• November 20, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

     

    Students Learn from Home on November 24

    Students will be learning from home on Tuesday, November 24.  They should have their computers turned on by 8:00 am.  Students will have a school-wide assignment to finish by 11:30 am.  The English teachers are giving directions during class on Monday, so everyone knows what to do.  There is a short quiz at the end of the assignment.  There are no other assignments for other classes.

     

    Students who are attending EMCC, Multi-Occupational/Focus, or BOCES 2 programs and should complete the Eastridge assignment during the portion of the day that they are not in attendance in their other program.

     

    Ninth Graders Have a Special Experience

    Sandra Uwiringiyimana and her sister, Princesse Nabintu-Kabaya, hosted a virtual meet and greet on Friday with every 9th grade student (at home and in school) on Friday morning. Ms. Uwiringiyimana is the author of the book How Dare the Sun Rise, which is currently being read in every freshmen English class.

    Ms. Uwiringiyimana is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who moved to Rochester in 2007. While sharing her experiences, she offered important perspectives on the value of education, day-to-day living, and more.  She has dedicated her life to sharing her story and helping people who have experienced difficulties in life. Students were thrilled to meet the author of the book that they are reading and asked so many great questions, we ran out of time. 

          

    Financial Aid and FAFSA Assistance for Families

    General Financial Aid Information:

    Use this link to see a presentation about financial aid that was recorded two weeks ago.  It is a great place to start for general advice for parents of juniors and seniors. https://ensemble.monroe.edu/Watch/d6BQm3f2

     

    Specific Help for Families Completing FAFSAs:

    During the fall of the student’s senior year, students and parents should work together on the FAFSA, which is required for receiving any financial aid from colleges.  There are two upcoming FAFSA help sessions where a local college financial aid expert will be available to assist as you and your child complete the FAFSA.

     

    December 9 FAFSA Help from Tayler Kreutter (5-7 pm).  She is a financial aid expert who works at Roberts Wesleyan.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4daca829a6f49-eastridge2

     

    December 16 FAFSA Help from Renee Swift (5-7 pm).  She is a financial aid expert who works at Nazareth College.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4daca829a6f49-avid3

     

     

    Supporting Teen’s Mental Health During the Pandemic

    Virtual Presentation on December 2, 2020, from 6:00-7:30pm

    Please register by November 30th using the following link: Registration Form

     

    Registered participants will receive an email that includes a Zoom link on December 1st.  During the presentation families will have an opportunity to ask questions via email.  


    This informational series is presented by the Eastridge HS Counseling Center.  For questions or more information please call 339-1455.  In the coming months, future sessions will be presented on substance use/abuse, suicide awareness, and anxiety.

     

     

    COVID Testing Update

    We halted COVID testing on Wednesday as we had reached the number of people in the district that needed to be tested.  More testing may be needed in the future, so we are still collecting consent forms.  If your child physically attends school and you did not turn in the consent form, please use this link to get a copy of the form.  https://www.eastiron.org/Page/6141

    When completed, you can return it to the Eastridge main office or email it to communication@eastiron.monroe.edu.

     

     

     

    Nominate Someone for an E-Sticker

    Send Mr. Heaphy an email (timothy_heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu) to nominate someone in the school for an E-sticker.  Include the person’s name and a short blurb.  See the list of people who are being honored this week in the document that was sent with this Enews.

     

    Weekly Advice for Parents and Families from the Eastridge Counseling Office – Topic: Resiliency

    Dr. Kenneth Ginsberg is a is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Co-Founder and Director of Programs at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. 

     

    He has created a “Reaching Teens” book focused on strength-based approaches to foster resiliency in youth. He offers helpful tips throughout his chapters to help parents and educators build resilience in youth. Attached you will find a small section of one of his chapters with helpful tips for parents during this uncertain time.  

     

     

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    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.

     


    November 13, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

    COVID Testing in Schools

    I wish that every family had COVID tests in their medicine cabinet at home so they could check family members and keep loved ones safe.  This is not reality, though.  There are not enough tests to go around and they are not sold over the counter.  Since we are in a “yellow zone” as a result of local positive tests, supplies have been sent to us with a requirement to test 20% of the people (staff and students) in the building until the area is out of the “yellow zone.”

     

    The tests require a shallow nostril twirl with a Q-tip like swab.  It is not the deep nostril test that many of you have had or heard about.  The swab goes no further than one inch into each nostril. Testing is done at school and results are ready in about fifteen minutes.  If a student’s test is positive, he or she will be isolated until someone can pick him or her up.  Assume the test results are negative for your child unless you hear from the school.  We will only be calling parents of students who have positive results.

     

    Click HERE to see the short video of me taking the test.  It is quick, easy, and painless. 

     

    Though we will have enough tests for students and staff (about 170 people per week), we can only test students and staff members.  Sorry – I wish we had more tests for your family.    

     

    Some parents may prefer to have their children tested at a local testing center or pediatrician’s office.  If you do that over the next few weeks, please give us a copy of the testing results. 

     

    You received a notification letter from our Superintendent two days ago concerning COVID testing along with a consent form.  We also handed out consent forms and letters to students during school on Thursday or Friday so that students in Group 1 and Group 2 got the forms.  Those who were not present had them mailed home.  Virtual students will not get the forms.

     

    Please send the form back to school or return it via email to our communications office right away as explained in the letter that you received.    

     

    Pick-up Time for Virtual Student Supplies: Quarter 2

    Monday, November 16 (2:30 pm – 5:30 pm)

    Teachers have been placing items into bags for students who are learning from home every day.  Since most of our supplies are now electronic, some students will not have additional supplies waiting for them.  If you are contacted by at least one teacher saying supplies are ready to be picked up, please have someone stop by the high school from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm on Monday, November 16.  Pull up to the curb near the rear of the lot near the benches – just north of the flag poles. Give one of the helpers your child’s name and they will bring the bag to your car a minute or two later. 

     

    If you cannot make it at that time, you can stop by the main office door anytime between 8:00am and 3:00pm any day starting on November 17.  Let our security desk know that you are picking up a supply bag and someone will help you.

    Mental Health Information Sessions for Parents and Guardians

    December 2, 2020 from 6:00-7:30pm

    Please register by November 30th using the following link: Registration Form

     

    Registered participants will receive an email that includes a Zoom link on December 1st.  During the presentation families will have an opportunity to ask questions via email.  


    This informational series is presented by the Eastridge HS Counseling Center.  For questions or more information please call 339-1455.  Future sessions will be presented on substance use/abuse, suicide awareness, and anxiety in the coming months.

     

     

    Report Cards

    Grades for the first quarter closed this week.  Report cards will be viewable on the Parent Portal at the beginning of next week and they will be placed in the mail, too. 

     

     

    Important Financial Aid Information

    If you missed the Virtual Financial Aid presentation, use the link below to see our Doreen Goossen (Eastridge Counseling Director) and Jerome St. Croix (MCC Director of Financial Aid) walk parents and guardians through what they need to know about financial aid for colleges.

    Link to presentation: https://ensemble.monroe.edu/Watch/d6BQm3f2

     

     

    PTSA News

    Next meeting (virtual) – Monday, November 16 at 7:00 pm.  For more information, check the PTSA news on Facebook or Twittter.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nominate Someone for an E-Sticker

    Send Mr. Heaphy an email (timothy_heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu) to nominate someone in the school for an E-sticker.  Include the person’s name and a short blurb.  See the list of people who are being honored this week in the document that was sent with this Enews.

