A Message from the Principal
I hope this message finds you and your family well. As we move toward the conclusion of our final break, I cannot help but reflect upon the journey everyone in the VIS community has endured since last spring. While there continues to be optimism given increasing vaccination rates, COVID continues to have a major impact upon both our personal and professional lives. Schools are no exception and we now find ourselves engaged in necessary planning to potentially return students to school daily while also adhering to COVID regulations and guidelines that will likely persist for some time.
For the past few weeks, our administrative team and teachers have been engaging in the problem solving necessary to return children to school while maintaining safety; like other districts we continue to wait for guidance from the NYS DOH regarding the possibility of a full return. While each school on campus faces similar challenges, each building also faces its own unique circumstances dependent upon size, enrollment, staffing, and programming. Know that our planning will be driven by three over-arching goals:
- Ensure VIS is adhering to DOH health and safety guidelines.
- Ensure as much consistency and continuity for our children as possible given DOH guidelines and our resources.
- Support our students emotionally as they navigate this potential shift in their learning.
Should we transition to a full re-opening, there will undoubtedly be many positives for students as they return to daily in-person learning and daily social interactions with peers. At the same time, students will experience some changes with routines, class dynamics, and some school procedures (lunch is one example that will require creative planning to ensure distancing of 6 feet). I have no doubt our dedicated teaching staff will do everything in their power to support both students and families through whatever shifts we may endure between now and June and I echo the same feelings for our parents who will do the same. I will continue to update families regarding any re-opening information as plans are finalized.
On an instructional note, the New York State Department of Education did learn last week that schools will be required to administer state assessments, however, there will only be one day of testing for Math/ELA rather than the typical two days for each content area. While this may not be an ideal year for standardized testing, the one day assessment can provide us with yet another data point to measure student learning which is of critical importance this year, and the shortened length of the test minimizes loss of in-person instructional time which is of course of high priority. It is my hope your child participates in these assessments as they can play a role in determining supports, interventions, or extension opportunities your child may benefit from. If your intention is to opt your child out of the NYS assessments, please refer to the form below:
A communication will be shared by our district this week which will include further details regarding testing and related adjustments given this atypical school year. I will continue to update VIS families via Blackboard Connect in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, I wish our students and families a safe and enjoyable spring break and we look forward to a productive final trimester at VIS.
The VIS orchestra students just finished a week of recording sessions for our Mark Wood Music Video project. The string players at the Intermediate building will be joining our Junior and Senior High orchestra members in the final project - a music video of the song "High Hopes" (by Panic! at the Disco) and led by Mark Wood.
The students had a great time working with Mark and his team to prepare and we all loved being able to get together, without screens, to make the recording happen! Stay tuned for the final music video!
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How Can We Help You?
Intermediate School: (585) 924-3252, ext. 4600
Intermediate Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Intermediate Office Fax: (585) 742-7055
Principal's Secretary: Mary Ann Wachob, ext. 4404
Building Secretary: Jody Drew, ext. 4405
Building Secretary: Heidi Peone, ext. 4406
Nurse: Chris Berardino, ext. 4410
Attendance: Elaine Robinson, ext. 4412
Health Office Fax: (585) 742-7062
Anne Clark, ext. 4157
Sarah Miller, ext. 4161
Emily Hopkins-Ives, ext. 4154
Secretary: Linda Klee, ext. 4153
4th Grade: Gina Sanzotta, ext. 4152
5th Grade: Dave Rodrick, ext. 4156
6th Grade: Katie Carrozzi, ext. 4155
Secretary: Linda Klee, ext. 4153
Kelly Clink, ext. 7120