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NaugatuckHigh School

End-of-Year Updates

Good morning students and families,
 
As always, I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well. As we finally get warmer weather, I am grateful to be able to get outside, but I also find myself missing our school, our students, and all of the celebrations and events that come with spring. With just 17 days of school remaining, I wanted to send out a few reminders and notices related to the end of the year. Information for all students is in the first four bullets, and important information for seniors is organized under the fifth.
  • Teachers will be determining this week whether a student has demonstrated sufficient evidence of mastery to pass each course for quarter 4. By next week, students will either have an enrichment project in each course they have passed, which will lead to earning a "pass with distinction" if successfully completed, or will be receiving additional individualized support from teachers in courses that are still incomplete. The complete Q4 grading policy which was communicated a few weeks ago can be found on our website.
  • Students in grades 9 through 11 who need to retrieve an item from the building before June 11 can schedule an appointment by calling or emailing Deb Bradley in the main office (203-720-5656) or deborah.bradley@naugatuck.k12.ct.us). We will ask for the location of item(s) needed, and have a custodian retrieve and bag the items and bring them out to you on the front patio in order to minimize traffic in the building. Any items left in lockers will remain untouched until we return in the fall. Students in grades 9-11 are asked to keep their Chromebooks, textbooks, and other materials over the summer.
  • NHS teachers will be available for end-of-year parent conferences by phone on June 3, 4, and 5, from 12 - 2 PM each day. Parents can sign up for teachers and time slots using this link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Naugatuck_High_School. Please make sure to leave a phone number when completing the form, and teachers will call you at the time you sign up for.
  • Summer school credit recovery will take place virtually this year from July 6 - 31; students who need to recover credits will complete courses using our online Edgenuity program, and will receive support from our teachers via Google Meet/Hangout. Counselors will notify you and your student of courses which can be done over the summer; to register, please contact Deb Bradley (see above for phone and email). Summer school courses cost $150 each, but waivers are available for families in need - Ms. Bradley will discuss options with you when you register.
  • Important information for seniors and their families:
    • Graduating seniors have been assigned a time on June 8, 9, or 10 to come to the high school, return Chromebooks and any other obligations, and pick up their caps, gowns, diplomas, and yearbooks (if purchased). Families will receive an email by the end of the week detailing any obligations, and payment methods that can be used. All obligations must be cleared, and your Naviance and senior exit survey completed, in order to receive your items.
    • A special note on class dues: we recognize that many families are experiencing financial difficulties at this time; students may elect not to pay outstanding class dues. Students will be charged $25 for their cap and gown, and will pay higher prices for a prom ticket.
    • A spreadsheet with assigned dates and times to come to the high school can be found here - please note that the list goes alphabetically.
    • When coming to the school on your assigned date/time, please proceed around the bus loop to the auditorium entrance, where you will see stations to return your Chromebook and any other items. It is important that you bring your Chromebook charged  - the staff member at this station will ask you to power it on and show the screen and keyboard to verify that there is no damage.
    • After returning your Chromebook, you will be directed to drive down to the gym entrance, where a staff member will have a bag with your cap/gown, diploma, and yearbook if purchased to place the trunk of your car.
    • If you need to get into the building to retrieve any belongings, please exit the high school lot and pull into the BOE lot, where security will assist you in getting into the building.
    • Our virtual graduation ceremony is being planned for June 11th, at 6 PM - please save the date! As part of the ceremony, we are asking each senior to create a slide with photos, a quote, and their post-secondary destination to be displayed when we call your name. Please use this template - create a copy of it that you can edit and follow the directions on the template. When completed, please share with laraine.weschler@naugatuck.k12.ct.us (and make sure she can edit!). The deadline for these is June 1st
    • Given the evolving circumstances around COVID-19, we have made the decision to further postpone a senior prom until June 9, 2021, as we do not believe an event like that will be safe on July 23rd. I know that date is far off, but the responses to my survey of seniors last month indicated that almost nobody was in favor of a fall option due to various plans and commitments. We are still planning to hold an in-person graduation on July 24th with appropriate social distancing measures, as long as state guidelines allow for a gathering by then.
Thank you for reading, and as always, please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or feedback!