And just like that, March is over and April has begun! We just completed our first week of online/remote learning. To say this has been an adjustment for all would be an understatement, but we want to thank our students and staff (and parents!) for putting forth their best efforts as we’ve transitioned into this distance learning model. We will be in this form of teaching and learning through at least Friday – May 1st. As of this communication, our date of return is now scheduled for Monday, May 4th. This means that for the next four weeks, we will continue with the type of schedule that we ran this past week. For this coming week, the schedule will be as follows:
Attendance: Just a reminder that attendance is being taken every day, and students are receiving regular grades for any formative/summative work that is being assigned. Teachers have been instructed to be as flexible and understanding as possible because our students are more than just names on a roster. Yes, grades are important, but just as important to all of us is the health and well being of each and every student. We understand that there are many different circumstances/situations out there and it is not our intent to add additional stress and anxiety to what many are currently experiencing. We have confidence in our students and we believe that with a little extra patience and TLC from our staff, our students will rise to the occasion as we do our best to provide quality instruction in these unusual times.
Students are not expected to attend a scheduled study hall during these remote learning sessions unless they have a directed study. For those students, we will continue to do our best in providing the academic support as outlined in the student’s IEP.
Behavior Expectation: Students are reminded that we expect the same level of appropriate behavior during these remote learning sessions as we would for regular classroom sessions as these remote sessions are considered school sponsored activities, and your cooperation (as always) is expected and greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Please take note: The week of April 20th will now be a school week (instead of April break). We will run our A/B remote learning schedule from 04/21 – 04/24 since April 20th is a holiday.
Thank you Dr. Harvey! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Harvey for putting together the recent video that went out to all this past week. A special thanks to all the staff members who contributed to that video. We hope it put a little smile on your faces! 🙂
Weekly Check-in: Homeroom advisors have been asked to do a check-in once a week (on Thursdays) with their advisees. This can be done through email or a video conference using Zoom or Google Hangouts. If an advisee doesn’t have access to the internet, they can expect a phone call from their advisor. Again, the purpose of these check-ins is to see how our students are doing (academically, socially, & emotionally) and to let you know that even though we’re not able to see you face-to-face (in person), we are still here and we are thinking about you all!
Prom & Graduation: The administration will be doing a video conference with the Senior Class Advisors and Senior Class Officers sometime this coming week to discuss our plan for Prom (which is currently scheduled for May 16th). Based on information we have received from the Prom venue, we will be making a decision about Prom and will hopefully have that out to everyone by next weekend. As for graduation, that is still scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at 4:00pm at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland; however that too is subject to change based on decisions being made at the Local, County & State levels. We are hoping to have a more definitive plan pertaining to graduation by the middle of May at the latest. We recognize that our school is not unique to school events that have been getting canceled or postponed, but we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to keep as much as we can, even if that means making adjustments to dates/times for specific events. Stay tuned!
Attention Seniors: You are encouraged to complete the Scholarship Application Packet that was mailed to you by Guidance a month ago with a follow-up email reminder that went out two weeks ago and again last week. There is more than $80,000 in scholarship money available for our Seniors and they are strongly encouraged to take the time now to apply for these funds. The applications need to be returned no later than April 15th. Seniors should drive behind the high school to the back kitchen area where people are picking up meals between the hours of 10:00am – 1:00pm on 04/13, 04/14, or 04/15 to drop their packets off with Cloie Smith who will get them to Louise Chaplin on 04/15. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Chaplin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the GNGHS Health Office: Based on public health conditions, our staff is working from home. If you have any questions or concerns for the school nurse, please feel free to email Ms. Cristie Barone email@example.com or call (207)650-6620. Online office hours are 8:00am -1:30pm, Monday through Friday.
The Coronavirus, cold and flu season are here! A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in completing their schoolwork and is likely to spread the illness to other family members. Tips for staying healthy:
- Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use an elbow if needed.
- Do not share food or drinks.
- Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of water.
- Physical distancing (6′) with social interaction.
- Avoid people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick.
- Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs.
Please notify the school Health Office at 650-6620 if your child is sick and please discourage your student from gathering in public places to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
That’s it for this week’s edition of the Patriot Express! Take care, stay healthy and stay safe.
Mr. Ted Finn, Principal
Ms. Sadie Grealish, Assistant Principal
Last updated 04/06/2020