Update from Superintendent Gannon about COVID-19 (March 24)

Dear Queensbury families,

As we enter week two of our extended closing, we wanted to share a few important updates with you.

State testing suspended

The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that state assessments for grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

This suspension applies to the following New York State testing programs:

  • NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
  • NYS Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
  • NYS Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
  • NYS Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
  • NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Testing Grades K-12
  • NYS Alternate Assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school

The state has not issued any guidance on end-of-June Regents exams.

IB exams canceled

To our IB students and families: The International Baccalaureate Organization announced over the weekend that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year. More information will be posted to our website when it becomes available.

AP exams will take place online

The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March.

This will ensure that students currently enrolled in an AP course and who pass the course will still receive college credit.

The AP tests will be administered as 45-minute online free-response exams at home. Students will be able to take the streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet or smartphone, according to The College Board. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:

  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course

Students in need of mobile tools or connectivity can contact The College Board.

For additional information and course-specific exam information, visit the College Board website.

NYSPHSAA winter state championship events canceled

On Monday, March 23, The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events. The impacted championship events include the boys and girls basketball regionals and state championships, as well as the ice hockey and bowling championships. Our Spartans reached the ice hockey semifinals and we are so proud of their hard work this season. While they cannot be formally celebrated at a ceremony, let us take this time to recognize them and their achievements!

WMHT supports at-home learning with on-air and online educational programming

Starting this week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, WMHT WORLD will offer programming for students in grades 4-12. Each full day line-up will cover a range of subjects including science, math, social students, history and literature.

WMHT will also continue to offer educational programming for pre-k through grade 3 students during the day on WMHT-TV and all-day on WMHT’s 24/7 PBS Kids channel and streaming service. For the complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities, visit wmht.org/homeclassroom.

To find any WMHT channel on your television, visit wmht.org/findwmht. We hope this resource provides our students with additional educational support.

Meals for weekends now available

Starting Friday, March 27, we can now include meals for Saturday and Sunday that will be delivered with Friday lunch.

Let’s have some fun!

I am always proud to be a part of our school community, but these past few weeks, seeing how hard everyone has been working together (while apart), I have never been more proud to be a Spartan.

This Friday, March 27, let’s have some fun by sharing why you’re proud to be a Spartan. Send us a note of something positive you’ve seen, experienced or wanted to share from the past two weeks. You can also show your school spirit by wearing gold and blue or spirit wear. Let’s show that we are all a part of the QUFSD team! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #QBYSpartanPride so we can share your spirit!

Lastly, I know this hasn’t been an easy time for many. If you can, I would encourage you to support the small businesses in our community. They need our help and we can all rally together to give them the boost that they need right now.

Sincerely,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools