• Updates from Mr. Heaphy

     June 24, 2020

     

    Congratulations Seniors!

     

    Last week, we held 240 individual graduation ceremonies for seniors who brought family and friends to share their special moments on the stage.  Congrats to the Class of 2020!  

    We have a bonus larger graduation ceremony scheduled for July 31 (6 pm) in the stadium.  Currently, the limit on socially distanced crowd sizes is 150 people.  To run this ceremony, the allowed crowd size needs to increase to at least 250 people (240 graduates, ten adult coordinators/speakers/no guests).  To have two guests per graduate, the allowed limit would have to be changed to 750 people.  We will make our decision on July 15 so that families can plan work schedules and vacations accordingly.  Once the decision is made to hold the ceremony or cancel it, we will stick with the decision, even if the rules change soon after.  Diplomas will be distributed at the ceremony.

     

    If we cannot hold the larger ceremony, we will immediately release a video that includes seniors walking the stage in June and speeches that were recorded at a dress rehearsal this week.  If we do not hold the ceremony, you will get directions for picking up diplomas at school instead of at the bonus ceremony.

     

    Report Cards – Mailed This Week

    Report cards are being mailed out on Thursday.  The COVID-19 crisis led us to alter some of our normal grading practices.  You may notice “INC” (incomplete), “P” (pass), “NG” (no grade), and “E” (exempt) on the report cards, this year.

     

    If your child earned an “Incomplete” for the final grade in any course, the teacher should have contacted you last week.  An administrative panel reviewed each “Incomplete” to determine next steps.  Some will be registered for an “Incomplete Summer School” while others will be registered for summer school that is coordinated by BOCES.  Some will have their schedules for next year altered.  Half-year courses were marked as either “P” or “INC”.  These courses will not be factored into grade point averages.  No grades were assigned for the third quarter and students who passed a course that normally requires a Regents Exam are exempt from taking that exam and will not have to make it up in the future. 

     

    Laptops – Students Must Trade in Laptops this Summer

    Students will bring laptops (or iPads) to Eastridge and swap their current device for an updated device. Here is a link to the directions and necessary documents.  Look at “Forms and Payments”.  Students must have an updated device before school begins.  It is heavily suggested that a device protection plan is purchased.

    https://www.eastiron.org/domain/1095

     

    Use the entrance in front of the school, where the buses line up, to exchange laptops.

     

    Week of June 29 – Juniors who will be seniors in the fall swap laptops.

    Week of July 13 – Sophomores who will be juniors in the fall swap laptops.

    Week of July 27 – Freshmen who will be sophomores in the fall swap laptops.

    Week of August 10 – Eighth graders who will be freshmen in the fall swap ipads for laptops.

     

    Monday and Wednesday, 7 am – 3 pm

    Tuesday and Thursday, 3 pm – 8 pm

     

     

    Food at Schools: Some Changes this Summer

    Free meals are available (Grab and Go) for anyone who is 18 years and younger.  Adults may pay a small fee ($2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch).  People may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time to cut down the number of trips that are required.

     

    Now through July 2, distribution will take place each weekday from 11 am – 1 pm at the sites listed below

     

    On July 2 (before the holiday weekend), three days of meals will be distributed. 

     

    From July 6 through August 21, meals can be picked up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Double meals will be included in the distribution for each of those days. 

     

    Six Sites:

    Durand Eastman                            Ivan Green                        Laurelton Pardee

    Helendale Road                             Eastridge                           Corner of Baker and Leicestershire

     

    Also, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard is ready to also assist you with food.  If you need some assistance and cannot get to their distribution site, please call 336-9107 and someone may be able to get food supplies to your home. 

     

    Thank You, Parents and Guardians!

    As we enter the summer and the school year closes, I want to thank the parents and guardians for your support throughout the school year – especially the last 3 ½ months.  Your children are important to us.  Enjoy this video on the district website that highlights some of the year-end celebrations around the district. 

    https://www.eastiron.org/

     


     

    June 5, 2020

     

    Race, Justice, and Equity


    I sent you a note earlier this week with some thoughts about racism. Please read the
    letter if you have not done so already.
    East Irondequoit is the second most diverse district in NYS, outside of the NYC area.
    That provides great opportunity, but it also gives this community great responsibility.
    We have a lot to learn but we also have a lot to teach. The link below is a resource that
    parents may find helpful as they enter conversations with their children about race.


    https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/advice/socialawareness/
    how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-and-racism


    Doing nothing fixes nothing.


    Seniors – Cap and Gown Celebratory Pick-up (June 12, 3-6 pm)


    Families are encouraged to drive together through our parking lot as we celebrate seniors as
    they pick up their caps, gowns, and other awards. They will drive through a socially distanced
    line of staff members celebrating seniors in our parking lot.


    We will not be accepting payments for the cap and gown packets during the pickup, so please
    plan to pay for the packet before June 12th. To pay for your cap and gown packet, you may call
    Mr. Scott Fitch at (585) 377-4778. He is our Josten’s representative. If there are circumstances
    where you will have trouble with paying for the cap and gown, please send me an email this
    week at timothy_heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu, and I will help you.


