Principal's Message

7-10-2020

Good Afternoon,

This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you, and your families are doing well and managing this crazy heat wave we are dealing with.  As promised I just wanted to continue to provide updates to our seniors and their parents/guardians.   

My first announcement has to do with Senior Ball.  I had shared in earlier communications that we were hoping to be able to do some type of modified ball either in the gym (as a traditional dance) or on the track (a senior parade type event) on Thursday July 30.  Unfortunately we are not going to be able to do either one of these.  In working with our district wide “Re-Opening Task Force” the consensus was there are too many variables that we cannot control with either type of event and that we risked being in violation of the guidelines established by the state related to the coronavirus and large events.  Essentially we felt there was too much risk to students/staff based on the guidelines that are currently in place.  I am sorry and I am disappointed that we cannot do anything for Senior Ball but I do believe that this is the right call.  Again my sincere apologies on this. 

Graduation however is going to proceed on Saturday August 1st at the football stadium and I promise it is going to be a perfect day weather wise….sunny, clear, with a nice breeze and a high of 80 degreesJ.  Governor Cuomo and the state have not modified their limit on 150 people TOTAL for each graduation ceremony.  We were hoping that this would increase but as of today it has not.  This means we will need to have six ceremonies.  Each ceremony will be approximately 40-45 minutes long and each student will be permitted two guests.  Yes unfortunately you read that correctly….two guests per student.  I know this is not optimal and I apologize but again we are working to stay within the guidelines of the state.  The ceremony will be streamed live and will also be taped so those are options for family members/friends not able to attend.  Starting on Wednesday July 15th at 12:00pm there will be a survey available for parents/students which they can use to identify their preference for which ceremony they would like to participate in.  The survey will close on Sunday July 19th  at 11:00 pm.  We are going to do our very best to honor the requests of parents/students but please know you may not get your first choice for a graduation ceremony.  Below is the time schedule for our ceremonies:

Saturday August 1, 2020

Spencerport High School Football Stadium

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

You do not have to complete the survey to take part in graduation.  We will simply assign students by alpha to each ceremony based on open slots (and to be honest this is easier for us anywaysJ)….but if there is a strong need/desire to be part of one ceremony over another complete this survey and we will do our best to meet your request.  Students/parents will then be notified of which ceremony they are attending in future communications. 

I will provide a reminder via email and phone on Tuesday night (7/14) about the survey and how it will be accessed by families on Wednesday.  This information will also be posted on the classes Schoology website (so students keep checking Schoology because the awesome super duo of Ms. Antosh and Ms. Wade are still providing updates there!!).

If there is lightening/thunder and we have to cancel the ceremony for safety reasons the backup date will be Sunday August 2nd following the same time schedule (please note if there is light rain the ceremony will proceed). 

Students will be seated on the football field socially distanced and guests will be seated in the football bleachers socially distanced.  The stage we have rented will be facing the students and guests.  After each ceremony each “touch area” for students and guests will be wiped down and disinfected.   Students will not be handed their diploma….as they cross the stage they will pick up their diplomas from a table on which they will be organized.

I am asking that students dress casually underneath their gowns.  Shorts, light dresses, light shirts (including tee-shirts) and sneakers/shoes (no high heels please as students will be walking on grass).  There is no need to wear a tie or formal attire underneath your gown.  The weather may be hot and we want students to be as comfortable as possible. 

If the total number of participants allowed were to be increased by Governor Cuomo in the next few weeks we would increase the number of guests that were allowed per student and this would be communicated to each graduate/family. 

As I have said in previous communications regarding graduation our goal is to have a safe and meaningful ceremony for our students and their parents/friends.  I feel confident we will accomplish this goal.  

So…..my next communication with be on Tuesday (7/14) when I am reminding everyone about the survey that will be available on Wednesday (7/15).  I will then provide another weekly update on Friday (7/17) with more details about the ceremony and any other updates I might be able to provide . 

As I have said before I greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding as we navigate this current reality.  I am confident that by our continued efforts and working together we will make this graduation ceremony as special as possible for our Class of 2020.  I could not be more proud of each of them.  All the best.  Sean




7-2-2020

Good Evening,

This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you, and your families are well.  As promised I just wanted to continue to provide updates to our seniors and their parents/guardians on our graduation ceremony planned for Saturday August 1.  As it currently stands Governor Cuomo is allowing outdoor in person graduation ceremonies of 150 people or less.  We are hoping that this number goes up when Governor Cuomo provides his next update concerning the Coronavirus.  Essentially the total number of people allowed at the ceremony will dictate the number of ceremonies that we have on August 1.  The more people allowed to participate the fewer ceremonies we will need to conduct.  Please know that all of the planning we have done so far, and will continue to do, for our graduation ceremony on August 1starts with a focus on making sure we are following all of the health guidelines provided by the state and other agencies.  Our goal is to have a safe and meaningful ceremony for our students and their parents/friends.  I feel confident we will accomplish this goal.  Once we have identified the number of ceremonies we will be having we will then work on sharing how many guests students can have at their ceremony, which ceremony each student will be part of, etc.  Essentially all of the fine details.  I apologize for not being able to provide more specifics at this point.  These will come as soon as we confirm the number of ceremonies needed.  I greatly appreciate everyone’ patience and flexibility with this.  I truly do.  I am hopefully that next Friday I will be in a position to start providing more details about the actual ceremony itself.  It was wonderful being able to see all of our students and their family members last Friday during our graduation parade.  The smiles and laughter were awesome J.  Special shout out to Nancy Mancuso (parent/teacher), Katie Wyant (STUGO) Liz Wade (Class Advisor), and Chelsea Antosh (Class Advisor) for all of the work in planning this event….and of course thank you to the Ogden Police Department and Spencerport Fire Department for their support as well. If you were unable to participate, and still need to pick up your senior gift just reach out me and we will set up a time to do that.  I hope everyone has a wonderful July 4th weekend.  All the best. 








6-12-2020

Good Evening,

This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you, and your families are well and that everyone has had a great week.  Just a reminder to check your email or the high school web site for my weekly update. In tonight’s update I have information on a student/parent survey on distance learning, senior events, and yearbooks.  Wishing each of you the very best.  

Junior Parking Passes

Our current 11th grade drivers will be keeping their parking passes until next year.  There is no need to turn them in.

Student/Parent Survey on Distance Learning

As the 2019-2020 school year draws to an unprecedented close, we would like to gather your feedback regarding distance learning.  The Spencerport Central School District is extremely proud of the way our learning community has pulled together during the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, we also know that there is always room for growth.  Please help us by taking a few minutes to complete the survey that can be found at the following link:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Aka3kMpbA0ieBdNzLsZrTofW5SGfiSlBqPPnzp-M0_9UODIwU0dHMDNQRE0wOUNGU1M1SkNGREVQSS4u

The survey can also be found on the district web site.  

Final Day for Students

The Board of Education has approved Thursday June 18th as the final day of school for students.  I have asked our teachers to communicate with their students and parents the expectations for the final few days of school in terms of the assignment of new work and submitting assignments.  This will look different from teacher to teacher as they will use their professional judgement as they would in any other year.  Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, or administrator. 

Locker Cleanout

If a student still needs to clean out their locker(s) please contact me directly and I would be happy to set up a time to facilitate this process.  And just a reminder as I have had a few parents ask me….our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are keeping their laptops, textbooks, and library books that they have at home.  They do not need to turn these in.  As we prepare for school next year we will explain the process we will follow to collect these during the first few days of school (whatever that looks like).

Yearbook Update

Seniors who ordered yearbooks will be receiving them on Thursday 6/18 when they are visited at home by staff on one of our school buses (more info found below in Senior Events).  Underclassmen can pick their yearbooks up on Friday 6/19 in the high school’s FRONT LOOP between 8-3.  Please note the East Lot (closest to Gillett Road/ponds) will be used by seniors to drop of laptops and textbooks.  If Friday does not work to pick up yearbooks we will of course work with individual families to find a convenient time during the following weeks to pick them up.  

If you would still like to order a yearbook there are a limited number remaining. Please follow this link to order (it is strictly first come first served):   https://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/high-school-yearbooks.html 

Senior Events/Updates

Thursday June 18th 1-3: Every senior will be visited at home by a Spencerport bus and staff members.  We are planning on calling the primary contact number for each student when we are on their way to their house (we want to give everyone a least a few minutes heads-up).  This would be the phone number that you receive my weekly messages on.  If there is a different number you would like us to use please just email me directly with it.  Thank you to those who have already contacted me with unique situations.  We will be dropping off personalized letters to students, academic awards, any caps and gowns that we still have, a special treat from STUGO, and yearbooks for those students that ordered them.  We will be following social distancing guidelines but if parents want to take pictures of their children in front of the bus one last time that would be fine (and similar types of pictures).  We are really looking forward to this.

