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Homer HS Student and Family Communication April 8

April 8, 2020

Dear Homer High School Families and Students,

I hope that you and our students are healthy and  finding a routine with home learning. We all certainly understand the challenges that this new experience brings and are trying to adjust. Remember that your child should only be spending thirty minutes each day on core subjects (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) and thirty minutes twice a week on their other courses. Please email teachers with concerns or if you or your student needs help.

We learned this week that the Governor extended home learning through April 29, 2020 and has canceled all state tests including Regents Exams. To qualify for the exemption from the Regents exams, students must meet one of these requirements:

  • A student must be enrolled in a course that would have ended in a Regents exam, and have earned a passing grade and credit for that class.

  • If the student is in a Regents class but failed to earn the credit by the end of the year, the student must return for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit. That student would get his or her diploma in August.

  • The student was previously enrolled in the class, achieved course credit but needed to take the test for a passing score.

  • Additional guidance was given for French and Spanish. Students who earn a 3rd French or Spanish credit this school year will be exempt from the Language exam needed to earn an advanced Regents diploma.

 

The District is currently reviewing this information. We all are hearing this information at the same time as our teachers, students and families. We will now work to adjust plans accordingly. Students need to continue to engage in home learning so they meet the requirements for the exam exemption as stated above.

We will continue to use Google Classroom to provide learning activities to your child during this time. If there are physical materials your child will need their teachers will contact you about what meal distribution site is the most convenient for you to pick up materials. Materials will be available this Thursday, 4/9 and Friday, 4/10 at the following times: 

Cortland First United Methodist Church, Rte 222…. 7-8:30 a.m.

Calvary Baptist Church, Preble…………………..... 7-10 a.m.

Scott United Methodist Church……………………. 7-10 a.m.

Homer High School………………………………... 7-10 a.m.

Truxton Town Hall………………………………… 7-10 a.m.

Lake Como Inn…………………………………….. 7-10 a.m.

Homer Elementary School………………………… 9:00-10:30 a.m.

If additional materials are needed during home learning your student’s teacher will communicate the plan to obtain them.

Monday, April 13, 2020 will be the start of the fourth marking period. Students will begin to earn grades in Schooltool as follows: a completed assignment will receive a three (3), an incomplete assignment will receive a two (2), and a missing assignment will be recorded as a zero (0). Teachers will also continue to provide feedback to your child via Google Classroom to help guide their learning.  

If you have questions please contact staff or me through email. I also check the office voicemails regularly. If you need assistance with Chromebook issues please complete a ticket at http://www.homercentral.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=1493 or call 607-749-1019.

Thank you and take care! 

Douglas A. Van Etten  

Principal

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Douglas Van Etten, Principal
Homer Senior High School
607-749-1208

Tough times don't last. Tough people DO!
 

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