The Viking Vision - A Message from the Superintendent

  • A Time for Renewal, Reflection and Resilience

    Posted by Marcus C. Robinson on 12/22/2020

    At this time last year, we had no idea what 2020 had in store for us. It has been challenging. It has been unprecedented. Never in our lifetime have we had to shut the doors of our schools because of a pandemic. We’re wearing masks everywhere. We’re missing the smiles and warm embraces of our loved ones and friends. To say 2020 has been a difficult year for many of us is an understatement of a lifetime. But we will prevail. 

    I am in awe and extremely grateful for the resilience, passion and commitment to learning I see in our students and teachers. Many teachers across the district are adapting and stepping up to help their students and doing whatever it takes for them to be successful.

    • Like Ms. Palmer, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Normandy Early Learning Center who has inspired her students’ grandparents to call and say how much her kind, exciting and challenging lessons have helped their grandchildren process their emotions and behavior while continuing to learn and grow. 
    • Or Ms. Strautkalns, who teaches second grade at Washington School. She has created whole new systems and lessons for her remote students to keep them excited and engaged. Creativity and innovation are critical right now!
    • I think of Ms. Gray, who along with her church, donated gift cards worth $40 each to 10 fourth graders at Jefferson School as a reward for their engagement and involvement in the virtual classroom environment.

    I am also proud of our students and families who continue to do what they can to make remote learning work. I know students miss their teachers and friends, and teachers miss their students. But the Normandy family is strong - and together we will prevail. We will continue to lift each other up, challenge ourselves, and support those who are in need. I am grateful to be part of this remarkable community. 

    2020 has been a difficult year - but Normandy will not be stopped. We are Vikings and Vikings are victorious. 

    On behalf of the Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board and our leadership team, have a blessed holiday season and best wishes for you and your family in the new year.

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  • All Normandy Students to Attend Classes Online Beginning Dec. 7

    Posted by Marcus C. Robinson on 12/2/2020

    Due to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the community, the Normandy Schools Collaborative will move to an all-virtual instructional platform beginning Monday, December 7. All Normandy students will attend classes online beginning Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 18. (Winter Break begins Monday, December 21.) 

    This change to an all-virtual format will primarily affect students who have been attending school in-person this semester. This is a difficult decision for us as we wanted to have all students return in person this semester, but we need to respond to the crisis in the community in a way that helps mitigate the spread of the virus. 

    In-person students will return to the buildings beginning today and will bring home any equipment (such as their Chromebooks, tablets, etc.) or other classroom materials needed to attend classes from home (beginning Monday, Dec. 7). 

    Students who have attended classes virtually will continue to do so. 

    Classroom/Technology 

    Teachers and staff will continue to report to buildings for work. If you need to contact your child’s teacher or principal, please contact the school or reach out to your child’s teacher directly. A staff email directory is posted on the Normandy district website. For assistance with district-issued Chromebooks or internet hotspots, please contact the Normandy Information Technology department at helpdesk@normandysc.org.

    Family Support & Resources

    Just as we have throughout this time, Normandy will continue to offer resources for families as needed. Please take note of future communications with any updates to the Grab & Go meal program and Friday Food Box giveaways. If your family is in need of other assistance, please contact the social worker, counselor or nurse at your child’s school. They have access to needed resources and are available to assist. 

    To say this year has been challenging is an understatement, but Vikings are victorious. With the cooperation of our families, staff and community, we will provide the best education possible in an environment that helps maintain the safety and health of our students and staff. We thank you for your support as we maneuver through this uncertain time. Please stay safe.

     

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