    Seniors should also bring their laptops and charging cords to this celebration. They can hand them to an IT worker at one of the stops. This will save them a trip
    to school later.


    Health Warning: Any individual who (1) displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19, (2) has
    tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or (3) within the last 14 days was a close or
    proximate contact of an individual who had symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-
    19, is not permitted to attend this celebration.


    Why Did “NG” and “P” Appear in the Gradebook?
    You may see some letter grades in the electronic gradebook appear this week (NG – no grade, PPass).
    Ignore them for now, especially P for Pass. Some of the P grades will change to Inc
    (incomplete) over the next week. The P was merely a placeholder.


    Your child is expected to concentrate this week on making up or improving past assignments and
    assessments. Grade will be determined next week.


    Individual Graduation Ceremonies – Dates and Times Were Mailed Last Week


    Letters about graduation that include dates and times for your child’s individual ceremony were mailed home on Tuesday, May 26th. If you have not received it or you lost it, please call 339-1458 to get the information. It includes many important details (only 6 guests, masks are mandatory, photo opportunities, etc.) about the individual ceremonies that will take place on June 16 – 19 at Eastridge.


    Every student has been assigned a date and time, so it is important that families get their child’s ceremony on their calendars, now.


    Health Warning: Any individual who (1) displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19, (2) has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or (3) within the last 14 days was a close or proximate contact of an individual who had symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, is not permitted to attend the ceremony.

    Catch-up and Improvement Week of Learning Ahead

    The learning will continue until June 15th.


    Almost all teachers posted their last “Course Credit Assessments” to be due on or before June 5th. To help students who fell behind or were confused during the remote learning, I asked the faculty to focus the learning from June 8 – 12 on helping people catch up, retake assessments, or finish lingering assignments.


    If your child has dropped behind and has not finished the Course Credit Assessments for their courses, it is vital that they finish all of them now. You can check the parent portal or email the teachers for updates. Please do not wait until June 12 to do this as it will be too late, which may result in your child retaking the course next year or being assigned to attend remote summer school.

    Here is the link to the Weekly Planner
    https://www.eastiron.org/Page/5990


    Did You Remember to Vote? It is Not Too Late.


    Our Board of Education elections and budget vote are being done through the mail, this year.


    In-person polling will not take place this year because of COVID-19.


    You received ballots in the mail earlier this week. It must be received by June 9 at 5:00 pm in order to count. If you fear that it will not arrive in time to be counted, you can drop it off in a lock box at the EICD Central Office door, in the back of Laurelton-Pardee school. Use the Norton Street parking lot entrance.


    Your vote matters as the outcome of the budget vote will have a significant impact on how we accomplish our district’s and school’s goals. Visit our website athttp://www.eastiron.org for more information on our 2020-21 proposed district budget, candidates running for the Board of Education seats, or translated instructions for filling out your ballots.


    Laptops – Students Will Keep and Swap Out This Summer


    We are allowing students to keep laptops this summer. We are collecting them from seniors at the Cap and Gown Celebration and fixing/updating them. Then, throughout the summer students will bring them to Eastridge and swap their current device for an updated device. A letter was sent to all households with the schedule and a link to purchase the insurance for next year. Here is a link to the directions and necessary documents. Look at “Forms and Payments”.

    https://www.eastiron.org/domain/1095


    Some students have a broken laptop and were given a second one during the school shut down. If your child has an extra broken laptop, please return it to school or any of the food distribution sites right away. We need to repair them now so they will be ready to distribute in a few weeks.


    Yearbook Distribution


    Seniors who already paid for your yearbook: You will receive them with your cap and gown on June 12. We will not be selling them at this drive-through event.


    All others: Ms. Angotti will be set up on the sidewalk near the main office door on Monday, June 15 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. If you paid, simply pull up and hold up a paper with your name. She will give it to you. If you did not pay for one, you can walk up and hand her a check for $60, written out to “Eastridge Yearbook” and include your child’s name. Cash is also accepted but it must be exactly $60. All must be wearing masks and need to keep 6 feet apart.


    Food at Schools: 11:00am – 1:00pm


    Free meals are available (Grab and Go) for anyone who is 18 years and younger. Adults may pay a small fee ($2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch). People may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time to cut down the number of trips that are required.

    Six Sites:
    Durand Eastman Ivan Green Laurelton PardeeHelendale Road Eastridge Corner of Baker and Leicestershire
    Also, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard is

    ready to assist you with food. If you need assistance and cannot get to their distribution site, please call 336-9107 and someone may be able to get food supplies to your home.
    Assistance is Available to Students and Families

    If you have a question about the laptop:


    Contact our district help desk at: EIHelpdesk@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Child’s Last Name

    A-Gi: Chris Whipple (Assistant Principal) Christopher_Whipple@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Kathleen Healy (Counselor) Kathleen_healy@eastiron.monroe.edu,
    Elizabeth Baker(Social Worker) elizabeth_baker@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Gl-Om: Sean Costello (Assistant Principal) Sean_Costello@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Jenna Rauh (Counselor) Jenna_rauh@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Cynthia McGhie (Social Worker) Cynthia_mcghie@eastiron.monroe.edu

