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October 9, 2020: Parent Communication - Recommendation to School Board for Early Dismissals

Dear Rocket Families,

It is hard to believe that we are finishing up our seventh week of school with our students. I must confess, after the many challenges we ALL faced to get to this point, this was the most remarkably uplifting start to a new school year that I have experienced in my twenty-seven years of serving in public education. I hope that you and your child(ren) feel the same way. 

Our new learning mindset and the vision of teaching traditional and distance learners together are exciting, progressive, and provide a unique experience for our learners to build essential 21st-century skills. I truly believe it is what is best for our students, but it is not without its difficulties. One of the challenges is that learning and teaching during a pandemic is new for everyone and is currently requiring the gift of time to help it succeed. 

RECOMMENDED CHANGE IN SCHEDULE 

At the upcoming School Board meeting on Monday, October 12, 2020, the recommendation to have student early dismissals occur every Wednesday beginning on November 4, 2020, through the end of the school year will be presented to the School Board. If the School Board approves the recommendation, the Wednesday early dismissals will follow our current early dismissal schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Grab and go lunches are planned to be given to each student to take home at dismissal. The early dismissal schedule is as follows: 

  • Grades 7 - 12 dismiss at 10:30 AM
  • Grades 5 - 6 dismiss at 11:45 AM
  • Grades K - 4 dismiss at 12:00 PM

The decision to recommend Wednesday early dismissals was not easy. We understand that this impacts each of our families in different ways. However, the biggest and most beneficial impact will be to our students who deserve instruction delivered with rigor and purpose that will serve them in their future careers and adult lives. The time will allow teachers to work together to improve student achievement, to collaborate to determine how to best meet student-specific needs, and to discuss/implement educational goals and best practices. The time also allows our students in grades 5 - 12 to practice their distance learning and career skills, to collaborate with each other outside of the physical school setting, and to build upon necessary technology skills. For students in grades K - 4, it provides a break from the long instructional days to refocus and re-energize. 

The best interest of our students and staff is at the center of everything we do in Spring Grove. We thank you for supporting us in our mission and for your patience along the way. Stay tuned for further updates.

Sincerely,

Dr. George W. Ioannidis
Superintendent