State Guidance Arrives

Today Governor Whitmer announced Executive Order No.2020-35, which provides us with long-awaited guidance about what education in Michigan will look like in the coming months. In this email message, I will summarize the items that are of highest interest to our families. First, however, I would like to share the thesis: “To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the health …

Patience in a Time of Change

Since the last edition of the Headlines, there has been increased discussion about how schools provide instruction during the closures. Depending on their capabilities, districts are taking different approaches, which range from requiring students to continue with their daily lessons online, to providing families with general resources offered as optional enrichment activities only. Since New School High has one-to-one technology, …

Stay Safe, Keep Learning

I hope this finds you and your family well. In these trying times we are all doing our best to process the profound disruptions that have taken place in our lives. Fortunately, one thing that is within our control is our ability to maintain some basic routines. Children in particular are reassured by consistency. Hopefully, your student’s regular attention to …

Going Forward

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Late Thursday evening, Governor Whitmer announced that all Michigan schools would be closed from March 16 through April 6. Just 16 hours later we were saying good-bye to our students for the next 30 days.  Because we had developed an emergency plan and had been preparing for the possibility of school being closed, …

Emergency Response Plans

Surely the most important issue for schools is the COVID-19 emergency. Along with the other school leaders of our state, throughout the day I am receiving updates from the Governor’s Office, the Michigan Department of Education, Wayne RESA, Wayne County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government agencies that …

Precautions

This week, the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services sent a joint memorandum to the directors of public and non-public schools, directors of public libraries, and public health officers to provide updated guidance regarding coronavirus COVID-19. Because the health and well-being of our students is our highest priority, I would like to share …

A New Semester

The second term is one week old and I am pleased to report that the changeover was exceptionally smooth. Due to the hard work of Ms. McCarthy, who checked and re-checked course needs for each student, and Ms. Lynn, who navigated the intricacies of our new Infinite Campus data system, the vast majority of student schedules were complete and accurate. …

Safety

Our most important priority is the health and safety of our students. Now that the new semester is underway, it’s a good time to review key school safety policies and procedures: Once students arrive at school in the morning, they must remain in the building until dismissal at the end of the day.  All students, staff, and visitors must enter …

Reflecting on 2019

The beginning of a new year is a good time to look back on what we have accomplished together. Here is a brief summary of New School High points of pride since September 2019: Our School New School High welcomed 26 new students in 2019. The annual financial audit was completed by Croskey-Lanni accounting firm with no findings, and noted …

Warm Wishes

Heading into the final week before the holiday break, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our New School High families a warm and restful vacation and the happiest of New Years!  This is also a good time to address some questions that commonly arise towards the end of the term. Our last day of school …