Message From The Principal

Dear RACS Middle School Families,

 

These unprecedented times call for unprecedented decisions. Following the March 13th COVID closure RACS Middle School, like every school, was tasked with determining the best way to measure student achievement given the fact that we could not meet in person.

 

In addition to the stress and concern caused by the COVID closure, the emotional stress caused by the murder of George Floyd and others. Both the pandemic and the national reckoning with the enduring inequities in our society have made it pretty difficult for many students to focus on school work.

 

The fact of the matter is that being together in one place provides every student with access to materials, resources, and support. When we are together we can assure equitable grades. In the time between March 13th and the end of the school year, we were unable to assure that every student could participate equally so we closed the third quarter with a number grade on May 4, 2020. The remainder of the school year (Quarter 4) was scored with an effort-based grading system.   Those reports have been mailed home to families.

 

Middle School student report cards will show blanks representing no numeric class grades for the 4th quarter. With no number grade for the 4th quarter, we cannot calculate a final average.  

 

As a result of this strange time for all members of our learning community, we have also suspended our retention policy for one year, and all students have advanced to the next grade.  

 

While we don’t know exactly how schools will operate next school year, we expect that students will do some learning online. We will use number grades during the 2020-2021 school year. Students will be provided with Chromebooks and the school will work with families to assure that they have internet access.

 

Please call the school at (585) 235-4141 and let us know if you may experience difficulty with internet service for the 2020-2021 school year. As always you can reach out to us with any other questions or concerns. Keep an eye on our website, email, and social media for more updates on the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Sincerely,

Jen Doyle

Middle School Principal