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May 22 Update May 22 Update: Dear NCS Family: As we prepare to begin Memorial Day Weekend, I wanted to pass along a number of updates involving the last day of the year, summer school, meals on Monday, and the annual budget vote. Last Day of the School Year After reviewing our school calendar as well as the most recent guidance from New York State, the last day of the school year will be Tuesday, June 16 for NCS students. Our Board of Education will be amending the school calendar to reflect the changes, and we do not anticipate any additional modifications unless there is updated information from the Governor or the State Education Department. Summer School On Thursday, Governor Cuomo announced that all in-person summer school experiences would be cancelled this year. However, for NCS High ...
May 13 Update May 13 Update: Dear NCS Family: As we move further into May, I wanted to take a minute to pass along a handful of updates. However, because New York State’s plan for reopening will be a fluid process, there are a number of questions we will not be able to answer definitively until a bit later on this spring.   Memorial Day and the End of the 2020 School Year: Similar to our plans for Spring Break, we will continue providing students with remote learning experiences on Friday, May 22. However, because Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday, there will be no scheduled instructional activities on Monday, May 25. Additionally, because we did not have a Spring Break, we believe the end of the school year might be earlier than was previously indicated on our calendar. While we estimate that ...
NCS Mourns Loss of a Colleague NCS Mourns Loss of a Colleague:
NHS Virtual Induction NHS Virtual Induction: NHS Virtual Induction This year we are honored to welcome thirteen new inductees into the Neapolitan Chapter of the National Honor Society! Through everyday choices, this amazing group of young people is driven and dedicated, not only to their academics, but to their school, community, and their own character. This Virtual Induction presentation is meant to honor the tradition of the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony and to celebrate the new Inductees. Please view the Virtual Induction presentation here . Thank you for your support and for joining in the celebration of our new inductees! Lindsey Alongi NHS Advisor
Educator Appreciation Week (May 4-8) Educator Appreciation Week (May 4-8): Dear Naples Parents and Guardians: When it comes to academic achievement, we all know that it is important to have skilled educators working with students. However, because there are so many different factors influencing learning, you might wonder—how much of a difference do teachers actually matter? Well, as it turns out, quite a bit. After studying data related to student performance, the researcher and policy expert Eric Hanushek found that the difference between having an above-average and a below-average teacher can translate into a full grade level of achievement in a single year. That is a staggering difference, and it is a powerful reminder of how lucky we are to have 170 world-class educators working at NCS. More importantly, however, is the impact that talented ...
May 1 Update May 1 Update: Dear Naples Parents and Guardians: Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced that schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year. While we do not expect additional guidance about summer programs until later on in May, we now know that distance learning will continue in the weeks ahead. To continue improving how we provide academic instruction as well as a sense of connection for our students, we wanted to share two resources we have recently developed at NCS. First, to help streamline and centralize communication for our High School families, we have put together a Distance Learning Portal which can be accessed by visiting our homepage . Second, our staff members have begun reaching out to families in order to provide targeted online tutoring and academic coaching. ...
Elementary Art Newsletter Elementary Art Newsletter: Click HERE to see the Elementary Art Newsletter. And click HERE to see this week's Art Challenge.
Prom 2020 Update Prom 2020 Update: At Naples CSD, we realize COVID-19 has had a big impact on our students and their families in many ways over the last five weeks. This is especially true for our seniors and upperclassmen. On Saturday, May 2nd, students in grades 10-12 were looking forward to celebrating this year’s prom at Hunt Hollow Ski Club. Annually, this event is organized by, and is a fundraiser for, the junior class. Just as the prom planning committee was finalizing plans in March for the event, school was canceled due to Governor Cuomo’s mandate to stay-at-home. As we near the date when prom was supposed to be held, it is important for us to provide more information about the event. Recently, high school principal, Nicole Green, and I talked about the event. At this point, the junior prom ...
Naples Recognized as 12th Best High School in the Rochester Area Naples Recognized as 12th Best High School in the Rochester Area: The US News & World Report recently ranked Naples High School #12 on its list of “Best High Schools in the Rochester, NY Area.” Close to 18,000 schools were evaluated nationwide, and the ranking acknowledges that “great high schools educate all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation.” “Being ranked 12 th out of 75 schools in our area validates the good work being done by the students, staff, and parents in our community,” said Matt Frahm, Superintendent of the Naples Central School District. “Naples has a long tradition of providing dynamic learning opportunities for kids, and we are proud of finding creative ways to meet the unique needs of our students.” ...
April 21 Update April 21 Update: Dear Naples Family: I wanted to let you know that the US News & World Report recently ranked Naples High School #12 (out of 75) on its list of “Best High Schools in the Rochester, NY Area” behind a group of much larger organizations. The ranking took into account both state and national achievement data, and it validates the great work being done by our entire school community. In addition, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to pass along your feedback on how distance learning has been going in your household. We had 145 individuals submit completed surveys, and a team of NCS faculty members met earlier today to analyze the information. If you are interested in learning more about the survey results, I would invite you to visit our Facebook Page at 6:30 p.m. ...
April 16 Update April 16 Update: Dear Naples Parents and Guardians: As you may already know, Governor Cuomo announced earlier today that schools will be closed through May 15. We will continue to pass along important information as it becomes available, and would ask that you call or email if you have any questions or concerns about the closure. Additionally, to help shape teaching and learning in the weeks ahead, we would encourage you to share your thoughts on how remote learning is going in your household by completing a brief survey (click here ). So far, over 100 parents have passed along their feedback, and we will begin reviewing the information early next week. Finally, to know how much we are missing your sons and daughters at NCS, please take a minute to watch this video (click here ) put ...
