Congratulations to Sable Johnson, Jahnna Kazak, Jillian Despard, Caitlyn Powers and Michael Costello who have been selected by Agawam Public Schools as the 2022 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners. They will be honored on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Sable Johnson is an English Teacher at Agawam High School. Sable always puts students first in everything that she does. She challenges them academically and supports them in their social emotional well-being. Jahnna Kazak is an English Teacher at Agawam Junior High School. She is an amazing, hardworking teacher. She creates engaging lessons for her students. Jillian Despard is a Special Education Teacher in the Connections Program at the Robert G. Doering Middle School. Jillian pursued this teaching position due to her belief in, and commitment to, social-emotional learning. Caitlyn Powers is a Kindergarten Teacher at Granger Elementary School. She is an amazing colleague and friend. She continuously goes above and beyond to make sure everything runs smoothly in all Kindergarten Classrooms at Granger School. Michael Costello is a Science Teacher at the Agawam Junior High School. He is our First Year Teacher Winner. His easy-going and relaxed, yet highly competent and professional demeanor is both rare and admirable.
Effective Monday, February 28, the DESE mask requirement will be lifted in schools statewide. After consultation with the Agawam Health Department and AEA leadership. Agawam Public Schools will continue to follow the DESE-DPH Guidance and Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios. Therefore, as of February 28th, face masks in school buildings will be optional, with a few exceptions. Masking will continue to be required on all school buses, per federal order. Masking in Health offices is still required. Students and Staff that have tested positive for COVID-19 wishing to return to school after the 5 days of home isolation must be masked on days 6-10. As always, any individual who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, will be supported in that choice. We are hopeful that all of our school community members- staff, students, and parents will respect individual choices so that our schools are supportive environments for everyone.
March Menus are now posted on each school's website. March 7-11 is National School Breakfast week. Watch for updates on how students can help us celebrate!
Join the Family Resource Center for The Growing Gratitude and Generosity Program! Open to 3rd and 4th graders and their parent(s)/caregiver(s). Register at https://forms.gle/qoQpcx2LY2XRD61A8
National School Counseling Week 2022
The Agawam Parent Advisory Council invites you to attend its 2022 Virtual Basic Rights Workshop on March 9, 2022 at 6:30pm. This workshop, presented by Educational Advocate, Karen Mowry, is open to all parents, caregivers, transitional age students, friends, and family members. For more information contact PAC President, Kerri O'Connor @ 413-575-3582. Registration Link: https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lduqqqz4tGNZqtDtGEooQ0lbtHOJm2LHN
Due to the weather forecast, Agawam Public Schools will be closed on Friday, February 4th.
Please join the Agawam Public Schools Department of Special Services for our Homeschool Meet-Up. Any Parent or Representative of a child living in Agawam who is homeschooled is welcomed to join us on February 15, 2022 between 4pm-5pm for a Virtual Meeting. Use this link: meet.google.com/ixv-ubkz-hyc For more information please call the Special Services office at 413-821-0540.
Still room for TONIGHT's free live virtual event! The Power of Community Event offered through the Agawam Public Schools Family Resource Center: How To Talk to Your Kids and Survive! Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have -- and one of the toughest. In large part, that is because times have changed. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us every day. Our kids are part of the iGen generation. The generation born with smartphones and tablets. Let’s talk about how we can talk to our kids and Survive. Join us on Monday, January 31st from 6:30 to 7:30 for a free live virtual event with Monica Generoso, from Effective School Solutions, who will discuss How To Talk to Your Kids and Survive! Open to all parents/caregivers. Limited to 20 participants- so sign up soon! Registrar with this link: https://forms.gle/fAHGPk4AiwipUZkw5
New COVID Testing Options-Parent Fact Sheet https://5il.co/14x5q
Updated COVID Testing in Our Schools https://5il.co/14saa
The Power of Community: How To Talk to Your Kids and Survive! Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have -- and one of the toughest. In large part, that is because times have changed. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us every day. Our kids are part of the iGen generation. The generation born with smartphones and tablets. Let’s talk about how we can talk to our kids and Survive. Join us on Monday, January 31st from 6:30 to 7:30 for a free live virtual event with Monica Generoso, from Effective School Solutions, who will discuss How To Talk to Your Kids and Survive! Open to all parents/caregivers. Limited to 20 participants- so sign up soon! Registrar with link below: https://forms.gle/fAHGPk4AiwipUZkw5
It's Kindergarten Enrollment Time! If you are interested in enrolling your child into kindergarten for fall 2022 please find details and important information at www.agawamed.org/page/enrollment
Updated DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - SY 2021-22 https://5il.co/13m9s
Dear APS families and staff, With the upcoming break, we encourage you to relax, unwind, and settle into an enjoyable week with your family. While schools are closed, we want to remind you of resources available to you if you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use. For emergency mental health support: Behavioral Health Network: emergency services available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You may contact them if you have concerns, need advice, or are unsure if you should be concerned. BHN provides stabilization services for anyone of any age experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Their number is (413) 733-6661. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day hotline if you want to speak with someone about your concerns. Their number is 1-800-273-8255. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also provides individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services using a web chat. That website is https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ For non-emergency mental health support: Care Solace: Agawam Public Schools partnered with Care Solace to offer complimentary and confidential care coordination services that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider: Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language or Visit www.caresolace.com/agawamps
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, December 23rd is a 1/2 day for students. Dismissal times are: High School - 10:50 am Junior High School - 11:20 am Doering School - 11:50 am Granger School - 11:50 am Phelps School - 12:20 pm Clark School - 12:20 pm Robinson School - 12:20 pm ECC - No pm session
Dear Families, The Agawam Public Schools has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17. The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously. Additionally, the district has been in contact with the Agawam Police Department regarding the post. We may have an increased police presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution. This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online. If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member. We take all threats seriously and will work with the Agawam Police Department to investigate. As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students. Sincerely, Sheila Hoffman Superintendent of Schools
Register for a FREE Adult ESL Course hosted by Agawam Public Schools!
Reminder!! Agawam Rotary Club will host a Story Walk and Story Time event during the 6th Annual Holiday Used Toy Exchange on Saturday, December 11, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Our story walk will feature a picture book called ‘ All Are Welcome’ by Alexandra Penfold-a book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. This is a fun educational activity that allows families to read and discuss the pages of the book together. Storytime will feature stories read in English, Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. In addition, families will receive a selection of new multicultural and bilingual books to enjoy together at home. The event will be held indoors and open to children of all ages!
Agawam Devlet Okulları, öğrencilerimizin, çalışanlarımızın ve ailelerinin sağlığına, güvenliğine ve esenliğine kendini adamıştır. Devam eden baglantimizi desteklemek için CareSolace ile ortaklığımızı sürdürmekten gurur duyuyoruz. Siz veya ailenizin bir üyesi akıl/ruh sağlığı veya madde kullanımı konusunda yardım arıyorsanız, Care Solace sizi ihtiyaçlarınıza uygun kurumlar ile hızlı bir şekilde baglantiya geçmenizi sağlayacaktır. 888-515-0595'i istediğiniz zaman arayın veya www.caresolace.com/agawamps. adresinden kendiniz ulasabilirsiniz.