Principal's Message

Parent/Guardian Update 7-30-21

Starting from this point forward I will be sending home a weekly update each Friday afternoon/evening.  Some will be longer than others but no matter how short or long I just think it is important that we have open lines of communication now more than ever.  For this first update I did do a phone message home to let everyone know I sent something via email/updated the HS website…but fear not…I will not do that every week.  I realize that would quickly become annoying.  So again simply plan on receiving an update via-email every Friday and for the HS web page to be updated with this message as well.

 

For my incoming 9th grade parents…we are thrilled to have your children join the high school community!  Please know we will do our VERY best to make sure they are taken care of over the next 4 years.  That is our number one priority.  We have an incredible teaching and support staff and while we all realize academics are important we also are fully aware of the importance of social/emotional growth for our students and each of them being able to create great memories during their time at the high school. 

 

My returning parents/guardians already know this about my updates….I type quickly, I sometimes try and embed a little humor into them, and I only proof them once…so there will be typos that you will find at times…for this I apologize in advance but I find I write best when I am not worried about my commas (I missed that week of English class at some point as a student at West Irondequoit High School J).  At times I will also mention my daughter Sophia who will be a 12th grader this year at SHS.  I do so so parents/guardians know that I fully understand the trials and tribulations of having a high school student and that I “can relate” to what parents/guardians are going thru J….trust me I can….  Quick update on Sophia…she has managed to have her summer jobs (VICS/Texas Barbecue) all start in the late afternoon/evening so she can sleep in every day….until like 11:00!!  So yesterday I had her come in to school at 8 AM to help clean out a storage closet so we can store dance supplies for the classes in it…took her a few hours….she was very happy with me ;-).

 

So onto updates for this week:

 

School Reopening: School will reopen on Wednesday September 8th. First and foremost, it continues to be our intention and planning to have a full return to five-days of instruction a week.  As you may have seen in the news, local districts including Spencerport recently wrote to Governor Cuomo requesting updated guidance for opening schools.  While districts across the state await this guidance, we will continue to work collaboratively with our committees and task forces to ensure we are “ready to roll”, no matter the circumstances.  In fact, our COVID response team met on Tuesday of this week, which is comprised of parents, community/BOE members, teachers, medical staff, mental health staff, administration, transportation and meal services.  In the meantime, thank you for your patience, understanding and confidence that we will communicate with you once we have more information to share.  Until then, you can access the aforementioned letter to Governor Cuomo here: https://www.spencerportschools.org/news/what_s_new/superintendents_advocate_for_reopening_guidance

 

Summer Mailing: In years past we sent home manila envelopes during the last few weeks of August that were “stuffed” with a variety of materials that more often than not ended up in recycle bins.  This year I will be sending the majority of information home digitally via email on or around 8/20.  Included with this will be information on free and reduced lunch, opening day for students, daily schedule (bell schedule), 4 day rotation calendar, information on Open House, etc. 

 

Renovations of the Library: One of the “fun things” of this summer at the high school has been the work to update our library.  New paint, new carpet, new circulation desk, more power outlets, and a new flow to the library will welcome students in September.  The library was sorely in need of this injection of new life and I think the kiddos will really appreciate the changes and the fact that they can actually visit the library this year J.

 

Student Schedules:  Mrs. Silsby, Mrs. McSorley, and our wonderful counselors have been hard at work finalizing student schedules for us.  All students will be able to access their schedules via Infinite Campus on Thursday September, 2nd after 12:00 PM.  Any questions please email your child’s counselor.  They are in and out throughout the summer and will return full time starting August 30th.  If you have any trouble connecting with them please just reach out to me and I will help to facilitate.

 

School Supplies: We try to keep these as simple as possible at the high school level.  School supplies are fairly generic between classes.  Subject lists can be found on the HS web site under Parent/Student Information, Student Resources, and then supply lists…or just click on the link below J

 

Supply Lists - Spencerport High School (spencerportschools.org)

 

Freshman Orientation: This will take place on Thursday September 2.  Students will have orientation from 7:30-12:00 at the high school and then we will have a parent meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.  This meeting may be done via Zoom with an option to come to the high school live for a tour of the building…to be honest I am still trying to figure out what makes the most sense for parents/guardians…regardless it will take place at 6:00 pm either in person or via zoom.  During orientation 9th grade students will receive their new laptops, schedules, lockers, complete a tour of the building and take part in some fun activities with some of our 10th, 11th, 12th students. A separate mailing will be sent out to 9th grade parents next week.    

 

Administrative Changes: Many of you may be aware that Dr. Calzi, who was the Assistant Principal in charge of the Class of 2022, is leaving us.  Dr. Calzi is off to Livonia High School which is only a few miles away from where he lives and where his children will eventually attend school.  He did an incredible job for us over the last two years and will be missed but I am very happy for him and Livonia.  We are in the process of hiring a new AP to take over for Dr. Calzi and I will be able to share with you who that person will be next week.  During my next update I can also share a complete update of administrative assignments related to which classes they will be working with and who you should contact with questions concerning your child.

So that is the first update for the 21-22 school year!  Again, be looking for these every Friday from this point forward.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.   As always please feel free to email me/call my office (349-5202) at any time with questions or concerns.  All the best.  Sean

 

 

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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