Letter from the Principal

Brandon Wojcik

As I write this, it appears that we have been granted a brief respite from the cold and rainy days of Autumn that we experienced in October.  But with the arrival of fall and the cooler weather, we are also seeing an undesirable effect on the COVID 19 virus as it starts to rear its ugly head in our region once again.  As of today, we have escaped the designation of a “yellow zone” announced just yesterday for much of the rest of Erie County.  Unfortunately, we need to face the reality that it may soon be our fate and prepare accordingly. 

Whatever happens, we are fortunate to have been preparing for some of the more foreseeable scenarios. Our building has had a remote day built into the schedule since the first week of school which was always intended as a practice run if we needed to pivot to the 100% remote model of instruction.  Our reopening task force also had the prudence to design and implement a bell schedule that could be used in-person, hybrid or remote.  Although the transition from hybrid to all remote will surely be challenging on the mental and emotional health of our students and school community, logistically it should be relatively seamless.  It will look much different than it did last year when we were all taken by surprise.

Students will attend classes remotely each day according to the bell schedule as they have done each Wednesday this year.  Attendance will be taken, instruction will be given, assignments will be collected and graded much like it has been so far this year.  We will schedule material pick up and drop off times that coincide with our lunch distribution schedules as needed.  There will be an added element of accountability conspicuously absent from last school year.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we’re not there yet.

And the news isn’t all negative, there are a lot of positives to share.  Our soccer teams were able to have some fun and compete in a full season.  We have been safely bringing back some of our clubs and extra-curricular activities as we are able.  That means with the approval of ski resorts opening, we will be able to offer ski club this year.  So please encourage your student to take advantage of these opportunities.  Amazing things are also happening in the newly designed Family and Consumer Science Room.  And we have moved our makerspace to a much larger workshop because it was bursting at the seams due to its popularity.

The important thing to keep in mind is that this will all pass, things will get better and we will get through this together, as a community.     

As always, I encourage you to give feedback on our school. I want to know what we can do better and your input is important to us. You can call me at school at 337-0101 or email me at bwojcik@northcollins.wnyric.org.  I appreciate your support and look forward to the bright future of North Collins Junior-Senior High School.

Respectfully,


Brandon F. Wojcik
Jr.-Sr. High School Principal


 

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