8.30.21

Dear Students and Families,

We are excited to welcome you to City-As-School for the 2021-22 school year.  We hope that you are healthy and safe and that you were able to enjoy the summer.  We want to share some school-wide priorities and key logistical information with you as we begin the year.  You should also expect a call from your advisor by September 9 or 10 when teachers are back in our school building.

September 13 is the first day of school for students.  We have a unique schedule for the first week back so that we can all acclimate to being in school again and familiarize ourselves with our school building and program.  More details about this are below.

As a staff, we have four main priorities for this year so that we can best serve our young people:

  1. Prioritize and nurture relationships and foster a beloved community at City-As-School
  2. Provide a highly personalized, supportive, and engaging learning experience for each of our students
  3. Promote deep learning and racial equity by using culturally-sustaining practices and curriculum
  4. Deepen shared and democratic decision making, which includes developing youth leadership

We love you and look forward to seeing you soon.

~ Your School Leadership (Carl, Joselyn & Rachel)


CAS Student Updates - 2021-22 School Year

1. Key Dates

2. First Week Schedule

3. Advisor Outreach

4. COVID-19 Vaccination

5. Health & Safety Guidelines

Student Schedule - September 13-17

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

13-Sep

All Student Orientation 9:00-3:00

MWF Students: In-Person 9:00-12:00 / Remote 12:00-3:00

T/TH Students: Remote 9:00-12:00 / In-Person 12:00-3:00

14-Sep

All Student Orientation 9:00-3:00

MWF Students: Remote 9:00-12:00 / In-Person 12:00-3:00

T/TH Students: In-Person 9:00-12:00 / Remote 12:00-3:00

15-Sep

Cycle 1 Registration

9:15 - Noon - 0-6.9 credits remaining

1 - 3:30 - 7-13.9 credits remaining

16-Sep

 Schools Closed

Yom Kippur

17-Sep

Cycle 1 Registration

9:15 - Noon - 14-19.9 credits remaining

1 - 3:30 - 20+ credits remaining

20-Sep

CYCLE 1 STARTS

Parent / Guardian Orientation ZOOM

5pm-6pm

21-Sep

22-Sep

23-Sep

24-Sep

Orientation Schedule - All Students - September 13 & 14

MWF Advisors & Students

Color key: in person activities and virtual activities

Time

Mon Sept 13

Tues Sept 14

9-12pm

MWF Students in person w/ advisor

Virtual 1:1 appointments /  Asynchronous work time

12-1pm

Lunch (Grab & Go) - students travel home!

Lunch (Grab & Go) - students travel to school!

1-3pm

Virtual 1:1 appointments /  Asynchronous work time

MWF Students in person w/ advisor

TuTh Advisors & Students

Time

Mon Sept 13

Tues Sept 14

9-12pm

Virtual 1:1 appointments /  Asynchronous work time

TTH Students in building w/ advisor

12-1pm

Lunch (Grab & Go) - students travel home!

Lunch (Grab & Go) - students travel to school!

1-3pm

TTH Students in building w/ advisor

Virtual 1:1 appointments /  Asynchronous work time



8.9.21

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to City-As-School in-person on Monday, September 13.  As you know, all NYC schools will be fully in-person this year with no remote option.  I am also excited to share that internships will be possible this coming fall.  We are committing to internships for all of our students, and our internship coordinators are currently working to locate and create safe and supportive internships for everyone!  We will have workshop options that are in our school building in addition to out in the city.

We will be sending more information the week of August 23 and holding optional family and student webinars the week of August 30 to welcome you back, but I want to share some key information now.

First Week Calendar

Vaccination for COVID-19

Vaccines are FREE and available close to you on a walk-in basis.  You can find a vaccination site at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/.  To be fully vaccinated by the first day of school, you will need to have your first dose by August 9 (today!).  Vaccination is not yet required for students as part of the standard immunizations but strongly encouraged.  NYC is also giving out free $100 vaccination gift cards.  Click HERE to see where to go to get your vaccination and $100 gift card.

Congratulations to our August Graduates

Congratulations to our 14 confirmed August Graduates.  They are:

If you are a confirmed August Graduate and need a proof of graduation letter, please email eliana@cityas.org and ussuri@cityas.org.  Advisors will reach out to all students and families on September 9 and 10 to plan for the upcoming school year.  If you would like to meet with a member of our leadership team, you can reply to this email to schedule an appointment the week of August 23.

Please find the latest message from Chancellor Porter regarding 2021-22 school year priorities linked here. We look forward to seeing you in-person on September 13.  Please be on the lookout for additional updates the week of August 23 and family and student webinars the week of August 30.

Warmly and with love,

Rachel


4.13.21

Dear Students,

Good morning!  I'm writing to make sure everyone is aware of the calendar for this week and next, since Cycle 3 is ending and we have some very special events coming up.

Please keep in mind these key dates:

4/16 End of Cycle - All work due

4/16 Whole School Read - This Book Is Anti-Racist

4/19 & 4/20 Catch-Up Days - Blended students can come to school from 10am-2pm

4/20 - Advisory at 9am

4/16 & 4/20-4/22 Intercycle Intensives Optional (.5 credit)

4/21 & 4/22 - Cycle 4 Registration

This coming Friday, April 16, will be our first annual school-wide read day.  We mailed each of you a copy of this year's school-wide read, This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell.  We will kick-off the day at 10:15am with a keynote talk and activities with Amaryllis Lopez, a teaching artist and youth organizer affiliated with Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College.

At 10:30am Friday, we will also have a moment of silence for Daunte Wright, a Black man killed yesterday in Minneapolis by a police officer during a traffic stop.  We will acknowledge and mourn the many lives lost to gun violence and racism as part of this.  No words can capture the sadness and anger that so many of us feel to see another senseless killing of a Black person by the police as well as the ongoing gun violence in our society.

Rachel

3.23.21

Beloved City-As-School Community,

We write to you with an overdue statement of mourning for the victims of last week’s tragic shootings in Atlanta: Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Sun Cha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng.  Last Tuesday’s shooting is a painful reminder of the urgency of our work as a nation, city and school community to eradicate white supremacist ideology, anti-Asian sentiments, racism and hatred of any kind.  The shooting was an extreme but not isolated incident.  Just yesterday, five Asian/Asian American New Yorkers endured hateful attacks (see NYTimes article).

As a school, we condemn the hateful and tragic mass shooting as well as all incidents of violence against members of Asian/Asian-American communities.  We stand in solidarity with Asian/Asian-American communities and pledge to do all that we can to create a safe space for all of our young people.  We continue to uplift values like mutual respect, diversity and difference, and love for all people.  Hate of any kind has no place at City-As-School.  This feels particularly important to us to communicate very clearly in light of the killings in Georgia and as we return to our school building this week.

We are resharing the resources from Friday’s bulletin with some additions:

*The Asian Mental Health Collective

*Stop COVID Hate Toolkit by the NYC Commission on Human Rights

*Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different

*Anti-Asian Violence and Black-Asian Solidarity Today, March 23rd, 6pm

Stop AAPI Hate 

We want to remind you that we are here for you. CAS Guidance links’ phone numbers can be found linked here.

This is a vital moment for us to come together in support of Asian/Asian American members of our community.

Please note that our students with blended schedules are returning to the school building this week and that next week, March 29 - April 2, is our April break.

Students, do not hesitate to reach out if we can support you in any way.  We are here for you.

~ Carl, Joselyn, Rachel and Sherien


3.18.21

Dear Students and Families,

Para español, leer aquí. I am writing to welcome our Blended Learning students back to our school building this coming Monday, March 22.  We are eager to see you in person, and I know that many of you are eager to return to our school building this spring.  I hope that this will be an important step toward reopening more fully safely.  Please read through the reminders and updates below so that we can all support each other and keep each other safe.

1. Student Schedule

Our students who chose blended learning will:

The full student schedule is pasted below.  We are working on a 4-day a week option.

2. Four Key Safety & Well-Being Policies

Our four key safety policies for all community members are:

3. Random COVID Testing

To participate in in-person learning, students must have a COVID-testing consent form on file.  20% of our in-person students and staff will be randomly chosen to participate in COVID testing in our school building once per week.  This is required of all of us by the city, barring medical documentation. I am attaching the COVID-19 Testing Consent form. If you have not already, please complete and return the consent form to our parent coordinator at Eliana@cityas.org.

4. Remaining in Blended Learning for Cycle 4

We hope that all of our students who have chosen our Blended Learning option will take full advantage of this opportunity.  According to current NYC policy, students will be moved from Blended to Remote learning if 1) they do not submit the testing consent form and 2) if they attend irregularly.  This is to ensure everyone’s health and safety and to ensure that we utilize the tremendous resources devoted to in-person learning.

We know that some of our students struggle with consistent attendance and want to be flexible in support of you while still following these important city-wide guidelines.  With this in mind:

We are still in a pandemic and need to work together to keep each other safe and make the most of our learning opportunities.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.  We are excited to see you soon!  Stay safe and take good care of yourselves in the meantime.

Warmly,

Rachel


Monday-Wednesday + Alternating Fridays

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

(in school)

(at home)

(in school)

(at home)

(alternating)

Morning Experience

(9-11:30)

Remote Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Morning Experience

(9-11:30)

Remote Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Morning Experience (9:45-10:45)

Morning Experience (9:45-10:45)

Remote Advisory

(10:15-11:45)

Afternoon Experience

(11:30-2)

Remote Independent Work Time (10:45-1)

Afternoon Experience

(11:30-2)

Remote Independent Work Time (10:45-1)

Lunch (11:45-12:30)

Afternoon Experience (1-2)

Afternoon Experience (1-2)

Live or Remote 1:1 Appointments - Advisors & Teachers (12:30-2)

Communi-tea

Outdoor Lunch & Afternoon Tea with PM Teacher, Guidance, Leadership

(2-2:30)

Remote Independent Work Time (1-3)

Communi-tea

Outdoor Lunch & Afternoon Tea with PM Teacher, Guidance, Leadership

(2-2:30)

Remote Independent Work Time (1-3)

Optional Guidance Groups & CACO Support (2-3)

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD


Tuesday-Thursday + Alternating Fridays

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

(at home)

(in school)

(at home)

(in school)

(alternating)

Remote Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Morning Experience

(9-11:30)

Remote Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Morning Experience

(9-11:30)

Morning Experience (9:45-10:45)

Morning Experience (9:45-10:45)

Remote Advisory

(10:15-11:45)

Remote Independent Work Time (10:45-1)

Afternoon Experience

(11:30-2)

Remote Independent Work Time (10:45-1)

Afternoon Experience

(11:30-2)

Lunch (11:45-12:30)

Afternoon Experience (1-2)

Afternoon Experience (1-2)

Live or Remote 1:1 Appointments - Advisors & Teachers (12:30-2)

Remote Independent Work Time (10:45-1)

Communi-tea

Outdoor Lunch & Afternoon Tea with PM Teacher, Guidance, Leadership

(2-2:30)

Remote Independent Work Time (10:45-1)

Communi-tea

Outdoor Lunch & Afternoon Tea with PM Teacher, Guidance, Leadership

(2-2:30)

Optional Guidance Groups & CACO Support (2-3)

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD

OPTIONAL PM Class TBD


11.30.20

Dear Students and Parents,

We are going to move our tech pick up to Tuesday, Dec 1, from 2-4pm instead of having it today due to rain.  We need to distribute the chromebooks in the courtyard for safety reasons and cannot be in the courtyard if it is raining.

