Important Announcements During Distance Learning

These are public announcements from the Superintendent of Agawam Public Schools on the current state and status of COVID-19.  This message is meant to show transparency with the district while we work with the Governor, Commissioner of Education, CDC, and Local Health Departments.

Please Read by clicking the link below:

3/11/2020 Letter to the Agawam Community

3/12/2020 Letter to the Agawam Community

3/13/2020 High School is closed Today - Letter to the Agawam Community

3/15/2020 Massachusetts Closes All Schools Until April 6th - Read the announcement

  • UPDATE: Schools Closed until May 4th. Please See Governor Baker's Announcement Below

3/17/2020 APS Distance Learning Plan - Read the Announcement

3/18/2020 APS COVID-19 FAQs updated 3/25/2020 - Read the Announcement

3/18/2020 Connect Ed Message - Read the Announcement

3/18/2020 Information on the Student/Parent Tech Pick-up - Read the Announcement

3/24/2020 Superintendent on working with DESE - Read the Announcement

3/25/2020 Message from the Director of Special Education - Read the Announcement

3/25/2020 Governor Baker Closes Schools until May 4thRead more details and watch the press conference here

3/30/2020 Commissioner's Update Message during COVID-19 and Resource Guide - Read the Announcement

3/30/2020 Superintendent's Message - Read the Announcement

Remote Learning Recommendations During COVID-19 School Closures 

Following the Governor’s announcement that schools will not re-open before May 4, 2020, The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued additional guidance regarding district and school remote learning plans. 

With the extension of this closure, we believe students, families, educators, and staff in all communities will benefit from the clarity of statewide recommendations as educators and others continue to support their students during this crisis. 

Soon, I will provide you with a summary of the short set of guiding principles that were derived from the state and revised to fit the needs of the Agawam community in regards to remote learning over the next several weeks. 

Remote learning cannot replace students’ experiences in school communities with their teachers, administrators, and support staff. We must all pull together – parents and caregivers, students, the community, and of course, our educators and staff – to help students continue their learning over this extended period. 

As a school district, Agawam Public Schools will take the direction from the state and work to put forth more specific guidelines according to our contexts, capacities, and needs. 

We will continue to issue guidance to support districts and schools in their implementation of remote learning, including specific recommendations related to students with disabilities, English learners, and high school students. 

We are all working hard in this effort and appreciate your continued feedback, support and understanding.

Food Distribution Opportunities for Agawam Public School Students:

Lunch:

Agawam Public Schools will be providing children with grab-and-go lunches at the Agawam Junior High From 11 AM to 12 Noon every Weekday, starting Thursday, March 3/19/2020

Dinner:

The Lions Club will be distributing food out of the Bethany Assembly of God (580 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001) facility each Wednesday (3/25/2020) from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Details can be found on our recent Facebook post.

Event Updates during School Closure ending May 4th:

  • Canceled - Kindergarten Information Night scheduled for March 26th 

  • Canceled - Kindergarten screenings at the elementary schools. You will be notified of future dates for these events as they become available.

 

YEARBOOK ORDERS

Yearbooks order may be placed until April 23rd. The cost is $15 each,

Orders will only be accepted online - ONLINE ORDER LINK

For more information, please click HERE

 

NEWS

Agawam Search for Superintendent

Search for Agawam Public Schools Superintendent has been Suspended for the Time Being

District Reunification Training

Please read the letter from our Superintendent, Mr. Steve Lemanski, regarding the Agawam Public Schools Reunification Training for staff.

Reunification Letter: English

Reunification Letter: Albanian
Reunification Letter: Russian
Reunification Letter: Spanish
Reunification Letter: Turkish
Reunification Letter: Ukranian
Reunification Letter: Urdu

For questions or concerns please email redistrict@agawamed.org
 

ID Check

When you are coming into the school to pick up your child, please make sure you have your ID ready to be checked.

We have a new secretary who is not familiar with all the parents/guardians, so please be patient and understanding.

This is to ensure the safety of all our students.

Thank you,
Mrs. Russell

 

Dr. Seuss's Birthday: March 2nd

View photos from our recent celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday!

  • Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Carter show their Seuss Spirit
  • Room 19 students and Mr. Taylor
  • Mr. Taylor plays Cat in the Hat
  • Mr. Taylor reads to Mrs. Valdegas' kindergarten class

EVENTS

PBIS Spirit In Home Actvities

Our PBIS committee has come up with fun ways to show your school spirit while at home during the school closure.

Click HERE to read more about it!

 

 

NOTICES

webpage icon Teacher Classroom Websites

 Go to the Classrooms section to see which teachers have websites.

 

Lunch Menus and Bus Routes

Please go to Quick Links at the top of the page to view.

 

CARLINE PROCEDURE

cartag.jpgMORNING STUDENT DROP-OFF: Front of school in the semi-circle drop off area.

AFTERNOON STUDENT PICK-UP: Students will be picked up at the back of the school in the REAR PARKING LOT. 

Stop lines have been added as well as new number signs. Please pull your car up to the stop line when directed by the staff on duty.

There is a "No Car" area just outside the grassy area. Please do not drive in this area as this is the waiting area for the students.

Please wait for all cars in the line to load and then follow the line to exit the area. Please DO NOT pull out of the carline UNLESS you have been directed to do so by staff.

NO CELL PHONE USE once the car line starts moving and students start walking to their cars.

Thank you


CLICK HERE to read the notice and see the map showing the traffic flow pattern.

Carline Dismissal Note

Please use this form for Carline Dismissal.

Carline Dismissal Note

 

PBIS Activities

Click HERE for the schedule

 

Flu Guidelines for Parents

Click HERE to view the information for district guidelines

Cold Weather Recess Policy

warm dressed kids.jpgWe will continue to have outdoor recess, weather permitting, during the winter months.

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside recess: winter coat, hat, mittens/gloves, scarf and boots will help to keep your child warm while outside getting some fresh air.

Thank you!

 

Parent PlusPortal is now active

The Parents PlusPortal is active.  Parents will receive an email with log-in information and minor instructions.

If you do not have a log-in please call the school office. 
 

Announcement on Food Opportunities

This is a resource dedicated to Students and Families within the area of Agawam and/or West Springfield - Read more Details

Resources for Families & Students During Distance Learning:

Agawam Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources: Click Here

To Submit an IT Support Ticket for Your Device: Click Here

Parents Guide to Google Classroom Quick Guide (Click to Open)

APS COVID-19 FAQs updated 3/25/2020 - Read the Announcement

How to Translate Documents using Google Translate - Read the Guide

 

Calendar

Apr 10
Good Friday / No School
School Calendar
Starts: 04/10/2020
Apr 14
School Committee Meeting
School Calendar
Starts: 04/14/2020 @ 7:00 pm
Ends: 04/14/2020 @ 8:00 pm
Agawam Junior High School Auditorium
Apr 16
K-4 Elementary Evening Parent Conferences
School Calendar
Starts: 04/16/2020 @ 6:00 pm
Ends: 04/16/2020 @ 8:00 pm
Apr 2024
Spring Vacation / No School
School Calendar
Starts: 04/20/2020
Ends: 04/24/2020
Apr 27
PTO Meeting
School Calendar
Starts: 04/27/2020 @ 6:30 pm
Ends: 04/27/2020 @ 7:30 pm
Cafeteria

School Info

James Clark School
65 Oxford Street
Agawam, MA 01001
Phone: 413-821-0571
Fax: 413-821-0594

School Hours
8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Principal
Mrs. Shelley Russell: 413-821-0576

Lead Teacher
Mr. Mitchell Taylor: 413-523-0381

Secretary
Mrs. Alyssa Fortier: 413-821-0571

2019-2020 District School Year Calendar

Principal's Message

Photo of principal Shelley Russell

James Clark School has a highly dedicated staff of teachers, paraprofessionals and specialists. Through collaborative work, the staff works to provide a standard of instruction with the latest research-based practices and curriculum standards that will promote higher order thinking skills and independence in learning, technological competencies to be competitive in society, and an enthusiasm to be life-long learners. The staff is here to help every student reach their fullest potential and to be mutually respectful, accepting, responsible and self-confident adults.

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