Union-Endicott Central School District News Article

June 15 update from Nicole

Union-Endicott Community,

As we move toward high school graduation, I want to acknowledge that it has been an absolute honor to serve as superintendent of Union-Endicott schools. With all that has transpired this past year, our team of faculty, staff and district leaders are grateful to the community for your kindness and support.

Based on the Governor’s requirements for an outdoor ceremony of no more than 150 people, we are moving forward with plans for several smaller ceremonies on our UEHS field. With 330 students, we plan to have seven graduations that will include parents being seated in the stadium. We will NOT be giving out tickets, as we trust our families will work to limit the number of participants based on the state’s guidance. If the Governor allows for increased participation, then some of these sessions will be collapsed to allow for more students to graduate together. If the infection rates increase and the Governor decides not to allow outdoor ceremonies, then we will need to revert to a car ceremony.

In addition, we will have locations set up for photo opportunities at our elementary and secondary schools. Families are welcome to take graduation photos at these sites after each ceremony. 

  • Graduation Date - Saturday, June 27th (rain date – Sunday, June 28th).
  • Students – Students will be assigned to a time slot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
  • Parents – Parents will be seated in a socially-distanced manner in the stadium. 
  • Retirees – Retirees will be invited to attend one of the seven ceremonies.
  • Streaming – The ceremony will be live streamed for friends and relatives.
  • Schedule – Parents will receive a detailed schedule from the high school team.

Although the graduation group sizes are smaller than we had hoped, we are truly excited about the upcoming ceremony, and we are happy it can take place on our home field.

Here are this week's updates: 

MEALS 

New information: 

  • The current schedule for grab and go meals will end on June 30, 2020.
  • A new schedule will be developed for summer, July 1-August 31, with updated times and locations.

Ongoing information:

  • The last Rotary delivery for participating families will be on Friday, June 26.
  • All children 18 years of age and younger may receive a complimentary breakfast and lunch. 
  • Children do not need to be present to receive the bags, and families may attend any site (including Vestal or Maine-Endwell) to receive the meals. 

EDUCATION

New information: 

  • Parents should have received a copy of the remote summer enrichment opportunities for students who will enter grades 1-12.  A copy is also available on our website.
  • Union-Endicott parents and guardians of K-11 students: To close the 2019-2020 School Year, we need to verify that your student has their district-issued Chromebook and charger.  You will receive an email invitation from Shannon Gillette, the district tech director, requesting that you "accept our invitation to use FamilyID to register" your student (one invitation and registration per student) for Chromebook Verification. If you did not accept a district-issued Chromebook, you can indicate this on the form.  Please follow the email directions to complete the registration.  If you do not receive an email, please check your SPAM or JUNK email folders.  If you cannot find it there, please contact Shannon Gillette at [email protected] for assistance.   Note: This fall, you will receive another invitation to again register that you have the Chromebook and charger before the 2020-2021 school year starts.    

Ongoing information: 

  • Due to the pandemic, the speech screenings for incoming kindergartners will be rescheduled in the summer. 
  • The 2020-21 School Calendar is now available on the main page of the website.
  • Do you need tech support for your child's Chromebook? Please call Service Now at 607-766-3800.

COMMUNICATION

New information:

  • Please see our updated schedule of Community Zoom sessions, with a focus on racial justice.
  • The ballots will be opened for the annual school budget vote on Tuesday, June 16 starting at 5:01 p.m. 

Ongoing information:

  • The District Office receptionist will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thank you in advance for wearing a mask when you come to the District Office.
  • The district is issuing employment certificates/working papers to qualified students during the school closure. Please email or call the high school principal at 607-427-4340 to set up an appointment.
  • Linda Myers, our district's communications coordinator, would like to give our senior class a "shout out" on U-E's Facebook page. If you have a senior who has committed to a college/university, the military, or a job in the workforce, please email Linda at [email protected]. Email a jpg photo of your senior wearing a shirt or holding a sign that shows his/her future plans. Uncertain? No problem! We will recognize ALL students, as long as you send us a photo.  

QUESTIONS

  • Does your child need Wifi access?  You are welcome to use the district office or high school parking lot to access the district's Wifi service. 
  • Do you need support during this crisis? 
    • Community Connection Center 607-757-2637
    • Crisis Intervention Team 607-778-8982
    • Crisis Center- 607-762-2302
    • Greater Binghamton Health Center (GBHC)
    • Community Treatment & Recovery Center (CTRC) at 607.797.0680
    • Lourdes Center for Family Health at 607.584.4465
    • Family & Children's Society Family Mental Health Clinic at 607.729.6206
    • UHS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for adults at 607.762.2340
    • Call 211, or contact 211.org - an online local resource directory
    • Broome County Department of Social Services at 607-778-8850
    • Family Services Central Intake at 607-778-2635
    • Samaritan Counseling Center in Endicott at 607-754-2660
    • UHS New Horizons Outpatient for substance use assistance at 762-3288
    • NYS mental health resource at www.Headspace.com/NY 
    • Governor Cuomo has enacted a COVID-19 Helpline for those struggling with the emotional impact of the current crisis. Please call 1-844-863-9314, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.   

Sincerely,

Nicole Wolfe

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