I am sorry for any convenience this causes.  We are only making the switch to prioritize safety.

We will see our students tomorrow between 2-4pm first come first serve for Chromebooks.  Thanks for your understanding.

Rachel


11.29.20

Update 11.29 - Fully Remote Learning Will Continue for High Schools

Dear Students and Families,

I want to make sure that you know that all students in grades 6 through 12 (which includes City-As-School) will continue to learn remotely until further notice, according to the reopening plan shared by the mayor and schools chancellor today.  Elementary schools are scheduled to reopen to blended-learning students on December 7, but high schools will remain fully remote for the time being and have not been given a re-opening date yet.  I am linking the Chancellor's letter to families about this here.

Tomorrow, Monday, 11.30, is the start of Cycle 2 and will be fully remote for all of our students.  Here are the details:

- All students will follow the fully remote schedule until further notice; see below.

- Students should check their City-As email tomorrow morning between 9 and 9:45am.

- Students will receive Google Classroom invitations and Google Meet links from their teachers to access classes.

- Each class will begin with a 45-minute whole group activity (from 9:45-10:30am and 1-1:45am) Monday-Thursday.

We will have our next tech pick-up from 2-4pm tomorrow, Monday, 11.30, in the courtyard of our school building on a first come first serve basis.  If a student is exchanging a device, they must bring the old device with the charger with them.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions.  Students, you can also reach out directly to your advisor if you have questions about your schedule, since you worked with them during registration.

We are looking forward to seeing all of our students remotely tomorrow.  I hope that everyone was able to find some downtime and ways to connect with family safely over the long weekend.

Rachel


Fully Remote Student Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Independent Work Time

(9-9:45)

Independent Work Time

(9-9:45)

Independent Work Time

(9-9:45)

Morning Experience

(Whole Class - 9:45-10:30)

(1:1 Tutoring - 10:30-11:30)

Morning Experience

(Whole Class - 9:45-10:30)

(1:1 Tutoring - 10:30-11:30)

Morning Experience

(Whole Class - 9:45-10:30)

(1:1 Tutoring - 10:30-11:30)

Morning Experience

(Whole Class - 9:45-10:30)

(1:1 Tutoring - 10:30-11:30)

Remote Advisory

(10:15-11:45)

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:45-12:30

Independent Work 12:15-1

Independent Work 12:15-1

Independent Work 12:15-1

Independent Work 12:15-1

1:1 Remote Appointments (12:30-2)

Afternoon Experience

(Whole Class - 1-1:45)

(1:1 Tutoring - 1:45-2:45)

Afternoon Experience

(Whole Class - 1-1:45)

(1:1 Tutoring - 1:45-2:45)

Afternoon Experience

(Whole Class - 1-1:45)

(1:1 Tutoring - 1:45-2:45)

Afternoon Experience

(Whole Class - 1-1:45)

(1:1 Tutoring - 1:45-2:45)

Guidance Groups or Enrichment (2-3)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

OPTIONAL PM Class 4-5:30

OPTIONAL PM Class

4-5:30

OPTIONAL PM Class 4-5:30

OPTIONAL PM Class 4-5:30


11.19.20

Dear Students and Parents,

As a reminder, we will be fully remote today and through the end of Thanksgiving break at the earliest.  I know this is a loss for many of our students and am personally sad not to see our TTh blended students in school today.  We are here to support you and will get through this together.  I'm sending some key information for today below.

Today, all students should:

- follow the fully remote schedule; see below

- check their email for a Google Meet link from their teacher

- ensure that they know how to access Google Classroom

- plan to join their morning experience at 9:45am and afternoon experience at 1pm

Technology pick-up is today and tomorrow from 9am - 3pm for students who need to borrow a Chromebook or exchange and iPad.  This will be done on a first come first serve basis.  To exchange a device, you must bring the previous device and charger with you.

Session 2 officially ends tomorrow, so students please make sure you connect with your teachers today.

We are here for you,

Rachel

Fully Remote Student Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Independent Work Time (9-9:45)

Block 1

(2 periods)

Morning Experience

(9:45-11:30)

Morning Experience

(9:45-11:30)

Morning Experience

(9:45-11:30)

Morning Experience

(9:45-11:30)

Remote Advisory

(10:15-11:45)

Lunch

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:30-12:15

Lunch 11:45-12:30

Independent Work 12:15-1

Independent Work 12:15-1

Independent Work 12:15-1

Independent Work 12:15-1

1:1 Remote Appointments (12:30-2)

Block 2

(2 periods)

Afternoon Experience

(1-2:45)

Afternoon Experience

(1-2:45)

Afternoon Experience

(1-2:45)

Afternoon Experience

(1-2:45)

Guidance Groups or Enrichment (2-3)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

Independent Work Time (2:45-3:30)

Optional PM Class

OPTIONAL PM Class 4-5:30

OPTIONAL PM Class 4-5:30

OPTIONAL PM Class 4-5:30

OPTIONAL PM Class 4-5:30

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11.18.20

Dear Students and Families,

The Chancellor shared today that schools will be fully remote as of tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th. When we are fully remote, all students will follow the remote schedule; see below. Students will receive Google Meet invitations from their teachers for live meetings each morning, and classwork will continue to be available on Google Classroom.  We have not yet been told when school buildings will reopen for in-person learning, this likely depends on the city wide COVID positivity rate.  The mayor has said that the earliest will be the week after Thanksgiving.

We will have technology pick-up from 9am - 3pm tomorrow and Friday, 11/19 and 11/20.  Students can come to our courtyard during those hours to pick up a Chromebook or exchange an iPad.

Next week, 11/23-11/25, we will have remote registration for Cycle 2 (Sessions 3 and 4) with students’ advisors. We will offer two optional credit bearing remote workshops during these three days for students, in dance and yoga, from 11/23-11/25.  Students will also meet with their advisors during that time to choose their Cycle 2 (Sessions 3 and 4) experiences.

Parents and guardians, I hope you will join us virtually this evening for two parent/guardian events. Starting at 5:30pm Carolina Moquete will lead a CACO Family Webinar: Financial Aid & Scholarships, and at 6:30pm we’ll transition to the CAS Parent Association meeting. I will be present at both meetings and available for questions. Click here to join the meetings, or contact Eliana, our parent coordinator at Eliana@cityas.org with questions.

I know how much being in school physically has meant to many of our young people and want to acknowledge that the temporary transition to remote learning is a loss.  Safety has to be our top priority, of course, but I know this affects our students the most.

Students, we are here to support you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  We will get through this together.

Rachel

Calendar:


11.16.20

Dear CAS Community,

I am writing to confirm that tomorrow, Monday, November 16, school will continue in-person learning for blended students in school buildings. Today’s indicators show a COVID-19 positivity rate below 3% on a seven-day rolling average, and therefore, school buildings will continue to remain open.

Schools are still being instructed to prepare for a period of remote learning, and I will let you know as soon as I am informed if and when building closure is necessary.  In the meantime, I strongly encourage any of our students who still need to borrow a Chromebook or exchange an iPad to follow up early this week.

To borrow a Chromebook or exchange a DOE iPad:

1. Fill out our device request form.

2. Look for an email confirming that we have a Chromebook or returned iPad available for you.

3. If you receive a confirmation email, technology pick-up will be from Noon-3pm Monday.

4. If this is your first time requesting a DOE iPad with WiFi, you have to fill out the centralized form:  https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Our partner, CYD, has ordered about 30 hotspots for us for our students who only need WiFi access at home.  Those should arrive soon, and I will have an update next week.  We have already given out all of our extra Chromebooks and have pulled an additional 46 from classrooms.  Our shipment of new Chromebooks will arrive on 12/16 or 12/17.

I also want to reinforce the importance of proper health and safety procedures - including wearing a mask in the school building, staying 6-feet distanced, and not coming to school if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.  Our students and staff have done a great job of working together to keep everyone safe, and I know we will keep that up.

I hope you are having a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you soon!

Rachel


11.13.20

Dear Students & Families,

The mayor announced today that schools could transition to fully remote learning as early as this Monday, November 16 (see NYTimes coverage).  While this is not definite or an official announcement, we also need to be prepared.  We have no indication how long school buildings would stay closed if we do transition to remote learning for everyone, but we are ready to connect with all of our students remotely starting this Monday.

If we do shift to fully remote learning this coming week:

I know how much being in school physically has meant to many of our young people and want to acknowledge that this would be a loss.  Safety has to be our top priority, of course, but I know this affects our students and their families.

I will let you know as soon as I have more information.  Again, this shift is not definite, but we should be prepared.

Warmly,

Rachel



11.12.20

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing with some updates and to make sure that you know that advisory will meet tomorrow, Friday, November 13, but we will not have 1:1 tutoring to accommodate Parent Teacher Conferences.  We will have 1:1 tutoring during remote Saturday School on Saturday, November 14 from 10am-4pm.  Look for a separate email from Joselyn inviting you to Saturday School.  We had 280 parents sign up for conferences and are looking forward to talking with you.

Here is the calendar for the next two weeks so everyone knows what to expect:

16-Nov

MW Students Attend

TTh Students Online

17-Nov

TTh Students Attend

MW Students Online

18-Nov

MW Students Attend

TTh Students Online

19-Nov

TTh Students Attend

MW Students Online

20-Nov

MW Students Attend

TTh Students Online

(Remote Saturday School)

Session 2 Ends

ALL WORK DUE

23-Nov

Portfolio Presentations & Catch Up Day

9:30 - 3:30

24-Nov

Cycle 2 Registration

1:1 Appointments

9:15-3:30

25-Nov

Cycle 2 Registration

1:1 Appointments

9:15-3:30

26-Nov

Thanksgiving Recess

Schools Closed

27-Nov

Thanksgiving Recess

Schools Closed

Two important updates:

PBAT Waivers for January

New York State recently announced that schools can add Waivers this in January based on the successful completion of courses leading to Regents exams, since January Regents exams will not be offered.  For us, this means that we will be able to add Waivers to students' transcripts for PBATs based on the successful completion of specific coursework.  We will send out a detailed update about this later next week in time for advisory.

School Re-Opening

I received some questions today following the publication of a piece in the NYTimes, NYC Schools May Close Again, indicating we may be fully remote again soon.  There is no official word about possible school closures.  What I can share now is that the city is at a 2.5% positive rate.  The mayor has stated that schools will go fully remote if the rate hits 3%, and the state threshold is higher than that at 9%.  I will let you know as soon as I have any official notification about this.

Lastly:

I want to acknowledge how challenging this pandemic is for our young people especially.  We all want to be all together in school as safely as possible as soon as possible.  To our young people, we are here for you.  If you have time, Teen Vogue published a series called Fear and Learning in America which examines different aspects of school and society during the pandemic from the perspective of a young person and for young people.

Looking forward to seeing you soon whether virtually or in person,

Rachel


11.9.20

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing with another update on the 2020 Election and some resources, as promised.  This Saturday, major news outlets projected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the winning ticket in the Presidential race.  While Donald Trump has not conceded, the initial counting has nearly concluded, which is what allowed for the projection to be made (see explanation from CNN).  As a nation, we voted in record numbers in this election with at least 159.8 million votes projected (see article).  Many of our students who are 18+ were part of that record turnout.  We witnessed another historic first in the election of Kamala Harris as the first woman of color to the Vice Presidency.  Regardless of political beliefs, I know how much it means to many of us at City-As-School that young women and young people of color can see themselves in an immediate way in the person holding this office.