Friday June 19th 8-3 HS East Parking Lot (farthest from Cosgrove/closest to Gillett Road/next to Nature Center): Seniors will be dropping off their laptops, textbooks/library books, and turning in their parking passes (and receiving their deposits back for them).  We will have cones set up in the parking lot to guide students/parents through four drop off points: 1) textbooks/library books 2) parking passes 3) music dress/tuxes  4) laptops (including case and power cords).  Our music students with dresses and tuxedoes will also be able to drop these off at this time (regardless of their grade level).  Our music teachers will be reaching out directly to those students.  Please contact me directly if there are any issues with the date or times and as always we will be flexible in finding a time that works. 

Friday June 26th 6:30 PM:  Class of 2020 graduation parade.  We will be lining up in the Department of Public Works on West Ave at 6:00 PM with the parade starting at 6:30 (like we do for our Homecoming parade).

parade

 

We will finish in the High School front loop where each student will receive their senior gift.  The Class of 2020 was able to buy every member a very nice RANGER blanket.

August 1st 10-2 Football Stadium (Option 1) or the week of 7/27-7/31 in the HS PAC for individual awarding of diplomas (Option 2)  Graduation Ceremony: We continue to monitor guidelines from the health department and hold out hope we can proceed with our 1st option for graduation on Saturday August 1 at the football stadium.  We will keep families updated and be making a final decision by Friday July 10.  Please note we have pushed this date back to allow us to have the most up-to-date recommendations from the state on social gatherings.   Certainly we received great news from the state this week that they will be allowing ceremonies of 150 people at outside ceremonies!!  Our hope is that the state will continue to make progress in our phases of reopening and that this number will be increased.  Regardless it looks almost certain that we will be able to have a more traditional ceremony for kids and parents….size and number of ceremonies still to be determined.  Please know everything else is in place….we have student’s diplomas, caps and gowns have been handed out, etc.  

Workers Permits

I am currently in charge of the workers permits.  If your son or daughter needs a permit just reach out to me and I can guide you through the process.  I am happy to help with this.  Once you complete the paperwork that I will forward to you the turnaround is very quick. Update: I am up to 77 worker permits handed out…and….big news… my daughter sent out three resumes this week…I am getting closer to being able to fill out a permit for her….and for her to be able to pay for her phone and data J!!!

Conclusion

Thank you for all of your support during this time. And not only your support but your flexibility and understanding as we navigate through this new reality together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.  

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers).

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slyensko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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




6/5/2020
Student and Parent Update

Good Evening,

 

This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you, and your families are well and that everyone has had a great week.  Just a reminder to check your email or the High School web site for my weekly update. In tonight’s message I have important information about the senior project for our current juniors, class elections, upcoming senior events and other interesting topics.  J  Wishing each of you the very best. 

 

Summer School

We have just been informed that summer school will be an option for students.  This will be through distance learning (what we are currently doing) and will be offered through BOCES as it normally is.  Our counselors will be in contact with any students that might need this as an option.  

Class Elections

We are going to hold off on class elections until we are able to be back in the building as a school community.  I am asking that our current class officers remain in their positions until we are able to hold elections next year.  I am hopeful we will be able to use our current class officers over the summer to help with planning for Homecoming and other events at the start of next year (based on where we are in terms of phases of re-opening in the state).  

Senior Project (Class of 2021/current juniors)

This is another adjustment we are making due to the current situation related to the Coronavirus.  Normally we would offer an “early decision” option to complete the senior project over the summer and during the first month of school.  We will not be offering this option this year.  We simply don’t have enough information available to us at the present time to make an informed decision about what the Senior Project can look like next year.  I want to emphasize with our juniors….there WILL BE A SENIOR PROJECT IN SOME SHAPE OR FORM NEXT YEAR.  It will just most likely look different.  As we have tried to be over the last few months (and hopefully we are all the time which is my goal as a school) we will be FLEXIBLE and reasonable with our expectations surrounding the completion of the project especially because of the unknowns we are currently facing….so I don’t want anyone stressed about it.  I strongly believe that the Senior Project provides many benefits to not only our students, but in many cases to our entire school community, so again we will have it next year in some form.  More to come on this over the summer in my updates. 

Final Day for Students

The Board of Education has approved Thursday June 18th as the final day of school for students.  I have asked our teachers to communicate with their students and parents the expectations for the final few days of school in terms of the assignment of new work and submitting assignments.  This will look different from teacher to teacher as they will use their professional judgement as they would in any other year.  Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, or administrator.  In talking to many parents and students I know many of you are exhausted…and ready for the school year to be over…which is completely understandable.  My message to our students is try to finish as strong as possible.  I know some students (and parents for that matter) might ask themselves (or me J) “Why do we need to do these last few assignments if they are not even being graded.”  My response has been that they will help you grow as a learner….whether there is a grade attached to them or not.  And I sincerely believe that.  So I ask everyone to keep doing your best….we are almost at the end of the year.    

Locker Cleanout

If a student still needs to clean out their locker(s) please contact me directly and I would be happy to set up a time to facilitate this process. 

Yearbook Update

Good news….yearbooks have just been delivered J…..we are currently in the process of organizing them and coming up with a plan for distribution.  We do have a limited number of yearbooks that can still be purchased.  Please follow this link to order (it is strictly first come first served):   https://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/high-school-yearbooks.html 

Senior Events/Updates

Thursday June 18th 1-3: Our wonderful bus drivers and Transportation Department will be teaming up with the high school to have a final special bus run for each senior.  Every senior will be visited at home by a Spencerport bus and staff members.  We are just finishing up with organizing our staff volunteers.  We are planning on calling the primary contact number for each student when we are on their way to their house (we want to give everyone a least a few minutes heads-up).  This would be the phone number that you receive my weekly messages on.  If there is a different number you would like us to use please just email me directly with it.  We will be dropping off personalized letters to students, academic awards, any caps and gowns that we still have, a special treat from STUGO, and yearbooks for those students that ordered them.  We will be following social distancing guidelines but if parents want to take pictures of their children in front of the bus one last time that would be fine (and similar types of pictures).  We are really looking forward to this.

Friday June 19th 8-3 HS East Parking Lot (farthest from Cosgrove/next to Nature Center): Seniors will be dropping off their laptops, textbooks/library books, and turning in their parking passes (and receiving their deposits back for them).  We will have cones set up in the parking lot to guide students/parents through three drop off points: 1) textbooks/library books 2) parking passes 3) laptops (including case and power cords).  Please contact me directly if there are any issues with the date or times and as always we will be flexible in finding a time that works. 

Friday June 26th 6:30 PM:  Class of 2020 graduation parade.  This has now been confirmed!  Thank you as always the Village of Spencerport, Town of Ogden and the Ogden Police Department for supporting this event. As always they could not have been more helpful or eager to help.  We will be lining up in the Department of Public Works on West Ave (like we do for our Homecoming parade) to start the parade and we will finish in the High School front loop where each student will receive their senior gift.  The Class of 2020 was able to buy every member a very nice RANGER blanket.

We will send out more information about this is the coming weeks.  But again this should be an awesome event for the community to be able to come out and show their support for our seniors!!

August 1st 10-2 Football Stadium (Option 1) or the week of 7/27-7/31 in the HS PAC for individual awarding of diplomas (Option 2)  Graduation Ceremony: We continue to monitor guidelines from the health department and hold out hope we can proceed with our 1st option for graduation on Saturday August 1 at the football stadium.  We will keep families updated and be making a final decision by Friday June 26th.  I remain cautiously optimistic!!  Please know everything else is in place….we have student’s diplomas, caps and gowns have been handed out, etc.  

Workers Permits

I am currently in charge of the workers permits (a scary thing lol J).  If your son or daughter needs a permit just reach out to me and I can guide you through the process.  I am happy to help with this.  Once you complete the paperwork that I will forward to you the turnaround is very quick.  Again happy to help with this….just email me J.  Update: I am up to 52 worker permits handed out….I am becoming an expert J…I just wish I could get my daughter to get a job!!

Conclusion

Thank you for all of your support during this time. And not only your support but your flexibility and understanding as we navigate through this new reality together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.  

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers).

