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Charleroi Area High School
Dr. Patricia Mason - Principal 
Mrs. Amy Nelson - Assistant Principal 

100 Fecsen Drive
Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022
Phone: (724) 483-3573
Grades 9 – 12

 

                  Bus Drop Off                       7:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

School Starts                      7:33 a.m.

School Dismissal               2:16 p.m.

                   Teachers                              7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
 
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Graduation
Commencement, scheduled for June 5, is to be determined. It is our intent to still have a ceremony for the Class of 2020, but the date of the ceremony may need changed.  Our intention is to finish the school year on June 5 and have graduation that same day.  We will know more by mid-May.  If we must change the date, the alternate dates are Thursday, July 2 and Friday, August 7.  Please mark your calendar 
Charleroi High School Interact Club is a group of high school students dedicated to both service in the community and worldwide. At a meeting early in the school year, club treasurer, Sarahgrace Porter, suggested the club make fleece tie blankets to donat High School Interact Club Donates Blankets
Charleroi High School Interact Club is a group of high school students dedicated to both service
in the community and worldwide. At a meeting early in the school year, club treasurer,
Sarahgrace Porter, suggested the club make fleece tie blankets to donate. Interact members loved
this idea and worked hard to raise money to purchase the materials necessary for the project. The
goal of this Interact project was to help keep people in need warm and, at the same time, know
that someone is thinking of them. Interact members generously used their free time outside of
school and any extra time in school to match, cut, and tie the fleece blankets. In addition, Interact
members used this as an opportunity to teach others to make the blankets. To complete the
project, Interact members partnered with Ms. Hite’s Life Skills Support class. Together, more
than 20 blankets were made. Some blankets were used as auction items during Interact’s annual
“Madison Huschak Mad 4 Giving Toy Drive'' the remaining blankets, with the help of SPHS
and Tracey Scott, supervisor of the Welcome Home Center, will be distributed to the Welcome
Home Center, in Greensburg, and the Family Home Shelter, in Washington. Both facilities
provide a continuum of support to homeless, near-homeless, and low income families in
Washington, Westmoreland, and Greene County. According to Samantha Fleming, CHS junior
and Interact secretary, “We hope the blankets make people happy. It was a fun project and we
look forward to making them again next year.” 
 
A Message from Kate Wagner, CAHS Student Council President

Hello fellow CHS students! These are unusual academic times that we are living in.  As we progress through virtual learning it is going to be different and challenging at times.  We can do this!  I know this isn’t the 2019-2020 school year that we imagined, but if we work hard we will be successful. 

I have already started my virtual learning and encourage you to do the same.  Here is a picture of me working on my model house for Architecture Design and Modeling.  Although the classroom is different and I miss my teachers being there with me, I am still gaining valuable information that will help me in my future academic pursuits. 

Remember, we are all in this together.  Reach out to your teachers, counselors, and fellow students if you have questions, need help, or are feeling overwhelmed. 

I know we all miss walking the halls, seeing our teachers, and creating lasting memories with our friends.  Hopefully, life will return to “normal” soon.  Until it does, work hard in your classes to make CHS virtual learning a success. 

Continue to practice social distancing, stay healthy and safe, and I hope to see you soon.


 
A Message from Jamie Protz, President of the CAHS Class of 2020
“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase, and strengthen you." -unknown

 

Everyone being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may need motivation, but the senior class especially does. The end of our high school chapter seemed so close, yet with many things to look forward to, like prom and graduation. With intentions to still have these events, we must also continue our education. Online learning is new to all of us, and we are all here to help one another. Let us all embrace this change, and overcome this obstacle healthily and with courage. Finally, be mindful that these circumstances are temporary, and things will get better. 

 

 
Letter to Parents and Guardians March 29, 2020

Dear Charleroi Learning Community,

 

We look forward to working with you and your children once again in order to provide our students with a continuity of education plan beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020.

This is a new way of learning for us all, and we will work with you to help make this a successful experience. Naturally, with any new initiative, there may be questions from students and parents. Some terminology and procedures may seem new and unfamiliar, but please be assured that this initial difficulty will pass with practice. Please familiarize yourself with our webpage @ www.charleroisd.org and particularly the CASD Quick Start and Learning Resource guide weblinks which provides contact information for various questions about online instruction.   

Sincerely,

Ed

 
Dear Charleroi Area High School Students,

March 27, 2020


Dear Charleroi Area High School Students,


Earlier this week, you received a notice from Dr. Zelich about our need to go to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  All classes are starting on remote learning on Monday, March 30, 2020. We are excited to work with you again and look forward to navigating remote learning together.  I am writing to provide you with some additional details to help with your success.  


