Alder Weekly Update
March 21, 2021
Message from the Principal
Hello Students, Parents, and Staff!
I am pleased to share that we have made another successful transition this week with a combined group of hybrid students. With this change, both Group A and Group B returned to school together to attend in person learning Tuesday through Friday. The students were excited to get off buses and greet friends.. with social distancing and masks, of course.
Our 8th grade students are beginning to make course selections for 9th grade, so it is an exciting time for them. In addition, they are considering their high school options with a large majority staying in EHT. Our counselors are working on recommendations for ACIT and other school choices too. We are so fortunate to have such a great high school opportunity in EHT.
Under Ms. Perone’s leadership, our Intervention and Referral Services Team is supporting students after school. These professionals are assisting students to complete work not done during this school year. They are helping students fulfill hours from high absenteeism and low grades. Ultimately, we wish for these students to meet their grade level expectations and requirements to progress to the next grade level. This has been such a challenge this year during the pandemic. However, we have a plan that we are implementing in the best interest of our students.
Another support that we have begun to offer are Saturday detentions. While this is not always a favorite activity of our students, it is yet another chance to meet attendance and course level expectations. We have a number of teachers who help to tutor students and provide small group support on Saturdays from 8 am -12 pm. Students can also make up for missed days of school through time on Saturday.
Through a unique school year and under the guidance of our Central Office, we are working to best meet the varying needs of students during a pandemic crisis. Good news is that this past week, Dr. Gruccio was able to arrange Covid vaccinations with our local Walmart. Many teachers and administrators took advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated. This will allow us to move and operate more safely in our surroundings. We are truly thankful for Dr. Gruccio’s persistance in allowing us access to the vaccine.
A reminder again to please forward any pictures of events or your children with friends that we can put in our yearbook. This will be a yearbook to remember, because it will be put together with your help. Our Yearbook Advisor, Mrs. Battersby shared that any community sports and activities are welcome. Send any pictures to: email@example.com
We are looking forward to the beautiful weather that March and the promise of spring holds. We are also working on plans for schedules for the next few weeks and into next year. Spring always brings planning for a school year, so that we consider student placements, staffing and building needs.
Please remember that if you travel to restricted areas and other states, there are quarantine restrictions for returning to school. We are here to help, so please call if you have any questions or if issues arise in which we can help. Finally, any issues with health, quarantine concerns, or Covid symptoms, our school nurse is available as follows
Melanie Charlton- firstname.lastname@example.org 609-383-3366 ext. 1411
Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!
Ms. Giardina, Ms. Perone, and Mrs. Day
Alder's Administration’s emails:
Ms. Giardina- email@example.com
Mrs. Day- firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Perone- email@example.com
Alder’s Counselor’s emails:
Mrs. Dragovitz- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Riis- email@example.com
Mr. Gitto- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Spence- email@example.com
Blue Team SS Classes
Media and Drama Students
Media club is currently building a replica of the library in Minecraft for our post-Spring Break in-person video shoot of a new Library Welcome Video
Drama Club filmed their virtual and in-person performances for the Spring Drama Showcase which will be airing in the near future.
Cobalt ELA Classes
8th Grade Applications for Medical Science Academy
4 Days In-Person Learning is in full swing!
CLIMATE and CULTURE
Battle of the Pages - Spring Edition
The current totals are below!
LET'S GO, ALDER!!