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slyensko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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

 








5/28/2020
Student and Parent Update

Good Evening,

This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you, and your families are well.  I thought I would switch it up on everyone and send my update on Thursday instead of Friday this week….just trying to keep everyone on their toes J.  So just a reminder to check your email or the High School web site for the update in its entirety. In tonight’s message I have important information about our Academic Awards Ceremony, end of the year dates for students, and some updates for seniors.  J  Wishing each of you the very best.  

Academic Awards and Academic Letters and Bars

Tonight, Thursday May 28, 2020 would have been our annual Academic Awards Ceremony. Obviously we are unable to hold it “live” this year.  However, Maria Bash, Jessica Silsby, Jocelyn Paolozzi, Rich Colosi, Lanette Cypher and our Teacher Leaders have worked very hard to make sure we are still able to recognize our students.  So….please click on the links below.

They will take you to YouTube  “movies” for our Academic Letters and Bars winners as well as all of the students recognized with Academic Awards.  When we visit senior students later this month for a special “drop off” at their homes on Thursday June 18th we will include their certificates and letters and bars.  For our underclassmen all of these will be available next year and we will make sure there is a process for students to get these.  We will also have our Academic Awards Program available for parents out there who might like to have a copy (my wife is a scrap booker so believe me I understand the importance of having these J!!).  Any questions please let me know J.

Academic Letters and Bars: https://youtu.be/ILNZSYHLo9U

Academic Awards: https://youtu.be/Sa0dkt8SJQQ

Final Day for Students

The Board of Education has approved Thursday June 18th as the final day of school for students.  So teachers will be working with student up to this date.  Teachers continue to work to balance student academic needs with their social/emotional needs.  This is a very difficult balance to find because obviously each student’s situation/reality is different but please know we are doing our best to find it.  We want students to be learning until the last day of school but at the same time not overly stressed out or anxious because of school.  So please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselor, or administrator with any feedback or concerns.  We will differentiate to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability….so again PLEASE PLEASE, PLEASE, do not hesitate to reach out to us.  

Locker Cleanout

Locker cleanout has gone well this week.  I would like to thank all of our students for their maturity and efforts on social distancing while in the building.  Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day of scheduled locker cleanout from 8-11 and 12:30-3.  If you have had any issues in being able to cleanout lockers during the assigned times I would just encourage you to reach out to me directly and we will find a time that works….it will not be a problem J

Please note: We will have an update next week on the process we will follow to collect parking passes, laptops and textbooks from our seniors.  Underclassmen are keeping their laptops and textbooks over the summer. 

Yearbook Update

Unfortunately no update on a possible delivery date at this point.  As I mentioned last week we are in close contact with our yearbook representative and he will let us know right away when they are shipped.  When we have this information we will let everyone know and share with everyone the process we will follow to distribute.  

Senior Events/Updates

No major updates for our seniors since last week. We continue to monitor guidelines from the health department and hold out hope we can proceed with our 1st option for graduation on Saturday August 1 at the football stadium.  We will keep families updated and be making a final decision by Friday June 26th.  I remain cautiously optimistic!!  Please know everything else is in place….we have student’s diplomas, caps and gowns have been handed out, etc.  Below are the two special senior events we are planning that I shared last week….the first is a definite “go” so mark your calendars and the second should hopefully have permits approved next week…so hopefully I should be able to confirm the second event in my update next week….

 

Thursday June 18th 1-3: Our wonderful bus drivers and Transportation Department will be teaming up with the high school to have a final special bus run for each senior.  Every senior will be visited at home by a Spencerport bus and staff members. 

Friday June 26th 6:30 PM:  We are working on possibly being able to do a Class of 2020 car parade through the Village/Town.  This is in the early stages of planning and we are still working on acquiring the appropriate permits from the Village and Town, working with OPD, etc.  But we are hopeful we will be able to do this on June 26th from 6:30-8:30 PM.  This was the original date of graduation.  The idea is the car parade would drive through various parts of the district and end up in the High School front loop where each senior would receive their senior gift (again all social distancing guidelines would be followed).  I really want to emphasize that this is TENTATIVE and not confirmed yet but I wanted people to at least have the date for planning purposes.  I will provide weekly updates on how this effort is progressing.

Workers Permits

I am currently in charge of the workers permits (a scary thing lol J).  If your son or daughter needs a permit just reach out to me and I can guide you through the process.  I am happy to help with this.  Once you complete the paperwork that I will forward to you the turnaround is very quick.  Again happy to help with this….just email me J.  Update: I am up to 52 worker permits handed out….I am becoming an expert J…I just wish I could get my daughter to get a job!!

Conclusion

Thank you for all of your support during this time. And not only your support but your flexibility and understanding as we navigate through this new reality together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.  

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers).

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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



5/22/2020
Student and Parent Update

Good Evening,

This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you, and your families are well.  I just wanted to remind you to check your email or the High School web site as I have posted our weekly update this evening. In tonight’s message I have important information on locker cleanout for students, yearbook information, our Academic Awards Ceremony, and some updates for our seniors….so please read through this carefully and if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me.  J  Wishing each of you the very best. 

Locker Cleanout

The district has created a common schedule for students to retrieve their belongings from each of our schools.  Please note that all social distancing and mask wearing requirements will be enforced.  Below is the schedule for locker cleanout/retrieval of personal items:

Day

Students

Times

Tuesday 5/26

A-F

8:00-11:00

12:30-3:00

Wednesday 5/27

G-M

8:00-11:00

12:30-3:00

Thursday 5/28

N-R

8:00-11:00

12:30-3:00

Friday 5/29

S-Z

8:00-11:00

12:30-3:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Please Note: We have three goals with this task: 1) Everyone is as safe as possible 2) Students are able to retrieve all of their items 3) We keep this as low stress as possible for parents and students… As always we will be flexible in working with parents and students.  If for some reason there is an issue with your assigned day/time for locker cleanout please reach out to me directly (
smccabe@sencerportschools.org) and we will come up with a solution. 

 

  1. Students will enter the school through the Staff Parking Lot doors (East side of the building closest to the Nature Center/farthest point away from Cosgrove Middle School).
  2. Students will be required to sign in at the staff entrance.One parent/guardian will be allowed to enter with the student if necessary.Students will exit the building through the 500 Hallway doors which empty into the Staff Parking Lot.
  3. Students/parents entering the building will be required to state they are not suffering from symptoms of COVID-19 when they are logged in. If you have any of the following symptoms without a known cause please do not enter the building: cough, shortness of breath / difficulty breathing, fever, upset stomach or diarrhea, chills, muscle pain / joint aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell / taste. If this is the case just let us know and we will schedule another time to clean out the locker.
  4. Students will be required to wear a mask when in the building.Students should bring their own.Students will not be allowed to socialize and must move with a purpose from one location to the next.Social distancing expectations will be enforced.
  5. Students will be allowed to go to their personal locker, gym locker, and sports locker to retrieve their items.Students will also be permitted to go to other classrooms where they may have left materials/projects.
  6. High School staff will be located throughout the building to ensure social distancing is being followed and to help students retrieve items from classrooms if necessary.
  7. Bathrooms will NOT be available.
  8. Only a certain number of students will be allowed in the building at one time.This will be monitored by staff.Please be prepared to have to wait outside the building (social distancing) until you are allowed to enter.
  9. Students should bring their own bags to carry items from their lockers.
  10. Students will not be returning textbooks/laptops.They should not bring anything into school with them other than a bag to empty their lockers.If students have textbooks/library books, etc. in their lockers there will be tables for them to leave these on in each hallway.

 

As always a sincere thank you to all of our parents and guardians for your support and continued understanding, patience, and flexibility as we navigate this situation together.  Again, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns regarding this process.

Yearbook Update

We have been in contact with our representative from our yearbook company on the delivery of yearbooks.  He has shared that there has been a delay nationwide as their factory for printing yearbooks is experiencing reduced output related to the coronavirus.  He has assured us these will be delivered….the only question is when.  He has shared he will let us know immediately when our books are shipped and headed towards Spencerport.  When we do receive them we will communicate a process for the distribution of yearbooks.  I apologize for the delay and appreciate everyone’s patience.

Academic Awards Ceremony

As I had previously communicated the ceremony for this year has been cancelled.  We have however created a PowerPoint for the ceremony and our Academic Bars and Letters (thank you to Maria Bash and Jocelyn Paolozzi for their efforts on this).  This will be posted on the high school web site on Thursday 5/28 (original night of the ceremony) in the evening.  I will also send out an email with a link to the presentation.  Our underclassmen will receive their certificates and awards when we are back in session next year.  For our seniors we will be working on a process to get these to you when we stop by to visit your houses via school bus….see below J.  Scholarship award winners will be contacted directly next week via phone.