    On-Z: Sheri Webber (Assistant Principal) Sheri_Webber@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Mona Dibble (Counselor) mona_dibble@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Kiah Bowerman (Social Worker) kiah_bowerman@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Timothy Heaphy (Principal) Timothy_Heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Doreen Goossen (Director of Counseling) Doreen_goossen@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Kim Clark (School Psychologist) kimberly_clark@eastiron.monroe.edu

    If you need someone to talk with, a NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line has been set up where trained mental health professionals are ready help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for assistance
    Electronic E-Stickers (Since We Cannot Hand Them Out in Person)

    Each week, I will send a list of people who are being acknowledged for doing something spectacular. See the second document that goes with this E-news for this week’s list of students and staff members.

     


    May 29, 2020

     

    Weekly Academic Planner


    Here is the link to the Weekly Planner – all assignments, assessments, and teacher offices hours
    in one place! We will continue to put this out each week until the end of the school year.
    https://www.eastiron.org/Page/5990


    It is “Decision Day” for Seniors


    May 29th is “Decision Day.” Thank you to all the seniors who submitted the survey or contacted
    Ms. Harmon to let us know what they decided to do after graduation. Ms. Harmon put together
    a slide show of the students and their decisions so everyone can celebrate their successes.
    Enjoy.
    https://ensemble.monroe.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/Wa39HsCk/view

     

    Senior Parents – Look for Your Graduation Letter


    Letters about graduation that include dates and times for your child’s individual
    ceremony were mailed home on Tuesday. If you have not received it, yet, please call
    339-1458 to get the information. It includes many important details (guests, masks,
    photos, etc.) about the individual ceremonies that will take place on June 16 – 19 at
    Eastridge.


    Every student has been assigned a date and time, so it is important that families get
    their child’s ceremony on their calendars, now.


    It is Time to Vote – Look for Your Mail-in Ballot


    Our Board of Education elections and budget vote are being done through the mail, this year.
    In-person polling will not take place this year because of COVID-19.
    You will be receiving ballots in the mail. I suggest filling it out and mailing it immediately, so it
    does not get lost at the bottom of the mail heap. It must be received by June 9th at 5:00 pm, in
    order to count.


    Your vote matters as the outcome of the budget vote will have a significant impact on how we
    accomplish our district and school’s goals. Visit our website athttp://www.eastiron.org for
    more information on our 2020-21 proposed district budget, candidates running for the Board of
    Education seats, or translated instructions for filling out your ballots.


    Thank You Parents and Guardians!


    Use this link to see a short video where the Eastridge staff says thanks to all of you for being so
    supportive during the COVID- 19 crisis. We appreciate all that you have been doing.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp59CYnnRk8&feature=youtu.be


    Seniors – Cap and Gown Celebratory Pick-up


    Save the date: June 12 (3 – 6 pm)
    Families are encouraged to drive together through our parking lot as we celebrate seniors as they pick up their caps, gowns, and other awards. They will drive through a socially distanced line of staff members celebrating seniors in our parking lot.
    If there are circumstances where you will have trouble with paying for the cap and gown, please send me an email this week at timothy_heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu, and I will help you.
    Seniors should also bring their laptops and charger cords to this celebration. They can hand them to an IT worker at one of the stops. This will save them a trip to school later.

    If You Did Not Get a Chance to See Last Week’s Video…


    Class of 2020 Video created by Ms. Angotti:
    https://ensemble.monroe.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/Kr5w4W6B/view

     

    Food at Schools: 11 am – 1 pm
    Free meals are available (Grab and Go) for anyone who is 18 years and younger. Adults may pay a small fee ($2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch). People may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time to cut down the number of trips that are required.

    Six Sites:
    Durand Eastman Ivan Green Laurelton Pardee
    Helendale Road Eastridge Corner of Baker and Leicestershire
    Also, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard is ready to also assist you with food. If you need some assistance and cannot get to their distribution site, please call 336-9107 and someone may be able to get food supplies to your home.

     

    End of Year and Learning and Earning Course Credits

    The learning will continue through June 15th.
    You will see that most teachers have posted their last “Course Credit Assessments” to be due on or before June 5th. To help students who fell behind or were confused during the remote learning, our faculty is primarily focusing the learning from June 8 – 12 on helping people catch up, retake assessments, or finish lingering assignments. We want to make sure that the distant learning situation does not affect students finishing courses.
    If your child has dropped behind and has not finished the Course Credit Assessments for their courses, it is vital that they finish all of them now. You can check the parent portal or email the teachers for updates. Please do not wait until June 12 to do this as it will be too late.


