Parent Resources

May 2021 Elections

Our Virtual Meeting will be held on

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6pm

Elections will take place this month for the following positions:

School Leadership Team (SLT)

Five Parents

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

One Title I Parent Representative

PTA Board

President/co-president

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

We need you to help support our school!

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please email us at pta163q@gmail.com 

by May 24, 2021

Remember to Register to Vote first at the following link:

https://forms.office.com/r/vhaCPFda60

SLT

Play an important role in the decision making process that includes topics such as education, culture and guidelines for our community.

  • The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for their school. They also make sure there are resources to support those policies.
  • Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:10 pm to 6:10pm.
  • Two school years term
  • Core members: Principal, PTA President, United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader
  • Other members: equal number of elected parent representatives and staff members

Title One

  • P.S. 163 is Title One school
  • We need parent leaders to represent our school community to decide how to use the funding to better serve our families.

PTA Core Members

  • President
  • serves as a mandatory member of the School Leadership Team (SLT)
  • conducts and chairs all PTA meetings
  • attend monthly district 25 President Council meeting
  • sign PTA checks with treasurer
  • plan and host all PTA activist and fundraising events
  • Treasurer
  • keeps records of all income and expenses by the PTA
  • prepares the January Interim Financial Report, June Annual Financial Report and all other monthly reports
  • sign and deposit checks and money to PTA checking account
  • Recording secretary
  • records motions, votes, decisions, financial activity, reports and discussion at all meetings.
  • prepares all meeting notices and agendas for distribution at association meetings.

Summer Rising: New DOE Summer Program

 

Registration is now open for Summer Rising, NYC's new free summer program for students in grades K–12. Summer Rising will offer academic and social-emotional support, arts, and recreation. There will also be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are both educational and meet State health and safety guidelines. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student. All programs are in-person. Remote programs are only for mandatory summer school students.

DOE website page about Summer Rising:

nyc.gov/summerrising

If you need completing the registration process, fill out this survey and they will contact you to help:

nycenet.edu/surveys/NYCSummerRising

To apply now, please take the following steps:

PS163Q Virtual Family PE Night

Outdoors Picture Day/戶外圖片日/Día de fotos al aire libre

  Outdoors Picture Day /戶外圖片日/Día de fotos al aire libre (6/10-6/11) 

Thursday , June 10th and Friday, June 11th from 9am-1pm. Thursday is for in-person and remote students. Friday is only for remote students. Parents pay the picture company online after pictures are taken. It will be held in the schoolyard by Exit 5.

For those who answered yes, sign up here!

https://forms.office.com/r/fu7cNpQQAZ

Price will vary depending on what parents select after seeing their pictures online. Packages are shipped directly to parents’ homes. Parents receive an email confirmation and tracking number with their order.
 
Here are the prices for their general packages:
1 8x10 / 2 5x7 / 8 Wallets (add-ons) $13.95 
2-3x5, 4 Wallets $29.95 
1 5x7, 2 3x5, 4 Wallets $32.95 
1 8x10, 2-3x5, 4 Wallets $39.95

2021 Education Council Elections (VOTING FROM 5/1 TO 5/11)

   VOTING HAS STARTED

(5/4) For the first time since councils were formed, all our families in the NYC Public school system are eligible to vote for the parents who will be on the councils that serve their children and represent our schools! Parents vote using their NYC schools account. 

Vote using your NYC Schools Account at: https://www.mystudent.nyc/

Videos on How to Vote in English, Chinese, Spanish and more: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdv-7uofGJFdLD-n0uvhAfnU-egdaSs9B

Voting FAQ: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/run-for-a-seat-on-a-council/voting-faq

Voting Guide 4 12 21.pdf  

 This information is also on Parent University: NYC DOE Parent University - How to Vote in the 2021 NYCDOE CCEC Elections (schools.nyc)

NYC Schools Account Helpdesk: (833) 388-1506

(5/7) Dear Parent,

Have you voted? There are only 4 days left!

You can make history by voting in the Education Council Elections.  You will need to sign in to your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc, in order to Vote. A full list of candidates and links to candidate videos can be found when you reach the voting ballot page. To learn more about the Education Councils and how voting works, watch this short video: CCEC Voting Guide

If you do not have an account and want to vote, it’s not too late!  Click here to sign up for your NYC Schools Account mystudent.nyc. If you need help signing up to NYCSA please reply to this email and I will guide you through the process.

