Mr. Corey Markham
Dear Clymer Parents and Guardians,
In the immortal words of one of Bon Jovi’s smash hits Livin on a Prayer, “Woah, we’re halfway there”. The first half of the school year was highlighted by new faces (students and teachers), Homecoming activities, a once in a lifetime experience for our Choir to perform in NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, and a Football State Championship. As we preview the second semester, we will see multiple opportunities for us to celebrate with our students. A few highlights include:
- Dr. Seuss’ Birthday - early March
- Spring Concerts - March 19th & March 21st
- Spring Sports Season
With the second semester beginning, it is important to review your child’s academic progress. If after viewing your child’s PowerSchool grades you have any questions or concerns, please call or email their teacher(s). If the need arises, our guidance counselors can help facilitate a face to face meeting with teachers to address your concerns.
In the past, Clymer has sent notifications of inclement weather, safety alerts, school closings or other important information via our SchoolMessenger system as phone calls or email notifications. This February, we will begin using the SMS feature of SchoolMessenger to send notifications via text message as well. This is an optional feature which requires parents/guardians to opt-in on all eligible devices to receive text alerts from the School. It should be noted that SchoolMessenger does not charge recipients for the text messages that they receive or send to the short code. However, wireless providers may charge for individual text messages depending on the plan associated with the wireless device. We recommend that anyone interested using the SMS feature of SchoolMessenger to check with their wireless carrier for any possible charges.
As stated in documents sent home, the School will send a message on Monday, February 19, 2019 (President’s Day) to all eligible devices with information on how to opt-in. If you choose not to utilize this feature, the SMS message on February 19th will be the only message you receive on your eligible device. If you choose to opt-out of the SMS message, you will continue to receive our messages from SchoolMessenger via phone calls and email. If you first decide to opt-in and decide later that you do not want this service, you may opt-out at anytime.
We look forward to using the SMS message to improve our communication with the Clymer community.
Everyday technology is evolving. Gone are the days of rotary-phones which allowed us to communicate with the outside world; typing and sometimes fighting with the correction ribbon in the process of completing a research paper on a typewriter is gone too. To keep pace with technology’s evolution, Clymer has embraced 1 to 1 devices, such as iPads and Chromebooks and teachers are using websites, apps, and educational platforms, such as Google Classroom, to allow our students every opportunity to be successful. Although our students understand this technology and its application in the classroom, many of us are left spinning our heads on how it works and how we can monitor our child’s progress on these devices and application. During this semester, we will be adding documents to our school website helping our community understand PowerSchool, Google Classroom, and other web-based educational platforms. If there is a specific educational platform that you need any guidance on, please call the Main Office and we will attempt to create a user-friendly document that will help our community close the technology gap.
Inclement Weather Alerts
I would like to remind all Clymer families of our school closing/delay procedures. Should inclement weather require us to change our schedule, every effort will be made to let our community know as soon as possible. If a decision is made to change our schedule or close the school, we will notify our community via phone call from our SchoolMessenger system. We will also inform local media of our school closings.
While events do happen that cause occasional tardiness, please help us communicate to your child the importance of coming to school on-time on a regular basis. When students arrive late, they miss essential information given at the beginning of a lesson, thus significantly reducing achievement. A student is considered unexcused tardy if they have not reported to homeroom by 7:54am. For those students who have difficulty arriving to school on-time, the administration has the right to assign detention(s), in-school suspension and even filing a PINS petition with Family Court.
Over the past two years, there has been a dramatic increase in students vaping on school property throughout the nation. While the law requires you to be at least 18 years of age to purchase or use vaping devices, too many of our students are in possession of one. These devices are also being used to dispense THC in an odorless method. Like many school districts across the nation, Clymer Central School has seen an increase in this dangerous new trend among students.
As per our Student Code of Conduct, the possession, distribution, or use of a vaping device is prohibited in school, on school property or at school events. Students found possessing, distributing, or using these devices are subject to discipline under our Student Code of Conduct. Disciplinary actions can include multiple days of in-school/out of school suspension, extra-curricular suspension/dismissal, and enrollment in a tobacco/smoking awareness class. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact the school so we can work together to educate our children on the dangers of vaping.