     

     

    Weekly Advice for Parents and Families from the Eastridge Counseling Office – Topic: Being “Future Focused”

    Helping your child be “future focused” can help them achieve goals and succeed in adulthood. This month counselors have been meeting with seniors to discuss post graduate plans and will be meeting with underclassmen throughout the year to plan for their future. Here are two websites that can be helpful when talking with your child about their future goals

     

    Naviance: Log-ins are provided to your child by their counselor.

     

    Questions about logging in can be directed to the counseling center www.naviance.com

     

    Counseling Center Website https://www.eastiron.org/domain/1133

     

     

     

     

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    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.


    November 6, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

    Quarter #2 Starts Next Week

    Teachers will be wrapping up grading and plugging in first quarter grades next week.  They will be available to view in the parent portal at the end of Veterans Day week. 

     

     

     

    Students Who are Returning to Group 1 or Group 2 from Virtual

    Students who are moving from Virtual Learning to Group 1 or Group 2 next should look at the Day Rotation Calendar (purple and yellow) that was sent to their homes.  Transportation information was mailed last Wednesday and should be in your mailboxes today. 

     

    Students who have not been on campus this year should be aware of new entry procedures.  After getting off buses, students enter doors as labeled (Seniors/Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen).  If a student drives, he or she should enter the main office doors.  If a student is being dropped off, he or she should exit the car along the stadium fence near the rear of the parking lot.  They will enter through the athletic entrances.

     

    All parents and guardians must answer the COVID health questions before their child goes to school each morning.  Temperature checks and verification of the health questions is complete at each door.

     

    Freshmen and Students who are New to Eastridge – Please enter the doors in front of the school labeled “Freshmen.”  We will have some members of the National Honor Society, administrators, and counselors to help students find their ways during their first day “in school.”  They should bring copies of their schedules from Infinite Campus (printed or on their phones/laptops).  The greeters will help the new students to find their first period classes and provide a map of the school.

     

     

    Keeping the Community Healthy and Safe

    As the Covid-19 rates have started to rise in the Monroe County area, it is vitally important to remember the following:

     

    -If you child shows any COVID-19 symptoms, he or she must stay home.  Call the medical provider and follow the directions that are given to you.  You may be asked to have your child take a COVID test. Students who are in school with COVID-19 symptoms will immediately be quarantined at school until a parent or guardian picks the student up from school.

     

    -Limit exposure of people to others who are not wearing masks.  Much of the uptick in COVID cases is being traced to people who were in social gatherings outside of school or work – unmasked and within six feet.  

     

     

     

     

    Important Financial Aid Information

    November 10 at 6:30 pm – Families of Seniors Invited

      If you cannot participate at 6:30 pm on November 10, the link will stay live so you can watch it later.

     

     

    Nominate Someone for an E-Sticker

    Send Mr. Heaphy an email (timothy_heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu) to nominate someone in the school for an E-sticker.  Include the person’s name and a short blurb.  See the list of people who are being honored this week in the document that was sent with this Enews.

     

    Weekly Advice for Parents and Families from the Eastridge Counseling Office – Topic: Sleep

    Take some time to read the Healthy Hints Newsletter that was sent with this Enews.  The focus is on sleep and there are great suggestions about creating healthy sleep patterns.

    Remote Meal Pick Up

    There is no remote meal pick up on Wednesday, Veterans Day (11/11).  Instead, meals for four days will be distributed on Monday (11/9).

    Thank You Veterans!

     

     

     

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    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.

     


    October 30, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

     

    Voting at Eastridge on Tuesday

    You may see voters coming and going through the Eastridge main parking lot on Tuesday.  We rerouted the flow of voters this year so that they are entering the emergency exit to the 9th Grade Gymnasium and exiting through the technology hall exit (beyond room E5) toward the loading/stadium fence area.  There will be a polycarbonate movable divider in the technology hall, and someone will be stationed there all school day to assure that voters will not be in the same spaces as any students or staff members.  Poll workers will have access to Room 102 and the bathrooms near the main office.  The poll workers will have the same COVID screening that our students have each morning and will wear visitor badges showing they have been screened.   

     

    Students, staff, and parents should park in spaces closest to Ridge Road East and leave the parking spots closest to the stadium/athletic area/9th grade gym open for voters.

     

    Important Financial Aid Information

    November 10 at 6:30pm – Families of Seniors Invited

    The Director of Financial Aid from MCC (Jerome St. Croix) will provide essential information for seniors and their parents.  Our Director of Counseling (Doreen Goossen) will introduce the session and wrap up with a contact information to local college financial aid experts who are ready to answer any of your questions for free. 

     

    An email and a Talking Points message (text message) with a link to the presentation will be sent to all senior households by 6:30pm on November 10th.  There is no need to sign up ahead of time.  If you cannot participate at 6:30pm on November 10, the link will stay live so you can watch it later.

     

    Did You Get the Device Protection Plan?

    I enthusiastically recommend that all families choose to use the protection (insurance) plan the district makes available.  The Protection Plan costs a $25 non-refundable fee and is meant to defray the fees for damages or replacement of the device.

     

    The Plan will cover costs for repair and/or replacement of a device due to accidental damage or theft after the payment of the appropriate initial fee. If the device is accidentally damaged, the student or parent must pay an initial ($25 for first occurrence; $50 for second occurrence; $75 for third occurrence), and the District will pay any further repair/replacement cost. If the device is stolen, the student or parent must pay a $40 initial fee and the District will pay the remainder of the replacement cost. If the cost of repair is less than the initial fee outlined herein, the actual charge will be charged to the student as the initial fee.

     

    If you choose to not enroll in the plan, you are responsible for the full cost of any repair or replacement costs.

     

    You can pay the Device Protection Plan fee online at our website at https://www.eastiron.org/Page/6000.  See Device Protection Plan and Revtrak online payments.

     

     

    Nominate Someone for an E-Sticker

    Send Mr. Heaphy an email (timothy_heaphy@eastiron.monroe.edu) to nominate someone in the school for an E-sticker.  Include the person’s name and a short blurb.

     

    Weekly Advice for Parents and Families from the Eastridge Counseling Office – Topic: Vaping and E-Cigs

    The US Surgeon General recently declared vaping as an epidemic. As parents, being aware of what vapes look like and their effects can be a helpful tool in reducing use as well as connecting your child to the support they need to make behavioral changes. The link below will take you to the portion of the CDC website that was created to help parents and guardians learn about vaping.  If you suspect your child may be using vapes, drugs or alcohol please contact your pediatrician and/or your counseling team for further supports.  

     

    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

     

     

     

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    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.


    October 23, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

     

    Spirit Week Comes to a Close

    We had lots of people in school dressing up for Spirit Week.  Of course, Wacky Wednesday provided the most entertaining costumes.  Despite the rain that fell for most of the week, our four classes were able to decorate the courtyard with four different scenes about how they see 2020.  The freshmen class was declared the winner.  Congratulations!

     

    Two “Senior Sunrise” Events Next Week!

    Senior Sunrise is finally here!  To coincide with the costume dress-up days (October 28 for Group 1 and October 30 for Group 2), seniors are invited to come to the courtyard at 6:15 am.  Breakfast sandwiches and other treats will be provided.  Social distancing will be maintained.  Wear your costumes if you wish! 

     

    The events will start at 6:45 am but will keep going until 7:25 am so seniors who are riding a bus may join the fun, too. 

     

    Seniors arriving before 7:10 am must enter through the main office doors.

     

    Virtual students may also attend but must provide their own transportation to and from school. 

     

     

    Costumes Next Week - Two Days!

    Group 1 students may dress in costumes on Wednesday, October 28. 

    Group 2 students may dress in costumes on Friday, October 30. 

    Of course, costumes must be appropriate (ex. no weapons, no references to drugs or alcohol)

     

     

     

     

     

    Did You Get the Device Protection Plan?

    I enthusiastically recommend that all families choose to use the protection (insurance) plan the district makes available.  The Protection Plan cost is a $25 non-refundable fee and is meant to defray the fees for damages or replacement of the device.

     

    The Plan will cover costs for repair and/or replacement of a device due to accidental damage or theft after the payment of the appropriate initial fee. If the device is accidentally damaged, the student or parent must pay an initial ($25 for first occurrence; $50 for second occurrence; $75 for third occurrence), and the District will pay any further repair/replacement cost. If the device is stolen, the student or parent must pay a $40 initial fee and the District will pay the remainder of the replacement cost. If the cost of repair is less than the initial fee outlined herein, the actual charge will be charged to the student as the initial fee.

     

    If you choose to not enroll in the plan, you are responsible for the full cost of any repair or replacement costs.

     

    You can pay the Device Protection Plan fee online at our website at https://www.eastiron.org/Page/6000.  See Device Protection Plan and Revtrak online payments.

     

     

     

    Weekly Advice for Parents and Families from the Eastridge Counseling Office – Topic: Developing Coping Skills

    Sometimes your child might not need direct counseling support but would benefit from a coping skill plan to prevent concerning behaviors or symptoms of mental health worsening. Check out the link to a “virtual calming room” full of various activities they can use when they need a break or to build their own coping skills.  

    You will also find mindfulness videos, coloring activities, meditation and as well as other relaxation techniques. 

    https://sites.google.com/cnusd.k12.ca.us/cnusdvirtualcalmingroom/home?authuser=0

     

     

     

    Red Ribbon Week – Healthy Living for Students

    We are featuring Healthy Living for Teens during Red Ribbon Week.  Students will be having these items provided for them each day next week via Schoology.

    https://sway.office.com/o7HACjunEzHWMBAs?ref=Link

     

     

     

     

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    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.

     


    October 16, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

    Virtual Open House – October 22

    The Eastridge Open House will take place on October 22 from 6:30 pm – 8:25 pm.  It will be fully remote.  You will be introduced to your child’s Academic Achievement Team (Assistant Principal, Counselor, Social Worker) and then spend twelve minutes with each of your child’s teachers using your child’s school laptop and Teams calendar.  Have your child guide you through the evening – helping you to navigate through Teams.  This will give you a glimpse into how your child navigates through remote learning days.  If your child cannot be present, have him or her show you how to sign into the laptop and get into their Teams calendar.  The icons below will help.  We look forward to seeing everyone at our remote version of Open House.

    Schedule

    6:30 – 6:42 pm                        Academic Achievement Teams (by alphabetical split)

    6:43 – 6:55 pm                        1st Class

    6:56 – 7:08 pm                        2nd Class

    7:09 – 7:21 pm                        3rd Class

    7:22 – 7:34 pm                        4th Class

    7:35 – 7:47 pm                        5th Class

    7:48 – 8:00 pm                        6th Class

    8:01 – 8:13 pm                        7th Class

    8:14 – 8:25 pm                        8th Class

     

    1-Click on Teams                2. Click on                     3. Click Meeting at            4. Click on “Join”            5. Move

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    Virtual or Hybrid for Quarter 2?  Required Form

    On Friday, October 16, the district sent an email to all parents with a link to a survey about changing instructional models.  Only fill out this form if you want to change the instructional model for your children.  It must be completed by October 23rd.   Once you have submitted your response, you will receive a confirmation call from your child's school.  Your decision is final on October 23, 2020No changes will occur after that until February 1st, the start of the third marking period.  We thank you for your continued partnership and for taking the time to communicate your decision with us.

    This is the same link that was sent on October 16 at 8:00 am.  If you already completed it, you do not need to do it again.: Change in Instructional Model Survey

     

    Spirit Week is Here!

    Courtyard Decorating

    (Combining Hall Decorating and Float Decorating in a Safer Outdoors Setting)

    Theme:           2020

    When:             October 20 (Group 2 day) and October 21 (Group 1 day).

    Who:               Each Class will be limited to ten students plus two advisors on each day.

    Where:            Students will decorate their designated locations.  The locations will be about the same size.

    Safety:             All people will be masked the entire time and advisors will supervise so that distancing is

                            maintained.  Students may not gather at each other’s houses to build or create items for the

                            courtyard.  It must all be done on site in the time allotted.

    Materials:       Items must be able to hold up in poor weather.  Of course, they should be in good taste, too.

    Timing:            Students will decorate from 2:20 – 3:30 pm each day.  Students must leave at 3:30 on a late bus

                            or be picked up by a parent.

    Judging:          A panel of staff members will vote on the decorating competition and the Lancer Helmet will be

                            awarded to the winning class on Friday.

     

    Theme Days:

    Appropriate dress standards apply to the following theme days (ex. no references to guns, drugs, alcohol, obscenities, derogatory writing).  Students who are at home are encouraged to participate, too.

     

    Maui Monday (Hawaiian Theme)

    Favorite Cause Tuesday (ex. Breast Cancer Awareness, Save the Children, Donate Blood)

    Wacky Wednesday (No Visible Underwear)

    Class Colors Thursday (New colors or old colors, each person decides for themselves)

    School Spirit Friday (Lancer Gear Theme)

     

    Note: COVID protective masks are still required.

     

    New Class Color Schemes

    (Though kids would also be encouraged to wear old colors if they have

    anything that they bought in the past)

    Freshman-Primary Navy/Secondary Grey

    Sophomores-Primary Carolina Blue/Secondary Navy

    Juniors-Primary White/Secondary Navy

    Seniors-Primary Grey/Secondary Carolina Blue

     

    Interim Reports Next Week

    Interim Reports will be ready on Monday, October 19.  We will be mailing them out on Tuesday, October 20 and you can also check them in the Parent Portal.   In fact, you can keep up to date with your child’s progress via the Parent Portal at any time.  In addition to your child’s report, a magnet with all the grading dates and important school contact numbers will be in the envelope.

     

    Make-up School Photos and Photos of Virtual Students

    Make-up photos for GROUP 1    10/22 (10 am – 2 pm)

    Make-up photos for GROUP 2    10/23 (10 am – 2 pm)

     

    Virtual students may come to school at the times listed below on either 10/22 or 10/23.  Enter the doors near the main office.  Before entering, they will have their temperatures checked and they will answer COVID health questions at the door.  If you have children in different grade levels or the times do not work for your family, you can come during any of the time slots.  We scheduled it this way to try to spread people out over time. 

    SENIORS               2:30-3:15

    JUNIORS              3:15-4:00

    SOPHOMORES   4:00-4:45

    FRESHMAN         4:45-5:30

     

    If you do not want your child to travel to school for a school photo, but would like to have a picture in the yearbook, please send a clear photo of your child with the grade level and correct spelling of the full name to mailto:Kimberly_Angotti@eastiron.monroe.edu .  She is the yearbook advisor and will assist you.

     

     

    Weekly Advice for Parents and Families from the Eastridge Counseling Office – Topic: Suicide Prevention

    Suicide rates among young adults in the U.S. have risen in recent years.  We sometimes get reports from teachers throughout the school year about students struggling with suicidal thoughts and we intervene and provide resources for families. Risk factors and warning signs to be aware of are listed below along with supports available in school and our community.

     

    If you notice marks on a child’s body consistent with cutting, or any of the risk factors of warning signs listed below please notify your pediatrician and/or school counseling team immediately for support.

     

    Mobile crisis: Can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 Lifeline. On-call counselors are available and mental health providers can meet families in their homes.

    Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

    Life threatening emergencies:  Call  9-1-1

     

     

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    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.

     


    October 9, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

     

    Open House – October 22

    You should have received directions for taking part in the Eastridge High Virtual Open House  (October 22, 6:30 – 8:25pm) in the mail last week.  Please keep that paper as it tells you how to get into each of the virtual classes.  We will send you a reminder with directions again, the day before the event.  We hope to see everyone (virtually)!  

     

    Spirit Week is Being Planned

    Varsity Club is planning our Spirit Week (October 19-23).  Although we will not be able to have the regular pep rally or parade/carnival, several smaller items are being put in place.  Students should look for the announcements on Schoology early next week.  There will be dress up days and a socially distanced courtyard decorating contest! 

     

    Practice Evacuations on 10/9 and 10/13

    We practiced lockdowns and hold-in-place medical situations this week at school.  We are ending our Safety Week with our annual practice evacuations, which take place on 10/9 and 10/13.  We will stop the last class around 1:55pm and do a brief hold-in-place.  Students will then be dismissed immediately after and they must leave campus.  Buses will pull out soon after 2 pm and you child will arrive home a little earlier than usual.

     

     If you are picking up your child on 10/9 or 10/13, please arrive fifteen minutes earlier than usual.  

     

    How Do I Change my Child from Virtual to Hybrid?

    I’ve received several parent inquiries about how to sign up their children to start attending school physically in our hybrid model.  It will be great to see so many students physically attend in the second quarter!

     

    On October 16th, the school district will be sending a survey to the families of all students who are currently learning in a 100% remote learning model.  Watch for this notification in a week.

     

    The purpose of this survey is to offer the choice to remain in a remote learning model or to return to an in-person/hybrid model beginning November 9th.  Once you receive this survey on October 16, please fill out the survey questions for each child in your household by October 23, 2020.  Once you have submitted your response, you will receive a confirmation call from your child's school. 

     

    Your decision is considered final after this confirmation call and we will be unable to make changes again until February 1st, the start of the third marking period.  We thank you for taking the time to communicate your decision with us.

     

     

     

     

    Juniors and Seniors - College Representatives at Eastridge (Virtually)

    Virtual visits with college representatives will take place 4th period (9:48 am-10:30 am) on the days listed below. Hybrid students who are on campus the day of the visit will report to room 136. Hybrid students at home that day as well as virtual students will be given the meeting link so they may attend from home. Space for on-campus students is limited and priority will be given to Seniors.

     

    Contact Mrs. Harmon through Schoology if you would like to sign up to take part in a virtual visit with a college representative from the following colleges:

     

    October 13: SUNY Brockport                         October 14: Genesee Community College    

    October 19: Keuka College                             October 21: Canisius College

    October 22: University of Rochester             October 26: RIT

    October27: St. John Fisher College                October 27: Ithaca College*                                     

    October 28: Niagara University                    October 29: University at Buffalo

    October 30: Daemen College                         November 3: SUNY Potsdam

    November 5: SUNY Buffalo State                  November 6: SUNY Geneseo

    November 9: SUNY Alfred State                    November 10: Nazareth College

    November 12: SUNY Purchase                       November 16: Le Moyne College

    November 18: University at Albany              November 23: Monroe Community College

    December 3: Finger Lakes Community College

     

    *Students who sign up to meet with Ithaca College will have a different meeting space, TBD.

     

    Make-up School Photos and Photos of Virtual Students

    Make-up days for school photos: October 22 and 23

    There will also be a chance for virtual students to come to have pictures taken after school on both of those days.  We use these photos for the yearbook and official school IDs.  Virtual students should watch for a schedule that will be sent to you, soon.

     

    If you do not want your child to travel to school for a school photo but would like to have a picture in the yearbook, please send a clear photo of your child with the grade level and correct spelling of the full name to mailto:Kimberly_Angotti@eastiron.monroe.edu .  She is the yearbook advisor and will assist you.

     

     

     

     

    E-Stickers for Outstanding Lancers

    The following students were named Students of the Month for September.  Congratulations!

    C'Asia Welch                                     Olivia Bernier                                    Tyler Haidvogel

    Tamryn Hendrix                               Nate Haugh                                        Selamawit Molla

    Alexa Ange                                         Tayvon Smythe                                 Marc Gray

    Martina Inga

     

    Click @Eastridge_EICSD to link to the Eastridge Twitter Page.

    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.


    October 2, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

    Open House – Save the Date

    The Eastridge Open House will take place on October 22 from 6:30 – 8:25pm.  It will be fully remote.  You will be introduced to your child’s Academic Achievement Team (Assistant Principal, Counselor, Social Worker) and then spend twelve minutes with each of your child’s teachers using your child’s school laptop and Teams calendar.  Have your child guide you through the evening – helping you to navigate through Teams.  This will give you glimpse into how your child navigates through remote learning days.  If your child cannot be present, have him or her show you how to sign into the laptop and get into their Teams calendar.  The icons below will help.  We look forward to seeing everyone at remote version of Open House.

    Schedule

    6:30 – 6:42 pm                        Academic Achievement Teams (by alphabetical split)

    6:43 – 6:55 pm                        1st Class

    6:56 – 7:08 pm                        2nd Class

    7:09 – 7:21 pm                        3rd Class

    7:22 – 7:34 pm                        4th Class

    7:35 – 7:47 pm                        5th Class

    7:48 – 8:00 pm                        6th Class

    8:01 – 8:13 pm                        7th Class

    8:14 – 8:25 pm                        8th Class

     

    1-Click on Teams                      2. Click on                      3. Click Meeting at               4. Click on “Join”           5. Move to Next

             Icon                                     Calendar                             6:30 pm                                 (in purple)            Calendar Meeting

                                                                                                                                                                                        When Session

                                                                                                                                                                                               Ends

                              

     

    Spirit Week is Being Planned

    Varsity Club is planning our Spirit Week (October 19-23).  Although we will not be able to have the regular pep rally or parade/carnival, several smaller items are being put in place.  Students should look for the announcements on Schoology early next week.  Teachers will review the different emergency situations in classes so that students know exactly what to do. 

     

    Safety Week (10/5 – 10/13)

    There will several safety drills throughout next week (hold in place for medical emergencies, lockdowns, and evacuations.)  We scheduled the drills so that students in Group 1 and Group 2 will both be able to practice the different emergency situations.  We have organized the drills differently this year to assure safe COVID distancing. 

     

    The evacuation drills will be held on 10/9 and 10/13.  We will stop the last class around 1:55 and do a brief hold-in-place.  Students will then be dismissed to their buses, rides in the parking lot, or to walk home by 2:00pm.  If you are picking up your child on 10/9 or 10/13, please arrive fifteen minutes earlier than usual.  

     

    Timeline for Deciding to Change from Virtual to Hybrid

    On October 16th, the school district will be sending a survey to the families of all students who are currently learning in a 100% remote learning model. 

     

    The purpose of this survey is to offer the choice to remain in a remote learning model or to return to an in person/hybrid model beginning November 9th.  Once you receive this survey on October 16, please fill out the survey questions for each child in your household by October 23, 2020.  Once you have submitted your response, you will receive a confirmation call from your child's school. 

     

    Your decision is considered final after this confirmation call and we will be unable to make changes again until    February 1st, the start of the third marking period.  We thank you for taking time to communicate your decision with us.

     

    Physical Education at Home

    To help get students who are in school onto the playing fields more quickly and give time for students at home to be active, the physical education staff has changed how they are starting each class.  On the days the students are learning from home, they are asked to open their PE class in Teams and respond to the conversation “here” for attendance.  They are then directed to make a selection from a list of activities and, sometimes, there is a quiz waiting for them. 

     

    Example of a message that was sent to students last week:

    Please check in for attendance by "replying" to this message with "here" and have a great day! Group 1 students will be going outside to run the mile. Group 2 and Virtual students must go to “Files” and choose an activity. This is a great time to take a break from sitting down behind the computer and to get your heart rate up and get active! Also, if you haven't completed the quiz...it is due tomorrow!

    All the materials are posted in the "Files" section and quizzes will be in the "Assignment" section.

     

    The PE staff has created a calendar of activities and placed it in the “Files” section of Teams for the students, so the learners can plan ahead for the next month.

     

    Faces on the Screen Make a Difference in Connecting With Others

    Teachers are trying to get to know the students in their classes and being able to see them, even if just on a screen, is an important part of the process.  Many students are choosing to turn off their screens – leaving only their initials.  We want to protect a child’s privacy and know that this is needed at times.  We also want to help with relationship building and interaction.  Please talk to your child about turning on his or her screen, unless it has to be temporarily turned off for a specific reason.  Our teachers want to know them.  Your child can also place a favorite photo of himself or herself in place of the initials in a circle so that if the screen needs to be temporarily turned off, the teacher can still “see” a face.  There is also a setting in Teams to blur the background, which allows the student to be on the screen but preserve some privacy.  Any assistance that you can give with this is deeply appreciated by the teaching staff at Eastridge.

             

                

                                                

     

    SUNY College Fairs (9/29-10/3) – Virtual Visits

     

    Students can learn about financial aid, the EOP program, and the offerings of nearly 60 SUNY campuses by attending a virtual SUNY College Fair
    See the links below to register! 
    Friday, October 2, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Saturday, October 3, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Saturday, October 3, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    During the fair, students will be able to communicate with campus representatives and EOP counselors on the new SUNY platform using text and video chat. In addition, students can attend a live broadcast about the financial aid process.

     

    Make-up School Photos and Photos of Virtual Students

    Make-up days for school photos: October 22 and 23

    There will also be a chance for virtual students to come to have pictures taken after school on both of those days.  We use these photos for the yearbook and official school IDs.  Virtual students should watch for a schedule that will be sent to you, soon.

     

    If you do not want your child to travel to school for a school photo but would like to have a picture in the yearbook, please send a clear photo of your child with the grade level and correct spelling of the full name to mailto:Kimberly_Angotti@eastiron.monroe.edu.  She is the yearbook advisor and will assist you.

     

     

    Laptop Protection Program – Did You Register, Yet?

    I highly recommend that all families choose to use the protection (insurance) plan the district makes available.  The Protection Plan costs a $25 non-refundable fee and is meant to defray the fees for damages or replacement of the device.

     

    You can pay the Device Protection Plan fee online at our website at eastiron.org under Technology – Device Information and Payment.

     

     

     

    Click @Eastridge_EICSD to link to the Eastridge Twitter Page.

    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.


     

    September 25, 2020 - EHS Newsletter

     

    Survey for Parents/Guardians – We Need Your Feedback

    Please take this Survey if your child is Fully Virtual

    Survey for Parents of Students who are Fully Virtual

     

    Please take this survey if your child is Hybrid (attends partially at home and partially at school) or is In-Person

    Survey for Parents of Hybrid or In-Person Students

     

    Three Short Videos – College Admission Processes

    Colleges from this area of NYS got together with a local school counselor to discuss the college admission process.  Parents/Guardians of junior and seniors should spend some time watching these while sitting with your child.  They talk about applications, admissions tests (SATs, ACTs), financial aid, and more!

     

    College Panel 1 (Roberts Wesleyan College, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, and The College at Brockport, SUNY)

    Check out this video:  https://www.wevideo.com/view/1816646812

     

    College Panel 2: (Keuka College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher, Finger Lakes Community College, and The College at Brockport)

    Check out this video: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1818351093

     

    College Panel 3 (Alfred University, Houghton College, Genesee Community College, and Alfred State College)

    Check out this video: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1821787475

     

    Seniors and their parents will be invited to take part in “senior meetings” with counselors over the next two months.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to take part.  Watch for an invitation from your child’s counselor, soon.

     

     

     

    SUNY College Fairs (9/29-10/3) – Virtual Visits – Students Should Register Now

     

    Students can learn about financial aid, the EOP program, and the offerings of nearly 60 SUNY campuses by attending a virtual SUNY College Fair. 

    See the links below to register! 
    Tuesday, September 29, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Thursday, October 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Friday, October 2, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Saturday, October 3, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Saturday, October 3, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    During the fair, students will be able to communicate with campus representatives and EOP counselors on the new SUNY platform using text and video chat. In addition, students can attend a live broadcast about the financial aid process.

     

    Masks are Required (No Gaiters or Bandanas, Though) 

    Fabric face coverings are required of all people who are on school buses and in school.  The masks must cover the person’s mouth and nose.  Plastic shields do not have the same levels of protection and do not replace masks but are allowed in addition to a mask if the person desires.  Also, gaiters and bandanas are no longer allowed to be used as masks because of the low level of effectiveness. 

     

     

     

                        

     

    If a student loses or breaks a mask while at school, we have disposable masks on hand in each classroom and office. 

     

     

    Guidelines for Students on Buses After Having COVID-19 Symptoms

    If your student(s) is transported to any East Irondequoit Central School District facility or program, and has been home for any period of time due to COVID-19 symptoms; you must follow the steps indicated below in order for your student to board school district transportation. 

    1. Have your health care provider fax (see health office fax numbers below) the evaluation document and negative COVID-19 test result to the health office, during school hours, or to the building principal in the main office if it is after hours. The school nurse or principal will contact transportation to let them know when your student will be cleared to ride the bus.
    2. If you receive a paper copy of the evaluation and negative COVID-19 test result, please bring your student into school on the first day back. The health office will receive these documents and contact transportation to begin pick up and drop off the following day.
    3. Your child must also be free of symptoms.

     

    *A negative COVID-19 test and an evaluation by your health care provider is required by the Monroe County Department of Health.

     

    School Health Office Fax Numbers:

    Helendale: 339-1349

    Ivan Green: 339-1328

    Durand Eastman: 339-1353

    Laurelton-Pardee: 339-1289

    EI Middle School: 339-1439

    Eastridge: 339-1549

     

    From the Eastridge PTSA – First Meeting on Monday

    Our first PTSA meeting will be Monday, September 28 at 7pm. We will meet via Zoom to elect our 20-21 board and to vote on our 20-21 budget. In order to attend, you can email us at mailto:ehsptsaboard@gmail.com  and we will send you the Zoom link.

