March 26, 2020
Dear Lake George Families,
I hope this communication finds you well, as we adjust to the second week of our extended closing. We wanted to share a few important updates with you.
NYS State testing suspended
The New York State Board of Regents and State Education Department announced that state assessments for grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
This suspension applies to the following New York State testing programs:
- NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
- NYS Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
- NYS Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
- NYS Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
- NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Testing Grades K-12
- NYS Alternate Assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 & high school
- The state has not issued any guidance on end-of-June Regents exams.
AP exams will take place online
The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March.
This will ensure that students currently enrolled in an AP course can preserve their opportunity to receive college credit and placement.
*The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available from the College Board by April 3.
Students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:
- Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools
- Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time
- Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course
- Students in need of mobile tools or connectivity can contact The College Board. For additional information and course-specific exam information, visit the College Board website.
Please contact your LGCSD AP teacher, Mr. Preuss or Mr. Cocozza with additional questions and be sure to visit AP/College Board Updates for more information.
NYSPHSAA winter state championship events canceled
On Monday, March 23, 2020, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events. The impacted championship events include the boys’ and girls’ basketball regionals and state championships, as well as the ice hockey and bowling championships. The Varsity Boys Basketball team had reached the regional finals and we are so proud of their hard work this season. While they cannot be formally celebrated at a ceremony, let us take this time to recognize them and their achievements!
WMHT supports at-home learning with on-air and online educational programming
Starting this week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, WMHT WORLD will offer programming for students in grades 4-12. For a complete list of learning resources, including WMHT Home Classroom, please visit our website at https://sites.google.com/lkgeorge.org/learningresources/home.
We are here for you. We are all doing our best to adjust to the evolving circumstances in our home, in our community and our world right now. Our message to our families, our students, our faculty and staff is to be kind and patient with yourself and others. We recognize that everyone is dealing with many personal and professional priorities in this time of crisis. It’s stressful and challenging. We’ll get through it together.
We want to hear from you! Please tell us your questions and concerns by participating in this survey ThoughtExchange CLICK HERE. We will be updating the FAQ page of the COVID portion of our website as your questions come in.
We recognize that trying to keep our students connected and working remotely raises many questions. We’re doing our best to answer questions as quickly as we can, but we also need to ask for patience. We’ll be patient as well: In terms of students and learning, all we ask is that you do what you can and reach out if we can help.
Our message to our Warrior Families, faculty, staff and especially our students: Take this journey one day at a time and each day try to do your best. Sometimes our best is a scheduled routine, other days it is not. Somedays our best is connecting with a friend to offer encouragement and support, our best can be a quick email to a teacher to say hello or thank you. Sometimes our best is unplugging the computer, phone or TV to go for a walk outside. Whatever your best is, we are here to support you. Please Click Here for additional resources created by our LGCSD Counseling and Student Support Staff.
Finally, the local, state and national ground rules have changed. This is why everyone needs to change their assumptions, change their habits, and follow these new ground rules: https://www.warrencountyny.gov/docs/is.pdf.
We can not stress enough the importance of practicing social distancing, The longer we don’t adhere to these guidelines, the longer we have to do it. We miss you, your children... our children. But, we know by practicing social distancing, we will see you again soon, in person.
Lynne C. Rutnik, LGCSD Superintendent of Schools