Dear Sharpsville Educational Community:
Throughout our nation’s history there have been
landmark events or dates that have defined our ancestors. The American Revolution, the Civil War, World
War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Era, and 9-11 just to
mention a few. March 13, 2020, will be a
day to remember in the history of public education in Pennsylvania. At approximately 3:00 pm Governor Wolf
announced the closing of schools across our commonwealth. Staff and students left that day in a shroud
of mystery. Our world and our lives were
suddenly turned upside down. What
happened in the educational world in a matter of a few short days was nothing
short of amazing. Our staff was able to
quickly transition from what was a traditional school setting to a digital
platform. Suddenly terms like Classroom
Dojo, Google Hangouts, remote learning, Zoom, Class Tag, Tourbuilder, Quizlet, Zearn,
and Screencastify became common educational jargon.
To our class of 2020, where do I begin? I feel for each and every one of you. So much has been taken away. It is my sincere hope to hold the traditional
graduation ceremony at some point. We
will find some way to celebrate your achievements. Thomas Paine from American Revolution fame
once stated, “These are the times that try one’s souls.” You are currently living proof of that
quote. Stay positive, work hard, take
time to celebrate your successes, and build lifelong memories of these events. You are building a life time of memories that
you will be able to share with future generations.
Please refer to our school district website, school
district app, and school district Facebook page for future updates. I have posted a Frequently Asked Questions
section on each of these platforms.
I always like to look for the silver linings. The unity and Blue Devil Pride that has been
displayed is amazing. Sincere thanks to all
of our staff for taking us into a new educational universe. In addition special thanks to our parents
and guardians for all the support and patience in helping with our Continuity
of Education Plan. The lessons we are
learning will make our schools stronger and better once we all return. Until then, stay safe.