GOAL is Great!
September 13-17, 2021
Classes are in full swing!
Students learned about the goal of the STEAM Cafe and what a pour over coffee is. They practiced making their first cups of pour over coffee and are experimenting with different strength levels (bean to water ratios).
Students in Mrs. Ernstrom's PE class (9/11) have done a few "getting to know you" type activities and played a few innings of kickball on the turf on Wednesday. This class exceeded Mrs. Ernstrom's expectations during the kickball match. All showed great sportsmanship and participated fully in the game.
Students in Ms. Gadsby's PE class (10/12) are starting the Bike unit this week.
General Chemistry students are beginning to learn about topics of interest with the first being Time Travel. They are filling out study guides and coming up with questions they will find answers to using internet search as well as contacting experts on the subject of Time Travel. Some questions students have come up with include: Is time travel even possible? What is time? What are the different dimensions?
Global 9/10, US History & CIA:
Mr. Sanfilippo's students watched a new 9/11 documentary to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks and had a conversation surrounding the topic. Students are also making themselves into "Funko Pop" characters to describe their best qualities and what makes them a superhero to others.
Mr. Klehr's students have been doing a lot of "Getting to Know You" activities and began color symbolism this week. They will be learning how to understand the meaning of colors that authors choose to use in their writings and why.
Mr. Close's Health students wrote positive words to describe themselves and hung them around a mirror in his room. Students also made their own "Worry Rock" which is a great tool to fidget with when the need arises.
Living Environment students have been working on their first lab of the year - Cookie Lab! The purpose of the lab is to determine whether brand name Oreos or off-brand "sandwich cookies" have better dunkability. Students had to determine what the dunkability standard would be, prepare their hypothesis and execute their experiment.
From the Desk of Mrs. Saiff...
What a great full week of school we have had. We have participated in community building circles and have learned a lot about each other. We had our first Community Meeting today and celebrated our first Student of the Week. We also celebrated a great start to the school year. Our 11th grade students have a 99% attendance rate and the other grades are not far behind. GOAL wants to thank all of our students and their families for supporting us and making the start of the school year great!
Rebecca Saiff , WCSD Director of GOAL
GOAL Student of the Week
C.A.R.E. Quality nominated for:
“I demonstrate collaboration by working together to benefit all.
I demonstrate communication by understanding what's important to others and how to share what's important to me.”
Before P.E., the UPK students were standing outside of the gym. Antonio was wearing his football jersey and the UPK students asked if he played basketball. We told them that he played football. “Oooooh!!” They were filled with questions! Antonio walked over and shared his love for football with the UPK students. Being on the team is such a neat privilege and Antonio was proud to show his Warrior pride. Wearing the jersey that day and talking to the small students who were wide-eyed and enamored showed a lot of class!
Get to Know...
"I love all kinds of diy projects and making unique gifts for people! Fall is my all time favorite season. I ran a full marathon before having kids and ran the same marathon after having two babies, and beat my previous time."
How many years have you worked in GOAL?
How many years have you worked in education?
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
Nazareth (Undergrad - Psychology and Social Work)
Roberts Wesleyan (Grad School - School Psychology)
Favorite Color: Cornflower blue
Favorite Sports team: Don't have one!
Favorite book: The Glass Castle
Favorite TV Show or Movie: Survivor, Suits, Criminal Minds
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite drink: Grape flavored water
Favorite hobbies: Running, crafting on my cricut, making cards
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
Why is GOAL great?
The staff in Goal are great and take the time to get to know each student individually. We are all unapologetically and authentically ourselves and accepting of everyone! Goal is a smaller setting that allows students to take greater risks academically, socially and emotionally because they gain greater comfort and confidence in their own abilities.
Guidelines for Student Return to School After Illness
Confused as to whether or not your child may return to school after they’ve been out for an illness? The district follows the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) as outlined below.
The following are symptoms associated with COVID-19: fever greater than 100℉ or chills, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, fatigue, nasal congestion/runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, headaches, and muscle or body aches.
If your child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, are they new, unusual, or worsening for your child?
