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Summer Newsletter: Eagle News 2020 Summer.pdf

September 2, 2020 

Enfield High School students and families 

 

As you know, Tuesday, September 8th is the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Whether students are joining us from home or in person, we are really looking forward to seeing everyone again.  Please be aware that we have never taught in a hybrid model before, and this will be a huge test for our technology and Wi-Fi network.  Despite our best efforts to prepare, we may experience some technical difficulties during our first week.  In the event a remote student is unable to login to Teams, please email your teacher and copy your dean of students to let them know you are having difficulty. (Staff email addresses can be found here: Staff Email Addresses.)    Please specify the problem you have so we can help put you in touch with the appropriate person to help solve your problem.  We will do our best to help solve problems as swiftly as possible. We are asking for patience and understanding as we try something that has never been done before. 

 

 We want to provide a few updates and tips to make your first day as seamless as possible: 

 

  1. Schedules are ready! Sign into PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom to view your schedule. 

  • You can pick up a paper copy of your schedule on Friday, September 4th during your designated time for school pictures.  Click here for additional instructions on how to sign into Unified Classroom and how to reset your password: http://enfieldhigh.sharpschool.com/ed_tech/power_school_login   

  • If you have trouble, please contact your dean by Thursday evening, so that they can reach out to you during the day on Friday.  

  • If there is a problem with your schedule, please email your school counselor. Click here for contact information: School Counseling Staff  

  1. Remember to check your school email over the weekend to receive any important updates from your teachers and the school.  Teachers will be sending weekly emails and the first email will include important information.   

  1. Safety Videos. Parents and students may view safety videos in advance of returning to school.  All relevant videos will be viewed in classes during the first week.  You can access the safety videos by clicking herehttp://www.enfieldschools.org/parent_support/hasv  

  1. iPads. If you are having iPad difficulties, please know that you can access Microsoft Teams on your personal devices (including your cell phone by using the internet browser or downloading the app) 

  1. Locker locks. Any freshman wanting to pick up their lock for their assigned locker may do so on Friday, September 4th during their designated time for school pictures. [see picture schedule below] 

  1. Technology Assistance. For technology assistance, contact Mrs. Ellis (during the school day) or your Dean of Students (after school hours) for more information.  We strive to get back to every email within 1 business day.   

Library Media Specialist-Mrs. Ellisjellis@enfieldschools.org  

Grade 9-Ms. Cox-Blackwellacoxblackwell@enfieldschools.org  (860-763-8807)  

Grade 10-Mr. Whitedwhite@enfieldschools.org  (860-763-8811) 
Grade 11-Mrs. Nelsonpnelson@enfieldschools.org  (860-763-8839) 
Grade 12-Mr. Murraymfmurray@enfieldschools.org  (860-763-8835)  

 

To access previous emails and communications, please click here: Principal's Updates.  Thank you for understanding and patience as we navigate these unprecedented times.  

 

Sincerely, 

 

Erin E. Clark 

Principal  

Enfield High School 

 

Picture Day Schedule (Friday, September 4, 2020):  

 

Arrival Timeframe

Last Names

9:00 – 9:45

A - Caron

10:00 – 10:45

Carpenter - Foy

11:00 – 11:45

Fracasso - Kinchen

12:00 – 12:45

Staff Only

1:00 – 1:45

Kinelski- Nestor

2:00 – 2:45

Nguyen - Saunders

3:00 – 3:45

Scaife - Z

 

 

 

  



August 31, 2020

EHS Students and Families,

 

School begins on Tuesday, September 8th for all students, and we are looking forward to seeing all of our students again.  There have been some changes and new developments since I sent out the summer newsletter a few weeks ago.  You can click on a link below to access the original newsletter which includes the daily schedule for students and other important information.  Please note the following important updates

 

Please note the following:

  • Bring your own water. As a safety precaution, the decision was made to shut off water fountains and water bottle fillers across the district.Students are asked to bring their own water to school.
  • Mask Distribution. Masks are mandatory for all staff and students and will be distributed on Friday, September 4th when students are scheduled to arrive for pictures.Masks must cover students’ noses and mouths at all times on the bus and at school.
  • First day. All students begin school on Tuesday, September 8th.The A-K cohort will attend in-person, and the L-Z cohort and remote students will attend from home by signing into Microsoft Teams at the beginning of each period.(See instructions below.)
    • 1st period starts at 7:36am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
    • Doors open at 7:10am
    • Note that 1st period starts at 9:45am on remote Wednesdays
  • Hats and hoods. All hats and hoods are prohibited this year.This is especially important given masks will be worn this year and it will be difficult to identify students if they are also wearing hats and hoods.
  • Remote learning. For any students participating remotely, teachers will always livestream the first 20 minutes of class of their in-person class.This will allow teachers to take attendance for both remote and in-person students and review learning goals and expectations for the day.A minimum of 40 minutes out of the period will include live, synchronous instruction for both in-person and remote students.At the beginning of class, teachers will announce the schedule for the day and any expectations for students including what should be completed during asynchronous learning time.
    • All remote students must log in at the beginning of the class period.See the hybrid schedule included in the newsletter for specific times.
      • Period 1-- 7:36am,
      • Period 2-- 9:02am,
      • Period 3—10:28am (unless your class eats first lunch—these classes start at 11:10am; see your first email from your teacher for your lunch schedule)
      • Period 4-- 12:24pm
  • Weekly Email. You will receive a weekly email from teachers specifying the schedule for each week.
  • Lunch update.Students will be permitted to go down to the cafeteria at the beginning of their lunch wave to get their lunch.They will then return to their period 3 class to eat their lunch.
  • Food prohibited in school. Students will not be permitted to eat in classrooms, other than during the lunch period.Students should eat breakfast prior to coming to school and keep their lunches in their backpacks.Students must remove their masks to eat and this is only permitted during the lunch period.
  • Bring jackets. Students are encouraged to bring jackets to school for when their class takes mask breaks outdoors.
  • Audio. Students are encouraged to bring their own earbuds into school for use with any activities requiring the use of audio.
  • School climate. During the first week, we have several mentoring lessons planned to acclimate students to some of the recent changes. Topics include how to utilize Microsoft Teams and OneNote, how to recognize and manage challenging emotions, and lessons designed to promote a positive and inclusive school culture.
  • Bring devices to school every day.Make sure you bring your fully-charged device to school every day.
  • iPad Insurance.Please note that iPad insurance is only good for one year.Payment must be submitted online or via mail by September 15th.For more information on how renew your insurance plan, please visit our website: http://enfieldhigh.sharpschool.com/ed_tech/parents/loss__damage_waiver
  • Updating forms. Parents must complete the returning registration forms online though the PowerSchool Portal
    • Click on Quick links> Returning Registration by September 15, 2020
  • Schedules. Student schedules will be available to view on PowerSchool beginning on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  If you were able to view your schedule prior to September 1, 2020, please log into PowerSchool and review as schedules are in a new format.
  • Schedule Changes. Any student with questions or concerns regarding their schedules should email their school counselor.  All students should report to/log into the current classes on their schedule.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, students are not to report directly to the counseling offices.  Counselors will contact students via email, TEAMS, or a phone call.  In your email, please include the best number to reach you.  Counselors will use your school email unless you instruct them otherwise.  In the rare instance that a student is not assigned to a classroom at a given time, they should report to the cafeteria, where a member of the school counseling staff will assist you. 
  • iPads.Any student who still needs to pick up their iPad should come to school on September 4th during their picture day time slot.
  • Locker Locks.New students or transfer students who want locks for their lockers may pick them up on Friday, September 4th during their designated picture time.
  • Check email daily. Students should check their Office 365 email daily. (See instructions below.)
  • Signing in on the first day. Each teacher will set up a meeting for each class that students can access by logging into Microsoft Teams.

  • Technology Support. If you have technical difficulties with your iPad, contact your Dean’s office or Ms. Ellis, in the Library for troubleshooting assistance. (jellis@enfieldschools.org).  See the newsletter for dean’s contact information.

 

  • Buses. Bus routes and information can be found here: https://enfieldhigh.sharpschool.com/parents_and_students/bus_maps___routes
  • Drop-Off. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays students are not permitted in the building until 7:10am.Parents should not drop off students prior to that time as supervision will not be available.Parents should use Bus Loop #1 to drop off students and these students should enter through Door #3 at the corner of the A and E wings.

     

     

  • Pick-up.To promote social distancing in the halls, we will utilize a staggered dismissal. Students riding the bus will be dismissed first at 1:42pm.Once all bus students are dismissed, students being picked up or walking home will be dismissed. We ask parents picking up students to delay their arrival until after buses have left school grounds. This helps our bus drivers exit the school more efficiently and stick to their tight schedules. With our staggered dismissal, the buses should be clear and parents may arrive to pick up their students after 1:50pm.

     

    Links to previous documentation:

  • Link to summer newsletter: http://enfieldhigh.sharpschool.com/yearbooks/principal/eagle_newsletter
  • Link to updated FAQ: http://enfieldhigh.sharpschool.com/yearbooks/reopening_resources/reopening_f_a_qs

     

     

    Frequently Asked Technology Questions

    (For more detailed answers, visit the Ed Tech tab on our school’s website: http://enfieldhigh.sharpschool.com/ed_tech)

     

     

    Signing into Teams for Class: To a student to sign into Teams on their iPad that has been set up:

    1. Click on the Teams app.
    2. Team will prompt student to select an account (photo example below); select own account.

       

       

      Students may also sign into Teams via www.office.com, when using another device.  Click the Teams app from the top row of apps.

       

  • To access a Teams meeting:
    • 1:  Open Teams app
    • 2:  Click Calendar section
    • 3:  Click meeting to attend from left hand column
    • 4:  Click “Join”

 

 

 

Office 365 login credentials:

Username:  student email address (example: aenfield24@enfieldschools.org)

Password:  Provided to Class of 2024 in iPad distribution; students in Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 set their own passwords during 19-20 school year; for forgotten passwords, go to pss.enfield.org; see Dean’s secretary for additional password assistance

 

 

Accessing EHS email through the Outlook app on iPad:

1:  Install Outlook app for email on iPad

2:  Open Outlook.  Type Office 365 username (email address) on line in photo below.  Click “Add Account.”  Next, enter Office 365 password and click “Sign In.”

 

 

 

Accessing EHS email through a web browser (i.e. Safari or Chrome):

1:  Open browser

2:  Go to office.com

3:  Enter Office 365 login credentials 

4:  Click Outlook icon from top row of apps, to access Outlook email

 

(Note: Students only need to log into the Outlook app on their iPads once and then it will stay signed in.)

 

 


August 12, 2020

Enfield High School Parents and Families,


We are thrilled to welcome back our returning students and to welcome the incoming freshman class, the class of 2024, for the first time.  The past year has certainly been a challenging one for our students, families and educators, and we know you have many questions about the upcoming school year.  This letter is intended to provide a succinct overview of the major changes. We have created a document explaining the details of our reopening plan that you can access by visiting our website or clicking here: 
Detailed EHS Reopening Plan . The document includes topics such as our revised schedule, specific details on student protocols, our communication plan, technology access, professional learning, and COVID-19 procedures and operations.  For a brief video tutorial on the major changes, click here: https://youtu.be/bWQHc7vbWoU.

 

We will review these changes and host a virtual meeting for parents to ask questions on Monday, August 17th at 5:30pm.  To register for the session, please sign up by noon on Sunday, August 16th using this link: Link to Register for Information Session

Additionally, we will hold a question-and-answer session for students in the near future as well.

 

What were our priorities while planning?

Our plans were based on the guidance provided by the CT State Department of Education’s reopening guide.  Our first priority was to promote staff and student safety to the greatest extent possible using the guidelines provided. We continue to be committed to offering a high-quality education for our students.  Since we closed schools last March, we have surveyed students, parents, and staff to reflect on the remote learning experience with the goal of improving our distance learning model.  Our primary objectives will be to promote more student engagement through student-centered instruction that is collaborative, meaningful to students, and appropriately challenging.   Additionally, we are very committed to supporting the social and emotional well-being of our students.  We will be allocating considerable time for teachers to build relationships in their classrooms, provide students social and emotional skills, and create a safe space for learning. Our team is hard at work preparing professional learning for teachers and mentoring modules for students to build awareness and improve skills related to promoting racial equity at Enfield High School. 

 

What are the key changes?

As you may have heard from the Superintendent’s announcement; we will be starting the year in a hybrid model.   What does that mean for EHS?  Students will be attending EHS in-person unless they have opted out for the remote learning option. 

