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Dr. Michele S. Hartzell

Superintendent

May 26, 2020 - REV May 28, 2020

North East School District - Parent Letter - 5/26/20 - REV - 5/28/20

May 26, 2020 – REV. 5-28-20

Dear North East Family,

First and foremost, as we wrap up the 19-20 school year, on behalf of the Board of Directors, administrators, teachers, and staff, we wanted to extend our sincere appreciation to all of our families for all of your support over the past couple of months. Our school pride was stronger than ever as demonstrated by events such as: a parade at the Davis Primary School; through amazing videos submitted by our students and staff, which can be viewed under the district news tab on the district website; and, through several events to celebrate our seniors beginning with the staff cap and gown drop-off lead by our buses, local fire and police departments, and the Sheriff’s Office.

We also celebrated the Class of 2020, by providing them with the opportunity to walk across the set stage and receive their diploma cover from Dr. Renne; Board President, Nicholas Mobilia; Assistant Principal, Mr. Otis, and myself. They will also receive two 5 x 7 photos of their graduation moment. It was a beautiful celebration of our seniors along with their immediate family members which will be shown on the big screen at the Sunset drive-in on June 2nd. The drive-in event is by ticket only for the graduate and their parents/guardians/step-parents. A link to the public virtual ceremony will be available on our district website at nesd1.org on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. Beginning on Wednesday, May 27th, we will have our library book, textbook, miscellaneous items, and Chromebook return for ALL students which will follow social distancing, CDC, and PA State guidelines.

  • Wednesday, May 27th – Juniors/Sophomores – by scheduled time - Completed
  • Thursday, May 28 th – Freshman – by scheduled time. High school students contact Dr. Renne or Mr. Otis with questions. In-progress
  • Friday, May 29th - Intermediate Elementary – fundraising and personal items pick-up will be via a drive-through pick-up by scheduled time. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Emick at NEIE.
  • Monday, June 1st - Davis Primary – by scheduled time. Please contact Dr. Ritter if you have any questions. Please also remember to collect any lost and found items during this time.
  • Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd – NE Middle School locker cleanout by scheduled time. Please contact Mr. Beardsley or Dr. Karns with any questions on pick-up times for the middle school.


The North East School District is requesting your participation in a parent/guardian survey to help understand student needs as we work towards a plan for our students return to school in the fall. We are still working under PA, CDC, and the Department of Health for COVID guidance. Our first priority is to keep our students, faculty, staff, and community safe and healthy. Please complete the survey no later than Friday, June 5, 2020. Please complete ONE per family, PARENT/ GUARDIAN ONLY by selecting the following link: https://forms.gle/3nwDtL9j9csRdZDH8. A hyper link has also been added to the front page of the district website (gold parent survey tab).

We will continue to provide free meals through June 26, 2020, for all children under the age of eighteen. A new link (maroon bagged meal tab) has been posted on the front page of the district website under the COVID update tab. As we close out the 19-20 school year, please make sure to clear your delinquent school café balances, if applicable, prior to COVID (March 13th). Café balances will carry over to the next school year. Senior refunds have already been adjusted.

We also wanted to remind our families that our buildings and campus, including the playgrounds, remain closed until further notice. We are open to carry out essential operations of the district, meal pick-up, and end of the year scheduled locker clean-out. At this time we do not have any information regarding summer programs. We will provide guidance as soon as it becomes available.

Finally, I wanted to take a moment to thank the administrators, teachers, and staff for their outstanding work for continuing to educate and feed our children during this time. Although our buildings have been closed, our children are still attending school. A special thank you to our parents and guardians for being our partners in education and, for supporting our teachers, staff, and children.

Again, we wanted you to know that we are here for our families and we appreciate all of your support during this time. Please let us know if you need anything as we close out the 19-20 school year and continue to plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

 

If you need help with the end of year locker clean out schedule, please contact building
administration:

▪ High School:
Dr. William Renne, Principal – wrenne@nesd1.org
Mr. Nathan Otis, Assistant Principal – notis@nesd1.org

▪ Middle School:
Mr. Greg Beardsley, Principal – beardsle@nesd1.org
Dr. Steve Karns, Co-Principal – skarns@nesd1.org

▪ Intermediate Elementary:
Mr. Brian Emick, Principal – bemick@nesd1.org

▪ Davis Primary:
Dr. Jennifer Ritter, Principal – jritter@nesd1.org

▪ Special Education:
Mrs. Brianne Hodges – bhodges@nesd1.org

If your child needs to speak with someone due to feeling stressed or feeling isolated at this time,
please have them contact one of our school counselors:

High School
• Mrs. Dawn Coletta – School Counselor - Erie County Technical
School/Learning Support, (IEP/GIEP) – dawncoletta@nesd1.org
• Mrs. Laura Panek – School Counselor – Freshman & Juniors –
lpanek@nesd1.org
• Mr. Matt Puskar – School Counselor – Sophomores & Seniors –
mpuskar@nesd1.org
• Mrs. Heidi Martin – Student Assistance (SAP) Liaison – hmartin@nesd1.org

Middle School
• Mrs. Nicole Welch – School Counselor – nwelch@nesd1.org
• Mrs. Heidi Martin – Student Assistance (SAP) Liaison – hmartin@nesd1.org
• Ms. Danielle Lesik – Mental Health Liaison – dlesik@nesd1.org

Elementary Center - Intermediate and Davis Elementary Schools
• Ms. Kimberly Hart – School Counselor – khart@nesd1.org

If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis or needs support, there are several
resources available (Not NESD resources):

▪ Safe Harbor WarmLine – 877-550-4007 open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-7:30 p.m.
for anyone who just needs someone to talk to someone.
▪ Safe Harbor Crisis Center – Emergency Line - 814-456-2014
 

Click here to read the latest Parent Letter from Dr. Hartzell, Superintendent

May 8, 2020

North East School District - Graduation Plan - 5/8/20

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April 24, 2020

North East School District - Parent Letter - 4/24/20

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April 24, 2020

North East School District - FAQ's - 4/24/20

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April 24, 2020

WQLN Homeroom Information

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April 9, 2020

North East School District - School Closure Update - 4/9/20

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April 3, 2020

North East School District - FAQ Update - 4/3/20

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March 30, 2020

North East School District - School Closure Update 3/30/20

Good afternoon,

A short while ago Governor Wolf ordered an extension of the stay put order through April 30, 2020, for several counties in Pennsylvania including Erie County. In addition, all public schools are closed until further notice. The North East School District will continue the education plan currently in place for virtual learning. We hope today went well for our North East students. If you need help accessing Google Classroom, please visit the district website at nesd1.org for instructions. The March 23rd parent letter has the help desk contact information as well as contact information for all administrators (I have attached a copy below for your convenience).

We will continue to keep you posted as we move through these uncharted waters. Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

March 26, 2020

North East School District - Continuity of Education Plan

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The latest revisions of this document can also be found on the right hand side of this page under Important Links.

March 24, 2020

North East School District - FAQ Update - 3/24/20
 

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March 23, 2020

North East School District - Virtual Classroom - 3/23/20
 

Click here to read the latest Parent Letter regarding Virtual Classrooms from Dr. Hartzell

March 20, 2020

Northwest Tri County IU5 - Superintendent's Statement - 3/20/20

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March 17, 2020

North East School District:  COVID-19 Update 3/17/20

North East School District Family:

Please check the official North East School District website at www.nesd1.org for a revised Frequently Asked Question sheet that includes educational resources as of today, March 17, 2020.   The resources, provided by school administration, offer families ideas and activities for your children during the mandatory shutdown. 

We also are offering meals during the shutdown.  Please make sure sign up for meals and help families that may not have internet access sign up for meals on the district website page.  We have extended the deadline for meal sign-ups through 7:00 p.m. today.  Please note that all meals for the week of March 23-27 will be provided in bulk to families on Friday, March 20th.  

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this situation.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Michele S. Hartzell, Superintendent

March 13, 2020

North East School District:  Governor Closes PA Schools for Two Weeks

Good afternoon!

At 3:00 p.m. today, the Governor ordered all Pennsylvania public schools to close for two weeks effective Monday, March 16, 2020.   Please stay tuned for additional information from the North East School District and continue to check the NESD website for updates as we move through this transition.

Governor Wolf Announces Closure of Pennsylvania Schools

March 13, 2020

EDUCATION,  PRESS RELEASE

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.
Governor Wolf made the following statement:
We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities.

First and foremost, my top priority as governor – and that of our education leaders – must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities.

As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks.
Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.
The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing.

Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans.

We appreciate your collaboration as we work together to deal with this difficult issue.

Thank you, 

Dr. Michele Spurgeon Hartzell, Superintendent
North East School District 

Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know by contacting the district office.

 

Additional resources

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