Senior Events/Updates

In my last update was an overview of our two options for graduation (and if you scroll down the page on the Principals Message of the HS web site you will find each and every update for your reference)….  In tonight’s update I wanted to provide information on another event that will take taking place for seniors prior to graduation as well as one possible event still in the works.

Thursday June 18th 1-3: Our wonderful bus drivers and Transportation Department will be teaming up with the high school to have a final special bus run for each senior.  Every senior will be visited at home by a Spencerport bus and staff members.  During this visit students will receive cards from staff members, a special “treat” from Student Government, yearbooks (if you ordered one and if they have been delivered at this point…..fingers crossed), caps and gowns if not picked up, and academic award certificates.   There might be one or two other things thrown in as well….we are still working out those details.  Regardless it will be a very special event and the bus drivers are looking forward to seeing their seniors before they graduate!!  We will be following social distancing guidelines, mask wearing etc.  I will continue to provide updates on this event in future communication….just wanted everyone to be able to mark their calendars.

Finally….we are working on possibly being able to do a Class of 2020 car parade through the Village/Town.  This is in the very early stages of planning and we are still working on acquiring the appropriate permits from the Village and Town, working with OPD, etc.  But we are hopeful we will be able to do this on June 26th from 6:30-8:30 PM.  This was the original date of graduation.  The idea is the car parade would drive through various parts of the district and end up in the High School front loop where each senior would receive their senior gift (again all social distancing guidelines would be followed).  I really want to emphasize that this is TENTATIVE and not confirmed yet but I wanted people to at least have the date for planning purposes.  I will provide weekly updates on how this effort is progressing.

Workers Permits

 

I am currently in charge of the workers permits (a scary thing lol J).  If your son or daughter needs a permit just reach out to me and I can guide you through the process.  I am happy to help with this.  Once you complete the paperwork that I will forward to you the turnaround is very quick.  Again happy to help with this….just email me J.

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for all of your support during this time. And not only your support but your flexibility and understanding as we navigate through this new reality together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. 

 

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J.)

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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



5/15/2020

Update

 

Greetings Once Again High School Friends J,

 

One of my goals continues to be providing a weekly update for our learning community as we navigate through these unprecedented times. As I have noted before the administration, counselors, and secretaries can accept phone calls through our computers (Skype) so do not hesitate to reach out to us (all contact information is below) if you would like to talk “live” as opposed to using email. 

 

Instruction:

 

AP Exams:

 

AP exams started this week.  Overall they have appeared to have gone very well so far.  Any questions at all please reach out to your child’s teacher first.  If you have any follow up questions or difficulty getting in touch with a teacher please reach out to Jessica Silsby who is our wonderful Assistant Principal in charge of AP exams (jsilsby@spencerportschools.org).  Please remember that we have great resources for questions related to AP Exams on the high school web site under “Parent/Student Information.”

 

5 week reports:

5 week reports are available today (Friday 5/15) for students in Infinite Campus.  These have only been completed if there are concerns about participation in on-line learning and/or the student is in danger of not passing the course.  If your child did receive a report please view this as an opportunity for you, the school, and your child to work together to make sure the end of the year goes as well as possible.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, or Assistant Principal for questions or support.  We are here to help!!!

 

 

Breakfast, Lunch and #Spencerport Together (Dinners): Please note that information concerning these programs can be found on the main page of the district web site.  These programs have gone incredibly well and we greatly appreciate all of the community support to make these happen!

 

Locker Clean Out/Picking Up Student Items: Mr. Milgate will be sending out an overview of the process and timeline we will follow K-12 for student locker cleanout tonight.  Next week I will provide specific information for the high school.  So more on this to come next week.  Today (Friday) and next week staff will be in the building to clean up their areas.  We then want to be able to disinfect the building and give it a few days before students come into the building.  But….if you really need to retrieve something I am happy to help.  If there is something that needs to be retrieved to support your child’s learning please just reach out to me directly via email.  I will set up a time to meet with you to retrieve the item(s).  While doing so I will be following all of the guidelines established for safer interactions (gloves, face mask, and social distancing).  Again please reach out to me directly via email with any requests.  

 

Textbook/laptop return: The current plan will be for students’ grades 9-11 to keep their textbooks, library books, laptops, etc until we return to school.  The only collection of materials will take place with our 12th grade students.  We will communicate this plan in a few weeks but it will take place towards the end of the school year as we want our students to have the materials necessary to keep progressing in their learning.

 

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are being delivered next week to the high school (5/18-5/22).   When students return to school to clean out their lockers we will have a process in place for students to pick up their yearbooks.  Of course we will also be flexible and make individual times for pick up if necessary.  So more info on this next week but they are on the way!!! J

 

Senior Class Update: A huge thankyou to everyone who participated in the Cap and Gown pick up on Saturday.  It was simply wonderful….special thanks to Chelsea Antosh, Liz Wade, Katie Wyant, Nancy Mancuso, Mike Calzi, and Steve Lysenko for all of the hard work.  Another shout out to Christina Bowerman and our facilities department for their efforts as well.  It was awesome to see so many of our seniors.  Very special and moving J.  And of course thank you to all of our parents, relatives, and friends of seniors who participated to make it a special event.  Below is how we have decided to move forward with our commencement ceremony for students and other events:

 

Click on the link below for a wonderful video of me explaining graduation J

 

Watch video

 

Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey.  All of your valuable feedback regarding the Commencement Ceremony and senior end of year events for the Class of 2020 was considered.  This was invaluable in helping us decide upon the options below.  Please know we have tried to honor the wishes of our students and community in presenting these two options. 

Below are the two options which will be used for our Commencement Ceremony:

Option 1: A More "Traditional-Looking" Commencement Ceremony     

            Date: Saturday 8/1/2020

            Location: Spencerport High School Football Stadium

            Time: 10 AM-2 PM

Format:  Students would be assigned to seats in the football stadium bleachers such that the spacing requirements for social distancing is maintained.  Guests will be seated in the designated "audience area" located inside the track in a manner which meets social distancing guidelines.  Students will be allowed a limited number of guests; the precise number of guests is yet to be decided.  As we get closer to this date, we will make a decision regarding the format of the ceremony which will take into account the most current social distancing requirements as set forth by New York State.  Specifically, we will decide as to whether the guidelines allow us to have one ceremony which includes the entire class and their families, or if we'll be required to have multiple, smaller ceremonies.

 

Option 2: Smaller in person ceremony in the Performing Arts Center       

                        Date: Monday 7/27/2020-Friday 7/31

                        Location: Spencerport High School Performing Arts Center

                        Time: 8 AM-3 PM (Individual times will be given to each student/family)

Format: A limited number of students and their families would meet in the PAC to take part in a smaller ceremony (crossing the stage, receiving their diplomas, etc.).  This would be recorded.  After one group of students and families had finished the next group would take part in the ceremony.  Each student and their family would be assigned a specific time to attend.  The entire ceremony would then be created by “piecing” the various parts of the ceremony together to create one video of the entire ceremony.

Notes:

  1. A final decision on which option to follow will be made on Friday June 26, 2020 in order to provide our community the necessary time to plan accordingly.  Again, the final decision will be based on guidelines from the CDC, Governor Cuomo, the Monroe County Department of Health and any other appropriate agencies.
  2. Regardless of which option is adopted, all social distancing and masking guidelines will be strictly enforced as the safety of our students and attendees remains paramount.

 

Senior Ball

Option 1:         Date: Thursday 7/30/2020

Location: Spencerport High School East Gym

Time: 7 PM- 11PM

Format: This would be a scaled down version of the ball.  There would be                 a DJ and light refreshments in the East Café and East Gym.  Based on                 current projections regarding the progression of the COVID-19 Pandemic in our area, this option appears highly unlikely.  We have, however, reserved the space and a DJ in the event that this becomes possible.

 

Option 2:        Date: Thursday 7/30/2020

Location: Spencerport High School Football Stadium

Time: 7 PM-9 PM

Format: Students would be able to dress in their Senior Ball attire for a photo opportunity on school grounds.  Students may also be able to parade around the track while following social distancing guidelines, thus having an opportunity to "strut their stuff" and display their fashion stylings which they had planned to wear for the Senior Ball.

