Robo call system
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!