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Update from Clarence CSD June 17, 2022

Dear Clarence School Family, 

With the end of the school year just around the corner, the last thing I want to do it clutter your inbox on a beautiful Friday afternoon. As the weekend begins, however, I did want to highlight the Flag Day ceremonies that took place at each of our four Elementary Schools this past week. The occasion commemorated the day in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first flag, and Tuesday was the perfect opportunity for our school community to celebrate an American symbol of pride, unity, freedom, and hope. From poems to parades, patriotic songs to recognizing veterans, the events on June 14 were the perfect way to honor the Red, White, and Blue. For a small taste of what Flag Day looked like in our neck of the woods, I would invite you to check out this quick video from the parade at Clarence Center.

Digital Device Reminder

I wanted to pass along a quick reminder that this summer, students will keep their Chromebooks during July and August and simply bring them back in the fall. Our Technology Department will ensure that all updates happen automatically, and the change in practice will help keep our kids learning and connected during the summer months. (Note: If your child will not be returning to Clarence in the fall, please return their device to a building main office before June 21.)

Weekly COVID Report 

Below you will find the number of COVID cases that were reported this past week by both the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) as well as by families administering rapid home tests. As a reminder, please feel free to stop by one of our buildings or the District Office if you would like to pick up free antigen tests.

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

The History Behind Juneteenth

Finally, because I’m still a social studies teacher at heart, I wanted to share a quick history lesson as we prepare to observe Juneteenth on Monday. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln freed enslaved persons living in the Confederate states when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. However, the pronouncement could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. The official end of slavery did not occur until June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 1865, when the Union troops reached Galveston, Texas and informed African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. On Monday, we pause to mark our country’s second independence day, and we take an important step forward in establishing a more perfect union.

Finally, I’d like to thank all the parents who have worked so hard to organize Post Prom here at the High School. Their efforts have been nothing short of incredible, and the event will give our Red Devil students a fun and safe place to spend time after the Senior Prom at AcQua.

Hoping you have a great evening and that you can enjoy the long weekend.

Warmly,

Matt Frahm
Superintendent of Schools