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‘Pick it up’

Locker collection, Phase 3 delivery begins

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Beaty-Warren Middle School teacher Beth Arford (right) helps parents collect students’ Phase 3 packets, report cards, and locker materials.

When students left Warren County School District schools on Friday, March 13, they had no idea they were leaving for the last time this school year.

Anything they left in the buildings — in lockers or desks or wherever — they had a reasonable expectation of seeing it within a few days.

Almost a month and a half later, the process of getting those items to students has begun.

On Tuesday, staff at Beaty-Warren Middle School welcomed students and families to the grounds. Lines formed at the north and south ends of the building — with the people in those queues maintaining proper social distancing.

Those visitors left with locker contents and some valuable documents — report cards for the third grading period and Phase 3 education continuity packets.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Beaty-Warren Middle School teacher Stephanie Massa gathers locker materials, a report card, and a Phase 3 packet for a student.

Beaty scheduled pick-ups ahead of the rest of the district in the interest of getting Phase 3 packets to the numerous students who walk to school.

“We had 554 of 650 kids come and get their locker stuff and phase 3 packets,” Principal Shannon Yeager said. “This is the best turnout we’ve had for picking up the packets.”

The Phase 3 packets contain the assignments that will result in students’ fourth marking period grades.

Although families who did not pick up packets at Beaty on Tuesday may do so any time – packets will be in the lobby and doors will be open until 8 p.m. daily — Yeager encouraged those families to pick materials up as soon as possible.

“The longer you want to pick it up, the less time you have to complete it,” he said.

“It’s not ideal for students to allow the packets to be sitting at the school for days, weeks,” Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Eric Mineweaser said. “We will begin calling students who did not retrieve their packets starting Wednesday, April 29. The phone calls will continue until all packets are picked up” or other arrangements are made.

“The 6-12 students will need to be working on the application-based projects beginning today and lasting through May 22nd (at the latest),” Mineweaser said Tuesday. “If they finish early we encourage they submit their projects to their teachers so they can be properly assessed and entered into Marking Period 4 once complete.”

“Though teachers will be reaching out to their students, we do encourage students to also reach out to their teachers, as needed,” Mineweaser said. “If they are working on a project and need assistance, please don’t wait. Reach out and seek your teacher’s help. Building administration can assist them in connecting with the teacher if they are having trouble.”

“In regards to administration, we’ll continue to monitor to ensure teachers are reaching out to students; students are completing Phase 3A and working on their application-based projects; meeting and discussing virtual graduation plans, as well as other options pending on what the governor and CDC allows; discussing other events/ceremonies (numerous); as well as looking long-term — fall semester,” Mineweaser said. “We will look into long-term plans pending the length of school closure.”

The schedule for locker content pickups for the rest of the district’s secondary students — and for those Beaty students who did not pick up on Tuesday — is uniform across all district high schools, is set up by grade level, and starts with seniors on Wednesday:

Seniors — Wednesday, April 29;

Juniors — Thursday, April 30;

Sophomores — Friday, May 1;

Freshmen — Monday, May 4;

Eighth grades — Tuesday, May 5;

Seventh grades — Wednesday, May 6;

Sixth grades — Thursday, May 7; and

Fifth grade (Beaty only) — Friday, May 8.

The elementary school schedule varies by school:

Eisenhower: All grades — Monday, May 4;

Sheffield: K-1 — Monday, May 4; 2-3 — Tuesday, May 5; 4-5 — Wednesday, May 6; make-up and families with children in more than one grade group — Thursday, May 7;

Warren: K — Monday, May 4; 1 — Tuesday, May 5; 2 — Wednesday, May 6; 3 — Thursday, May 7; 4 — Friday, May 8; make-up — Friday, May 8;

Youngsville: Last names A-K — Wednesday, May 6; last names L-Z — Thursday, May 7; make-up — Friday, May 8.

The Beaty pick-up served another purpose, too.

“It’s been nice to see the kids,” Yeager said.

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