By Michele Bertola - O'Plaine Campus Principal

  • August 1, 2022

    Dear O’Plaine Campus Families and Students:

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    Welcome! I hope you all have had a safe and enjoyable summer with family and friends. I also hope all of you are feeling the same enthusiasm that I am for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. We will begin the 2022-2023 school year with a continued commitment to who we are and what we believe through The Warren Way.”  

    The Warren Way is a belief that we can make a difference in our lives, in our community, and in the world by being Respectful, Resilient, and Engaged.  We Are Respectful, Resilient, Engaged - Now and always. Therefore, we will work hard throughout the school year to help our students and school community understand the importance of this and how we can build positive habits and character traits using these concepts. It is also easy to remember by using WARREN as an acronym that provides a memorable framework for what we want for our students beyond high school.  

    This will be my 23rd year at Warren and it is important to me that we re-establish healthy routines to the school year by increasing our expectations and accountability for our students as well as provide a safe, supporting, and inclusive environment for all of our students. We have an outstanding staff and I look forward to our students returning this school year to achieve great things during their high school career and beyond. 

    Below is some information to help us start our year off in a positive way: 

    Communication:  Below are some helpful resources to find information throughout the school year.

    • District Website: Our website contains many resources for you to access needed information.

    • District Calendars: Our website contains helpful calendars for school dates, events, and athletics/activities

    • PowerSchool: Please make sure that your email addresses and phone numbers on file are updated. This will ensure you receive all communication in a timely manner. PowerSchool can also be used to access student schedules, grades, attendance, and other useful student information.

    • Social Media: Please follow us at #WeAreWarren.

    Covid Procedure Update:

    • Parents should notify the school if their student is positive for Covid-19.

    • Please send the positive test result, or a picture of the home test result (with date and student initials/name), to the health office or attendance office.

    • All verified Covid-19 absences will be coded NMD (no-Count Medical), and students will be allowed to make up all work at no loss of credit.  

    • Students can return from quarantine on Day 6. 

    • The health or attendance office will notify the student’s dean who will work with the student services team to notify staff of the students situation.  

    • We recommend students reach out to their teachers as soon as possible to access class work during the quarantine period.  Teacher emails can be found on the student schedule in PowerSchool.  

    Important Dates: Below are some important dates for the first month of school. Please mark your calendars for: 

    • August 5 - Chromebook Distribution and PE Uniform Purchase and Pick-up: Incoming freshmen can come between 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM to the O’Plaine Gym to pick up their Chromebook if they haven’t done so already. All students grades 9-12 can pick up and purchase their PE uniforms.

    • August 8 - Student Schedules/Bus Information/Locker Assignments: This information will be emailed August 8 and available in PowerSchool to students that have completed the online registration process. Student schedules are not finalized until August 8.

    • August 8 - Fall Sports Tryouts:  Tryouts for the fall season will begin on August 8. Fall sports include boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, football, boys soccer, girls swimming and diving, girls tennis, girls volleyball, sideline cheer, and sideline dance. For details regarding tryouts, please visit the athletic department website.

    • August 11 - Sneak Peek:  Students can walk the O’Plaine Campus from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. This night will be for students to find classroom locations and acclimate themselves to the building. Parents/guardians are also welcome to attend. Administrators will be available for any questions or concerns that you may have 

    • August 15 - Freshmen Orientation:  We want to offer an opportunity for our freshmen to come to the campus for a short presentation and then a chance to follow their daily schedule and meet their teachers. Here is the schedule for the day. All bus routes will run that day. Buses will pick up freshmen at their normal morning bus route time. Bus information(time and stop location) is found in PowerSchool under Student Schedule. Any questions regarding bus transportation can be directed to our Transportation Department.

    • August 15 - Online Registration and Fee Payment: Our registration process is all on-line and should be completed in PowerSchool as soon as possible if it has not been done already. Registration fees should be paid, or a payment plan approved, by August 15, 2022. Our website has helpful information if you still need to complete the 2022-2023 registration process and fee payment assistance information is located here.

    • August 16 - First Day of School:  We will start the school year with a full day of classes and continue that schedule for the remainder of the week to establish a consistent start of routines and expectations to our school year.  We are asking our staff to focus August 16-17 on welcoming students, course syllabus expectations, and relationship building using the tenets of The Warren Way with our students.  Starting August 18 our staff will begin to introduce their curriculum, assigning homework, etc.

    • August 24 - First Late Start Day:  Every Wednesday (except August 17, December 21, April 12, and May 24) this school year we will be on a late start bell schedule.

    • September 5 - No School: School is closed in observance of Labor Day.

    • September 8 - O’Plaine Campus Open House:  The O’Plaine Campus will host our fall open house for parents to meet their student’s teachers and experience a condensed school day. Parents will follow their student’s bell schedule starting at 6:30 p.m. with 10-minute classes and five-minute passing periods. Teachers will be present to introduce themselves and give a brief overview of their classes and expectations.

    We are excited to get the school year started. We are ready to welcome our students back and look forward to partnering with you this school year! Please feel free to contact me or any other staff member with questions or concerns during the year. Enjoy the remainder of the summer.  

    Thank you and As Always, Go Blue Devils!

    Michele Bertola
    Principal-O’Plaine Campus

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