If the answer is NO (these are normal symptoms experienced by my child for a chronic health condition), then your child may return to school when feeling better, as long as the symptoms remain consistent with what your child normally experiences for this condition. Before returning to school, please consult with the school nurse to make sure she has the necessary medical documentation concerning this chronic condition. Your child must also remain fever-free and exhibit significant improvement of these symptoms. If the symptoms worsen or your child develops symptoms normally not experienced with this condition, your child should be assessed by a healthcare provider. If this happens, follow the directions below.
If the answer is YES (my child is experiencing new, unusual, or worsening symptoms), then your child, whether experiencing these symptoms at home or in school, needs to be evaluated by a healthcare provider and tested for COVID-19 unless the healthcare provider determines testing is not warranted. Please call your child’s healthcare provider and share the symptoms you have described. In order to return to school, your child must remain fever-free (<100℉) for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and exhibit significant improvement of symptoms. Please provide the school nurse with the appropriate written medical clearance prior to your child returning to school as follows:
1. If the healthcare provider determines these symptoms are due to an alternate diagnosis and COVID-19 is not suspected, provide the nurse with a note signed by the healthcare provider explaining the alternate diagnosis.
- This can be a known chronic condition such as asthma or seasonal allergies, or a confirmed infection such as strep throat.
- Unconfirmed viral or bacterial diagnoses such as respiratory infection, stomach bug, or the common cold are not acceptable alternate diagnoses and COVID-19 testing should be done.
2. If the healthcare provider recommends COVID-19 testing, your child needs to remain home from school until the test result is back. If the test result is negative, provide the nurse with a copy of the negative lab report or a note from the healthcare provider indicating the test was negative. Results from home tests will not be accepted.
If your child exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and you choose not to have your child evaluated by a healthcare provider or if you refuse COVID-19 testing recommended by the healthcare provider, your child must remain home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and have significant improvement of symptoms.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify us immediately. Your child's return to school will be directed by MCDPH.
Students are not permitted to return to school or afterschool activities until the school nurse receives appropriate documentation and clears the student to return.
If you do not have a healthcare provider, please contact the Monroe County Medical Society at 585-473-7573 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral. You may also contact the Monroe County COVID-19 Hotline at 585-753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov. Evaluation at an urgent care center is also acceptable.
NY Project Hope
NY Project Hope is a FEMA funded program that is providing emotional support in response to COVID-19. This includes an Emotional Support Helpline that was initiated at the beginning of the pandemic. This is a free, confidential service offered through this statewide program of the New York State Office of Mental Health.
How does NY Project Hope help?
Our Emotional Support Helpline is staffed by trained crisis counselors who help callers talk through their emotions and find resources to help them with the challenges of COVID. NY Project Hope also has a website filled with resources that folks can access anytime at www.nyprojecthope.org, online support groups, and a supportive social media presence. We welcome you to take a look and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Our services are always confidential, free, and anonymous.
From the Webster Schroeder PTSA...
If you haven’t already done so, please consider joining the Webster Schroeder PTSA.
If you were previously a member, be sure to renew your membership for this school year. Remember, there are no meeting or volunteering obligations as a member. Your membership purchase is a donation to your school's PTSA and helps enable the programs for your children. Adult memberships are just $10 and students can join for only $5. You'll receive a free single page calendar, local discounts and benefits, and be entered to win raffle prizes! Please visit http://www.websterptsa.org/Join for more information.
Visit the Schroeder PTSA website below for more information:http://www.websterptsa.org/Schools.cfm?subpage=475
GOAL enrolls students from both Thomas High School and Schroeder High School, but is housed in the northwest wing of Webster Schroeder High School.
GOAL supports students academically, social emotionally and behaviorally to enable them to earn their NYS Regents Diploma.
The GOAL program helps students who were not successfully able to navigate and achieve in the mainstream high school setting to earn their high school diploma as well as develop college, career and community readiness.
In the GOAL program you will find staff and students who are truly "Compassionately Connected, Joyfully Engaged and Always Learning."
We do second chances
We respect each other
We keep our promises
We never give up
We encourage one another
We laugh often
We are a family
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