Middle School Campus

April 2021

Principal's Corner

Spring is here and Spring Break has arrived for our students and staff. On April 12th, we will return to full in-person learning for the majority of our student population. Our staff is very excited to have the students back for the last few months of the school year. In the event you could not make the parent forum the other night, here are a few highlights of that evening:


  • All students have now been designated 100% DAILY or 100% REMOTE. You have received a letter indicating your choice.
  • The next time to change your child's learning model is May 10th. Please contact your childs counselor to change learning models.
  • Students will be expected to bring in a new YELLOW health screening slip each day (replaces the green). A pad of yellow screening slips has been provided to each child. If you didn't receive the yellow slips yet just send in a green one and we will provide the yellow pad to go home with your child on the 12th.
  • At this time, students will need to wear a mask AND face shield when social distancing cannot be maintained. If they don't currently have a shield, one will be provided on the bus or during homeroom.
  • Students will be given lockers to use but may also use backpacks for the remainder of the year
  • Every in-person student will receive an updated schedule the first day back---some room numbers have changed
  • We will resume eating breakfast in the cafeteria instead of classrooms
  • Students that wish to purchase lunch will fill out a lunch form during homeroom. This will be a new procedure.
  • Lunch periods will be divided into two 20 minute rotations: A-K and L-Z. Last names A-K will always report to the cafeteria first. L-Z will either go outside if the weather permits or go to the computer lab or LMC in the event of inclement weather. After 20 minutes, we will change the groups.
  • Staff will review all lockdown and fire drill procedures with students the first few days back to school as well
  • Students should be sure to continue to bring their charged chromebooks to school each day.
  • Remember that hand hygiene is very important and will continue to be promoted each day at school.


Lastly, we will talk with all the students about being respectful and responsible, this is how we expect our WARRIORS to behave both in and out of the classroom. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your administrators:


Grade 6: Ms. Hajdasz Assistant Principal chajdasz@wboro.org

Grade 7/8: Mr. Spost Assistant Principal mspost@wboro.org

Campus Principal: Mr. Egresits Campus jegresits@wboro.org

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International Travel

Below are the rules upon returning to the USA:

Travel to New York From Other Countries Current CDC guidance requires air passengers traveling to the U.S. from another country show either documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within in the previous 3 months or a negative test result from no more than 3 days prior to day of travel to the airline before boarding the flight. This applies to both U.S. residents and visitors from other countries. (Documentation of vaccination status or antibody test results will not be accepted as proof of COVID status prior to boarding, per CDC guidance.) After arrival in the U.S., travelers must either quarantine for 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID infection, or are fully vaccinated. For more information on acceptable documentation visit “Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC.” The CDC is providing limited exemptions for flight crews and other extraordinary circumstances. Compliance with CDC guidance for international travel is required in New York State for all travelers arriving or passing through New York from other countries (e.g., connecting flights), including healthcare workers and essential workers. Quarantine Requirements Travelers to New York who are required to quarantine must comply with the following quarantine guidance.

Ladies in S.T.E.A.M. Club

The Middle School Campus welcomed a new club this year: Ladies in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). Middle School Campus teacher, Meghan Dote, the advisor of the club, began Ladies in S.T.E.A.M. to show young girls the various opportunities there are in the S.T.E.A.M. fields and to introduce real life women in these careers. Each meeting there is a guest speaker who talks to students about her career. In advance of meetings, the students use their club Google Classroom to brainstorm questions for the guest speakers.


If interested in this club, please check out this video link for more information. In addition you may contact mdote@wboro.org.

Middle School Campus Student Council

Last month the Parkway student Council sponsored a "Giving Tree" and a Warriors Helping Warriors Bake Sale. The "Giving Tree" collected much needed items for the Utica Zoo. The Middle School Student Council also held a Warriors Helping Warriors Bake Sale---Money raised went directly to warriors in our community. Lastly, both buildings celebrated spirit week March 29-April 1st!

PTO

The next meeting of the Whitesboro Middle School PTO is May 3rd via zoom. Please follow the Whitesboro Middle School PTO on Facebook for the latest updates! Elections will take place at the next meeting. Please join us!


Additionally, please check out our Nike apparel sale below!


"Just Us Warriors" PTO Apparel Sale through April 12th.

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Magic Rocks! Illusionist, Leonne Etienne Zoom Presentation

Whitesboro Middle School Campus had our first ever "Zoom" assembly on February 11th. The virtual magic show with Illusionist Leon Etienne was simply amazing! This jaw dropping show was interactive with our students and was a high energy spectacular. Special thanks to the BOCES Arts in Education grant for sponsoring this show for the Middle School Campus.

Grades 3-8 State Testing

April 20th-ELA

May 4th-Math

June 7th--Science Written Test Grade 8 only


Please see the letter below that was mailed home last week:


March 16, 2021


Dear Parents:


This morning we received notification from the New York State Education Department that the spring 2021 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics tests will be held with some changes to the tests. The changes are as follows:


The Department has determined that it will not be possible to administer any of the year’s State Assessments remotely.

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Assessments will only be “school-based” and “in-person” and school are not expected to bring students into the building to participate in the tests if the students are receiving entirely remote instruction during the testing window.

· Schools will only be required to administer Session 1 of the ELA and Mathematics Tests

· Only student scores on the Session 1 test questions will contribute to students’ total scores for the tests.

· Session 1 tests have been reduced in length by the removal of the embedded multiple-choice field test questions.


In addition, the New York State Education Department has requested a waiver for the entirety of the spring 2021 Grade 3-8 tests. At this time, the United States Department of Education has not accepted the waiver. Should the waiver be accepted, there would be no state assessments of any kind for our students.


To read the memorandum in its entirety, please refer to the following link:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2021/3-8-administration-memo-2021.pdf


Please contact your child’s school counselor with any further questions:

Bkuhn@wboro.org Mrs. Kuhn Grade 6

Emilitano@wboro.org Mrs. Militano Grade 7

Agates@wboro.org Ms. Gates Grade 8



John W. Egresits

Campus Principal

jegresits@wboro.org

315-266-3110

High Honor, Honor and Merit Roll--Grade 6

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High Honor, Honor and Merit Roll for Grades 7 and 8

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