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Parent/Guardian Update
9-10-21

I hope each of you and your families are well and that you had a great week. Obviously this was our first week in school on a “normal” every day schedule in almost a year and a half.  The “noise” of having 1200 students back in the hallways of SHS every day has been awesome for the entire staff.  And while we all look forward to the day when COVID is in our rear view mirrors, our students have simply done an incredible job of starting the school year and following our various mitigation strategies.  They truly have.  I could not be more proud of them.  Below are my updates for the week.  As always, any questions or concerns please reach out to me directly.

 

Open House:  Open House is next Thursday, starting at 6:00 p.m. with a musical performance in PAC, followed by our classroom visitations which start right at 6:30 (the school calendar has a start time of 5:30 but please ignore that).  Please read the following attachment for full details:

 

 

Homecoming Activities:  Planning for Homecoming 2021 is in full swing.  We are so excited to be able to hold this wonderful school and community activity this year!  I included a few posters below that have all of the information for Homecoming.  We are planning on hosting a Homecoming Dance from 7-9.  Like our dances last spring, it will be held outside as one of our mitigation strategies for COVID.  We will have multiple tents with multiple dance floors with a DJ.   We will only hold the dance if the most current health guidelines at the time of the dance allow us to do so…so this could change.   We are going to do our very best to have Homecoming be as “normal” as possible while keeping it safe and following all of our COVID policies. I have talked to a number of students about Homecoming these first few days of school and they seem really excited.  It is never too early to start praying for good weather…my two week forecast on the Weather Channel looks good as of right now so let’s keep our fingers crossed! 

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Homecoming

We look forward to seeing everyone at homecoming!    https://www.wevideo.com/view/2261342440 

Student Drop Off: The front loop has been very busy the first few days of school.   I would ask that if you are dropping off, you pull up as far as possible in the front loop before letting your child out of the car.  Bob “the security guard” and I will be waving you forward.  Pulling as far forward as possible when you are at the front of the line helps tremendously in speeding up drop off for everyone.  Please do not double park your car to let your child out of the car.  This is dangerous and could cause a serious accident.  

 

Senior Project: We have a new Senior Project Advisor this year, Mr. David DeMarte, who has been in contact with our seniors thru Schoology.  In the next few weeks we will be meeting with the senior class “live” to go over expectations for the project.  Please know that we are very flexible and supportive with students as they complete this capstone project.   The purpose of this project is to allow students to demonstrate the wide variety of skills they have learned over the past 13 years about a topic they are passionate about.  In many cases, this will involve giving back to our community in one way or another.  I have had many graduates of SHS come back and say to me that it was a great experience for them and they were glad they did it.  So again, more to come on this but please know senior parents, this should not be something students should be stressed about.  Our focus is on the process of completing the project and allowing students to revise and improve their work.  In my 11 years as principal I have never had a student not graduate because of the Senior Project. 

 

Lunches: Overall, lunches have gone very well so far.  I have been very impressed (but not surprised) with how quickly our students have adapted to the procedures we have put into place to support our mitigation efforts with COVID.    While students do grumble at times about being at least 6 feet apart, we have continually emphasized with them the need to do this for safety and they have complied.  I share with them I cannot wait until the day we can go back to normal lunches where they are all packed together at one table…and that that day will come.  And again, the kids have been awesome overall with this. 

 

All Students--COVID Related TopicsThe district will no longer distribute a weekly COVID-19 update on Wednesdays, but all of the information is available using the link below and will be a part of my Friday e-mail to families:

https://www.spencerportschools.org/district/2021-22_c_o_v_i_d-19_updates_and_resources

 

Freshmen Parent Orientation:

We had a nice turn out both in person and virtually and would love your feedback if you were able to attend live, or watched the recording that was posted on the High School Website. As I said that night, we welcome and appreciate feedback so we can continue to improve.  Here is a link to fill out a short survey from that night.

https://forms.office.com/r/gRM6uugcRc

 

I truly hope your son or daughter has had a great start to the school year.  As a parent myself I know the worry that you feel when you send your most precious possession(s) off to school the first day and you are just hoping and praying they have a great day.  If it has not been a great start for your child, reach out to us.  Reach out to us and we will do our very best to support your child.  Your counselor or AP is a great place to start or certainly you can contact me directly.

 

I would like to thank each of you for the support and flexibility you have shown our learning community over the last year and a half which has allowed us to get to the place we are today.  Looking forward to a wonderful school year. 

 

All the best. 

Sean

 

Sean McCabe

Spencerport High School Principal

(585) 349-5202

smccabe@spencerportschools.org

 

HS Administrative Team:

 

9th Grade: Ms. Shaw (585-349-5229) eshaw@spencerportschools.org

10th Grade: Ms. Kirisits (585-349-5211) nkirisits@spencerportschools.org

11th Grade: Mrs. Sullivan (585-349-5231) asullivan@spencerportschools.org

12th Grade: Ms. Silsby (585-349-5221) jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

 

School Counselors:

A-K (grades 10 & 12) Mrs. Morgan (585) 349-5212 hmorgan@spencerportschools.org

L-Z (grades 10 & 12) Mrs. Gillett (585) 349-5244 agillett@spencerportschools.org

A-K (grades 9 & 11) Mrs. Krywy (585) 349-5243 jkrywy@spencerportschools.org

L-Z (grades 9 & 11) Mrs. Paolozzi (585) 349-5246 jpaolozzi@spencerportschools.org

Academy, 15:1:1, & 12:1:1 (all grades) Mrs. DiNatale (585) 349-5242 rdinatale@spencerportschools.org


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