Longridge Community Update

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Opening Message

Dear LR Community,


By now you have seen the numerous communications from both District Office and the NYS DOH. This has been both confusing and frustrating at times. Our District and LR have worked hard to be able to communicate the most accurate information in a timely fashion to families, but the most recent sequence of events over the weekend has complicated that. If you have not read the letter sent out to all of Greece CSD, please see the letter sent from Sup't Graupman to the Greece CSD community:


Good evening Greece Central community.

Thank you for your continued patience regarding the news of the potential relaxation by the New York State Department of Health on the current masking protocols for all New York State schools.

On Friday afternoon a letter was released from the New York Commissioner of Health, Dr. Zucker, to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stating the State’s intention to modify guidance relative to wearing masks on school grounds and at summer camps as of Monday, June 7, unless the CDC recommended otherwise. That letter was picked up immediately by local media who reported that masking was going to be optional on school grounds. Later Friday evening and into Saturday, state representatives shared that it was not their intention to change current protocols. Additionally, earlier today, the State Education Department indicated that schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice.

I am extremely frustrated and disappointed that the State continues to put school districts in untenable situations regarding decision making. The timing and lack of clarity is unacceptable. Given the extreme heat and the clear desire from our community, the Greece Central School District will institute the following changes effective Monday, June 7.

  • Masking in school and on the bus will be optional, but strongly recommended for students and staff members.
  • Masking outdoors is no longer required.
  • Masking may be required during various activities during the school day, so please still bring a mask to school.

Simply put, we are still strongly recommending that unvaccinated staff and students mask in school, but we will honor the right to choose. At this time all social distancing protocols in our schools will remain in place. We will be sure to send additional communication if we receive more explicit directives from the State.


If you have any questions about these new developments, please feel free to reach out to us in the main office at 966-5851.

Jason Juszczak

Principal

Celebrating Longridge!

There is so much to celebrate in our LR Community:


  • Our Reading Interventionists created a community service experience for our students in the form of a book drive. We are entering our second week of this activity and the link to the fundraiser can be found here. Kudos to our students for their first week donations. It was so inspiring to see all of the donations!
  • Ms. Peown's fifth grade class were the recipients of our first annual "Special Area" award. This award goes to the class that demonstrated hard work, integrity, and respect as they were ready to learn! We are so proud!

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School Improvement Update

We have begun the development of our school improvement plan for the 2021-2022 school year. This is a multi-step process that involves much reflection and review of input from students, parents/guardians, and staff. The first phase of our process was an Equity Self-Reflection, with a focus on the following four principles:



  1. Welcoming and Affirming Environment
  2. High Expectations and Rigorous Instruction
  3. Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment
  4. Ongoing Professional Learning and Support



We learned a lot from this process and identifying quick wins and long term goals. Some of the take-aways from this process are as follows:


Quick-Wins:


  1. Highlighting materials that represent and affirm student identities.
  2. Highlighting social justice efforts
  3. Use resources written and developed with racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives.
  4. Discussing current events in SEL block



Long Term Priorities:


  1. Student develop their own skill, leadership, and data binders to support individual goal setting

  2. Professional development for staff on critical thinking instruction



We have more space for parents and guardians that would like to join us for our planning sessions. We meet every Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to us in the main office.

Updates

1. Mark your calendars!!!: Due to a scheduled safety drill, all students in Greece CSD will be dismissed 15-minutes early on the last day of school. We will be sending home a separate flyer for this, but please be advised that we will be moving up our entire dismissal process by 15-minutes. This means:


  • Students being picked up by a parent/guardian will be called to the cafe beginning at 3:00
  • Students will begin boarding the buses at 3:20
  • Buses will be rolling out at 3:35



2. Leader in Me: An important part of our growth in any program is regular self-assessment and reflection. For the Leader in Me, that comes in the form of our MRA Survey for Parents. It is important that we hear your voices. Please take a moment to complete the survey below by June 10th so we can reflect on our practices and create future goals for our school! Your feedback matters! Thank you!


https://www.leaderinme.com/s/longridge-ny/parent

Weekly COVID Updates

Greece CSD will no longer be sending out daily updates of positive cases. Instead, a single link will be shared at the end of each week with staff and families. This link is active and found on the District website within the "Winter Learning and Technology" Tab:


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Contact Information

Longridge Elementary School is a K-5 Community School in the Greece Central School District. We proudly serve and celebrate close to 800 students with 130 amazing staff members. We are the largest of the 11 elementary schools in the District. Please follow us and all of our amazing people on Twitter at @LongridgeGCSD.