From the Principal's Pen

January 15, 2021

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School will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

COVID Testing Update

Dear JC Families,

As stated in Dr. Jones’s weekly communication we now have the ability to test for COVID-19 here in the Greenwich Public Schools using the Abbott BinaxNOW SARS-CoV-2 antigen test. This test is a rapid antigen test (not a PCR) that works best in a symptomatic patient and within the first seven days of the onset of symptoms. In the event your child becomes acutely ill with COVID-19 symptoms during the school day I am able to test your child using this method. These tests are to be used on a very limited basis. They will only be used on a very ill child with onset of symptoms here at school. If a child is sent to school with symptoms the test will not be administered and you will be called to pick your child up from school.

We do NOT have the capability to test large numbers of students and are unable to function as a testing facility. If your child meets the criteria for testing and the parent has provided permission, the test will be administered and the parent will be notified. In any scenario, it is necessary that parent and emergency contact information is updated and there is someone available to pick your child up immediately.

If your child tests negative this does not mean they will be able to stay here at school for the remainder of the day. Our current illness policy is still in effect. We have attached the authorization for testing here at Julian Curtiss for you to sign and return to the health office if you choose to allow for your child to be tested when necessary. No testing will be performed without guardian authorization. Please feel free to contact the health office at any time with any questions or concerns, or if you need a hard copy of the form.


Theresa McIntosh

Public Health Nurse

Julian Curtiss Magnet School

Magnet School Applications

Magnet School applications must be received online or be postmarked by Friday, February 5th. Placement decisions will come at the end of February.

Julian Curtiss Magnet Virtual Open House dates are:

January 19th at 9:15 AM

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 216-839-9986‬ PIN: ‪148 765 243‬#

To access additional information and applications go to:

Middle School Advanced Studies Meetings

Parents of current fifth, sixth, and seventh graders are invited to a Middle School Advanced Studies Meeting to learn about Middle School advanced course options in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and World Language.

GPS STEM Coordinator Sheila Civale, Advanced Learning Program Facilitator Bonnie O’Regan, and Language Program Coordinator Adriane Hirsch-Klein will be hosting Zoom webinars about the Middle School Advanced Studies placement process on Monday, January 25, 2021, at 9:00 am and at 6:00 pm. The same information will be shared at both sessions.

Zoom access information and links are below:

The 9:00 AM webinar may be accessed at

Or Dial 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 840 6376 3251

The 6:00 PM webinar may be accessed at

Or Dial 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 873 6155 4541

The PowerPoint and recordings of the webinars will be available on the STEM and ALP websites.

In order to provide a Spanish translation, the video will be uploaded to YouTube then, after the auto-captioning feature is complete, the person accessing the video can change the settings so the captioning is in the language of their choice (any language that Google can translate into, which is a plethora of languages).


Aviso sobre la reunión de Aprendizaje Avanzado en las escuelas secundarias

Los padres de los estudiantes de quinto, sexto y séptimo grado están invitados a una reunión para familiarizarse con las opciones de cursos de Aprendizaje Avanzado en lenguaje, matemáticas, ciencias e idiomas extranjeros que se ofrecen en las escuelas secundarias (Middle Schools)

El lunes 25 de enero de 2021 a las 9: 00 am y a las 6:00 pm Sheila Civale, Coordinadora de STEM; Bonnie O'Regan, Facilitadora del Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado; y Adriane Hirsch-Klein, Coordinadora del Programa de Idiomas, presentarán seminarios web zoom sobre el proceso para entrar en estos cursos de Aprendizaje Avanzado de las escuelas secundarias o Middle Schools.

Las reuniones se realizarán de forma virtual. La información de acceso a Zoom y los enlaces se encuentran a continuación:

El acceso al seminario de las 9:00 am se encuentra en este enlace

Or Dial 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 840 6376 3251

El acceso al seminario de las 9:00 am se encuentra en este enlace

Or Dial 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 873 6155 4541

La presentación en PowerPoint y las grabaciones de los seminarios estarán disponibles en las páginas Web de STEM y ALP

Para proporcionar una traducción al español, el video se subirá a YouTube, Una vez que se completa la función de subtítulos automáticos, la persona que accede al video puede cambiar la configuración para que los subtítulos estén en el idioma deseado, siempre y cuando sea un idioma disponible en Google. No obstante, Google dispone de una plétora de idiomas).

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