Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Dear North Shore Parents, Community Members, and Faculty,
I wrote our faculty and staff this morning to check-in and talked with them about the interplay of uncertainty and hope. These seem like odd concepts to put together, but both have very much been on my mind. These are uncertain, but in many ways, extremely hopeful times. We have been forced to shift our lifestyles to manage the health and wellness of ourselves, and the people we love and care about. We worry for what will come next in an ever-shifting landscape of information and expectations, and how we will move forward. We demonstrate our hopefulness in our connections with our students, with our communities, and with each other. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit that our learning community has shown and grateful to the entire North Shore community.
I extended a special and profound thanks to our food service, custodial, technology, and transportation departments for keeping our most vulnerable students fed, and our critical infrastructures in place. They are doing amazing work, and I will never forget it. I also thanked all of our teachers and administrators who are connecting with students and their families in any number of ways. The importance of our connections as people keeps everyone’s spirits lifted. While we need to do that from a socially distant place, it does not minimize the critical value it plays in keeping ourselves connected with one another.
The health and wellness of all of you, your families, and our community weighs heavily on me. It is clear that we will begin seeing more confirmed cases in North Shore. We care about you deeply and want you to be well so please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be that support to you, your children, or your families
We have opened a survey link for parents to provide us feedback on our efforts. Please take our survey here. It will remain open until Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 5pm. A separate survey will be sent to teachers and students to collect their feedback as well. This one is for parents/guardians only.
The extraordinary nature of this Global Pandemic has created the conditions and need for extraordinary decision making. To that end, Governor Cuomo, in his Executive Order 202.11 extended the school closure until April 15, 2020. Using his emergency powers, he has precluded school districts from being closed for the scheduled April recess, and thus, continuity of instruction, childcare services, and meal services will continue without interruption. We will adapt as this is a pivotal time in both the spread and containment of the virus. In the meantime, I am aware of the days of religious observance that are upon us, and we will honor and respect the ability of our families, faculty, and staff to observe the holidays without interruption. Under the direct leadership of Dr. Zublionis, we will be working with our leadership team over the next few days to ensure a fluid and flexible continuity of learning plan that respects the religious holiday and complies with the Governor's Executive Order. I will be communicating more on this as the week unfolds.
I am very pleased to present to you the the latest edition of The Viking View. You will see that even though we are not physically at school, our editors and writers have been busily making sure that our school newspaper is available. Thank you to our advisor, Ms. Millman for her very fine leadership and for mentoring our students!
Today, we began the process of formally putting our club and extra-curricular activities back into place. Club advisors are currently working with their principals to develop a meeting schedule for clubs that may continue to run for the remainder of the year. We think it is important to keep these connections active and engagement high for students, and you will be hearing more from each of the schools next week.
I am monitoring the status of spring athletics carefully and am awaiting direction from Section VIII on the spring season. My conversations are on-going, and for now, the season is on hold.
Each of our principals, Dr. Z., and I continue to discuss how to address end-of-year culminating activities. Conversations involving proms, moving up ceremonies, and graduation are all on-going and remain unresolved. Mr. Cousins and I plan to meet with our student leaders and their advisors soon to review and brainstorm options. This is an unsettling time for our senior class, and I want to do all that I can to support and celebrate their many accomplishments. The answers are unclear, but we know we have much to celebrate!
Grading protocols are forthcoming from Mr. Cousins and Mr. Dennis today. All students will be held harmless, and we are invested in the success of each student. At this point, time feedback loops are important, and I appreciate the care and concern our teachers are taking to ensure that this happens. I have been told that a decision about the administration of Regents exams is pending. This is a high priority item for NYSED, and we are eager to hear their decision.
Please note that the annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election has been postponed by Executive Order until at least June 1, 2020. We are waiting for continued guidance.
Tomorrow night, April 2, 2020, at 7:45 pm, we will have an electronic Board meeting to take precautionary actions that will keep our business operations and cash flow fluid and moving forward.
Also, please be advised that the application for transportation to private and parochial schools within the approved mileage distances has been extended to April 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please email our Director of Transportation, Ms. Michelle Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, please take good care of yourselves and others. Once again, thank you for your kindness, patience, and hopeful spirit. I know that these are times that provoke anxiety and uncertainty, but keep remembering Churchill's words, that, "kites always rise highest against the wind- not with it."
Be well and know that you are all on my mind all the time. I can’t tell you how much I miss you and can’t wait to see you all as soon as possible.
With warmest regards,
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome to the North Shore School District, a dynamic educational community made up of five public schools that serve a rich mix of students, whose academic performance is consistently high among all measures. This enables us to maintain a position as one of the strongest public school systems in the Nation. Our district includes Glen Head Elementary School, Glenwood Landing Elementary School, Sea Cliff Elementary School, North Shore Middle School and North Shore High School. Each school is uniquely successful and committed to working towards a cohesive approach to learning with an eye on continuous improvement for everyone in our learning community.
In North Shore, we seek to inspire our students to engage in experiences that will position them to delve deeply with content through the lenses of inquiry, conceptual mastery and opportunities aimed at achieving our mission and discovering their dreams. We believe that learning should be purposeful, exciting, exploratory, joyful, and with expectations for boundless possibilities. Committed to growth, our schools seek to position students and teachers to thrive in environments that foster academic achievement while balancing the need for respect, wellness, and social emotional learning that enables children to take responsible risks and develop strong process skills that enable them to master content across a broad range of academic areas.
Together with our Trustees and consistent with our mission statement, we will remain resolute in our commitment to providing our students with an education that emphasizes the importance of our Shared Valued Outcomes of Collaboration, Communication, Thinking, Problem-solving, Innovation, Commitment to the growth of oneself and a genuine Concern for Others. Our academic program is designed to target the individual and collective growth of all. At the North Shore Schools, we offer a robust K-12 academic program that provides rich opportunities in the humanities, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), social and physical sciences, world languages, fine and performing arts, physical education, health, and athletics.
We are proud of the programs that we offer and are constantly seeking opportunities to strengthen them. We welcome your participation and value the partnerships we share with our parents and the entire North Shore community. I encourage you to explore our rich array of educational courses and curricula. Please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or me with any questions that you may have.
Each child's awakening into confident young adulthood requires guided engagement with vital ideas and events of the past to realize fresh possibilities and discoveries for the future. We aspire to foster in our students those qualities of character consonant with the ideals of a democratic society. We are committed to reaching beyond routine expectations in a learning environment that encourages inquiry and builds its daily practice upon respect for oneself and others.
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