    Assistance is Available to Students and Families
    If you have a question about the laptop?
    Contact our district help desk at: EIHelpdesk@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Child’s

    Last Name


    A-Gi: Chris Whipple (Assistant Principal) Christopher_Whipple@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Kathleen Healy (Counselor) Kathleen_healy@eastiron.monroe.edu,
    Elizabeth Baker(Social Worker) elizabeth_baker@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Gl-Om: Sean Costello (Assistant Principal) Sean_Costello@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Jenna Rauh (Counselor) Jenna_rauh@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Cynthia McGhie (Social Worker) Cynthia_mcghie@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    On-Z: Sheri Webber (Assistant Principal) Sheri_Webber@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Mona Dibble (Counselor) mona_dibble@eastiron.monroe.edu
    Kiah Bowerman (Social Worker) kiah_bowerman@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Timothy Heaphy (Principal) Timothy_Heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Doreen Goossen (Director of Counseling) Doreen_goossen@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kim Clark (School Psychologist) kimberly_clark@eastiron.monroe.edu

    If you need someone to talk with, a NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line has been set up where trained mental health professionals are ready help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for assistance
    Electronic E-Stickers (Since We Cannot Hand Them Out in Person)

     

     


    April 24, 2020

     

    Weekly Academic Planner

    Here is a link to the Weekly Planner for students and their parents/guardians. To make it easy, all assignments, assessments, and teacher office hours are posted in one place. Simply scroll to the course and it will help your child to plan for next week. We will continue to send this to everyone each week.

    https://www.eastiron.org/Page/5990

    It is also sent to students via Schoology and it is located on the EI Webpage by clicking on E-Learning on the top right corner and then selecting EHS Weekly Assignment Plans. 

     

    New Learning and Tracking How Your Child is Doing

    As of Monday, April 20, all courses moved onto new learning. In order to earn course credit, students must meet requirements of the course for the remainder of the year.  They are listed in the Weekly Planner (see above).

    We shaved the learning to just the essential concepts or skills to make it manageable for students. Students should have about 2.5 hours of learning each day – all courses combined. You will see in the Weekly Planner that teachers have attempted to chunk the learning into bite sized pieces with small assessments.

     

    How can I keep see if my child is doing what he or she is supposed to doing?

    Use the Parent Portal to Infinite Campus. You will see two categories, “Homework” and “Assessments”. “Homework” includes minor things (short quizzes, paragraph answers, etc.) that students have submitted. “Assessments” include items that tell if a student understands the main learning for a unit or key concept, which might cover a few weeks of learning. They are listed as “Course Credit Assessments” in Infinite Campus and these items are the main things that teachers will use to determine if a student is going to be granted credit at the end of the school year (in additions to the first two quarters, of course).  These assessments should only take about ½ hour to complete.

     

    What will grades look like in Infinite Campus?

    We are not “grading” work and assessments in the traditional sense. Instead, you will see the following listed next to each homework assignment or assessment:

    T:         Turned In. Turned in means a student has submitted the work and it meets or exceeds the minimum expectations or criteria for success.

     

    I:          Incomplete. Incomplete means a student has turned the work in, but it does not meet the minimum criteria for success. A student should use feedback from the teacher to improve this until it reaches the “T” level.

     

    M:       Missing. This code means the student has not turned in the work. It is missing.

     

     

    Here is a letter from our district’s Office of Instruction explaining more about learning as we move forward.

    Link to Grade 6-12 Learning from Home Document

     

    Senior Celebrations – Getting Ideas from Seniors

    It was great to see so many seniors or their parents/guardians during the Window/Door/Yard sign pick up last Wednesday!

     

    We are normally planning for “Decision Day” this time of year. Decision Day is when seniors announce what they are planning on doing next year – name of college (major), trade school, military branch, or job. Many colleges have delayed their decision date from May 1 until June 1, so we are moving our Decision Day to May 29. Meanwhile, we are putting together a slide show to celebrate our kids and the decisions that they have made about their next steps.

     

    Seniors should fill out the short (ten question) survey in Naviance so they can be featured and celebrated on May 29th. This Naviance link https://student.naviance.com/eastridgeshs will get them to the sign-in page.  It was also posted in Schoology for them.

     

    If your child has trouble navigating this, have him or her contact kristin_harmon@eastiron.monroe.edu and she will walk your child through it.

     

     

    Seniors – Send Mr. Heaphy Your Ideas

    We are making alternate plans for graduation and Senior Ball. Of course, we will follow the orders of the governor, but we do not know the level of limitations that will exist in June or even July. Our first choice is to have a ceremony similar to what has happened in the past.  If that is not allowed, there are many alternatives floating around. I would like to put together a series of different types of ceremonies that will be prepared that fit different health and safety orders, but I want to use the ideas of our seniors to build these choices. Seniors who have ideas for alternatives to the traditional Graduation and Senior Ball should email the suggestions to me, Mr. Heaphy. I will keep track of the suggestions and call the class officers together in an on-line meeting to look at the suggestions and help build the alternatives.

     

    There will be some type of celebratory ceremony. The class of 2020 deserves that!

    timothy_heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Field Hockey’s “Not Our Usual Flower Sale”

    The annual plant sale coordinated by the Field Hockey Team will go on – in an altered way. They are raising money for the Irondequoit Food Cupboard and The Willow Center for Domestic Violence. Use this link to see how you can help out.

    https://www.lancerfieldhockey.com/not-our-usual-flower-sale

     

    Food at Schools: 11 am – 1 pm

    Free meals are available (Grab and Go) for anyone who is 18 years and younger.  Adults may pay a small fee ($2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch).  People may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time to cut down the number of trips that are required. 

