Phillip Johnson -Principal
LaShante Smith- School PsychologistKelly Mosley- Counselor(Seniors, M-Z & all Juniors)
Greetings parents, guardians, families and friends, this is an important message from Sylvester Greenwood Academy.
My name is Phil Johnson and it is with great excitement that I address you as the newly appointed principal at Sylvester Greenwood Academy. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with a great school community and I am excited to share my skills as an educational leader and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure our students' success.
The District has just announced the reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. We will start the year off with the students engaged in distance learning. Bringing students back to campus for classroom instruction will be phased in when it is safe for both the students and staff. Safety is the number one priority.
Distance Learning will officially start on Monday, Aug 17th. The school day is from 10 am – 3:00pm. Students will start off the day with a 25-minute homeroom and have 3 (55) minute classes to complete the school day. Two periods before lunch and one period after lunch. On Mondays and Wednesday, students will attend their 1st, 2nd and 3rd period classes, and on Tuesdays & Thursdays, they will attend 4th, 5th & 6th periods. Lunch is at noon. Teachers will have office hours daily from 9:30 -10am and 2:00 -2:30pm. Students will have the opportunity to check in with teachers during office hours to answer questions or for classroom support.
Fridays are reserved for Wellness. Families can check in with teachers from 9-10 am. Students will have to log into their homeroom at 10am for Wellness exercises. Making sure our students are well, attend all of their classes, and stay engaged is our major goal.
All students will need their District ChromeBooks to participate in distance learning. The school will be open on Thursday, August 13th from 9-2 for parents to fill out paperwork and students to pick up materials and supplies. We are using Google. Classroom platform for distance learning. Teachers will contact their students on Wednesday, August 12th, from 1-3 for orientation.
You will receive weekly updates for the first few weeks of school. Our school will be closed to the public but staff will be available by phone to address any questions or concerns. The school phone number is 510 231-1402. Teachers are available by email. Please refer to our school website for staff contact information.
As the principal, it is important to me that everyone who walks through our doors – teachers, students and parents – feel welcome at Greenwood Academy! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share. We are in this together, be patient, and let’s be graceful and kind to each other.
Superintendent's Friday Update: Happy Friday. This week we need you to take the Facilities Master Plan community survey, plus it's Week of the School Administrator; meet a few of WCCUSD's great administrators.
Happy National Principals Month. I want to introduce you to three of WCCUSD's fantastic principals Kim Moses (Ohlone ES), Charlotte Betson (Mira Vista K8) and Kibby Kleiman (Pinole Valley HS). Thank you to all of WCCUSD's school leaders.
Over 40 public and private colleges and universities will be represented at the Annual College Information Day for middle and high school students, including those within the UC system, California State University, institutions outside of the Golden State, historically black colleges and community colleges. Students can participate in workshops on admission requirements, completing applications, career exploration and more.
Contra Costa County received good news related to COVID-19 with the state moving it from Purple to Red status, allowing more businesses and establishments to open. For WCCUSD to return to a phased-in school building reopening, all District zip codes must be in the Orange status and meet other criteria.
We need your help. Please complete the Multipurpose Family Income Form, regardless of income. It is a key piece to the budget and supports services that directly benefit students. Every family should complete the form. For families that don't qualify, you enter your name, check one box and that is it. Qualifying families it's just a few more steps.
We have a number of ways for the community, families, parents and students to get involved with the Facilities Master Plan's Prioritization Committee and Community Survey and Redistricting Commission.
Meal distribution is from 8 am to 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Due to the unhealthy air quality, we have changed the pick up process. We are now asking that the adult picking up the meal please follow the new signs at the location and to honk their horn when they reach the designated pick up spot and a member from the Nutrition Services team will come out and distribute the meals.
The social emotional support for students, families and staff is of heightened importance in this distance learning environment and I want the community to know that resources and support are available through school health centers, school counselors, teachers, principals, school support staff and the District’s team led by Jodi Couick and new Special Education Director Kristen Hardy.
We have concluded Week 3 of Distance Learning and we want to hear how we are doing. Please share your feedback through ThoughtExchange. We also began important work to address race and equity in the District and its impact on African American students, families and staff.
USDA extends its summer meal program, allowing all students to pick up meals and snacks at no charge
WCCUSD will resume features of its summer meal program allowing all students 18 years or younger to pick up breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks at no charge from 8 am to 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 15 school locations in the District.