IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LCS!!
LCS will be closed from Monday, March 16th through Wendsday, April 15th. Please see the News and Announcements  on our home page for details.
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LCS!!

March 27, 2020

Dear Laurens Central School Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Community,

We have made it through another week of one of the most unique situations our community and country has ever dealt with. Who would have thought a virus could shut down our way of life with such significance?

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and hard work during this unprecedented time. Our school community has done an excellent job coming together to ensure that our students continue their education and receive quality meals.

As you may already know the Governor has closed school until April 15th, 2020. With this closure comes an unexpected yet required shift to home instruction. As a result, our school and our teachers have given great thought to how student work would be assessed for the third quarter and how we will be moving forward for the next several weeks.

As was shared via our Instant Alert system and was posted on our website on March 16th, 2020, the District ended the 3rd quarter on March 12th, the last day school was in session. All students are responsible for the work due up to and including March 12th. 

The work students have completed from home since that date will be considered supplemental to the work they did in school and will not count negatively against them. We will, however, be collecting and providing helpful feedback to students on the work completed. Please note that any assignments that were due on or by March 12th, the last day of in-school instruction, are still expected to be turned in and will be graded. That work, along with the work completed after that date can be submitted to the main office or electronically to your child’s teacher and is due by April 13th.

As a reminder, teachers prepared educational packets for students, up to and including April 3rd. After that we have the April break, with school hopefully resuming on April 15th. Teachers will be using this time to prepare additional educational packets for students. These packets will be ready for distribution on April 13th. Should school not resume on the 15th, teachers will have prepared a second round of packets which will be ready for distribution at that time.

Until then, I ask that all parents and students continue to reach out to their teachers. Please read through the information that has been provided on previous dates as it contains valuable information for all.

In closing, I hope you all have a relaxing weekend. I understand we are supposed to have some nice weather. Get out, enjoy the sunshine, a walk or a bike ride. Our area is beautiful, and I hope you are able to enjoy it!! Missing you all.

 

Mrs. Wenck








 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LCS!!

March 24, 2020

Good Evening,

It is my hope that this update finds you well and enjoying a bit more family time than is normally available.  I have a lot of information to share with you today; information about how our District is working to create the best learning environment possible for our students, given the coronavirus situation. Please excuse the use of bulleted points.  It helps to more easily share as many items as possible!

*     Educational packets:  At this point in time we have decided to hold off on the making of a second round of educational packets for students/parents.  While the packets may have value, I am not so certain that they are accomplishing all that was originally intended. For some they might be, but not for all.  Please know that I am not saying that we will never be putting packets together again.  I am not saying that.  I am saying, however, not at this time.  Teachers were to give students work up to the spring break and then we have the actual break itself.  Let's wait and see what happens at that time as the State is now starting to focus on the impact the closures are going to have on new instruction.  


*    Communication with students and Parents:  We have asked that all teachers communicate with their students and/or parents, on a frequent basis.   Many teachers have shared with me that their students/parents have not been in contact with them, whether it be via email, 365, Class DoJo, whatever.  Please discuss this with your child and call the teacher or school if you are having difficulty connecting.  I do know that some parents are looking for more ideas to do with their child.  Please see below for a list of ideas:

Also, Guidance counselors and service providers, such as OT, PT and Speech Therapists are reaching out to their students.  We hope that is a help to you and your child. 

*     Use of Technology:

- ZOOM:  We are in the process of setting up ZOM accounts for all teachers.  This will enable teachers to communicate directly with you and your child.  This technology could also be used for CSE and other meetings, as appropriate. 

- Microsoft 365:  In addition, all students, grades 6-12, in our building, have a Microsoft 365 account.  Microsoft 365 has the capability for teachers to set up "classroom teams" which can be used to provide whole/partial group instruction.    We are in the process of training teachers to use the program to help provide for going instruction in the days to come.    

-Technology survey: The use of technology is only as effective as the people it reaches and serves.  We have developed a basic survey and put it up on our website.   I encourage parents to check out the website for the purpose of seeing what we are posting there in addition to completing the survey.

The following are suggestions for parents looking for more to do with their child or who are perhaps struggling with the content that has already been sent home.  Check them out!!

