Message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. L. Oliver Robinson | Spring Recess and Updates

Written by on March 31, 2021

Shenendehowa Community,

Shen has been open for 129 days and counting because of our commitment to the health and safety of our students and staff members. As the Shenendehowa community approaches spring recess, we are reminded of our collective effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. We must all work hard to put COVID in the rearview mirror.

We encourage everyone to enjoy this time away from school and work with the same diligence to mask wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene that we all have exhibited since the very beginning. Take this time to recharge and refuel — coming back April 12 with an even greater focus to close out a school year like none other in Shenendehowa.

Updates to self-certification form beginning tomorrow, April 1

Beginning Thursday, April 1, the self-certification form will be updated to reflect the recent changes from New York state regarding domestic and international travel and quarantine requirements. Both the student and employee self-certification forms will have most of the travel questions modified (except International) along with updated language to questions referencing quartinine exemptions for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals or for those who have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

Board of Regents revises regulations for state testing

Learning has continued throughout the 2020-21 school year, with students, families, and teachers demonstrating over and over again that we can achieve great things in spite of the COVID-related adaptations. As we approach the end of the year, we are reviewing how we best assess the work we have done and see if our efforts were successful. Simply, quality assessments (tests) are a fundamental component of teaching and learning. As a school district, we take tremendous pride in helping our students fulfill their academic promise and potential, the same pride that fueled our efforts with school opening and the continuation of operations throughout the pandemic. 

One of the ways we do this is through the NYS assessments and the data it provides. We understand some families have perceived the Gr. 3-8 NYS Assessments as optional, however,  in Shenendehowa we want to have the data to better understand our students’ progress, and use it to make key instructional decisions and necessary adjustments in curriculum, delivery and support to keep our students on track for success. We advise parents to encourage students to give it their all. Similarly, once decided, we encourage and expect students to do their very best on the respective Regents exams and local final examinations and summative measures of learning. 

For more information regarding grades 3-5 assessments, please click here. For more information regarding 6-8 testing, please click here. Information regarding Regents Exams will be forthcoming from the high school and your child’s teachers this spring.

Thank you for your continued efforts to slow the spread and put COVID in the rearview mirror. 

Committed to Excellence,

Dr. L. Oliver Robinson
Superintendent of Schools