    Six Sites:

    Durand Eastman                            Ivan Green                        Laurelton Pardee

    Helendale Road                             Eastridge                           Corner of Baker and Leicestershire

     

    Yearbooks Can Still Be Ordered

    It is not too late to order a yearbook.  Use this link to purchase one on-line.  The cost is $60.00.

    https://eicsd.revtrak.net/Yearbooks/

     

     

     

     

    Assistance is Available to Students and Families

    If you have a question about the laptop?

    Contact our district help desk at: EIHelpdesk@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Child’s

    Last Name

    A-Gi:                                  Chris Whipple (Assistant Principal) Christopher_Whipple@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kathleen Healy (Counselor) Kathleen_healy@eastiron.monroe.edu,

    Elizabeth Baker(Social Worker) elizabeth_baker@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Gl-Om:                              Sean Costello (Assistant Principal) Sean_Costello@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                               Jenna Rauh (Counselor) Jenna_rauh@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                              Cynthia McGhie (Social Worker) Cynthia_mcghie@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    On-Z:                                Sheri Webber (Assistant Principal) Sheri_Webber@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Mona Dibble (Counselor) mona_dibble@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                               Kiah Bowerman (Social Worker) kiah_bowerman@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Timothy Heaphy (Principal) Timothy_Heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Doreen Goossen (Director of Counseling)  Doreen_goossen@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kim Clark (School Psychologist)  kimberly_clark@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    If you need someone to talk with, a NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line has been set up where trained mental health professionals are ready help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for assistance

     

     

    What Has Been Cancelled?

    As of now, we have only cancelled or rescheduled events that were supposed to take place through the month of May 15. As the governor announces future orders to stay closed, we will reschedule or cancel future events.  We will try to preserve as much as possible knowing that the times, dates, and methods of holding the events will be different.

     

     

    Electronic E-Stickers (Since We Cannot Hand Them Out in Person)

    Each week, I will send a list of people who are being acknowledged for doing something spectacular.  See the second document that goes with this E-news for this week’s list of students and staff members.


    April 20, 2020

     

    New Learning Has Begun and is Required to Earn Course Credit

    As of Monday, April 20, all courses have moved onto new learning

     

    In order to earn course credit, students have to meet requirements of the course for the remainder of the year.

     

    The requirements have been modified so that they are doable in small chunks.  We realize that emergency remote learning is not the same as face-to-face learning and that there are many stressors on students and families because of the pandemic.  Thus, we have made the requirements clear and very achievable. 

     

    I do not want seniors to fail to earn a diploma or an underclassman to fall behind in credits and have to attend summer school or retake a class next year.  It is very important for students to keep in touch with their teachers and meet the core requirements during our school closure.

     

    Our Weekly Planner is Ready – Every Course in One Document!

    A clear organizer is being posted on our website each weekend which lists assignments and assessments for the following week – all in one place!  It will also be sent to students via Schoology and with this Enews.

     

    The plan shows what students should do in each course and office hours where they will get assistance in that learning.  It will help the student (and parent) to plan each week.

     

    Senior Signs are Here – Pick Them Up on Wednesday

    Class of 2020 Window/Door/Yard signs will be distributed on Wednesday near the food distribution sites listed below from 11 am – 1 pm.   It may take place in a separate parking lot or the other end of a bus loop – just look for the signs.  Each senior may take one sign.  Pull up the car, pop your trunk, and someone will place it in there for you.  If you are walking to the site, keep your distance from the people who are handing them out and they will set one down for you pick up.  You may pick them up for a classmate or friend if he or she cannot make it to the site.  In addition to the sites at the times listed we will have an extra distribution time from 5 pm – 7 pm in front of Eastridge.  People may not “gather” at the distribution sites.

     

    Food at Schools: 11 am – 1 pm

    Free meals are available (Grab and Go) for anyone who is 18 years and younger.  Adults may pay a small fee ($2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch).  People may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time to cut down the number of trips that are required. 

    Six Sites:

    Durand Eastman                            Ivan Green                        Laurelton Pardee

    Helendale Road                             Eastridge                           Corner of Baker and Leicestershire

     

     

    Yearbooks Can Still Be Ordered

    It is not too late to order a yearbook.  Use this link to purchase one on-line.  The cost is $60.00.

    https://eicsd.revtrak.net/Yearbooks/

     

    Assistance is Available to Students and Families

    If you have a question about the laptop?

