School Robo Calls

Information that the district provides through the district wide Robo call system will be listed below as to when they broadcasted.

Robo call system

9/17/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I am calling to share a new format that we will use starting on Monday to report positive COVID cases.  A Weekly COVID Counter will be placed on our cppanther.org website that will be updated each time a new case is identified.  Both students and staff will be updated at each building level when a positive case is identified during a one-week period.  Each Monday the counter will start at 0 unless a case was identified over the weekend.  Secondly, we will only report cases when one of our own students or staff members had actually been in the school building and was considered contagious by the DoH guidelines.  Again, if a student or staff member was not in the building within their contagious period, they will not be reported.  We hope that this will provide important information that will keep you informed as we all seek to keep our students safe.  Thank you and have a good evening!

9/15/21
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We were notified today that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19.  The families of all students that need to be quarantined were contacted.
9/14/21
Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. We were notified today that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19.  The families of all students that need to be quarantined were contacted.

 

9/13/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We were notified today that two students in the elementary school tested positive for COVID-19.  The families of all students that need to be quarantined were contacted.  Thank you and have a good evening.

9/9/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We were informed that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  There were no students or staff that needed to be quarantined.  Have a good evening.

 

9/08/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We were notified today that a student in the high school and a student in the elementary school tested positive for COVID-19.  All students that need to be quarantined were contacted.  Please know that Mrs. Holtz, our school nurse, keeps careful track of positive COVID cases, quarantines, and the appropriate protocols for students to return to school.  We are grateful for her commitment in following these procedures.

Second, the Commodore Perry School Board’s September meeting has been moved to next Monday, September 13th at 6:30 PM in the high school library.  Face coverings will be required.  Thank you and have a good evening.

9/01/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I want to provide you with some information prior to Open House this evening.  As many of you are aware, Governor Wolf announced a mask mandate from the PA Department of Health that will begin on Tuesday, September 7th.  According to our Health and Safety Plan approved by the Board on July 7th and found on our website, Masks will be worn in accordance to requirements of PA DoH or PDE.  Since masks were not “required” previously, they were optional for staff and students; however, the Department of Health is now requiring masks for each teacher, student, staff, or visitor working, attending, or visiting a school, and we must follow our plan.  Both masks and full shields are acceptable.  Students will not be required to wear masks during gym classes, recess, lunch, or participating in sports. While I know that there are very strong opinions around this mandate, I hope that you will join me in staying focused on what matters the most: helping our students learn here at school.  We look forward to seeing you this evening at our CP Family Open House.

8/30/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We’ve had a great start to our new school year, and it’s wonderful to hear and see our students learning and growing together!  I have two important pieces of information to share with you regarding the Technology Protection Plan and Open House.  Any additional information regarding our Health and Safety Plan that is posted on our website will be addressed in a future robocall. First, I have an update regarding the Technology Protection Plan. We are still waiting for the Pay School company to complete the process for families to pay for the plan online.  We are hopeful that this will be accomplished soon, and I will send a robocall when it is available.  Once this process is complete, students that have chosen this option will then be able to take their Chromebooks home.

Next, as we prepare for Open House tomorrow, we have been reflecting on how grateful we are for the tremendous participation of our families who want to come and meet their children’s teachers. We are hopeful that this same excitement will be shared tomorrow; however, as a precautionary measure to limit the number of people in the rooms and hallways at one time, we’re asking parents to make their best efforts to attend during an alphabetically assigned half-hour according to their student’s last name.  Students with last names beginning with A-H should attend between 6:00 and 6:30; students with last names beginning with I-P should attend between 6:30 and 7:00, and students with last names beginning with Q-Z should attend between 7:00 and 7:30. These times are posted on our website. This will limit the number of families in a room at one time and allow the teachers the opportunity to safely greet each one for a few minutes.  If families would like additional time to socialize with other CP families, you are welcome to do so outside of the elementary or high school entrances.  Also, just as we ask families each day of school to monitor their students’ health, we ask the same of our families tomorrow evening and ask that you not attend Open House if anyone is experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms.  Our goal for this year is to help our students learn as “normally” and “safely” as possible. Following these two requests for tomorrow will help us accomplish this goal! We look forward to seeing you!

8/26/21

Good evening!  This is Kim Zippie.   We had a great first day!  Of course, there are always a few bumps along the way, and we learn and grow from them!  There are two things that we need to remind and clarify for our families, one at the beginning of the day and one at the end of the day. First, a reminder.  The doors will NOT open until 7:45 for students to enter the building.  There was a glitch this morning, and the high school entrance was opened earlier, but it will NOT be opened until 7:45 for the remainder of the year.  Second, to clarify, if parents are picking up their elementary children at the end of the day, they must send a note or call Mrs. Sindlinger to inform her that the student is being picked up and whether the child is being picked up one day or every day. If it is only for one day, a note should be sent every time the child is going to be picked up. Next, the person picking up the child should have the QR code that is registered for their child.  If you have an issue printing your QR code, please contact the office or Mr. Dillaman. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe and have a great evening!

8/25/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. The entire CP staff family is anxiously awaiting our students’
return tomorrow. There has been an enormous amount of work accomplished in the school
building as well as the teachers’ preparation in the classrooms to help our students have a
wonderful start to the new school year. To that end, I have a few pieces of information to share
with you to get us started.

First, the Seamless Summer program will continue to provide free breakfasts and lunches for all
of our CP students. Only students who want to purchase extra lunches or ala carte items will
need to have money or an account through the Pay School systems that is posted on the CP
website under the Parent Tab. We hope your students will take advantage of this wonderful
opportunity!

Second, the Technology Protection Plan for those families that choose to have their students be
able to take their Chromebooks home on an as-needed basis will be sent home tomorrow. It is
also posted on our website. Parents who choose this option can send a check or pay through
an online payment option that will be available on our website. We are still waiting for the
company to open our account and will update the information on our website as soon as it is
available. Please keep checking!

Next, for a couple of safety and security updates. Parents who are picking up their elementary
children after school must bring a valid driver’s license for the first time to confirm their identity.
We have new families in our district and new staff members in charge of our after-school
dismissal. We want to verify each person’s identity to ensure our students’ safety.
Our new security entrances for both the elementary and high schools are almost complete.
Visitors will only enter through the secure entrances into a waiting area, and the secretaries will
address any needs or requests from there. Students arriving late or returning from an
appointment will also enter through the secure entrances.

Finally, we begin this year knowing that COVID challenges are still very real, and we absolutely
respect each family’s opinion on this issue. While masks are optional for staff and students in
the school, with the exception of busses where it is federally mandated, we encourage families
with concerns to have their children wear masks. Please know that anyone wearing a mask,
both students and staff, will be treated with respect and supported in his or her decision. We will
continue to follow quarantine protocols and will also monitor our data for indications that
additional protocols should be put into place. These protocols may include the implementation
of short-term mask-wearing until the data indicates otherwise. Of course, one of the best ways
to prevent COVID from spreading is to keep students home who may be experiencing any
COVID symptoms. If there’s any question, please keep your child home. Our goal is to keep our
students learning in person all year, and we can only achieve this by working together. As
always, if you have any health-related questions, please call Mrs. Holtz, our school nurse,
during school hours.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. And now…let the learning begin!

8/04/21

Good Afternoon,

 

This is Athletic Director, Stacy Payne, calling with some important information regarding the upcoming school year. First, if you ordered JHVB, Cross Country, or Prom Pictures from last year, they are available for pickup in the District office between the hours of 8 and 2, Monday through Thursday.

Next, mandatory practices for fall sports will begin on August 16. All athletes must have completed the online registration at www.cppanthersathletics.org and uploaded the signature page from the doctor in order to participate in practices that day. Cross Country practice will be from 3-5, Volleyball practices will be from 5-7 in the high school gym, Soccer practice will be from 3-5 on the soccer field, and JH Girls Basketball practice will be from 7-9 in the high school gym. If you do not have your physical completed, you may not practice until it is complete and uploaded online, but you are still required to attend the practices.

Next, we are excited to share that our students have the opportunity to participate in football cheer at Lakeview this year.  With that being said, we just received word that the Jr. High tryouts will be held tonight, 8/4, from 6-8pm and tomorrow, 8/5, from 5:30pm until tryouts are complete at the Oakview Elementary gym. Varsity tryouts will be held 8/12 from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Oakview Elementary gym.

