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Alert - School Building Closure & COVID-19 outbreak Update
As of Monday, March 22nd, 2020, all NYC Public Schools, including QHST, is now using the new Remote Learning Model. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 that all city school buildings to be declared closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For the time being, students will NOT report to the school buildings for instructional learning during this time of the shutdown. School buildings are scheduled to remain closed until Monday, April 20th, 2020, which is the presumptive date of which all NYC Public School buildings will reopen.
QHST teachers have notified their students via the QHST Gmail platform during the week of March 15th, 2020. They have informed their students that their classes will be utilizing Google Classroom, as the online learning management system, and PupilPath, the online grading portal, for the time being.
For all past announcements regarding the COVID-19, click here.
At the Queens High School of Teaching, students receive so much more than an ordinary education. We pride ourselves on creating a unique, exciting environment that embraces all types of learners and promotes growth both academically and personally. Students and families are also welcomed into a dynamic and supportive community.
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News and Announcements
Mr. Corrado letter to families regarding the start of remote learning on March 23Posted: March 22nd, 2020
Dear QHST Students and Families,
First and foremost, on behalf of our entire QHST School Community of students, families, and staff members, I would like to wish everyone and your families, health and safety over the coming weeks and months. The well-being of all QHST community members must be our number one priority. I assure you that it is mine.
Tomorrow, Monday, March 23rd, marks the start of our QHST School Community's transition to a remote learning community. In the days and weeks to come, and at a time of great unknown, inconsistency, and insecurity, it is our goal at QHST to once again become a safe and consistent presence in the lives of our students and families.
As we transition to remote learning, teachers will be creating Google Classroom remote learning environments to facilitate teaching and learning, and support of students. In our new QHST remote learning spaces, the most important area of focus for students and families must be student participation. Students will need to "log-on" to and attend a corresponding Google Classroom for each of their regularly scheduled courses. There will be a Daily Discussion prompt for each class and student's daily response to that activity will count for both their daily attendance in that class and as their "Participation" grade. Additionally, teachers will post learning materials and resources, and post "Classwork/Homework" assignments throughout the week. On Friday, students will engage in Assessment activities so that we can continue to gather the information necessary to effectively support high levels of student learning progress and performance.
As a remote school community, student learning will be facilitated through our QHST Google G-Suite and Google Classrooms, and we will continue to communicate student performance and grade information using PupilPath. Over the next few days, I will continue to communicate more information via our PupilPath email blasts and by posting to our school website: www.QueensHSofTeaching.org
Early next week, I will share new protocols and procedures regarding communicating with teachers and SLC Teams in support of student success, and the ways in which we will partner with families proactively to support the highest levels of student participation and success.
Unfortunately, to effectively participate in remote learning students need access to effective WIFI and effective technology - these materials come at a much higher cost to families than the typical items on the "school supply lists" that we are all used to. Additionally, we understand that while families may have been able to support students' access to these resources under typical circumstances, given that there may now be competition among multiple family members (including parents and siblings working from home and multiple siblings in one family competing for access to complete their schoolwork) for these invaluable resources, families may now need support. The NYCDOE is working to make technology available for all city students through a centralized distribution process, however such large scale distribution may take a week or two to complete. While students falling behind is not ideal, we understand these challenges and will do everything that we can to support our QHST students and families.
That said, please complete this survey from central regarding technology needs and family supports: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices
Additionally, given that we may be able to access our school building next week, to support another round of laptop distribution, based on the numbers of students who need support and their ability to travel, please complete our own internal QHST Technology Access Survey (especially if you are in need of technology supports): https://forms.gle/yKqiw7DCG8rGooPv9
Lastly, communication is key, if we are going to successfully transition to remote learning, and support the continued learning and success of our students. That said, please ensure that both you and your child have an active PupilPath account. Please communicate with fellow families to ensure that they too have active PupilPath accounts. Most of our communication, including this message, primarily goes out via PupilPath (we are also posting this message on our school website), so if families (parents and guardians in addition to students) don't have PupilPath access, regular communication in support of student learning will be challenging. If you do not have an active PupilPath account, please contact our Parent Coordinator Ernesto Isaac immediately via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, all students must have an active QHST Google Gmail Account - this is the account that students will use to access their Google Classrooms. I have provided "activation" information in previous communications and we have posted it to our school website. If students cannot self-activate their accounts, please complete this survey and we will reset passwords remotely: https://forms.gle/ej1JemQkQGDUSt8W6
We are committed to continuing to support our QHST students and families throughout the current COVID-19 outbreak. Over the next few days we will slowly transition to remote learning. There will be many challenges, including those at the "classroom level". QHST teachers have had less than a week to prepare for tomorrow's launch, and while many QHST teachers were proficient with, or already utilized this technology, many are learning to implement it for the first time. I couldn't be prouder of the ways in which our QHST professional community worked hard to ensure that we would be ready to effectively support our students tomorrow. I look forward to continuing to partner with our QHST in support of the highest levels of student learning, performance, progress, and success. Again, I wish every member of our QHST family, and their families, health and safety in the coming days and months.
In Solidarity and Support,
New York City Department of Education School SurveyPosted: March 10th, 2020
Every year, all parents, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of their school community think about the learning environment at their school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn.
Take the survey NOW! or to learn more info on the 2020 NYC School Survey, click here.
ALERT: Due to Coronavirus Outbreak, all PSAL sports teams practices, games, and other events (including try-outs) will be suspended effective immediately. All schools events will be postponed/cancelled until further notices.
Start of Marking Period 2
Report Card Distribution
Presumptive date when school reopens
PTA Bake Sale
SLT Meeting4:00pm - 5:30pm
PTA Meeting6:30pm - 7:30pm
Memorial DaySchool Closed