, goodnight.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Principal's Message - 5/13/18

Good evening, this is Mr. Kennedy, principal of Forbush High School. I have a few announcements and updates I would like to share with you this evening.

Final Exams
I want to begin this evening by reminding everyone that final exams are scheduled to begin this Friday, May 18. First period state exams will be given this Friday. The last day of final exams will be Thursday, May 24. For detailed information about our exam schedule, please visit our website and scroll to the bottom under “Latest News.”

YCS Board of Education Student Representative
Juniors, if you are interested in serving as the Student Representative for the Yadkin County Board of Education next year, please submit a 1-to-2 page essay detailing why you believe you are the best person to serve in this role. Please turn in this essay and an updated resume to the main office by Wednesday, May 16.

Attendance Appeals
Students, if you have more than 8 unexcused absences this semester, you are in violation of the attendance policy and risk losing credit for some or all of your courses. Please pick up your Attendance Appeals paperwork from the Pass Room this Thursday, May 17, during 3rd period. Spring Attendance Appeals are due Wednesday, May 23 in the front office.

School Counseling Office
Students, if you are interested in Surry classes, Mrs. Pennix's last day at Forbush for this school year is May 15. If you need Mrs. Pennix's contact information, please see Mrs. Monroe or Ms. Mitze.

Seniors, are you planning to go directly to work after high school? If so, please plan to meet with Rachel Hiatt with JobsConnect on May 15 during all lunches in the A-Building lobby.

Upcoming Events
This year’s Academic Banquet is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, May 14. This event will begin at 6pm at the Clemmons Village Inn and Conference Center.

Our final Chorus Concert for the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15. This concert will begin at 6:30pm in the Forbush Auditorium.

The JROTC End of Year Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16. This event will begin at 6pm in the Forbush Auditorium.

That is all for this evening. Please be sure to check out our web site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates. Thank you for your time this evening, goodnight.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Principal's Message - 5/6/18

Good evening, this is Mr. Kennedy, principal of Forbush High School. I have a few announcements and updates I would like to share with you this evening.

Awards Day
I want to begin this evening by thanking everyone who was able to attend last Friday’s Senior Awards Ceremony. It is always great to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and I look forward to our next opportunity to celebrate with our seniors, at Commencement on May 30. Congratulations to our senior class of 2018!

Final Exams
As a reminder, final exams are scheduled to begin on Friday, May 18. The last day of final exams will be Thursday, May 24. For detailed information about our exam schedule, please visit our website and scroll to the bottom under “Latest News.”

Junior Parent Night
Class of 2019, our Junior Parent Night is this Thursday, May 10, at 6:00pm in the auditorium. It is time to start planning for college! Learn and review questions about the college process, ACT & SAT college testing, tools to find college money, applying for financial aid, what to put on your resume, recommendations, and more! See Ms. Mitze if you have any questions.

FFA Plant Sale
The Forbush FFA plant sale is now underway. We have hanging baskets, vegetable plants, and bedding plants still for sale. Feel free to stop by during school hours and be sure to check in at the office; we will run extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Jarret Elliott at jarret.elliott@yadkin.k12.nc.us or call (336) 302-3587. Thank you for your support!

Clubs and Organizations
The Drama Club will meet Wednesday, May 9 at 7:40am in Mrs. Campbell's room. We will be announcing our Fall Musical during this meeting.

The Spring Band Concert will be this Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 7pm in the FHS gymnasium.

There will be a parent meeting for anyone interested in cheerleading on Wednesday, May 9, at 6pm in the first cafeteria. Open gym for all who plan to tryout with be at the Extreme Gym in Yadkinville on May 14th and 15th from 4:15 to 6:00. Tryouts will be held on May 17th from 4:15 to 6:00.

If you are interested in joining the Forbush Bass Fishing club, there will be an interest meeting right after school on Friday, May 11 in the first cafeteria. You must have a parent present at this meeting.

The Forbush JROTC is hosting a 5K this Saturday, May 12, beginning at 9am on the Forbush track.

That is all for this evening. Please be sure to check out our web site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates. Thank you for your time this evening, goodnight.