Monday, March 30th, 2020

March 27, 2020

Dear Greenport School Family,

We hope this letter finds you healthy and safe. We all miss the children but are happy that they are home safe with their families.

It has been several days since we have launched our Distance Learning Plan, and we are writing with some updates. We hope that the students have been accessing their coursework and are learning how to best navigate this new type of learning. We are very grateful for the support of their parents and families.

All elementary students should continue to go to our school website for their classwork. We have learned that the school website has provided a consistent way for teachers and students to engage in distance learning. Students in grades 7-12 will be responsible to join Google Classrooms for ALL courses starting on Monday. We have learned that this platform will provide a consistent way for teachers and students to engage in distance learning. As with any school program, our success is made possible by the hard work and dedication of our school staff and the support of our parents and families. Thank you.

Our Distance Learning Plan meets the goal of keeping our children connected to their learning and our school community during the school closures. With any new undertaking there are challenges and areas that require further development and adjustment. As we do with any project, we will be approaching this thoughtfully and carefully. Our faculty and staff want our Distance Learning Plan to continue supporting and guiding our students and their connection to school.

This is a challenging moment in our lives. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions, which are informing our planning and preparation. Most importantly we are grateful for the spirit of togetherness that exists in Greenport during this unprecedented time. Our School Family is united, and together we will get through this.

Stay safe and healthy. We hope you’ll tune into our Bedtime Stories each night at 8 pm on our Instagram page @greenportufsd.

Sincerely,

Joe Tsaveras
Elementary Principal

Gary Kalish
Secondary Principal


Source: High School Annoucements

Advanced Placement Update

Dear Families,

For those students who are enrolled in an Advanced Placement class this school year, please review the updates below. We will be following up once we learn more about the dates for the online exams. Please contact your teacher or Ms. Hopkins with any questions.

AP Updates for Schools Impacted by the Coronavirus

 

  • For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.

  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone

  • There will be two test dates to choose from – they have not been determined yet.

  • Collegeboard has released units that will be covered on the exam as well as updated dates to submit portfolios for those classes that have them:

    • AP Calculus AB – Units 1 – 7 will be covered

    • AP English Language & Composition – Units 1 – 7 covered

    • AP English Literature & Composition – Units 1 – 7 covered

    • AP Environmental Science – Units 1 – 7 covered

    • AP Microeconomics – Units 1 – 5 covered

    • AP Research – academic paper only – no presentation.  Digital portfolio due May 26

    • AP Seminar – No end of year exam, Individual research report and written argument only, no team or individual presentations. Digital portfolio due May 26

    • AP US History- units 1 – 7 covered

    • AP World History – Units 1 – 6 covered

  • Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel – schedule is as follows:

    • 11-11:45am ET  U.S. History • •

    • 12-12:45pm ET English Lit  • •

    • 1-1:45pm ET Environmental Science  • •

    • 2-2:45pm ET Calculus AB • •

    • 3-3:45pm ET Microeconomics and English Lang •

    • 6-6:45pm ET World History:  Modern

 

  • Students can also access help and information on their AP Classroom page.

 

A Message from Superintendent Gamberg

Good Morning,
 
I hope this email continues to find each of you, your family, and your friends doing well during this very difficult time in our history, and our lives.
 
The Greenport learning community has stepped up in so many ways for one another.  It is a reminder of the power of the goodness in people, and for me it is also a reminder of the power of our words.
 
I have been touched, both personally and professionally, by the things that have been written to me, shared with me, and shared among our students, staff, and families.
 
Yes, the incredible service of our neighbors who are helping and supporting those in need is the first, and most important reminder of what really matters during this time of crisis.  As a school district we also see the audacious impact that technology is having in terms of the delivery of instruction.  But for me, I am struck by how the power of words, the simple yet impactful choice that we all have to use words to affect any given situation, is also profoundly important. 
 
The message sent out by staff to the students of our community was so incredibly touching and effective.  A staff member made a simple suggestion via email and it motivated me to remember to take care of myself.  A decision to say or write something in ways that can have a positive impact on another human being, or in almost any given situation is a freedom that can change lives.
 
We must continue to do our part to keep some semblance of normalcy for the students we serve… and for each other.
 
We must do our part alongside our neighbors, both near and far to fight this virus with all that we can muster.
 
At the end of the day, this is a test, unlike any other we have seen in our school house…not just of our educational and health care systems, or the economy, but also of our humanity.  Let’s be there for each other, not just now, but always.
 
Respectfully and with gratitude,
 
David
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