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High School News From Mrs. Klinginsmith

Dear High School Parents and Students, I wanted to reach out to you during this time of crisis in American history. As a rural community, we are more used to “social distancing” than our fellow Americans in larger metropolitan areas although it is strange not to be around people. I hope that your children are continuing to work on assignments that teachers are sending out through Google classroom. It is important that we do not have a large educational regression as we are forced to stay at home. I suggest that you have your kid(s) spend a minimum of 1 hour daily working on homework and reading. If they are in the band they should spend some time practicing their instrument. I would suggest they also get an hour of exercise daily. We do not know how long we will be out of school and are exploring different scenarios of what the end of this year and the start of next year will look like. It is a possibility that we may have to use the grades from the 3rd quarter as students’ final second-semester grades (with the exception of EPN and college classes since they have been continuing as normal and will receive 4th quarter grades.) With this in mind, I am allowing students to improve their grades if they had a D or F in the third quarter. These assignments will be graded as if they were a late assignment, meaning the maximum possible grade is 75%. The third quarter grade can only improve with the completion of these assignments, it cannot get worse. Teachers can be contacted by email with questions regarding these assignments. The teachers’ email addresses can be found on the school website. We have set up an internet hotspot in the high school parking lot if you don’t have internet access. Prom has been postponed but we haven’t set a makeup date yet due to the uncertainty of the COVID 19 situation.  I understand that you will need notice for tuxedo rentals, flowers, hair appointments, and so on.  As soon as we pick a date I will send out a school messenger letting you know.  We haven’t changed the graduation date as of now but know that there is a high possibility that it will change as well.  Again I will let you know as soon as the decision has been made. We hope that you are staying healthy and active while the nation battles this pandemic situation. We greatly appreciate all you are doing to keep your child from regressing during this unprecedented time. We miss our students and want to get them back to school as soon as possible, but in the meantime want to stay connected with our community. Stay well, Tiffani Klinginsmith PCHS Principal I can be reached at tklinginsmith@putnamcountyr1.net