2020-21 School Year Welcome Letter
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:00 AM

Welcome students and families,

All I can say is 2020 continues to be an interesting year that has offered so many challenges, but greater opportunities for us to get our world together. I hope and pray that all of you are doing well and are ready to embrace the new way of implementing educational practices until we can get solutions to curbing this COVID-19 pandemic in a way that will keep our children and staff protected. I am confident that this will happen, but in the mean time we want to make sure that we can rock and roll and meet the needs of our students and families in this Distance Learning approach to education.

We realize the impact that Distance Learning has had on you and your families. This past spring I feel that we were more in an emergency learning mode than in a Distance Learning mode because we were learning as we went along. However, I believe that as a result, we experienced the value of working closely with our families and communicating in a way that kept us connected that was so powerful that we cannot lose momentum. We were there for one another in our time of need, whether it was getting devices or food and essential items to those in need, COVID made us become the community that we should be to each other, but as the world turns, we still see social injustices and economic disparities, which depicts that we have more work to do, TOGETHER!

We’ve learned so much but are still growing in executing effective Distance Learning practices. We have made modifications to the process and continue to tweak practices to make the process more user friendly. Our plan is to execute our regular school schedule as if we were in the building. Students will virtually go from class to class following their school schedule like always to keep a since of normalcy for when we do come back in person. We just ask that you continue to work with us and communicate how we can do things better.

Given all that is going on in our world today, we are committed and will continue to align all of the work we do here at Northeast Middle School with district priorities which include Multi-tiered Systems of Support, Literacy, Equity, and Social Emotional Learning. These priorities are embedded in our School Improvement Goals and we have worked to align all of our professional development to these priorities so that the work we do is in direct alignment.

In addition, we have hired some innovative and energetic new staff that will truly be assets to the learning that takes place for our students, along with exploring new course offerings that we believe will support student engagement and culturally responsive pedagogy.

We are so excited to be of service to our students, families and communities. We thank you for choosing and trusting us here at Northeast Middle School to educate and be a part of your student’s educational experience, a responsibility that we do not take lightly and are committed to carry out with excellence.

Remember to join us at our welcoming event that will be held virtually and in-person on September 3, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Our in-person component will be outdoors and everyone will be required to wear a mask. Virtual links will be provided to families that prefer to stay at home. Please take part in keeping the supportive momentum we have going on by being present in person or virtually if you can.

Continue to stay healthy and safe, and let’s make it happen this school year!

Vernon Rowe
Northeast Middle School

Andrea Skiba
Assistant Principal
Northeast Middle School