e-News for January 2022

Happy New Year!  I hope winter break provided time for your family to rest and recharge as we gear up for the second semester. Below are some important dates and reminders for the month of January.

Masking and Quarantine Updates
Last month, Dr. Stoltz provided our school community with details regarding updates to our Health and Safety Plan relative to masking. Click here to review this information if you have not already done so. 

Additionally, on December 27, the CDC shortened its recommended isolation and quarantine periods. The District's Keeping Our Schools Open FAQ page and COVID Case Procedure Flow Chart have been updated to reflect this revised guidance from the CDC. 

Inclement Weather Reminders
It is important families have a plan in place for the possibility of a switch to remote learning, a delay in the start time for classes, or the need to dismiss students early. For information about the schedules, procedures, and communication process should the weather require a change to our regular schedule, please click here.

Calendar Reminders
Scheduled Remote Learning Day
Friday, January 14
For additional information about student work expectations and attendance on this scheduled remote learning day, click here.

Report Period Ends
Friday, January 14
Students will begin their second semester and third marking period courses on Tuesday, January 18.

No School - District Day of Service
Monday, January 17 

Report Card Information Available in PowerSchool
Monday, January 31
Report card information for grades 1-12 will be available online January 31, in PowerSchool. To view and print grades in the traditional report card style, please click the "Report Cards" tab on the left after logging into the PowerSchool website (not available in the app). Parents, if you need to set up a PowerSchool account or would like to request a printed version of your child’s report card, please contact your child's building secretary.

Upcoming Events
Kindergarten Registration Opens
Tuesday, January 18
Beginning January 18, the District will be accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have a child who will be five years old before October 1, please check our registration page for directions on how to complete their enrollment process online.

Clothing Swap
Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 21, 5-8 p.m., Cedar Cliff High School Library
The staff and students at Highland Elementary and Cedar Cliff High School are partnering up to organize a Clothing Swap for all members of our school community. Click here to learn more

Teddy Bear Drive
Items will be collected in all schools until Wednesday, January 19
All schools are collecting new or gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals for the Hershey Bears Hockey Teddy Bear Toss. Donations will be taken to the game and then later distributed to local charities, hospitals, and first responders so they can be given to children who are in stressful situations and can use a little comfort. Sponsored by the West Shore Education Association (WSEA) and the District.

High School Course Selection Night
Wednesday, January 26
Cedar Cliff and Red Land will each host a Course Selection Night on January 26. This evening is offered to assist students and their parents in the course selection process. More details will be sent to families of students in grades 8-11 by their respective high school.

School Board Meetings
January is School Director Recognition Month
Please join us in recognizing our School Board for their dedication to making our District a place where staff want to work, students want to be, and families want to live. You can learn more about each of our Board members at: https://www.wssd.k12.pa.us/BoardMemberBios.aspx

All meetings are held at the Administration Center for Education and open to the public. For information about in person and remote attendance, public and electronic comments, and meeting accommodations, please click here

School Board Meetings
Thursday, January 13, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.

Board Policy Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 13, 5 p.m. - meeting was cancelled on 1/5

Related Links:

Quick Links
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus - We are not printing menus for elementary students at this time. Meal and nutritional information for all grade levels can be found on our website.
  • District COVID-19 Tracker - Updated each day school is in session.
  • Keeping Our Schools Open - Health & Safety Information and FAQs
  • Parent Portal - with links to our Primary Math Parent Academy Resources, Tech Help Center, Learning Platform FAQs, and Parent Forms and Resources

Join Our Team
If you are interested in joining our team, we would love to meet you!  
  • We are currently seeking a fifth grade teacher, middle school special education teacher, a certified school nurse, a high school building aide, paraprofessionals, food service staff, and custodial/maintenance team members. We also have a variety of coaching and extra duty vacancies posted and a NEW Occasional Support Substitute Position! If you are looking for a flexible schedule and would like to work just 1-2 days per week, we encourage you to apply for the Occasional Support Substitute Position. To learn more about any of these positions, check out our employment page.
  • Substitute Teacher Service, Inc. (STS), the District's substitute teacher contractor, is also hiring. You can work as little or as much as you would like as a substitute teacher in West Shore. You do not need a teaching certificate to become a substitute, just a four-year degree. To find out more or apply, please visit thesubservice.com.
  • First Student, the District’s transportation contractor, also has immediate openings for part-time bus and van drivers. To learn more, please call 717-938-8788.

I hope you were able to easily access the links above and found the information included this month helpful. For additional building specific events and cycle days, please refer to the District’s online calendar.  
Take care,
Rhonda Fourhman
Coordinator of Community Relations
Please consider following the District’s official facebook, twitter, instagram, and linkedin accounts @WestShoreSD.


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