CPS Weekly Parent Update

Week of May 3, 2021

First Full Five Day Week

CPS Parents,

This week will be our first full 5-day week of the year! It has been great watching students re-connect with each other as more students return to school in-person full time.

Wednesday, 5/5 is a half-day with dismissal at 11:50am. In fact, all Wednesdays for the rest of this school year are half-days.

Students electing to remain in Cohort D will be remoting into classrooms that are in-session with in-person students in the CPS building.

Please see the MCAS testing dates below that are coming up.

Video Version of CPS Weekly Parent Update - 5/3/21

Thank you,

CPS Admin Team

Michael Horton, Adriene Lombardi, and Tracy Mailloux


These dates are preliminary, but we wanted to share them with you:

MCAS ELA - Wednesday, May 19 (all three grades)

MCAS Math - Wednesday, May 26 (all three grades)

MCAS Science - Wednesday, June 2 (grade 8 only)

We are asking our Cohort D students to come into the building on these dates to take the MCAS. It is what the MA DESE recommends, however, if a family is still uncomfortable with coming to the building in-person, we can make plans for your remote student to test at home.

Stay tuned for a survey soon...


MA Travel Order / When can students remote in?

The MA Travel Order to produce a negative test after returning to the state has been 'down-graded' to a MA Travel Advisory. If a family is returning to MA from out of state, it is 'highly recommended' that students and parents get a Covid-19 test. However, it is no longer 'required'.

Updated MA Travel Order - March 22

ABSENT: NO. If a student is absent on the day that they are supposed to be present in-person, they cannot remote in that day. They are marked absent since they are not physically present for their in-person class. This is too last minute and disruptive to class rosters changing on a daily basis.

VACATION/LONG WEEKEND: NO. If a student is going away for a vacation or weekend event early on a Friday, we do not provide remote links. They are also considered absent and must make-up any missed work as has always been the district policy when families extend weekends or vacations. The state requires that students be physically present within district boundaries (the island of Nantucket) to attend 'school'. The MA DESE does not differentiate in-person learning from remote learning, as both are considered 'school'. So students off-island are consider 'absent' from NPS.

QUARANTINE ORDER: YES. If a student is asked to quarantine due to a positive Covid-19 test result or close contact to someone else who is positive, we can temporarily set-up links for the student to remote-in to their current schedule (if they feel well enough).

MOVING to COHORT D for LONG TERM: YES*. If a family feels that in-person is unsafe, they may request to move their student to Cohort D for all remote links to their classes. *However, students cannot 'flip-flop' back and forth. The move to Cohort D is potentially for the remainder of the year as the switch back to an in-person section is not so simple. The MA DESE provides schools 8 weeks to make plans for the switch back and at this point of the year, that is the last two months of the 2020-21 school year.

If a student is going to miss more than 5 consecutive days for vacation or travel, a parent must schedule a meeting with the principal.

BUS Survey

As we plan for more students to return to school in-person, we are adding school buses to both the morning and afternoon trips. Please complete this survey if you live more than 1.5 miles from the school and would like to sign-up for the bus. You do not need to complete this survey if your student is already riding the bus.

BUS Sign-Up Survey

CPS Random Drug Searches

As part of an on-going commitment to safe and drug-free schools, we had a random drug search last Friday, 4/9. The police K-9 unit searched 6 classrooms at the end of the day. No drugs or paraphenelia were found.

Any familiy struggling with students vaping or other substance abuse are encouraged to reach out to CPS school counselors or the Nantucket Family Resource Center:

Nantucket Family Resource Center

The Nantucket Family Resource Center is a great place to start and can lead to support from other island organizations.

Trimester 3 started Monday, March 22

This means students have a 'clean slate' for their grades for the last term of the year. It is important that students start the term off strong so they don't have to stress about digging out of a hole later in June when the summer weather becomes more distracting.

As it was at the end of trimester 1 back in December, school administrators will become academic 'coaches' for students who failed courses for trimester 2. CPS admin will set-up up individual meetings with students to set some goals to pass courses for the year.

Grades and Athletic Eligibility

Athletic Eligibility

CPS students may not fail ANY subject for a trimester to be eligible for the upcoming 'fall 2' (Football) season and spring sports after April vacation (Baseball, Softball, or Lacrosse). One F on a report card will make a student athlete ineligible to participate in team GAMES for the season. Students may still practice with their teammates, and are encouraged to do so.

An F is a final trimester average below 60% for the trimester.

Students may appeal to the CPS principal by proposing an academic probation plan.

Schoology Support

Schoology is a learning platform that CPS teachers are using for daily 'playlists' and class activities. We are starting to use Schoology for recording grades for assignments. If any parent is having trouble logging into Schoology, please email Michael Horton for support:


We can reset a password/username or add a parent to a student account. Once in, the program is relatively simple to navigate to your student's courses.

Note: Although we are starting to utilize Schoology to share student grades during the term, it is not replacing Aspen. Report cards, schedules, and other components must still exist in Aspen for state reporting. Aspen is a student information database.

As a learning platform, Schoology is more of a replacement for Google Classroom.

Report Cards Posted in Aspen Friday, March 26

CPS parents and guardians can view report cards in Aspen.

