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Update from Clarence CSD October 29, 2021

Dear Clarence School Family,

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with the Presidents of our Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs). We had a great conversation, and at one point the group shared how much parents would appreciate having the chance to visit school buildings at some point this fall.

With that in mind, we have put together a series of evening PTO/Building events over the next month and a half. Each session will be an hour in length, and they will be chances for parents to learn more about our PTOs, share feedback with Board of Education members on how the year has been going, and tour learning spaces with our building principals.

If you are interested in joining one or more of the events, please click here to register by Friday, November 5. Once we know how many people will be attending, we will email that group directly with specific information about COVID protocols, meeting locations, agendas, etc. (Note: Because of physical distancing requirements, the sessions will be for adults only.)

  • Ledgeview Elementary School: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9
  • Clarence Center Elementary School: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16
  • Harris Hill Elementary School: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16
  • Clarence High School: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16
  • Clarence Middle School: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1
  • Sheridan Hill Elementary School: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7

Vaccination Survey from the Erie County Department of Health

As you may have heard, this past week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids ages 5-11. To prepare for a potential county-wide vaccination effort, the Erie County Department of Health has asked local schools to send this (click here) 2-question “Vaccine Interest Survey” to parents.

Virtual Informational Sessions

Thank you for joining us last night for our first virtual informational session focused on “Social Emotional Learning/Mental Health.” Our panel of experts provided some important tips for parents to consider, and you can find a recording of the conversation by clicking this YouTube link.

To keep the conversation going, we are finalizing details on two additional informational sessions. The first will provide an overview of a program we have implemented called “Leader in Me,” and the second will focus on “Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices.” I will provide additional detail in my Friday email next week, and we hope that you will consider joining us for the important sessions.

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.

  • 1 individual at Clarence High School tested positive, 0 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Clarence Middle School tested positive, 0 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Clarence Center Elementary School tested positive, 0 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Harris Hill Elementary School tested positive, 0 quarantined
  • 0 individuals at Ledgeview Elementary School tested positive, 0 quarantined
  • 4 individuals at Sheridan Hill Elementary School tested positive, 11 quarantined

Release of Grades 3-8 Math and ELA Scores

This past week, the State Education Department (SED) released assessment data from the Spring 2021 grades 3-8 Math and ELA exams. Although the testing took place at a challenging point in time, I am pleased to report an overall increase in performance results here in Clarence (click here). The scores are a credit to the work of our entire school community, and families will be receiving individual “Student Score Reports” in the coming weeks.

Finally, best of luck to our student athletes as Sectional competitions begin. Our individual and team accomplishments have been off the charts this fall, and we are hoping they can keep the momentum going in the postseason!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween.

Matt Frahm, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools