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NaugatuckHigh School

NHS Closure update

Dear families,
 
I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. As you may have heard, Governor Lamont announced today his decision that in-person classes will be cancelled and distance learning will continue through the remainder of the school year. With that in mind, I want to share with you our plans regarding instruction through the remainder of the year, as well as various end-of-year celebrations and events.
  • As outlined in the distance learning grading policy published a couple of weeks ago, student learning will continue through June 11th. Teachers will make an assessment by Memorial Day of whether or not a student has demonstrated sufficient evidence of learning to earn a "pass" for Q4. Students who have passed a course for Q4 will be assigned an enrichment project in each of those courses; completion of these projects will lead to students earning a "pass with distinction" for Q4. Students who have not passed a course by Memorial Day will have opportunities to receive additional time and support from their teachers during the final three weeks of school in order to make up or redo assignments.  Complete details about the way that we will approach grading for this quarter can be found at the above link.
  • Teachers will be available for telephone conferences from 12:00 - 2:00 on June 8th, 9th, and 10th, to give you updates on your student's learning through the spring months and any resources which might be useful to reinforce that learning over the summer. We will manage sign ups online as we typically do; please keep an eye on your inboxes next week for instructions on how to sign up for conferences.
  • Students in grades 9 - 11 will be able to keep their Chromebooks, textbooks, and other school-owned materials over the summer. As we progress into June, we will seek to make limited building access possible for students who left items before we closed. If there are items a student needs before then, please contact Jim Leary (james.leary@naugatuck.k12.ct.us). 
For our graduating seniors:
  • Our leadership team is actively working on plans for virtual celebrations to replace the Jacket Ceremony and Honor's Night - more details related to these will be coming soon.
  • Students will be able to pick up their caps and gowns, yearbooks, and diplomas at a designated time on June 8th, 9th, or 10th. Ahead of those dates, each family will be notified of the specific financial or material obligations that students owe the school, including Chromebooks, textbooks, and outstanding fees and class dues. All obligations must be cleared before students will be given their cap, gown, and graduation materials. 
    • If a family elects not to pay any outstanding class dues, they will be charged a fee of $25 for their student's cap and gown. Please note that class dues must be fully paid in order to attend our rescheduled prom (see below for more details); students who do not pay class dues prior to picking up their cap and gown but decide to purchase a prom ticket over the summer will need to pay the remainder of their outstanding dues, minus any money paid for the cap and gown.
    • Any families who are experiencing financial difficulty and anticipate being unable to pay financial obligations should contact Jen Teixeira (jennifer.teixeira@naugatuck.k12.ct.us) - we will seek to support families in need to the fullest extent possible. 
  • A virtual graduation ceremony is being planned for June 11th at 6 PM. We are working to host a ceremony as close to our traditional program as possible, including student speakers. We are still finalizing details, and will communicate those to you as soon as possible.
  • A couple weeks ago, we surveyed seniors on their preferences for holding a postponed prom and in-person graduation ceremony. An overwhelming majority (more than 75%) of seniors preferred a summer ceremony, along with a prom held on a separate evening. To that end, we have reserved a room at the Aria for prom on Thursday, July 23rd, and will seek Board approval to hold our traditional graduation ceremony on Friday, July 24th.  We continue to constantly monitor guidance from state and local health officials, and these dates are contingent relaxed social distancing guidelines. If we are unable to host large gatherings by the end of July, we will first seek to hold the events in early August, and if that is still not possible, will plan for events to celebrate our Class of 2020 during Homecoming weekend in the fall. 
Thank you for your continued support of all of our students. I am constantly amazed by the amount of learning that we're seeing, even during this unprecedented closure, and so much of that is a result of your support and commitment at home. As always, please reach out to me via email (john.harris@naugatuck.k12.ct.us) with any questions, concerns, or feedback as we navigate these challenging times together, as a community.
 
All the best,

John Harris
Principal
Naugatuck High School