Starting off the 2017-18 school year VISITING THE SCHOOL: We encourage you to visit school to become acquainted with the building, find your locker, and locate your classrooms before class starts on August 21. School is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. beginning August 7. The school will be closed from 8:00 a.m. – noon on Wednesday and Thursday, August 16 and 17, for staff meetings. 2. CLASS SCHEDULES will be mailed the week of August 7. Please call or see Bill Postma with any class schedule concerns. Requests to drop or add a course must include a note or call from a parent stating that he/she approves the class change. Class changes and schedule adjustments should be handled prior to the first day of school; please do not postpone changes until school starts. BELL SCHEDULE: Our school day begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 2:35 p.m. You can find the bell schedule on our website. SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST: Unity does not have a school supply list. Unity allows students to use their personal preference for organizing their school work. PARKING PASSES: Every junior and senior student will receive a parking pass along with their schedule the week of August 7. Sophomore students may come to the office to receive a pass when they begin to drive to school. Parking passes must be placed on the lower driver’s side front windshield. If a student loses their parking pass, he/she may receive a new one from the office for $1. BUS ROUTE INFORMATION is included with this Home Bulletin. If you have any questions, please call Doug VanderPloeg at 669-‘i.820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. LOCKER ASSIGNMENTS: Your assigned locker number will be at the top of your schedule. The assigned locker reflects our best attempt to meet the locker request you submitted in May. All of the lockers are in the academic hallways. The lockers coincide with the room numbers (i.e. if your locker number is225, it will be in the 200 academic wing). BEGINNING OF THE YEAR SCHEDULE: Monday, August 21 1’st day of school, 7:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. dismissal. All of the schools representing the EOCS are having a special staff gathering and we ask all students to leave school following dismissal. Tuesday, August 22 Normal day,7:55 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. . Wednesday, August 23 Normal day,7:55 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. & school pictures Thursday,August24 Normal day,7:55a.m.-2:35p.m. Friday, August 25,7:55 a.m. Freshmen, normal day – dismissal at 12:25 p.m. to attend mixer. Lunch is provided at no cost to all freshmen. Freshmen will be dismissed at 2:35 p.m. There will be no Hudsonville Public busing. Unity bus #03 will bring students home who live to the south and east of Unity and bus #04 will bring students home who live to the north and west of school. Sophomores & juniors – dismissal at 12:25 pm. Sophomores and juniors will be dismissed at 12:25 and will have to provide their own transportation home. Seniors will be attending their senior class kickoff event. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost to seniors. They will return to school around 1:00 and must provide their own transportation home. TRANSPORTATION – August 21-28 For those students who live OUTSIDE of Hudsonville: Unity provides bus service to and from school for students outside the Hudsonville city limits. Unity will run normal bus routes August 21-28. For those students who live INSIDE of Hudsonville: Hudsonville does not start school until Tuesday August 29 Students who normally ride Hudsonville public buses will have to provide their own transportation TO school Unity will provide transportation after school. Unity bus #03 will bring students home who live to the south and east of Unity and bus #04 will bring students home who live to the north and west of school. ATTENTION ALL 4-H PARTICIPANTS: If you are involved in 4-H and are showing livestock or have other responsibilities at the Hudsonville Fair during the first week of school and during the school day (the week of August 21), we ask that you fill out a planned absence form for the times you need to be at the fair. Students who are part of 4-H are encouraged to continue to be involved at the Hudsonville Fair as the teaching staff at Unity will accommodate your schedule. SENIOR CLASS KICKOFF: (Seniors and Parents of Seniors – Please Take Note) As our seniors begin their final year of high school, there are many decisions, changes, and questions they face. Understanding this, we have planned a variety of events, activities, and seminars in the hope to provide support and encouragement. We begin with holding a senior class kick-off on Friday, August 25. The seniors will start the day with breakfast as they arrive to school and then they will go offsite for activities with their class and teachers. This initial activity is important as we share the Bible text and theme for the seniors as they look forward to their future. God has a plan for each of them and we are excited as to how those plans unfold.