September 14, 2020
Good afternoon Wilson families,
This is Mrs. VanDerwater, the principal of Wilson High School.
I first wanted to welcome you to the 20-21 academic school year! I know things are very different this year but I also have faith that together, we can support one another to make sure each child is successful.
Your child hopefully had a great first day! Classes begin at 8:30AM every day except for Wednesday. Today was an A Day and Tomorrow will be a B Day, Thursday is C Day and Friday is D Day.
The link for each class that your child will attend can be found in their district email account.
If for some reason he or she hit a bump in the road that prevented them from engaging in class today, please reach out to us so we can assist you.
Our phone number is 328-3440
Our email address is WilsonInfo@rcsdk12.org
You can access this by going to RCSDK12.org and clicking on the "Schools" link.
I would like to invite you to join our Parent Teacher Student Organization meeting this Thursday, September 17th at 6:00PM. The zoom link for this meeting has been sent to your student's email address.
If you would like to provide us with updates to your contact information and or your email address, please call or email the school.
Have a great evening
Welcome back Wilson!!!
We will all be barraged with emails this year especially as we will not be passing one another in the halls or office. Let’s all try to do our best about paying as close attention to the details as possible.
You can now access the most up-to-date RCSD Academic Continuity Plan by visiting www.rcsdk12.org/academicplan This document provides additional guidance and support for an extended period of virtual learning. Here we clarify the roles of students, teachers, and families relative to distance learning. Thank you.
I have also attached:
August 28, 2020
Updates from the Superintendent
Please see a revised link below to the RCSD Academic Continuity Plan.
Please click on this link to view this week’s message from Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small. In this week’s video, the Superintendent mentions:
- The RCSD Academic Continuity Plan. This document provides additional guidance and support for an extended period of virtual learning. Here we clarify the roles of students, teachers, and families relative to distance learning.
Dear Students and Families of the Rochester City School District,
At the end of July, we shared our plan to reopen Rochester schools. Since that time, we have been deliberating the best way to ensure that all our students receive access to high-quality grade-level instruction in the safest way possible. We have been listening to feedback from parents, teachers, staff, and community members who have expressed concern over the continued spread of COVID-19.
In August, Governor Cuomo announced that levels of COVID-19 are low enough to open schools in New York State. Since then, the District has revisited all three of the learning models outlined in our reopening plan – inperson, remote, and a hybrid model of both.
While this is not an easy decision to make, we have decided that all Rochester students will begin the school year in September under a remote learning model and not the hybrid model we originally proposed. We carefully considered the Governor’s expectations around testing and contact tracing, particularly the additional planning with the Health Department that will be needed, and the input we received from the Rochester community and the experiences of other urban districts around the country.
This decision was made in close collaboration with our school leaders and with the support of local health officials. We know that being in the classroom is the best way to support the whole child and help our students grow; however, we are listening to the advice of medical experts, and the reality is that there are still concerns about having large numbers of students in small-contained spaces. While we understand that remote learning is not easy, we are confident that our teachers, administrators, and support staff will continue to work hard to ensure that your children have the materials and supports necessary to be successful.
The health and well-being of our students, teachers, staff, and their families is our top priority, and we are committed to doing our part to help Rochester get back on track and keep our students and educators healthy. Moving forward, we will continue to monitor key indicators, including the number of cases, testing capacity, and indication of community spread, to determine if we can shift back to in-person learning, where we hope to return our students to school after the first ten weeks.
With approval from the Board of Education, the District is adjusting the start of the school year. There will be four days of staff professional development from September 8 - 11, and the first day of school for students will be Monday, September 14.
Together, we will navigate through this school year to ensure that high-quality learning takes place for all students in a fair and equitable way. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and partnership.
Lesli Myers-Small, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
August 12, 2020
Parent Forums for Reopening
August 10, 2020
Districts are being required to do the following based on the August 7th announcment made by Governor Cuomo:
- Post their remote learning, testing, and contact tracing plans online
- Schedule five discussion sessions with parents and caregivers before August 21
- Schedule a discussion session with staff before August 21
These specific components of our plan will be readily accessible to all stakeholders no later than August 21, as outlined by the Governor, via our dedicated reopening website at www.rcsdk12.org/reopens. Also, our COVID-19 reopening team will review our school and district plans to determine if any changes need to be made.
While this has been one of the most challenging times for our students, parents, and staff, we are committed to ensuring that high-quality learning takes place for all students in a fair and equitable way.
July 21, 2020
Please take a moment to read the survey results, the district plans to date and the Superintendent's letter to families explaining where we are and how we are moving forward. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out.
July 11, 2020
Important Message for Families
Reopening Surveys from RCSD: The district is conducting surveys in regard to the reopening of schools. Please work with your team to place the link on your school website and also push out through the school’s social media platforms: The surveys are located at www.rcsdk12.org/survey and are due on July 15.
Urgent Graduation Update 6/25-2020
It seems that Mother Nature, who has blessed us with wonderful weather over the past couple of weeks, is going to generate a change of weather on Saturday. Doesn’t she know we have graduates to give diplomas too?!
Please look for the updates from Principal Vanderwater...
This is a parking update:
STAFF MAY NOW PARK IN THE FRONT LOOP. STAFF MAY NOT PARK IN THE REAR GYM PARKING LOT. STAFF THAT WILL BE CHEERING THE GRADS ON WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE BUIDLING THROUGH THE EASTSIDE GYM DOORS.
FAMILIES WIL BE PARKED IN THE REAR GYM LOT AND STAGED IN THE SIDE LOT OFF ALDINE STREET.
A graduation email update will be shared by Ms. VanDerwater shortly. A robo-call is going out to the families today as well as updates on the Senior Google Classroom and Wilson Facebook page.
June 4, 2020
Link to Register for Graduation Parade
Wilson Magnet Class of 2020 Graduation Parade
Saturday June 27th Wilson Magnet High School
501 Genesee St, Rochester NY 8:45 am -12:30 pm
- Every graduate will register for participation through google form (form can be found on Wilson website, Wilson FB page, and senior google classroom) Link to Form https://forms.gle/BNrstBFgTiRRN4Yr9
- Only one (1) car per graduate
- Cars should be decorated with STUDENT NAME (passenger side), streamers, balloons, etc.
- All participants must remain in their vehicle at ALL times Each graduate will be assigned a 15-minute time slot with a maximum of 10 students per slot
- Wilson staff and SSOs will be posted at intervals to direct cars to the right location
- There will be appropriate signage directing cars of parade route
- When indicated, 10 cars will be directed to enter the front loop of Wilson
- Students will be handed their diploma by the principal and a picture will be taken
- Graduates and guests are to remain in their cars AT ALL TIMES
- After receiving the diploma, all cars will exit right onto Genesee St., so as not to block traffic
New York State social distancing guidelines will be adhered to at all times (no touching; remain at least 6 feet apart; staff will wear masks at all times)
Cars will line up starting on Aberdeen and wrapping through Wilson parking lots off Montgomery and Aldine
June 3, 2020
Health Exam & Student Athlete information Fall Sports Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it is having on our health care providers, The Department has released a memo to provide direction to schools when students are delayed in obtaining required health exams, along with information on the required health exam form. (attachments)
- Continue to accept any physical examination form conducted on or before January 30, 2021 and allow parents/guardians additional time to provide the completed exam form to the school;
- Student athletes can participate in the fall 2020 sports season without a current health exam if they meet certain criteria; and
- For the past two school years, the Department has encouraged schools to accept a health exam form regardless of the form it was completed on. Beginning January 31, 2021- physical examinations for school are to be documented on the NYS Required Health Examination Form (attached) or an electronic health record equivalent form (directions for such attached).
- Please direct questions to the Office of Students Support Services at email@example.com.
For Additional Information or Questions Please Contact
Gena.Smith@RCSDK12.ORG (Wilson Nurse)
June 1, 2020
Dear Wilson Family,
In light of the recent events nationwide and right here in our own city, I would like you to know that the safety of our Wilson scholars and their families is of utmost importance to us. News broadcasts as well as social media has captured the despair felt across our nation over the tragic loss of George Floyd. Please know that through these harsh and uncertain times, we at Wilson stand together with you as one loving and supporting family.
If you feel the need to speak with a caring adult, please reach out to your teachers, counselor, social worker, or administrator. Staff members will provide time today to listen to your story and/or concerns. There is also a district hotline available to speak with a counselor at 262-8700. For additional information with regard to social and emotional supports, please go to the district website at RCSDk12/together.
Parents, we commend you on your tireless efforts in supporting your child's education during these difficult times.
I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents, we commend you on your tireless efforts in supporting your child's education during these diffcult times.
I can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Principal; Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
Wilson Magnet High School
Covid Locker Clean Out Guidelines 2020
- Students with items in their locker will be emailed through their GMAIL (890) account by Friday May 22.
- All items that are in those lockers have been bagged and labeled.
- Students/Parents/Guardians will need to complete the Google Form in the Email. In this form you will choose the date that, you can come up to Wilson and be delivered the bag OR choose to have the bag discarded.
- Upon arrival to Wilson to retrieve you bag please follow these guidelines:
- Text the number on the Google Form prior to arrival and pull into the front loop
- Remain in your vehicle
- The bag will be brought out to you and placed in your vehicle
- Students/Parents/Guardians need to have all pickups done by June 5th. After that date, the items will be discarded.
- If you have any direct questions, please email Mr. Fischpera at Richard.Fischpera@RCSDK12.ORG or you can text him at 585-694-6799.
Updates for the AP Exam April 30 2020
Your Child's Next Steps (please click the link and read/review the information)
The College Board has released new information about the 2020 AP Exams and I wanted to compile it into one place for you. Additionally, information was emailed to students and families to help keep them informed and ready for test day. I have attached a copy of that email here. As you are reading through, I encourage you to share pieces or all of this information with those in your schools and districts that would benefit. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there are any questions or concerns.
- AP Testing Guide for the online exams: 2020 AP Testing Guide. This guide explains the exam day process, the steps students need to take before exam day, and provides details about the e-tickets students will need to participate. To help ensure you feel well prepared to support your school communities, we are hosting a webinar for district leaders about 2020 AP Exam Updates on Friday, May 1, from 12:30-1:30 pm ET. We will review the guide and provide a forum for you to ask your questions. Register Now.
- We encourage teachers to schedule time with their AP Students to ensure students have reviewed the information, so they are ready to participate on test day.
- A video, AP 2020 Exams: Exam Walkthrough, has been posted to our YouTube channel for students to familiarize themselves with the process. Additionally, beginning on May 4th, students can access an exam demo to test their technology and the answer submission process. Every student should visit the demo the week prior to their scheduled exam.
- Exam Day Checklist for students: 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist Teachers should have their students complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.
- New webinars announced with registration links: May 1 is our AP Coordinator update webinar: Updates for AP coordinators webinar. May 4 is our Exam Day webinar for counselors: An exam day webinar for school counselors. Over multiple days we have webinars for AP teachers explaining the at-home exam day experience: AP subject specific webinars for teachers (Part II)
- Please make sure students can log into their College Board account and, if necessary, update their College Board accounts with accurate email and text contact information (they can do this in their account profile). Have them whitelist (or add to their list of contacts) the following email domain we are using for the e-ticket: firstname.lastname@example.org
- AP Coordinators can download a roster, using AP Registration and Ordering System, and review student email addresses to check for any inaccurate email addresses or school-based email addresses that cannot accept incoming messages.
- We hope your students and AP teachers are taking advantage of the AP Classroom resource. This one-page overview includes tips on using AP Classroom with students at home. Encourage students to use the Optional Student Practice section with free-response questions to practice their knowledge and skills at their own pace. Have your teachers turn on “Let Students See Their Results” so students can get feedback on their answers.
- AP Live classes and review sessions are very popular and we hope students are taking advantage of the resource: AP YouTube course schedule and information. The week before the exam we will be holding review sessions led by AP Readers. We also have some master classes hosted by famous personalities and celebrities in their fields.
- As you know the AP registration and exam ordering portal is closed. No changes can be made except for the fee reduction status indicator. May 26 is the deadline to indicate changes in a students' fee reduction status.
- Popular webinars we have archived: Parent Webinar Archived, AP subject specific webinars for teachers archived
- Specific to AP Art: There are changes to the steps students will take in submitting their portfolio: AP Art and Design digital submission web application and also review the updated submission process.
April 28 2020 An update for Wilson families from Mrs. VanDerwater
You will be receiving a report card in the mail within the next week or so. These will look slightly different from report cards you have received in the past. The 3rd marking period will be graded based on the work they completed in class up to March 13 and with time and online instruction while school has been closed. Your child will receive a letter grade based upon participation prior to the school closure and ongoing interactions with their teachers. Students must pass their classes in order to move on to the next grade level.
AP exams are still taking place for students that are enrolled in advance placement classes. Students enrolled in AP classes shoudl be checking in with their teachers in the Google classroom for daily information.
We are still waiting for updated information from the Governor's office regarding Graduation and Prom. Stay safe and know we are thinking of you at Wilson.
Governor Cuomo announced that all New York State schools will remain closed through May 15. This is an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In April, the Board of Regents announced that this June’s Regents exams are canceled. Executive Order 202.2, which clearly states that school districts must follow NYSED’s guidance by providing meals, child care services for first responders and health care workers, and continuity of instruction for our students will continue during this period.
Please check the Wilson Website Staff Directory for Staff Emails and their listed Office Hours. If you are a parent and would like to join one of the Zoom meeting please contact the Teacher who is hosting to receive your invitation to join the meeting.
MCC Upward Bound is offering virtual tutoring
See the list below, there are tutors in many subject areas for ALL students whether you are in our program or not. All you have to do is find a tutor from the list below that tutors in the subject you need help with and click their link. Once you click the link, you will be in their “classroom”. Our tutors are still learning this program, so please be patient as we learn together.
Click this link to sign up with your tutor!
Robocall April 9, 2020
Good morning Wilson friends and family,
This is Mrs. VanDerwater, principal of Wilson High School. I have to tell you, I am missing our students immensely! We are trying find as many ways to connect with them as possible. Please listen to this message in its entirety as there is a lot of information to share!
First of all, I hope you are all safe and well!
As our closing has been currently extended to April 29th, I would like you to encourage your children to reach out to their counselors and teachers and to check their email. It is very important that they check their email and their Google classroom in order to stay on top of their school work. As you may have heard all Regents exams have been cancelled. The cancellation of these exams has a significant impact on your child’s ability to be promoted to the next grade level and to graduate. This information will be on our website, on our school’s Facebook page, and on each counselor’s Google classroom.
If you are having any difficulty with accessing technology, please call 262-8700, this is the district’s hotline for technology needs.
Again, I hope you are well. Please reach out to any Wilson staff member if you need assistance with anything.
Julie C. VanDerwater
Updates for the Week of April 6
We (Wilson Staff) are trying to reach out in as many ways as possible to connect with students and families but we have been unable to reach everyone. Please share this information with those you know. Please feel free to reach out to the teachers and counselors, it is very important that students check their school email and check into their Google Classrooms. The physical building is closed but classes are still in session. The marking period ends on April 17.
The school closing has been extended by the Governor to April 29.
Regents have been Cancelled for June 2020. The cancellation of these exams has a significant impact on on each child's ability to be promoted to the next grade level and to graduate. Please check the detailed information on the school district website, counselor's Google Classroom page, Wilson Facebook page.
If you are having difficulty accessing technology please contact the Rochester City School District (RCSD)Technology Hotline at 262-8700.
Updates for the Week of March 30
“And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being,
and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
"And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
"And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."
- All RCSD schools will remain closed until April 15 per the Superintendent’s communication sent today.
- The Governor has waived the 180 day requirement for our district.
- Currently, May 4th remains as a Superintendent’s Conference Day
District needs your responses:
- A phone survey is being sent to parent to identify access needs:
- Survey questions:
- Do you have internet access at home?
- Does your child have access to a home computer or laptop?
- Is there any other children in your household that has received a hotspot/MiFi or Chromebook from the District?
- Survey questions:
Governor extends closure to April 15
Dear Students, Families, and Staff Members of the Rochester City School District,
Today, Governor Cuomo announced that all New York State schools will remain closed until at least April 15. This is in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The District will continue to support our students and families during this extended closure.
- Pack-and-go meals for students will continue to be served at seven school sites and nine City R-Centers. Please check the District’s webpage at rcsdk12.org/covid19 for times and locations.
- Beginning Tuesday, March 31, Virgil I. Grissom School No. 7, located at 31 Bryan Street, will also be used as a meal distribution site.
- Age and grade level appropriate educational resources are available on the District’s website at RCSD Learns.
- Additional resources are available on ROConnect with links to educational software.
- Packets of educational activities for students to use at home will continue to be delivered to our food sites.
- Students and families are encouraged to call the District’s support hotline at 262-8700 for assistance. Representatives are ready to address any questions or concerns.
We will continue to monitor this situation with the Monroe County Health Department and New York State Education Department and will provide updates as needed. In the meantime, please continue to check the District’s webpage (www.rcsdk12.org/covid19) for updates and information about resources.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this fluid situation.
Superintendent of Schools
Resources for Learning provided by Athletic Director Daisy Morales
RCSD Learns – Learning Outside School Walls (K-12)
RCSD – Learning Outside of School created by Krista Neu, Physical Education Teacher @ Nathaniel Rochester School #3
Sports Reporter Event: (Donald Stiner and Ray Priel) (High School)
Department Shared Google Folder
GRHF and Common Ground Health Shared Google Folder
Go Noodle is free for teachers, just need to sign up (Elementary)
Families: https://family.gonoodle.com/ (No login needed)
Kidz Pop (Elementary)
Follow Along Dances for Physical Education (Elementary)
Home Activities Resources (K-12)
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