Principal's Message

Parents, Guardians, and Friends of Spencerport High School,

Below is the message that was sent home tonight via email (3/26/2020):


I apologize in advance for the length of this email, but there is a lot of important information to share :-) 

As you are well aware, we continue to navigate challenging and unprecedented times for our school and community as a whole. A big thank you for all of your support and kind words as we work to ensure that students maintain learning that has already occurred. 

Instruction:

I am excited to announce that beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, teachers will begin to provide new instruction for our students. Each teacher has created a Schoology page for their respective course and has been using this over the past two weeks to work with their students on supplementary/review material. On Monday teachers will begin posting the work students should complete during the week.  We are hopeful that this model gives families time to plan their days and week and provides flexibility. As students complete work for each course they must submit this work for teacher review. During this time, work will not be graded, but rather reviewed and evaluated by teachers. Teachers will provide valuable feedback to students to assist in the learning of the material. No tests or quizzes will be administered during this time as well (at least in the traditional sense). 

Additionally, each teacher will set “office hours” during the week in which they will be available to work with students. Each teacher will determine what these “office hours will look like. They may include Zoom sessions, Schoology discussion groups, availability via email, etc. 

Our special education students will continue to receive modifications as outlined on their IEP. While these may look a little different during this time, our special education teachers remain committed to ensuring every student has equitable access to learning. Case managers will continue to monitor student work and work with teachers and families to modify and adjust instruction accordingly. Our English-language learners will also continue to receive support from their ELL teachers and regular classroom teachers.

Teachers will continue to record assignments in Infinite Campus. As previously mentioned, assignments will not be graded. IC will be used as a way for students and parents to monitor work completion and submission and to communicate with their teachers. 

We are beginning to receive updates from the State Ed Department regarding awarding credits and Regents exams.  They are showing great flexibility and common sense (in my opinion) as they support schools through this current situation.  As of now Regents exams are still scheduled to be held in June.  All lab requirements for science courses are being waived for taking Regents exams (there is normally a 1200 minute minimum lab requirement to sit for science regents exams).  If you have specific concerns or questions feel free to reach out to your child’s counselor and they will be happy to work with you on them.

The AP Program has also begun to disseminate information regarding how AP exams will be conducted this year.  Below are some highlights through FAQs:

Q: When will AP Exams be offered this year? We’re providing two online testing dates for each AP subject—one sooner, one later—so that students can choose what works best for them. Because each AP Exam will only include questions about the units of the course typically taught prior to March each year, many students will prefer to test sooner, while the material is still fresh.  By April 3, we’ll publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam.   

Q. When do online AP classes begin? Wednesday, March 25, 2020. A schedule of classes, including descriptions of each lesson is available at collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates. All classes are available for free and are completely optional. (This will be supplementary to what your child’s AP teacher is providing at SHS).

Q: Where can students access the classes? Students can find the classes at youtube.com/advancedplacement.

 Q. What if a student can’t attend a particular class? The classes will also be available on-demand at youtube.com/advancedplacement so teachers and students can access them any time. But remember these classes are optional, not required.  They will begin finishing up the AP course so students have the knowledge for the subsequent coursework in college and loop back to review the entire course.

 Q. Will all AP subjects have online classes? All subjects will have live online classes except for 2-D Art & Design, 3-D Art & Design, Drawing, Seminar, and Research. These courses will instead receive on-demand lessons that will cover the tasks required for the course. These will be available by early April. Computer Science Principles students will receive support from endorsed providers.

 Q. Can students attend these classes, even if they’re not taking the AP Exam? Yes.

Q. What kind of exam will students receive? Students will receive a 45-minute online free-response exam (exact timing to be announced). There will be no multiple-choice questions. Students will complete the exam at home, online, on a specified day and time. To minimize conflicts, students will be able to choose from two different test dates, one earlier or one later. Like a college exam, these exams will be open book/”open note.” They won’t test simple factual recall; instead they’ll be focused on skills and thematic understandings. Students will not be tested on content typically taught in the last 25% of an AP course, as laid out in the unit structure shown in the AP Course and Exam Description. Visit collegeboard.org/ap-covid19-updates for a list of which units will be included in each AP Exam this year. Each student response will be monitored by plagiarism detection software, and students whose responses mirror content from the web or other students’ submissions will be disqualified. Student responses will be submitted  digitally and scored by remote readers. This is a similar process to the one we have used for years in scoring AP at-home work for college credit in courses like AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Computer Science Principles.

By April 3, we’ll publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam. 

 Q. How will you prevent students from cheating? The exams will be designed to measure skills developed over the course of the academic year that cannot be learned on the fly from Google or chatrooms. Like college history and literary essays, these AP Exams are open book/open note. Students will see the topic at the start of the exam and they’ll need to write and submit their responses within the testing time. Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide. Students may consult textbooks and notes. Each student response will be monitored by plagiarism detection software, and students whose responses mirror content from the web or other students’ submissions will be disqualified. We will also disqualify any student sharing exam content via social media, websites, and other means.