    Contact our district help desk at: EIHelpdesk@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Child’s

    Last Name

    A-Gi:                                  Chris Whipple (Assistant Principal) Christopher_Whipple@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kathleen Healy (Counselor) Kathleen_healy@eastiron.monroe.edu,

    Elizabeth Baker(Social Worker) elizabeth_baker@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Gl-Om:                              Sean Costello (Assistant Principal) Sean_Costello@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                               Jenna Rauh (Counselor) Jenna_rauh@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                              Cynthia McGhie (Social Worker) Cynthia_mcghie@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    On-Z:                                Sheri Webber (Assistant Principal) Sheri_Webber@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Mona Dibble (Counselor) mona_dibble@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                               Kiah Bowerman (Social Worker) kiah_bowerman@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Timothy Heaphy (Principal) Timothy_Heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Doreen Goossen (Director of Counseling)  Doreen_goossen@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kim Clark (School Psychologist)  kimberly_clark@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    If you need someone to talk with, a NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line has been set up where trained mental health professionals are ready help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for assistance

     

     

    What Has Been Cancelled?

    As of now, we have only cancelled or rescheduled events that were supposed to take place through the month of May 15.   As the governor announces future orders to stay closed, we will reschedule or cancel future events.  We will try to preserve as much as possible knowing that the times, dates, and methods of holding the events will be different.

     

     

    Electronic E-Stickers (Since We Cannot Hand Them Out in Person)

    Each week, I will send a list of people who are being acknowledged for doing something spectacular.  See the second document that goes with this E-news for this week’s list of students and staff members.

     

    April 10, 2020

     

    NYS Regents Exams Cancelled, But Learning Continues

    Regents Exams were cancelled for June.  NYSED sent our guidance about this a couple of days ago and district is working through how to apply this to credits, graduation requirements, and more.  We will supply information on this later.  But suffice it to say, NYSED’s guidance is based on a philosophy of not harming students because so many things are beyond their control.

     

    Though there are no Regents Exams, it is vitally important that kids finish the year strong so they can earn course credit.   

     

    Some kids heard the news about Regents Exams and assumed that school is over.  It is not.  They should continue with assignments, assessments, and meetings that are arranged for each class.

     

    New Learning – Will be Starting by April 20

    Some college level classes started with new learning over the past couple of weeks.  The rest of the courses have been reviewing concepts and skills that were learned earlier in the year.  We have a plan to move onto new learning starting by April 20.  The goal is to simplify the process for everyone so students and parents can keep track of what is supposed to be completed while paring down the learning to focus on key concepts and skills. 

     

    A schedule will be posted on our website each weekend (starting a week from now) that lists assignments and assessments for the week – all in one place! 

     

    Some students will see that their meeting times with teachers will change, too.  Teachers will communicate when the meetings will take place and a chart will be posted at the end of next week so parents can see it, as well.

     

    New Ways We are Honoring Seniors

    We have started honoring seniors in two new ways. 

    1. Each day, about five seniors are featured on the district’s Facebook, Twitter, and web site in our “Senior Spotlight”. It includes their senior photos and biographical information that they submitted to the yearbook. 
    2. Sometime next week, we will be distributing window/door/yard signs to seniors. See the design below.  Hopefully, you will see them on display around town within a week.  I will be contacting senior families about how the items will be safely distributed after the order is delivered. 

     

    Please Answer Emails

    Please check your emails.  Many teachers are relaying messages and asking for parental assistance.  Letting them know that you received their messages helps. 

     

    Food at Schools: 11 am – 1 pm

    Free meals are available (Grab and Go) for anyone who is 18 years and younger.  Adults may pay a small fee ($2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch).  People may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time to cut down the number of trips that are required. 

    Six Sites:

    Durand Eastman                               Ivan Green                          Laurelton Pardee

    Helendale Road                                Eastridge                             Corner of Baker and Leicestershire

     

     

    Assistance is Available to Students and Families

    If you have a question about the laptop?

    Contact our district help desk at: EIHelpdesk@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Child’s

    Last Name

    A-Gi:                                    Chris Whipple (Assistant Principal) Christopher_Whipple@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kathleen Healy (Counselor) Kathleen_healy@eastiron.monroe.edu,

    Elizabeth Baker(Social Worker) elizabeth_baker@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Gl-Om:                                Sean Costello (Assistant Principal) Sean_Costello@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                                    Jenna Rauh (Counselor) Jenna_rauh@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                                    Cynthia McGhie (Social Worker) Cynthia_mcghie@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    On-Z:                                  Sheri Webber (Assistant Principal) Sheri_Webber@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Mona Dibble (Counselor) mona_dibble@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                                    Kiah Bowerman (Social Worker) kiah_bowerman@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Timothy Heaphy (Principal) Timothy_Heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Doreen Goossen (Director of Counseling)  Doreen_goossen@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kim Clark (School Psychologist)  kimberly_clark@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    If you need someone to talk with, a NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line has been set up where trained mental health professionals are ready help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for assistance

     

    Schoology Help

    Some parents were asking for help navigating Schoology.  EI created a series of short videos that may assist you and your child.  Here is a link to the website that contains the helpful films.

    https://www.eastiron.org/Page/5969

     

    What Has Been Cancelled?

    As of now, we have only cancelled or rescheduled events that were supposed to take place through the month of April.  As the governor announces future orders to stay closed, we will reschedule or cancel future events.  We will try to preserve as much as possible knowing that the times, dates, and methods of holding the events will be different.