 

Notes: A final decision on which option to offer will be made on Friday June 26 based on the same criteria used to determine the final format for graduation.

 

Other Senior Events

We are planning a few more special events for our seniors that would involve providing students some mementoes of Spencerport etc.  More information will follow on this next week when we lock down the dates and the process we are going to follow J.  Please continue to check the Class of 2020 Schoology page and Twitter accounts for updates on various fun competitions that will be taking place the rest of the yea!!!

 

Caps and Gowns

If there were issues with your order or it was not present at the cap and gown pick up, please contact our Jostens’ representative, Scott Fitch directly at scott.fitch@jostens.com. He is more than happy work through any issues with families. Please do not hesitate to also contact Mike Calzi at the high school with any questions or concerns at 349-5211.

 

If you have yet to order your cap and gown, there is still time! Please visit Jostens.com order. Directions can be found on your Class of 2020 schoology page. Again any questions feel free to reach out directly to Mike Calzi.

 

 

Workers Permits:

 

I am currently in charge of the workers permits (a scary thing lol J).  If your son or daughter needs a permit just reach out to me and I can guide you through the process.  I am happy to help with this.  Once you complete the paperwork that I will forward to you the turnaround is very quick.  Again happy to help with this….just email me J.

 

Conclusion:

 

Thank you for all of your support during this time. And not only your support but your flexibility and understanding as we navigate through this new reality together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. 

 

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J.)

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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

 


5-8-2020 Update

Greetings High School Friends J,

One of my goals continues to be providing a weekly update for our learning community as we navigate through these unprecedented times. As I have noted before the administration, counselors, and secretaries can accept phone calls through our computers (Skype) so do not hesitate to reach out to us (all contact information is below) if you would like to talk “live” as opposed to using email. 

Instruction:

AP Exams:

AP exams start next week.  Just a reminder that all of the information regarding AP exams can be found on the HS web site by clicking on Parent/Student Information and then clicking on AP Exams.  Any questions can be directed to your child’s AP teacher or Jessica Silsby who is our wonderful Assistant Principal in charge of AP exams (jsilsby@spencerportschools.org). 

Grading for 3rd/4th quarter and final averages/credit:

Our policy was shared last week in my update and can also be found on the main HS web page under “Principal’s Message.”  I have kept all of my updates there so you can simply scroll down to find any information that I have already shared.  If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers first and then if needed feel free to contact your child’s administrator and/or counselor. 

5 week reports:

Just a reminder that 5 week progress reports are going to be available in Infinite Campus on Friday 5/15.  The only students who will receive progress reports are those that there are concerns about in terms of work completion.  Our counselors and Assistant Principals continue to work with our teachers to make sure there is effective communication with home about any concerns there might be in terms of student engagement.  But, with that being said, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselor, or administrator with any concerns (all contact information is below).

Update on Regents exams:  

An overview of regent’s exams can also be found in the last update.  Any questions at all please contact your child’s teacher, counselor, or administrator….we would be happy to answer them for you J.

Breakfast, Lunch and #Spencerport Together (Dinners): Please note that information concerning these programs can be found on the main page of the district web site.  These programs have gone incredibly well and we greatly appreciate all of the community support to make these happen!

Yearbooks: If you ordered a yearbook they are on the way!  Our yearbook club did an incredible job of completing the yearbook and submitting it prior to school being closed (we are one of the few schools in Monroe County that were able to submit a completed yearbook for printing….so kudos again to our students and advisors).  The process we will follow to distribute yearbooks has not been decided yet but whatever it is we will ensure it follows the various health and safety regulations of the county and state.  Yearbooks typically arrive towards the end of May.

Senior Class Update (this is the message that was sent home tonight via School Messenger)

Good Evening, this Mr. McCabe from Spencerport High School.  This message is for seniors and their parents and guardians.  This message will also be emailed home and posted on the high school website….so if you want to hang up right now I will not be offended….this message is a little long.  We are very excited to celebrate our seniors during a special Cap and Gown pick up tomorrow on Saturday May 9th.  Seniors can arrive anytime from 11-1 on Saturday to pick up their cap and gown. We are asking that all cars enter on Trowbridge road near district office. When arriving to District Office/Trowbridge Rd. staff will direct you for line up if you arrive before 11. If you arrive before 11 or right at 11 please anticipate the pick up taking sometime as there will most likely be quite a few cars.  I just wanted to also provide a few tips and guidelines to make sure everyone stays safe:

-Please follow social distancing guidelines.

-Please do not get out of your cars at any time.

-Please do not break the pickup line with your car to go around people or leave.

-Please be mindful during the lineup of other cars, staying behind one another and avoid creating large gaps. Keep your car moving safely. 

-It is recommended that you wear a mask.

Cap and Gowns will be mailed home if you cannot pick up or other arrangements can be made as well. Students can still order a cap and gown at Jostens.com.  You can only pick up orders for yourself or child.  We will not be allowing pick up for friends, relatives ,neighbors, etc.

Once you arrive at the Ranger Entrance, please remain in your car and roll your passenger window down.  Give the first and last name of your student to the staff member to receive your cap and gown and a small gift.  And please remember even if you have not ordered a cap and gown yet please stop by to participate and to pick up your small gift from the Class of 2020!

And finally…we are anticipating being able to share with everyone our plans for graduation at some point next week.  We greatly appreciate the feedback from everyone as well as everyone’s patience.  Again more on that next week.  

Access to the High School:

Please note, at this time the high school (along with all other buildings and fields) is closed. If there is something that needs to be retrieved to support your child’s learning please reach out to me directly via email.  I will set up a time to meet with you to retrieve the item(s).  While doing so I will be following all of the guidelines established for safer interactions (gloves, face mask, and social distancing).  Again please reach out to me directly via email with any requests.  

We are currently working on a plan for students to come into school to clean out their lockers.  We should be able to share this plan at some point next week.  We will make sure this plan follows all of the guidelines established by the health department.  I am hopeful that locker clean out should take place in the next three weeks or so.  Again if there is something a student really needs just contact me and I am happy to help

Workers Permits:

I am currently in charge of workers permits.  If your son or daughter needs a permit just reach out to me and I can guide you through the process.  I am happy to help with this J

Thank you for all of your support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. 

 

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J.)

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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 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



5-4-2020 Update for Seniors and AP students:

Good Evening.  This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  This message is for any of our students in AP classes AND our senior students, the Class of 2020. 

First for our seniors….cap and gown pick up will be this Saturday at the Ranger Entrance from 11-1.  We will be following social distancing rules, and students will be asked to remain in their cars…. However with that being said we are still going to try and make it a special event for you.  Parents are certainly invited to attend with their children.  More info on the Class of 2020 Schoology, Twitter, Instagram pages….if you cannot attend we will certainly drop off the cap and gown and come up with other arrangements.  I hope to see everyone on Saturday…..

 

Second….for all of our AP students and parents…..I am sending home an email tonight with an update on AP exams….this email can also be found on the High School web site under the principals message as well as under the AP page on our Website as well.  There really is to much information for me to provide it all in this message so again just wanted everyone aware to check their email of the school web site for AP information….Students should be receiving all of this information from the College Board via e-mail but I just wanted to make sure this was occurring and parents had access to it.  So please make sure to check your email.  Any questions can be directed to your child’s AP teacher or to Mrs. Silsby.

 

I wanted to take a few moments to highlight some key information for the upcoming AP Exams.  Since I can not provide every detail in this message, please access the High School website, or reach out to the teacher directly with questions.  Students should be receiving emails directly from College Board with all of the information regarding this year’s exam administration.

  • A demo is now available to students, which we encourage them to take advantage of.  They should do this on the same device they plan to use to take the exam to ensure that everything is working properly.  This can be accessed via our website.
  • Students will be able to access their AP Exams either through the email that is sent to them from College Board, or through their MYAP account. An e-ticket will be sent to students 2 days prior to their exam.  This ticket can not be shared between students.
  • Students are able to log into their exam 30 minutes prior to the start time to complete the security checks.  We recommend doing so to avoid any technological issues.
  • If students don’t finish answering the question in the allotted time, it’s important they don’t panic.  Students can still earn a “5” on the exam if they don’t finish their response, but they MUST submit their response in the allotted time.
  • It is important that students don’t refresh or hit the back button at any point during the exam.  Chrome is the preferred browser, although all browsers except for Internet Explorer should work.
  • If students have technology, or other issues during exam, they can submit an incident report and request to be permitted access to the makeup exam.  Students must submit the request electronically, and College Board will grant permission on individual basis.
  • AP Spanish Language and AP Music Theory have additional technology requirements.  Please reach out to the teacher directly if you have any questions.