*     Engage NY has ton's of resources for parents
*     Khan Academy - especially for students in Regents courses
*     PBS – Most students have a TV at home and there are many wonderful programs on PBS. 
  *     Sesame Street - For those little ones, Sesame Street every day for an hour - awesome!!
*     Look up zoos and museums on-line - many have free virtual tours (state & national levels)
*     Use of our school library website:  Electronic Books via “over drive”
*     Parents of Elementary students:  I encourage you to spend time reading to and with your children.   Remember, actual instruction in a school day on ELA, Math, Science and social Studies is about 3 hours, not 6.5.  Include outdoor play, (PE), arts and crafts (Art Class), play music and sing (music class/lessons).  
*     Parents of High School Students:  Encourage your child to spend up to 4 hours a day (6 credits/classes times 40 minutes per class = 240 minutes or 4 hours of instruction) reading, writing, working on math and science.  This time should also include fitness activities, work on Art projects and practicing an instrument. 

I know this is a lot of information, but I hope you found it useful.  Please call the school if we can be of assistance to you. 

Stay well, stay home, and take care of yourself and those you love. 
 
Hoping to see you all soon!!

Mrs. Wenck  

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LCS!!
March 22, 2020

Good Afternoon,

A special "Hello" to everyone!  Yes, it is me again, Mrs. Wenck, and I hope you were able to get outside this weekend and enjoy the sunshine.  The air is still a bit chilly, but the sun is wonderful and causes me to be hopeful that spring weather is truly on the way.

 Well, we have made it through our first full week and weekend of a new way of life with the Coronavirus.  Hopefully you are all well, washing your hands and being thoughtful of "social distancing."

  I have a few reminders for you as we start the new week.  The first is with food distribution.

 Tomorrow we will be continuing with the food distribution program.  Distribution will occur at the same sites as last week, the Mt. Vision Fire Department, the West Laurens Fire Department, the Valley Stream Trailer Park and the school.  If it is difficult for you to get to a site, please call the school for delivery.  Also, this week we will deliver on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only.  Please bring a bag as you will receive two days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches.

 The second reminder has to do with Child Care for Health workers and emergency service providers.  If you are working in one of these fields and are struggling with child care please call the school.  We are able to provide a list of child care service providers you can contact.

 In closing, I again hope you are all well.  This situation is difficult but we will get through it. Students and parents, please reach out to your child's teacher with any questions you may have with the supplemental educational packets that were sent home.  Also, remember to check out the website for additional information.

 As a District, we are looking at a variety of on-line and group communication formats to be utilized should the State mandated school closure continue.  As are you, we are greatly concerned with the education of your children.  At this time we do know that the 3-8 ELA and Math exams have been canceled for this year.  It is a bit too early to make decisions about Regents exams, graduation and so forth; just please know that your concerns are our concerns, and all of these issues will be carefully thought through in the days ahead.

  Hoping to see you all very soon.

Mrs. Wenck 
 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LCS!!
March 17, 2020 6:00 PM
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Members of the Laurens Community,

As I shared in the Instant Alert you should have already received this evening, a special “Thank you” goes out to everyone involved in the pickup and distribution of the supplemental instructional packets teachers prepared for students today.  If you were unable to pick up yours today simply call the main office to schedule a time that works for you.  

Please encourage your children to complete the materials in the packets.  Teachers were quite thoughtful in putting the materials together.  If your child receives Special Education services, please know that our teachers worked closely with our Special Education teachers to modify the packets to meet the educational needs of each child.  We are also fortunate to have our Itinerant Service Providers prepare information for the children they see.  All of this was done in an effort to meet the needs of students “to the greatest extent possible” given the difficult situation the coronavirus and the school closure creates for all.  

Also, the breakfast and lunch “meals-to-go” program will start tomorrow.  Meals will be distributed between the hours of 10:00 – 11:00pm at the following locations:  School parking lot, Mt. Vision Fire Department, West Laurens Fire Department and the entrance to the Valley Stream Trailer Park.  

In closing, I wish you all a pleasant evening and a positive outlook for the days ahead.  We are hearing “lots of stuff” from all sorts of governmental agencies and would image you are too.  I am choosing to “look forward” and prepare for students to resume to school in April.  We are preparing our athletic fields in the hopes of being able to continue with our spring sports season.  In addition, I encourage all students who are involved to continue practicing your musical instruments and songs in preparation for a rescheduled Cabaret, the final concert and of course, the Sherburne Pageant of Bands.  While we cannot be certain any of these will take place this year, we can choose to be positive and prepare in advance regardless.  

Take Care, Stay Positive and Stay Well!

Sincerely,

Romona N. Wenck

 

 

   

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