We will be creating opportunities for our young people to analyze and discuss the election results using evidence in the days and weeks to come.  Please keep an eye out for updates and opportunities.

In the meantime, I am linking some resources on our electoral process and ways to stay involved:

- This guide from Facing History provides an overview of the 8 principles of "free and fair" elections.  

- This Boston Globe article gives a brief overview of the next steps in the presidential election process now that most of the votes are in and counted.

- This NPR piece reviews the history of presidential concession speeches.

- This NYTimes guide details how to participate in the political process, including some tips on how to successfully talk about politics.

I will send a separate email with additional updates later today but wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the election results this morning.  Veronica, one of our guidance team members, is sending an email with additional ways to stay involved in the political process.

Rachel


11.4.20

Dear CAS Family,

Many of us, myself included, were up late last night eagerly and anxiously watching our national election results.  It was difficult to wake up this morning and begin the school day not knowing the outcome and slowly watching the results come in.  Tens of thousands of mail in ballots are still being counted, and all of us were and still are hoping for a clear mandate for the values we hold dear.

At City-As-School, our core values include - freedom, responsibility, trust, mutual respect, creativity, care, and equity, justice and liberation for all people.  We believe that each person matters and that diversity and difference are an asset that facilitate learning and growth.  We will continue to stand for these values whatever the outcome of the election and will work to embody them in all we do at City-As-School, both virtually and in person.

Angela Davis, a black feminist scholar and activist, famously wrote that "freedom is a constant struggle."  We have to continue to struggle together to create the world we want.  It will not simply be handed to us.  Working together to transform our communities, city and world for the better is an important aspect of our vision for education here at City-As-School.

I want especially to make sure that our students know that we are here for you today and always.  You are our next generation and have the power to change our world.  Our teachers will be creating opportunities to share feelings and thoughts regarding the election this week.  Our counselling team is also available to support students individually both virtually and in person.

Feeling anxious is a natural response in moments like this.  Please take the time to take care of yourselves - drink hot tea, call a friend, go outside for a short walk, take three deep breaths.  In case it's helpful, I have personally found some useful tips for managing the stress of this moment in the New York Times piece, 10 Ways to Calm Down.

School is open today.  We will see you in person and virtually very soon, and I will be sending updates throughout the week.


11.2.20

Dear Students and Families,

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday November 3.  I strongly encourage all CAS community members to vote tomorrow if you have not yet.  Tuesday, November 3rd, polls will be open from 6a-9p for IN PERSON voting or to drop off your absentee ballot.  Find your polling place and view a sample ballot here.

Public school buildings are closed to students and staff tomorrow, and it will be a fully asynchronous remote day for all students.  Teachers will post an assignment for each learning experience, and students can engage with it at their own pace.  We are specifically keeping the schedule for tomorrow flexible to be able to support our students who are 18+ in voting.  Students can still reach out to teachers via email with questions.  

Our blended and remote learning schedule will resume on Wednesday.  We look forward to seeing all of our students on Wednesday, whether virtually or in person, and will plan to discuss Election Day in some way together.

Tomorrow is a vital moment for each of us to cast a ballot in favor of the world we want to live in.  Much appreciation to our students who are first time voters!

Rachel


10.28.20

Dear Students and Parents,

I'm writing to let you know that today was selected as our school's day for random COVID testing.  The testing will take place between 9:15 - 11am today.  Only students whose parents have filled out consent forms will be part of our group randomly tested.  Parents can still complete the consent form in their NYC Schools Account (linked here).

The test is a non-invasive swab at the base of the nose (not the one that goes all the way up into the nasal cavity).  Our target number from DOE central is 53 community members to be tested, which includes students and staff.  The testing will take place in our Auditorium.

I see the monthly random testing as a valuable resource that will help us keep each other safe this year.  I encourage all community members to be tested if time permits.  Our AP, Carl, and I both plan to be tested this morning.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you for helping to keep our community safe this year.

Warmly,

Rachel


10.26.20

Dear CAS Community,

I'm writing with an important update that requires some context.  City-As-School shares a building with three programs.  One of them is called Home Instruction, which supports students who are home for medical reasons and have a teacher working 1-on-1 with them at home.  Home Instruction is 100% remote this year, and their staff does not come to our school building.

We learned today that a staff member for Home Instruction tested positive for COVID-19.  This person has not been in our school building, so it is "a case with no exposure."  There is no risk that the affected individual could have transmitted the virus at school.  The NYCDOH and the NYC Test and Trace Corps investigate situations like this and officially concluded that there has been NO exposure to our school community because the person was NOT in our building while infectious.

Because our building will show up as having a confirmed case today, I wanted to make sure to let you know about this.  There are no plans for classroom or school closures and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Rachel

--

Rachel Seher, Principal

City-As-School


10.26.20

Dear Students,

We are excited to see you for the start of Session 2, today, Monday, October 26.  This is the second four weeks of Cycle 1.  Each learning experience offers 1 credit per session.  If you are not sure of your schedule, please reach out to your advisor.  You can also respond to this email.

Two reminders:

- Session 1 ended on Friday, October 23 but assignments and final projects can still be submitted to earn credit

- If you would like to switch to Fully Remote or to Blended, the start of Session 2 is a good time, so contact your advisor.

See you very soon,

Rachel

--

Rachel Seher, Principal

City-As-School


10.22.20

Dear Students and Families,

I'm writing with some updates as we approach the end of Session 1, this Friday, October 23.  Cycle 1 is divided into two four-week sessions.  Each session awards 1 credit per learning experience and culminates in final projects that our students exhibit.

Students, please take advantage of Remote Advisory (10:15-11:45am) and 1:1 Tutoring (12:30-2pm) tomorrow to check in with your advisor and work with your teachers on your Session 1 projects.

Please keep in mind the following key dates:

- Friday, October 23 - Session 1 Ends - All work for Session 1 is officially due this Friday.

- Monday, October 26 - Session 2 Begins - Students please check with your advisor for a reminder of your schedule.

- MW blended students are able to come to school in person tomorrow for 1:1 tutoring.

Some highlights:

Seeing our young people present their Session 1 projects this week was especially gratifying.  At City-As-School, we value creating meaningful work that is shared with an authentic audience at CAS.  Some fun photos from today's virtual and in-person photography exhibitions with Melissa & Claudia.  We are working on creating a Padlet to share student work from Cycle 1 virtually.

As a reminder:

Students and staff cannot come to school if they have any symptoms of COVID 19.  For the safety of our whole school community, it is very important that all of our students and families conduct morning home health screenings.  We will be handing out thermometers for students to take home and also take temperatures on entry.

The link to the home health screening is here: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/?type=G

Rachel

Photography Exhibition with Melissa & Claudia (including students with blended and remote schedules)


10.13.20

Dear Students and Parents,

I'm writing with information about free COVID testing for all NYC public school students.  As cold and flu season approaches, it's especially important that all members of our school community have a testing plan for themselves as part of our mutual commitment to keep each other safe.  This information below about rapid, free COVID testing can help you identify the site closest to you.  Proof of enrollment is not required for students; you can just show up!

A few reminders:

- The NYC Schools Home Health Screening is required every time students and staff enter our school building.

- If any community member exhibits COVID-like systems, they will not be able to enter the school building that day.

- The fastest way to reenter after having symptoms is to show Negative results on a COVID test and be symptom free for 24 hours.

- The alternative is to quarantine and stay home for 10 days before returning to the school building.

NYC public schools began random COVID testing last week. We sent home permissions slips with our students with blended schedules and are collecting them.  Parents can also consent to COVID-19 testing for their child via their NYCSA. To do so log in to your NYCSA go to Manage Account-> Consent Form. If you have not yet activated your NYCSA please contact Eliana, CAS parent coordinator at Eliana@cityas.org for your authorization code.

If any CAS community member receives a positive test result, we ask that you please let us, so that we can take the appropriate next steps.  We will eventually be notified by NYC Test and Trace, but it is faster if you can let us know yourself.

With appreciation,

Rachel


10.9.20

Dear Students and Families,

Fridays are a unique day devoted to advisory and 1:1 tutoring this year.  Advisory is an important community space at City-As-School, and individual tutoring helps all of our students deepen their learning.  We are excited to be able to devote Fridays to this.

10:15-11:45 - Remote Advisory - Advisory is for all students so that our returning students can remain in their current advisories.

12:30-2:00 - 1:1 Tutoring - Teachers will send Google Meet links.  *MW blended students can come to school in person this Friday from 12:30-2pm.  MW morning teachers will be in classrooms to provide 1:1 support and workspace.  Lunch will be in the courtyard.  MW students can join tutoring remotely as well.

12-3 - Tech Pick-Up - Stop by to borrow a Chromebook if you still need one.

Monday is a federal holiday so schools are closed.

We look forward to seeing you virtually or in person tomorrow.

Rachel


10.8.20

Dear Students and Families,

We are looking forward to seeing our Tuesday-Thursday blended students in school at 9am tomorrow and everyone else virtually.  Our schedule for tomorrow is below.  As a reminder, everyone MUST complete a Home Health Screening each time they enter our building.  Click the link and screenshot the results: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/?type=G

Students, we have two important updates:

- Chromebooks can be picked up from 2:30pm to 4:00pm Thursday.  Fill out the form here in advance.  IPads are taking longer than in the spring to arrive, and we will do our best to keep you updated.

- Some students with blended schedules have asked about workspaces with WiFi and school meals on remote days.  Please reach out to your guidance link or respond to this email if you have a blended schedule and are in need of this.  We are working on a plan to support you.

October 8 Schedule

Cohort

Morning Experience

Afternoon Experience

MW Blended

9:45-10:45am Remote

1-2pm Remote

TTh Blended

9-11:30am In Person

11:30-2pm In Person

Fully Remote

9:45-11:30am Remote

1-2:45pm Remote

Sending all the best to you from 16 Clarkson Street,

Rachel


10.6.20

Good morning!  Many thanks to our MW and TTh Blended students for a great first two days back in our building and to our students who are fully Remote for making their virtual classes fun and enlivening.  Our schedule for today is below.

Here is the link to the Home Health Screening required to enter our building: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/?type=G

October 1 Schedule

Cohort

Morning Experience

Afternoon Experience

MW Blended

9:45-10:45am Remote

1-2pm Remote

TTh Blended

9-11:30am In Person

11:30-2pm In Person

Fully Remote

9:45-11:30am Remote

1-2:45pm Remote

Please keep in mind that everyone in our school building is required to:

- Wear a mask covering their entire mouth and nose at all times.  We will have extra comfortable surgical masks.  Please do not wear a vent mask.

- Wash and sanitize their hands regularly.

- Maintain physical distance of 6 feet at all times, including with friends.

- Follow signage for up and down staircases and in the hallways.

Please travel safely by wearing a mask and maintaining a 6-foot distance whenever possible.

See you very soon either in person or virtually,

~ Rachel


10.1.20

Dear CAS community,

Many thanks to all our students and staff for a great day of both in person and remote learning at City-As-School.  We had about 100 students join us in our building today.  Seeing our young people in person again felt wonderful, and we all appreciated that everyone was very mindful of our community safety guidelines including wearing a mask throughout the day.

For tomorrow, Friday, October 2:

- We will have our second tech pick-up from 12:30-3pm.  We will send a separate email about the logistics of this.

- We will have our 1:1 tutoring remotely for all students so that we can facilitate tech pick-up safely.