     

    Laptop Protection Program – Did You Register, Yet?

    I highly recommend that all families choose to use the protection (insurance) plan the district makes available.  The Protection Plan costs a $25 non-refundable fee and is meant to defray the fees for damages or replacement of the device.

     

    You can pay the Device Protection Plan fee online at our website at eastiron.org under Technology – Device Information and Payment.

     

     

    Some Athletic Events Will Start on Monday – September 28

    The Athletic Department is getting ready for the opening of a sports season.  Three sports (Volleyball, Cheerleading, Football) have been moved to a specially placed Spring season that will start in March.  Fall sports will be Varsity and Junior Varsity, only.  Here is a link to the specifics about the Fall sports season:  https://eastirondequoiths.rschoolteams.com/

     

    Athletes will go home after school and come back to school at 4:00pm.  If they do not have rides back to school, they can report to the closest primary or intermediate school in the district to board a 4:00pm bus.  They will be checked in at the stadium fence, rescreened for COVID symptoms, and report to practice. 

     

     

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month is here (Sept. 15 – October 15).  Though we will not be able to hold the in-person celebration with food and dancing, like we held last year, classes will be embedding Hispanic heritage into their lessons throughout the month.  There are several electronic displays around the building that are featuring Hispanic heritage, too.

     

     

    Click @Eastridge_EICSD to link to the Eastridge Twitter Page.

    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.

     


    September 18, 2020 _ EHS Newsletter

     

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month is here (Sept. 15 – October 15).  Though we will not be able to hold the in-person celebration with food and dancing, like we held last year, classes will be embedding Hispanic heritage into their lessons throughout the month.  There are several electronic displays around the building that are featuring Hispanic heritage, too.

     

     

    Is Your Child “Shutting Down” the Computer at Night?

    It is very important the your child shuts down the laptop at the end of the day.  Simply closing the lid does not shut down the computer.  Students who forget to do this are finding that they are not receiving class invitations in their calendars and not getting needed updates. 

     

    Also, students should turn on their computer and sign in at 7:15 am.  Some of the laptops are taking longer to go through the warm-up progression at home.  We’ve noticed several students coming late to first period (7:30 am) and saying they turned on their computer, but it took too long to get going.   

     

     

    Device Protection Plan

    I highly recommend that all families choose to use the protection (insurance) plan the district makes available.  The Protection Plan cost is a $25 non-refundable fee and is meant to defray the fees for damages or replacement of the device.

     

    The Plan will cover costs for repair and/or replacement of a device due to accidental damage or theft after the payment of the appropriate initial fee. If the device is accidentally damaged, the student or parent must pay an initial ($25 for 1st occurrence; $50 for 2nd occurrence; $75 for 3rd occurrence), and the District will pay any further repair/replacement cost. If the device is stolen, the student or parent must pay a $40 initial fee and the District will pay the remainder of the replacement cost. If the cost of repair is less than the initial fee outlined herein, the actual charge will be charged to the student as the initial fee.

     

    If you choose to not enroll in the plan, you are responsible for the full cost of any repair or replacement costs.

     

    You can pay the Device Protection Plan fee online at our website at eastiron.org under Technology – Device Information and Payment.

     

     

    The Plug Fits So Why Can’t I Use A Different Charger with My Laptop?

    The chargers for the district laptops have a very specific wattage designed for that particular model.  If a different charger is used, there is a good chance that the laptop will be damaged. The Protection (insurance) Plan does not cover this type of damage.

     

    If your child lost the charger, another one can be purchased for $38 as per the Protection Plan.

     

     

    Did You Miss the Supply Pick-up for Your “Virtual” Learner?

    Thanks to all of the parents and guardians of fully “virtual” students who picked up the supplies that were packaged by their teachers on Thursday.  Thanks also to Link Crew who helped during the distribution session.

     

    If your child is a fully “virtual” student and you did not pick up the supplies, please call 339-1450 to arrange a time during the school day.

     

    Fire Drills

    We are starting fire drills next week on Group 1 and Group 2 days.  The procedures will be slightly different to preserve social distancing. 

     

    Minor Changes – Hallways, Entry

    After watching the movement of students in the building for a week, we made some changes.  All hallways can use “two-way” traffic.  We taped the halls and students have been told to stay to the right, which they are doing in spectacular fashion.  There is ample room for spacing and this has allowed for easier movement in the building.  We are also regulating the release of buses in the morning a little more so that students do not have to wait as long on sidewalks.  We want to be prepared for the first rainy day and minimize the amount of time people are standing in the rain.   

     

    Some Athletic Events Will Start – September 28

    The Athletic Department is getting ready for the opening of a sports season.  Three sports (Volleyball, Cheerleading, Football) have been moved to a specially placed Spring season that will start in March.  Fall sports will be Varsity and Junior Varsity, only.  Here is a link to the specifics about the Fall sports season:  https://eastirondequoiths.rschoolteams.com/

     

    Picture Days: Make-ups and Virtual Student Sessions in October

    We held our picture days this week.  The make-up days will be on October 22 and 23, during school.  Virtual students will have a chance to come in on October 22 after school at designated times.  We will communicate the timeslots in the next few weeks.

     

     

    Daily Health Screening at Home – Required Before Sending Your Child to School Each Day

     

    Before sending your child to school each day, please do the quick COVID-19 health screening.  Directions are listed below.  If you have not set up your Parent Portal yet, the process will be slow on the first day.  So please set up the portal, today.  After going through the process once, it will be fast.

    1. Go to the district webpage: eastiron.org.
    2. Click on Infinite Campus button at the top of the website.

     

     

    1. Click on Campus Parent.
    2. Log in with your Username and Password OR click on “Click here to request a parent portal activation key” if you do not have a Parent Portal account.
    3. Look for the link in the District Announcement and click on it
    4. Answer the health screening questions for each student in your household and submit.
    5. After the first time you complete the questionnaire, a quick link will be available for you to bookmark. This will make the daily process quicker and easier.

     

    Below is what the District Announcement looks like as well as the questions you will need to answer daily.

     

     

     

     

    Click @Eastridge_EICSD to link to the Eastridge Twitter Page.

    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.


    Welcome!


    Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school year. A special welcome to parents and guardians
    of all freshmen and students who are new to Eastridge.


    I know many things will be different this year. Most of this newsletter is focused on
    changes that have been made because of COVID-19. The most important things remain
    the same. Covid-19 could not change these.
    -We care about your children.
    -We are focused on helping your children grow.
    -We will appropriately challenge your children to think, solve
    problems, and create.
    -We will strive to give your children what they need to be
    successful.
    -We are your partners.