 What will the hybrid model look like at EHS?

Hybrid Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

In-School (Synchronous)

Last names A-K

Remote Learning for All Students /DisinfectBuilding

Last names L-Z

Remote (Asynchronous)

Last names L-Z

Last names A-K

EHS is adopting a hybrid option that offers students a mix of in-person and remote learning.  The hybrid option allows us to keep class sizes lower in order to promote social distancing.   To summarize, students with the last names A-K will attend on Monday and Tuesday, students with the last names L-Z will attend on Thursday and Friday, and Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students.  Having a remote learning day for all students will enable teachers to meet with the entire class at once at least once per week and will allow custodians to conduct a thorough cleaning of the building between cohorts. 

Why are we moving to a semester schedule?

In order to promote cohorting and reduce the number of classes that mix over the course of a week, EHS will be adopting a semester schedule.  Whereas we previously had A and B day classes that alternated every other day, we now will hold A day classes every day in the first semester and B day classes every day in the second semester.   This means that full year courses will now be completed in a half year and half year courses will not be completed in a quarter.  These adjustments allow us to improve cohorting without making reductions to students’ schedules.  It also allows students to focus on less classes at a time so that they can be more organized. 

Dates

Marking Period 1

Marking Period 2

Marking Period 3

Marking Period 4

(Sept 8 – Nov 19)*

(Nov 20 – Feb 2 )*

(Feb 3 –Apr 8)*

(Apr 9 – June 16)*

Full Year Courses

1A,2A,3A,4A

1B,2B,3B,4B

Half-Year Semester Courses

(1stSemester ½ year A-Day courses)

(2nd Semester A-Day ½ year courses)

(1stSemester B-Day ½ year courses)

(2nd Semester B-Day ½ year courses)

As you can see below, students would only meet with their “A-day” classes in the first semester, and with “B-day” classes in the second semester.

Semester 1

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

1a

1a

1a

1a

1a

2

2a

2a

2a

2a

2a

3

3a

3a

3a

3a

3a

3/Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

4

4a

4a

4a

4a

4a

Semester 2

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

1b

1b

1b

1b

1b

2

2b

2b

2b

2b

2b

3

3b

3b

3b

3b

3b

3/Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

4

4b

4b

4b

4b

4b

 

What schedule will students follow when in school during the hybrid model?

For the hybrid model, the in-person days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) will follow the following daily schedule:

Block

Start time

Lunch Waves

Start time

1

7:36

 

 

2

9:02

 

 

3

10:28

Lunch Wave 1

10:28

Lunch Wave 2

11:10

Lunch Wave 3

11:46

4

12:24

 

 

Student Dismissal

1:42

 

 

Teacher Lunch

1:52

 

 

 

What will remote Wednesdays look like in the hybrid model?

Remote learning days will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  Synchronous learning refers to sessions where classes of students receive live instruction from the teacher.  Asynchronous learning refers to assignments and tasks that students are able to complete on their own time outside of the live sessions. Office Hours are times teachers are online and available for students to ask questions.  Teachers will be available to work with students during asynchronous sessions. 

Time

 

Learning Style

Period

9:00-9:45

Professional Collaboration

Meetings/PLCs/Parent Contact/Professional Learning

9:45-10:30

Synchronous live sessions

Period 1a

10:30-11:00

Asynchronous Learning

11:00-11:45

Synchronous live sessions

Period 2a

11:45-12:15

Lunch

12:15-1:00

Synchronous live sessions

Period 3a

1:00-1:30

Asynchronous Learning

1:30-2:15

Synchronous live sessions

Period 4a

2:15-3:30

Asynchronous Learning/ Office Hours

Asynchronous Learning/ Office Hours

3:30-4:00

Eagle Block

Club Meeting/Mentoring Block/ Office Hours

This model includes changes such as a later start time for students based on student, parent, and staff feedback.  It also increases live, synchronous instruction to promote student engagement.  Live sessions for students have been compressed into 4.5-hour window to limit time students required to be in front of a screen.  Additionally, teachers will be available for one-on-one or small group check-ins during asynchronous learning time and Office Hours. Asynchronous learning time provides students breaks from live instruction to promote movement or screen breaks.  Time was strategically embedded in this schedule for professional collaboration, meetings, and extra-curricular clubs and activities

What will lunch look like?

