It is hard to believe that we are about to enter the tenth week of our remote learning adventure. During this time, we continue to be impressed with how our students are learning and using technology in unprecedented ways. Our teacher teams continue to plan for the remainder of the school year and we anticipate that June will be filled with lots of learning and community sharing activities.
Usually, during the months of May and June, teachers work together to begin the process of making class lists for the upcoming school year. As you can imagine, in a school as large as P.S. 58, this is a process that requires teachers to work collaboratively in ways that oftentimes extend beyond normal working hours.
During the week of May 25, teachers will take some time to continue the process of looking at next year. As you know, Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day and will be an observed holiday for NYC schools. For the remainder of the week, you may notice a change in your child’s schedule and a decrease in small group sessions to give the teachers more time to plan. This format will provide teachers the extra time needed to complete class lists, plan together for the end of this school year, and begin planning for the upcoming school year. Teachers will also be coming together to discuss in further detail the recently released changes to the grading policy, and how this will impact the written comments accompanying the MT (meets target) or N (needs improvement) that they will be sharing with you in the end of year report card.
This year, like you, we are faced with a lot of uncertainty about what September will look like. To that end, we are working closely with other neighboring schools to envision what different scenarios could look like when school resumes in the fall. In addition to these conversations, teachers will be meeting in June with their colleagues in other grades to reflect on the school year in general, and remote learning in particular, with the goal of improving the experience of our students moving forward. We anticipate this work to take place during the previously scheduled Chancellor's Conference Day (Thursday, June 4th) and the Clerical Day (Tuesday, June 9th).
With the end of the school year on the horizon, we look forward to celebrating the significant accomplishments and achievements of our students during this historical time.