Archive for the ‘Students’ Category

Update for Families – Grading Policy

April 28, 2020

Dear Families,

This unprecedented time of COVID-19 has presented difficulty and struggles for all New Yorkers, and we recognize that supporting your children in their continued learning in the midst of this crisis has been no small feat. We are amazed by the resilience and resolve that all of you—the families of our 1.1 million students—have shown as we transformed our entire system to remote learning. We are grateful for all that you are doing to support the success of your child as we finish the 2019-2020 school year in remote learning.

This transition would be a challenge at any time, but in the midst of the anxiety and trauma so many of our communities are experiencing due to the pandemic, it could have been insurmountable. Still, you have done it, being there for your children in every way you can to support their learning despite not necessarily knowing where the next meal will be coming from, or dealing with illness or loss in your family or community, or any other number of insecurities this time has brought.

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Hamilton’s Highlights – April 27th, 2020

Events and Links

Friday, April 24 Attention Broadway Fans! “Love Never Dies” This Friday will be return of the Phantom and releasing the sequel to The Phantom of The Opera, Love Never Dies in full and for free worldwide! It will be only available for 48 hours after its initial release so make sure you catch it before it’s gone! 
Love Never Dies – Friday 24th April (Teaser)
The Shows Must Go On!

Saturday, April 25 at 9 AM CNN/Sesame Street Coronavirus Town Hall for Families: Do your kids have questions about the coronavirus?  Do you have questions about parenting during a pandemic? CNN is partnering with Sesame Street for a 90-minute, coronavirus town hall that focuses on answering coronavirus questions from kids and parents, this Saturday at 9am. Turn to the coronavirus experts and some friendly faces for the answers to all of your family’s important COVID-19 questions. 

The City of New York’s COVID-19 Hotel Program provides free hotel stays to eligible New Yorkers who cannot isolate where they live. This will help New York City stop the spread of COVID-19.
Covid-19 Hotel Program

Hamilton’s Highlights – April 20th, 2020

J.D.H.S. Virtual Robotics Competition

Support our students and attend our Virtual Robotics Competition!

This Sunday, April 19,  the John Dewey High School Robotics team, will be hosting a virtual robotics competition.  We would love for you to join and either play or watch. This competition is a virtual representation of this years game Infinite Recharge.

If you would like to play please fill out the form found here: Competition Form

If you would like to watch please use this link: Watch Live

The students, alumni, and mentors have been working extremely hard to pull this off . This will be fantastic event.

So please join us this Sunday April 19,  from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

SPED Parent Letter

April 15, 2020

Dear Families:

We want to thank you for your flexibility, patience, and partnership over the past few weeks as we launched implementation of remote learning. As we move into the next phase of remote learning, preparing to deliver instruction and services through the end of the school year, we want to share some key information concerning remote instruction and services.

We understand that for many students, not attending school in their physical school building is difficult, but this may be especially so for our students with disabilities. We are committed to communicating with you about your child’s needs in order to ensure success in their remote learning environment through the rest of this school year. Keeping in mind that parents and staff may be caring for others and/or battling illness themselves, flexibility is important. We are committed to serving all students according to their individual needs, and we will maintain that commitment.

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Dewey Motivation Project

Update for Families – April 11th, 2020


April 11, 2020

Dear Families:

Less than one month ago, we came together and began transforming the largest school system in the nation. The battle against COVID-19 left us no choice but to close school buildings to students and staff, transition to remote teaching and learning from home, and adjust to distancing from each other to remain safe.

Now, we face another painful decision. After consulting with public health experts about the ongoing trajectory of the virus, and with educators about the potential for continued disruption for the remainder of the year, we have decided that New York City school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and students will finish the school year in remote learning. We will continue to operate our 400+ school-based Meal Hubs, which serve three free meals a day to any New Yorker who needs them, and we will continue to ensure child care for the children of essential workers.

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Update for Families – April 7th, 2020

Dear Families:

None of us ever imagined what COVID-19 would bring: the closure of public school buildings, remote teaching and learning from home, and distancing from each other to remain safe.

This has been hard work that wouldn’t be possible without your efforts and support. We know you and your children are moving mountains to keep learning going during this time, as are the more than 150,000 dedicated educators and staff at the NYC Department of Education. I am so grateful for the support you have provided your children as we all have quickly worked to adapt to this entirely new approach to education. These are disruptive and stressful times that have already come with many challenges and a constantly evolving landscape. But with your help, we are making progress every day.

HS Seniors Update for Families

Dear Families:

During this ever-evolving public health crisis, the health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. We know that this is a stressful time for all New Yorkers, but especially for our students who are about to graduate. Please be assured that we are here to provide resources and support to help all graduating students remain on their path to successful completion of high school. Below is the latest guidance regarding necessary requirements for graduation.