• COVID-19 Distance Learning

    April 24, 2020 

    To New Providence High School Community,

    We hope that this letter finds you well.  As we end week six of Online Learning, the administration and faculty find ourselves, more than ever before, missing our daily interactions with our students and families.  We have recognized, probably along with you, that nothing replaces our face to face interactions and the hustle and bustle of our school day.  This has been a challenging endeavor for all, however, as with any challenge we must look for the good that comes from it.  I hope that you find yourself reflecting on how important your relationships are and that when we can all gather together again, we don’t forget that feeling and we cherish them more so than ever before.  I would like to give a special THANK YOU to all students and staff who participated in our unity video this past week.  Remember, “We’re all in this together!” Please click here for our High/Middle School community video.  

    As we continue with our Online Learning platform, please see the below pertinent information.  As a result of our conversations with teachers, students and parents as well as the results from our Online Learning Survey we will adjust some of our Online Learning guidelines.  Also included is information to reiterate the success for all learners during Online Learning.  

    Communication- It is important that we continue to keep the lines of communication open between students, parents, teachers and administrators.  As a reminder, lines of communication will remain open and we encourage you to email us with questions or concerns.  If you need to contact your child’s teacher, counselor, a department head or administrator, please email us and we will respond to you within twenty-four hours.  Please keep checking your email and the school website, as we will be sending out and posting information to keep you updated and informed.  

    Student Work- Our survey results showed that the majority of students and parents feel that the assigned course work was “just right.”  It is imperative for students to recognize that their grade is contingent upon their completion of their course work assigned by their teacher.  Teachers are making every attempt to reach out to students and parents when there is missing work, however if a student does not complete their work, it will impact their fourth marking period grade.    

     Zoom-  Based on feedback from our survey results, the majority of our students and teachers feel connected through our Online Learning Platform.  One vehicle to foster that connectivity is Zoom video conferencing. Through conversations with our teachers, we have decided that changes to our Zoom guidelines, grade 9-12 will assist in further developing open lines of communication.  Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020 all students will be expected to log onto any Zoom video conferences that their teacher is hosting.  We will continue to follow our Online Learning Schedule for students to meet with their teachers on Zoom video conferencing.  We are strongly encouraging our students to find a place in their home that they are comfortable with so that they can have their camera and audio on.  When your teacher is directing a mini lesson, answering questions or giving instructions to an assignment it is imperative that you are participating.   

    Scheduling 2020-2020- Current 9th-12th graders-  we are in the final stages of developing our master schedule for next school year, 2020-2021.  During the month of May, counselors will reach out to students to resolve conflicts via email.  It is imperative that students are checking their email so that counselors can make contact and discuss how to best resolve the conflict.  In the event a counselor cannot reach a student, a decision will be made for the student.  Please note that only students who have a conflict will be contacted.  In the beginning of June, we will send a tentative student schedule to all incoming students 9-12.          

    Senior Students and Families- The administration is continuing to discuss End of Year Activities and how to best celebrate our seniors.  We will wait until May 15, 2020 to hear from Governor Murphy and make decisions as appropriate moving forward. 

       

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.  Thank you for your continued commitment!

    Respectfully,

    Lauren Zirpoli

    Principal, New Providence High/Middle School 


    March 31, 2020 

    To New Providence High School Community,

    As we completed the first day of our new Online Learning Schedule, I would like to thank our students and parents for their feedback and commitment to finding the best academic schedule for our students during these times.  I urge you to continue to communicate with teachers, department heads, counselors and the administration as we endeavour through this period of time. Please continue to check the school homepage as we will post important and helpful updates there.     

    As time has gone on and we enter into our third week of Online Learning, the thought of this becoming our new normal is inevitably a reality.  My first priority was to ensure that we create an appropriate Online Learning platform so that students and teachers will be able to effectively and efficiently continue learning.  I am confident that our new schedule will bring a sense of structure and connectivity with the use of Zoom for our students and teachers. 

