Principal's Message


4-3-2020


Hello Cosgrove families,

 

This is Jim Centola, Principal at Cosgrove Middle School reaching out to provide an update for all middle school families. My goal is to continue to provide you a weekly update as we navigate through these unprecedented times. I do not have a ton of new information in this update but wanted to be sure to touch base.

 

Spring Break: Please see the note below from the New York State Education Department regarding next week:

Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care for essential workers every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time. 

Teachers will post new work on Monday for students to complete by the end of the week. I have asked teachers to post a reduced amount of work next week in an effort to provide students (and teachers) a bit of a break, while still adhering to the executive order. Breakfast and lunch distribution will continue each day from 11-12:30 at Cosgrove, Taylor, and Munn.

 

3rd Quarter Grades:

Third quarter grades have been posted in the IC Backpack. As a reminder, we no longer mail paper report cards. Please log in and view your child’s report card for the third quarter. Please be sure to also check the box that indicates you have viewed the report card. If you need any help or assistance with this process, please call Linda Sauter at 349-5324 or email her at lsauter@spencerportschools.org

 

In the event that we are closed for the foreseeable future, we are working on a grading plan for the fourth quarter. More information to follow on this in future emails.

 

Instruction:

I hope that this first week of new instruction has gone smooth for you and your child (children). Core teachers will continue to post the equivalent of two hours of new learning and exploratory teachers will post one hour of new learning per week.

 

Each teacher has set 3 “office hours” each week in which they are available to work you’re your child. These may include Zoom sessions, Schoology discussion groups, availability via email, etc. Please reach out to your child’s teacher directly if you have any question about office hours.

 

Our special education students will continue to receive modifications as outlined on their IEP. While these may look a little different during this time, our special education teachers remain committed to ensuring every student has equitable access to learning. Case managers will continue to monitor student work and work with teachers and families to modify and adjust instruction accordingly. We will also follow a similar approach for our ELL population. If you are concerned about your child’s modifications or progress, please reach out to their case manager, assistant principal, or me.

 

We created two blank planners to help students as they plan their week. These can be found in each student’s grade level Schoology page and under the “parent resources” tab on the Cosgrove Middle School website.

 

Teachers will continue to use and record assignments in Infinite campus. As previously mentioned, assignments will not be graded. IC will be used as a way for students and parents to monitor work completion and submission.

 

#Spencerport Together: Our Spencerport Education Foundation has partnered with local business to begin offering a dinner program as well. Dinner runs from 4:30-6pm each night, while supplies last. Here are the current menu offerings with our partners:

 

Current Menu Offerings with our partners (no special orders will be accommodated)

4/6 – Grandpa Sams – HS West Café

4/7 - Spencerport Hots – HS West Café

4/8 – Perri’s Pizza – HS West Cafe

4/9 – Texas BBQ Joint – HS West Café

4/10 – Chef’s Catering – HS West Cafe

 

Access to Cosgrove:

Please note, at this time Cosgrove (along with all other buildings and fields) is closed. We are unable to retrieve any items left in lockers/classrooms until further notice. I apologize for this inconvenience, but our custodial crew is working hard each day to sanitize and disinfect the entire building.

 

In closing, I want to reiterate the notion of flexibility and togetherness. Thank you for all of your support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.  

 

Sincerely,

Jim Centola

Principal

 

Grade Level Administrators:

Grade 6: David Russell: drussell@spencerportschools.org

Grade 7: Tracey D'Alonzo: tdalonzo@spencerportschools.org

Grade 8: Jim Centola: jcentola@spencerportschools.org

Important Contact Info

Jim Centola

Principal Jim Centola

jcentola@spencerportschools.org
Main Office:  585-349-5300


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