5-1-2020 Update

One of my goals continues to be to provide a weekly update for our learning community as we navigate through these unprecedented times. This week I am sharing with each of you the grading process we will follow for the rest of the school year.  If you have any questions about specific classes please reach out first to your child’s teachers.  If there are still questions or there are overall concerns feel free to contact me as well.  We have done our best to create a policy that does “no harm” to students while still encouraging student learning and academic growth.  Again, any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach out to us.  As I have noted before the administration, counselors, and secretaries can accept phone calls through our computers (Skype) so do not hesitate to reach out to us.  

Instruction:

Grading for 3rd/4th quarter and final averages/credit:

 

The grading policy described below has been created by Spencerport High School to address the unfolding reality of an unanticipated, unprecedented global health crisis. Its purpose is to support student learning while also being responsive to what's happening in our community. Our students learning is being impacted by circumstances that are beyond their control and our goal is to support our students as much as possible both academically and socially/emotionally. It is our sincere hope that this policy achieves that goal.

For all 9-12 courses*

For All Full Year Courses:

Quarter 3: Students receive a minimum Quarter 3 average of 65% at the discretion of teacher/administrator**.

Quarter 4: Students will receive either a ‘P’ (Pass) or ‘I’ (Incomplete)***. Students WILL NOT receive a numerical average for 4th quarter.

If student receives Quarter 4 ‘P’, final average is calculated based on Quarters 1-3 average.

If a student receives a Quarter 4 ‘I’:

If student has a passing average after Quarters 1-3, student earns course credit.

If a student has a failing average after Quarters 1-3, the student may enter into an individualized Learning Contract with the teacher and grade level administrator. Students will have the opportunity to provide evidence of their understanding of the essential learning outcomes as deemed appropriate by the teacher by June 22nd. If this is successfully completed student will earn course credit.

If the student has a passing average after Quarters 1-3, the Incomplete will not impact the students’ ability to earn course credit as they’ve demonstrated proficiency in the prior quarters. They will receive an ‘I’ on their 4th quarter report card.

If the student has a failing average after Quarters 1-3, the student will have the option to complete one of the following to obtain credit:

  1. Enter into an individualized Learning Contract with the teacher and grade level administrator. Student will submit evidence of their understanding of the essential learning outcomes as deemed appropriate by the teacher by June 22nd.
  2. Attend summer school for course remediation (if available).
  3. Repeat the course in the subsequent school year.

 

 

For all 2nd Semester Courses (half year classes):

Quarter 3: Students receive a minimum Q3 average of 65% at the discretion of teacher/administrator**.

If student receives Quarter 4 ‘P', final average for the course is the Quarter 3 Average

 

If a student receives a Quarter 4 ‘I’:

 

 

 

If the student has a passing average after Quarter 3, the Incomplete will not impact the students’ ability to earn course credit as they’ve demonstrated proficiency in the prior quarters. They will receive an ‘I’ on their 4th quarter report card.

If the student receives an Incomplete, student will have the option to complete one of the following to obtain credit:

  1. Enter into an individualized Learning Contract with the teacher and grade level administrator. Student will submit evidence of their understanding of the essential learning outcomes as deemed appropriate by the teacher by June 22nd.
  2. Attend summer school for course remediation (if available).
  3. Repeat the course in the subsequent school year.

Calculating Final Averages and Course Credit

  • Full year courses: final average will be determined by Quarters 1-3 average
  • Half year courses: final grade will be Q3 average
  • Students entered into an individualized Learning Contract, with successful completion, will receive a 65% final average for the course and receive course credit

* SUPA and MCC DUAL Credit classes will retain numerical averages for 4th quarter based on the requirements of both programs

** Based upon students attendance/participation/performance in class prior to March 16, 2020 (first day of distance learning)

***Teachers will communicate with students what constitutes a Pass or Incomplete for each of the their respective classes

 

Update on Regents exams:

We created the following overview to hopefully answer some of the questions that students and parents/guardians might have concerning regents exams.  Please note that State Ed has now also CANCELLED the August Regents exam period.  Currently there will be no administration of Regents exams until January 2021.

Students scheduled to take a Regents exam are exempt from this diploma requirement provided they meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in course culminating in a Regents Exam and earns credit by June 2020; OR
  • Currently enrolled in course culminating in a Regents exam, fails to earn credit by June 2020, passes during summer instruction (TBD), is granted credit in August 2020; OR
  • Previously earned credit in a course culminating in a Regents exam, did not yet pass the associated Regents Exam, but was intending to take the Regents exam in June 2020.

Students will NOT be required to take the exams at a later date.  They can however choose to take an exam at a later date if they so wish.  Not taking an exam will NOT preclude a student from attaining a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation or other such recognition.

For example:

Student A –

Enrolled in US History and passed the class with an 76%.

Credit awarded for US History course and Regents exam.

 

Student B –

Previously passed English class, but failed the English Regents exam and intended to retake the exam this summer.

The student will receive Regents credit for the exam.

 

Student C –

 

Took the Algebra exam in 9th grade and received local credit for the exam, using the Safety Net options as a student with a disability. The student intended to retake the exam this summer.

The student will receive Regents credit for the exam.

 

5 week reports: 5 week progress reports are going to be available in Infinite Campus on Friday 5/15.  The only students who will receive progress reports are those that there are concerns about in terms of work completion.  Our counselors and Assistant Principals continue to work with our teachers to make sure there is effective communication with home about any concerns there might be in terms of student engagement.  But, with that being said, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselor, or administrator with any concerns (all contact information is below).

 

 

Breakfast, Lunch and #Spencerport Together (Dinners): Please note that information concerning these programs can be found on the main page of the district web site.  These programs have gone incredibly well and we greatly appreciate all of the community support to make these happen!

Student Events: Today, as many of you know, Governor Cuomo made the announcement that schools would remained closed through June.   Obviously this is disappointing for all of us.  At this point all of our dances are cancelled.  Our Academic Awards Ceremony and Scholarships…as I mentioned last week students will still be recognized and receive these.  We are creating a souvenir booklet with every students name and their various awards or scholarships.  We will be working on a process to give these awards to students/parents.  More information to follow on this.  

Yearbooks: If you ordered a yearbook they are on the way!  Our yearbook club did an incredible job of completing the yearbook and submitting it prior to school being closed (we are one of the few schools in Monroe County that were able to submit a completed yearbook for printing….so kudos again to our students and advisors).  The process we will follow to distribute yearbooks has not been decided yet but whatever it is we will ensure it follows the various health and safety regulations of the county and state.  Yearbooks typically arrive towards the end of May. 

Senior Class UpdateEarly next week we will be providing an update on cap and gown pick up.  This will take place at the high school at the end of next week and we will be following all social distancing rules to make this a very safe event.  The focus of this will be a mini-celebration for our seniors.  We will have some music playing, a fire truck with lights and sirens J, balloons, and staff to welcome senior students back onto campus.  We will also have a special sweet treat for our seniors as well….so even if a senior didn’t order a cap and gown they can still stop by to pick up their treat (and students can still order a cap and gown).   Of course there will also be the option to have the cap and gown dropped of directly to your house.  So again, once we finalize the day and time we will be reaching out to seniors and their parents early next week with more info J

 

Please know that the committee of students and teachers that we have formed is continuing to work on ideas for senior recognition and graduation during this time.  All information will be posted on the Class of 2020’s Schoology page, Twitter, and Instagram pages.  We are focused on doing a special event that all seniors can participate in starting next week thru the end of the school year.  We are going to do our very best to make these events as special as possible!!!

 

Access to the High School:

Please note, at this time the high school (along with all other buildings and fields) is closed. If there is something that needs to be retrieved to support your child’s learning please reach out to me directly via email.  I will set up a time to meet with you to retrieve the item(s).  While doing so I will be following all of the guidelines established for safer interactions (gloves, face mask, and social distancing).  Again please reach out to me directly via email with any requests.  

 

Thank you for all of your support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. 

 

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J.)

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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 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





4-24-2020 Update

Greetings High School Friends!,

 

One of my goals continues to be to provide a weekly update for our learning community as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Like last week there is not a lot of new information to share, however I want to continue emphasize the importance of reaching out to me, our Assistant Principals, teachers and counselors with any questions or concerns that you might have.  As I have noted before the administration, counselors, and secretaries can accept phone calls through our computers (Skype) so do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Instruction:

Next week I will be sharing with students and parents the policy we will be following for grading 4th quarter and final grades/awarding credit.  I am currently working with each academic department to review this policy so that we are all on the same page as we are working with students and parents.  I believe we have created a very fair policy that balances academic needs with the incredibly stressful environment that our students and families are experiencing.  Again more on that next week in a separate communication. 