Here is the student schedule for tomorrow:

Cohort

Morning Experience

Afternoon Experience A

Afternoon Experience B

All Students

10:15-11:45am

Remote Advisory

12:30-2pm

Remote 1:1 Tutoring

12:30-3pm

Tech Pick-Up Clarkson Courtyard

MW blended students attend in person a full day Monday, October 5.   TTh blended students attend in person a full day Tuesday, October 6.

Everyone MUST complete a Home Health Screening to enter our building: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/?type=G

Sending love to you all from 16 Clarkson Street!

Rachel

Highlights, October 1


9.30.20

Dear Students and Families,

Tomorrow, October 1, is officially our first day welcoming our "blended" students back to City-As-School in person.  The entire CAS staff has been working hard to prepare our building and physical space for your arrival.  The student schedule for tomorrow is below.  I'll send a seminar reminder each day while we establish our new routines.

TTh blended students attend in person tomorrow, October 1.  MW blended students attend in person Monday, October 5.   Everyone MUST complete a Home Health Screening to enter our building.  Click the link and screenshot the results: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/?type=G

October 1 Schedule

Cohort

Morning Experience

Afternoon Experience

MW Blended

9:45-10:45am Remote

1-2pm Remote

TTh Blended

9-11:30am In Person

11:30-2pm In Person

Fully Remote

9:45-11:30am Remote

1-2:45pm Remote

Everyone choosing to enter our school building is agreeing to honor our Safety & Well-being Policies which were reviewed in advisory last week.  These policies are a living document that we look forward to refining with our students and families.  We are all counting on each other to keep our entire school community as safe as possible.  Everyone entering our school building needs to do their part.

 

Please keep in mind that everyone in our school building is required to:

- Wear a mask covering their entire mouth and nose at all times.  We will have extra comfortable surgical masks.  Please do not wear a vent mask.

- Wash and sanitize their hands regularly.

- Maintain physical distance of 6 feet at all times, including with friends.

- Follow signage for up and down staircases and in the hallways.

Please travel safely by wearing a mask and maintaining a 6-foot distance whenever possible.  MTA is giving away masks, so ask an agent!

We look forward to seeing all of our beautiful young people tomorrow whether in person or remotely.

Sending you love and good energy from City-As!

~ Rachel

9.28.20

Dear Students and Parents,

We are looking forward to seeing all of our students virtually this Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.29 and 9.30, for our first two days of academic experiences.  Our entire school will be fully remote for these two days, and we will all follow the fully remote schedule.  This includes students who chose a "blended" schedule.  I am pasting the schedule below.

Here are the details for joining:

- Teachers will send a Google Classroom invitation and Google Meet link by 9:45am tomorrow.  Students should use this to join in the morning and afternoon.

- Teachers are planning a whole group activity for the first 45 minutes in the morning and first 45 minutes in the afternoon, both Tuesday & Wednesday.

- Students should plan to join via Google Meet at 9:45am and at 1pm both Tuesday & Wednesday.

Students, you must use your City-As email account to access Google Meet and Google Classroom.

If you have any difficulty accessing Google Meet or Google classroom tomorrow, you can:

- email your teacher

- contact your advisor or guidance link

- contact the leadership team at leadership@cityas.org

- join our leadership Google Meet from 9:45-10:45am or 1-2pm tomorrow by clicking here: https://meet.google.com/hkf-ncmd-vay

We are very excited to see you virtually tomorrow.  I hope that you are all enjoying the day and wish everyone an easy fast who is observing Yom Kippur today.

Warmly, Rachel

9.24.20

Dear Students and Families,

We were happy to connect with so many of our students during registration, which is when students choose their learning experiences for the cycle.  Choice is an important value at City-As-School, and despite the pandemic, we want to ensure that all of our students are able to choose from a menu of fun, accessible, and interesting learning experiences.

Students, please reach out to your advisor as soon as possible, if you have not yet spoken with them to register for Cycle 1 or if you have any questions about your schedule.

Here is the schedule for tomorrow, Friday, 9.25:

10:15-11:45 Remote Advisory - advisors will send a Google Meet link

11:45-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:00 Late Registration

2-3:30 Tech Pick-Up - Clarkson Courtyard

Here are the details regarding tech pick-up:

We are going to have our first tech pick up tomorrow from 2-3:30 in our Clarkson Street courtyard for Acer Chromebooks.  Students must complete our LAPTOP PICKUP FORM (linked here) before picking up technology.  We will send out a notification and close the form once 50 students have filled this out.  We will have another pick up next week.

Please be mindful of the following safety requirements for tech pick-up:

- Everyone MUST wear a mask for tech pick up

- Please stand 6-feet apart

- No one will be able to enter the school building

- Do not come to pick up a Chromebook tomorrow if you:

- are experiencing COVID-like symptoms

- have a fever of 100 degrees or higher

- have travelled to an area requiring quarantine

- have been in the presence of someone who tested positive for COVID

Students who already borrowed devices in the spring will have to return their previous device before getting a new one.  If you want to return an old or non-functional device for a new one, you can, but you will need to bring the device and charger.

Thanks to all our students in advance for being mindful of our safety & wellbeing guidelines.  Many thanks to Carl, Charlie, Myles and Pablo, our CAS staff who worked with our new Chromebook inventory today to make our tech pick-up possible.


9.17.20

Dear Students and Families,

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, Friday, September 18 at 10am for our first virtual whole school meeting of the year via Zoom.  We will review our students schedule, current school calendar and ways to connect to City-As and each other remotely and hopefully in person soon.

Join via Zoom from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

    Please click this URL to join at 10am. https://zoom.us/j/97170260977

As Mayor DeBlasio announced today, all high school students will learn fully remotely through September 30.  October 1 is now scheduled to be the first day of in-person learning for students who chose a blended schedule.  We will review our schedule for the next two weeks tomorrow morning with this in mind.  We will have a separate webinar for our parents and guardians and will send out information following our student webinar about any adjustments for next week.

I know that the uncertainty of this moment can be very anxiety producing.  I want to assure you that the whole CAS faculty and staff is working hard to create a safe, joyful, and grounded experience for all of our young people this fall.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow,

Rachel


9.17.20 Delayed In-Person Start for High Schools - Remote 9.21, In-Person 10.1

As you may know, Mayor DeBlasio just announced that in-person learning for high schools will begin on October 1 instead of September 21 as planned.  We will still begin school remotely this Monday, September 21.  I will send an update later today with our adjusted schedule and more information for joining our learning experiences next week.

I want to acknowledge how hard these constant changes are for all of us, including our young people.  The entire staff at City-As-School cares deeply about our students.  We want to provide you with the best, most consistent learning experience possible.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this situation together.

Rachel


9.15.20

Dear Students and Families,

We are looking forward to virtual orientation for all students from 10-Noon Wednesday through Friday of this week.  The schedule is below.  We are excited to welcome you back to City-As-School!!!

Virtual Orientation Schedule

Wednesday - 9.16 - Individual Check-In Calls with Advisors (10-Noon)

*Advisors will call all students to check in and review the schedule for this week and next.

*Our new students have been assigned advisors, and they will call you.  Parents and guardians are welcome to join these calls.

*Please keep an eye on your phones during this time.

Thursday - 9.17 - Advisory for Returning Students & New Student Orientation (10-Noon)

*Returning students will meet in their advisories via Google Meet or Zoom.  Look for an email with a link from your advisor.

*New students will join a whole group of new student orientation.  Look for an email with a link from our admissions team.

Friday - 9.18- Whole School Meeting

*The whole school will meet to review new safety and well-being policies and procedures and also the student schedule for Cycle 1.

*The invitation and Zoom or Meet link will come from either myself or Eliana, our parent coordinator.

Thank you for your patience.  I recognize that this is the evening before virtual orientation is scheduled to start and wanted to have this information to you sooner.  All of us at City-As have been working hard to welcome our students back as safely and smoothly as possible and have had a number of pieces of our reopening plan to finalize in the last two weeks.

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon,

Rachel


9.14.20

Dear Students and Families,

We are excited for the start of the 2020-21 school year and to welcome our new and returning students to City-As-School this coming week.  I am writing with the schedule for this week and to share key updates and information.  As a reminder, students and families can still request an internet enabled DOE IPad and can still opt into fully Remote Learning by completing the DOE Learning Preference Survey 

Here is the key information for this week:

September 16-18 (Weds-Fri) from 10am-Noon is remote orientation for students, which we will facilitate in advisories.  All students will receive a separate email with instructions for joining.  Please look for the invitation in your email before Wednesday at 10am.

September 21 (next Mon) is the first day of instruction, whether blended or remote.  Please keep in mind that our returning students who chose blended learning will attend school in person either MW or TTh following their class schedule from last year.  New students with whose last names begin with A-L will attend on MW and whose last names begin with M-Z will attend on TTh.  You can request to change your in person days by emailing our parent coordinator Eliana at eliana@cityas.org.  We will send out additional details about our first week back this week.

To help keep you informed:

New students and families, please look for communication from us early this week regarding events and activities specifically for new students and families this week.  Our admissions team is finalizing advisory assignments and planning an additional new student and family orientation, which is optional but encouraged.

Our next family webinar is this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30.  We will review our student schedule and Cycle 1 calendar in this session and do our best to answer any questions that you have.

To visit our building:

- Our building will still be closed to students this coming week so that we can prepare to welcome you back as safely as possible.  Advisors called all students last week to check in about the start of the year.  You can reach out to us by email or phone with questions this coming week.

- Visitors, including our beloved alumni, are requested to schedule an appointment before coming into our school building this fall.  This is to ensure safe entry and exit and proper physical distancing at all times.  You can schedule an appointment by emailing or calling the person with whom you would like to meet.  Visitors are required to participate in a home health screening including a temperature check before entering.

- We will send information about diploma pick-up and chromebook return for alumni once our building re-open to student

With anticipation of seeing you all this week,

Rachel


9.1.20

Dear CAS Community,

As you may have already heard, the Mayor just hosted a press conference and announced new start dates for students.  I am sending you this information now so that you can begin to plan and will send a more detailed update about what this means for us later this week.

- School-based staff will report on 9/8 for professional development and preparation

- Remote learning for all students will begin on 9/16

- Blended learning for all students will begin on 9/21

School staff are still expected to report to schools on September 8. Starting on September 16, teachers will remotely work with all students for an instructional transition and orientation period. A later start date will allow staff more time to thoroughly prepare for the start of a school year like no other. DOE Central will release additional guidance on the calendar and transitional period soon.

 

Additionally, beginning October 1 and recurring each month, mandatory testing in schools will be comprised of a random sample of 10-20% of a school's student and staff population. The chancellor stated that this is reflective of the city's commitment to health and safety for everyone in our school communities. DOE Central will also share additional guidance and information on testing soon.

I will be in touch with you as soon as we have more information.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility in this challenging time.

We are here for you,

Rachel


8.26.20

Reopening Update 8.26 - Student Schedule Information

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing with updates about the 2020-21 school year, including information about student schedules.  All NYC public schools are working to re-open to students on September 10.  The updates below explain the student schedule for this year and indicate which of our schedule options students will follow for Cycle 1.  We will keep you updated regarding any changes.  Please join our next family webinar on Wednesday, 9.2, at 5:30pm for more information, and you can also reach out to me or our parent coordinator, Eliana Halpern, with questions.

1. What are the learning options for students this fall?

Students and families can choose between "blended learning" and "100% remote."

2. How will my child access their learning experiences?

All learning experiences will be accessible via Google Classroom through students’ City-As email account.  “Live” remote sessions will take place through Google Meet.  Students and families can still request an internet enabled DOE IPad, and we will distribute Chromebooks at the start of the school year to students who do not yet have one.  We hope to be able to assign a Chromebook to each student during the first week of school.

What is my (or my child’s) schedule if we choose Blended Learning?

Students who choose blended learning will attend school in person either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday and alternating Fridays.  The in-person day will last from 9am-3pm with optional after-school classes.  On remote days, students will have a “live” session in the morning (likely 10-11am) and in the afternoon (likely 1-2pm).  Time not scheduled on remote days will be Independent Asynchronous work time.

3.  What is my (or my child’s) schedule if they are fully remote?

Students who are fully remote will have a “live” session each morning and each afternoon.  Live sessions will likely take place on the following schedule Monday-Thursday for fully remote students:

4. How do I choose 100% remote learning?

Students and families can choose the fully remote learning option by completing the Learning Preference survey. Students and families can choose to be fully remote at any point but can only opt back in to the blended learning model (with in-person days) quarterly.

We will review the students schedule at our next family webinar on Wednesday, 9.2.  If you have any questions or your child would like to change the day of the week they physically attend school (if they choose the blended schedule), please email me or Eliana Halpern, cc’ed above.  In the meantime, please see our school website for our school-based reopening plan as well the DOE Return to School 2020 page for more general information.

In the meantime, please take good care of yourselves.  We are very much looking forward to seeing you this fall, whether in-person or remotely.

Rachel

8.4.20

Dear Students,

NYC schools are currently planning to offer a combination of in-person and remote learning this fall to ensure smaller class sizes and proper physical distancing while providing opportunities for students to physically attend school for part of the week. Students will be split in two groups, each learning in person at least two days per week and remotely at least two days per week*. There will be one alternating day per week, where students in group A learn in person one week and students in group B learn in person the next week.

All students will participate in at least partially remote learning, as such we want to ensure every student has access to a device and internet. You can find our proposed student schedule below. Please let us know your preference for the alternating day and technology needs by completing the survey linked here.

We will have student webinars to review the plan for the next school year in the end of August or early September before the year starts. Please keep an eye out for an invitation to those.

*Please note, any family can opt for fully remote instruction for the fall. Please see update dated 7.31.20 linked here for more information.


7.31.20

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this message finds you well. As of now, NYC schools are planning to offer a combination of in-person and remote learning this fall. Parents can choose from two options for their children:

  1. 100% Remote Learning: All online, from home. If you choose to continue with 100% Remote Learning this fall please indicate so by completing this survey by August 7, 2020 or by calling 311. If you are having difficulties completing this survey, please call 311.
  2. Blended Learning: A combination of in-person and remote learning. The exact schedule we will follow will be announced in the coming weeks. Students can expect to be in the school building two or three days per week and learning from home two or three days per week.  To choose this option, no action is needed.

If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, you should fill out the form again by August 7.  After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year. You can choose to opt in to 100% Remote Learning at any point during the school year.

 

We know there are many unknowns, questions, and concerns. We want to assure you that we as a school community are here for you and your child and will continue to keep you updated. We will host a Return to School Family Webinar for parents and guardians on August 19th at 5:30pm to share more information and answer questions you may have.  We will schedule a separate series of webinars for students closer to the start of the school year, as part of our return to school.

The Department of Education is also hosting Family and Student Information Sessions regarding Return to School 2020. You can register for those information sessions by clicking here. Please also see the DOE’s Return to School 2020 page for the latest system wide information, and the latest letter from Chancellor Carranzza linked here.

We hope to see you on August 19th!

Eliana Halpern, Parent Coordinator & Rachel Seher, Principal


7.16.20

This message is for students whose summer school schedule includes a Spanish or PE / Health class.

Our summer site director let me know today that Spanish and PE / Health classes should be fully available through iLearn as of tomorrow.  Please check iLearn through your NYC Schools Account tomorrow if your schedule shows that you are enrolled in one of these classes.

The name of the teacher for your Spanish class should be Rosa Bonilla.  The teacher for PE / Health is Sean Coffin.

If your schedule includes a Spanish or PE / Health class and you do not see it in iLearn by the end of the day tomorrow, please let me know.

I'm pasting the instructions for accessing iLearn again below.

Thanks for your patience,

Rachel

Step 1.  Create an NYC Schools Account

Step 2. Log onto iLearn


7.14.20

Dear Students and Families,

As I wrote yesterday, we will be using our City-As domain for summer school classes for English, Math, Science and Social Studies due to technical issues with iLearn.  Students will receive emails in their City-As accounts from the teachers of those subjects with assignments and more information about those classes.  We are working on setting up Google Classrooms as well and will use Google Meet for "live lessons."

Students, it is important that you check your email every morning M-F and fully read the emails from your teachers so that you know what to do.  You already have some initial assignments from them in your email.

Spanish & PE classes will still be offered by non-CAS teachers via iLearn.  I am working with our site director today on the logistics of that and will send an update to the students enrolled in those courses soon.  For now, please continue to check iLearn.

If you need technical support with iLearn this week, you can contact ussuri@cityas.org.

Rachel

To Access iLearn for Spanish & PE:

Create an NYC Schools Account

Log onto iLearn


7.13.20

Dear Students,

We are still having some technical issues in iLearn that I will be working on with our site director today.

For today:

For English, Math, Science and Social Studies:

- you will receive 1) an email with your next assignments at your City-As email account and 2) the link to a Google Meet for your "live" lesson

- please read the email, begin to work on the assignment and connect with your teacher via Google Meet

For Spanish and PE:

- these classes should be in iLearn, so please log into iLearn and attempt to access the course that way.

- You will be working with a non-City-As teacher for this.

The instructions for creating a NYC Schools Account and accessing iLearn are below.  You can email eliana@cityas.org or ussuri@cityas.org for tech support.

Rachel

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Accessing iLearn

1. Create an NYC Schools Account

2. Log onto iLearn

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7.9.20

Dear Students,

We learned yesterday afternoon that iLearn is not up and running for students yet.  Instead, you will receive an email from your teachers today with an introductory assignment.  Teachers are working on that now, so you may not have heard from them yet.  Please continue to check your email.

Do not worry if you do not have classes in iLearn yet.  Our summer site is working to get iLearn up and going, and I will let you know as soon as it's ready.

If you need support creating your DOE Student Account and logging into iLearn, you can email eliana@cityas.org or ussuri@cityas.org.

I will send daily emails with important updates, so please make sure you are reading them each morning.  I sent this information about iLearn yesterday as well.  Thanks for your patience as we work out the logistics of summer school this year.

Rachel

7.8.20

Dear Students,

I am writing with our daily update regarding summer school.  It was wonderful to see so many of you in our iLearn orientation today.  I know that using a new platform can be difficult to navigate.  We are here to support you and, if there is any way to switch back to our CAS Google Classrooms, we will.

Here are the updates:

- our summer school site is still finishing programming students, so your classes will not appear in iLearn until Friday at the earliest

- you will receive an email from your teachers at your City-As accounts tomorrow with an introductory assignment

- students who signed up late for summer school or who let me know they did not receive a schedule will be registered in the next day or two

- if you have not yet checked the schedule that Carl emailed you, please do that and let me know if you have any questions or see any issues

I am linking the PowerPoint from today's iLearn orientation here so that you can view it.  I am pasting key slides below.  This includes:

- instructions for creating an NYC schools account

- instructions for accessing iLearn

- the weekly student summer school schedule

- our summer school calendar with deadlines

If you would like to speak with me you can either:

- Join my office hours tomorrow from 11:30-12:30.  Click here to join.

- Schedule a 1:1 appointment.  Click here to choose a 1:1 appointment time.

*This is the best way to speak with me 1:1.  I answer emails throughout the day but usually cannot talk spontaneously because I have a lot of meetings.

You can also email eliana@cityas.org and ussuri@cityas.org for support with iLearn.

Thanks everyone,

Rachel


7.7.20

Dear Students & Families,

We are in the process of finalizing our student schedules and are just about ready to fully start our summer school classes.  If you are registered for our official summer school program, you have received a tentative schedule.

We will have an iLearnNYC orientation at 10am tomorrow (7.7).  Please click here to join.   This will be in lieu of separate classes.  For the well-being of our students, only individuals logging on through City-As email accounts can join the meeting.

At the iLearnNYC orientation, we will:

- show our students how so that all of our students know how to access their classes

- review the summer school calendar and student schedule at that time

- introduce ourselves and get to know each other, including our amazing summer school teaching staff.

Students who plan to participate in Summer School should please make every effort to join the meeting to learn to use iLearn tomorrow.  It will be difficult to move forward without that information.  I am linking the PowerPoint from today's summer school orientation in case you missed it.  We will send out tomorrow's as well.

Thanks against or your patience as our site is being set up,

Rachel


7.6.20

Dear Students,

Please join a Summer School Orientation on Tuesday, July 7, at either 10am or 1pm (your choice).  This will be a chance to better understand our student schedule and summer program before classes are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 8.  

To join a required Summer School orientation on Tuesday, July 6, click here:

- 10am Tuesday July 7 - Summer School Orientation A

- 1pm Tuesday July 7 - Summer School Orientation B

*Choose one to join

As a reminder:

- Students can earn a total of 3 credits this summer by taking up to 6 classes for .5 credits each (inclusive of Incompletes from Cycles 3 & 4)

- Potential August Grads & all students who submitted a Google Form will be given a schedule that meets their credit needs

Thanks once again for your patience,

Rachel


7.5.20

Dear Students and Families,

Our Summer School student orientation is moved to Tuesday, July 7, at either 10am or 1pm (your choice).  This is because our site is finalizing teacher hiring on Monday and then will be able to create student schedules on Tuesday.  We are anticipating emailing students their schedules by the end of the day on Tuesday, July 7, and starting classes on Wednesday, July 8.

To join a required Summer School orientation on Tuesday, July 6, click here:

- 10am Tuesday July 6 - Summer School Orientation A

- 1pm Tuesday July 6 - Summer School Orientation B

*Choose one to join

As a reminder:

- Students can earn a total of 3 credits this summer by taking up to 6 classes for .5 credits each (inclusive of Incompletes from Cycles 3 & 4)

- Potential August Grads & all students who submitted a Google Form will be given a schedule that meets their credit needs

Again, we are slightly delayed getting started because we are part of a centralized Summer School program with 12 schools total, which has required a good amount of coordination and logistical planning.

Thanks once again for your patience,

Rachel


7.2.20

Dear Students & Families,

I know that many of you are eager to begin summer school on Monday, July 6.  We are working with our summer school site to finalize our schedule and calendar.  I am happy to say that we have worked out a plan where City-As teachers will be working with our students this summer.

Students should plan to join a Summer School Orientation via Google Meet at either 10am or 1pm on Monday, July 6.

To join a required Summer School orientation, click here:

- 10am Monday July 6 - Summer School Orientation A

- 1pm Monday July 6 - Summer School Orientation B

*Choose one to join

A few additional details:

- Student schedules will be emailed on July 7

- Classes begin at 9:30am on July 8

- Students can earn a total of 3 credits this summer by taking up to 6 classes for .5 credits each (inclusive of Incompletes from Cycles 3 & 4)

- Potential August Grads & all students who submitted a Google Form will be given a schedule that meets their credit needs

We have been slightly delayed getting started because we are part of a centralized Summer School program with 12 schools total, which has required a good amount of coordination and logistical planning.