Finally, we will be recognizing all of our fall athletes at a Fall Meet the Athlete which will follow a reverse parade being hosted by the CP Faculty on 8/24.  The parade will start at 6:00pm and end on the soccer field, where we will host an outdoor Meet the Athlete followed by a bonfire, music, and hot dogs/beverages. We hope to see you all there!

6/9/21

Good evening.  This is Kim Zippie.  As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, it seems appropriate for us all to breathe a collective sigh…. not just of relief that we made it, but a sigh of satisfaction that we have all learned much and grown much in ways we never expected or thought possible.  It took all of us in the CP family…staff, students, families, and community partners to persevere through a very challenging time in national and CP history…and both prevail and thrive to the end. We would like to say a very special thank you to all who were patient, flexible, and supportive throughout this year.

Now for some updates. Information about the Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program in Mercer County has been posted on our website.  Anyone with a need to pay either rent or utility bills can contact the Mercer County Housing Authority for assistance over the next 12 months.  Also, please continue to check our website from time to time during the summer for updates and new information, including access to our school board meeting and any special meetings that may be scheduled.  We are hopeful that the June 21st board meeting will be the last “live-streamed” meeting, and we can welcome our partners back in person.  Finally, as a reminder that students will be dismissed at 1:16 tomorrow on their final day.  I hope and pray that you have a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation, learning, and lots of good memories.

 

6/3/21

Good Evening,

This is Athletic Director, Stacy Payne, calling to inform you that sports physicals will once again be offered through Commodore Perry School District for a fee of $15 on July 9 and July 16 this summer. If your child will be going into grades 7-12 for the upcoming school year and will be participating in a fall, winter, or spring sport, he/she may sign up to get a sports physical at the school on July 9 or July 16 by accessing the 2021-2022 Sports Physical link under the Recent News tab on the district website at www.cppanthers.org. Payment can be brought into the school next week and given to Dr. Payne. We do ask that prior to arriving for you physical that you please fill out the necessary paperwork and submit it online by going to www.cppanthersathletics.org and clicking on the online registration link. This link will be available next Tuesday, June 8. You will need to take a copy of the physical form to the doctor, so those forms are available outside of the Athletic Director’s office and need to be completed prior to your arrival at your scheduled physical date and time. Additionally, fall sports signups will be available outside of the Athletic Director’s office starting Monday, June 7. Have a safe and healthy summer and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

5/26/21

Good morning, this is Kim Zippie. We were notified that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19.  The Department of Health was contacted.  There were no students in close contact with this student so no one needs to be quarantined.  Let’s all stay vigilant to do what we can to contain any COVID spread.  We’re almost to the finish line!! Thank you.

5/21/21 

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.   I have a few pieces of information to share with you regarding broadband service, vaccine availability, and music concerts.  First, in an effort to identify the level of Internet access and connectivity that residents have within our school district community, we are asking that you complete a short survey that is found on our website. The data collected will greatly assist our school district with obtaining local, state and federal broadband funding to provide additional resources to our students and families. Thank you in advance for taking your time to take this survey!

Second, if any families are interested in vaccinations for their children 12 years and older, a link has been placed on our website to a scheduling opportunity at Walgreens.  This is only for informational purposes only and not a requirement.

Finally, we are excited to share that we are able to have live band and choir concerts next week. The elementary band and choir concerts will be held on Tuesday, June 1st at 6:30 PM and the jr high band and choir concerts will be held the same night at 7:15 PM in the high school auditorium.  The high school band and choir concerts will be held on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM, also in the high school auditorium.  In keeping with the Governor’s orders for schools, masks are still required for attendance.  Also, both events will be live-streamed through a link accessed on our website.   Thank you and have a nice evening.

5/10/21

We were notified that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19.  The Department of Health was contacted.  All students who were in close contact with this student were notified and quarantined from school. This information will be sent to parents this evening.

4/3/21

Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie.  I want to update you on the progress of our cold water tank installation.  So far, things are going well for Chris and the plumbing crew with only a few challenges along the way; however, they needed to lay a cement pad for the new tanks, and they must allow time for it to cure before placing the tanks on it, finishing the plumbing, and flushing the line; therefore, we are going to need to use Tuesday as a remote day, and I wanted to give you as much time as possible to make necessary preparations.  The goal is to return to school on Wednesday, April 7th, for in-person learning but will update you if anything changes.  We are grateful for those working so hard this weekend to improve our water system and for your patience and support as we work through these necessary renovations.  Have a blessed Easter and enjoy the beautiful weather that is on its way!

3/27/21

Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. After a long day of difficult work, Chris Gillingham and the plumbers were able to clean the hot water tank and get our faucets and toilets working again.  Thanks to their tremendous efforts, we can plan to be at school in-person on Monday. Students should return with their Chromebooks and chargers.  Please know that this is a temporary fix and plans are underway to get ready for permanent solutions. The cold water tanks will be installed over the Easter break, and we will again send the Chromebooks and chargers home with students on Wednesday to be prepared in case an extension of time is needed.  Have a great rest of your weekend!

3/26/21

Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie.  As you know, we have been working through our water issues trying to make it to Easter break so that our students can continue in-person learning and the renovations can begin on the cold water tank.  Thankfully, through the hard work of Chris Gillingham and the assistance of our plumbers, we have successfully made it through another week.  However, the rust in the hot water tank is now causing additional problems as it is clogging up the touchless sinks and toilets we recently installed.  If left alone this will ruin these devices.  Starting tomorrow morning, Chris and the plumbers will work to clean out the hot water tank.  We are hopeful that they can create yet another temporary solution to get us through the three days next week; however, if they cannot, we will move to remote learning.  Therefore, in order to be prepared, we are sending the Chromebooks home with students at the end of the day. I will send another call tomorrow to confirm what we will do on Monday. Because this may take a few minutes longer for our Career Center students to get their Chromebooks when they return to school today, buses may be running a few minutes late; this will also delay the start of our student pick-up at the elementary school. If your student was absent today, and it’s necessary to move to remote learning, we will provide a time for your student to come into the building to get his or her Chromebook on Monday morning.

Finally, I need to inform you that a high school student tested positive for COVID.  Any student that was in close contact with the student has been quarantined.  This serves as a reminder that we need to stay diligent with our COVID protocols.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we deal with challenges beyond our control.

3/19/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  After a long week of waiting for water test results and approval from the PA Department of Education, we have finally received approval to bring students back to school on Monday.  Our plan is to replace our cold water tank over the Easter break.  While the DEP and an engineer have assured us that our water is safe, out of an abundance of caution we are going to provide bottled water for students and staff until the Easter break and the water tank can be replaced. Please know that we are very aware of what a difficult week this has been for everyone.  Be assured that we have done and will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that our water is safe and the water system is working properly so that our students can learn.  We want to give a special thank you to our Supervisor of Building and Grounds, Chris Gillingham, for all the work that he has done to make our return possible.  Thank you and have a great weekend!

3/16/21

Good afternoon, this is Kim Zippie. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information regarding our water situation, I have been waiting to get additional information as to what our options are for returning students to the building as soon as possible. As I originally reported, we submitted a water sample as recommended by the plumber and Microbac, and it came back clear today, which is great news; however, we since learned that we were required by the DEP to do two additional tests beyond the initial water sample. The second one was taken today, the third will be taken tomorrow with results expected on Friday. We will update you as to the results as soon as possible. In the meantime rather than use both of our final Flexible Instruction Days, we will use our fourth day tomorrow and provide remote learning on Thursday and Friday.  This means that if any student does not have this or her Chromebook at home, he or she may either come to the school and pick it up from his or her homeroom between 9:00 and 2:00 tomorrow or parents may request it to be delivered tomorrow afternoon between 12:30 and 1:30.  The request for delivery must be completed via the survey posted on the website by 9:00 tonight. Again, anyone who needs a Chromebook may pick it up in the student’s homeroom between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM tomorrow or request that it be delivered between 12:30 and 1:30 PM.  Please know that we are working diligently to find solutions to our water situation and return students back to the building as soon as possible.

3/13/21

Good morning, this is Kim Zippie. In an effort to productively use our day off yesterday and an empty building to complete necessary updates to our water system, additional issues were discovered that have been resolved.  However, as a result of these updates, the plumbers and Microbac, our water inspection company, strongly recommended that our water be tested to ensure it is safe for drinking. We absolutely agree that this is a necessary step to ensure the safety of our staff and students.  Unfortunately, the water samples cannot be taken until Monday, and the results will most likely not be available until Tuesday.  This means that we will need to use Flexible Instruction Days at least on Monday and Tuesday until we receive the results.  FID materials have already been sent home for Monday, and they are also posted on teachers’ Google Classroom pages for those who have access to technology; however, because the second day was unexpected, if you do NOT have the technology to access the second set of FID materials on Google Classroom pages, hard copies can be picked up between noon and 3:00 at the central office on Monday afternoon OR they can be delivered to your homes at the end of the normal school day on Monday between 3:00 and 4:00.  If you need these hard copies, please complete the FID Material Request Survey on our website or call the elementary office or high school office and leave a message by 8:00 AM Monday morning.  Again, if you need hard copies of FID materials for Tuesday, you must complete the FID Material Request survey or call the school at 724-253-3255 by 8:00 Monday morning and leave a message.  You can pick them up or we will deliver them to you.  If you have any questions regarding expectations for the Flexible Instruction Days and attendance, please see the Flexible Instruction Day Instructions and Expectations link on our website.

For Mercer County Career students, transportation to the career center will still be provided.  Career Center students will need to arrive at CP by 11:25 am to ride the bus.  Students may ride the busses home since FID materials will be delivered on bus routes.

Staff members should check their emails for additional information.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this causes, but please know that the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us. This past year has been full of twists and turns and we are very hopeful that this is just one small bend!  We promise to bring our students back just as soon as safely possible!  Thank you once again for your continued support.

2/23/21

Good evening this is Kim Zippie.  In order to keep you informed, I want to share some information with you.  At the end of the day today we were made aware of a situation by our Supervisor of Facilities and Grounds related to hot water in the building.  As a precaution, we had our students in grades 7-12 take their technology home and checked with our elementary students to make sure another round of FID folder material went home.  Our goal was to ensure our students were prepared so that a day of instruction wouldn’t be lost in case the situation couldn’t be resolved.  At this time, we believe the situation has been resolved, and we are planning on holding school as scheduled tomorrow; however, we felt it necessary to explain why students brought their technology home.  This was truly an effort to be prepared in case a Flexible Instructional Day was necessary. Thank you and have a good evening.

2/16/21 #1

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie with some important information.  The Commodore Perry School Board voted this evening to move from the hybrid model for students in grades 5-12 to in-person learning five days a week beginning next Monday, February 22nd.  This means that all students in grades K-12 will be attending school five days a week.  Those who choose to remain remote will be attending school synchronously five days per week.  The hybrid schedule will no longer be an option.  Again, students will attend school in-person five days per week or be remote five days per week.  Remote learners will receive an additional call with further instructions.

As a reminder, while the Board has voted to return students to in-person instruction five days per week, Mercer County is still in the substantial designation, and we must continue to abide by the requirements of the attestation agreement to wear masks at all times, report and track contacts for all COVID cases, and close the school for cleaning for 2 or more positive COVID cases.  Although the county’s data numbers are improving, we are not yet in the moderate designation.  Thank you and have a great evening.

 

2/16/21 #2

Good evening, remote learners, this is Kim Zippie.  You are receiving this call because you have been learning remotely five days a week.  Because the Board has voted to bring all students in grades Kindergarten-12 back to school for in-person instruction five days a week, you have the opportunity to change your mode of instruction if you would like to return to in-person learning.  A survey will be posted on the website after 9:00 tonight for you to indicate your choice of staying remote five days a week or returning to in-person instruction five days per week.  Please make your choice by noon tomorrow, Wednesday, so that appropriate accommodations can be made.  Again, please complete the survey by tomorrow at noon.  Thank you and have a great evening.

 

 

 

2/15/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  Due to the current winter storm warning that is in place and the icy conditions that have started, we are going to use our first Flexible Instructional Day tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th. Five Flexible Instructional Days were approved by the Department of Education that allow us to count instruction provided at home as a day of instruction in school in the case of an emergency closure.  This means that we will not need to make up this day.  Packets of work were sent home with students in January, and a letter of explanation was mailed to each family.  In this letter there were three things that were required by the Department of Education.  We must track attendance, provide learning, and offer access to health care. First, for attendance, all students must report attendance by 8:00 AM in one of three ways: login to their Google Classroom to report attendance, text their names to the elementary teachers’ remind apps if available, or call the school at 724-253-3255 and leave a voicemail at either the elementary or high school offices.  Second, students must complete work that was sent home in FID folders, or found on their teachers’ Google Classroom pages marked Flexible Instructional Day or FID.  Students must submit completed work electronically or return it to their teachers the day they return in person. If students have questions, teachers will be available through email on their Google Classrooms from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Third, if you have any health-related questions, you can contact Mrs. Holtz by email, at sholtz@cppanathers.org or call the school and dial her extension at 1229.  All of this information can be found on our website under Flexible Instructional Day.  Because this is the first time using a FID day, we realize there may be some glitches along the way; however, we will work together to resolve any issues.  Thank you for your continued support and please stay safe.

 

 

2/07/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I want to inform you that a staff member tested positive for COVID 19.  There were no close contacts during school hours, and anyone that was in close contact outside of school hours has been alerted and quarantined.  Again there were no close contacts during school hours, and anyone that was in close contact has been quarantined. Thank you.

 

 

1/26/21

 

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We were notified today that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19.  The Department of Health was contacted, and there were no students that needed to be quarantined.  Thank you and have a good evening.

 

1/15/21

Good Evening!

This is Dr. Payne calling to inform you that, while you child was originally scheduled to take the Keystone exams in the Spring of 2020 and those had been rescheduled to January 19-22, 2021, the recent passing of Act 136 states that any student who was in a Keystone target course for the 19/20 school year, was scheduled to take the Keystone exam for the first time, and passed that course will be deemed proficient on the exam that they were scheduled to take in the Spring of 2020.  Therefore, your child does not need to take the Keystone exams next week and has been marked proficient for the tests that they were scheduled to take last spring.  Thank you!

 

 

1/13/21

Good Evening this is Mr. Ledebur with an important reminder to all CP students in grades 5-12.  Please make sure that each of you are going to your Google Homeroom each day.  Fill in the attendance form that your homeroom teacher has posted there, and submit the attendance form by 8:01 am.  If you are following a hybrid schedule you will complete this attendance process each day, whether you are in-person or remote.  If you are a fully remote student, you should also complete this process each day.  It is important that you do not skip a step, you must fill in the form and submit the form.  This is the evidence of your attendance.  Daily attendance is critically important to the success of each of our CP students.  Additionally, please make sure that you are completing your daily assignments and submitting them to your teachers.  If you find that you have a question or need additional help please do not hesitate to reach out to your teacher and set up a time to Meet.  

 

Thank you for determination and flexibility during this challenging time.  

 

1/08/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We are anxious to begin our next phase of learning on Monday for our students whether in-person or continuing remote.  In preparation, I have some important information.  First, if your student is returning in-person, please be sure to send his or her Chromebook and charger the day that he or she returns. It would be helpful if it has been charged over the weekend. The next piece of information addresses the distribution of breakfasts and lunches. I want to first extend a huge thank you to both our cafeteria staff and our transportation contractors and bus drivers for providing exceptional meals that were delivered right to our students’ homes. Moving forward all Commodore Perry families with students ages 18 years old and under will continue to be able to receive meals at no charge. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to deliver meals to homes; however, students who are remote may pick-up meals each day that they are not attending in person between 1:30 and 2:00.  Families who would like to request meals must complete the Commodore Perry Breakfast & Lunch Order Form on our website by 8:00 AM on Monday, January 11th.  Again, families who want to request meals must complete the Breakfast & Lunch Order Form by 8:00 AM this Monday, January 11th.   Finally, a reminder of expectations for students in grades 5-12 will be posted on our website by Monday morning.  As always, thank you for your continued support as we navigate our educational journey!

 

 

 

1/06/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  This evening the Board voted to approve a hybrid model of learning beginning next Monday, January 11th.  The hybrid model offers opportunities for in-person learning for those who choose it. It will also reduce the number of students in the building lessening the possibility that the school will need to be closed due to positive COVID cases. This model provides all students in grades kindergarten through 4th grades five days of in-person learning per week.  Students with IEPs who have chosen in-person learning in grades 5-12 will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and will learn remotely on Wednesdays.  Students in grades 5-12 who have chosen in-person learning will attend either Monday and Tuesday OR Thursday and Friday, and all students in grades 5-12 will learn remotely on Wednesdays and the other days they are not in-person. A robocall will be sent tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, to inform families of 5th – 12th grade students which days their students will attend. The lists will be developed based on grade levels as well as consideration of household members.  Every effort will be made to have all students in grades 5-12 in the same household attend on the same days.  In order to determine the final lists, it’s important that we know the final selections of families as to whether their students will stay remote until the county moves to the moderate designation or if they will attend in-person based on the hybrid model.  If you have not completed the “Substantial Designation Learning Choice” survey or you selected “haven’t decided” or you want to change your selection, please do so by tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM.  The survey can be found on the district website by clicking the link “Substantial Designation Learning Choice.”  Again, please complete the survey by 9:00 AM tomorrow morning.  Thank you and have a good evening.

