Principal’s Message

Hello PS/IS 121 Community!
 
Welcome to the 2020-21.  I hope all of you are well and figuring out ways to smile as we continue to navigate challenges we had never even considered before March.
 
In the midst of all this, we begin a school year unlike any other.  Students are learning both at home and at school.  We are wearing masks and figuring out new ways to interact.  And now, we have been moved "Fully Remote" for at least 2 weeks due to Covid in our area.  I am as frustrated as all of you at the lack of consistency we have been able to provide for students to start the year, and there is no way that we can predict how the rest of 2020-21 will look. 
 
I am writing this message to ask two things: stay patient and keep trying.  Our number one priority right now is the safety of our school community.  This means that we will follow protocols set by the New York State Health Department.  It also means that many things, like random testing and "Full Remote Learning," are out of our control.  We will do our best to keep teachers and classrooms as consistent as possible, but some things are out of our control at the moment.
 
The most important thing that we can all do right now (outside of staying safe and healthy!) is to keep working hard.  Teachers are online every day and teaching "Live" using Google Meets and Zoom.  There is still homework being assigned.  You can still reach out to your teachers, guidance counselors, parent coordinator, and administration if you need help.  School looks different, but it is still school... Keep working hard and ask questions and you will be successful.
 
Thank you all for your support.  We miss seeing students and families every day and can't wait for things to get back to normal.  Until they do, I look forward to seeing everyone in the digital classrooms.
 
Have a good day,
 
​Mr. Haviland