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Principal's Update - December 18th 2020

Dear Shawsheen Students, Parents/Guardians, and Colleagues,

 

Thank you to everyone for making our first Remote Learning Day (that was in lieu of a snow day) a success! We had an impressive 94.48% student daily attendance rate - which speaks volumes about the commitment of our students, as well as the effort our educators have put in to engage them. To date this school year, our average student daily attendance rate is 96.29%, which is something to celebrate in the midst of a pandemic. For comparison, our average student daily attendance rate for the 2019-2020 school year was 96%.  

 

COVID Notifications - COVID@shawtech.org

We appreciate the time many of you have taken to communicate COVID-related concerns to us to help keep our school community safe and open for students. Effective immediately, we request that you send all COVID-related notifications to COVID@shawtech.org. Specifically, we ask that you use this email address to communicate with us if you/your child has tested positive for, exhibited symptoms of, or been exposed to someone with COVID-19. In the event you need immediate assistance from the Nurses’ Office, please don’t hesitate to call. Otherwise, we request that you communicate all information to COVID@shawtech.org. This email account can only be accessed by medical personnel or individuals who are responsible for overseeing the district’s COVID-19 response. All emails sent to this account are considered confidential. This email account will be monitored over weekends, evenings, and the holiday break, so it is the best way to get critical information to us. 

Business Technology/Marketing Students Qualify for the Microsoft National Championship

Congratulations to our students in the Business Technology/Marketing shop for excelling in Microsoft Competitions at the State Level! Please join me in celebrating those students:

  • Microsoft Word 2016
    • 1st Place = Victor Lam
  • Microsoft Excel 2016
    • 1st Place = Toby Lage
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
    • 1st Place = Raeanna Dallaire-Boogaard
  • Microsoft Word 2019
    • 1st Place = Victor Lam
    • 2nd Place = Stephen Papsedero
    • 3rd Place = Toby Lage
  • Microsoft Excel 2019
    • 1st Place = Toby Lage
    • 2nd Place = Frederik Miaskiewicz
    • 3rd Place = Jade Kim
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2019
    • 1st Place = Daniel Cerullo
    • 2nd Place = Stephen Papsedero
    • 3rd Place = Frederik Miaskiewicz

 

Q2 Mid-Term Progress Reports

Second quarter mid-term progress reports have been published and are available to view in the Aspen Family Portal. A link to the PDF copy of your child's progress report is available under the 'Published' section on the main page when you log into your Aspen Family Portal Account

If you are having difficulty accessing the Aspen Family Portal please read the instructions below to submit a ticket at the following link: https://shawsheentech.sherpadesk.com/portal/
•    Click on the green 'Submit Ticket' button
•    Enter email address
•    For Location, select: _Home
•    For Class, select: _PARENT ASPEN LOGIN ISSUES
•    Please provide all contact information

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - Half-Day (Asynchronous for Academics)

Next Wednesday will be an early release day for students, which means that:

  • Grade 9 & 11 students who are in shop next week must be in shops by 7:39am for 1st period attendance, and will be dismissed at 10:43am.
  • Grade 10 & 12 students will be asynchronous but, since it is a half-day, they will follow the half-day asynchronous remote academic schedule below:
    • 7:39am = log into 1st period for daily attendance
    • 8:00am - 9:00am = report to office hours as needed (all departments)
    • 9:00am - 10:43am = independent work time

 

Reminder: Out-of-State Travel Order

With the holiday break approaching next week, we want to remind everyone that any students who travel out of the state must comply with the state's COVID-19 Travel Order. I encourage you to read the official requirements from the travel order and to reach out with any questions or concerns.

 

Reminder: Flu Shot Requirement

Just a friendly reminder from the School Nurses that an influenza immunization is required by the state for all students. The new state-wide vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Please provide the proper documentation to the Nurses’ Office via paper, fax, or email when your student is vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation!

 

Best,

Jessica Cook

(she/her/hers)

Principal