News for the Community from Superintendent/Principal Dobosz – 10/25/2020

Good Morning Community,

I hope you have a restful and a lovely weekend. I was able to spend Saturday afternoon with my niece and nephew, Hazel and Stevie. We enjoyed a beautiful hike on the rail trail in Holliston, and visited a local farm where we ate maple fried dough and picked pumpkins! During my drive out east, I listened to some of my saved podcasts and wanted to share a favorite NPR interview with you. The interview is with Craig Foster who spent a year diving β€” without oxygen or a wetsuit β€” into the frigid sea near Cape Town, South Africa. One octopus began coming out of her den to hunt or explore while Foster watched. His experience is also documented in a Netflix documentary titled, My Octopus Teacher. It’s really a beautiful documentary, and worth watching! The link to the NPR video is below.

Enjoy.

Β https://www.npr.org/2020/10/15/923915545/filmmaker-finds-an-u nlikely-underwater-friend-in-my-octopus-teacher

During the Β½ day PD on Friday the faculty discussed the necessary health and safety protocols we need to make sure are in place for teaching and learning indoors. With state, regional, and national numbers of COVID-19 cases rising, I want the community to know that the faculty, school committee, board of health and Dr. Schwab, our school assigned doctor, are all discussing and reviewing health and safety protocols for teaching and learning inside. In the coming weeks, the district plans to share specific health and safety protocols we plan on implementing while inside.  I want to make sure you know how grateful and encouraged we are at R.H. Conwell to have had such a healthy, enriching, and joyful beginning to the school year. Our success in returning to in-person learning this year has relied on the unwavering partnership between the school and our families, and I want to acknowledge that relationship and thank you all for working with us to return to school this fall.

A few reminders:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – November 4, 5, and 6th are Β½ days with a noon dismissal. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to families to schedule a time for parent-teacher conferences.
  • Finally, if you arrive past 8:30, please make sure to have your child check-in at the front office. Students should not just walk to their classroom tent.

Warmly,
Gretchen

Worthington School District 147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098
413-238-5856
gmorsedobosz@hr-k12.org

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