COVID at HPCMS
Blended learning students will return to the building for in-person learning starting on Thursday, February 25. Remote students will continue to learn from home.
All staff and students entering the building must complete the health screening AND testing consent form. Both are available at healthscreening.schools.nyc
Help Getting Online and Using Computers
Having trouble with a Zoom or your device?
For help with Zoom or an HPCMS device Contact Ms. Maria at (914) 570-4507 OR email Mr. Bella, firstname.lastname@example.org OR 718 - 609-3300 x 3601 OR (347) 494-1281.
For help with an NYCDOE device you can also call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5.
If your own device or the one we loaned you is broken or not working for any reason, please contact your student's advisor or Ms. Shuart - email@example.com.
Need to Fix the Internet on DOE iPad? -View this guide.
Zoom or Google Classroom Trouble? - See our helpful slides below.
Access Wifi on your personal device at School
Wifi Network: DOEguest Password: NYC$itevent
Stay in Touch!
Our office is closed but our staff is available every day while we are remote M-F from 9AM to 3PM! They will try to answer any questions you have or put you in touch with the staff member who can help you. Call Maria Tsoukalas (School Aide): (914) 570-4507 or our parent coordinator, Mrs. Vasquez at (631) 505-1408. Si necesita asistencia en español, por favor póngase en contacto con la Sra. Vasquez al (631)505-1408 o firstname.lastname@example.org Estará disponible Lunes a Viernes desde la 9 de la mañana hasta la 3 de la tarde.
Make sure you are getting our family newsletters. If you are not receiving these updates every week please email our parent coordinator.
November 18th: We are reaching out to you to let you know that the Chancellor has just announced that students will all be learning remotely starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 18th. At this time, we do not have information on how long we will be fully remote. We will provide you with updates when we know more. Please see his letter for more information. Classes for all students, in blended and remote pods, will be Remote effective tomorrow. All class/zoom links can be found on student schedules, always posted on this page of our website. Please reach out to Ms. Goodman, Mr. Piscitello, Ms. Shuart, or Mrs. Vasquez with any questions or concerns.
November 2nd: The DOE announced that the final opt-in window for your child to switch from fully remote to blended for the 2020-2021 school year is from Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 15. Families requesting to change from 100% remote to blended learning should complete and submit the Learning Preference survey during this window. Also, please keep in mind that all families can decide to move from blended learning to all remote learning at any time during the school year. Here is a letter from the Chancellor discussing this opt-in window for families. The weeks of November 30th and December 7th students will begin in-person learning.
September 11: Next week, ALL students will begin remotely from 10:00-12:00 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday September 16th to 18th. Students will get to know their classmates, advisors, and teachers as well as review their schedules and routines for learning and safety. You can see updated sample schedules above. Individual schedules will be shared next week during orientation. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to myself or Ms. Emily Vasquez.
We have a few announcements that we’d also like to share with you:
The NYC DOE 2020-2021 school calendar and has been included on our family calendar found our home page. You can also add it to your google calendar and always have the most updated information. Week 1 vs. Week 2 for Mondays is on this calendar. Monday, September 21 is an A Week 1 and those students are coming to the building.
Also on September 15th, there will be a CDEC30 Meeting at 6:30pm and they will have a presentation on DOE Department of School Climate & Wellness (followed by a Q&A).
Here is an updated letter from Chancellor Carranza on this upcoming school year and what is to be expected from staff and students.
September 4: The Department of Education has the schedule for students:
All students will begin remotely on September 16th with orientation activities.
Regular classes for Blended and Remote Students will fully begin September 21. Blended students will begin reporting to the school building in the week of September 21.
Starting next Tuesday, our staff will be reaching out by phone and/or email to all families to check in on the following:
Google Classroom Sign In and Summer HW
Questions regarding blended vs remote schedules
Important Contact Information including Blue Cards
Wifi and iPad/computer access
We will send detailed schedules for Sept 16-18th by next week. Student class schedules beginning Sept 21st will be ready by September 18th and reviewed during orientation.
Please check out our ongoing teacher donation requests on Donors Choose!
One for Ms. Ismail that expires on September 30th, 2020
One for Ms. Krivac that expires on October 16th, 2020
One for Ms. Keegan that expires on October 17th, 2020
One for Mrs. Mathai that expires on October 28th, 2020
One for Ms. Martinez that expires on November 19th, 2020
One for Mr. Agosto that expires on December 17th, 2020
We’ll be having our first PTA Meeting of the year!!!! Please join us on Thursday, September 24th at 7pm via Zoom (more details to come). We hope to see you there!
Thank you for your time and again, have an amazing weekend!
Blended/Remote Learning Groups
On August 28 an email was sent home outlining the general grouping and schedule for your start of school. This email included whether you were placed in Group A (Blended), Group B (Blended) or Group D (Fully Remote). Our staff has reviewed siblings at HPCMS, student and family requests, and other academic requirements. As you might imagine, this has been a very difficult process and every effort was made to honor at least some of the requests. If you have recently found out information regarding a sibling at another school or have another major concern about your group, parents/guardians should direct these questions to the following administrators by email if possible:
Grade 6: AP Bart Piscitello
Grade 7: Principal Sarah Goodman
Grade 8: AP Kristen Shuart
Information regarding pod groupings, advisors, the first day of school, and other important details we hope to provide you with in early September. As more information is provided to us by the city and Department of Education, we will plan accordingly and then be able to reach out to every family.
Supplies & Computers
We are working hard to keep supplies to a minimum and will have more information shortly. However, all students will need access to a working laptop or iPad for the days they are remote. If your child borrowed a laptop from us last year, we may need it for in school uses. Please request an iPad above. If your child does not have a working laptop or ipad or has wifi access issues- please request an IPAd below. Thank you!!!
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza released the Return to School 2020 Back to School Pledge. It outlines the commitments to students, families, staff and all school communities prior to the start of the school year.
Learning Bridges Interest Form: Students in 3-K through Grade 8 that are participating in blended learning, learning bridges is a new program that will provide free childcare options on the days when students are scheduled for remote learning instruction, for the same time period as the remote-learning instructional period.
Remote Learning Survey [Complete if you want your child to be 100% remote in September.
Review the updated HPCMS Student & Family Handbook and complete the Virtual Blue Card & Student Forms