Q. Will students with approved testing accommodations such as extended time be able to use them on the exams? Yes. Details will be shared closer to the exams.

Q. Will exams be available in all subjects? Yes. By April 3, we’ll publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam. 

Spencerport Meal Program:

Our breakfast/lunch distribution will continue each day from 11-12:30 at Cosgrove, Munn, and Taylor. This drive through style setup will provide each child in your home ages 3-18 with lunch and breakfast for the next morning. 

Our Spencerport Education Foundation has partnered with local business to begin offering a dinner program as well. Here are the current menu offerings with our partners:

Current Menu Offerings with our partners (no special orders will be accommodated)

Thurs., 3/26: Texas BBQ Joint:

Pulled pork sandwich, beans, mac salad and a corn muffin – 1 per person – $2 each

 

Fri., 3/27:  Spencerport McDonalds Restaurant:

Happy Meal: cheeseburger/hamburger/4-piece nugget or fish sandwich- 1 per person – $1 each

 

Mon., 3/30:  Grampa Sams:

Penne Pasta and Meatball Dinner – 1 per person – $2 each

 

Tue., 3/31:  Barton’s Hots:

Hot Dog Meal, 1 red hot dog, mac & potato salad and beans – 1 per person – $2 each

 

Wed., 4/1 : Perri’s Pizza:

Medium Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, 2 per house/family max – $2 each

 

Location &  Pick-up Time (HS West Café side entrance unless otherwise indicated*)

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

To streamline distribution for the health and safety of our community, drivers must enter the district campus from the west entrances by Bernabi or District Office, then head east on Ranger Road until you reach the high school. At the stop sign, turn left toward Lyell Avenue. The pick-up location will be at the back entrance of the HS west cafeteria. Signs will be displayed to direct vehicles. Participants must remain in the vehicle, and meals will be handed through the passenger side window.

*For McDonalds, simply go through the drive through at the Spencerport McDonalds (3/27/20) and indicate while ordering that you are requesting the #SpencerportTogether offer (no substitutes will be honored).

Participants may pick up between 4:30 and 6 p.m. or until quantities last.

 

Counseling/Mental Health staff

Please see the below information from our counseling/mental health staff:

Dear Students and Families,

 

We hope you are staying healthy and safe during this time of school closure. Please know that your wellness, both mental and physical, is our primary concern at this time. As your counselors, we want you to know that we are here for you through this. While we adjust to assisting you online, we will continue to support your academic progress and your social emotional needs in any way that we can. If you need to get in touch with one of us, our contact information is listed below; we will be checking messages and scheduling time to talk between 7:25 and 2:50. If you have questions regarding specific classes, please contact your teachers via email. 

 

If you have an urgent mental health concern for the safety of a student, please contact 911 or the Mobile Crisis Team at (585) 529-3721 or Lifeline at (585) 275-5151. You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

 

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 10 & 12) 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

Drug & Alcohol Counselor:

Mrs. Zobkiw 349-5245 kzobkiw@spencerportschools.org

School Psychologists:

Kim Patton 349-5254 (grades 10 & 12) kpatton@spencerportschools.org

Elizabeth Wade 349-5258 (grades 9 & 11) ewade@spencerportschools.org

School Social Workers:

Jen Davin 349-5261 jdavin@spencerportschools.org

Darlene Learo 349-5226 dlearo@spencerportschools.org

 

There are several resources and updates on our district website concerning COVID-19 at: https://www.spencerportschools.org/district/novel_coronavirus___c_o_v_i_d-19_

 

Access to the High School:

Please note, at this time the High School (along with all other buildings) is closed. We are unable to retrieve any items left in lockers/classrooms until further notice. I apologize for this inconvenience, but our custodial crew is working hard each day to sanitize and disinfect the entire building.

 

Seniors:

            Seniors, please visit the Class of 2020 page on Schoology for directions on ordering your    cap and gown for graduation on the Jostens website by Friday, April 3.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any staff/faculty member during this time if you need anything. As always, please reach out to me directly if I can be of any support for you and your family.

 

 

Grade Level Administrators:

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: slyensko@spencerportschools.org



Message from 3/19/2020

Good Afternoon,

This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope everyone is doing well and I just wanted to provide a quick update to parents and students.  This message in its entirety will also be posted on the high school web site.

We have moved the end of the 3rd quarter to Tuesday March 24th.  We have done this because currently we are not grading the work students are completing and this will hopefully give us some flexibility with the 4th quarter as this situation evolves.  Students at this point should be in contact with their teachers via Schoology and if they are still turning in work from prior to March 16, their teachers will make sure they know what they need to complete. 

Effective Monday March 23rd, I have requested that teachers provide the equivalent of three hours of review work to their students each week.  Students can direct their questions directly to their teachers for each course at this point. All teacher emails can be found in Infinite Campus or on the High Web Site under “Teacher Listings”.  If there is difficulty in communication, students and parents can also email their child’s counselor, Assistant Principal, or me and we would be glad to provide assistance.  As I emphasized in my last message we are going to be flexible as we work with students and families as we fully realize everyone is dealing with different pressures and realties from the current situation.

