Dear Orange Families,
It is hard to believe that May is already here. I hope you and your friends and loved ones are keeping safe. As we look ahead to the end of the school year, I have a couple of updates to share with you at this time.
Remote Learning Timeframe
As you know, our calendar is set for the year, and June 4th is the original last day for students. We have been delivering instruction via remote learning since March 16th, with plans to do so for the rest of the year based on the governor’s orders. Looking at the calendar and all of the work ahead to bring the year to a close, I would like to announce the following plans:
- Friday, May 22: Last day for new remote learning instruction
- May 26-29*: Teachers will continue to support students with all remaining assignments, including make-up work to be collected, finalized and entered into Progress Book as applicable
- June 1-5*: Staff will return to the buildings to complete checkout and classroom packing while complying with social distancing and health recommendations from the state as appropriate
*May 26 - June 5: Along with student work collection, finalizing records and cleaning out classrooms, teachers will also be participating in professional development to begin preparing for whatever next school year holds, including the possibility of full remote-learning in the fall
Administrator Role Change
Looking ahead to 2020-2021, I am excited to announce a change in administrative staffing. Strong, consistent leadership is one of the hallmarks of a successful school district. Here at Orange, we have a very stable team of building administrators who have a balance of institutional knowledge and Orange background as well as the ability to grow and keep up with the times and trends in the ever-changing landscape of public education. That being said, as needs change from one building to the next, I see an opportunity to match administrator strengths and experiences to a given need, thus maximizing administrative staffing through change to make the best environment possible for our students.
For 2020-2021, Mr. Steve Hardaway will be leaving Orange High School and taking on the role of Assistant Principal at Moreland Hills School. While OHS will miss Steve’s presence, MHS will gain from Steve’s varied experiences, including a background in elementary education. While change is never without challenges, I am confident that Steve will be successful at MHS. Congratulations, Steve!
I know that the pandemic has put us in a very fluid situation with new information coming at us from many sources. Principals will continue to keep you updated with building-level information, and District announcements will continue as well. Please continue to monitor your email and our website, www.orangeschools.org to stay on top of pertinent information. I look forward to seeing everyone when the appropriate time comes. Until then, stay healthy and safe!