 

5 week reports: 5 week progress reports are going to be available in Infinite Campus on Friday 5/15.  The only students who will receive progress reports are those that there are concerns about in terms of work completion.  Our counselors and Assistant Principals continue to work with our teachers to make sure there is effective communication with home about any concerns there might be.  But, with that being said, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselor, or administrator with any concerns (all contact information is below).

 

 

Breakfast, Lunch and #Spencerport Together (Dinners): Please note that information concerning these programs can be found on the main page of the district web site.  These programs have gone incredibly well and we greatly appreciate all of the community support to make these happen!

 

 

Student Events: As our absence from school continues we are unfortunately coming to the realization that various events are going to have to be cancelled.  As of now the Sophomore Dinner Dance, Junior Prom, and Academic Awards Night are cancelled.  We will still be providing academic awards to students (including scholarships) but just not in a ceremony in the PAC.  Scholarship awards winners will be notified at the end of May.  When we return to school students who received academic awards will receive those as well as a program that lists all of our award winners.  As it stands right now our events in June are not officially cancelled…we need to wait until more information is provided by the state in terms of what is going to be allowed with events/social distancing before making final decisions.  As senior parents are aware we are collecting ideas/feedback on what graduation could look like for our seniors based on three different scenarios.  We will provide updates as soon as they are available.  No one likes to plan an event more than I…I love having every “i” dotted and “t” crossed.  Unfortunately that is hard to do right now because of the every changing situation.  Please know we are going to do our very best to make any event we are able to have as meaningful as possible for students and parents. 

 

 

Yearbooks: If you ordered a yearbook they are on the way!  Our yearbook club did an incredible job of completing the yearbook and submitting it prior to school being closed (we are one of the few schools in Monroe County that were able to submit a completed yearbook for printing….so kudos again to our students and advisors).  The process we will follow to distribute yearbooks has not been decided yet but whatever it is we will ensure it follows the various health and safety regulations of the county and state. 

 

 

Senior Class Update:  Please know that we have formed a committee of students and teachers that is working on ideas for senior recognition during this time.  We will be sharing some of the first events that are going to be taking place early next week.  All information with be posted on the Class of 2020’s Schoology page.  We are focused on doing a special event that all seniors can participate in starting next week thru the end of the school year.  We are going to do our very best to make these events as special as possible!!!

 

Please note: If you ordered a senior lawn sign from Mrs. Russo please note that the pickup for these will take place this Sunday and Monday from 5-7 pm at Pineway Ponds Park main parking lot. 

 

Mr. Lysenko, the 12th grade principal, has also been working on a tribute for our senior students he is calling “The Class of 2020-Through the Years”.  If you have any pictures that you would like to include of your son or daughter please send them directly to Mr. Lysenko ( slysenko@spencerportschools.org )  To quote Mr. Lysenko, “It will be great to have a mix of solo photos and group pics, some candids, some posed, etc. to try to capture the spirit and energy of this class.   Here’s a copy of the original email that went out to the District faculty and staff earlier this month; thanks in advance for your assistance:

 

As the Assistant Principal for the Class of 2020, I am proud of the great resilience all of our students have shown despite the adversity of having an “interrupted” and “unprecedented” Senior year.  We are working on “virtual celebrations” for our Seniors, and one of the ideas that came up was gathering pictures of members of the Class of 2020 from their previous 12 years.  If you have any pictures you’d like to share, i.e. elementary class composites, “candid” or “action” shots, community events, etc., please send them to me.  Give as much info as possible-as best you can identify the students depicted in each image, what was going on, the date and setting, etc.  Thanks in advance for your submissions!

 

 

Access to the High School:

Please note, at this time the high school (along with all other buildings and fields) is closed. If there is something that needs to be retrieved to support your child’s learning please reach out to me directly via email.  I will set up a time to meet with you to retrieve the item(s).  While doing so I will be following all of the guidelines established for safer interactions (gloves, face mask, and social distancing).  Again please reach out to me directly via email with any requests.  

 

Thank you for all of your support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. 

 

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J.)

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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 10 & 12) Mrs. Paolozzi (585) 349-5246  jpaolozzi@spencerportschools.org






4/17/2020

Update

Greetings High School Friends J,

One of my goals continues to be to provide a weekly update for our learning community as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Like last week there is not a lot of new information to share, however I want to continue emphasize the importance of reaching out to me, our Assistant Principals, teachers and counselors with any questions or concerns that you might have.  As I have noted before the administration, counselors, and secretaries can accept phone calls through our computers (Skype) so do not hesitate to reach out to us.  

Acknowledging report cards and course requests: Many of you received an automated phone call earlier this week reminding you to acknowledge your child’s report card and course requests for next year.  I also received one of these calls.  As some of you know my daughter is a 10th grader at the high school….and I forgot to do this as well.   The high school principal J.  So please don’t feel bad if you forgot to take a look at these and acknowledge them.  It happens to the best of us ;-).  Directions on how to do this are below.  Please note that if you have ANY questions at all about your child’s course requests simply reach out to your child’s counselor….they will be happy to talk to you (and your child) and make adjustments.  In a few weeks we will have all of the updated courses requests available for parents and students to review in Infinite Campus as well (after any changes have been made based on parent/student feedback).

Please refer to the Infinite Campus Portal link on the district website if you need assistance in accessing the course request form and please contact your child’s school counselor if you have questions about the courses.  Thank you.

Instruction:

Not a lot of updates for instruction.  As you know we have continued with new instruction this week. Our goal continues to be to provide new, meaningful instruction to our students, while not overloading students with work. Each teacher has created office hours during which they are available to work with their students.  Office hours may include Zoom sessions, Schoology discussion groups, availability via email, etc. Please reach out to your child’s teacher directly if you have any question about office hours.  THIS NEXT PART IS NEW J: Please understand that our teachers are doing  their best to provide work that is appropriately challenging for students while not causing extra stress on top of what students are already experiencing because of this situation.  It is not a perfect system…so please do not hesitate to let a child’s teacher, counselor, or assistant principal know if your child is feeling overwhelmed (or underwhelmed for that matter).  We will make individual adjustments for students (differentiation) to meet whatever their needs are.  This is my expectation as the building principal and I know teachers are eager to do this.  So again please let us know. 

 

We have created a video as a reference for parents/guardians if you are having any trouble navigating Schoology to find the assignments that are due for your child.  It is only about 4 minutes long but gives a great overview on how to use Schoology to support your child.  Please check it out!

https://youtu.be/K6xkKojWITE

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

As a district, we are currently in discussions regarding final grades for fourth quarter and end of the year grades. I will provide you with an update as soon as decisions have been made regarding this. As you can imagine, there is a lot to take into account regarding grades, summer school, credit recovery, etc. Our goal is to get it right the first time, as opposed to having to make changes once we roll something out.

 

Regents Exams:

 

NYSED has cancelled the June 2020 administration of the NYS High School Regents Examination Program in response to the statewide closures of schools and districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below is who the exemption applies to:

 

• Grades 9-12 students currently enrolled in a course that will culminate in a Regents who will earn course credit by the end of 2019-20 school year.

 

• Grades 9-12 students currently enrolled in a course that will culminate in a Regents who will not earn course credit by the end of 2019-20 school year – will need to attend summer school in 2020 to earn course credit, they will then be exempt from the culminating Regents exam it is administered in August 2020.

Breakfast, Lunch and #Spencerport Together (Dinners): Please note that information concerning these programs can be found on the main page of the district web site.  These programs have gone incredibly well and we greatly appreciate all of the community support to make these happen!

Access to the High School:

Please note, at this time the high school (along with all other buildings and fields) is closed. If there is something that needs to be retrieved to support your child’s learning please reach out to me directly via email.  I will set up a time to meet with you to retrieve the item(s).  While doing so I will be following all of the guidelines established for safer interactions (gloves, face mask, and social distancing).  Again please reach out to me directly via email with any requests.   

Thank you for all of your support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.  

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J.)