Voting lasts until May 11, but don’t wait! Sign in to NYCSA and Vote today!

Regards,

Tiffany Tung (PS163Q Parent Coordinator)

尊敬的家長: 您投了票沒有?只剩下四天了﹗ 家長頭一次能夠對我們的學校社區作出直接影響,方法是在教育理事會選舉中投票。 要投票的話,請登錄您的紐約市學校帳戶:@mystudent.nyc。您登錄後,版面就會顯示您有資格 投票的理事會列表和各參選候選人的資訊。 如果您沒有帳戶但想投票的話,現在仍來得及﹗ 點擊這裡登記一個紐約市學校帳戶。如果您需要幫忙登記一個帳戶,請回覆本電郵,我將指引您 如何登記。 完整的投票期由 5 月 1 日至 5 月 11 日,千萬不要等﹗今天就登錄您的紐約市學校帳戶投票吧﹗

 誠致敬意!

Tiffany Tung (您學校的家長專員)

 Estimado padre:

¿Ya votó? ¡Solo quedan 4 días!

Por primera vez, los padres tendrán la facultad de incidir directamente en nuestra comunidad educativa a través de su voto en las elecciones de los Consejos de Educación. Para votar, ingrese a su cuenta NYC Schools @mystudent.nyc. Cuando ingrese, encontrará una lista de los consejos por los cuales puede votar, además de la información de los candidatos para estas elecciones. Si no tiene una cuenta y desea votar, ¡aún hay tiempo!

Haga clic aquí para crear su cuenta NYC Schools. Si necesita ayuda para abrir una cuenta, responda a este correo electrónico y lo ayudaré en el proceso.

El período de votación comienza el 1 de mayo y termina el 11 de mayo, ¡pero no espere más! Ingrese a su cuenta NYC Schools y VOTE hoy mismo.

Atentamente,

Tiffany Tung (Coordinador de padres de su escuela)

Spring Break STEM Enrichment Programs!

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Arrival & Dismissal Times and Locations 2020/2021

Town Hall with Chancellor- March 3, 2021

 

Virtual Town Hall | Eagles Talent

A virtual TOWN HALL event with Chancellor Richard Carranza will take place on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

We ask that any questions or comments that you have be sent in advance to the CEC via the CEC's website - www.d25.nyc/cec

 

 

Child Mind Institute-Caregiver Support Workshops

The Child Mind Institute’s School and Community Programs team would like to invite you to join us for our upcoming Caregiver Support Workshops. Our three workshop series are designed to provide families with proactive strategies you can use to support your child’s mental health and learning needs while virtually learning from home. These workshops are available at no cost to all NYC DOE parents and caregivers. Please see below for additional details.

Promoting Positive Behaviors for Your ChildPlease click here to learn more and register.

  • Structuring a Home Learning Environment; Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Managing Kids' Screen Time; Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST
  • Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 1; Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 2; Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST
  • Improving Your Relationship With Your Child; Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Parent Calming Techniques; Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST

Coping During COVID-19 – Please click here to learn more and register.

  • Managing Grief and Loss; Monday, January 11th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety; Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
  • Mindful Parenting; Monday, January 18th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
  • Managing Intense Emotions; Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
  • Will My Child be Okay?; Monday, January 25th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
  • Fostering Resilience Within Your Family; Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

Supporting Learning at HomePlease click here to learn more and register.

  • Supporting Your Child in Virtual Learning; Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
  • Building and Supporting Executive Functioning Skills; Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
  • Building a Foundation for Reading at Home; Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

For additional resources, please visit us at: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/.

 

Grading Policy Letter- October 29, 2020

Dear Families,

Over the past month, I’ve been visiting schools throughout the city and have felt such a strong sense of community both in-person and virtually. I’ve been especially proud to see our schools promoting safe and healthy learning environments—both indoors and outdoors. In every class I see, students and staff members have been diligent about protecting one another’s health and safety, wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and more. Whether your child is learning in school for part of the week or fully remotely, ensuring safe, high-quality learning experiences remains our number one priority. 

As your child’s learning journey continues this year, it is critical that you have a clear picture of their progress. Grades provide a common language for understanding and communicating with your child’s teacher(s) about their strengths and areas for growth. However, given the challenges we have been navigating together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have recognized the need to update our grading policy. In this letter, I will share information about the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year.

