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    January, 2021

    Happy New Year!

    We hope you and your family had a restful and joyous holiday. The New Year brings a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our great accomplishments of this unusual year and to continue to demonstrate tenacity, integrity, compassion, self-discipline, and inquiry. Our Griffin Values!

    The New Year brings a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our great accomplishments this past year. We learned, we collaborated, and we innovated. We will show that same energy as we open up in Phase 1 and plan for our other hybrid experiences.

    Here are a few updates to start off the New Year:

    Phase 2 & 3 Planning In Person Opening:

    A PTC meeting to discuss Phase 2 & 3 Hybrid reopening on zoom have been planned for January 25th for Phase 2 @ 5:30 PM and February 1st for Phase 3.  See information here .  Please see the districts webpage regarding the reopening plan for the Rochester City School District.  Click here.  As stated in the Superintendent's reopening letter we will be going back to our REGULAR bell schedule on February 8th which is:  Secondary Grades 7-12 (7:30am - 2:30pm)Elementary Grades K-6  (9:00am - 3:30pm).

    Elementary Virtual Expedition

    For those of you who are new to our school, Learning Expeditions are the signature EL Education curricular structure. They make the standards come alive for students. They are long term studies that offer real-world connections that inspire students towards higher levels of academic achievement. Our first Virtual Expedition is underway and planned for January 28, 2021.  We are excited to share our students’ new learning. Click Here for details and look for more information from your child’s classroom teacher.

    Staffing Updates and News:

    Please join me in thanking Ms. Suzanne Newton, 5th grade teacher for her service as a RCSD teacher and to the school community. She has embarked on retirement and will be leaving us on January 12, 2020. Taking her place is Ms. Selene Clare and will be starting January 13th. She has been a 5th grade teacher with the district and is excited to join our crew.

    World of Inquiry has a new partnership with Liberty Resources School Based Mental Health Services. As a state approved satellite office, we know will have the ability to offer a therapist to provide treatment to children and their families in order to assist in improving academic success. Rachael Greer has started at our site on January 4th, 2021. Please join me in welcoming her to the WOIS crew.  If you are interested in learning more about the services please contact our school social workers, Devin Kelly (Grades K-6) at, Ellie Hilling (7, 8) at  and Anne Winslow (Grades 9-12) at  we want to welcome

    Please see the Liberty School based brochure:  HERE.

    Mid-Year Testing: NWEA

    In order to inform our progress we along with all Rochester City Schools conduct benchmark testing. We will begun our annual NWEA mid-year testing on January 11th and will utilize these results to review programming supports and ensure each student is growing and working towards grade level standards. It is important to understand your child’s progress and learn what is being planned to support their continued growth and acceleration.


    In Community,

    T’Hani Pantoja




    Martin Luther King Jr. Day –January 18, 2021– No School

    End of 2nd Marking Period – Friday, January 29, 2021



    Administrative Team Email:

    T’Hani Pantoja, Principal

    Paul Lampe, Academy Director

    Adrienne Steflik, Assistant Principal

    Jennifer Johnson, Assistant Principal 

    Donna Enright, Athletic Director

    Jessica Flanders, Administrative Community Site Coordinator


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