Monday, April 6, 2020
Dear North Shore Parents, Community Members, and Faculty,
I hope that you all had wonderful weekends. The weather was beautiful, and I hope that you had time to get outside and enjoy it. Today is no exception, and I have to say, it is terrific to watch spring work its magic. It's been amazing to watch the perennials in my garden come back to life each day. Under normal circumstances, I see leaps of growth from one weekend to the next as I'm simply not present at home to even notice. That said, it has been something to watch things occur daily and has provided me with a new meaning to "stopping and smelling the roses."
Today has been a very busy day in Albany, and I wanted to provide you with a couple of important updates:
By Executive Order, Governor Cuomo has extended the mandatory school closure until Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This was largely expected, and in line with the process, he has followed in making decisions two weeks at a time.
Online learning will continue, and you will keep hearing directly from your principals and teachers about minimum and maximum expectations for teaching and learning. Our primary goal is to provide you and your children with a structured, yet flexible approach to their learning, so please remember that no one approach will work for every family each day. Keeping all of this organized is hard work in the very best of circumstances, and we are continuing to search for ways to make this easier on both students and their families. On behalf of your child's teachers, we are so thankful for your patience and on-going support. It is definitely palpable and very much appreciated!
Passover will begin at sundown on Wednesday, and all instruction in the North Shore Schools will conclude at noon on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The day was always planned to be a half-day, and we wish all those celebrating in the North Shore Community a Happy Passover. All work that was due on Friday, April 10, 2020 will now be due on Monday, April 13, 2020. We extend our best wishes to all those celebrating a Happy Easter. These are good times to reconnect with family, friends, and loved ones and I hope that you are able to do so.
If you haven't done so yet, please take our survey about our online learning. We are currently surveying our parents, faculty, and all students in grades 5-12. The survey will close tomorrow evening at 5 PM.
Also expected, but now confirmed, the New York State Board of Regents announced today that all Regents Exams scheduled for June have been cancelled. We expect to receive more details tomorrow from the Interim Commissioner, and we will be sure to share that with you. This decision will likely clear the way for more decisions regarding assessment, graduation requirements, grading practices, and the progress of our students from one year to the next. These are important decisions, and we will keep you apprised. In the meantime, it is good to have clarity regarding this issue.
For those of you observing the religious holidays this week, the focus on hardship, pain, and subsequent beauty and miracles are prominent themes. Whether you are celebrating or not, it is a good time to take pause and notice what is beautiful, where your miracles may lie, and how our comebacks are often stronger than the setbacks we endure. With that, I am so looking forward to our comeback together!
Have a most restful evening.
All my best,
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome to the North Shore School District, a dynamic educational community made up of five public schools that serve a rich mix of students, whose academic performance is consistently high among all measures. This enables us to maintain a position as one of the strongest public school systems in the Nation. Our district includes Glen Head Elementary School, Glenwood Landing Elementary School, Sea Cliff Elementary School, North Shore Middle School and North Shore High School. Each school is uniquely successful and committed to working towards a cohesive approach to learning with an eye on continuous improvement for everyone in our learning community.
In North Shore, we seek to inspire our students to engage in experiences that will position them to delve deeply with content through the lenses of inquiry, conceptual mastery and opportunities aimed at achieving our mission and discovering their dreams. We believe that learning should be purposeful, exciting, exploratory, joyful, and with expectations for boundless possibilities. Committed to growth, our schools seek to position students and teachers to thrive in environments that foster academic achievement while balancing the need for respect, wellness, and social emotional learning that enables children to take responsible risks and develop strong process skills that enable them to master content across a broad range of academic areas.
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