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Update from Clarence CSD October 8, 2021

Dear Clarence School Family,

Study after study have shown that talented teachers are the most important factor when it comes to increasing student achievement. However, the research also suggests that having high quality principals working in schools comes in a close second when considering what dramatically improves outcomes for kids.

With that in mind, I wanted to share that October is National Principals Month. In the days ahead, I would invite you to reach out to the following individuals with a quick email or a note of thanks. Our #ClarenceProud principals are world-class, and one would be hard-pressed to find a more caring group of educators. 

  • Mrs. Margaret Aldrich—Harris Hill Principal
  • Miss Colleen Coggins—Clarence Center Principal
  • Mr. Keith Kuwik—Ledgeview Principal
  • Mrs. Jenna Arroyo—Sheridan Hill Principal
  • Mrs. Ashley Dreibelbis—Middle School Principal
  • Mr. Ken Smith—High School Principal

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.

  • 4 individuals at Clarence High School tested positive, 1 quarantined
  • 2 individuals at Harris Hill Elementary School tested positive, 2 quarantined
  • 2 individuals at Ledgeview Elementary School tested positive, 7 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Sheridan Hill Elementary School tested positive, 3 quarantined

Voluntary Proximal and Surveillance Testing

To help keep school communities safe, the Erie County Department of Health is offering free proximal and surveillance testing for interested students and staff. (Definitions provided below.) If you are interesting in learning more, or if you would like to sign your son or daughter up for the optional testing, please click this link.

Proximal Testing: Testing for individuals who do not meet close contact criteria but were exposed to COVID-19 in the same room.

Surveillance Testing: Regular testing for individuals who are not experiencing any COVID symptoms. The testing utilizes pooled samples of a certain population for the purpose of monitoring and containing the spread of COVID in a classroom setting.

Continuing the Conversation

Last week, I emailed a survey link asking you to help us select topics for virtual informational sessions later this fall. 134 people responded, and I wanted to share that the following received the greatest number of votes:

  • Social and Emotional Learning (48.5%)
  • General Discussion Related to the Start of the School Year (38.8%)
  • Update on COVID Safety Protocols (37.3%)
  • Mental Health (35.8%)

To get things started, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, we will be hosting a virtual presentation with local experts on the combined topic of “Social and Emotional Learning/Mental Health.” If you “save the date” on your calendar, as we get closer, we will provide further detail on how to watch and submit questions.

Additionally, now that we are five weeks into the year, we wanted to check in to see how things are going. To ensure the dialogue is as transparent as possible, we will be using a tool called ThoughtExchange. If you check your email on Thursday, October 14, you will find a message with directions on how to participate.

There is a saying that, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” With that in mind, let me say how grateful we are for your support. We have had a successful start to the year, and it is because of your focus on keeping kids safe and connected.

Hope you can take time to relax and recharge over the long weekend.

Matt Frahm, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools