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School Board Meeting on April 1

This week's School Board meeting will be recorded remotely at Sherburne Hall tonight, Wednesday, April 1st, starting at 6:30pm. It will air on PTV and on the Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/PelhamNHTV). Due to the Stay at Home order, we will be giving the public the option to call in if they have any questions or concerns. Starting at 6:30pm, you may dial in at 603-508-3089. You may encounter a busy signal as this is a single dedicated line and it is not set up for multiple callers. If this does happen, please hang up your phone and call again in a few minutes.

We thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,
The Pelham School Board

Remote Learning Update

A new week begins. I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the weekend and disconnect for a little bit. Thank you all for your response to our recent survey to help us plan and improve remote learning opportunities for our students and staff. So far we have had over 700 responses. I have included the link here to give anyone who has not filled out the survey yet one last opportunity to do so. This information is very valuable to us to help us provide the best possible remote learning opportunities for our students. We have extended the survey to remain open until 2:00 p.m. today. 

As things continue to change we reflect on our current practices in this remote learning environment. The administrative team and I met last week and I wish to inform you of our plan for this week and what we are working on going forward. 

This week our buildings are open from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. This time has been extremely valuable for staff and students. A reminder that you need to set up an appointment with the tech team if they could not support your need remotely and that you cannot just show up to the buildings for support. Also, the staff needs to inform their front office when they come into the building. We need to track what rooms teachers may go into to get supplies as our custodians need to go back to those areas and disinfect them once again. These days are important to allow students to always have the necessary materials to learn and give staff the opportunity to plan and use all their available resources. 

Going forward we continue to work on decisions regarding April break, end of year date, graduation, and grading. I can share with you where we are at with these but they are all still a work in progress and can change due to things beyond our control.

At this time speaking to the teacher’s association, administration, and others, it was clear we all need a break! We are planning to still hold April break as scheduled to allow families and staff that much needed disconnect time. An opportunity to enjoy the weather and time with family without the added stress of remote learning or planning lessons. 

I had the opportunity the other day to speak to a student in the class of 2020. It reminded me of the importance of having a student voice, especially in these strange times. Being a Senior is a special year, especially during springtime of their senior year. We will continue to plan for things like prom, senior celebrations, and even graduation. We do not want our seniors to miss out on these events. Since school is operating under remote learning until May 4, we will hope for the best and still prepare for these special events. Ms. Mead will be working with staff and students to find the best solutions to this challenging dilemma. 

Grading in these strange times is a topic that we are working on. As you can imagine it is not a simple answer of moving everyone to Pass/Fail. Currently, the NCAA calculates a Pass grade as the lowest passing grade (usually a D). So if we were to move to a Pass/Fail system during remote learning it could jeopardize our student athletes in how they are compared to other students in the future. The NCAA is reviewing this practice and is considering changing this practice. So for now our teachers will continue to grade the work and summatives as they have always done so and with no changes for remote learning. 

Lastly, I continue working with staff, administration, and the School Board for a plan if we are to remain in remote learning for the rest of the year. If we are to remain in remote learning for the rest of the year I anticipate a possible change to the last day of school. Many districts are working on this contingency plan and it is within a superintendent's authority to forgive days as long as we have met the state minimum standards for student instructional hours. I just wished to inform you that this is a strong consideration and possibility. Prior to the May 4 re-evaluation date I will share with you our plans if we are to remain in remote learning.

Thank you all for your continued support during this remote learning time. I can’t say it enough how proud I am of our students, staff, parents, and the community. Everyone is working twice as hard with so many added responsibilities in this scary time. Pelham Proud Everyday! 

Sincerely,
Bill Furbush
Superintendent of Schools

Seeking Remote Learning Feedback

As we continually try to improve remote learning, we need your feedback. We have created a short survey for you to help identify what is working and what we need to work on. We appreciate your feedback. This survey is for students, parents, and staff!

Please click this link to complete a brief survey about the progress of PSD and Remote Learning. If you have multiple students, please complete one with each student.

This survey will close on Monday at noon. We wish to support students, parents, and staff and improve upon our efforts.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this brief survey.

Remote Learning Survey

 

Sincerely,
Bill Furbush
Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Message

I hope all of you are doing well and have been able to stay healthy and productive! Just a couple of quick notes to keep you informed and up to date. On today’s conference call with the Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut, he indicated that hopefully by the end of this week we will know the status of NH schools for the coming weeks. As you can imagine he wishes to give schools, parents, and students as much heads up as possible as we continue to plan and navigate these challenging times. As soon as I know the status of the schools, I will be sure to share that information.

As we continue to improve our ability to provide quality education during this time of remote learning, I am pleased to announce that we have been able to utilize available resources and now provide Chromebooks for all of our 2nd graders! Thanks to our administrators and the tech department's quick work in identifying and preparing these devices, we will be issuing them tomorrow! Details of the drive thru pick up have already been sent to those parents!

Our school nurses have prepared an attachment for you (also available on our website) with some resources to stay healthy. They have also included their contact information as they wish to remind you that they too are available as a resource for the community. We are here to support you and we are in this together. Lastly, I want to remind you that we are having a virtual spirit day on Friday, March 27, 2020. All three schools have sent out details. Be on the lookout for them if you missed them. I encourage all students, parents, and staff to wear their school gear. Just because we are stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. Please take a photo and share them with your school administrators!

Message from PSD Nurses

Sincerely,
Bill Furbush
Superintendent of Schools

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:30AM

 

There will be a 2 hour delay on Wednesday, January 30.
No AM kindergarten or preschool.