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eNews Update from Principal Rizzo
eNews Update from Principal Rizzo
Mr. Kenneth Rizzo
Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Dear Secondary School Students and Families: 

It is with great optimism and excitement that we welcome our students back for the start of the 2021-22 school year! Our reopening plan prioritizes 100% in-person learning for every child. With our building operating at full capacity, we will continue to assess and communicate any updates regarding our health and safety protocols.  Please be aware that masks are required for students and staff while inside the building, including while traveling through hallways and in classrooms. Our goal is to provide a high quality education to your child and keep all of our students and teachers together in classrooms. I hope you find the information in this newsletter helpful. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions as the new year begins!

Staffing Updates:

We had a very busy summer with recruiting and hiring staff. We feel very fortunate to have found such exceptionally well-qualified additions to our staff. Please join me in welcoming our newest staff members to the Tamarac family: 

  • Ms. Sage Fulgan: 6-12 School Counselor 

  • Ms. Anna Tokareva: World Language (Russian) and ENL (English as a New Language)

  • Ms. Sarah McCarthy: High School Special Education  

  • Ms. Rebecca Perry: Family and Consumer Sciences 

  • Ms. Courtney McKeon: Library Aide

Student Schedules ***IMPORTANT***: Due to schedule updates still being made, high school students will receive a hard copy of their finalized schedule when they enter the building on Thursday. Staff will be present outside of the auditorium entrance distributing student schedules between 7:25 and 7:45am. 

2021-22 Bell Schedule: Regular instructional start and end times for the HS/MS are 7:30am - 2:11pm.

https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1535719/Bell_Schedule_-_Colored_Columns_-_Sheet1.pdf 

Grade Reporting/Interim Reports

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13h46pmqJzLCZep-8p_fYD-eYmlcLjoSb/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=117204023686917898733&rtpof=true&sd=true

AM Transportation: 

  • Pickup and dropoff will be on the side of the building facing the elementary school. 

  • Doors to the building will be open at 7:15am for student dropoff. Please do not drop your child off earlier as the doors will be locked and we do not have supervision for students prior to this time. 

  • The dropoff line for parents/guardians begins at the elementary side of the Secondary building. Please pull up to the doors if you are first in line. Students may be dropped in the inner loop if your vehicle is waiting in line.

  • Middle School students may enter through the main entrance and will report to the middle school cafeteria until the homeroom bell. 

  • High school students may enter through the main entrance or the auditorium entrance and will report to the auditorium until the homeroom bell.

 PM Transportation

Students that are driving or riding home will be dismissed at 2:11pm. 

11th and 12th grade students will be permitted to drive. Students requesting to drive should return the application to Andrea Lammerts at alammerts@brunswickcsd.org

Please continue to check your student emails for additional information on designated parking locations. Here is a link to the application: https://5il.co/i04r 

Daily Attendance

Attendance will be taken daily in homeroom/period 1 and then period by period. Parents/Guardians should contact Andrea Lammerts (alammerts@brunswickcsd.org) to report all absences. Students are responsible for any missing instruction and work while not in school. 

 

 Free Breakfast and Lunch: A reminder that all students are once again eligible to receive free  meals (breakfast and lunch) for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Any student eligible for free and  reduced lunch should still sign up for this program as it has additional benefits for eligible families. Please reach out to Joy Wright (jwright@brunswickcsd.org) if you have any questions. 

Video/Photograph Parent Opt Out: Parents/Guardians who wish to opt their child out of photos and videos for the year may find the form here. The form can be dropped of to Mrs. Dahl in the high school office: 

  https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/747606/Photo_Videotape_Parent_Consent_Form.pdf

Teacher Qualifications: Our practice at Brunswick has always been and will continue to be to recruit and hire the most highly qualified teachers. If a concern should arise regarding qualifications to teach,  it is a parent/guardian's right to request the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher. 

 Important Upcoming Dates:

  •   School Picture Day: September 28 (Middle School) & September 29 (High School)  

  •   Virtual Open House: Wednesday, October 6 @ 6pm (stay tuned for more information)

Additional dates and events can be found on our website: https://www.brunswickcsd.org/o/bcsd/events

With opening day on the horizon, I want to thank our parents and caregivers in advance for your support of our students, staff and programs. The arrival of a new school year brings new challenges and great opportunities. We want your child to seize the opportunity to learn and connect with their peers, teachers and school. Although this September may be starting off imperfect, the return in-person learning is a great sign that we are moving in the right direction. We can’t wait to see you all tomorrow - please try to get a good night's rest! 

  Sincerely, 

  Ken Rizzo

  Secondary School Principal