Principals' Weekly Newsletter
From Rob Lupisella, Jenn Miller, and Ryan Wagner
December 15, 2020
SCROOGE will be playing at the Vintage Drive In on Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm. Come out and enjoy the show! Please arrive by 6:15 pm
Braves Wear Apparel Order: The Braves Wear Apparel order will be available for pickup today from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Middle School. Please pull up in front of auditorium doors and stay in your vehicle. A PTA board member will ask for the order name and bring your item(s) out to you. Each of the PTA board members will be wearing masks and will be sanitizing hands after each order. This will be the only pickup night. Please contact PTA President Richelle Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up alternate arrangements. Thank you in advance, Your Avon PTA.
Chromebook Care: We have recently experienced an uptick in the need for chromebook repairs. A large number of these repairs have been the result of beverage spills or food particles finding their way into the keyboard. Pease be sure to remind your child that chromebooks must be safely stored away whenever they are consuming food or drinking beverages. The repairs can be costly and we do not have an extensive supply of loaner devices. We thank you in advance for your support with this matter.
COVID-19 Prevention and Management: COVID-19 cases are increasing in our area. Our safety protocols seem to be helping prevent a spread of the virus. Please take a moment to review the important health and safety protocols with your child/children listed below:
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
Stay home when you are sick
Avoid close contact with others (stay at least 6 feet away)
Wear a mask
Cover coughs and sneezes
Also, please keep your child at home if he/she is sick (cough, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, stomach ache, sore throat, headache, etc.) If your child comes to school sick and the illness is reported to the health office either by your child or a staff member, your child will be evaluated by the school nurse and will need to be evaluated by their primary care physician as well.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Please feel free to call or email us:
Mid-Year iReady Diagnostic Testing (Information for K-8): Preparations are underway for the second administration of the iReady Diagnostic this school year for students in K-8. For K-4 students, the mid-year mathematics and reading diagnostic tests have been scheduled for the week of January 19th-22nd. In regard to the administration of iReady Diagnostic Tests for reading and mathematics at the middle school level (Grades 5-8), the administration dates will vary at each grade level based on whether the students are in person or hybrid learners. For fifth grade, both the mathematics and reading iReady diagnostic tests will be administered the week of January 18th. For sixth grade, the reading iReady diagnostic test will be administered the week of January 11th and the mathematics test will be administered the week of January 18th. For seventh and eighth grade students, there is a two week window for the administration of the iReady Diagnostic Tests. Since these tests will be administered “in person” to students, we need to administer the tests when seventh and eighth grade students attend as in person learners. As a result, the reading diagnostic test will be administered the week of January 25th and the mathematics diagnostic test will be administered the week of February 1st. Following the administration of these computer based tests to all students in grades K-8, teaching staff will analyze class results and plan instruction accordingly.
Cold Weather Has Arrived: This morning the temperature outside is below freezing at 27 degrees. Teachers are trying to get students outside as often as possible for fresh air on our playground. During the next few months, our level of concern regarding student dress and winter apparel is raised. Please be mindful of this as your child heads out each morning to go to school. We strongly encourage that students have a winter coat, gloves/mittens, and something covering their head during the winter months. Students are typically on the playground for at least 15 minutes. If you have any questions regarding this, or need any assistance with winter gear, please don’t hesitate to contact Baylee Barrett at 226-2455 extension 1121.
No Work Over the Holiday Break: We will not be assigning students new work over the Holiday Break. However, we do encourage students to complete any back assignments they have. We hope that you enjoy time with your family!
Midterm Week Cancelled: Midterm/Regents week that was scheduled during the week of January 25th will be cancelled this year. We will run our regular hybrid schedule that week.
7-12 Grade Parent Survey (Hybrid Model): We are interested in hearing your feedback regarding the hybrid learning model. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey linked here: 7-12 Grade Parent Survey (Hybrid Model) Thank you!
Health and Wellness
Social Media Use: During the COVID-19 Pandemic, studies have shown an increased use of social media by teens. “A new report, Parenting Teens in the Age of Social Media from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago revealed that, according to the nearly 3,000 parents surveyed, 63% of teens are using social media more than they did pre-pandemic (only 25% said they use it less, and 12% say it's about the same).”
According to a study that included 2,000 parents of teenagers, the top three concerns of increased social media use include: not getting enough sleep, not getting enough physical activity, and not focusing on schoolwork (Parenting Teens in the Age of Social Media). The full list of concerns is represented in the image below. Increased social media use can, and has proved to be detrimental to students well-being, social relationships, and success in school. Please consider reading the two articles to learn more about the detriments of social media as it pertains to teenagers.
Avon Central Schools
DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT
Develop life long learners and responsible citizens equipped to prosper in the global society.
Avon Central School District will foster an environment where all students will compete globally through the collaborative efforts of the Board of Education, school personnel, parents, community members and students.