 

 

 

1/04/21

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. First, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New year and am hopeful for what this year has in store for our students and their learning.   I have two important pieces of information.  First, the Commodore Perry School Board will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday, January 6th at 5:30 PM to discuss next steps for delivering instruction.  Community members may participate virtually; however, in order to make the meeting as efficient and effective as possible there is a new format that will allow community members to register to speak rather than use a chat box.  This will require community members to pre-register by clicking on a link that will be available tomorrow morning, Tuesday, January 5th at 10:00 AM.  Those choosing to participate either by just viewing the live-stream or speaking during it will click on the link and complete the registration form asking for a name, email address, whether he/she is requesting to speak, and the topic he/she would like to address. You may either use a computer microphone or a dial-in number. We believe this will allow our Board members to hear directly from community members and be able to speak directly to their concerns.  We ask those who choose to speak to keep their comments to 3-minutes.  In order to be sure we have prepared the list of speaker requests, please register by 4:30 PM on Wednesday prior to the start of the meeting.   You may register to view the live stream up until the start of the meeting.

Second, if you did not complete the Substantial Designation Learning Choice Survey, we ask that you do so by clicking on the link at the bottom of the homepage of our website.  Your choices for learning are to stay remote until Mercer County is in the moderate designation, return to in-person learning for as much as is offered, and undecided.  If you already completed the survey, please do not complete it again unless you have changed your choice.  We appreciate your assistance as we gather information for our next steps.

 

12/14/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  This announcement is only for those families that were NOT remote prior to our school closure prior to Thanksgiving.  In order to help the administrators and Board make informed decisions as to the next steps for student learning, we need information from our families as to how they would like their students’ to learn during Mercer County’s substantial designation for positive COVID cases.  To help families make this choice, it’s important to understand the two requirements that the PA Departments of Education and Health place on schools in order to return to in-person learning while the county is in substantial COVID designation.  First, everyone must wear a face covering at all times, including physical education classes and recess. Second, the school must close for 3-14 days if there are two or more positive COVID cases in a building.  This includes cases of both students and staff.  The more positive cases, the longer the school will be closed.  We are asking families to complete a brief survey found on our CP Panther web page to commit, if it has been decided, to a choice for their student(s)’ learning while Mercer County is in the substantial designation.  The choices include staying remote, returning to in-person learning as much as possible, and undecided. If you have more than one student, and you are choosing different options, please complete a separate survey for each student.  Again, this survey is only for families whose students were learning in-person prior to Thanksgiving.  Thank you for your assistance in helping us to make informed learning decisions for our students. 

 

 

 

12/09/2020

Good Evening,

This is Dr. Payne calling with some important information regarding the spiritwear fundraiser that occurred at the beginning of the school year. If you ordered any spiritwear at the beginning of the school year, orders will be available for pickup in the high school vestibule tomorrow, Dec. 10 from 3pm – 5pm. Please know your teacher’s name when coming for pickup.

Good Evening,

This is Dr. Payne calling to share some important information for both sophomores and juniors.

Any sophomore who sold Dirusso’s sausage can be drop off orders in the district office tomorrow and Friday, 12/11 before noon.  If you are not able to drop your order off during the school day, please contact me via email at spayne@cppanthers.org to make arrangements for me to get your order. Please remember that money is due with your order and I must have all orders by noon on Friday to ensure delivery stays on the scheduled date.

To all Juniors, information will be forthcoming on candy bar pick up for juniors who will be selling Daffin’s candy bars over the Christmas break.  Please remember to check the stream in your Junior Google classroom for this information.

As always, stay healthy and safe.

 

 

 

12/08/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I have two important announcements.

First, at last night’s Board meeting, the Board made the very difficult decision to stay in remote learning until January 11th.  The extension to the 11th is to reduce the chance that COVID cases will rise during the holidays.  On January 4th, the Board will meet in a special Board meeting to review the data in order to make an informed decision as to next steps for both safety and education. Please know that our CP Board takes these decisions very seriously, and they have committed an immense amount of time, thought, and energy in regular and special Board meetings trying to meet the challenges and issues that COVID has demanded…knowing that there are no easy solutions.

Second, meals will continue to be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of full weeks.  The week of Christmas, only a Monday delivery will be made.  If you haven’t signed up for meals, and you would like to do so, please complete the Meal delivery request survey on our website. Thank you, and have a good evening.

 

12/06/2020

 

Good evening families who are receiving meal deliveries, this is Kim Zippie.  Because remote learning will continue through at least Tuesday, meals will be delivered tomorrow, Monday, December 7th, for both Monday and Tuesday.   Please watch and listen for the bus to arrive with your meals or place a tote, box, or cooler at the end of your driveway in which the meals may be placed.  Again, meals will be delivered tomorrow, Monday, December 7th for both Monday and Tuesday.  Thank you.

 

 

12/03/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I have some important information to share with you.  Our original decision to move to remote learning prior to Thanksgiving was based on PDE’s guidance and our local and school COVID data.  As I stated in my original announcement, we would review our data prior to our return and make a decision moving forward.  Last week Governor Wolf ordered all schools in counties of substantial COVID designations to submit an attestation form declaring how they would provide learning. Because we were currently in remote learning, our form declared that we would be remote; however, our hope was that after Thanksgiving our data would indicate that we could revise that plan and return to in-person learning.  As the week has progressed, it has become clear that the Board needs to review the latest data and make a decision as to whether to re-submit a new form to PDE to change our plan or remain remote.  Therefore, we are extending remote learning through at least Tuesday, December 8th in order for the Board to review local and county data at their reorganization meeting on Monday, December 7th before making a decision as to the next steps. Again, remote learning will continue through at least Tuesday, December 8th.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but please know that we take this decision very seriously and need to review all of the information in order to determine the best and safest way to proceed for both our students and staff.  Thank you and have a good evening.

 

 

11/30/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I hope that you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving with whomever sat at your table.  While the impending winter storm that is arriving tomorrow will NOT interfere with our students’ learning, it will affect meal delivery.  Meals will be delivered on Wednesday and Friday this week instead of Tuesday and Thursday.  Please be sure to watch for the deliveries on Wednesday instead of tomorrow and place a tote or cooler at the end of your driveway if you aren’t readily available to retrieve them when the bus comes.  Again, we are looking forward to seeing your students tomorrow with their same schedules of learning as before Thanksgiving, but meals will not be delivered until Wednesday and Friday.  Also, please be sure to call or email Mrs. Holtz our school nurse if your student is quarantined or has tested positive for COVID so that we can keep track of dates and required information. You can find her information on our website at cppanthers.org.  Thank you and have a good evening!

 

11/25/2020

Good evening families who are receiving meal deliveries, this is Kim Zippie.  As meals continue to be delivered tomorrow and next week, it is necessary to be sure that families are receiving them as expected and not returned to school.  We ask for you to do one of two things.  First, please watch and listen for the bus to arrive with your meals so that the drivers and delivery volunteers aren’t delayed in moving to the next stop.  We are hopeful they may be a little earlier tomorrow due to “early dismissal”.  Second, if you are not readily available to retrieve your lunches, please place a tote, box, or cooler at the end of your driveway in which the meals may be placed.  This will ensure that you receive the meals and the deliveries can continue on time.  Thank you for your assistance and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

11/23/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. As we move towards our Thanksgiving holiday vacation, I need to share some important information with you.
First,  we have been informed that two new positive cases of COVID were confirmed at Commodore Perry.  One is a staff member and one is a high school student.  Anyone that needs to be quarantined has been contacted, and we are following the Department of Health’s guidelines.

Second, under the new order of the Department of Health, individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth from any other state or international location must either have a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 14 days upon entering.  Our extended remote learning should help with these quarantines, but if your child needs to quarantine beyond our December 7th return, please let the office know.

Next, the district needs to continue to track students and staff that have been tested for COVID or have had a positive test confirmed.  If this happens over the holiday, please use the COVID reporting link on the website.  Mrs. Holtz will contact you the first day we return to remote learning on Tuesday, December 1st to discuss quarantining requirements.

Finally, this Wednesday, November 25th, our remote learning will finish at 1:16 PM as was previously scheduled as an “early dismissal.”  We hope that all of our Commodore Perry families enjoy a special time together giving thanks…especially in challenging times!

COVID Reporting Link

Please use the email listed below to report a positive case of COVID to the School Nurse, Mrs. Holtz.  Please include the student’s name, phone number, and the date of the test.  Thank you!
sholtz@cppanthers.org

 

11/18/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.   We have been notified that one of our staff members tested positive for COVID-19.  After contact tracing, there was no one identified to have met the criteria necessary to quarantine.

As always, please know that we cannot violate HIPAA and reveal specifics about the staff member’s identity, condition, etc.   We will continue to update you with any future COVID-related information as appropriate.   It is our goal to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.   There is a letter posted on our website with this same information.  Thank you.

 

 

11/17/20 Remote Learner Families

Good evening, Remote Learner Families, this is Kim Zippie.

As all students in the Commodore Perry School District move to remote learning, I have a couple of pieces of information to share with you.  First, your remote learner should continue to report attendance to either Mrs. McCartney or Mr. Shernisky at the scheduled time.  Second, students in grades K-6 can join in live-learning opportunities with their teachers as are posted on their classroom pages.  Students in grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to attend synchronous classes with their teachers and classmates according to the schedule posted on the district website and the teachers’ Google Classrooms.  If students in grades 7-12 choose not to do so, they are still responsible for completing assignments by the due dates, but there may or may not be additional instructional videos posted.  If students have questions, they can email their teachers.  I hope these live-learning opportunities are welcome additions to your students’ learning.  Have a great evening!

 

 

11/17/20  All District Message

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.

First, I want to thank our teachers, support staff, and principals for the huge amount of effort it took to make this quick transition to remote learning happen today.  I also want to thank you, our families, for your understanding in rearranging life to support your children’s remote learning.

Next, thanks to a partnership between our food service staff and transportation contractors, we are going to try something new.  We are going to deliver meals, including breakfasts and lunches, to students’ homes on buses between 12:00 noon and 1:00.  These meals will include the main entree on the school menu that will be delivered cold and required to be heated as necessary.  The first meal delivery will be this Thursday.  It will include two breakfasts, our traditional turkey lunch meal, as well as an additional lunch for Friday.  Next week, meals will be delivered on Monday and Wednesday, and the following week on Tuesday and Thursday due to a vacation day on Monday, November 30th.  If you would like meals to be delivered, you must complete the Meal Delivery Request survey on the front page of our website by tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM.  If you don’t have access to the internet, please call the district office.  Buses will stop at the family’s normal stops and blow their horns to alert you to their arrival.  Someone will need to go to the bus to retrieve the meals.  Remember, you must request these meals on the survey on our website by 8:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Next, student remote learning expectations for grades K-6 and 7-12 are posted on the website and were sent home with your students.  Because students in grades 7-12 will be learning synchronously, a daily schedule is also posted under Remote Learner Information.  Also, if you have any technology needs, please submit a request through the Technical Support Request form on the front page of the district webpage, also under Remote Learner Information.

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with our nurse, Mrs. Holtz, she will be available from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM each school day.

Again, we are hopeful that these next ten school days will provide great learning opportunities for your children, and we are able to return safely on December 7th.

 

11/16/2020

Good evening, this is Kim ZIppie.

We were notified today that a student in the high school tested positive for COVID-19.  The Department of Health was contacted, and all students and staff who were in close contact with this student have been notified and quarantined from school until December 1st.   They can expect additional information from the Department of Health.

 

Next, there has been an increasing number of staff members that must be absent for a variety of reasons, including quarantines.  This number exceeds our ability to provide substitute coverage, making it difficult if not impossible to continue face-to-face learning.    Additionally, both the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health, strongly recommend that we move to remote learning based on our current data.

 

Therefore, beginning Wednesday, November 18th the Commodore Perry School District will be moving to remote learning for ten school days until Monday, December 7th.  The purpose for this extension after Thanksgiving is that the CDC identifies holidays as a significant opportunity for COVID spread.   We are attempting to be proactive in reducing the chance that COVID cases will rise and require additional quarantines.  Our goal is to bring our in-person students back to face-to-face learning at that time; however, we will read our data and make the appropriate decisions when the time arrives.

 

Students will report to school tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17th, receive directions on remote learning, and take their Chromebooks home with them at the end of the day.  They will begin remote learning on Wednesday, November 18th.  Student expectations will be posted on the website, as well as on our teachers’ Google classroom pages.

 

Please know that these decisions are very difficult, and we are using our data to provide the best and safest education for our students and staff.   Thank you for journeying with us as we continue down the most challenging educational year in CP’s history!

 

11/05/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I apologize that there seems to be a nightly call from me, but I think it’s important to keep our families informed with the latest information.  As I reported in the robocalls the past two evenings, we have been notified that a total of two staff members in the elementary school have tested positive for COVID-19.  As per the guidance of the Department of Health, it was recommended that the elementary school students move to remote learning for a minimum of five days, and a thorough cleaning of places where the cases spent time be conducted.  This cleaning has been completed.  Both staff and students who have been in direct contact with these COVID cases have been contacted for further quarantine until November 18th. The Department of Health should provide further communications to these families over the next few days.   The quarantine applies only to those who were in direct contact with these individuals and not to secondary contacts such as siblings.  All other students that have not been contacted will return to school on Monday, November 9th.  No one in the high school was in direct contact as per the Department of Health’s guidelines, and in-person learning will continue.

 Also, please know that we cannot violate HIPAA and reveal specifics about staff members’ identities, condition, etcs.; however, we will continue to update you as appropriate.   It is our goal to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.  A letter including this same information has been posted on our website.

Finally, if your students are remote for the quarter or remote for a short-term quarantine, you may always request breakfast and lunches for pick-up on Mondays and Wednesdays.  If you are interested in these meals, please complete the Online Remote Survey Request on our website by clicking on the 2020 School Information.  You’ll find it under Remote Learning Information.  If you need additional information please contact Debbie Helstern at 724-253-3255 Ext. 1228.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

 

11/04/2020

Good evening, we received word late this afternoon that a second staff member in the primary grades tested positive for COVID.  The Department of Health advised that the current movement to remote learning by students in the elementary school is what is advised at this time, as well as the thorough cleaning of affected rooms. These rooms have been fogged according to our protocols.  The Department of Health also reported that they will make contact with students’ families that were in direct contact with either staff member. There has been no contact with students or staff in grades 7-12, and they should report as normal.  As always, please continue to monitor your students for any signs or symptoms of COVID and contact the school nurse if you have any questions.  Please know that we will continue to update you as we receive further information.  Thank you.

 

11/04/2020

Good morning elementary parents, this is Kim Zippie.  As of right now, we continue to await further direction from the Department of Health.  Our current closure is through Friday; however, it could be extended for some or all students based on the guidance of the Department of Health. At this time we want to provide information for the distribution of the technology to families and students.  There are two ways that you can retrieve materials.  First, there will be tables set up by students’ homerooms on the south side of the building by the Central Office and playground from 10:30 this morning through 4:00 this afternoon.  Family members should enter the northern parking lot by the high school and go around the school as if they were picking up their students at the end of the day.  They will be greeted by staff members who will ask which students’ materials they are taking and the staff members will deliver them to their vehicles.  Families may pick up materials for other students if families request them to do so.  Also, if families have students in the high school, they may take elementary siblings’ materials home.  They can stop at the high school office to make this request,  and the materials will be waiting for them in the high school office at the end of the day.  Also, if you haven’t already signed up for your child’s homeroom REMIND CLASSROOM App, please do so by following the directions provided by the teacher.  You will also find additional directions with the students’ materials explaining the expectations of work during our remote learning.  Thank you for your assistance as we navigate yet one more 2020 challenge.

 

11/03/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We have just received word that one of our staff members tested positive for COVID.  While we await additional information and direction from the Department of Health, I believe it is necessary out of an abundance of caution to move to remote learning for our elementary students for the remainder of the week as we take the opportunity for deep cleaning in the elementary school.  Elementary teachers should report to their classrooms and will receive additional information.  Parents will also be provided additional information in regards to receiving technology.  Again, we will provide updates as we receive them from the Department of Health.  High School students and staff should report as normal. Again, all elementary students grades K-6 will move to remote learning for the remainder of the week and additional information will be provided.

10/30/2020

Good evening, Remote Learning Families.  Thank you for responding to the remote learning survey to share your intentions for the second nine weeks.  In an effort to provide consistency for both our teachers and students, we are going to ask those that continue remote learning to do so through the end of the semester.  It will only be through targeted meetings with the student services coordinators and principals that any changes will be permitted.  If you have any questions or want to change your choice, please do so through the Remote Learner Second Quarter Option that is on our website.  You may also contact Mrs. McCartney, Mr. Shernisky, Dr. Young, or Mr. Ledebur if you’d like to discuss this further.

10/30/2020

Good Evening,
This is athletic director, Stacy Payne, calling to inform you of some exciting news regarding our CP Volleyball team. Our Lady Panthers have made it to the District 10 playoffs and will play Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7pm at Saegertown High School against the Saegertown Panthers. With the limited spectator restrictions in place and after allotting a number of tickets to the Volleyball team, a limited number of spectator tickets will be available for sale on Monday, Nov. 2 from 9:00 am – 11:00am or until sold out in  he high school lobby. Ticket cost is $8 per ticket and must be paid at the time of purchase. Due to the limited number of available tickets, tickets will be first come, first serve and ticket sales will cease once
the maximum number of tickets has been sold. You are encouraged to call the school prior to coming to purchase tickets to ensure they are still available. Any questions, please contact Dr. Payne at the school.

10/23/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  We are grateful that we have been able to provide face-to-face learning for our students that have chosen it, and hopefully, we will continue this same pattern; however, we must be sure that we are prepared in case we need to quarantine or close for any reason for a brief period of time.  One of the areas that is essential for us to determine is the need for technology.  In the spring, we sent Chromebooks home with everyone, but there were some families that indicated that they didn’t need them.  Although we have one-to-one Chromebooks for each of our students, we have very limited extras to replace them if something happens in transit.  We have ordered extra Chromebooks, as well as cases, but they are still back-ordered.  Therefore, we are asking for families to let us know if they do NOT need a Chromebook sent home in the event that remote learning is necessary. We are able to provide Chromebooks for those who need them, but if students do NOT need them, we are asking that you let us know. Please go to our website and complete the CHROMEBOOK NEED survey on the front page at cppanthers.org.  Again, please only complete this survey if your students do NOT need to have a Chromebook sent home in the case of a brief school closure or quarantine. Our hope is that we never need this information, but we want to be prepared if we do! Have a good and safe evening and weekend!

10/20/2020

Good Evening, this is Kim Zippie.  As we near the end of October, we want to thank our CP students and families for their hard work, patience, and flexibility as our first nine weeks soon comes to a close.  We will continue to work hard as a district and review the best practices for you and your students as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

With that in mind we want to share information with you about Parent Teacher Conferences that will take place on November 6th between the hours of 7:45am -3:15pm.  These conferences will either take place over the phone or through a Google Meet.

Families with students in grades K-6 will receive personalized communication from your student’s teacher in the days leading up to the conference date.  If parents have additional questions or would like to schedule a conference after reviewing the information, they can reach out to their child’s teacher to schedule a phone conference. Teachers will include their email address or best contact information to parents in their  initial communication.

Teachers of students in grades 7-12, will reach out to both in-person and remote students to request a phone conference if they feel it is necessary. However, any parent of a 7-12th grader may request a phone conference or Google Meet with specific teachers if desired.  Please use the teacher’s email to set up the conference time that works best for you.

Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to hold this important event in a new way to assist in maintaining the health and safety of our students and community.  Our staff looks forward to the opportunity to connect with families and further help our students.

Thank you and have a good night.

10/13/2020

Good evening, remote learning families,

As we look forward to our second nine weeks, it’s important for us to know for our planning purposes, whether you intend for your students to continue remote learning or return face-to-face.  We are asking remote learning families to go to our CP Panther website at cppanthers.org and complete the brief survey titled Remote-Learner Second Quarter Options on the main page by this Thursday, October 16th. We appreciate your assistance as we look forward to future learning opportunities.

10/6/20

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  Just as a reminder, the school calendar was revised in August and there is school this Friday, October 9th; however, there is no school next Monday, October 12th.  The revised calendar is posted on our website if you need an updated version.  Again, there is school this Friday, but there is no school on Monday.  Thank you and have a great evening!

 

9/29/30

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I have a few important reminders and updates.  First, I would like to express my gratitude to those families that have been able to transport their children one or both ways to school.  We realize that it’s not possible for every family to do this, but it is a huge help in keeping our bus riders to a minimum, especially as more students return to school from remote learning. Any assistance families can provide in this area is greatly appreciated!

Second, don’t forget to complete the US Census by October 5th.  Not only is its completion required by law, but it informs hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for the next decade according to community data that is registered by our families and community members.  Every person and household counts, and you will be helping the Commodore Perry School District!

Next,  the CP “In Season” Athletic Health and Safety Plan was updated at the special Commodore Perry School Board meeting yesterday to allow for a limited group of spectators chosen by the athletes to be added to indoor sporting events at the Commodore Perry High School.  The full update to the plan can be found on the cppanthers.org website, under Return to Athletics Updated 9_28_20 and the Limitations on Gatherings heading.  Please remember that spectators will be required to follow the mask and social distancing policies in compliance with the PA Department of Health and the Commodore Perry School District Health and Safety Plan. Also, all athlete chosen spectators must use the front door to the high school where the spectator check will be located. With this addition of spectators into the school building, it is important that each visitor helps us keep both a healthy and safe environment.  That way we can focus on maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for each of our CP students and athletes.

Finally, we were made aware that some people were not able to access the link to the special board meeting yesterday.  We apologize and want you to know that we are working to resolve the issue and ensure that everyone will have access to this link in the future.

9/24/20

Good Evening,

 

This is Dr. Payne calling to remind all parents of remote learners to please access the MAP Testing Options survey from your child’s virtual homeroom in google classrooms and let us know if you child will or will not be attending the MAP testing sessions next week on 9/29 and 9/30 from 4-6 pm in the cafeteria. For those who will be attending, please be sure to make sure your chromebook is charged and bring it and the charger with you to the testing session. All surveys need to be completed by midnight tonight.  Thanks!

 

9/23/20

Good Evening,

This is Dr. Payne with a couple of announcements for our remote learners and their parents. First, on Tuesday, 9/29 at 3:30, school pictures will be taken in our school gymnasiums for our remote learners in grades K-11. Anyone wishing to have their picture taken, should report to their respective school gym for picture taking at that time.

Second, on Tuesday, 9/29 and Wednesday, 9/30, MAP testing will be conducted for our remote learners in grades 1-8 from 4-6 pm in the school cafeteria. Social distancing will be enforced and masks will be required. This testing is used to determine current student academic performance levels and to determine placement in skills groups for courses. We are asking parents of remote learners to login to your child’s virtual homeroom and complete the online survey indicating whether you will be bringing your child to the school to participate in MAP testing on 9/29 and 9/30.  Students will need to bring their chromebooks when they arrive. Please make sure they are charged.  Thanks and have a great evening.

 

9/11/20

Good evening, Remote Learner Families!  This is Kim Zippie.  We are hopeful that your students are finding success in their remote learning environment.  I want to alert you to a resource for you on the CP Panther webpage at cppanthers.org.  A designated box has been created that provides specific Remote Learner Information and will be updated as new information is available.  You’ll find the remote learner guidelines that will answer questions you may have about attendance, work completion, etc., the meal request form for free meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as the Technical Support Request Form. If you have any issues with technology, please submit a request through this form, and it will be addressed as soon as possible. This form will be the most effective way to address any technology issues you may have. If you are not able to access the webpage due to a connectivity issue, you can contact your child’s Student Service Coordinator, Mrs. McCartney for grades K-6 or Mr. Shernisky for grades 7-12 by calling the school, and they can submit a ticket for you.  If you have any questions about your student’s work, please contact the teachers first and then the student services coordinators.  As always, we appreciate your patience as we work through a few glitches along the way; however, please know that your students’ teachers are working very hard to make your students’ remote learning experience a success!

 

 

9/03/20

Good evening!  This is Kim Zippie.  The time is quickly approaching to welcome back our students next Tuesday, September 8th.  We are grateful for the additional time as we have received much needed supplies and equipment to support our Health and Safety Plan, including air purifiers for every room and the installation of HEPA filters. We are also grateful for staff members who have volunteered to construct and deliver equipment and supplies, as well as the collection of supplies by the PTO last night.

As we look forward to our first day, I have some important information for you.  First, the USDA just released additional funding to support breakfast and lunch meals for ALL school aged students at no charge regardless of whether students are attending remotely or in-person.  This means that no money will be collected from students at school, and remote learners may pick-up meals at no charge twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays between 1:30 and 2:00 PM.  Parents or guardians must complete a survey on our website to request meals for each remote learner. This funding will be provided until further notice, potentially until December 31st.

Next, as a clarification for parents or guardians of our K-6 remote learners who will be attending the remote learner introduction with teachers on Tuesday, September 8th from 4:30 – 5:30, if you have more than one child in the elementary school, one adult may attend with each child so that parents do not need to go between classrooms and miss the teachers’ instructions.  Also, if a remote learning family is in need of a hotspot for WIFI access, please contact the school immediately.

For parents who are providing transportation for their students, you will find detailed videos on our website by the end of the day tomorrow to explain what the drop-off and pick-up procedures will be.  We know that this is going to be a challenge as so many families have offered to transport their students; however, we have developed a plan that is specific and organized to make this process as safe and smooth as possible…knowing that it will also require patience for us all as we work through any potential challenges.  Also, for elementary parents, please be sure to complete the elementary school pick up survey on the website regardless of whether you intend to pick-up your child or not.  This will ensure that you have a QR code for your child even if it’s only one time and/or unexpected. You’ll find a video to explain the process and an email for Mr. Dillaman if you have any questions.  Please remember to keep checking our website as new information will be added like student handbooks and other documents.  And, remember, if you miss anything in our robocalls, they are always posted on our website.

Finally, as part of learning new skills, our teachers and administrators have recorded welcome videos that have also been posted to our website.  We want you to know that we have all been challenged to learn and grow in new ways this year…and most importantly, we’re all in this together!  We look forward to greeting all of our students next Tuesday!  Until then, enjoy the last few days of summer!

8/28/20

Good evening,

This is Kim Zippie.  I want to update you on a few things as we look forward to beginning our new school year.  First, you should be very proud of all of the Commodore Perry staff as they worked extremely hard this week to learn new skills and grow ones that they already had.  We are all striving to be as prepared as possible to welcome our students either in-person or remotely on September 8th. To that end, letters were mailed today to all students that confirm our latest information as to whether a family has chosen to have their child or children attend remotely or in-person. If the information is incorrect, you are asked to call the school as soon as possible to update our records at 724-253-3255.  A letter is also included from our school nurses with updated information.  If you do not receive a letter by Monday, please contact the school’s central office, again at 724-253-3255.  Those who are attending in-person will receive additional information regarding directions for student drop off and pick up if a family has chosen to do so.  In the meantime, parents with elementary students K-6 are asked to go to our CP website, click the Elementary Pick-Up Link, then watch the video and complete the Google Form.  We are asking all elementary parents to complete this form whether or not you intend to transport your student.

Secondly, we are very grateful to the PTO for sponsoring a supply collection of needed items for our in-person learners on Wednesday, September 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the school parking lot.  The items that are needed include latex gloves, paper towels, disposable paper masks, and Lysol wipes.  These wipes cannot contain Clorox, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide.  Again, this collection will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd from 5:00 – 7:00 in the school parking lot.

Finally, we are truly appreciative of all the efforts that our families, community members, and staff are providing to make this school year a success.  We are looking forward to a brand new and fresh start for all of our learners on Tuesday, September 8th!

 

 

8/20/2020

Good evening 7th grade students and families this is Mr. Ledebur.  In the past as the school year has approached we would hold a traditional 7th grade orientation.  However, with the additional challenges of the school year, we have had to look at providing an alternative form of 7th grade orientation.  

 

Mr. Ace, our guidance counselor, has provided our 7th grade orientation in the past, and has produced an alternative orientation for this unique year.  The powerpoint that Mr. Ace used to walk our new 7th grade students through in the past, has been recorded and posted on our district website.  Simply go to the cppanthers.org website and scroll down until you see the line titled 7th GRADE ORIENTATION.  Once you have clicked on this link you will be taken to the page for the video.  The video is around 30 minutes long, and we encourage both our students and their families to watch the entire video.  We believe you will find this video helpful, and we appreciate the work Mr. Ace did to create it.

 

There is one clarification I do need to make regarding the 7th grade orientation video.  The school approved and provided clear backpacks referenced are for in school use only, so that students can safely carry their items from their lockers around during the day, as they will only be using their lockers at the beginning and end of each day.  If a student is using a non approved bag during school, it will be turned into the office and returned at the end of the day.  These clear bags will stay at school, and students can use their own backpacks to bring items to school, and home at the end of the day.  I apologize for any confusion.  

 

Finally, we are excited to start the year with all of our 7th grade students and will continue to work hard to make their transition smooth.  As you will here in the video, we will take measures to add some additional support for our 7th graders on the first day, and look for other opportunities for support as they adjust to their new surroundings.  If you have further questions, you can reach Mr. Ace or myself at 724-253-2232.  We thank you for your patience and support as we get ready to begin this new and challenging year.  

 

Thank you and have a good night. 

 

8/19/2020

Good evening this is Mr. Ledebur.  With the change approved by the Commodore Perry School Board this past Monday, the first day of school at the Commodore Perry High School will be September 8th. However, because the Mercer County Career Center starts on the 26th of August, so too must our Commodore Perry Career Center students.

 

CP Career Center students will be attending the Career Center beginning on the 26th of August, leading up to the official first day of school for CP.  Transportation will be provided for you from Commodore Perry High School.  Per the CP Student Handbook, page 11, All Career Center Students are to ride the bus unless you have a previously approved driving pass from both schools.  Riders are still not permitted in the car.  In other words, you will need to have a driving pass approved by both schools if you were planning to drive yourself on the 26th of August.  

 

If you have obtained a parking permit from CP prior to August 26th, you may drive yourself to the CP parking lot and catch the bus on the first day. Then, while at the Career Center you could acquire the necessary pass to drive yourself to the Career Center.  And of course, parents are also permitted  to drive their students to and from the Career Center, if they so choose.

 

Career Center students will need to be at the Commodore Perry High School by 11:25 am, as the bus will be leaving at 11:30 am.  The bus will be located by the cafeteria, and the students will have to check in with the staff member stationed at this location.  The bus returns around 2:50 pm each day, and students will need to have arrangements in place to get home from the high school until the official first day of school at CP, at which time the buses will be running students home as normal. 

 

Please make sure that you have a mask on when you arrive at CP, as they will be required for riding the bus, and at the Career Center per state requirement.  If you have any other questions, please contact the high school office at 724-253-2232.

Thank you and have a good night.     

8/18/2020

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I have some very important information to share with you.

First, as we move closer to the start of the school year, it has become clear that we are not ready to bring our students back so soon.  There is much to do to ensure that our building is safe for both students and staff and our teachers are ready to deliver learning both in-person and remotely.  Our CP parents and guardians have been asking good questions, and we need to take the time to ensure that we have worked through the details of our plan and answer questions to the greatest degree possible in order to ensure as smooth a start as possible.  To that end, the Board approved a revised calendar at last night’s regularly scheduled Board meeting that delays the start for students until Tuesday, September 8th.  A revised calendar has been posted on our website.  Additionally, a letter will be sent home in the near future to provide more information as to the details for both in-person and remote learners.

Next, while the Health and Safety plan has not changed, we do want families to be aware that there are a few things that are either backordered or are not installed due to delivery issues.  The plan has been reposted with those items highlighted in red so that we can be as transparent as possible.  Additionally, as many are aware, the Secretary of Education issued an order yesterday that mandates face coverings for all students at all times  regardless of 6’ distancing.  The only exceptions are when eating, drinking, and occasional breaks.  Because our Health and Safety Plan allows for “changes by the state” in regards to face-coverings, we do not need to revise it; however, I have highlighted it in yellow.  While we are very frustrated with this last minute change, we must abide by this new order as deemed necessary by the Department of Education.  We also realize that this will be very concerning to some families, and any family that desires to change the learning option for their students to either remote or in-person, may do so by calling the high school or elementary school offices.

Third, one of our parents who attended our Board meeting remotely last night, suggested that families might want to donate needed items to support our in-school learners and staff.  These items include Lysol wipes that contain no bleach, paper masks, disposable gloves, and rolls of paper towels.  The PTO is going to host an outdoor drop-off opportunity at the school to collect these items in the near future.  Please watch the PTO page for updates on date and time for collection.  We will also post the information on our website .  We are grateful for the willingness to help!  You can find more information on our website.

As we continue the ebb and flow of our educational journey, we are grateful for supportive families that, while may not always agree with necessary changes, entrust us to help your students learn and grow.

8/12/20

Good evening, This is Kim Zippie.  I want to make you aware that there is going to be a special board meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, August 13th, at 6:30 PM to discuss the reopening plan in light of new guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and additional information that has developed.  There will be a link on our website to join the meeting via live-stream and directions as how to participate.  Again, there will be a special board meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 PM.  Thank you and have a great evening!

 

8/07/20

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  I am calling to remind you that the Parent Survey for the 2020-2021 school year will remain open on our website through Sunday evening, August 8th.  After reviewing the Revised Health and Safety Plan, also on our website at cppanthers.org,  please be sure to complete the survey only if you haven’t already done so or would like to change your original choice for educating your children at the start of the school year.   Please know that we understand that this is a very difficult decision, and we want you to be comfortable with making the best decision for your family.  Finally, even though the survey may be closed, if you have any questions regarding your children’s education or would like to talk through the choice you made, you are always welcome to contact Dr. Young or Mr. Ledebur.  Thank you and have a great weekend!

 

8/04/20

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  Last night the Commodore Perry School Board held a special board meeting to review and approve a revised Health and Safety Plan. The meeting was live-streamed, and there were over 70 participants that attended this meeting and asked great questions to clarify information about the restart of our 2020-2021 school year.  The newly revised plan provides parents and guardians with the information needed to make informed decisions as to what is the best choice for their students as we start school.  It explains what we are able to do in creating the safest environment as possible for face-to-face learning for students, knowing that there are always human factors present and there are no guarantees.  The plan has been posted on the front page of our webpage.  After reading the plan, if families are still not comfortable and feel that they want an even safer environment, they can choose remote learning at home for their children. This is the safest option that families alone control. It is and should be a family decision as to what is the best learning environment for their students.  Commodore Perry is offering remote learning through Google Classroom with direct instruction through teacher recorded lessons, as well as opportunities for students to have live interaction with teachers. This will provide students with parallel instruction that is delivered to students who are attending in person. This will also provide students with the ability to continue their education without missing a beat if an extended absence or closure is necessary.  There are also two other cyber options that do not use CP curriculum.  One allows a student to remain a CP student and the other does not. Both use different curriculums than CP’s.   If you would like more information on these options, please contact the elementary or high school offices to speak to Dr. Young or Mr. Ledebur by this Friday.  As a clarification from our meeting last night, if remote or cyber learning is chosen through any one of these options, and a student is not successful, they may switch to in-person learning, preferably at quarters or semesters, unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Now for the action step…if parents or guardians would like to change their original choice for their students’ learning that they submitted on the survey, we are asking them to submit a new survey via the link on our website .  If you DO NOT want to change your choice, you do not need to do anything.  Only submit a new survey if you are choosing a different option.  In order to plan for classroom spacing and transportation, we ask that these changes be made by this Sunday night, August 8th.  Again, if you want to change your children’s learning option, please do so on our website, cppanthers.org by this Sunday evening, August 8th.

Next as a reminder, for those who have taken advantage of the summer lunch program, the  last meal delivery will be held Wednesday, August 19th.

Finally, as we continue to trailblaze new territories for learning, we appreciate your patience and support as together we seek to do what is best to help our students to learn and grow!

7/28/20

Good evening,

As shared with you at the beginning of July, the Commodore Perry School District Board approved a Health and Safety Plan in June as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  The Board approved this plan knowing that it would be revised based on new requirements and information released by Governor Wolf, the PA Department of Health, and/or the PA Department of Education.  Considering the latest information that has been released, including social distancing and face coverings, to name a few,  the plan has been revised and changes will be highlighted and reviewed by the Board at a special Board meeting on Monday, August 3rd at 6:30 PM.  Because the Governor has placed a limit of 25 people meeting indoors that is not related to educational instruction, the public is invited to attend virtually through live streaming as it did in May. A link will be provided on the website with directions on how to participate.  The revised plan will be posted on the website on Tuesday, August 4th.

After considering the new updates, families may choose, if they desire, to alter their original survey choice for educating their children via traditional in-person learning or remote learning with the Commodore Perry Remote Learning option.  Commodore Perry teachers will provide the remote learning option through recorded direct instruction in their classrooms, as well as opportunities for live interaction and receive support from teachers and support staff members.  Additional details will be provided regarding this remote option in the next few weeks.  We continue to seek your patience as we navigate the constant ebb and flow of information and changing times of helping our students learn and grow!

 

7/08/20

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie.  First, I want to thank those of you who have already responded to our Commodore Perry School District Survey for the 2020-2021 School Year.  We have already received responses from well over half of our families providing us with important information as we plan for both instruction and transportation for next year.  If you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey or perhaps didn’t receive the original robo call, please do so by this Friday, July 10th.  You will find a link on our website at cppanthers.org to choose the options for instruction and transportation that best meets your students’ and family’s needs.

As a reminder, each school district is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to create a Health and Safety Plan that will serve as the local guidelines for all instructional and non- instructional school reopening activities. The Commodore Perry School District Board approved a Health and Safety Plan in June and has posted it on our website.  The Board approved this plan knowing that it would be revised and reapproved prior to the start of school in August based on new requirements and information released by Governor Wolf, the PA Department of Health, and/or the PA Department of Education.  As many of you are well-aware, this information is constantly changing and evolving, and that can be very frustrating as you try to make plans for your families.  We feel your frustration and are doing our best to move forward with two viable options to provide a quality Commodore Perry education, as well as meet the needs of each of our students and families. Because this evolving information may cause you to think differently over the next month about what is best for your family, please know that you may change your choice after the survey closes by contacting the school. Additionally, a robocall will be sent in August to remind you of this option. We appreciate your patience as well as the opportunity to serve your children as we continue to journey through these unique and challenging times in education!

7/07/20

Good Evening Commodore Perry high school students, this is Mr. Ledebur. I hope you have been able to enjoy some time off, and typical summer activities with your families.  This evening, I have two messages to share. The first message is specifically for students entering grades 9-12, and my second message is for any girl entering  grades 7-12.  

 

Again, please note this first message is for only students entering into grades 9-12. 

 With the interrupted school year due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, we were unable to have you complete your class schedule for the upcoming school year.  Next week,  Monday and Tuesday, July 13th and 14th, we will provide two days for students to schedule with Mrs. Shook.  We are hopeful that students are able to come to the school and schedule in person: however,  if this is not possible, you will be contacted by phone at the conclusion of the in person scheduling.  The scheduling process will take place from 8am-2pm at the CP high school office on those two days.  We request that students wear a mask in the school and follow social distancing guidelines while you wait to schedule.   

 

The final message this evening is for all girls entering grades 7-12.  There will be sign-ups outside of the high school entrance on Tuesday evening, July 14th, from 6-8pm for anyone wishing to sign up for cheerleading. We request that students wear a mask in the school and follow social distancing guidelines while you wait to sign up.  Forms and try-out information will be distributed.  Mrs. Cropp and Mrs. Williams are looking forward to a successful cheer season. 

 

Thank you and have a good night.

Robocall 7/5/20

Good evening, this is Kim Zippie. I have some very important information to share with you regarding next school year and meal distribution.

As required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, each school district must create a Health and Safety Plan that will serve as the local guidelines for all instructional and non- instructional school reopening activities. The Commodore Perry School District Board has approved a Health and Safety Plan and has posted it on our website.  While this plan may be revised and adapted as new information is available from the PA Department of Health and other state agencies, as of now, as long as Mercer County continues to function within the green designation, the plan to reopen school in August, is for all students and staff to attend in person; however, there will also be an option for remote learning provided by Commodore Perry for students and families that face safety or health concerns.

 

In order to assist the district in planning for both instruction and transportation for the 2020-21 school year, we are asking that parents/guardians complete a survey by Friday, July 10th through a link found on our website to choose the option you, as of now, prefer. Our website can be found at cppanthers.org. Please know that if you change your mind on your choice, you can contact the school at the beginning of August to revise your choice.  A robocall will be sent to remind you of this option.

Finally, meals will continue to be served every Monday and Wednesday through August 19th. If you haven’t received meals and would like to do so, you may call the District Office at 724-253-3255 ext. 1228.

We hope that you have a great rest of your summer, and we look forward to learning with your children in just a few months!