I also wanted to emphasize with all of our students and families that our counselors and social workers are available for assistance if needed.  They are working remotely, and you simply need to email or call them and they will be in contact with you.  During these constantly evolving times students quite naturally experience a wide range of emotions so please do not hesitate to reach out to them for any support that you may need.

The district web site has fantastic resources that most likely will address the questions that you may have around topics like Schoology Access, fixing a broken laptop, picking up breakfast and lunch for students, etc.  So please use this as a resource.

Additionally, this is a reminder about our food distribution program that is being offered daily at Taylor, Munn, and Cosgrove. Families are able to pick up lunch and breakfast for the next morning for all children in their house aged 3-18. This is a grab and go style pickup, and we ask you to remain in your car while we gather your food.

We continue to work to ensure that all families have access to the internet at their home. Please call 349-5106 if you do not have internet access at home. Many of our teachers are beginning to use apps like “Zoom” to communicate with students and we want to make sure every child has access to this (hence the important of internet access).

Students, especially our seniors should not only be checking their academic courses in Schoology but their Class pages as well (e.g. Class of 2020 schoology page).  These will have updates on various events as the current situation evolves and we have a better idea on when we will be back in school.

Our faculty and staff is focused on trying to be as supportive as possible for all of our students during this time.  As I said in my last message the word we are using a lot is Flexibility.  We fully realize that in these uncertain times that the last thing we want to do is add stress to families and students.  At the same time we want to make sure we are supporting students in not losing the learning that has occurred, we are providing them routines and a connection to school, and that when we do return to school everyone is able to hit the ground running.

Finally do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.  I will respond to you in under 24 hours.  Usually it is within a few hours.

 

Wishing everyone the very best.  Sean

3/17/2020

Good Evening

This is Mr. McCabe, the Principal of Spencerport High School.

I hope each of you is doing well.  The purpose of this message is to give an update to our learning community at the high school and hopefully answer some questions that you may have.  But before I get to that I would like to emphasize one point:

First please know that the word we are using the most in all of our meetings as a learning community is Flexibility.  We realize that every family and every student has a different reality that they are dealing with right now.  Our purpose in providing at home learning resources for students is not to make the situation more stressful for families or students.  We are hoping to be able to support student retention of learning and, depending on the length of the time we are out of school, supplemental learning as well.  We are also hoping to provide students and families a routine around the expectations concerning school.  In times of crisis, it is known that adolescent learners do best-physically, academically, and psychologically-when there is a semblance of "normal" which can be attained by establishing routines.

Now I will try and answer some of the questions we are hearing most.

Each of your child’s teachers will be the point person for their course.  You can contact them through Infinite Campus via email and also your child will be able to “talk” to them through Schoology.  Teachers may use other types of platforms such as Zoom to work with students as well.

The District Web site is the place to start for any questions related to the current situation including information on how to access school breakfast and lunch.  We have placed a wide variety of resources for parents and students to access. 

Students should begin to log into Schoology (I know many have already).  They will be finding work/directions from their teachers there.  By tomorrow noon (Wednesday) there should a message from each of their teachers on what they should be working on.

Many people have asked questions about how students will be graded and assessed.  Until further notice students will not be graded.  Students and teachers will be focused on review work and simply working out the “kinks” of on line learning.  I do not want students worried about grades right now.  If/when this changes we will make sure this is clear.  Please reinforce with your children the importance of completing their assignments however.  Teachers will be providing feedback on assignments and this will be essential to supporting student retention and learning.

If you and your child or children do not have internet access, please call 349- 5161.  You will need to leave your name and the name of your student.  We are currently working on a plan to address this.

As I stated at the beginning of this message I want to emphasize we will be flexible as we work through this situation with students and families.  As a school community we are thinking about each of our students and their families and what they may be going through right now.  We realize some students maybe providing day care for younger siblings, or be helping with another family member that needs assistance.  We will be providing more updates over the coming days.  Do not hesitate to reach out to me or your grade level administrator with questions, comments or concerns.

3/13/2020


As we continue to deal with the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus I will do my very best to keep all stakeholders informed of the various steps and actions we are taking at the high school.  School has not been closed (despite what students might say :-).  However we are doing our very best to limit other types of interactions amongst large groups of students.  Please refer to the district's main web site for a full overview of the various events that have been canceled and/or postponed.  From a high school perspective the most immediate events impacted are:


Parent/Teacher Conferences: Canceled

Parent Meetings for any trips: Canceled

Evening of Jazz: Postponed

In addition we are also canceling all field trips and over night trips that had been planned through at least Spring Break.  

I will be making an announcement to students tomorrow asking them to make sure that they bring home their laptops (and chargers) each night IN CASE we do ever have to close school.  Again there are no plans at the moment for that to happen.  However as we all know all to well this is a quickly evolving and changing situation and we need to be prepared if this does occur.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at (585) 349-5202 or certainly email as well.  Again I will do my very best to keep everyone updated on any changes that may occur.  Also please plan on regularly checking your email for updates and the district web site for other updates as well.  All the best.  Sean

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