    Over the past two weeks, I have also been thinking through the social aspects of our students' high school experience and how that has changed so quickly.   To that end, I empathize with all of our students as social distancing has taken us away from our normal day to day company of one another. Although it has been hard to socially distance ourselves, it is amazing to see how quickly we adapted to find other creative ways to remain connected with one another during this time.  Let’s continue to support one another and reflect on the importance of our relationships. 

    I know that many of our seniors and their families have been trying to anticipate what will happen as we draw closer to the end of the school year.  Seniors, as I told you during our class meeting, our administration will do everything we can to bring you together for your end of year celebrations.  We know how hard you have worked to reach this point in your journey and you deserve to experience it with celebration. With the calendar change, High School Graduation is slated for Friday, June 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. on Lieder Field.  At this time, I don't know what will happen, however please rest assured that in the event we cannot gather together for our many end of year celebrations, our administration will find creative solutions to celebrate you as seniors. I will continue to communicate with seniors and their families as information is made available to us and decisions are made. 

     In addition to thinking through our end of year celebrations, I have given a great deal of thought to the Senior Internship Program.  I know how much our seniors have looked forward to engaging in this experience and it is with regret that the program will have to be cancelled as it is uncertain when and if we will return to school.  Additionally, the program is directly aligned to corporate and small businesses and it is hard to determine what their circumstances will be during the next several months.  

    Please be positive, stay healthy, and support one another during these unusual times.  Below, there is pertinent information as we progress forward with online learning. I ask you to read it through in its entirety and take time to digest it.  Please email the administration with any questions or comments as we welcome your feedback.     

    Final Exams- New Providence High School

    Final exams at New Providence High School have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.  With this decision, teachers will have the ability to change from teaching each element associated with final exams and spend more time exploring some of the essential questions and enduring understandings/big ideas reflected in the curriculum.  The calculation for full year grades will be calculated as follows for the 2019-2020 school year:

    MP1 x 2 + MP2 x 2 + E1 + MP3 x 2 + MP4 x 2 /9 

     

    Final Grade Calculation Example (not GPA)

     

    FULL YEAR COURSE

     

    MP1

    MP2

    E1

    MP3

    MP4

    FINAL GRADE

     

    A-

    B

    A-

    B

    A-

    A-

    (Letter Grade)

    3.5

    3.0

    3.5

    3.0

    3.5

     

    (Grade Equivalent)

    x2

    x2

    x1

    x2

    x2

     

    (How grade counts)

    7

    6

    3.5

    6

    7

    3.28

    (Grade Points added together and divided by 9)

     

    NJSLA

    Governor Murphy announced that NJSLA will be cancelled for 2019-2020.  

    AP Testing

    Per the College Board, traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Instead, students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.  The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. We are awaiting the publication of exact dates for these exams from the College Board, expected on April 3, as well as information as to how previously-identified students with disabilities will be accommodated.  All the information available from the College Board at this time is published on this site.

    Senior Internship Program 

    The Senior Internship program for the 2019-2020 school year has been cancelled due to the uncertainty of when we will return to school.  

    School Counseling/SAC

    School Counselors/SAC will begin using Zoom video conferencing to connect with students. Students can email their counselor to set up a Zoom video conference, and/or counselors may also contact home via telephone (from a blocked number).  Please read through the NPSD Plan for Virtual Counseling for complete information regarding contact, confidentiality, and privacy.

    High School Athletics

    Coaches may utilize Zoom Video Conferencing to periodically meet with their teams remotely, as a means of virtually checking in on their athletes' well-being.  Meetings should take place immediately “after school,” during a window of time from 2:00-2:45 PM, and should focus on checking in on the team/student athletes, building camaraderie, focusing on leadership qualities, and providing further guidance/clarifications on the regularly distributed individual athlete workout options that have been provided to students via Google Classroom. 

     Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.  Thank you for your continued commitment!

    Respectfully,

    Lauren Zirpoli

    Principal, New Providence High/Middle School

     


    March 25, 2020 

    To New Providence High/Middle School Community,

    As we have settled into the second week of Online Learning, the administration is thankful to have heard from many of our parents and students about how the new experience is going.  We likewise have had time to collaborate with our teachers to continue to find what will best meet the needs of our students academically, socially and emotionally. Both students and teachers have been working restlessly to adapt to a new schedule academically, while personally grappling with individual circumstances in their homes.  Thank you to our students and teachers for staying committed to excellence in education as we experience these uncertain times.

    During our conversations with our teachers, we have encouraged them to connect with students academically and have urged them not to be as focused on delivering the curriculum in its entirety.  We have always tried first and foremost to do what's best for our students and at this unprecedented time of upheaval and uncertainty, we understand that students need support and interactions with their teachers and peers to feel connected and grounded.  At this time, there is no great clarity on where our present situation will take us, so it’s natural for teachers and students to come to the realization that some assignments are no longer feasible and some expectations are no longer reasonable in our online learning environment.  This has already posed as a challenge for students, teachers, administrators and parents alike, but as a school community we must unify to find what is appropriate and best for our students. As we remain committed to providing the most appropriate online learning environment for our students, we as educators will remain flexible and fluid in how we achieve this and we ask that our parents and students partner with us.  Below there is pertinent information as we progress forward with online learning.  I ask you to read it through in its entirety and take time to digest it. Please email the administration with any questions or comments as we welcome your feedback.    

    Zoom Video Conferencing 

    Last night, the Zoom app was deployed to all student iPads, 7-12.  We have asked our teachers for the remainder of the week to experiment with Zoom video conferencing to connect with your students, more from a social-emotional perspective than anything else.  The full implementation of Zoom video conferencing during the colored (Green, White, and Gold) schedule days, (schedule below) will begin next Monday, March 30th. Zoom video conferencing cannot be recorded by either the teacher or the students.  Students will be held accountable for appropriate behavior with the use of Zoom video conferencing. We are following our student Code of Conduct during Online Learning.

    Change in Schedule 

    After much discussion and feedback from teachers, students, and parents, we have decided that during online learning, we will change our schedule beginning on March 30, 2020.  For the remainder of this week, March 23- 27, 2020, teachers and students will be expected to follow the Rotating and Drop Schedule (HS) and Regular Bell Schedule (MS) for the purpose of assigning assignments and student completion of work.   

    Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, we will shift our schedule out of the Rotating and Drop Schedule (HS) and Regular Bell Schedule (MS).  

    1. We will have colored Green, White, and Gold days to represent the period class schedule, professional period and assignment/collection of work.  We are hopeful that this will assist in better managing the workload for teachers and students.   
    2. These period class times will also represent Professional Period, so that teachers and students can connect when needed through Zoom video conferencing as an added resource to online teaching and learning.  

    Due Dates/Times/No Homework Weekends 

    We will change the due dates/times of assignments (beginning Monday, March 30th) as well as establish NO HOMEWORK weekends (beginning this Friday, March 27th) moving forward.  Teachers have full autonomy in choosing their due dates, Monday - Friday, for assignments.  We will adjust the assignment due time to 4:00 p.m. daily, in an effort to reduce the stress for students and teachers feeling that they are working from morning until night.  As we adjust to our new schedule, we cannot stress enough the importance of “turning off” and having quality time with your family as well as giving yourself a mental health break during down times.    

    On Green and White days, the Professional Period will be used as an added resource for teachers to meet with their class/students via Zoom video conferencing during the scheduled class period time. On Gold days, students may request to schedule a Zoom video conference with their teacher to obtain clarification or extra help on an assignment.   