After logging into the Aspen parent portal, report cards will be under the 'Pages' home tab and then under the 'Published Reports' box in the lower right corner of the screen.

ASPEN Log in Page

Report cards will also be mailed home.

If parents have trouble logging into Aspen, please either click the forgot my password link on the log-in page. An email will be sent to the parent's private email that was provided when your student was registered for school.

Or, contact the NPS Tech Department:

NPS Tech Help Desk

Or, contact Kristen Holdgate in the CPS front office: 508-228-7283


Moving Ahead - Supporting Students

Here are some ways parents can support the work that teachers are doing each day:

1) Students should use their school-issued device to attend remote classes. When not in the classroom, Go Guardian is the best way for teachers to keep students on task and provide direct support for what to do or where to go. If a device is not working, contact the front office to arrange a loaner while a repair is done: Kristen Holdgate 508-228-7283 x1408

2) Students should keep their cameras on as much as they can. There are many benefits for teachers to 'see' student faces: attendance, engagement, and positive interaction with peers.

3) Parents should check on student progress. Schoology and ASPEN are open to parents as ways to check for missing assignments and updated grades.

4) CPS administration is examining why students failed classes for trimester one and then suggesting ways to support students for trimester two: extra help, tutoring, intervention classes with teacher assistants, and check-ins with school counselors or other support staff.

Principal note: Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Food Service Update - The Food Truck

The district's food truck is available for lunch pick-up between 9:30am and 11:30am each school day. It is located along the driveway on the side of CPS next to the grounds department.

Any families struggling with food or winter fuel costs, should consider enrolling in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Although lunches are free for all students through June 2021 (US Department of Agriculture) other assistive services are available during the pandemic through the Free & Reduced program.

Please contact Sarah Erichsen for more information: erichsens@npsk.org

Sarah is our data coordinator and can answer questions about the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. (It is much more than lunches these days...)

2020 Sound Bites Awards - PSA First Place to Nantucket Students

A few of our 7th graders were given the 2020 Public Service Announcement Award from Sound Bites! This was a project that was completed with Ms. Baskett when they were in grade 5 at NIS. Congratulations! Check it out:

2020 PSA Award - First Place - Nantucket

Accessing ASPEN or SCHOOLOGY...


If parents are having trouble logging into ASPEN to view report cards, please contact Kristen Holdgate:



During the trimester, please contact Michael Horton if you are having trouble logging into SCHOOLOGY to view grades on daily or weekly assignments and assessments:


Contact Tracing Procedure

1) Teachers of the Covid positive student are asked for seating charts.

2) Teachers of the student are asked to report if anyone in their class was in close contact* with anyone else while in their class.

3) Anyone who is determined close contact will be contacted by Sara Brooks and will be encouraged to get a Covid test.

4) Regardless of the test result, that student or staff member must quarantine out of the school building for 8 days since last contact.

5) Further information will be provided through a letter from the Superintendent.

*The NEW CDC close contact definition is defined as being within 6 feet of a Covid positive person for more than 15 minutes. The 15 minutes is cumulative for the day and it does not matter whether wearing a mask or not.

The name of the Covid positive school community member (staff or student) is not released.

LUNCH MENU - School Lunch FREE for ALL students through June 24, 2021

School Lunch Menu: https://npsk.nutrislice.com/menu

CPS is under 'Secondary' with the high school menu

Per the US Department of Agriculture, School Lunch will be FREE for ALL students for the rest of the school year.

Breakfasts now available; must pre-order: petersonl@npsk.org

Nantucket Public Schools also offers Breakfast & Lunch for all remote learners. Pick-up available Monday - Friday
9:30am - 12 noon
Location: Right side of Cyrus Peirce Middle School. Drive through gates at school entrance, Food Truck located on the left-hand side of driveway, by the ramp, door 23.

Be Safe, Wear A Mask, Practice Hand Washing & Social Distancing 6 Feet Apart

NO LOCKERS Assigned for the Year - BACKPACKS have been donated.

Students should consider bringing a backpack to school each day to manage their books and supplies.

The Nantucket Rotary Club and Sheriff Jim Perelman have joined together to donate backpacks to students who need a backpack to navigate the halls of CPS. Please let me, a teacher, or the front office (Kristen Holdgate) know if your student needs a backpack.

We would also like to consider assigning lockers to students in the next month when the weather gets colder.

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CPS Attendance Line: 508-228-7283 option 2

Parents must still call students in if they are sick and won't be attending a remote learning class. This also applies if a student cannot make an afternoon class due to an appointment or other 'early dismissal'.

Student DROP-OFF and PICK-UP is in the back of CPS

Please refrain from using the front driveway. That entrance must be kept clear for buses and emergency vehicles.

CPS Enrollment Update: 425 (+1 since the 4/26/21 report)

(+14 since June 23, 2020)

one new student enrolled last week

CPS School Council Parent Members

Here is another way to contribute feedback and communicate with CPS:

Pauline Cronin croninp@npsk.org

Jessica Douglas jessicadouglas2145@gmail.com

Kristen Dussault kmd0630@verizon.net

Vanessa Larrabee vanessa.larrabee@gmail.com

Brent Tartamella btartamella@gmail.com

Meghan Washington meg.flaherty.mf@gmail.com