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Welcome Back from Mr. Litrenta



I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health as we are about to begin the 2020-2021 School Year. These extraordinary times have certainly impacted our nation, local community, and school district in ways we are still struggling to understand. I want to begin by telling you that the administration, faculty, and staff of New Castle Sr. High School, are fully committed to the success and well being of our students as we start the school year with Virtual Learning. Our goal is to provide each student with new challenges that will result in an extremely satisfying school experience. Academic emphasis on the core subjects is a priority, as well as providing an educational program that strives to attain levels set by Pennsylvania Core standards.
The NCASD Virtual Learning format which will be used this year is much more structured than what was used at the end of last year. The District has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort in planning for this format which will utilize Google Classroom.

Please note the following:

  1. Student schedules will be mailed home in a separate correspondence.
  2. Device Distribution is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the school for any student that needs a device. The Agreement for Use of Equipment is included in this correspondence and should be completed before picking up device(s). Please use Hurricane Drive and have the Agreement form completed and ready.
  3. Students will be expected to log on to their device and join each Google Classroom following their schedule in the order of regular periods (as if they were in the building). Teachers will be posting information and communications regularly about class expectations and Google Meets. Please use the Bell Schedule included as a guide. Google Classrooms should be automatically added to each student’s account by the start of school. Students should check their district emails regularly for information and updates. Google Classroom messages are linked to this email account.
  4. Attendance will be taken each period of the day. Please go to each class every day and make sure your teacher is aware of your presence!
  5. Student schedules include a thirty minute lunch break.
  6. Mondays only will follow the Virtual 2 Hour Delay Bell Schedule. During this 2-hour period, teachers will be available to assist students individually, meet with parents and hold small group learning sessions. See Virtual 2 Hour Delay Bell Schedule enclosure.
  7. Tuesdays through Fridays students will follow the normal Virtual Bell Schedule. They will be expected to log on to their device and join each Google Classroom following their schedule. See normal Virtual Bell Schedule enclosure.
    School opens VIRTUALLY for the entire district on Monday, August 31, 2020. Grades 7-12 will operate on the Two Hour delay schedule that Monday. Tuesday, September 1st will begin the normal Virtual Bell Schedule.
    Pennsylvania Business Week will take place virtually during the week of September 28, 2020, for the senior class. Through this program students and educators will learn about our nation’s economic system and the factors that affect it. Seniors are divided into companies that compete and are put through a variety of real life business experiences and challenges. During the Business Week program, students will focus on leadership development, team work, time management, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
    I encourage parents and community members to join us in school activities / events / meetings while in the virtual learning mode and when we return to the traditional school setting. We hope to partner with you, and look forward to working with you and your child throughout this school year. I am confident that together we can provide a productive, safe learning environment that fosters student growth and academic achievement.
    Richard Litrenta Principal

New Castle Area School District
420 Fern Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Phone: 724-656-4756 | Fax: 724-656-4767
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