GOAL is Great!

September 8-10, 2021

Welcome Back!

The first week of school is coming to a close and our students are starting to get back into the swing of things! We've had a very full first week with learning GOAL expectations, getting to know our teachers and staff and our first field trip! Read on to learn more...
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GOAL BIRTHDAYS & IMPORTANT DATES

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Na'Brya - September 6th

Josie - September 10th

Landon - September 16th


We hope you have a fantastic birthday!


IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, September 13th - SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!

From the Desk of Mrs. Saiff...

Hello-


It has been a great few days back with the kids in GOAL! We have great additions to our group and they are adjusting well to the routines in GOAL. We had so much fun at the YMCA and it was fun just watching kids play despite their age or size! It was also great getting to know everyone and hearing what kids did over the summer. We are so looking forward to the rest of the school year. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Rebecca Saiff , WCSD Director of GOAL

First Day of School

GOAL students spent the first day of school following their normal schedule and learning about the rules and expectations of GOAL and Schroeder. Students also had many opportunities in their classes to participate in Circles. Circles are a great way to learn about each other and share information in s safe space on a small group level. Many of the Circles yesterday consisted of "Getting to Know You" type activities but will vary in topic throughout the year.


(Below, Mr. Sanfilippo, Mr. Holley, Mr. Specksgoor, Mr. Klehr & Mr. Erdley welcome students back on the first day wearing bow ties! Fancy!)

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Field Trip to YMCA

On the second day of school, we went to the YMCA for a team building day. Students and staff participated in different activities including: rock climbing, zip lining, Gaga Ball, bounce pillow, swimming and basketball. We had a pizza lunch outside and enjoyed getting to know each other a little better!

Mr. Erdley's Dad Joke of the Week

"I lost my mood ring...... I don't know how I feel about it."

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 mcms@mcms.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

Schroeder Library Media Center Updates...

...can be found by clicking here.

GOAL

GOAL or Growth and Opportunity through Alternative Learning is Webster Central School District's alternative high school program for grades 9-12.

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."


In GOAL...

We do second chances

We apologize

We forgive

We respect each other

We keep our promises

We never give up

We encourage one another

We laugh often

We belong

We are a family

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@GOALisGreat