     

     

    Yearbooks Can Still Be Ordered

    It is not too late to order a yearbook.  Use this link to purchase one on-line.  The cost is $60.00.

    https://eicsd.revtrak.net/Yearbooks/

     

     

    Electronic E-Stickers (Since We Cannot Hand Them Out in Person)

    Each week, I will send a list of people who are being acknowledged for doing something spectacular.  See the second document that goes with this E-news for this week’s list of students and staff members.

     

    We miss your kids.  Be well.


    March 27, 2020

     

    Taking Care of Yourself and Others - Mental Health During This Time

    Click on this link to find some great advice for managing stress in times of crisis.

    https://www.ccsi.org/Pages/Coronavirus-Resources

    Take a minute to read through it.  I found it to be very helpful.

     

    If you need someone to talk with, a NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line has been set up where trained mental health professionals are ready help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for assistance

     

    Our School Teams can also assist your child.

    Last Names

    A-Gi:                                  Chris Whipple (Assistant Principal) Christopher_Whipple@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kathleen Healy (Counselor) Kathleen_healy@eastiron.monroe.edu,

    Elizabeth Baker(Social Worker) elizabeth_baker@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Gl-Om:                Sean Costello (Assistant Principal) Sean_Costello@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                               Jenna Rauh (Counselor) Jenna_rauh@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                Cynthia McGhie (Social Worker) Cynthia_mcghie@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    On-Z:                  Sheri Webber (Assistant Principal) Sheri_Webber@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Mona Dibble (Counselor) mona_dibble@eastiron.monroe.edu

                                Kiah Bowerman (Social Worker) kiah_bowerman@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Timothy Heaphy (Principal) Timothy_Heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Doreen Goossen (Director of Counseling)  Doreen_goossen@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Kim Clark (School Psychologist)  kimberly_clark@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    Learning Continues – Contact Teachers for Information

    Teachers have reached out to students about courses, learning, and being engaged.  If your child says that he or she has not been contacted, please email the teacher directly through the website’s email search section: https://www.eastiron.org/Page/4405

     

    We have attempted to call, email, Schoology message, or text every student (or parent) who has not engaged in learning at some point since the shut-down started.  Almost every student has engaged to some degree.

     

    Technology Help and Internet Access

    If your child has technical problems with the laptop, please email the help desk EIHelpdesk@eastiron.monroe.edu and someone will assist you. 

     

    We already supplied mobile hot spots to students who said that they did not have internet access at home, but we have no way of knowing if we assisted everyone who still has that need.    If you do not have internet access, which is needed for ongoing learning via laptops, please let the helpdesk know  EIHelpdesk@eastiron.monroe.edu and we may be able to loan one to you.

     

     

    Food at Schools: 11 am – 1 pm (One Location Change)

    One of the locations has changed so that there the sites reach a wider area.  Food distribution will no longer be at the middle school.  People who were using that site are encouraged to go around the corner to Laurelton Pardee Intermediate School.  A bus will distribute meals at the corner of Baker Road and Leicestershire Road in addition to the other five school sites.    

     

    Free meals are available (Grab and Go) for anyone who is 18 years and younger.  Adults may pay a small fee ($2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch).  People may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time to cut down the number of trips that are required. 

     

     

    Into the Future

    News about closings and related issues (ceremonies, testing, etc.) is evolving minute to minute.  I will keep you updated via these messages periodically.

     

     

    Does Your Child Have a Routine, Yet?

    Many students have found it helpful to create a home schedule to keep them on track, productive and healthy.  For some, it may include helping with younger siblings.  Others may include daily fitness.  All should include the daily schedule for connecting with teachers.  If your child has not set a routine, it might be helpful to write an hour by hour list and fill it in with items that help to keep structure to the day (examples – Exercise, Math, Science, English, Art, Social Studies, Eat Lunch, Chores, Babysit Sister, Get Outside).  Most people are not used to being cooped up in an apartment our house for so long.  Setting some structure to each day can help. 

     Tim Heaphy holding a sign that says We miss you

     


    March 19, 2020

     

    To Our Lancer Family,

     

    We are sure that over the last few days you have been feeling the impact of school closing and how it has disrupted your lives.  We want you to know that the adults in your lives, whether at school, in your home, or the community, care a great deal about you!  Closing school and cancelling the events is a way to keep you and the wider community healthy and safe, because that is our number one priority.

     

    Several students, particularly from the Class of 2020, have questions about the impact of the Coronavirus on future school events.  Currently, we have canceled what we were mandated to through April 1st.    Outside of that timeline, some trips after April 1st were cancelled by sponsoring agencies or because they include going to locations where we will not be able to travel.  We are working to reschedule what we can and will look at every alternative in order to honor those events that have been impacted by the closing of school.  Please understand that the recommendations to postpone or cancel events were made by the medical professionals at the county and state level with everyone’s safety in mind.  We also know that the effort to slow the spread of the virus may lead to more adjustments, postponements, and cancellations in the future.  If that happens, we will continue to reschedule as much as we can.  You are important and we want you to be honored and celebrated.