Please note that our policy reflects feedback from school communities, school leaders, and many other stakeholders across the city. We have heard loud and clear that as students continue to adapt to remote and blended learning, our grading policy must also evolve to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. The 2020-21 grading policy aims to provide you with a clear picture of your child’s progress while honoring each individual student’s experience adapting to new ways of learning.

What You Need to Know About Grading in the 2020-21 School Year

Here are key elements of this year’s grading policy:

 Student grades will still be based on academic progress and performance, considering students’ entire body of work in each subject. Grades reflect students’ level of understanding and skills in a subject as of a specific point in time.

 This year, each school selects its own grading scale from among several options. Examples of common grading scales include the 1-4 scale, the numerical scale (100 points), and the alphabetical scale (A-D).

 Schools’ grading policies will reflect the new ways students complete their work in blended and remote learning models. This means flexibility with assignments, giving students different ways to show what they have learned, and more.

 Families have flexibility in determining how passing final grades are reflected on student records. This is an option for families who prefer to have their child’s performance reflected more generally (such as “Pass” instead of a numerical grade) as they continue to adapt to blended and remote learning.

 Additionally, students will not receive failing grades if they have not yet met the learning outcomes for their courses; instead, they will receive another mark (“needs improvement” or “course in progress,” depending on grade level) and will be provided with additional time and support to ensure they can master course concepts and earn credit as appropriate.

 While students must continue to participate in remote and blended learning each day, attendance will not be a factor in student grades. Attending school, participating in class, and demonstrating understanding are all essential components of student learning, and school communities must make every effort to ensure that students attend school, with a goal of every student, every day. 

Summary of Key Components of Grading Policy in 2020-21

Grade(s)                          Grading Policy Summary

3K & Pre-K                     No change because students do not receive report cards or grades.

K – 5 th                            Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “needs improvement” (N) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to a passing grade of “meets standards” (MT).

6 th – 8 th                     Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to “pass” (P). Grades of “P” will not be factored into students’ GPAs.

9 th – 12th Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to a passing grade of “credit” (CR). Grades of “CR” will not be factored into students’ GPAs.

If your middle or high school student receives a “course in progress” grade, their school will support them in continuing with their learning beyond the end of the term, as appropriate for the grade level and subject area. Teachers will target instruction to the individual needs of each student. Together, this will help your student make progress toward the learning outcomes for their courses.

If You Need More Information

You should reach out to your child’s teacher or principal for more information about your child’s progress and your school’s expectations and scales for grading. When your child’s school issues report cards, your child’s grades will also appear in your New York City Schools Account (mystudent.nyc). If you do not have a New York City Schools Account, visit schools.nyc.gov/nycsa or contact your child’s school for more information.

Blended Learning Opt-In Period: November 2 – 15, 2020

Please also note that fully remote families will soon have the option to opt-in to blended learning, meaning that students will learn in the school building for part of the week, and remotely at home the rest of the week. From Monday, November 2 through Sunday, November 15, families will have the option to fill out a form indicating their wish to change learning preferences. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30 and December 7, and will be informed by their school their start date and schedule. Schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.

As always, we are grateful for your partnership in your child’s education. We remain focused on delivering a strong, supportive, engaging learning experience for your student, no matter where they are learning. Our new grading policy honors their hard work—and yours—during this unprecedented time. We will continue to support you and your child every step of the way.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

P.S.: If you would like to learn more or have questions specifically about health and safety in our schools, please join us this Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm for an #NYCOfficeHours teletownhall. Just dial 1-800-280-9461 at 6:30pm to hear directly from the experts!

Estimada familia:

Durante el último mes, he visitado escuelas de toda la Ciudad y he percibido un fuerte sentido de comunidad tanto en persona como virtualmente. Estoy muy orgulloso de ver que nuestras escuelas promueven entornos de aprendizaje seguros y saludables, tanto dentro como fuera de los edificios. En todas las clases que he visto, los estudiantes y los miembros del personal se han preocupado por proteger la salud y seguridad de los demás, al usar mascarillas y mantener la distancia física, entre otras medidas. Ya sea que su hijo asiste a clases en persona parte de la semana o completamente a distancia, garantizar una experiencia de aprendizaje segura y de calidad sigue siendo nuestra máxima prioridad. 

