I will be a new teacher this coming fall and about a month ago I was hired at a brand new high school (it's still being built and not everyone has been hired yet). Virtually all the other teachers and administrators have come from elsewhere in the district, so I know they have district emails, but since I'm new, I don't yet so I have no idea if they are getting emails I am not. I feel very lost because the only thing I know is that I have a job but I don't know anything else: what I am teaching, what time school even starts, what topics I need to cover, what supplies are available to me, is there a school discipline plan, do teachers have a budget, etc. I don't know who my department head is or how to contact him/her (the website is blank, new school and all). But there is an inservice coming up later this month where I will potentially see him or her (even though the inservice will discuss none of the topics I have questions about). My questions are: -How long does it generally take to find out this information? Do dept. heads even know the schedule this early in the summer, or are we given all this information in the inservice the week before school starts? I would really love to get working on at least rough outlines of lesson plans this summer while I have lots of time! -Should I ask all this to the dept. head (or someone else??) during the inservice or at least tell them I have a lot of questions and ask to set up a time where I could talk to them about it, or is it not really the place? -Lastly, what other questions would you ask coming into a new school? Like I said, I know absolutely NOTHING about my position- no exaggeration - and really do worry I'm being kept out of an email loop or something.