We will be using Google classroom for all of our classes.  If you have not joined each of your Google classrooms, please do so now.  If you need help getting into your Google account or a particular teacher’s class, please email your teacher.  The teacher can help with your username/password or adding you to the class. If you do not know the email address, please log into your GoEdustar account to find the email address.  If you need help with access to GoEdustar, contact Mrs. Skobel at [email protected] or 724-483-3573 ext. 3030.  If you would like to view some Google classroom tutorial videos, please visit https://bit.ly/CASDtechhelp (case sensitive).  For other technical assistance, please submit a Technology Support Ticket by visiting: https://bit.ly/CASDtechhelp (case sensitive).


For the start of remote learning, we will have a two week acclimation period to make sure all students can access and use the technology.  If our closure is mandated for after April 13, 2020, we will develop grading expectations. While each teacher is required to use Google classroom, he/she has the autonomy to decide what activities to complete in the class.  For example, teachers may post readings with questions, videos they recorded or found from other sites, journal prompts, slide presentations, or even conduct a Google Meet session where students can see a teacher’s live demonstration or have discussions.  Teachers will have office hours during the day. They will share their plans and contact information with you. All students will be provided with everything in Google classroom so you will not need to get your textbooks or binders from your lockers. Most classes will have multiple assignments posted to last you through the week.  For good time management, you should complete a little each day and not wait to try to finish all of it the day it is due.


In addition to the teachers, our school counselors and school nurse are also available.  They will be in touch to let you know when their office hours are and how you can reach them.  Please know that when they call you back, the number may come up as “unknown” on caller ID. If you are not in the habit of answering those calls, you may need to do so now or make sure your voicemail is set up so messages can be left.


If you need any additional assistance, I can be reached at [email protected] or Mrs. Nelson can be reached at [email protected].  If you are not sure who to direct your question to, you can call the main office and leave a detailed message including your name, number, and your question.  Mrs. McFeely will forward your message to the correct person.


I will continue to update the High School FAQ sheet on your Google shared drive.  Please check that periodically. Working together through this abrupt change in education will help us to be successful.  Our goal is to enable progress in your education in light of the circumstance. We believe in you!


Sincerely,


Patricia L. Mason, Ed.D. Amy B. Nelson

Principal Assistant Principal


 
cougar Charleroi Area School District Continuity of Education Through Planned Instruction

In light of the continued closure of schools in Pennsylvania due to the crisis caused by the corona virus, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) suggests that school districts revisit decisions related to continuity of education.  Guidance from Intermediate Unit One on March 24, 2020, indicates that the schools pursuing continuity of education may offer “Planned Instruction” or “Enrichment and Review” to their students.  Planned Instruction refers to formal teaching and learning, while Enrichment and Review refers to informal activities to support prior knowledge.  Charleroi Area School District (CASD) seeks to provide Planned Instruction, as described in more detail below, during the corona virus crisis.  As a result, district leadership has developed this planned instruction model which will ensure the continuation of learning plan for students of the District.

The primary method for delivery of Planned Instruction will occur through Google Classroom, a platform through which students are accustomed to receiving instruction.  Google Classroom allows teachers to create learning experiences and communicate with students, but as detailed below, alternatives to the use of such technology may be necessary in some cases.

Information below will address Devices & Internet Access, Content Delivery, and Resources.

 

 

DEVICES & INTERNET ACCESS

 

=         If needed, approval to purchased 100 additional AC power adapters for district Google Chromebooks.

=         Approval for purchasing of 100 additional Chromebooks.  These will be used to supplement the handing out of Chromebooks for students in grades K-12 that need technology assistance.

=         Approval to purchase up to 25 Jetpack wireless for families in the community that need assistance with internet connections.

=         Created a CASD Technology Survey to send out to Charleroi Parents/Guardians to identify if Charleroi students have access to the internet and a web-based device to do remote learning.

=         Created a phone number whereas parents/guardians without access to the internet can call in to take the survey.

=         Prepared 400 Chromebooks for possible distribution.

=         Chromebook distribution to the students will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 to parents that requested technology assistance.

=         Created an IT helpdesk email address of https://sites.google.com/charleroisd.org/casd-virtual-learning/home

=         Researched the possible purchase of Wi-Fi hotspots.

=         Research how parents currently without internet access can receive low cost internet access.

=         Created a database of all Chromebooks that will be possibly distributed

=         Obtained student roster information for the distribution database.