    SCHEDULES

    Online Learning  

     New Providence High School

    Time

    GREEN
    (Monday and Wednesday)

    WHITE
    (Tuesday and Thursday)

    GOLD
    (Friday) 

    8.00-8.45

    Period 1

    Period 5

    Professional Period

    9.00-9.45

    Period 2

    Period 6

    Professional Period

    10.00-10.45

    Period 3

    Period 7

    Professional Period

    11.00-11.45

    Period 4

    Period 8 

    Professional Period

    11.45-12.30

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Professional Period

    12.30-2.00

    Professional Period 

    Professional Period

    Professional Period

    *There will be no science labs.  

    New Providence Middle School

    Time

    GREEN
    (Monday and Wednesday)

    WHITE
    (Tuesday and Thursday)

    GOLD
    (Friday) 

    8.00-8.45

    Period 1

    Period 6

    Professional Period

    9.00-9.45

    Period 2

    Period 7

    Professional Period

    10.00-10.45

    Period 3

    Period 8

    Professional Period

    11.00-11.45

    Period 4

    Period 9* 

    Professional Period

    11.45-12.30

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Professional Period

    12.30-2.00

    Professional Period 

    Professional Period

    Professional Period

    *Period 9 study hall students can use this for flex work time. There is no ELA or Math Lab. Music students can use the time for contact with their music teachers.


    March 20, 2020

    To New Providence High/Middle School Community,

    At the conclusion of our first week of Online Learning, I would like to extend the administration's gratitude towards our teachers, students, parents, technology specialists, counselors, secretaries, and custodians. Collectively, we have come together as a school community this week and have learned many new things. We have collaborated continuously to find the best ways to meet our students' academic, emotional and social needs. We will continue to collaborate during these unprecedented times as a community that truly cares about the needs of our students and one another. To that end, I am happy to announce that next Tuesday, March 24th, we will deploy the Zoom app to all student iPads, grades 7-12 to begin exploring video conferencing as an added resource to meeting our students' needs. Next week, I will communicate with our students and parents the protocol and expectations of use on this new communication platform that will be implemented beginning Wednesday, March 25th.

    A few reminders are that we will continue to communicate weekly with all students and parents. Teachers, department heads, and administrators are all available by email and will respond to you within twenty-four hours. Please note, at times school personnel may need to reach out to parents/guardians by voice. If we need to do so, we will be contacting parents using a blocked number, so please do your best to pick up any blocked calls. If available, we will always leave a voicemail and follow up with an email. Lastly, please remind your children that we are following our Code of Conduct during Online Learning. If needed, we will impose consequences for discipline that is being reported by teachers. Please continue to check the school website regularly because we will be posting important and helpful updates there. ***SENIORS*** Please click here for a letter from the counseling office.

    Thank you for your continued commitment!

    Respectfully, Lauren Zirpoli Principal,

    New Providence High/Middle School


    March 17, 2020 

    To New Providence High/Middle School Community,

    As we begin our first day of Online Learning, I would like to commend our teachers and students on their commitment to learning.  In true Pioneer spirit, our teachers and students have stepped up and are ready to embark upon a new and innovative way of teaching and learning.  During student class meetings on Friday, March 13th, our students were engaged and asked questions as we prepared them for what will be new, yet very attainable because of the collaboration and dedication had by all.
      
    I encourage our students and parents to continue to reach out to us and ask questions.  Teachers, department heads, and administrators are all available by email and will respond to you within twenty-four hours.  This will be new, but I urge us as a school community to embrace this new opportunity to learn and grow. Weekly, the administration will communicate with students and parents.  We will do so using different vehicles such as written letters, videos, and newsletters. Continue to check the school website regularly because we will be posting important and helpful updates there.  For juniors and seniors continue to check your email with updates from the counseling office. Additionally, please continue to check the counseling webpage, as there will be updated information posted there as well.  

    Thank you for your continued commitment!

    Respectfully,

    Lauren Zirpoli

    Principal, New Providence High/Middle School