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Principal's Update - 16 Nov 2022

NEW… BHS Summer Highlights:

Please congratulate our cross-country team!  In the district meet, our girls team finished 6th overall, with Jordana Nunez placing 10th and Alexia Nunez placing 14th place.  Our boys team placed 5th overall.  BOTH teams qualified for the regional meet.  We are extremely proud of them!  After the regional meet, Jordana Nunez qualified for states and had a great showing!  Wonderful job to the cross-county team!


Please congratulate our boys bowling teamDominic Gibson-Smith earned 1st place in the district championship and the boys team got second place earning them a trip to the state tournament!  Although they fell short of any state titles, they had an outstanding season.  Great job to the boys bowling team members:  Matthew Alvarado, Dominic Gibson-Smith, Liam Richard, Wyatt Sylvester, Owen Watwood, Sean Williams, and Kaden Jones.


Please congratulate Hunter Allen for qualifying to the state swim tournament this weekend!  Hunter will be swimming in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.  He qualified by placing 2nd and 3rd in the respective events at the regional meet.  Great Job Hunter!


News from the BHS Marching Bears… At the District Marching Music Performance Assessment in October, our Marching Bears were awarded Superior ratings from all six judges! This is the highest distinction they could receive! The students’ hard work and dedication resulted in their best run of the year!!


Please congratulate Shawn Neal on placing 3rd place at Full Sail University's State-wide Super Smash Bro's Invitational.  Shawn took 1st place during the E-Sports Tech Fest tournament which was held at Bayside at the end of October.  From there, he traveled to Full Sail to compete in their Statewide Invitational Super Smash Bro's Tournament.  He was rewarded with a $5,000 scholarship to Full Sail University upon graduation. 


NEW…Hurricane Make Up Days (from the first go-around, Ian):


The BPS School Board has approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for Hurricane Ian make-up days. The approved plan is as follows:

  1. First semester extended until January 9, 2023 (adds two days to first semester – January 6 and January 9. January 5, 2023, the first day back from the winter break was already first semester)
  2. Conversion of four (4) early release Fridays to regular school days
    1. November 4, 2022
    2. November 18, 2022
    3. December 2, 2022
    4. January 6, 2023

This approved plan provides for the correct number of hours and minutes needed to meet state requirements and preserves the Thanksgiving week holiday for students, families, and staff. It also preserves the three days before winter break (December 19, 20, and 21, 2022) as exam days/early dismissal days for students.  Of course, please be advised that any other storms this hurricane season that result in time away from school could potentially impact the identified hurricane makeup days on the calendar.

Make Up Days for Hurricane Nicole have not yet been determined.


NEW… Looking for BHS-ware?

If you would like to purchase BHS merchandise (shirts, shorts, hats, etc…), and help support BHS, please click on the following link:

Ten percent of your purchase goes back to BHS.  Makes great holiday gifts!

NEW… FASFA Update for Seniors:

The federal government is using the same platform they use for FAFSA to process the new student loan forgiveness plan, which has been confusing for some students.  Guidance has made a quick video that points out what you should be looking for.  The video is also on the senior Google Classroom.


NEW… Required Drills:


State statute requires monthly drills for both critical incidents as well as evacuation.  During those drills, students cannot be checked out or checked in until the drill is complete.  In most situations, the drills last less then 15 minutes.  Please be courteous to our faculty and staff as we follow the policies to be sure our drills are done completely and accurately for the safety of our students and staff.


NEW… Attendance Clarification:


We have gotten several calls requesting clarification regarding what is considered an excused absence according to district policy.  District policy 5200 on attendance states, “Absences not counted in the nine (9) days attendance policy are:  a) court dates, b) religious holidays, c) illness with medical documentation, d) chronic and extended illness (chronic illness approval and notification)”.  Quarantine codes are also considered excused.  All other documented or undocumented reasons are considered unexcused, including parent calls/notification.  Although parent notes/notifications are not considered excused, they provide us with supporting documentation should the student surpass their 9 unexcused absence days and need to request an attendance appeal.  Please see our BHS student handbook for more information regarding absences. 


NEW UPDATE… Officially … SAVE THE DATE… for Graduation 2023:


BHS has been officially approved for the requested graduation date and time.  Bayside High School’s 2023 graduation is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th, 2023 at 6:00pm in the BHS Stadium.  Should there be inclement weather, the plan is to delay for 1 hour and continue the ceremony in the stadium should weather permit.  If not, the ceremony will be relocated to the BHS gymnasium with limited ticket entry, but live-streamed into the theater for the remaining guests.  Let’s hope the weather holds! 



NEW… Upcoming Dates:  Please continue to check our calendar on the school web page for more important dates!


November 17 – Talent Show

November 18 – Club Picture Days

November 21-25 – No School/Holiday

November 30 - Deadline for senior tribute advertisements

December 7 – SAC Meeting @5:00pm in the BHS Media Center (all welcome)

December 9+10 – Prism Concert

December 19 – 21 – ER Exam Days




Need extra help?  Please take advantage of the free supports listed below!  Walk in’s welcome!



Day (s)




Math (Any Level) Tutoring





Math (Any Level) Tutoring





Math (Algebra 2 and Higher) Tutoring





ESE Support





Math Peer Tutoring (All Math Courses)




Ferriero and Students

ESOL Support





Media Center Extended Hours

Tuesday + Wednesday


Media Center


Algebra Prep (specific to those who need to pass algebra for graduation and not currently in an algebra class)






Principal Zander


BHS Mission:  Empowering students to embrace learning by promoting excellence and independence to become responsible citizens.

 BHS Vision:  Through a supportive culture, we will engage every learner in academically challenging activities and build strong relationships that inspire responsible citizenship and foster readiness for college and career.



Holli Zander

Bayside High School