Students will eat in their classrooms to reduce large crowds.  Seniors may not leave during lunch (unless they are not returning after lunch due to early dismissal). Students will be permitted to remove masks while eating, but must put their masks on when they are finished. Students will be required to clean up after themselves.

What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required?

All students and staff will be provided a mask and required to wear a mask at all times.  Students will be permitted to take mask breaks. Additionally, staff and students will receive frequent training and reminders to maintain social distancing, and to wash hands often.

What other measures is the school taking to promote safety?

  • Staggered arrivals and dismissals
  • Designated foot traffic patterns and one-way hallways where possible
  • Desks and work areas will be sanitized between classes.

 

How will the facilities be maintained?

Enfield Public Schools is working with Buildings and Grounds to comply with CT guidance around building water systems, cleaning and disinfecting schools, and ventilation systems.  The head custodian will conduct regular inspections and the building principal will meet regularly with the head custodian to address facility concerns.

Adjustments to how students and staff use our facilities will be made to promote safety measures.  For example, we will now utilize one-way hallways where possible to reduce the risk of transmission.  For example, using the diagram below you can see that students traveling on the third floor in the A & E wings will only proceed north/west to south/east, whereas students on the second floor A and E will only proceed south/east to north/west.  In hallways where one direction is not possible, students will be required to stay on the far-right side of the hallway. Increased time has been allotted for passing to accommodate this adjustment.

Students will be required to wear masks in restrooms and will be limited to 3 individuals at a time in alternating stalls. 

What are the protocols for visitors?

We have implemented the following protocols for visitors at Enfield High School for the safety and health of all students, staff and guests.  Visitors will be asked to remain outside the building and contact the welcome center staff by phone at 860-763-8895. If dropping off something for a student, please label with the students' full name and grade. Staff will pick-up the items outside. If picking up a student, please state the students name, grade, reason for dismissal. Staff will escort your student out of the building to parent/guardian. Pickup will require identification and signature. If you have a scheduled appointment, you must wear a mask or face covering and adhere to appropriate social distancing guidelines of six feet.

How can freshman prepare to transition to EHS?

We will release a virtual freshman orientation video in August to students on our websites and via social media.  Additionally, opportunities will also be provided for freshman to take a tour in a small group.  To receive updates, make sure you are signed up for School Messenger, and please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnfieldHS1.

 

How will iPads be distributed to freshman?

Enfield High School will utilize a curbside pick-up plan to distribute iPads to students in the Class of 2024 on Monday, August 24th from 8:00am to 4:00pm, as well as hotspots to students in any high school grade level who do not have an internet connection at home. Along with receiving an iPad, each freshman will receive a tutorial packet including information necessary for logging into and setting up their iPad.  Additional iPad setup support sessions will be available, by appointment, on Wednesday, August 26th between 9:00am and 4:00pm.  Further details about the iPad distribution process and support sessions will be announced, via email and School Messenger, in early August. 

Where can I find more information?

Please visit our website: http://enfieldhigh.sharpschool.com/.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your grade-level dean of students:

Grade 9-Ms. Cox-Blackwell/ acoxblackwell@enfieldschools.org (860-763-8807)

Grade 10-Mr. White/ dwhite@enfieldschools.org (860-763-8811)

Grade 11-Mrs. Nelson/ pnelson@enfieldschools.org (860-763-8839)

Grade 12-Mr. Murray/ mfmurray@enfieldschools.org (860-763-8835)

 

I plan to provide frequent updates as they are available via email.  Please be sure that you are signed up for email communications via School Messenger.  You can update your email address here: Link to Access School Messenger Additional resources will be posted on our website: Link to Access Webpage on Reopening .

While we will send several additional updates and communications before the start of school, we hope this serves as a starting point.  If you need further clarification, we hope you will join us for the virtual informational session on Monday.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Erin E. Clark

Principal

Enfield High School 


Click on the links below: 
 

Freshman Orientation Parent Presentation 2019-20

Summer Newsletter

How to Report Absences

EHS iPad Program

Fill out forms on FamilyID

Ms Clark graduation letter 6.2020.pdf

Ms. Clark Culturally Responsive letter 1.2020.pdf