Thanks for your patience,

Rachel


6.29.20

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing with additional information regarding summer school. Summer school will start on Monday, July 6th, and run through August 14. School will continue to be 100% remote for summer school.  The DOE will use iLearnNYC as the learning platform for Summer School 2020, and  students will need to log in using their DOE Student Accounts; this is different from their City-As-School account.  Please see steps below to register for summer school, set up the DOE Student Account, and access iLearnNYC.

To register for summer school:

  1. Fill out the Google Form linked here by Noon on June 30 to indicate interest.
  1. CAS Staff will choose your classes for you and let you know via email which classes you have and how to access them.

To set up your DOE Student Account:

  1. Go to Student Account Self Service
  1. Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in your NYCSA account. Email our parent coordinator at eliana@cityas.org for if you need help finding your OSIS number.) 
  1. Enter your birthday. 
  1. Click Continue. 
  1. Your student ID is your username followed by @nycstudents.net.  

To access iLearnNYC for summer school classes:

  1. Students log into TeachHub with their DOE student account information and click on the dark blue “iLearnNYC Summer School” icon. 

Please keep in mind that:

  1. Our students will likely work with teachers from outside of City-As this summer, since summer school is centralized this year.

  1. Students can expect to earn up to 3 credits in the summer, inclusive of Incompletes (NXs) from Cycles 3 and 4 of Spring 2020.  If earning more than 3 credits will be possible, we will let everyone know.
  2. Students will take new courses in the summer for Incompletes (NXs) from Spring 2020; our students will be able to work with City-As-School teachers again on Incompletes (NXs) in the fall.

Rachel


6.26.20

Dear Students,

Please fill out the Google Form linked here here to indicate interest in participating in Remote Summer School.  Please keep in mind that you can only fill out this form using your City-As email account.  Potential August graduates will automatically be registered for summer school.

Here are the details:

- summer school will be remote; classes will be online with live sessions

- the dates are July 6 - August 14

- students can earn up to 3 credits total (likely in .5 credit increments)

- the teachers MAY NOT be from our school; this is a centralized program

- we will choose your classes for you and let you know via email which classes you have and how to access them

Guidance links will be available Monday and Tuesday, June 29 and 30, to support summer school registration and answer questions.  You can reach out to your guidance link for 1:1 support on those days.


6.15.20

Dear Students,

We made it to the home stretch of Cycle 4!  Your City-As staff is here to see you through this cycle and is excited to celebrate so many of you at our June Graduation.  Please make sure that you follow-up with your teachers this week so that you can be sure to meet our important deadlines.

The calendar for the next two weeks is pasted below.

Here are the key dates:

- June 16 - Cycle 4 Ends - last day of classes and internships

- June 17-19 - Catch-Up Days - 10:30-2:30pm - connect with your teachers for 1:1 tutoring

- June 19 -  All Work Due - 1pm

All work for Cycle 4 must be submitted by 1pm on June 19 to be be eligible to participate in June graduation. It is important to submit work ahead of time for feedback and revision.  Please make sure that you are checking in with your teachers, advisor and guidance link about this.

We are here for you.

Rachel

End-of-Cycle Calendar

15-Jun

16-Jun

CYCLE 4 ENDS

DUE 3:45pm

17-Jun

10-10:30 W Advisory

10:30-2:30pm

Cycle 4 Catch-Up

SLT

18-Jun

10-10:30 TTh Advisory

10:30-2:30pm

Cycle 4 Catch-Up

Family Webinar

19-Jun

9-10 Faculty Meeting

10-Noon

Cycle 4 Catch-Up &

Potential Grad Outreach

Noon-3pm

Optional PBAT Presentations

C4 WORK DUE at 1pm

C4 Grades DUE 3:45pm

6.20 June Grad Seminar Intensive *PBAT work due by 3:45pm*

22-Jun

Summer School Outreach

23-Jun

Summer School Outreach

24-Jun

Summer School Outreach

Parent Support Group

25-Jun

Summer School Outreach

26-Jun

Virtual Graduation @ 1pm

Last day for Students

--

Rachel Seher, Principal

City-As-School

"Be the thermostat. Not the thermometer."

Read about City-As in Business Insider.


6.12.20

Dear Parents & Students,

We recently learned of additional flexibilities around PBAT & Regents exam waivers for June 2020 and will be able to offer additional waivers to students with 10 or fewer credits remaining at the start of Cycle 4.  Students granted a waiver do not have to present the PBAT or take the exam but do need to earn all credits in the correct areas to graduate.  Advisors will let students know of waivers for which they are eligible. 

Please fill out this form by June 19 to decline any waivers.

The official letter from the NYCDOE about this is linked here for you to read.  PBAT & Regents exam waivers are available this June due to the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents exams.  The NYCDOE deadline for waivers to be declined is June 9, but we are extending the deadline to June 19.

Please reach out to your child’s advisor for specific information about your child’s progress to graduation and PBAT & exam waivers for which they are eligible.  You can respond to this email or contact Eliana Halpern, our Parent Coordinator, or Joselyn Peña, our AP of Guidance, with questions.

~ Rachel


6.3.20

Dear Parents,

We want to make sure that you are fully aware of the PBAT & Regents Exam waivers offered this spring due to school building closures related to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  New York State waived the Regents exam requirement, which means that students are able to graduate by successfully passing related course work.  

City-As-School is a member of the Consortium for Performance-Based Assessment, so our students graduate by successfully completing Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) in core subject areas plus the ELA Regents Exam, which is the only Regents Exam required in Consortium Schools.

Here is what the Spring 2020 Waivers means for us:

If your child is under the age of 18, as a parent, you can choose to decline these Waivers.  This would mean that your child could not graduate this year if they are intending to and would return to us for the 2020-21 school year.  The official letter from the NYCDOE about this is linked here.

Advisors and Guidance Links have already had conversations with you about your child’s graduation plans, and your child’s program has been created accordingly.  However, we want to ensure that you know that you have the option to decline the Spring 2020 Waivers if your child is under the age of 18.

If your child is under 18 and has an IEP, we do need formal confirmation from you that you would like the Waivers to apply for your child.  Your child’s advisor will reach out to you about this.

If you have any questions or would like to decline some or all of the Waivers for your child (if they are under the age of 18), please fill out the Google Form (linked here) or reach out to our parent coordinator, Eliana Halpern, at eliana@cityas.org.

Warmly,

Rachel


6.2.20

Dear Students,

We are writing with information to help ensure that you are as safe as possible in the coming days. We know that many of you have participated in the demonstrations for racial justice in our city, and some of you are also essential workers.  As a school, we are here to support each of you in growing into your fullest and best self.  We trust that each of you will make thoughtful decisions and want to offer information to help you stay safe.

Mayor DeBlasio just announced that NYC will have an 8pm curfew starting today, Tuesday, June 2, and going through Sunday, June 7.  Violating a curfew (by being on the street or in a car after 8pm) is considered a “Class B Misdemeanor” which has a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  The curfew does not apply to “essential workers,” and employers are writing letters identifying individuals as essential workers.

Below are some guides about your rights if you do choose to protest:

- NYCLU, “Know Your Rights as a Student Protestor”

- Legal Aid Society, “What to Know about Protesting”

- Amnesty International, “Safety during Protest”

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are still under a stay-at-home order.  Wearing a cloth or paper mask and maintaining 6-feet of physical distance is strongly suggested if you do choose to participate in a protest or any other outdoor activity.  The Door’s Health Center is open virtually if you need non-urgent medical care.

As a school, we stand in solidarity with Black and Brown communities and are committed to dismantling structural racism and oppression in all forms.  We support each of our students in making deliberate personal choices in collaboration with their families about when and how to exercise their first amendment rights.

Additional resources and information are being compiled by some of our students and will be shared soon.  In the meantime, we want to make sure you know that many ways exist to exercise citizenship including: voting, signing petitions, calling your representatives, reading and educating yourself, listening and empathizing, and simply being joyful and hopeful.

Please take good care of yourselves.

~ Your CAS Staff

6.01.20

Dear Students & Families,

The past week was challenging yet punctuated by moments of hope.   The death of George Floyd is heart-wrenching and comes on the heels of tragic incidents, from Georgia to New York, that highlight yet again the persistence of racism and systemic injustice in the United States.

Many of our fellow citizens have participated in rallies and protests to draw attention and demand action.  Many City-As students, families and staff were part of this here in NYC.  Many of us are also concerned about clashes between protestors and police in our city and country at large.  This, of course, is occurring in the context of the coronavirus pandemic

Here are some concrete actions that we will take this week as a school community.  We will:

I am also linking some resources here:

This is a vital moment for us to lift up our young people, many of whom are leading us in societal change.  At City-As-School, we work to create opportunities for all of our students to grow into the best versions of themselves and support them in struggling against and transforming injustices.  We will continue to do so.

Please note that:

- June 4 is an instructional day for students but a professional development day for staff.  Students should continue with their coursework via Google Classroom that day but will not work with teachers directly.

- June 16 is the official last day of Cycle 4.  Classes and internships end.  All work is due.

- June 17-19 are Cycle 4 Catch-Up days.

- June 19 at Noon is the final deadline for C4 work and PBATs in order for students to graduate in June.

Please reach out if we can support you in any way.

Rachel

5.18.20 Parent Teacher Conference

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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I am writing to invite you to our upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences.  Phone conferences will take place May 20th-22nd, at a time that is convenient to both you and your child’s teachers. You can use the form below to sign up for an appointment with your child’s Advisor, Guidance Counsellor, Internship Coordinator and Career & College Counsellor.

Click here to choose a time:  May Parent Teacher Conference Appointments 

During your conference with your child’s Advisor, they will review your child’s progress in their current courses, their Cycle 4 schedule, and overall plan for graduation.  Calls will be limited to 10 minutes.   If you find you need more time, you can schedule an additional meeting with your child, their Advisor, and their Guidance link.  If the times offered do not work for you, please reach out to your child’s Advisor to schedule a meeting at a later date.

To find the names of your child’s Advisor and Internship Coordinator, you can view their schedule on Jumprope. The Advisor is listed under “Advisory Seminar”, and their Internship Coordinator is listed under “Internship Guidance”. Instructions for accessing Jumprope can be found here. To check who your child’s Guidance and CACO links are please reference this sheet. If you have any questions please contact our Parent Coordinator, Eliana, cc’d here.

You can also find our full staff directory with email addresses here and are welcome to email any of your child’s teachers for updates.

Lastly, I want to share with you an update from Chancellor Carranza and Health Commissioner Barbot regarding Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, or PMIS, a new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. Please see their letter here and attached.

Warmly,

Rachel


4.28.20

Remote Learning Survey & Grading Policy

Dear Students and Families,

Today was our second day of "live" lessons for Cycle 4.  Over 500 of our students already have Cycle 4 schedules, and we were excited to see so many of you connect with your classes and internship over the past two days.  If you are having trouble accessing Google Classroom or Google Meet, please reach out to your advisor, guidance link or the specific teacher for support.

We also have two updates from NYCDOE Central and the Mayor's Office.

The first is to ask that students and parents please respond to a Remote Learning Survey from the city by May 1.  Click here to access the survey.  All students in grades 6-12 and all parents or guardians of students in grades 3-K through 12 are invited to participate.

The second is to share a letter from schools' chancellor, Richard Carranza, on a new City-wide Grading Policy that will apply during Remote Learning.  A key feature of the policy is that all students will be given an Official Incomplete in place of any failing grades (in our case, NC or No Credit) this spring.  We had already adopted a similar grading policy as a school for this time period and will send more information about what the new city-wide policy means for us soon.  The letter is attached.

Thank you for your continued engagement.  We look forward to connecting with you virtually this week.


4.27.20

Live Lessons Begin Today

Dear Students and Families,

I hope you had a restful weekend and am writing with a reminder that "live lessons" for Cycle 4 classes and internships begin today.  Students will have an invitation to join from their teacher in their email.  The Cycle 4 Remote Learning Plan is linked here, and the weekly student schedule is pasted below.

For Today:

Students with MWF classes have a "live lesson" for:

- Advisory at 10am

- Period 1 at 10:30am

- Period 3 at 1pm

Students with TTh classes have a "live lesson for:

- Enrichment at 10am

- Internship Seminar at 10:30am

*Monday-Wednesay PM classes have a "live lesson" at 3:15pm today.  These classes are optional.

Please reach out to your advisor, Eliana or me with questions.  Students who have not yet registered can do that today.

~ Rachel


4.24.20

Dear CAS Families,

I am writing to share updates on Cycle 4 registration and student schedules. Over the course of the past week, we have been able to register over 500 students, virtually, for classes and internships. Advisors and Guidance links will continue to reach out to students who have not yet chosen a schedule.

Live lessons of classes will begin Monday, 4/29. All classes and internships are now on Google Classroom. Students have received invitations to join their classes via email. Please ensure your child joins their classes and internship via Google Meet and Google Classroom.

Every student who has registered has a program for Cycle 4.  You can cross reference your child's schedule on Jumprope for class and teachers' names, and the block schedule detailed in our Cycle 4 Remote Learning Plan for class times. For Jumprope login instructions see this document and contact Eliana, our Parent Coordinator, with any issues.

We're still entering student program information into our databases with the goal of sending parents individualized student schedules via email soon. If you have any questions about your child's schedule, you can contact their advisor or Eliana, our parent coordinator.

We are grateful to be able to work with your children and will do all we can to support them at this time.

Wishing you a restful weekend.


4.22.20

Dear Students and Parents,

Today is the last day of Cycle 4 Virtual Registration.  Over 350 students have chosen their Cycle 4 classes and virtual internships already.  Advisors will continue reaching out to students today to choose their programs.  I am also linking the Cycle 4 Remote Learning Plan which has the student schedule with times.

Please keep in mind:

- Weds, April 22 (today) - all students have Internship Seminar

- Thurs, April 23 (tomorrow) - all students have Advisory at 10am.

- Frid, April 24 - student schedules will be sent via email.

- Mon, April 27 - "live lessons" begin

*This Thursday at 5pm is the deadline to request an IPad with Internet and receive it by April 30; click here to complete the form.

*Teachers will invite you to join the live lessons, so please check your email.

Here is the calendar for the rest of this week:

20-April

Virtual Registration

1:1 Appts by Credit Need

21-April

Virtual Registration

1:1 Appts by Credit Need

22-April

Virtual Registration

1:1 Appts by Credit Need

1:30-2  MWF Internship Seminar

2-2:30 TTh Internship Seminar

23-April

CYCLE 4 BEGINS

Advisory for All 10-10:30

All teachers will send an introductory assignment via Google Classroom

24-April

9-10  Faculty Meeting

Student schedules will be emailed.

1:1 check-ins with Advisor and Cycle 4 Internship Coordinator as needed

This is a difficult time, but we are here to support you and will get through this together.


4.20.20

Dear Students,

We are looking forward to connecting with you for Cycle 4 registration this week.  Your advisor reached out to you on Friday with your registration appointment time and will reach out to you during that time this week to choose your classes and a virtual internship for Cycle 4.

The class list and virtual internship list are here:

- Cycle 4 Class List

- Time Sheet - Cycle 4 Remote Learning Internship Experiences

The calendar for the week is pasted below.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Rachel

4.13.20

Dear Students,

I hope that all of you were able to connect with your advisor today.  We are offering you the opportunity to participate in Cycle 3 Catch-Up, PBAT tutoring, or Virtual Intensives this week.  If you have not connected with your advisor to choose an activity, please make sure you reach out to them.

Two additional updates:

- Cycle 4 Registration begins next Monday, April 20, so please look for information about that.

- PBAT Exemptions will be an option for our June 2020 graduates. We are awaiting final guidance from DOE Central about this.  I know that many of our potential grads are eagerly awaiting clarification and anticipate having finalized information this week.

Thank you for your patience, and please be sure to connect with your advisor tomorrow.

~ Rachel

4.9.20

I'm writing with a reminder of two dates for this week and next.

Friday, April 10 at Noon - All work for Cycle 3 is due.  You can touch base with your teachers.  The original deadline was April 8, and we were able to offer an extension.  If you are observing a religious holiday, you can stick with the original deadline of April 8 and will not be penalized for being absent.

Monday, April 13 at 10am - All students have advisory at 10am.  Please plan to join your advisor to learn about our Intersession Activities which will include Cycle 3 Catch-Up, PBAT Tutoring, and Virtual Intensives for .5 Credits.

We are here to support you in wrapping up Cycle 3 successfully and have a fun and supportive week planned for you next week.

Please reach out if you have any questions,

Rachel

4.8.20

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing with a couple of updates and to connect.  I want to make sure that all of our students know that we have school this week and next week, which will give students additional opportunities to complete work for Cycle 3 and participate in fun and supportive activities.

Here are the key dates to keep in mind:

- April 10 at Noon is the new deadline for Cycle 3 Work

- April 9 & 10 will be designated for 1:1 feedback and revision for Cycle 3 work; students will not be penalized for missing these days.

- April 13 is Advisory at 10am and Registration for Spring Break Activities

- April 17 will be devoted to Cycle 3 PBAT Presentations

April 14-16 can be used for Cycle 3 "Catch-Up" for eligible students.  Any student who can realistically complete the requirements for earning credit in the time allotted (April 14-16) will be identified as eligible by their teacher.  This requires completing enough of the coursework by April 10.

Finally, we received additional guidance from the state and city this week regarding June 2020 Regents exams.  I am attaching a letter from the Chancellor about this.  I will send an update in the next few days with clear information about what this means for PBATs.

4.6.20

Dear Students and Families,

We have been able to extend the deadline for Cycle 3 work for Classes & Internships.  We heard from many of our students that an extension of Cycle 3 deadlines would be helpful and are happy to be able to offer this.  We are taking advantage of the mayor's decision to continue Remote Learning over the Spring Break days (April 9-17) and also wanted to build in flexibility for students observing religious holidays on April 9 and 10.

Here are the key dates to keep in mind:

- April 10 at Noon is the new deadline for Cycle 3 Work for Classes & Internships

- April 8 is still the official last day of Cycle 3 Classes & Internships

- April 9 & 10 will be designated for 1:1 feedback and revision for Cycle 3 work; students will not be penalized for missing these days.

- April 17 will be devoted to Cycle 3 PBAT Presentations

Additionally:

- We will be offering a choice of Spring Break Activities for all students on April 14-16.  Please keep an eye out for a longer email about Spring Break week soon.

- April 14-16 can be used for Cycle 3 "Catch-Up" for eligible students.  Any student who can realistically complete the requirements for earning credit in the time allotted (April 14-16) will be identified as eligible by their teacher.  This requires completing enough of the project work and assignments this week.  Students, please make sure that you connect with your teachers today and to make as much progress as possible by April 10 at noon.

Sending you all the best for the rest of today and this week,

Rachel

4.4.20

Dear Students and Families,

I want to let everyone know as soon as possible that we received notification at 10pm on Friday, April 3, that Remote Learning will continue over the time originally scheduled for Spring Break (April 9-17) in all NYC Public Schools.  The rationale for this decision from the state and city is that, as the coronavirus pandemic persists, staying engaged in Remote Learning activities will support physical distancing efforts.

We know that many of our students will benefit from staying connected to City-As-School over the Spring Break (April 9 - 17), and we also know that many of our students and families were looking forward to some much needed time away from school to rest, work, heal, and more.  We will use the

additional time in a balanced way that is as supportive of our students as possible.  We will also ensure that students who take April 9 and 10 for religious observance will not miss any new learning activities or be disadvantaged in any way.

We have heard from students and families that the following activities would be most beneficial to our students over the Spring Break (April 9 - 17):

We will share our plan for the Spring Break (April 9 - 17) and Cycle 4 with you early this coming week.  Thanks to everyone who has already given input into our plan via our student and parent surveys.

You can still respond to our student and parent surveys to give input into our plan for Cycle 4.  We have not received official notification that Remote Learning will extend past April 20 but want to be prepared.

The student survey is linked here.

The parent survey is linked here.

We look forward to connecting in our CAS family webinar this Tuesday, April 7, at 5:30pm.

My very best,

Rachel

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4.3.20

Dear Students and Parents,

Thanks to everyone who has responded to our student and parent surveys.  Please take a few minutes to respond this evening if you have not.   We value your input.

The student survey is linked here.

The parent survey is linked here.

We look forward to connecting in our CAS family webinar this Tuesday, April 7, at 5:30pm. We have not received any official notification that Remote Learning will continue past April 20, but we want to be prepared.

I will send an update again this coming Monday.

Rachel

4.2.20

Dear Students and Parents,

We will be sending out a student survey and parent survey this evening to gather input from you as we plan for Cycle 4.  Please take a few minutes this evening or tomorrow to respond.  We have not received any official notification that Remote Learning will continue past April 20, but we want to be prepared.

The student survey is linked here.

The parent survey is linked here.

Here are a few reminders and updates:

- Students should check their emails each morning.

- Students please please reach out to teachers and advisors with questions.

- The Cycle 3 Deadline has been extended to April 8

- We are planning for Virtual PBAT presentations for April Graduates and will update you soon.

We know that some of our students still need laptops or IPads.  We are almost our of Chromebooks and will call students to support them in requesting that an IPad with Internet be sent to them.  You can also request for an iPAD from the DOE yourself by clicking here.

I will keep everyone informed as I receive updates.  Please reach out with questions.  Parents, you can also contact your child's advisor or guidance link and our parent coordinator, Eliana Halpbern, at eliana@cityas.org

We are here for you,

Rachel

4.1.20

Dear CAS Community,

I'm writing with some brief updates and also to connect.  Even though we are physically separated, we are still the same City-As community.  Students, we are here for you, so reach out to us.  The school day is 9-3:45pm so if you write in the evening, look for our response the next day.

As of now, we are still scheduled to return to school on April 20.  Many of you have asked if this will be extended.  We receive daily updates from schools' chancellor, Richard Carranza.  I will update you as soon as possible if the state and city decide to extend Remote Learning.

The staff has been working on a plan to for Remote Learning in Cycle 4, if it becomes necessary.  I want to assure all of our students and families that we will support our Grads in completing graduation requirements, including PBATs.  We will support PBATs remotely as necessary.

Tomorrow, we plan to send out a survey to students and families to gather input as we look to Cycle 4.  Please take a few minutes to respond.  We value your input.

Please take good care of yourselves and know that we are here for you,

Rachel

3.27.20

Dear Students,

We were glad to connect with so many of you during our first week of Remote Learning.  Remote learning will resume again Monday morning, and teachers are available from 8:45am - 3:45pm Monday through Friday.

