Principal's Newsletter

October 14, 2020

Dear AHS Families,

I hope that this newsletter finds you and your family doing well. The leaves are turning! And so are the pages of the calendar. It is beyond comprehension that we are already half-way through October. All families should receive progress reports this week. If your child hasn't taken advantage of the built-in support time, please encourage them to do so. Every day (except Wednesdays) teachers are available for extra help from 1:50pm to 2:30 pm. Students can email teachers to set up a time to meet one on one or in small study groups if that is preferable. These do not have to be long meetings, but can prove to be very valuable in helping to clarify material. We realize that learning remotely can be challenging, but we are here to help. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Best wishes,

Elizabeth McAndrews

Moving to Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning Begins on Monday, October 19th

On Monday, October 19th, Amesbury Public Schools will move to a hybrid learning model. In this model there are two cohorts, one Red and one White. Members of the Red Cohort will attend school in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays. Members of the White Cohort will attend school in-person on Thursday and Friday.

Please see below for our schedule for the phase in of hybrid learning during week one. On the 19th and 20th only freshmen will come to the building. In-person learning begins for the rest of the student body on the 22nd and 23rd.

Families should have received an email notification as well as hard copies in the mail. We are aware that some families did not receive this email and are investigating the technical reasons for that happening. If you have not received information, please give the main office a call at (978) 388-4800.

Hybrid Calendar - Week One

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Freshman Orientation

Following the end of regularly scheduled classes, freshmen will have lunch and participate in an orientation. Buses will pick up freshman at 2:10.

Hybrid Learning Schedule

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What Should I Bring With Me to School ?

* A mask (you may want to bring an extra one too). If you do not have one, we can provide one.

* Any textbooks they were issued

* A device

* Generic school supplies

* We will have sanitization supplies, students may bring their own wipes and hand


Arrival Times and Grade Level Entrances

All students, regardless of grades should arrive at school for 7:30 am. Classes begin at 7:40 and students will have 10 minutes to enter the building and arrive at their classrooms. Students are NOT permitted to hang out in the cafeteria or hallways; instead, they are expected to go directly to their Block A class. Students are NOT permitted to use lockers including in the locker rooms. Below, please find the doors by which students are expected to enter and leave.
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What Does Fully Remote Learning Look Like At AHS when our Learning Mode is Hybrid?

Several AHS families have chosen to remain fully remote rather than to participate in the Hybrid Learning Model. All students, regardless of whether they will be hybrid or remote, have been assigned to either the Red or White Cohort. Due to the technological challenges with which we are faced, remote students will be unable to live stream into their classes on their in-person day as was originally intended. Instead, they will complete the same assignments that are given to the students who are on their remote days. They will be able to access videos of teachers' lessons in Google Classroom. All students, but especially remote students, should plan on using the Support Block time each day from 1:50 pm to 2:30 pm to touch base with their teachers and receive clarification on content. Specific details about Wednesays are still being negotiated, but I anticipate that there will be a time designated for students to connect with teachers.

What if I change my mind and want to participate in the Hybrid Learning Model?

A change of learning model form must be completed and submitted to Kathy Morrill. Please expect that there will be some lag time between the form being submitted and the implementation of the change (from remote to hybrid). We may need to make adjustments to class locations based on a change to the size of the cohort.

COVID Checklist

As we head into our first week of hybrid learning, please make sure to check your child(ren) each day to make sure that they are symptom-free. Please see the letter written by our Nurse Leader, Rita O'Neill.


Please review the following checklist of symptoms prior to entering any school building each day.

Does the student or staff person have any of the following symptoms?

❏ Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

❏ Cough

❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❏ New loss of taste or smell

❏ Sore throat

❏ Headache when in combination with other symptoms

❏ Muscle aches or body aches

❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

❏ Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

❏ Nasal congestion or runny nose when in combination with other symptoms

If so, please stay home, call your doctor, and get a Covid-19 PCR test. Please leave a detailed message on your school’s sick call line. A negative Covid-19 test and 24 hours fever free without use of medication and improved symptoms are required to return to school.

Any individual who enters a school building with symptoms will be sent home immediately.

Parents of students are asked to provide 4 contact numbers for a responsible adult to pick up your child in a timely fashion in the event of illness.

Thank you for your assistance with keeping our school community healthy during these unprecedented times.

Kind regards,

Rita O'Neill RN BSN NCSN

Amebsury Public Schools Lead Nurse

Student Art Work

SNHU in the High School

Is your child taking Honors American Studies, H American Government/US History I, and/or Honors Junior English? Don't forget to take advantage of the opportunity to register to take those courses for 3 credits each. Three credits for $100! Please contact Sue Saurman at for additional information.

Senior PASS (Plan for Alternative Spring Semester) Information Session

Senior PASS is our Plan for an Alternative Spring Semester. It allows students who have met our graduation requirement to personalize their spring semester and take advantage of college courses, internships and work opportunities. If your senior is interested in participating, please join an info session via Google Meet.

Wednesday, October 14th

7:30 pm

Google Meet Link:

Principal's Coffee - Virtual

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to be able to ask questions, get clarification, and learn about upcoming events. I hope you will join me! Use this link to join:

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, October 21st 6:00-7:00pm

Wednesday, November 4th 7:30-8:30am

Wednesday, November 18th 6:00-7:00pm

Spectators at Athletic Events

Want to attend your child's HOME athletic event? Well, you can! Of course all masking and soclal distance protocols must be followed. On our end, we will need to collect relevant data from each spectator. Every Friday afternoon, parents should look for an email that contains the necessary information for registering to attend home events. At this time, each student/family is permitted three registered guests. Registration for all of the week's events must be complete by Sunday night at midnight. Any questions, please email or call the main office.

Virtual Mini-College Fairs

Attention Juniors and Seniors!

Our college mini fairs have gone virtual this year! During October, there are visits every day. See all the attendees and sign up in Naviance. Detailed directions are in your Guidance Google classroom.

Expected virtual visits for the week of October 13th from: Bennington College, Endicott College, Keene State College, Lesley University, MA College of Liberal Arts, New England College, Northeastern University, Saint Anselm College, Saint Michael's College, University at Albany (SUNY), University of Connecticut, University of New England, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Wheaton College (MA)

Underclass School Photos

Believe it or not, we are going to have underclass photos taken on Wednesday, October 28th. Geskus, our school photographers will email order forms to parents/guardians. A schedule for when each student's photo will be taken will also be sent out through parent/guardian email. More detailed information will follow soon.

School Brains

As I have previously shared, we have moved from Aspen to School Brains as our Student Information Management System. At this point in time, all students should have received their credentials to access their grades. In addition, credentials have been sent to all parents and guardians. If you have not received yours or are having difficulty accessing School Brains, please contact Anne Nadeau at

MCAS Testing Schedule

Even though this year will be a mixture of remote and in-person, DESE plans on administering the MCAS tests to many of our high school students. Members of the Class of 2022 and 2023 will take the ELA and Math MCAS tests at different points during the school year. The Class of 2024 will take the Biology MCAS as well. Please follow this link to see the specific dates of testing for each group. MCAS Testing Schedule: