Message from Manuel J. Fernandez and Christen Sohn - June 14, 2020

Message from Manuel J. Fernandez and Christen Sohn
Good evening parents and caregivers,

This will be our last Sunday Rundown for the 2019-2020 school year. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 17th. While we will continue to communicate with you and provide periodic updates throughout the summer, it is important to take this moment to express our gratitude toward you, CSUS’ parents and caregivers. You became our partners in teaching and learning in new and unprecedented ways. You amplified our successes and have provided valuable feedback regarding the adaptations we will need to make for the fall. You continue to champion issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion that are central to our identity as a school community. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, partnership, and support.

Please note that the school website will have a link to the CSUS Grade 8 virtual graduation at 6:00 pm. tomorrow. Or link directly to CEA-TV 98/99. We are very proud of the ceremony that the grade 8 team, administrative team, scholars, ITCS, Ms. Carmichael and Ms. Silbert contributed to during this unprecedented time. We are pleased and believe that you will be pleased also. Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and all the best moving forward.

As the year draws to a close, we know you have many questions. You can find answers about end of year logistics here:

1. Locker clean out and return, and summer reading/math pickup
2. Summer Reading
3. Instruments, Library books, Computers for scholars not returning to CPS in the fall

Of course, the most frequently asked question is one that we don’t yet have an answer to: What WILL school look like in the fall? Even with the most recent recommendations from DESE, there is no clear picture as of yet regarding how school may change in the fall in response to the current pandemic. It is very possible that, if school reconvenes in the physical building, this will mean unprecedented changes to traditional classroom setups. It is also possible that school may begin the year remotely, or may transition to remote teaching and learning as the year progresses.

What we do know is that TEAM CSUS collaborative, innovative, and resilient. We “built the car while we were driving it,” the first year we opened in 2012 and again in 2020 when we made the unplanned and unprecedented shift to emergency remote teaching. Our goal in the coming weeks and months is to hear from current and incoming families about what has and has not worked for you and your scholar’s learning during building closure this year. That information, along with our team’s commitment to our scholar attributes (Social Justice, Curiosity, Honor, Originality, Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Resilience) will inform our planning for the fall and beyond. While the unknown is always intimidating, we also see our current situation as an opportunity to transform teaching and learning for the better. Thank you for your trust and support, and for choosing CSUS.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us throughout the summer with any questions, ideas or concerns. We will endeavor to respond within 24 hours.

We extend our best wishes to you for a pleasant summer and we hope that we will see our rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade families in the fall.
Stay safe everyone!

Manuel and Christen
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