     

    This crisis is evolving and continues to change daily.  It is likely that the adults in your life don’t have a lot the answers but please, keep asking the questions, and check our website for frequent updates, www.eastiron.org/schoolclosure.  You may also email school administrators, counselors, or social workers who will attempt to assist you.

     

    By this time, your teachers have reached out to you through email, One Note, or Schoology to explain how they will support your education.  Although we have been using technology in learning for six years at Eastridge, we have never faced something quite like this.  I encourage you to follow the lead of your teachers as they do their best to stay connected with you and support your education.  We suggest that as much as possible, you set up a schedule for each day that includes academics, exercise, remote socialization, and other healthy routines.  We challenge you to use your extra time to look for ways to safely help a neighbor, your parents, guardians or siblings.  It will make you feel pretty good to help someone else!  Please take care of yourselves and each other and follow the “social distancing” advice that is being provided by the health professionals. 

     

    Free breakfast and lunch are available for people who are eighteen years old and younger at every East Irondequoit School from 11 am - 1 pm each weekday.  They are “grab and go”.  Follow the signs in front of the schools.  Adults may get breakfast ($2) and lunch ($4), too.  

     

    Sincerely,                                                                                   

    Mary E. Grow                                                                                            Timothy M. Heaphy 

    East Irondequoit Superintendent                                                               Eastridge High School Principal

     


    March 16, 2020

     

    A Big Hug to the Eastridge Community

    As we move through the crisis created because of the virus, know that the Eastridge family is just that, a family.  We are in this thing together and we will get through this.  I am sending love to all of you.  I will periodically send you updates, as I have in the past with the Weekly Enews.

    With Love,

    Mr. Heaphy

     

    A Fluid Situation

    As of this afternoon, Governor Cuomo has closed schools through April 1, 2020.  This is a fluid situation that is bound to change.  We will keep you updated periodically.  Please check the district website for the most updated news, cancellations, and postponements.  It is being frequently updated.  There are many questions that you may have.  As I get answers, I will let you know.  

     

    Free Meals are Available – All Youth 18 Years or Younger

    During the closing, meals will still be available at all East Irondequoit Schools.  You can walk-up or drive up to the front of the school (near the bus line-up area at Eastridge) and someone from food services will hand you prepared meals.  It “Grab-and-Go” and nobody may stay on campus to eat.  Youth may go to the nearest school, so it is walkable for most students in the district.  For instance, a second grader who lives near Eastridge HS may come here and an 11th grader who lives near Durand-Eastman may go to that site.  All sites will feed any youth or family member.

     

    Breakfast: 8 am – 10 am

    Lunch: 11 am – 1 pm

     

    This service is free to anyone 18 years or younger.  There is no requirement for free or reduced lunches – just show up.  This is funded through a grant and does not come out of an East Irondequoit Budget.

     

    Adults may purchase meals as well - $2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch. 

     

    Cancellations and Postponements

    All meetings and events at school between now and April 1 have either been postponed or cancelled.  As of this Wednesday at 3:30 pm, schools in East Irondequoit will not allow any people to enter the building with the exception of designated administrators, secretaries, food service workers, and buildings and grounds personnel. 

     

    All events between now and April 1 are cancelled.  The musical is officially postponed and we will try to reschedule performances later in the school year.

     

    If you have questions, please feel free to call the school (339-1450). 

     

    Academics – Watch for Directions, Soon

    Your children will begin to hear from teachers over the next few days.  I know that some have already reached out to students.  Watch for this to evolve over the next few days.

     

    Counseling Will Continue

    The counselors are set up and reachable through their email.  They set up a system to continue helping students register for next year’s courses – via electronic means.  They will begin reaching out to students and parents in the next few days.

     

    Our social workers are also reachable via email.  Some of your children have great connections with these caring adults.  They will be reaching out to the student with whom they regularly meet to provide support.

     

    What if My Child Did Not Bring Home His or Her Laptop Computer?

    We attempted to make sure that every student had a computer to bring home by the end of the day last Friday.  Some students were absent.  Our IT department is trying to contact students who left their computers in school.  If your child does not have one at home, please call the main office (339-1450) and we will put you in contact with our IT department.  Please call on or before Wednesday, March 18.

     

    Students Should Not Gather Together

    Below is a link to an article that most high school students could understand.  It explains the concept of “flattening the curve” as a way to save lives.  Please share this with your child if he or she is asking to meet with friends, have a sleepover, coordinate a pick-up game, etc.  They are old enough to understand how their actions are important in helping all of society, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/13/815502262/flattening-a-pandemics-curve-why-staying-home-now-can-save-lives

     

    School grounds are closed to students (fields, track, courts, playgrounds) other than quick pick-up of food.

     

    Getting outside is a great idea to help keep your children physically and mentally healthy, but activities should be away from other people.  Going for a jog or a walk can be refreshing and help people to clear their heads.

     

    Helpful Links for Parents

    The following will take you to the section of the district website where you can get the most updated information about the closing of schools:  www.eastiron.org/schoolclosure

     

    Have you been wondering about how to talk with your children about the virus?  This web site may help.

    https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource