PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE APRIL 3,2020
Judith De Los Santos-Pena
The Mott Hall School
71-111 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (212) 281-5028
BB: (347) 218-1613
Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in our transition to remote learning. We are writing to share information sent by Chancellor Carranza regarding Spring Recess. This letter (attached) will be also be available on the InfoHub Coronavirus Letters page, along with all translations.
As the coronavirus pandemic persists in New York City, and social distancing remains an imperative for all New Yorkers, the DOE must take a new approach to Spring Recess, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 9 through Friday, April 17, 2020. For the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers, schools must continue to offer remote learning, including during days that were previously scheduled as breaks. As a result, our schools will continue with remote learning through the time originally scheduled for Spring Recess.
We ask that you take the time to read the attached letter for more information. The letter will also be posted on our Mott Hall School Website as well.
Stay healthy and be safe.
Ms. De Los Santos
Desde el cierre de los edificios escolares y el cambio al aprendizaje a distancia la semana pasada, todos ustedes, en colaboración con nuestros más de 150.000 empleados, han demostrado una resistencia increíble y fortaleza a medida que salto a una nueva realidad. Juntos, hemos estado transformando la educación pública en el sistema escolar más grande del país en formas que nunca imaginado hace unas pocas semanas.
A lo largo de este proceso, nos hemos acercado a cada decisión con la salud, la seguridad y el aprendizaje continuo de nuestros estudiantes a la vanguardia de nuestra mente. A pesar de todo, he subrayado que necesitamos para operar con flexibilidad y paciencia para todas nuestras comunidades escolares.
Esos valores, junto con el hecho de que el distanciamiento social sigue siendo un imperativo para todos los neoyorquinos, significa que debemos adoptar un nuevo enfoque a Receso de Primavera, prevista inicialmente para Jueves 9 de abril hasta el viernes 17 abril, el 2020.
Para la salud y el bienestar de todos los neoyorquinos, la Ciudad y el Estado están de acuerdo en que las escuelas deben seguir ofreciendo el aprendizaje a distancia, incluso durante los días que fueron previamente programados como roturas. Como resultado, nuestras escuelas continuarán con el aprendizaje a distancia a través de la hora programada originalmente para el Receso de Primavera.
Sabemos que muchos neoyorquinos planea observar las fiestas religiosas, el 9 de abril y 10. Cualquier estudiantes y el personal escolar que individualmente deseen observar los días de fiesta pueden hacerlo. Sin embargo, no serán considerados en estos días “días libres” para el sistema escolar, y las actividades de aprendizaje a distancia continuarán para los estudiantes que no se ajuste a las vacaciones.
Canciller Richard A. Carranza
April 3, 2020
Since closing school buildings and shifting to remote learning last week, all of you, in partnership with our more than 150,000 staff, have shown incredible resilience and fortitude as we leap into a new reality. Together, we have been transforming public education in the nation’s largest school system in ways we never imagined even a few weeks ago.
Throughout this process, we have approached every decision with the health, safety, and continuous learning of our students at the forefront of our minds. Through it all, I’ve emphasized that we need to operate with flexibility and patience for all our school communities.
Those values, along with the fact that social distancing remains an imperative for all New Yorkers, means we must take a new approach to Spring Recess, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 9 through Friday, April 17, 2020.
For the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers, the City and the State are in agreement that schools must continue to offer remote learning, including during days that were previously scheduled as breaks. As a result, our schools will continue with remote learning through the time originally scheduled for Spring Recess.
We know that many New Yorkers plan to observe religious holidays on April 9 and 10. Any students and school staff who individually wish to observe those holidays may do so. However, these days will not be considered “days off” for the school system, and remote learning activities will continue for students who are not observing the holidays.
Here is additional important information for families during this time:
We know that Spring Recess is a time of rest and recharging for our educators and students alike—and we know how hard all of our students and educators have been working to adapt to a new approach to learning. With this in mind, we will offer schools remote learning resources that focus on daily themes and enrichment activities for all students for April 9-17.
This will keep students and their teachers meaningfully engaged and connected with each other and ideas happening in the world around them—even as we all remain socially distant at home. Resources will include “theme” days (e.g., wellness, world language, computer science, college and career readiness) and taking advantage virtually of the unparalleled educational and cultural resources right here in the city (e.g., museums, libraries, and cultural institutions). More information on these activities will be shared with schools next week. We are confident that continuing remote learning will help ensure that families adhere to social distancing in the coming weeks, which is imperative to slowing the spread of the virus and keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe.
Regional Enrichment Centers
Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) serve the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential employees across the City. The majority of the REC sites will remain open from April 9-17. We will proactively communicate with families who may need to be temporarily reassigned to a REC during that time. Visit schools.nyc.gov/recs for more information.
Meal Hubs offer free meals to any New Yorker who wants them. The majority of our Meal Hub sites will also continue to operate. To find the nearest Meal Hub to you during this period or anytime, visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
We know our families are working hard to stop the spread of coronavirus. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19, and therefore the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) recommends wearing a face covering or mask whenever you leave home. A face covering will not protect you from infection, but it can help others. A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the health care system. Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people. Please visit nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information and an FAQ on face coverings, as well as other important information on the virus.
We continue to operate with health, safety, and high-quality learning as our top priorities for every child and adult in the DOE community across all five boroughs. Time and time again, you and your children—and all the educators who serve them—are proving that New York City has the best students and staff in the world, and that nothing will ever change that.
Please call 311 or visit schools.nyc.gov for any questions regarding Spring Break, RECs, Free Meals, and much more. As always, you should reach out to your teacher, principal, and others at your school for continued information about remote learning and your child.
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor New York City Department of Education
Parents can fill out the Remote Learning Device request form now, and the Department of Education will lend your family an internet-enabled iPad to support your child’s new learning process. There is a limit of one device per student, and all devices must be returned, but student will have a way to keep up with school during this time.
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The goal of the Mott Hall School’s curriculum is the development of skilled students who are self-directed critical thinkers.
Mott Hall students are considered young scholars. They learn subject matter through a constructivist and project-based approach using powerful learning techniques such as Socratic dialogues, literature circles, writing for student publications, digital film making and web site creation.
The curriculum is further enriched by its alignment to the Common Core NationalStandards. Students are offered accelerated special courses and seminars as well as special enrichment electives such as chess, robotics and stock market studies which engage them in real world investigations tied directly to student needs and interests.
Mott Hall has a technology rich environment. In an effort to confront the digital divide, we use the PupilPath online system to give parents and students instant access to grades, attendance, and progress reports.
FutureConnect is a program to connect middle schoolers and professionals. The objective of the program is to give students an exposure to career options, to get students to explore how their interests and strengths are aligned with different professions.
FutureConnect was started in March 2018. Since then, many students have attended interesting sessions on Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy and patient care, Operations Management, Economics through board games, Debate, User Experience Design, Introduction to Surgery, and a visit to the Metropolitan Hospital.
Advanced Studies In Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Judith De Los Santos-Peña, Principal