Principal - Letter to Community
Hello Barker students and families. As we approach the conclusion of this school year, we wanted to take a moment to update everyone on where things currently stand with a variety of topics.
First, we would like to announce the transition of Mrs. Erin Goodlander to the high school as the Instructional Support Specialist (ISS). Families may recall that the high school ISS position was previously filled by Mrs. Bundrock and is meant to assist with student concerns and instructional issues in the building. This position is integral to the current Pre-K - 12 structure of the district. We are excited to bring Mrs. Goodlander to the high school.
We are currently working on staffing and scheduling for next school year. Similar to last spring, we will be creating a survey for elementary parents to provide us input on their child’s needs for 2021-2022. Please keep an eye on the website as well as the alerts coming from the district in the upcoming weeks.
Unfortunately, we cannot do the normal Elementary Moving Up Day ceremonies due to the current health guidance. Therefore, we will be conducting “Barker: Past, Present & Future Day”. In a nutshell, on Thursday, June 17th each grade level will move back to their previous year’s teachers to do a fun activity. Students were unable to complete last year in person with their teachers, so this will give them an opportunity to see each other. Then, each grade level will go meet next year’s classroom teachers for another interactive activity, giving them the opportunity to develop a rapport before September. While we will not have the exact classroom assignments at this time, students will be able to meet each grade level’s instructors. If your child is fully remote and you would like him/her to participate, please let their classroom teacher know. More details to follow as the event gets closer.
As the conclusion of the high school academic year approaches, students and teachers will begin planning for finals and Regents exams. As per the previous guidance put out, all finals and Regents are optional this year. Students can take whichever exams they feel necessary and either: a) replace two of their lowest marking period grades if the exam grade is higher, or b) if they are failing entirely, pass the exam to earn a course minimum passing average of 70%. This will also allow some of our younger high school students the opportunity to sit for Regents exams, which they have not had the opportunity to do yet.
Graduation, prom and other end of year events for upper classmen are also approaching. The district will be following all NYS Department of Health guidance for these types of events. Graduation is set to be held on the morning of Saturday, June 26th. The ceremony will likely be held outside on the athletic field, similar to last year. Families and seniors will be receiving more specific information soon. Also, the Junior - Senior High School Prom will be held Friday, June 11th. Between events like these, athletics, and musical performances, it is good to see school beginning to return to a more engaging atmosphere.
Thank you again for your continued support of the district through these strange times.
District Principal, Grades PreK-12