From the Superintendent
Dear Parents and HD Community
HDCS has passed the half-way point of the 20-21 school year. During that time we had only a few situations that required us to quarantine a grade level and staff in the building. Last week we decided to go remote for 3 days to verify which students and staff may have been affected by a potential exposure.
At this point of the year, all positive confirmed cases at school have been due to an out-of-school exposure. Student to student, staff to student, or student to staff transmission has not occurred. This is due to our combined diligence and the safety protocols consistently followed by the school. These practices were designed to mitigate spread in our building and on the buses. Students and staff have been very supportive of this and continue to keep all HD as safe as possible. I would like to thank all parents for the support of their students as you work with the school nurse to follow quarantine protocols and keeping students home when they are sick.
We are continuing to wait for the final word on winter sports start dates, including basketball. There are a few more health and safety requirements that make indoor sports more challenging than outdoor sports. In the meantime, JV and Varsity players are invited to participate in open gym time from 2:20-4:00 Monday-Thursday until real practice starts.
Our gymnasium is 98% complete at this time. P.E classes are using it daily when they are not outside.
January Regents exams are canceled but we have not had any official word on the 3-8 and June Regents exams. No matter what happens students will be required to pass the class to receive credit.
This continues to be a year for the record books in every aspect of education. Many students have had to transition back and forth to remote instruction as we all work with Public Health to get them through the quarantine periods. Students that are receiving remote instruction continue to be challenged with connection timing and work completion issues. Following up on academics needs to be a priority at this point in the year. Technology assistance can be found by simply calling the school or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Principal
News from the Principal.....
As winter wears on this is often a time when students need to be reminded of the importance of school and completing their work. Most often grades will drop during the 3rd quarter and we see an increase in students missing school. There are many reasons for this possible drop in grades and attendance. As parents and educators it is important for us to continue to encourage our kids to keep working and keep coming to school. To work when they’d rather take an afternoon nap. To read the textbook or review notes instead of playing video games. To finish all of the problems they have for homework instead of just trying a few. To not wait until study hall to complete an assignment. If you are concerned with your child’s grades or attendance please contact the school to discuss what we can do to help. We have a variety of options to assist students, from after-school help to extra tutoring during their school day.
Each spring our students in grades 3-8 are tasked with showing us their abilities on the New York State ELA and Math tests. We look forward to seeing what our students are truly capable of when they are not under the stress of the time and assessments that are too lengthy for their abilities. The results of these assessments will help HDCS teachers and administration reflect on the materials being taught in our classrooms and allow us to continue to make alterations to our curriculum to prepare every student leaving HDCS to be college and career ready. If you have questions please give me a call.
Our school will host the spring parent teacher conferences in April. If you would like to request a conference with your child’s teacher or team of teachers, please feel free to contact Angela Fenlong to set up conference for students in grades PreK-6 and the Guidance Office for any students in grades 7-12.