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Preparing for Sept.

Posted July 9, 2020 By Hal Miller

Dear Families,

I hope you are having a restful summer so far, and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall, when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of this note you will find this information organized by topic, including school scheduling, health and safety protocols, and more. Please bookmark schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, where more information is available, and which will be regularly updated as we get closer to reopening.

Our commitment to health and safety drives everything that we do. It drove the transition to remote learning this past March, when we knew that closing school buildings was essential to flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection across New York City. It was profoundly challenging, but you and your children handled it with unbelievable grace and effort, and school communities came together to make it work in historic fashion.

Now, almost four months later, our commitment to health and safety will drive us into the new school year. We have been through so much together, and as we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities— like closing the digital divide.

Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, and at the end of this letter are the most important takeaways for you at this moment. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.

In closing, I want to say that I’m excited, and I’m anxious—just like you. I know that blending in-person and remote learning feels like an improvement over the all-remote experience of the last three months, but still comes with many questions and concerns. We will work with you every step of the way to answer questions around sibling scheduling, transportation, what happens if there’s a confirmed case in a school, and more. I’m committed to doing everything I can to make this easy for you—and I will not compromise on health and safety.

I always say that New York City has the best students, families, and staff in the world—and that nothing will ever change that. A safe return to schools in the fall, and the broader safety of our whole city, will require we consistently work together as partners—DOE staff, families, and students. Together we can ensure that the 1.1 million students—your children—in the NYC public school system get the education they deserve in the safest, most supportive environments possible.

Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Attachment(s): Sept. Update for Families-Reopening_July 8 2020.pdf

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Additional Messages for Families (IEP and MLL)

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller
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2020 Graduation | Pandemic Edition video

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller

2020 Graduation | Pandemic Edition

The year is 2020, you are set to #graduate but a #pandemic has taken over the world. Maybe you’re feeling sad that you won’t get the chance to dress up and t…

 

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“Signs of Support” event on Zoom

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller
Happy Last Day of School!
After K-2 students watched the Sesame Street Town Hall on standing up to racism, a few students asked how they can help and show their support. They inspired us to host a virtual ‘Signs of Support’ event on Zoom.
68 of our PS/IS 30 family members (students, families & teachers) attended the event!
Here’s a video of some of their signs:

Signs of Support

After watching the CNN & Sesame Street Town Hall, Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, some of our K-2 students wanted to show their support. They inspire…

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Other goodbyes 2020 … to the graduates of PS/IS30

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller

Other goodbyes 2020…to the graduates of ps/is30

A special dedication and message from PS/IS 30 graduates

 

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Senior video of highlights 2020

Posted June 24, 2020 By Hal Miller

Senior Video 2020

PS/IS 30 presents the Senior Class of 2020 highlights and cameos.

 

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Covid Fighters “movie trailer”

Posted June 24, 2020 By Hal Miller

Covid Fighters

8th grade students at PS/IS30 Mary White Ovington School studied stage combat in theater class during the school year, but when the pandemic hit and classes …

 

8th grade students at PS/IS30 Mary White Ovington School studied stage combat in theater class during the school year, but when the pandemic hit and classes went remote, students were not able to perform on stage. So in line with their stage combat theme, students worked on a new project – a superhero short film! These are not your common superheroes and villains though. Students created their own original superheroes and villains around Covid-19, the very pandemic that endangered humankind and took away all their end-of-year senior activities including graduation ceremony. Following a specific shot list, each student acted out the superhero and the villain parts. They learned to shoot and edit their own scenes. Some added sound effects and music. Their scenes are edited together to form a movie trailer for Covid Fighters.
 
To the real heroes worldwide, my students thank you for your putting your life on the line each and every day you fight. Despite the many who prefer not to have their work on the internet, they are still grateful for your work.
Enjoy!
 
 
Thank you!
Ms. Luong

Theater Arts Teacher

PS/IS30

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PS/IS 30 Is Proud Of Our Seniors’ Achievements!

Posted June 22, 2020 By Hal Miller

12 June, 2020 – Loom Recording

Check out a video I made via Loom

 

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MAISA SANA IS A CHAMPION IN NATIONAL WHO WAS? HISTORY BEE!

THE 1st EVER NATIONAL CONTEST 25000 CONTESTANTS IN THE UNITED STATES! 80 STUDENTS-PARTICIPANTS FROM PS/IS 30 MARY WHITE OVINGTON ORGANIZED and SPONSORED BY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, A PUBLISHER of WHO WAS? SERIES

 

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Our Ms. Nicoli /Ms. Lulu

Posted June 16, 2020 By Donna Moscatello

LUCILLE NICOLI

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