NCS Collecting Feedback on Remote Learning NCS Collecting Feedback on Remote Learning: Dear NCS Parents and Guardians: With all the changes that have taken place over the last month, we have tried to provide updated communication on a regular basis using telephone calls, emails, website updates, and social media posts. However, over the next few days, we want to make time to listen. If you have a spare minute at some point this week, we were hoping you might take this brief online survey ( click here ) to let us know how remote learning is going in your home. We want to make sure we are doing the very best job we can to meet the needs of your sons and daughters, and we stand willing to make adjustments based on your feedback. In addition, I wanted to ask you for a favor. On May 1, schools across America will be celebrating “School Lunch Hero Day.” ...
April 10 Update April 10 Update: Dear Naples Family: As another week comes to a close, I wanted to take a minute to provide a handful of updates from NCS. However, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out if I have skipped over something or failed to provide enough detail. Regents Exams and Learning Standards After cancelling the June Regents examinations, the State Education Department (SED) released a series of helpful documents outlining how the decision will impact students moving forward. Essentially, students currently enrolled in Regents classes will receive credit as long as they successfully complete their coursework. To its credit, the information provided by SED is clear, logical, and it errs on the side of students. Importance of Continued Learning Last week, I let you ...
NCS to Appoint New High School Principal NCS to Appoint New High School Principal: Dear NCS Parents and Guardians: As you know, research suggests that when it comes to school related factors influencing student achievement, the role of the principal is exceeded only by the quality of teachers working directly with students. When Mrs. Bridget Ashton transitioned to her new position as the Superintendent of the Honeoye Central School District, I shared that I had asked Mrs. Nicole Green (NCS English Teacher) to serve as our Interim High School Principal for the remainder of the year. Since that point, Mrs. Green has finished her certification in educational administration through the University of Rochester, and proven herself to be a skilled and caring school leader. With that in mind, I wanted you to know that I will be recommending that our Board of Education ...
April 6 Update April 6 Update: Dear NCS Parents and Guardians: I hope this finds you well, and that you are outside enjoying the spring sunshine this evening. In addition, I wanted to take a minute to highlight a couple important announcements that came out earlier today. School Closure Due to continued concerns related to COVID-19, Governor Cuomo announced that schools in New York would remain closed until April 29. The Governor also cautioned about underestimating the virus, and encouraged individuals to continue honoring social distancing guidelines in order to minimize possible exposure. Regents Exams Because of the closure, Chancellor Rosa announced that June Regents Examinations would also be cancelled. Furthermore, she indicated that additional guidance would be released tomorrow, and ...
3rd Marking Period Update 3rd Marking Period Update: Dear NCS Parents and Guardians: As you know, Friday, April 3, originally marked the end of the 3 rd Quarter here in Naples High School. However, because of all the uncertainty related to the closure, we have spent time developing a revised plan for assessing student progress this spring. Instead of receiving traditional report cards with grades ranging from 0-100, we will be communicating student growth using this rubric (click here ) for the 3 rd Quarter. In addition, to provide students with a bit of extra time to complete recent assignments, we have extended the final date of the marking period until Monday, April 13. While we recognize that this is not a perfect instrument for measuring student learning, we also believe that it is our best option for assessing learning ...
Spring Break Update Spring Break Update: Dear NCS Parents and Guardians:   Originally, NCS had scheduled Spring Break for the week of April 6-10. However, because of the school closure, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order clarifying that schools needed to keep providing learning opportunities every weekday through April 14. Because of this, our faculty members will continue engaging students in remote learning during this week and next.   I will make sure to pass along important updates as they become available, and would ask that you take a minute to share the Spring Break information with your son or daughter later on this evening.   Thank you for your partnership and for your support.   Matt Frahm, Superintendent  
NCS Recognized as NCS Recognized as "Top Workplace": Dear Naples Family: I wanted to let you know that yesterday it was announced that NCS had been awarded a "Top Workplace 2020" honor by The Democrat and Chronicle . The distinction was based on feedback offered by our faculty and staff back in the fall, and the questions focused on different aspects of workplace culture. At times like these, I am reminded of an article written by Jennifer Gonzalez detailing the "Marigold Effect." Gonzalez talks about companion planting, and explains that experienced gardeners often place "certain vegetables and plants near each other to improve growth for one or both plants." She goes on to say that marigolds have a special ability to help encourage, nurture, and protect surrounding plants, and that they help ...
March 30 Update from NCS March 30 Update from NCS: March 30, 2020 Dear Naples Family: On Friday, I let you know that Governor Cuomo had extended the school closure through at least April 14. While the order helps with planning, it also presents a new set of challenges when transitioning from what we hoped might be a brief pause in the academic year to a longer shutdown. As we begin our third week away from students, I wanted to take a minute to pass along a few updates that might be helpful in the days ahead. Communication: In addition to phone calls, emails, and social media posts, we have begun using Facebook Live as a way of connecting with our school community. If you are free tomorrow afternoon, I would invite you to visit our Facebook page at 3:00 p.m. for a conversation with NCS staff members focused on ...
Governor Extends School Closure Governor Extends School Closure: Dear Naples Family: As the week comes to a close, I wanted to provide a brief update on the school closure. Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State would be keeping all schools closed through at least April 14 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I will pass along a more detailed communication early next week, but wanted to share the most recent information.  Stay healthy, and do not hesitate to call or email if there is anything we can do to help.  Matt Frahm, Superintendent  



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