A lo largo del proceso de aprendizaje de su hijo este año, es muy importante que tenga una idea clara de su progreso. Las calificaciones representan una base común para entender y comunicarse con los maestros de su hijo sobre sus puntos fuertes y las áreas donde aún puede mejorar. Sin embargo, debido a las dificultades que hemos enfrentado juntos durante la pandemia de COVID-19, hemos reconocido la necesidad de actualizar nuestra política de calificaciones. En esta carta, le informaré sobre la política de calificaciones para el año escolar 2020-2021.

Tenga en cuenta que nuestra política refleja los comentarios de las comunidades educativas, los directivos escolares y muchas otras partes interesadas de la Ciudad. Hemos escuchado fuerte y claro el mensaje de que a medida que los estudiantes continúan adaptándose al aprendizaje a distancia y semipresencial, nuestra política de calificaciones también debe evolucionar para satisfacer las necesidades académicas y socioemocionales de todos los alumnos. La política de calificaciones de 2020-2021 tiene como objetivo ofrecer una idea clara del progreso de su hijo y a la vez reconoce la experiencia de cada estudiante de adaptarse a nuevas formas de aprendizaje.

Lo que necesita saber sobre las calificaciones en el año escolar 2020-p2021

Estos son los aspectos clave de la política de calificaciones de este año:

 Las calificaciones se seguirán basando en el progreso y desempeño académico, considerando todo el trabajo de los estudiantes en cada asignatura. Las calificaciones reflejan el nivel de comprensión y las habilidades de los estudiantes en una asignatura en un momento determinado.

 Este año, cada escuela seleccionará su propia escala de calificaciones de entre varias opciones. Algunos ejemplos comunes son la escala de 1 a 4, la escala numérica (100 puntos) y la escala alfabética (de la A a la D).

 Las políticas de calificaciones de las escuelas reflejarán las nuevas formas en que los estudiantes completan su trabajo en modelos de aprendizaje semipresencial y a distancia. Esto significa flexibilidad con respecto a las tareas, para que los estudiantes tengan diferentes maneras de demostrar lo que han aprendido.

 Las familias tienen flexibilidad para determinar cómo se reflejan las calificaciones finales de aprobación en los expedientes de los estudiantes. Esta es una opción para las familias que prefieren que el desempeño de su hijo se refleje de manera más general (como, por ejemplo, “Aprobado” en lugar de una calificación numérica) mientras continúan adaptándose al aprendizaje semipresencial y a distancia.

 Además, los estudiantes no recibirán calificaciones de reprobación si aún no han alcanzado los objetivos de aprendizaje de sus cursos; en su lugar, recibirán otra calificación (“necesita mejorar” o “curso en T&I 31939 Update for Families October 23, 2020 (Spanish) progreso”, según el grado que cursen) y se les ofrecerá más tiempo y apoyo para que puedan dominar los conocimientos del curso y obtener créditos según corresponda.

 Si bien los estudiantes deben seguir participando en el aprendizaje a distancia y semipresencial todos los días, la asistencia no se considerará en sus calificaciones. Asistir a clases, participar en ellas y demostrar comprensión son componentes esenciales del aprendizaje, y las comunidades escolares deben hacer todo lo posible para que los estudiantes asistan a clases cada día. 

Resumen de los componentes clave de la política de calificaciones en 2020-2021

Grado(s)                                 Resumen de la política de calificaciones

3-K y prekínder                    No hay cambios debido a que los estudiantes no reciben notas o boletines de calificaciones.

De kínder a 5.o grado        Las escuelas seleccionan sus escalas para las calificaciones de los períodos evaluativos y las calificaciones finales. Los estudiantes recibirán notas de “necesita mejorar” (Needs Improvement, N) en lugar de calificaciones de reprobación. Los padres o tutores pueden elegir que las calificaciones de aprobación se actualicen a “cumple los estándares” (Meets Standards, MT).

De 6.o a 8.o grado                Las escuelas seleccionan sus escalas para las calificaciones de los períodos evaluativos y las calificaciones finales. Los estudiantes recibirán calificaciones de “curso en progreso” (course in progress, NX) en lugar de calificaciones de reprobación. Los padres o tutores pueden elegir que las calificaciones de aprobación se actualicen a “aprobado” (pass, P). Las calificaciones de “P” no se tendrán en cuenta en el promedio (Grade Point Average, GPA) de los estudiantes.