=         Existing Chromebooks are being cleaned and sanitized in preparation of distribution.

=         Students and family’s grades K-12 may use technology at home, if available to access Google Classroom.

=         Each teacher and administrator have been provided a computer by Charleroi Area School District to work from home. 

CONTENT DELIVERY

 

CASD teachers have created Google Classrooms for each course/class they teach, through which teachers can post classroom content and instructional activities.  Teachers will plan instruction from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and work with students from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  All staff will have a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This schedule will be followed Monday through Friday.

Providing teachers with this time at the start of the day allows them to adjust weekly instructional activities as needed, given that students will be working at home rather than at school.  It ensures such plans consists of meaningful learning activities, as Charleroi teachers design instruction using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, personalizing activities and assessments for learner variability.  This time also provides building administration an opportunity to verify that every teacher’s assignments have been uploaded to Google Classroom for students to access at home.  The building administrator will check each teacher’s Google Classroom/s to ensure all instructional activities are uploaded.  Students will be able to communicate with their assigned teachers via Google hangout or email, and administrators will be available via email or telephone during school hours.  Additionally, school nurses and counselors will also be available to students and families, through email.

Special Education, ELL, 504 Services, and Gifted Services

 

We recommend that all regular and special education staff that serve students with disabilities virtually review every child’s plan to determine the extent to which planning instruction moving forward can meet each child’s needs.  At the same time, staff can consider alternatives, if any, for those accommodations that may not be effectively implemented in a virtual or other setting as contemplated in this plan.  IEP revisions can be completed, if the Charleroi Area School District Board approves the continuity of instruction plan.  This process may also provide information that is useful to the Board of School Directors on this matter.

It should also be noted that district staff are working diligently to comply with special education timelines throughout the period of school closure.

Special education teachers will offer students support by way of a Google Classroom which will be utilized for individual and/or small group assistance.

While we anticipate that some students will not be provided FAPE through Planned Instruction based on Google Classroom, the majority of students with special needs can be provided appropriate supports in a virtual setting.  For children where FAPE cannot be provided, all services possible will be delivered.  Furthermore, CASD is committed to continuous, open communication and collaboration with families to anticipate and address concerns with Planned Instruction. 

IU1 Services for English Language students will continue to use i-Ready, with lessons focusing on areas of need, as well as using resources from Reading a-z for elementary students and Scholastic Action for secondary students through Google Classroom.  The EL teacher will support students in content areas as needed and work with classroom/content teachers to assist Els with online learning.

Additionally, all related services will be provided virtually, unless otherwise agreed upon by the team.

Special Education Resources

=         Best Practices for Teachers of Students with Disabilities Online

=         Assistive Technology

=         Autism

=         Behavior

=         Blind-Visual Impairment

=         Deaf and Hard of Hearing

=         Deaf-Blind

=         English Learners

=         Family Engagement

=         Graduation/Post Secondary

=         Inclusive Practices

=         Literacy

=         Mathematics

=         MTSS

=         Paraprofessionals

=         Secondary Transition

=         Special Education Leadership

=         Speech Language

=         STEM and Computer Science

=         Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Attendance

 

Student attendance will be taken by homeroom teachers.

If parents have attendance questions during throughout this educational continuity instructional plan, they may contact the school attendance office via email to the attendance officer in the building where the student attends.

            Elementary Center      [email protected]

            Middle/High School    [email protected]

Technology Issues and/or Other Issues

 

The district is working to determine which students have access to technology and the internet.  Typically, students will complete instructional activities as outlined in Google Classroom for each course.  Assignments through Google Classroom can include options for completing the work online and may include other options for completing work if technology access is not available, for example, via pencil and paper, then sending a phono of the work via email or text message if agreeable among teachers and families.  Students without access to technology at home, but who may have access to email via a cell phone, may receive assignments via email from their classroom teacher/s and complete those assignments via paper and pencil.  All such work will be submitted digitally to comply with social distancing requirements.

Students are expected to engage in the learning experiences provided by their teachers each week.  Students and families have the opportunity to reach out to teachers via email and by way of Google Classroom for support, and teachers will provide feedback on student work as they would in a traditional classroom, but perhaps in a different format.

At the same time, CASD recognizes that for some student populations, learning through a virtual platform may provide challenges or barriers for any number of reasons.  Technology access may fail or prove unreliable or students may struggle to process content through an online lesson.  The reality is that any continuity of education plan is unlikely to work for every child, every day.  As teachers, administrator, and/or other district leaders learn of such barriers, CASD is committed to working with students and families in a professional, collaborative, and flexible manner to determine alternative ways to educate all children.

Teachers will continue to plan based on CASD curriculum and applicable standards, with the understanding and pacing, methods, and learning strategies cannot be identical to those within a traditional classroom.  As such, teachers will utilize the time remaining in the school year to prioritize teaching of essential content specific to their respective grade level and course(s).

RESOURCES

Teachers will benefit from the opportunity to explore resources and tools that support virtual learning.  Like our students, our teachers have vastly different experiences with technology and will require distinct professional learning opportunities.  District leadership has shared remote learning resources with teachers to assist them through this transition and plans for teachers to have the opportunity to collaborate with common grade level and/or content area colleagues on March 17 through 20th.  Moving forward, teachers will continue to receive access to and support with implementing supplemental materials which are reviewed over time.

Getting Started with Google Classroom. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCNImsWUxZA

 Google Classroom Tips and Tricks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOUEP29MX58 

A Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom

SUMMARY

We request that the CASD Board of School Directors approve the “Continuity of Education Plan” to move forward with students beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Teachers utilized March, 17th through 20th as preparation work days for the purposes of conducting an audit of student services and exploring best practices and resources related to virtual teaching and learning, in anticipation of the return of students on a date yet to be determined.

Subject to the receipt of sufficient information from the Information Technology Department and administrative staff regarding devices and internet access, we further request that the Board of School Directors accept this document as the recommendation of all appropriate administrators as to what educational services are to be provided by the CASD beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020

 
3/25/2020 Letter to the Charleroi Learning Community

Dear Charleroi Learning Community,

As anticipated, PA Governor Tom Wolf extended mandatory school closures in the Commonwealth for an additional week, through at least April 6, 2020.  Our plan is to work with recently-refined guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, therefore we are poised to move to distance learning based on our district’s curriculum. 

As a result of our districtwide technology survey, we have identified families in need of technology support. Our central office staff will be calling families that replied to the survey to inform them of our plans to distribute Chromebooks on Friday March 27, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Deliveries of Chromebooks will take place during lunch/food distributions at your nearest firehall.  If you have any additional questions regarding Chromebook deliveries, please contact your child’s school office via telephone and leave a message. Someone from the school will get back to you in a timely manner. 

Beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020 our teachers will start to deliver distance learning for all students. In accordance with the governor’s message, we are planning for the next two weeks and we will adjust as we receive additional directives. We ask for and need your patience as we are attempting to implement this approach to schooling, without sacrificing the quality education that our students deserve.  This will not be without challenges – both for the district as a whole, our teaching staff, and for our families. But we assure you, despite the difficulties, we will not waiver in our ongoing dedication to doing the very best we can for students.

Be on the lookout for more detailed information regarding assignments and learning opportunities from your children’s building principal and/or classroom teachers.

Here are some other things you need to know:

  • On March 19, the Department of Education cancelled all standardized testing originally scheduled for this spring. This cancellation includes the PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams. With testing originally scheduled to begin shortly, this provides much-needed relief for families concerned their students would return to school only to face days of testing.

  • Third marking period for secondary students is now completed. Students will have the opportunity to complete and submit outstanding third nine-week assignments that would have been due after March 12, 2020. 

  • In keeping with the Board-approved CASD academic calendar, although the Governor advised that students may return to school on April 9, the District recognizes that Spring Break is scheduled during the annual observance of religious holidays such as Passover and Easter, and we want to respect the fact that school has historically not been in session on Good Friday. Therefore, the earliest that CASD students would return to school is Tuesday, April 14

  • The District plans to have the Operations Department thoroughly clean and sanitize all District schools on April 7, 8 and 9, and 13 in preparation for teachers’ and students’ return the following week.

  • Special education teachers have the most challenging role in providing services to their students in an online capacity, but CASD is committed to doing whatever it can to provide continuity of education to its special needs’ students during this extraordinary time. Your child’s special education teacher will reach out to all parents or guardians. Teachers and other related service providers will be reaching out to parents and students to talk about how continuity of education can be facilitated using available technology. Teachers will also be in touch with parents regarding upcoming IEP meetings that may be conducted virtually.

  • The focus for the next two weeks of the school closure is on educational continuity. Our goal is to not add to the stress levels of our students, parents or teachers during this unusual situation. We simply want our students to keep learning and stay engaged in meaningful ways.

In closing, we are grateful for all of your support and patience as we continue to work through these issues together. We know there will be more questions that arise, and we will do our best to provide you answers in a timely manner.



Be well, we are in this together,


Ed

 
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