    In the Near Future:
    September 1 - Freshmen and New Student Parent Orientation – Remote(online) at 6:00pm

    September 2 - Freshmen and New Student Orientation in Small Groups throughout the day

    September 8 and 9- Teacher Meeting Days – used to prepare for in-person/at home combined learning

    September 10 - First Day of in-person classes for Group 1, remote classes for Group 2, and remote classes for students who are fully remote

    September 14 - First Day of in-person classes for Group 2 and remote classes for Group 1

    September 15 and 16 - School Picture Days for students who attend in person. Group 2 on 9/15, Group 1 on 9/16

    PTSA Meetings - (7 pm in Room 102)


    Our Model(s) for Opening Eastridge in September


    Over the past five months, we examined many ideas about physically reopening schools by
    looking at other countries, other states, and suggestions from many educational and parent
    organizations. Finally, in mid-July, the NYS Health Department and NYS Education Department
    provided the parameters for reopening schools in NYS. We were given two weeks to produce
    formal plans and submit them. Much of the detail work continues as I am writing this Enews.
    Hybrid Plan – We are opening with the school split into two student groups with attention being
    paid to households attending together. Each group physically attends two days in a row
    followed by attending remotely the following two school days. When one group is attending
    from home, the other is physically attending. On days that students are attending from home;
    they will utilize a Microsoft tool called “Teams” to join their classes. There are more details
    about this later in this letter.


    Fully Remote – Students could choose to solely attend school remotely and not set foot in the
    building. At Eastridge, these students are part of classes that regularly meet and follow the
    same schedule as students who are physically attending, and also use “Teams” to join the classes
    each day. Details about this are in the instruction portion of this update.


    A small group of students with very particular needs are attending every day, if their parents
    agree. They are being individually contacted if they meet the criteria for this system.
    It is important to remember that these systems could change throughout the year. An
    important lesson I learned during the closures from March – June is to be ready for anything
    because the reality may shift. As we created our plans, we organized them in a way that if we
    need to fully close again, the transition will be quicker, and the education will be more robust. If
    we can hopefully have everyone in attendance at some point, we will be ready to go without scrambling to reorganize schedules. We have a goal of being able to shift within twenty-four hours for those scenarios and have organized our systems to make that possible.

    Health and Safety


    Small Groups and Six Feet

    Classes are being kept small. We are breaking each class into two halves with one group learning from home and the other group learning from school. Others in the class may be learning from home every day. This allows classes to remain small. We used square footage measurements to determine the number of people who could safely be in a classroom or other learning spaces with at least six feet between student seats. As rooms are being set up, we are using measuring sticks that are six feet long to assure appropriate distancing is in place.


    Masks are Required (Not just a shield)


    Fabric face coverings are required of all people who are on school busses or in school. The masks must cover the person’s mouth and nose. Plastic shields do not have the same levels of protection and do not replace masks but are allowed in addition to a mask if the person desires.


    Mask breaks will be given throughout the day by the adult in charge of each classroom. Typically, these mask breaks will be announced by the teacher at a time when students are all in their chairs in a classroom, are doing independent work, and nobody is moving around the room (including the adults). If a person needs to get up and move, the mask break will be ended. When the weather allows, study hall supervisors will be encouraged to take students outside for a short walk on school property where students can safely spread out for an outside mask break. During mealtimes, students should temporarily remove their masks to eat and drink, but only while they remain in their seats.


    Assigned Seats


    Students are being assigned seats on busses and in classrooms. Desks are being marked (Example – blue for period 1 and white for period two) so that students do not sit in a seat that has not been sanitized. A schedule of desk/table/seat sanitizing schedule is being organized.


    Disinfecting and Hand Sanitizing


    Classrooms and open spaces are being sanitized throughout the school day. Custodians will have a schedule to sanitize key touchpoints (handles, desktops, tables, light switches, etc.) in an ongoing manner. Our daytime custodial staff is being increased to assure that the sanitizing is continuous. Sanitizing materials are also being left in classrooms so that others may sanitize if they feel the need to do so.


    Hand washing is being encouraged and hand sanitizer is being placed in every classroom, office, and other open spaces. Students will be reminded to wash or use hand sanitizer throughout the day.


    Expanding Passageways and Controlling Hall Traffic Patterns


    Students will be passing from class to class through the hallways. Some are being marked as “one way” hallways while others will have a taped traffic line in the middle with directional arrows on the right sides of the hall. This will help with keeping people moving from place to place. We are expanding passing spaces by opening the courtyard between periods so students can use it as an outside short-cut. The eleven classrooms that are attached to the library will have students exit into that space at the end of class and use it as a large hallway on their way to their next classes. Less than half of the students at Eastridge will physically be in attendance, at any point, so the hallway “crowds” will not exist.


    Lockers and Bathrooms


    Lockers are not being issued. They become stopping points for students and can block the hallway traffic. Bathrooms will not be accessible during passing times as they sometimes fill with people during those short periods. Instead, students may obtain bathroom passes during classes and security will make sure that no more than three people are in our bathrooms so six-foot distancing can be accomplished. The bathrooms near the cafeteria will also be accessible during lunch.


    Health Checks and Temperature Checks


    Parents and guardians must take their child’s temperature and answer a series of health questions each day before their child can enter school. It is a quick set of questions, but it is very important that this takes place before students enter. If a child has a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or answers ‘yes’ to any of the symptom or contact questions on the daily form, the student must stay home. You will receive a letter from our district that walks you through the steps of what must happen in different situations.


    Everyone who enters the building will have a temperature taken using touchless electronic temperature tools. Any child who has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed in school and must be immediately be picked up. The child will be asked to wait in a quarantined location until an adult arrives to take the child home.


    Food and Drinks


    Students who participate in the breakfast program will get prepackaged meals from the cafeteria (socially distanced distribution) and go to their Homeroom/First Period class where they can take off their masks while seated and eat breakfast. Lunch will be held in our cafeteria. Tables will be arranged so that only two students sit at a table in designated positions to assure safe distancing. Limited seating is available in our Senior Bistro for students who qualify. We are balancing the number of students in lunch to make sure students can be spaced safely. While the weather is cooperative, outside seating will be available in our courtyard that is adjacent to the cafeteria. If a particular lunch time needs more space, we will use the auxiliary gym for additional seating, which is near the cafeteria. Cafeteria tables will be sanitized.


    Getting Outside


    Students will have more chances to be outdoors, this year. Our physical education department will utilize our fabulous outside facilities more than ever. Students should be prepared to be outside in cool weather and even if there is a slight drizzle in the air. If it is raining, PE classes will be in our gymnasiums. Adults who lead study halls will be encouraged to take their groups for short walks on property (back of school or courtyard). Students may utilize the courtyard during lunches, too. Some teachers may take their classes to outside spaces on property if the lesson design allows. Students should dress for the weather each morning, assuming that they may go outside at some point during the day.


    Morning Entry Procedures


    Entering the school will look different this year. There will be five designated doors that will help to spread students out and preserve safe distancing. Each will be marked clearly to help students to find their way:


    Athletic Doors (next to stadium) – Students being dropped off


    Main Office Doors (next to main parking lot) – Students who drive to school

    Music Doors (Front of school, East side) – Freshmen who ride a bus or walk


    S- Hall Doors (Front of school, West side) – Sophomores who ride a bus or walk


    “Bus Doors” (Front of school, central location) – Juniors and Seniors who ride a bus or walk


    As people enter the building, they will hold their hand in front of a touchless temperature taking machine to be sure they are not running a fever. Students will then go immediately to their homeroom/first period classroom. If they are taking part in the breakfast program, they will pick up a prepared breakfast in the cafeteria and then move to their homeroom location.


