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Welcome Back to School from Mr. Abdullah, Principal

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To Students and Family Members of the Henry High School Community:

 This past June I was blessed to address our Class of 2016 at the 75th anniversary of Graduation Day. I had attended Henry Graduation Day ceremonies in the past as a Coordinator of the Career and College Center and an Academic Dean, but this was my first opportunity to lead this monumental event as Principal.  I was both humbled and tremendously energized because I know both our school’s proud past and the promise of an even more spectacular future.  Here’s how you can support our continuing success throughout this school year:

 

A.        Check off or highlight student accomplishments:

            1.         Earn a Quarterly Honor Roll/Perfect Attender/.5 Progress Over Previous Term

                        Certificate

            2.         Participate in a Patrick Henry club, activity, or sport or regularly attend school

                        events.

            3.         Attend a Drama Club school play, Music Performance: Winter Concert or Spring

                        Concert

            4.         Buy at least one Patrick Henry Spirit Wear item and wear it on Fridays or special

                        school events

            5.         Attend Homecoming events/dance, or cultural events like Black History Month,

                        Hmong New Year or May Show

            6.         For Seniors: Participate in the Senior Journey which includes: Banquet, Prom,

                        Valleyfair, Graduation, Yearbook, and Overnight.

B.        Support Henry at Home:

            1.         Communicate Hopes and Expectations: School is important in our family – we

                       expect you to work hard” You can do it!” “I know you will do great in that class.”

            2.         Connect School to Life: Share stories about your experiences in school.  Help

                       draw the connection to future life and interests when your child discusses Henry

            3.         Build Study Skills and Strategies:  Make homework, reading, and studying a

                       priority at home.  Help your child learn how to find school help, and ask for it.

                        Attend Parent Teacher Conferences (First Conference:  October 18th and 19th)

            4.         Help your Child Plan for the Future: Make sure your child takes challenging

                        classes, and is ready for graduation.  Learn about the requirements for

                       admission to post-high school programs

 

Our staff reported back to school on Tuesday, August 23rd with presentations led by our students, parents, and community members covering topics such as: What It Means To Be a Henry Patriot and How We Can and Must End Racism.  We listened.  We can’t wait to work with you to continue to lead the way in making Henry a responsive global learning community.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns about our school.  Thank you always for your support! Remember PHamily Matters!

 

Sincerely,

 

 Yusuf Abdullah, Principal

yusuf.abdullah@mpls.k12.mn.us

612.668.1923