De 9.o a 12.o grado           Las escuelas seleccionan sus escalas para las calificaciones de los períodos evaluativos y las calificaciones finales. Los estudiantes recibirán calificaciones de “curso en progreso” (course in progress, NX) en lugar de calificaciones de reprobación. Los padres o tutores pueden elegir que las calificaciones de aprobación se actualicen a “crédito” (credit, CR). Las calificaciones de “CR” no se tendrán en cuenta en el promedio (Grade Point Average, GPA) de los estudiantes.

Si un estudiante de escuela intermedia o secundaria recibe una calificación de “curso en progreso”, la escuela lo apoyará para que continúe con su aprendizaje más allá del final del período académico, según el grado y la asignatura. Los maestros orientarán la enseñanza a las necesidades de cada estudiante. En conjunto, esto ayudará a los estudiantes a progresar y lograr los objetivos de aprendizaje de sus cursos.

Si necesita más información

Debe comunicarse con el maestro o el director para obtener más información sobre el progreso de su hijo y las expectativas y escalas de calificaciones de su escuela. Cuando la escuela de su hijo publique los boletines de calificaciones, esta información también aparecerá en su cuenta NYC Schools (mystudent.nyc). Si no tiene una T&I 31939 Update for Families October 23, 2020 (Spanish) cuenta NYC Schools, visite schools.nyc.gov/nycsa o comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo para obtener más información.

Período para optar por el aprendizaje semipresencial: del 2 al 15 de noviembre de 2020

Tenga en cuenta también que las familias de estudiantes en el modelo completamente a distancia pronto tendrán la opción de optar por el aprendizaje semipresencial, lo que significa que asistirán a clases en la escuela durante parte de la semana y tendrán clases a distancia en casa el resto de la semana. Desde el lunes, 2 de noviembre, hasta el domingo, 15 de noviembre, las familias tendrán la opción de llenar un formulario si desean cambiar sus preferencias de aprendizaje. Los estudiantes que cambien del modelo completamente a distancia al semipresencial comenzarán las clases en persona entre las semanas del 30 de noviembre y 7 de diciembre, y su escuela les informará la fecha y el horario de inicio. Las escuelas harán todo lo posible por atender estas solicitudes de acuerdo con la programación y la capacidad de espacio.

Como siempre, le agradecemos su colaboración en la educación de su hijo. Nuestro objetivo sigue siendo ofrecer una experiencia de aprendizaje sólida, de apoyo y atractiva para su hijo, sin importar dónde estudie. Nuestra nueva política de calificaciones reconoce el arduo trabajo de su hijo —y el suyo— durante este período sin precedentes. Continuaremos apoyándolos a usted y a su hijo en cada momento.

Atentamente,

Richard A. Carranza

Canciller Departamento de Educación de la Ciudad de Nueva York

P.S.: Si desea obtener más información o tiene preguntas específicas sobre la salud y seguridad en las escuelas, participe en nuestra asamblea pública telefónica #NYCOfficeHours este martes de 6:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. Solo llame al 1-800-280-9461 a las 6:30 p.m. para escuchar directamente a los expertos.

各位家長:

在上個月,我走訪了本市的學校,在面授課程和網上課程方面都感受到了强烈的社區感。我尤其感到自 豪的是看到我們的學校正在促進安全和健康的學習環境──在室内和室外都是這樣。在我所看到的每一 個班級,學生和教職員都努力地相互維護安全和健康,戴口罩,保持身體距離等等。無論您的子女在每 個星期的部分時間在校學習還是全部時間遠程學習,確保安全、高品質的學習體驗仍是我們的頭等大事。 隨著您子女的學習旅程在本學年繼續進行,請您務必清楚地了解其進步情況。成績是一種通用的語言, 讓您了解您子女的長處及需改進的方面並就此與子女的老師進行溝通。但是,鑒於我們一起在應對新冠 病毒(COVID-19)疫情中所面對的挑戰,我們已經認識到更新我們的評分政策的必要性。在本封信中, 我將告訴您關於 2020-21 學年評分政策的資訊。 請注意,我們的政策反映來自學校社區、學校領導及本市許多其他相關人士的意見。我們已經清楚地聽 到這樣的意見:隨著學生繼續適應遠程和混合學習,我們的評分政策也必須與時俱進,以滿足學生的學 習及社交情緒需求。2020-21 學年的評分政策旨在讓您清楚了解您子女的進步情況,並尊重每一名學生 適應新的學習方式的體驗。

您對 2020-21 學年的評分需了解什麽 以下是本學年的評分政策的重要因素:

 學生成績的評定仍將以學習進步情況和表現為基礎,將考慮學生在每個科目中的整體功課。成績 反映學生在某個科目中截止到某個時間點的理解及能力水平。

 本學年,每一所學校從幾個選擇中選出本校的評分尺度。共同評分尺度的例子包括 1-4 的尺度、 數字尺度(100 分)和字母尺度(A-D)。

 學校的評分政策將反映學生在混合及遠程學習模式中的新方法。這意味著作業的靈活性,讓學生 以不同的方式展現其所學内容等。

 家庭可靈活決定及格的期終成績將如何反應在學生的成績記錄上。隨著學生繼續適應混合及遠程 學習,家庭可選擇讓其子女的成績更籠統地得到反映(如「及格」,而不是一個分數成績)。

 另外,如果學生尚未達到其課程的學習成績要求,則將不會得到不及格的成績;取而代之的是, 他們將獲得另外一個成績(「需改善」或「課程進行中」,具體哪個結果將取決於年級),並將 獲得更多的時間和支援,以確保他們能掌握課程概念及拿到相應的學分。

 雖然學生每天必須繼續參加遠程和混合學習,出勤將不是影響學生成績的一個因素。上學、上課 及表現出對所學内容的理解都是學生學習的必要組成部分,學校必須盡全力確保學生上學,將這 一目標落實到每一名學生及每一天。 T&I 31939 Update for Families October 23, 2020 (Chinese)

2020-21 學年評分政策重要組成部分摘要

年級 評分政策摘要 3 歲幼兒班和 學前班 沒有變化,這是因爲學校不給學生成績報告卡或成績。 幼稚園至 5 年級 學校針對評分期和期終成績選擇評分尺度。學生將獲得「需改善」(N)的成績,以此取 代不及格的成績。家長/監護人可選擇將任何及格成績更新為「達到標準」(MT)的及格 成績。 6 年級至 8 年 級 學校針對評分期和期終成績選擇評分尺度。學生將獲得「課程進行中」(NX)的成績, 以此取代不及格的成績。家長/監護人可選擇將任何及格成績更新為「及格」(P)。 「P」的成績將不計入學生的平均分(GPA)。 9 年級至 12 年級 學校針對評分期和期終成績選擇評分尺度。學生將獲得「課程進行中」(NX)的成績, 以此取代不及格的成績。家長/監護人可選擇將任何及格成績更新為「學分」(CR)的及 格成績。「CR」的成績將不計入學生的平均分(GPA)。

如果您的就讀初中或高中的子女獲得

「課程進行中」的成績,其學校將支援您的子女在學期結束後繼續 學習,具體安排取決於年級和科目。教師將因材施教,滿足每名學生的個人需求。我們共同努力,將幫 助您的子女朝著課程的學習成績要求取得進步。 如果您需要更多資訊 您應主動與子女的老師或校長聯絡,以獲得關於您子女的進步情況及學校的期望和評分尺度的更多資訊。 當您子女的學校發佈成績報告卡時,您子女的成績將出現在您的紐約市學校賬戶(mystudent.nyc)中。 如果您沒有紐約市學校賬戶,則瀏覽網站 schools.nyc.gov/nycsa 或與您子女的學校聯絡,查詢更多相關 資訊。

混合學習加入期:2020 年 11 月 2 日至 11 月 15 日

也請您注意,參加全部遠程學習的家庭將很快可以選擇加入混合學習,這意味著學生將在一個星期裏的 部分時間在學校大樓裏學習,然後在該星期的其餘時間在家裏遠程學習。從 11 月 2 日(星期一)起至 11 月 15 日(星期日), 各家庭將可以選擇填寫一份表格,表示其改變所希望的學習模式的意願。從遠程 學習改為混合學習的學生將在 11 月 30 日和 12 月 7 日的星期裏開始接受面授教學,學校將通知其上課 開始日期和時間安排。學校將盡全力根據課程安排和可容納人數來滿足這些要求。 我們一如既往地感謝您在子女教育中的合作。我們仍著重為您的子女提供出色、支援和吸引人的學習體 驗,無論其在哪裏學習。 T&I 31939 Update for Families October 23, 2020 (Chinese) 在這個前所未有的時候,我們的評分政策尊重他們的努力以及您的付出。在此期間的每一個步驟中,我 們都將繼續支援您和您的子女。

