Superintendent Message

04/03/2020

Hello Spartan Families,

Pardon the length of this email. As we enter the Friday eve of our regular scheduled spring break I wanted to reach out and say Hello.  I can’t imagine what our families are going through and will offer my hopes, prayers, and deepest best wishes.  This has been an unprecedented last few weeks here at ENHS and around our world.  I was hoping to be able to announce that I look forward to seeing all of our Spartans on the 14th and looking forward to that moment.  As we have made the decision to stay out now until May 1stour staff this week has been on a rapid treadmill and digging deeply into organizing their Google classrooms, offering educational opportunities, practicing on Zoom meetings with students, and preparing for our distance learning program.  This is a significant and fundamental educational shift in the middle of a worldwide crisis.  I am very proud of our staff for ramping up so quickly after we extended our closure this past Monday evening. Please know that all of us at ENHS deeply miss our students, each other and our daily interactions with our Spartan community. 

After spring break on Tuesday April 14th after a virtual meeting with our staff, I will send out more specific directives regarding the how, what, when, and why of our distance learning program. Please know that this is a significant instructional change and we will encounter a few bumps. I have encouraged our staff to be moderate, flexible, and work with their students and their families.  I am completely confident they will work with all of our Spartans and their families.

Here are few details of note though:

   •  Our lines of communication will change due to ‘shelter in place’ and’ stay at home’ government directives  Although we are still available by phone and email, it is important that all of our parents and Spartans look to our website http://eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us/ for information.  We have been redesigning it daily to make it as user friendly as possible.  I am confident that our website will be the launching point for many in our Spartan community for distance learning as time moves forward.

   •  Please take our survey that is on our website. We are planning on providing chrome books to students who do not have a device from April 15-17. Here is the link to our website  http://eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us/ for more information.

   •  Our instructional staff is preparing to offer the best possible education that we can in our current reality.  The rest of our staff is eagerly learning new ways to help, assist, and support our students, staff, and community.

   •  I am deeply concerned about the break in the natural rhythm of a school year on ALL of our students, staff, and parents.  This entire situation is a break from our standard norm and has a large socio-emotional impact.  I am especially concerned about our seniors and their families.  I am sure that you have a thousand questions and aside from distance learning and directives from the CDE on education, I have few answers right now.  I will be reaching out and message students and families by grade level upon our return from spring break.  I will state though I will be OPEN to multiple options and possibilities regarding end of the year activities once we have concrete information.

I am sure that many have heard about the recent recommendations of State Superintendent Thurmond and Governor Newsom in the past few days.  They are saying that it is likely schools will not reopen this school year. Although I certainly respect their positions, we continue to be hopeful that we will be able to return on May 4 and no decision has been made to change that date as of today. However, many districts statewide are announcing their decision to be out the remainder of the year. We and other local districts would like to wait and see how things progress prior to making such a decision but certainly the likelihood of returning this year is growing less hopeful each day on returning given the recommendations from the government and health departments. I want everyone to know in our Spartan community, that WE will not bring any student, staff member and or anyone in our Spartan Community back to school unless we are 100% positive it is healthy and safe to do so, and allowed by the federal, state, and health officials. I will certainly have more information on this issue as time goes forward. 

This still leaves us, our students, staff, parents, and community with many unanswered questions.  I know for certain a few things:

  •  Our teachers will figure out a way to instruct our students with our distance learning. We will absolutely do our best.
  •  Our classified team will answer the phones, work on keeping us up and running and continue to clean and maintain our campus as essential personnel.
  •  We will continue to provide nutrition to our students upon our return from Spring Break.
  •  Our admin team will be on site daily to support ALL staff.
  •  We will make decisions based on the health and safety of ALL in our Spartan Community. 
  •  We will work tirelessly to come up with multiple plans for multiple scenarios (all activities) based on the information that is delivered to us from the federal, state, and local governments.

This situation on every level I am involved in, is very fluid and seems to change daily and almost even at times on the hour. Although it will difficult to go anywhere I want EVERYONE in our Spartan Community to enjoy spring break as much as anyone can right now.  

Three weeks ago I left you with a quote…’Tough times don’t last; Tough people do”.  I find myself in the ENHS Community around the toughest, kindest, compassionate and strongest people I have ever encountered on ALL levels.

I am hopeful that All of you are well as can be and is doing the best you can.... All my hopes

Sincerely Yours, 

Mark Beebe

Superintendent / Principal

 


 

03/30/2020

Dear Students, Staff and Parents of East Nicolaus High School

After consultation with local and state health officials, as well as neighboring districts and our county office of education, the East Nicolaus Joint Union School District will extend our onsite school closure through Friday, May 1.

The latest data from public health officials and most recently an extension of the ‘shelter in place’ directive from the federal government, have made it clear that the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus still has the potential to overburden our community health resources, and continued isolation is necessary to slow this spread.

ENJUHSD’s decision follows similar extensions announced in multiple districts and counties in our region whom are making or have made similar announcements.

