Greetings Fashion Families from your Principal, Daryl Blank.
It was great to see so many families at our annual Variety Show this past Friday. This event showcased the performing arts talents of our students including singing and dancing.
We are 4 school days away from our Spring Break – our vacation starts this Friday.
On Monday, NYC Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg will be visiting HSFI all morning to see our students in action, speak with our teachers and see our SAGA math tutoring program in action.
As part of our commitment to Social-Emotional Learning, we are teaching our students something called the ‘Meta-Moment.’ The ‘Meta-Moment’ is focused on you imagining your ‘best self’ and then thinking about this ‘best self’ before responding to stress. The culmination of introducing the ‘Meta-Moment’ to both students and staff will be this Thursday, March 29th (the day before Spring Break) where we will have ‘Dress Like Your Best Self’ Day – our hope is that all students and staff participate in ‘Dress Like Your Best Self’ Day. Please encourage your children to participate in ‘Dress Like Your Best Self’ Day. I believe that this time spent on Social Emotional Learning is time well spent and will pay off handsomely in getting our students ready for college, career and the real world!
As I called and emailed you all this week, we need all Fashion Families to complete the NYC Department of Education Parent Survey. The deadline is this coming Friday, March 29. I will be sending phone calls all this week as reminders – I apologize to all the families that have already completed the survey – I have no way to know who completed the survey and who did not. Our goal is that 100% of Fashion Families complete the survey!
You can fill out the survey in 2 different ways – by filling out the paper survey that you received in the mail in a green envelope or you can fill it out online.
To complete the survey online:
(1) Go to nycschoolsurvey.org.
(2) Click on the link to the parent and guardian survey.
(3) Enter your Access Code found at the bottom of your paper survey.
(4) Complete the survey.
(5) Click ‘Submit’.
If you don’t have a survey? Don’t worry! Attached to the email and on the school website is an attachment of every parent’s Access Code. You can find the Access Code by using your child’s 9 digit number – you will not find your child’s name for privacy concerns. You will find your child’s grade and OP (homeroom).
You can also call the school where we can give out your Access Code or call the NYC Department of Education at 1-877-819-2363 to get an Access Code to complete the survey online.
HSFI parents’ participation in these NYC Department of Education surveys mean a tremendous amount to me, so please complete the survey to reflect our efforts to make the High School of Fashion Industries the best school possible!
Please consider how we work to build partnerships and relationships with you as Fashion Parents to help your children learn, perform to their highest levels and meet their needs inside and outside the classroom. Students’ needs are met academically through challenging instruction and industry partnerships connected to our fashion, art and business major classes; social-emotionally through all our clubs and activities, Fashion Dollars and our partnership with Yale University; and health-wise with our School Based Health Center that provides free health and dental care to all Fashion students.
Please consider all our communication efforts – my weekly Sunday at 5:00 pm phone calls and emails through School Messenger; our use of Jupiter Grades for messages and updating you on your child’s grades; our maintenance of a private website along with social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and an Assistant Principal specifically devoted to Family Engagement and who makes sure all parent communication with the school is followed up on.
Please consider our weekly invitations for you to volunteer at the school. Please consider our Family Visitation Days in the Fall and Spring where families are invited into the school to observe classes and see your children and our teachers in action. Please consider our invitations to you to attend student performances like our SING musical production and the Holiday Windows Unveiling with Barneys NY – these invitations will heat up in the Spring with our annual Fashion Show, the International Center of Photography exhibit and our Senior Art Show.
To enhance our safety and security at HSFI, we are instituting early morning times for students to enter the school building. The earliest time students will be allowed in the building is 7:20 am – by this time, there will be a supervisor and security agents in the building. Please plan accordingly.