Update from Mr. Santamaria

Dear I.S. 24 Students and Families,
How are you? My hope is that you are well and making the most of a situation we all wish would go away. Over the next few weeks we will take part in something that has never been done before which is remote learning. Are you up to it? I hope so! I will need everyone to live up to the school motto The Pride of Great Kills! 
Our school is communicating with you periodically using phone blasts, school website www.barnes24.org social media (instagram and facebook) and Pupilpath as we have always done, so remain alert for messages. Our faculty and staff have been busy for three days preparing how to best support student learning in the next few weeks. You should be very proud to know that our school is taking this very seriously as we are not on vacation and students are not either starting on Monday. Our students will receive instructions remotely through Google classroom and/or Pupilpath almost daily and many have received a notice or two already.
Due to these unfortunate events we have ended the third marking period for students. Report card grades should be available by middle of next week. Therefore we are now in the fourth marking period as of Monday, March 23, 2020. 
Our Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Nuzzolo, has already reached out regarding information to our eighth grade regarding High School acceptance letters.  She has also shared how to register for the NYCSA account using the link https://mystudent.nyc/. At least 623 families have not registered for this NYC DoE site and you can do so at this time on your own by creating a new account. This will be helpful to see information on your child's progress and third marking period since we will be unable to share report cards until we return next month. Report Card grades will still be seen on Pupilpath as "simple averages." 
Our school would like to remind all families and students that no school in NYC is alike, and this process will look different in each school and borough. Our goal here is to enforce the re-teaching of standards based instruction. This will be familiar to learning that took place throughout the year. While also keeping students engaged with ways they can show the progress they are making, teachers will be offering feedback and resources to help you. The ultimate goal is to then begin new learning in person upon our return on April 20, 2020. 
In this new process of Remote Learning the DoE and our school has an expectation for our students and families. They are;
 Students should complete instructional activities assigned by teachers within the expected timelines.
 Students should participate in check-ins, discussions, and/or other communication methods as expected by the teacher.
 Students should review teacher feedback and complete any follow-up activities as assigned by the teacher.
 Students and families should proactively notify their teacher or a school administrator with any concerns about progress or additional support needed.
 Families should support students in being successful by establishing routines and habits that support their success in remote learning.
 Families should ensure that students are adhering to appropriate behavior on web enabled devices while conducting schoolwork or otherwise.
To our students specifically;
+Don't argue with your family members for use of technology time. Sharing is a great life skill.
+Earn community service while at home. If you finish an activity or a task set by your teacher fold the laundry, vacuum the living room, sweep the kitchen, mop the bathroom or whatever your family needs you to do. These are skills you will need later in life so learn them and practice now!!!
+Use time management. Each day Monday-Friday is a school day from 7:40am-2:00pm. Treat it that way. Get up out of bed like any other day, have some breakfast and get started with your day. If you need to take a break you can do so and come back to your work. But no excuses as to why you cant finish!
+We miss you here. School is not the same without you. Don't forget to use your social media tools to communicate with each other and check-in on each other. 
Lastly, Friday, March 20th is a school spirit day and we were sharing in Idiom Day together. Share your idioms on social media with us and each other.


Lenny Santamaria