誠致敬意! 卡蘭扎(Richard A. Carranza) 紐約市教育局 教育總監 附言:

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Chancellors letter regarding Middle School admissions-December 18, 2020

Dear Families,

This has been a year of new challenges and difficult choices, testing our collective strength and endurance as we have faced the unknown together. We have had to reinvent the building blocks of public education in the nation’s largest school system, from how to “go to class,” to grading policy, attendance, and everything in between.

Today I am writing with an update on another fundamental pillar of your child’s education: enrolling in middle school for next September. I want to thank you for your patience as we have worked for months to talk to families and conduct careful analysis to develop a new middle school admissions policy that meets this challenging moment. This new policy will better support your child’s learning journey, and that of their fellow 70,000 fifth graders, as we look ahead to Fall 2021.

We have made some changes to the middle school enrollment process this year. This year’s middle school application will open the week of January 11. New York City Department of Education (DOE) middle schools will not use academic records, auditions, or other screens or assessments to evaluate or admit students this year. Schools will maintain priority for students living in the district, because we heard from families across the city that they want to attend middle school closer to home. If a school has more applicants than available seats, offers will be made using a random lottery. In a small number of schools that have launched their own Diversity in Admissions pilots, they will admit priority groups of students first based on their school plans.

Here is why.

New York City is home to nearly 200 middle schools—40% of all middle schools—that “screen” students for admission using academic records, auditions, attendance, discipline records, special assessments, interviews, or other measures. They’ve historically used these academic and other records from a student’s fourth grade to determine if they’re suitable for entry to the school.

This year, we do not have much of this typical screening information because of the effects of the pandemic. The State did not administer standardized tests for fourth graders last year. The grading policy required revision to meet the unprecedented ending to the last school year. Attendance and other key policies shifted to accommodate the circumstances families were enduring because of the pandemic. Generally speaking, the measures these screened schools traditionally relied on for making admissions decisions are no longer available.

What’s more, as Chancellor, it is my responsibility to deliver the highest-quality education possible to each of your children, so that they are prepared for a successful, productive life, and empowered with the skills they need to chase their dreams. There are inequities in our City and in our school system that have been exacerbated this year by the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 health crisis has had on our communities of color, our immigrant families, the students whose parents never had the option to work from home, and more. When I’ve spoken to families, students, and leaders of screened schools about potential changes, they have articulated the ways these policies can be an obstacle to that goal for many students, because the screening criteria can be so closely connected to a student’s housing stability and economic status.

That is why, now more than ever, it is so important to deliver the proven benefits of more inclusive classrooms to our students. Inclusive learning environments are proven to encourage the development of critical thinking skills. They are linked to long-term success and life opportunities and lead to higher graduation achievement and better access to social and professional networks for more students.

In effect, screening fifth graders without data, especially in a year as challenging as this one, is unfair, unequal, and untenable to continue.

This is not the first time this approach has been implemented. Removing screens from middle schools has been successful in districts that have already begun this work, like in Brooklyn’s District 15. Simplifying the admissions process and making our city fairer is the right thing to do for students, families and schools, particularly this year.

We will provide guidance and a variety of fresh new resources in our schools and offices to help you navigate the process and find an excellent middle school for your student. You can get started by visiting schools.nyc.gov/middle to learn more about the process, and MySchools.nyc to set up your MySchools account to be ready when the application period opens. Do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor— they will be your guide throughout the process. You can also contact a Family Welcome Center (learn how at schools.nyc.gov/WelcomeCenters) or call 718-935-2009.

This change shows that our values can become action, and that no policy, or way of doing things, is so entrenched that it cannot be revised in the name of serving all our children. We believe in schools that serve all children, and a system that delivers equal opportunity to the best education possible. We know there’s more to do, so we will initiate further talks with school communities to help inform the use of screens past September 2021.

I want to thank all of you—from the students and families who have been fighting for this for years, to those of you who are approaching middle school admissions for the first time through your child’s upcoming enrollment— for your collaboration. We are united in our mission to make sure your child—and every one of their 1.1 million peers—receives the best education possible in the greatest city in the world.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education