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Update from Clarence CSD October 1, 2021

Dear Clarence School Family,

I have a friend who often says, “you’re either open and growing or closed and knowing.” Since my message last Friday, I have had a number of people reach out to discuss different ways we can better engage parents in productive dialogue. The conversations have been thoughtful as well as direct, and they have given me a deeper understanding of our school community.

With that in mind, I want you to know that we are focused on listening as we move further into the year. Our school is blessed with parents who have a tremendous amount of expertise, and we will be purposeful in creating chances for individuals to share, ask questions, and then share again. To start the conversation, I have provided information on a couple different opportunities below.

Virtual Office Hours: If you are free from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Monday (October 4) or from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Tuesday (October 5), I would invite you to hop on one of the following Zoom links to ask questions or to share what’s on your mind.

Zoom Link for Monday (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.)

Meeting ID: 960 8086 6397

Passcode: 455142

Zoom Link for Tuesday (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

Meeting ID: 952 1659 7409

Passcode: 400590

Virtual Informational Sessions: Clarence has been providing students with a world-class education for years, and we would like to offer virtual informational sessions on a handful of topics later this fall. To help us figure out where to start, we have put together a 30-second survey that can be accessed by clicking this link. If you have a minute, I was hoping you might let us know what you would be interested in talking more about. 

ThoughtExchange: If you have friends in other districts, you may already have heard about something called ThoughtExchange. The tool is designed to give communities a virtual platform for asking open-ended questions, weighing in with confidential answers, and providing objective feedback on the ideas that are offered up by others. We should be ready to share the link for our first Exchange in the next week or two, and we are looking forward to the dialogue.

Weekly COVID Report

Each Friday, we will send out a COVID report with weekly data involving positive case counts as well as the number of individuals placed in quarantine by the Erie County Department of Health. Below you will see the report from this past week.

  • 3 individuals at Clarence High School tested positive, 6 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Clarence Middle School tested positive, 6 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Clarence Center Elementary School tested positive, 0 quarantined
  • 5 individuals at Harris Hill Elementary School tested positive, 38 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Sheridan Hill Elementary School tested positive, 0 quarantined

Come Join Our Team

Like most districts, we are always looking for skilled substitute teachers. If you would be interested in working alongside an incredible faculty and staff, I would encourage you to fill out an application by clicking this link. The number one school-related factor when it comes to boosting student achievement is the quality of the teacher working with students, and we hope you will consider joining our team. (Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Each year, we reach out to schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences for students in grades K-8. Because we are doing all we can to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, our conversations this year will take place virtually. Our principals will pass along more specific information later this fall, but I want to thank you in advance for helping to keep our school community as healthy as possible.

Hope to see you at different Homecoming events this weekend.

Matt Frahm, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

PS: Did you know our cumulative athletic record this fall is 115-23? Pretty impressive—keep it going, Red Devils!