Here are some important reminders:

1. Laptops & Technical Issues

* Need a laptop?  Please contact your advisors or guidance link. We will have another round of laptop distribution this week.

* Having tech difficulties? Reach out to Carl- Carl@cityas.org, Charlie- Charlie@cityas.org, and Shaughn- Shaughn@cityas.org

2. Staying Organized

* Check your email at 8:45am each day and reach out to your teachers with questions.

* Read the weekly emails from teachers every Monday.

* Create a weekly schedule for yourself using the digital calendar template created by some of our advisors (thanks Preeti, Tamara and Eliana!).  Here is a completed sample.

* Check out this one-pager on Remote Learning at CAS for a short overview of what's expected.

Please stay connected to us and reach out if you need any support.  

We are here for you,

Rachel

3.22.20

Dear Students,

I hope that you all were able to find some time to rest this weekend and connect with your family.  I know that the past week was stressful for many of us and want to reassure that we are here for you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to your advisor or guidance link with questions.

Please take a few minutes to read through the reminders below:

- Remote learning begins this Monday, March 23

- Students are expected to:

- check their email every day

- read and follow the instructions from their teachers

- reach out to teachers with questions

- complete all course and internship work including revisions by April 7 to be able to earn credit for Cycle 3 classes and internships.

- Teachers should have already sent you an email outlining the remaining requirements for earning credit for Cycle 3.

- Teachers will:

- send an email to you Monday morning with the assignments for the week and expectations for virtual participation for that week.

- be available to you to the best of their ability during class and seminar times as well as other times during school hours (8:45am - 3:45pm).

- read your assignments and give you comments, respond to your emails when you sent them, and contact you if they do not hear from you.

Additionally:

- Please contact your advisor or guidance link if you need a laptop and missed pick-up last week.  We want to make sure that everyone has a digital device for schoolwork.  You can also an iPad with T-Mobile Service from the DOE (on a first come, first serve basis): https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

- If you are a potential April Grad, please make sure that you are in touch with your advisor and guidance link.  We are postponing Cycle 3 PBAT presentations until we return on April 20 and will make sure that we have a plan if you were counting on the .5 credit from Intensives (which unfortunately we had to cancel)W.

- Teachers will take daily attendance based on your participation.  We care about you and want to know if you are connecting with us each day.  You will be marked "absent," If

you do not submit assignments on the days that they are due, miss virtual group meetings or 1:1 check-ins, and do not respond to outreach.  Someone from the school will then attempt to contact you and your family to make sure you are okay.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions.  We are here for you during this time.  We will get through this together.

~ Rachel

3.18.20

Dear Students and Families,

I'm writing with a few updates as we transition to remote learning from March 23 - April 8.  I'll list the items below.

1. Laptops

We want to make sure that all of our students who need laptops have them as we transition to remote learning.  Students are able to pick up laptops from 12pm - 2pm on Thursday, March.  Please fill out this form, to help us to ensure that we have a device ready for you.

2. Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences have officially been postponed by the NYCDOE.  We still want to be in good communication with families.  Parents, you can reach out to your child's advisor or guidance link with any questions or respond to this email.  Eliana, our Parent Coordinator, will send more information tomorrow about contacting your child's teachers for updates and checking your child's schedule in JumpRope.

3. Expectations for Students

We want all of our students to be successful in completing their Cycle 3 classes and internships virtually.  It is important that all students:

- read through our Remote Learning Plan 

- check City-As email every day and respond to emails from teachers.

- come to school tomorrow between noon and 2pm if you need a laptop.

I will send out another update soon.

Take care and be safe,

Rachel

3.16.20

Dear Students and Parents,

The leadership team has been working today to finalize our school's plan for remote learning from March 23 through April 8.  The focus of our plan is to support students in completing the requirements for earning credit in their classes and internships for Cycle 3.

We will send you a comprehensive email tomorrow with the details of our remote learning plan and how you can access the assignments, materials and resources.

Please take good care of yourselves,

Rachel

3.15.20 6:20pm- Schools Close

Dear CAS Community,

The Mayor and Chancellor just announced that NYC public schools will be closed to students from March 16 through April 20, which is right after April break.  Grab and go lunches will be available to students outside of the school building from March 16 - April 8.  We will send more details about meals once we have them and are linking list of additional resources for students while schools are closed.

Students, please continue to check your City-As email and our school website every day.  You will still be able to earn credit for your Cycle 3 classes and internships by finishing your projects over Google Docs.  Staff members will be in school working this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will reach out to you via email this week about next steps for your Cycle 3 classes and internships, so that you can finish up the projects.  Your advisor or guidance link will contact you by phone.

Schools will use this week to fully set up to support online virtual learning through the start of April break.  The virtual learning will last from at least Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 8, when spring recess begins.  Additional guidance and details will be forthcoming over the course of this week.

Parents, the chancellor advises that families start a NYC Schools Account to stay in the loop with information. You can sign up for your account here.

Here is the schedule:

Monday - Students and Staff stay home

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Principals and teachers ONLY will come to school to work on supporting remote learning.

Friday - Staff will have an additional day of training virtually

Monday, March 23 - We will launch into virtual learning at least through April 8.

We know that this is a big adjustment and a stressful time.  Please use this time to stay home to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, which is the purpose of closing schools.  We want to assure our students that we are still here for you.  We are all in this together and are going to be okay.

Be safe and take good care. We will be in touch with you this week.

~ Your School Leadership (Carl, Joselyn, Rachel & Sherien)

3.15.20 12:38pm School Tomorrow

Dear Students and Parents,

School is still open tomorrow, Monday, March 16.  Internships have been cancelled, per the mayor's directive.  All students will finish up internship work for the rest of the cycle in the school building.

Students who have MWF internships should report to the school building at 10am tomorrow for internship seminar.  Students who have TTh internships should follow their regular schedule tomorrow and will be given more information in school about their program for Tuesday.

I will send a detailed email to students and parents tomorrow with our school's plan for supporting continuity of learning through the end of Cycle 3.

 

Again, school is open as of now.  If that changes, I will send an email to students and parents, and we will post the news on the school website.

Rachel

3.13.20

Dear CAS Families,

I'm writing with an update regarding the public school system’s response to the coronavirus, as it relates to our school.  School principals had a webinar with Chancellor Carranza this morning.  I will write again on Monday with another update that will focus on next steps that we will be taking to support continuity in learning for our students during this time.  Our students’ health and well-being is our top priority.

Updates for Families 3.13

Will schools be open this week?

As of now, schools are scheduled to be open on Monday.  Parent Teacher Conferences will not be held in person and will proceed virtually / by phone instead.  Our Parent Coordinator, Eliana, will send out more information about this next week.

How can I stay up to date?

To stay up to date, I urge you to visit the Coronavirus Updates Page on the NYCDOE website.  It provides daily updates as well as letters to parents.  Please also read the linked Fact Sheet for more information, and visit nyc.gov/coronavirus at any time.  To receive regular SMS text updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692.

We have also created a Remind group for parents and guardians to receive updates directly from our school via text message.  If we have your cell phone number on file, we have added you to this group. You should have received a text message notifying you of this.  If you did not receive a text message notification but would like to receive text message updates please text the code @parentcas to 81010 or email Eliana our Parent Coordinator at Eliana@cityas.org.

What if my child is sick? 

If your child is sick, they should stay home and see a doctor; contact the doctor ahead of time per Department of Health instructions if your child is complaining of cough, fever and/or shortness of breath.  A doctor will be able to advise you on next steps regarding treatment and care.

If your child becomes sick in school and complains of coughing, fever and/or shortness of breath, our school nurse will care for your child and contact you about next steps.  If your child has a chronic illness, please contact your child's advisor and guidance link or respond to me directly at this email, so that we can work with you to develop a plan to support your child.

What happens if my child is absent?

Please notify us if your child will be absent.  If your child is absent due to illness (in general) OR for a reason related to COVID-19 (eg. you recently travelled to an affected area and are required to

self-quarantine), please make sure to provide documentation (such as a doctor's note) and your child's absence will be marked as "excused."  If your child is absent for reasons other than illness, please also reach out to your child’s advisor and guidance link.  If your child will be absent for any reason, please contact your child’s advisor and guidance link who can support next steps.  

Students are expected to complete the requirements for earning credit in their classes and internship, regardless of the reason for an absence.  We are working on a plan to provide all of our students with additional time to complete course and internship work for Cycle 3.  We are also working to ensure that all of our course materials and internship project instructions are accessible electronically for students who are absent.  I will send an update about this on Monday.

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school?  

Per New York State, if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school, the school must be closed for at least 24 hours while DOH investigates and determines whether additional closure is needed.  If this were to happen, students and parents would be notified via text message and our school email.  The news would also be posted on our school website.  If the school were to close during the school day, you would receive a phone call from a staff member.  If we receive notice that the school is closing before or after school hours, we will still attempt to contact each student and family individually.

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school community, we would send a follow-up letter with the relevant information.

Are schools going to close for an extended period of time?  What would this mean?

A system-wide closure of public schools would be a last resort.  Many of our students and families count on the services that our schools provide.  We are still taking steps to ensure that our course materials are accessible online and that each student has access to the written materials needed for their personalized internship project.  This is a dynamic situation, and we want to be prepared.

How do I talk with my child about the Coronavirus?

It is important that we are calm, reassuring, honest and accurate when we talk with young people about the Coronavirus.  The National Association of School Psychologists put out a short article for parents that might be useful.  If your child seems to be feeling particularly anxious, please notify your child’s advisor and guidance link so we can also attempt to speak with them at school.

3.12.20

Dear Students and Parents,

I am writing with a brief update following the Mayor's Press Conference about NYC's response to the Coronavirus.  I am aware that many of members of our school community are feeling anxious right now.  Our students' health and safety is our top priority.

Here are some key updates looking to tomorrow (Friday, March 13):

- School is open tomorrow.

- All NYC Principals have a webinar with Chancellor Carranza at 9am tomorrow.

- We, as a staff, are preparing to make our class and internship materials more accessible digitally to provide for continuity of learning.

- If schools were to close for any period of time, we would immediately notify you through email, our Remind App and our school website.

I will send a more detailed update to the entire school community following the webinar with Chancellor Carranza tomorrow.

In the meantime, I encourage you to visit the Coronavirus Updates Page on the NYCDOE website.  It provides daily updates as well as letters to parents.  To receive regular text updates on the latest developments regarding Coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692.

We are here for you,

Rachel

2.26.20

Dear CAS Community,

The following update was shared by the NYCDOE's Chief Operating Officer.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed possible options for what could happen if there is local person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including recommendations for school systems to consider.

 

At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York City and the risk to New Yorkers remains low.

 

However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern, and we are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. Our public health experts are vigilantly preparing for a spectrum of possible

scenarios, and we are in close contact with them regarding how that may impact our school communities.  There are no plans to close schools or DOE offices at this time.  

 

We should all continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:

 

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve

·         Wash your hands regularly

·         Avoid touching your face

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick

·         Get your flu shot – it’s never too late

·         Stay home if you’re feeling sick.  Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms, travel history, and if you’ve had contact with people who are sick.

 

These Coronavirus FAQs contain helpful facts regarding common questions about the coronavirus. Please take a look at the FAQs in order to stay informed, as well as to help guard against stigma and fear associated with the virus.

 

For more information and regular updates, visit the Health Department’s website. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. For specific questions/concerns, contact stayinghealthy@schools.nyc.gov.

 

Rachel