August 21, 2012

Dear High School Parents and Students:

I hope you are enjoying a restful summer.  With the start of the 2012-2013 school year just a few weeks away, I would like to inform you of some important and exciting changes at Hampton Bays High School.  Over the summer we have been working to implement a College & Career Planning guidance model that will provide students with improved counseling services and support throughout their years in high school.

All seniors will receive an alternate day course titled: College Planning, during the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year.  Mr. Little will be teaching this course and dedicating his full attention to seniors as they prepare for a future in college, career or military service.  During this time, seniors will receive instruction regarding every element of college and career planning using an online program called Naviance.  Students will complete their college applications, prepare their resume, participate in a comprehensive on-site admissions day and much more.

The HBHS counseling department welcomed Mr. Dennis Murphy over the summer.  Working with Ms. Nelson, they will manage the academic counseling needs of all students in grades 9-12.  With Mr. Little addressing the college and career elements of this program, our academic counselors will have an increased capacity to help guide our students through their high school years.  Essentially, all students will see Mr. Murphy or Ms. Nelson for schedule development, BOCES placements, academic assistance and counseling support.  Counseling caseloads will be as follows:

Mr. Murphy        
Grade 9-10: A to L
Grades 11-12: A to Mc

Ms. Nelson        
Grade 9-10: M to Z
Grades 11-12: Me to Z    

We are excited to offer this program during the 2012-2013 school year, as we are confident that these changes will result in better outcomes for our students.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly in the main office at 723-2110.

I hope you enjoy the remaining days of your summer vacation.


Christopher Richardt