    Parking Lot, Student Parking, Student Drop Off


    We are increasing the number of students allowed to park at school, which will help with the number of students on the bus. Ms. Webber is mailing requirements and forms for obtaining a parking pass. Only people with clearly displayed parking passes in the front window will be allowed to enter the main portion of the parking lot.
    We rerouted the student drop off traffic to increase the amount of sidewalk locations available for parents to drop off their children. If you are dropping off a child, please do so no earlier than 7:05 am. Students will enter the building beginning at 7:10 am. Drivers will be directed to drive along the east side of the lot (next to Aman’s Farm Market and the bus fence), which will be marked with cones. They will loop around near the stadium where they can drop off their children anywhere next to the sidewalk and then drive to the central lane in the parking lot where they will be directed to exit. Students may not be dropped off near the main office doors. Students will need to walk a bit further, but we hope that it keeps the flow moving as we are expecting more student drivers and parent drop offs this year.


    Afternoon Dismissal


    At the end of the school day, students will be released from their last period in a controlled fashion over a five-minute timespan. This will decrease congestion as students board buses. Parents who are picking up students may park in the student lot (east side of large parking lot) or line up along the sidewalk in the same location where the morning drop off occurs. Students must immediately exit the building after dismissal. Parents must be on time (no later than 2:15 pm) while picking up their children as we will not allow students to gather in the vestibule to wait for rides.


    Students may stay after school for academic help. They will be required to sign up with a teacher, so we know who is remaining in school each day. The help sessions must end by 3:30 pm when the late bus arrives at school. Students who are riding the late bus will be assigned a specific seat, so we have a record in case contact tracing is later needed. Clubs will be on-line only. Sports are on hold until at least September 21, so there are no afterschool practices.


    Learning and Instruction


    Robust Learning – Regardless of Where a Student is Located
    No matter which type of setting is used for learning (remote, in-person, hybrid), we are focused on providing a robust and supportive learning program for all students. Last spring, we were inventing systems as things evolved. Luckily, we had a lot of the technology in place and teacher teams were already highly functional, but family schedules and needs were in a whirlwind. We focused our curriculum, concentrated on personal connection, and tried to create some clarity so that learning could take place.

    We have had more planning time as we start the year. Here are some goals that will keep our students focused on robust learning:
    -Students are “in class” (remotely or in person) every time the class meets. Attendance will be taken.
    -Curriculum is not drastically changed, but the delivery and assessment methods are shifting.
    -Grading will look similar to pre-COVID systems, with more of a concentration on focused feedback.


    There Are No “Days Off” (Students May Not Work During School Hours)


    Some students called the school last week asking for their rotation schedules so they could get different hours on their “days off.” There are no “days off.” Our school hours remain primarily the same as they have in the past and labor laws prohibit students from working during school hours.


    If a class begins at 7:30am, all students who are registered for the class must join (in person or remotely) by 7:30am using a program called Teams, which is part of the Microsoft system that is on student laptops. A teacher will meet with all the students in a class. Sometimes, the students at home will listen to directions and then be given a learning task to complete while they sign off. Other days, they will take part in an on-line mini lesson for a chunk of the period. Some days, the teacher will arrange group learning that includes students who are at home paired with students who are physically in class, where they can view each other and common documents using the technology provided. Your children will not be looking at the computer for the entire day but will start each class with their peers in school via Teams.


    Group 1 (Yellow) and Group 2 (Purple)


    Students are being assigned to Group 1 or Group 2. Each group attends school on their assigned days - two days in a row and then attends classes remotely the following two days. See the chart that is being sent with this Enews and save it. Keep this handy so you will always know when your child is supposed to physically attend school or attend class remotely. Some students are attending in a virtual fashion every day. They must also follow the daily class period schedule.


    The groups are being arranged as I write this note. We are setting them up so children from the same household are in the same groups and will physically be home or at school on the same days – including Middle School siblings. It will be very difficult to move students from one group to another as it is being organized in a way to keep class sizes balanced.


    No Cancelling of Courses, Rigor Remains


    We have been able to keep students in their originally scheduled classes. No courses have been cancelled because of the educational structures we are using this year. Many of the formats being used in other places are leading to pushing students out of courses and only offering a bare bones schedule to students who are learning from home, which is something we wanted to avoid.


    Most of our courses will be able to stick to the written curriculum but will achieve the goals using different methods. For instance, an art class may have students learn art concepts with digital creation tools where they have exclusively used hands-on tools in the past. Regardless, the key concepts for every class remain in place.

    Assessments and Large Tests


    Assessment and submission methods will shift in some areas. Teachers have worked to move key assessments to be digitally completed and submitted. Unit tests remain, but they may look a little different.


    We have not been told by the New York State Educations Department, The International Baccalaureate (IB), The College Board (AP), or Project Lead the Way (PLTW) if their tests and assessments are changing. Unless we hear differently, we will plan on students taking the assessments at their regularly scheduled times.

    EMCC News


    The Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) is running a slightly different schedule from what we are using at Eastridge. Their classes are meeting two times a week – either Mon/Thurs or Tues/ Friday while having students attend virtually on Wednesday. We are making arrangements for bussing to and from EMCC for our own hybrid students. EMCC is not allowing students to choose a fully remote education, though. Students who chose to be fully remote at Eastridge but want to physically attend EMCC may do so but must provide their own transportation. If your child fits this situation, please contact your child’s counselor right away.

    Freshmen and New Student Orientation – September 2


    The Freshmen year is extremely important in getting students on the right track. We usually have a large-scale orientation but have shifted it to several smaller orientations on September 2.


    Parents and guardians are being invited to a “town hall” remote Zoom session at 6:00pm on September 1. We are also inviting non-freshmen and their parents/guardians who are new to Eastridge to attend these sessions.


    Watch for a special mailing with details about these important orientations.


    Using Office 365, OneNote, and Calendars


    If freshmen are concerned about using Office 365, OneNote, and Teams, do not worry. Teams is quite intuitive, and freshmen will be sent information about how to get started. Freshmen English teachers will spend a portion of the first two weeks of school helping students to get acclimated to these tools and set up class folders so that our freshmen will stay organized all year long in all of their classes. Thank you, ELA 9 team!


    Everyone Must Have a Laptop Before School Begins


    All students should have exchanged the device they were using last year for an updated laptop this summer. If you are new to the school or missed the date, please plan on exchanging or receiving your laptop on August 24 and 26 from 7:00am – 3:00pm or August 25 or 27 from 3:00pm – 8:00pm in front of the school. Pull up and someone will come to your car.


    It is suggested that everyone purchase a protection plan for their laptops before the new school year begins. Use this link to connect to the online payment process site. https://eicsd.revtrak.net/


    Communication with Parents and Guardians

    Enews
    I send a Weekly Enews throughout the school year that looks like this document. Most will be shorter than this first introductory letter and will focus on student celebrations, important news for parents, and updates from our district. Please take a few minutes each week to read it. It will appear in your email – usually on Friday afternoons. If you change your email address, be sure the school knows so that you continue to receive the weekly Enews and other communications from teachers.

    Website and Twitter
    The website for the districts is rich source of information. Eastridge also uses Twitter to showcase news and provide reminders. Our Twitter address is listed at the end of this Enews.


    Text Messages
    We adopted “Talking Points” as a program to communicate with parents via text message. This powerful tool even translates short messages to the parent’s first language and reverses the translation as that parent responds. You have probably received many more text messages from East Irondequoit since March. If you have not received any, call the main office (339-1450) and a secretary can check to see if we have the correct cell number.


    Click @Eastridge_EICSD to link to the Eastridge Twitter Page.


    We are constantly tweeting pictures from school and reminders of events.