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    The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, April 17, 2020

    Dates to Remember

    • Monday, May 18 - Earliest date school would reopen

    New York State on PAUSE

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his April 16th press briefing that New York state will remain “on pause” through May 15th to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As part of this order, schools throughout the state will remain closed through May 15. The governor could extend the closure again if he feels it is necessary to contain the virus. 

    Marking Period 3 Grades

    The 3rd marking period began on February 3rd and was scheduled to end on April 17th. Students were in school for the period of February 3rd through March 13th before we shifted to the extended dismissal and at-home learning. All grades collected prior to March 13 will be used to calculate 3rd marking period averages including the K-5 standards-based report card. Students in Grades 6-12 will have until the end of the day (3:30 pm) on Friday, May 1st to turn in any back assignments or revisions from this portion of the 3rd marking period. We anticipate closing the gradebook on May 1st for the 3rd marking period, and mailing home report cards on Friday, May 8th. 

    We are currently having discussions about the fourth marking period. We are aware that equity, and access are concerns for families as they complete the at-home learning. Likewise, student grades have an effect on overall GPA and transcripts. As such, we are weighing our options for marking period 4 carefully to ensure accountability for our students, but also fairness in grading. 

    Phase 2 - Continuity of Instruction

    Today marks the end of the first week of Phase 2 of at-home learning. Thank you to everyone who came to school on Monday to pick up materials for April 13-May 1. The notable change this week was the introduction of new learning. We appreciate all of the parents' support as we continue to navigate this new learning. Below are a few reminders for parents:

    • Please ensure your children are regularly checking their school email, Remind, and GoogleClassrooms. These are the teacher's primary methods for communication. 
    • Office Hours are available for all classes. If your child needs assistance with a class, please contact the teacher.
    • While some children may prefer to sleep in, please ensure your child follows a schedule that would enable them to connect with their teachers during their office hours, which vary from 8am-2:30pm.
    • Learning at home requires students to manage their time more independently. Many students are figuring this out, but some may need more reminders and assistance from parents.  Staff will continue to reach out to encourage all students to stay connected and engaged.

    Teacher Office hours can be found here. To contact teachers, use the links below:

    Prom Update

    The current New York State on PAUSE extends through May 15th. Our Avoca Junior/Senior Prom was scheduled for Saturday, May 16th. While this date is not practical, we are weighing options for the prom. We are currently working to decide if the event will be postponed, or cancelled. We will make a decision and communicate it out to families next Friday on May 1st. 

    Internet Access in the School Parking Lot

    Chromebooks will automatically connect to the school network once you enter it’s range.  Any other device may also be connected using the Avoca Guest network. Password requirements have been temporarily removed.  However, content will still be filtered.

    Family Teambuilding

    The Greater Southern Tier BOCES Adventure Based Learning Team has created another selection of activities that can be done at home by families for some fun. Check out the packet here! 

    NYS Helpline

    If you are overwhelmed right now, the NYS Office of Mental Health has a COVID-19 Emotional Support Line staffed by specially trained people who can help. The number to call is 1-844-863-9314

    Contacting the School

    If you need to contact the school during the extended dismissal, please email leadership@avocacsd.org or call 607-566-2221 *1125. 

    Community Information: CCC Virtual Open House

    SUNY Corning Community College invites you to their first ever Virtual Open House to learn how their programs fit your career path. The event is Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 12:15-3:00. You can drop in anytime! Click here to learn more.

    Community Information: WIC
    If you or someone you know has been affected financially by COVID-19, WIC may be able to help. WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) provides pregnant women, new and breastfeeding moms, and children under age 5 with healthy food, breastfeeding support, nutrition advice, and referrals to other services. Steuben and Yates County residents are encouraged to reach out to our WIC Help Specialist, Amanda, either by text/call: (607)-377-4313 or via email at: DowdleA@proactioninc.org for more information or to find out if they may be eligible. Visit our website: www.proactioninc.org for more on all programs and services at  ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc.

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