 

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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 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




AP parent message 4/15/2020

Good Evening.  This is Sean McCabe, the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you is well.  Over the past few weeks, we have been working closely with our Advanced Placement teachers to prepare for the changes to the AP Exam administration that the College Board has implemented due to the coronavirus.  Your student should be receiving emails directly from College Board with key information, and their AP teachers have been sending frequent Schoology messages as more information becomes available (so please ask your student about this if they have not shared voluntarily with you J).  We will be updating our website with more information as it becomes available as well.  To access this information simply visit the high school web page, click on Parent/Student Information and then click on AP exams.  The College Board will be holding a webinar geared directly for parents tomorrow Thursday, April 16th, at 7:00 pm.  You must pre-register for this webinar by using the link available on our AP exam page. You certainly do not have to take part in this webinar but we just wanted to make sure you were aware of it and that it might be able to answer some questions that you might have.  Again we will be providing further updates ourselves but just wanted to make you aware of this opportunity.  We will continue to reach out as more information becomes available.  This message in its entirety will also be posted on the high school web site under the principal’s message and is being sent home as a separate email.  Thank you.  



NYSED cancelled June Regents



April 14 message: Course Selection Acknowledgement:

As you know, your child has completed the course request process with their counselor for the 2020-2021 school year.  The courses that your child has requested for the following school year are located in the Infinite Campus Backpack.  Please take a moment to sign in to Infinite Campus, access the Backpack, and check the “acknowledgment box” at the top of the screen after viewing the course request form. 

This acknowledgement feature serves as your digital signature approving these courses.  Please refer to the Infinite Campus link on the district website if you need assistance in accessing the course request form and please contact your child’s school counselor if you have questions about the courses.  Thank you.



Parents, Guardians, and Friends of Spencerport High School,


Below is the message that was sent home tonight via email (4/10/2020)

My goal is to continue to provide a weekly update for our learning community as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times. Like last week there is not a lot of new information to share, however I want to emphasize the importance of reaching out to me, our Assistant Principals, teachers and counselors with any questions or concerns that you might have.  As I have noted before the administration, counselors, and secretaries can accept phone calls through our computers (Skype) so do not hesitate to reach out to us.  

Instruction:

As you are aware we have begun the process of new instruction with our students.  I am hopeful this has gone well for both your child AND you J.    Each teacher has created office hours during which they are available to work with their students.  Office hours may include Zoom sessions, Schoology discussion groups, availability via email, etc. Please reach out to your child’s teacher directly if you have any question about office hours.

 

We have created a video as a reference for parents/guardians if you are having any trouble navigating Schoology to find the assignments that are due for your child.  It is only about 4 minutes long but gives a great overview on how to use Schoology to support your child.  Please check it out!

https://youtu.be/K6xkKojWITE

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

 

PLEASE NOTE: The administrative team has worked with our teachers to create a process for teachers to submit student names by grade level that there are concerns about in terms of the amount of work they are completing and/or the amount of communication they are having with their teacher(s).  Last week we  sent out our first emails from administration to parents/guardians simply to let parents know that there is a concern and to ask them to speak to their child and their child’s teacher(s) to make sure that we are providing them the necessary support to be successful.  I would like to emphasize this is only being done to support and encourage students and to offer assistance with distance learning if needed.  This is just another tool to try and make sure we are communicating with parents (please, please, please don’t view these as a bad thing if you get a notification J).  Certainly feel free to reach out to your child’s administrator or counselor if further clarification is needed in terms of where the area of concern is.  

Breakfast, Lunch and #Spencerport Together (Dinners): Please note that information concerning these programs can be found on the main page of the district web site.  These programs have gone incredibly well and we greatly appreciate all of the community support to make these happen!

Graduation: We have been informed that SUNY Brockport’s campus will be closed through the end of July.  This obviously impacts graduation as this take place at the SERC at Brockport.  While this is obviously very disappointing we are beginning to work on developing other options to recognize our seniors for their accomplishment.  This might involve holding graduation over the summer (in July or August), holding the ceremony at school at the football stadium, a virtual graduation, etc.  We will be in contact with senior parents and students over the coming weeks to receive feedback and ideas.  Obviously whatever process we do decide to follow for graduation will be done in a manner that adheres to the guidelines established by our local, state and federal agencies to ensure the safety of all.  Again I know this is disappointing news but please know that again, we will be working to come up with alternatives to make this significant accomplishment as special as possible for our students, families, and friends. 

Access to the High School:

Please note, at this time the high school (along with all other buildings and fields) is closed. If there is something that needs to be retrieved to support your child’s learning please reach out to me directly via email.  I will set up a time to meet with you to retrieve the item(s).  While doing so I will be following all of the guidelines established for safer interactions (gloves, face mask, and social distancing).  Again please reach out to me directly via email with any requests.   

Thank you for all of your support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.  

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J.

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@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 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



4/3/2020

Update

 My goal is to continue to provide a weekly update for our learning community as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times. I do not have a ton of new information in this update but wanted to be sure to touch base. 

Spring Break: Please see the note below from the New York State Education Department regarding next week:

Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care for essential workers every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time. 

Teachers will post new work on Monday for students to complete by the end of the week. I have asked teachers to post a reduced amount of work next week in an effort to provide students (and parents/guardians) a bit of a break, while still adhering to the directive from NYSED.  Breakfast and lunch distribution will continue each day from 11-12:30 at Cosgrove, Taylor, and Munn.

 

3rd Quarter Grades:

Third quarter grades have been posted in the IC Backpack. As a reminder, we no longer mail report cards home. Please log in and view your child’s report card for the third quarter. Please be sure to also check the box that indicates you have viewed the report card. If you need any help or assistance with this process, please call Lori McSorley at 349-5247 or email her at lmcsorley@spencerportschools.org .  Currently, we are working on a formula to calculate year end grades and 4th quarter expectations. We will provide an update later this month that includes the process that we will adopt.  In addition course requests are also viewable for parents.  These are the requests your child has made for classes next year.  Please review these with your child.  If you have any questions at all please contact your child’s counselor and they will be happy to work with you J.

 

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


Instruction:

I hope that this first week of new instruction has gone smoothly for you and your child (children).  Each teacher has created office hours each week during which they are available to work with their students.  Office hours may include Zoom sessions, Schoology discussion groups, availability via email, etc. Please reach out to your child’s teacher directly if you have any question about office hours.

 

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. We will also follow a similar approach for our ELL population.

 

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

 

PLEASE NOTE: The administrative team is working with our teachers to create lists of students by grade level that there are concerns about in terms of the amount of work they are completing and/or the amount of communication they are having with their teacher(s).  We will be sending emails and automated phone calls to parents/guardians simply to let parents know that there is a concern and to ask them to speak to their child and their child’s teacher(s) to make sure that we are providing them the necessary support to be successful.  We are only doing this to support and encourage students and to offer assistance with distance learning if needed.  This is just another tool to try and make sure we are communicating with parents (please don’t view these as a bad thing if you get a notification J)

 

#Spencerport Together: Our Spencerport Education Foundation has partnered with local business to begin offering a dinner program as well. Dinner runs from 4:30-6pm each night, while supplies last. Here are the current menu offerings with our partners:

 

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

4/6 – Grandpa Sams – HS West Café

4/7 - Spencerport Hots – HS West Café

4/8 – Perri’s Pizza – HS West Café

4/9 – Texas BBQ Joint – HS West Café

4/10 – Chef’s Catering – HS West Cafe

Graduation:

Seniors and parents please know that we are still working on the planning necessary for our graduation ceremony.  We have just ordered diplomas and our wonderful secretaries will be checking each diploma for accuracy when they arrive.  I don’t have any updates besides that.  Obviously, there is the possibility that graduation could look very different this year but nothing has been decided as this time as this is such an evolving situation.  As we have updates we will provide them to you.

 

Senior Recognition:

One of our senior parents, Lisa Russo, is working with a local vendor that is willing to make lawn signs to purchase for all graduating seniors this year to show our support for them.  If you have any interest please reach out to Lisa via Facebook or at her e-mail:  Lrusso82@yahoo.com.  She will be taking orders until Wednesday April 8, 2020.  Below is a picture of what the sign would like minus the hardware.  This is a parent led initiative (which I think is awesome!!) and I just wanted to help publicize it J

 Senior Sign

Access to the High School:

Please note, at this time the high school (along with all other buildings and fields) 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. 

Thank you for all of your support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.  

Grade Level Administrators (please be aware that you can call these numbers and we will be able to answer from our home computers….pretty cool J:

Grade 9: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 10: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Steve Lysenko: 349-5229, slysenko@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@spencerportschools.org

 


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: slysenko@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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