May 15, 2020
Dear APS Community,
As we approach the final phase of at home instruction with our students, we continue to plan and prepare for end of school activities.
One of the biggest questions is related to graduation for the Class of 2020. We have made tentative plans to have graduation on June 27th and 28th. Two days are being allocated with several plans for graduation in place, dependent on the level of the stay at home order in place at that time.
In an ideal situation, the best option would be to have one big mass graduation, but that is not likely given current orders. Next best would be to hold several smaller graduations over the two days, and that is again dependent on crowd size limits. Lastly, we would offer an individual graduation with the graduate and a small group of their family members. Graduates would come in their cap and gown to Maple Stadium, a limited number of family members would come in with the graduate and watch the graduate pick up their diploma, graduation coin, leave their gag gift in a basket for the principal, walk on to the stage, have their name announced over the stadium PA, and get their photo taken. We would then edit those along with student speeches to create a comprehensive video for our students.
We would also plan to have a full graduation, if possible, during Homecoming Weekend, on October 18, 2020. Graduates and parents will continue to receive direct information from Adrian High School related to graduation plans.
Incoming Freshman Parent Meeting:
Adrian High School will be hosting an online webinar for the parents of incoming freshmen on Thursday, May 21st at 2pm. This will cover the process of registering for classes and how to start the enrollment process for next school year. If you cannot attend this meeting, a link to the recording will be shared via email with parents and posted on the website.
You can join the webinar at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87061267041
Kindergarten registration has started. Each elementary school has registration packets outside of their main entrance that parents can pick up. Once the forms are completed, return them to the “drop-box” outside of the main entrance at Adrian High School. By registering, this will allow us to provide more direct communication from the school and District to parents related to the start of school for our newest members of the Maple family. If you are aware of any neighbors or family members that also need to register, please pass this information along. If you have any questions about registration, please contact the building administrative assistants directly at (email preferred):
Alexander: email@example.com 517-263-9533
Lincoln: firstname.lastname@example.org 517-265-8544
Michener: email@example.com 517-263-9002
Prairie: firstname.lastname@example.org 517-265-5082
The technology department has worked hard to distribute Chromebooks to all parents that requested devices, completed the online user agreement, and picked up Chromebooks the last several weeks. Chromebook return will start taking place the week of June 1st. Parents will get instructions on when, where, and how to package the items for return. Chromebooks should be returned before June 4th. If you wish to return your Chromebook early, please contact Jeremiah Davies at JDavies@adrian.k12.mi.us and schedule a drop-off time.
Springbrook and Adrian High School to be 1:1 next school year:
While there is much planning related to next school year, all students at Adrian High School and Springbrook Middle School will be assigned a Chromebook for use to assist in their learning. While the guidance for next fall is still emerging for us to plan, as a District we suspect that we could see Face to Face instruction, Distance Learning, and Blended Instruction all during the course of next school year. To help ensure that teachers and students are ready, we will be providing these devices to students. A decision on elementary is still forthcoming.
As a District, we have made the decision to use Google Classroom as our universal Learning Management System and will be working with staff on setting up consistent and uniform materials. This will help ensure the continuity of instruction from one teacher to the next and from one building to another should we be forced not to have face to face instruction at the start of the year.
Derrick Richards to Chair APS Learning Committee:
Adrian Public Schools Curriculum Director, Derrick Richards, will be the chairperson of the APS Learning Committee that will plan for and implement teaching and learning practices for the upcoming school year. This will also include safety protocols and measures to address COVID-19 within our schools as the state begins to re-open. This committee will consist of teachers, administrators, and parents. Look for future emails where he will be seeking individuals to apply for the committee.
Today the Legislature is meeting to update budget projections for the remainder of this year (the state’s fiscal year ends September 30th and school district’s end June 30th). There is a strong possibility that there could be a cut to this year’s school funding even though our year is essentially over. Moreover, the forecast for funding to schools for next year is dire. As we plan for our budget next year we are fortunate enough to have received some savings from this year, funds from the CARES Act, and we have a fund balance. This, however, does not limit our need to make substantial cuts here locally given the anticipated 1 billion+ dollar shortfall this year and another 1.2 billion dollar shortfall to the school aide fund within the state next year. As an organization we have been guided by providing quality programs and services to our students and community. As we prepare for reductions we will stick to our core mission and make all attempts to not make reductions/cuts that impact the classroom as much as possible.
Again, thank you to all our parents, teachers, students, and community members for the help, support, and understanding as we as an organization and community have worked through unprecedented times. To date, we have distributed over 100,000 meals to our community, reached out to over 96% of our students to continue learning, and are planning to ensure stronger means of learning and instruction within a safe environment for next school year.