Principal's Message

Parent/Guardian Update 4-16-21

 

Good Afternoon,

This is Sean McCabe the principal of Spencerport High School.  I hope each of you and your families are well.   As a parent and principal, I share the strong emotions in response to the allegations of abuse against a principal in a neighboring district.  Please know I take the well-being of every single one of our students to heart, and take very seriously the shared responsibility we have to ensure their health and safety in our schools.  I wanted to let each of you know that the SCSD has an active partnership with the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.  Through our partnership with Bivona, we are committed to supporting the needs of our students and equipping them with skills and strategies to self-advocate.  We encourage parents to engage in dialogue with their children and to monitor any sudden change in their behavior.  The partnership that families share with our district is critical as we rely on one another to support student learning and personal growth.  Please remember that any child can speak with their school counselor or any trusted adult whenever they want, and that Spencerport has a Family Support Center available free of charge to help students and parents navigate difficult situations including trauma, illness, and grief. The district did send out a communication to all of our families today about the recent news that also included supporting materials for parents/guardians.  If you have any questions or concerns at all related to this please feel free to contact me as always. 

 

Below are a few other updates for the week. 

 

Re-opening to 4 Days a Week: I know people are tired and frustrated with the back and forth in terms of being able to have students back 4 days a week.  I am sorry about this and I truly understand the frustration.   Believe me I want my daughter back in school 4 days as well and cannot wait until we are back 5 days (normal).  I have seen pictures of my daughter laying on the couch when she should be zooming (my wife takes pictures of her and sends them to me during the middle of the day…always makes me feel great J) and I have heard from Sophia how much she hates zooming and how hard it is to learn while being hybrid.  She just wants to be back in school….and I know the vast majority of our kids feel the same way.  If we get the green light to come back 4 days we are ready and we will act quickly to allow this to happen.  This is our goal and I still hold out hope we will be able to at some point before the end of the year. 

AP Exams 2021

AP Exams this year will be administered as a combination of both in-person and digital exams.  This decision was made based on the recommendations of the teacher, carefully weighing both the pros and cons of each testing style, as well as the very real and significant space constrictions we currently have in the building due to social distancing requirements.  More information is available on our website, shs.spencerportschools.org/APexams.  If your student needs to attend an in-person exam on a day that they are not regularly scheduled to be in school and they need transportation, please complete the survey available on our website to make that request by Friday, April 23rd at 3:00PM so we have time to make the necessary arrangements.  Please call Jess Silsby, our 12th grade Assistant Principal at 349-5220 (jsilsby@spencerportschools.org) if you have any questions at all.   

Survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Aka3kMpbA0ieBdNzLsZrTjYxvo13715HqwrHBWNHBiBUMUdIMTVDRUVWV0FYNjNPR0ZGTllYOUNIOC4u

 

End of the 3rd Quarter: Today marked the end of the 3rd quarter.  Next Friday (4/23) 3rd quarter grades will be available through Infinite Campus Backpack. 

 

Spring Athletes: JV and Varsity sports start on Monday.  On Monday athletes can leave their sports bags in the library when they arrive at school.  After Monday athletes will have access to locker rooms to store their gear (students will still need to change in Sports Study Hall).  Please remind students that on days they are in person they will report to Sports Study Hall after school until they are picked up by their coaches.

 

 

Class Events: Please continue to check each classes Schoology page for updates.  New guidance was released by the state on hosting events such as graduation and dances.  We are working to plan our events using this guidance and more details will be provided in upcoming weeks…this guidance was fairly restrictive….but we will make it work…please know that.  In terms of outside guests for dances…I have heard loud and clear from many that they would like us to allow outside guests.  If there is a way for us to do so while following all of the guidelines we will allow guests….but it is too early for me to commit to that….it just is.  I know this is frustrating for some people and I understand that but I would hate to say we can have outside guests and then have that change.  But again….if there is a way to allow it to happen we will and we will provide updates every week on this effort.  

 

That is it for updates this week.

 

As always please reach out to me directly with questions, comments, or concerns.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the nice weather J.  All the best.  Sean

 

Grade 10: Amy Sullivan: 349-5231, asullivan@spencerportschools.org

Grade 11: Mike Calzi: 349-5211, mcalzi@spencerportschools.org

Grade 12: Jessica Silsby: 349-5221, jsilsby@spencerportschools.org

Building Principal and Grade 9: Sean McCabe: 349-5202, smccabe@spencerportschools.org

 

School Counselors:

A-K (grades 9 & 11) Mrs. Morgan (585) 349-5212 hmorgan@spencerportschools.org

L-Z (grades 9 & 11) Mrs. Gillett (585) 349-5244 agillett@spencerportschools.org

A-K (grades 10 & 12) 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

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