The May 1 extension, like the original projection of April 14, is subject to change. ENJUHSD will continue to monitor the situation closely and make decisions based on the best information and guidance available from state and federal directives, public health officials and Sutter County Office of education coupled with the health and safety of our students, staff and community.

We understand that the uncertainty of when things will return to normal is very hard on our students, staff and their families, but we must do what will best to protect the health and safety of our students, our staff and our community.

ENJUHSD has been and is preparing a distance-learning curriculum and platform that will allow students to continue their schooling while observing shelter-in-place directives and remaining home. The district will build this curriculum with significant input from our instructional staff and administration.  We have sent out a survey to our families and will undoubtedly survey our parents and students on other relevant topics related to distance learning. I am hopeful that we will be able to share the broad outlines of our plans at the end of this week. 

Our focus in building a distance-learning program on what is best for our Spartans and our community -- what will keep them learning and progressing toward their goals. That requires all of us working together and being as flexible as we can – teachers, staff and families.

The ENHS staff will meet this challenge head on as best we can.  Please be patient as we learn our craft in a different way. Students will change the way they learn and teachers will change the way they teach. All of us have important jobs to do in this time of unprecedented challenge. I have no doubt that our Spartan students and staff will adapt and lean in to this unprecedented educational challenge and current environment. It is crucial that we continue to connect in positive ways as WE are truly all in this TOGETHER.

ENJUHSD will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will update our school families and community as more information becomes available.

Please continue to be safe, stay home as much as you can, and take care of yourselves. 

Always remember….It’s always a great day to be a Spartan…

Mark Beebe

Superintendent / Principal

12:00 pm

3.30.2020

 

 

 

 

 


 

03/27/2020


 

Hello and Good Afternoon Spartan Families,

 

I want to thank everyone for your patience and support during these incredible times.  Although I usually send you information on ENHS matters, I want to extend my heartfelt and deep concern for what our students, staff parents and community are enduring at this time. This situation is impacting ALL of us as well all of our families, friends, and loved ones. I think of all you on a daily basis and although that is a small piece of our lives, it does allow for a connection on some level I hope.

 

I am also hopeful that our students have been able to access many of their educational opportunities provided by our staff in their Google classrooms and other means. I am hopeful that our students are ‘practicing’ in this area in case we have to instruct in an online format for a time period. As much as we can and are creative, I truly think it's important that we stay connected to each other and our students in the best possible way we can during this time.

 

ENHS has their own tik tok page @enspartansoffocial

 

Our first video is delivering lunches...:)

 

We had 5 families pick up lunches yesterday.  I am hopeful that as word spreads that more of our families will take advantage of these opportunities.  Tuesdays and Thursdays at Watson Cold Storage (11:00 -11:30) and Sammie’s (12:00-12:30). 

 

You will begin to hear or have heard about other counties, systems and districts around us extending their school closures out until May 1st, with a hopeful return on May 4th. I have been discussing this possibility with Sutter County and our ENHS board over the last few days and we will have an ENHS board meeting on Monday evening at 6:00 pm via teleconference to decide on a course of action. 

 

Although I mentioned this in my message on Tuesday, we have been diligently planning for this possibility. Our current plan (returning on April 15th) fits well into this scenario as we have been preparing for the possibility if we had to move to blended, online, and hybrid learning.

 

We will surface our plans (Chromebook roll out, information on internet access, best practices for google classroom, and distance learning tips, grading, credits, etc.) for the week of April 14-17 midway through Next Week to give our families time to plan and prepare.

 

Iwould strongly suggest that during this upcoming week that our Spartans 'practice' as much as possible with this online format and Google classroom.

 

This ‘reality’ is still a long way off in our current reality and much can change, but it would appear this is the direction we are heading now.

 

I hope this note finds you well.  As always I miss our daily interactions and seeing all of our students and parents as they come into the office...

 

Please continue to practice social distancing, stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands and be safe. 

 

Please take this survey as we have had many responses but certainly we would like to hear from ALL of our students and families.  

 

Here is the link for our survey.  Please take some time to compete this.

 

https://forms.gle/iVx2foZmpxmii3447

 

Sincerely and Deeply Yours,

 

Mark Beebe

 

Superintendent / Principal

 

 

 


 

03/25/2020

 Good Afternoon Spartan Families,

 

Hello All,

 

Firstly, Make Sure After Reading this Message you take our SURVEY that is at the end.

 

As we enter week 2 of our school closure I wanted to say Hello and send my warmest thoughts, prayers and hopes.  We are experiencing an unprecedented sequence of events that have impacted us on every level of our lives.  We all will deal with our new reality and normal in our own ways, but one area that I absolutely know must be continually nurtured and monitored is that WE are in this together. I am never surprised at the deep and hearty condition of the human spirit. I think and miss our students, staff and community on the hour and daily.  I wonder what everyone is doing and how they are feeling.  Last week I wanted to let everyone deal with this situation on their own terms and level. My concern was on the social emotional level as this truly unprecedented situation impacted all in our community on so many levels of the human condition. In this time of no contact we must find different ways to connect with each other.  So with that being said as we continually navigate our current 'normal', what does this look like on the educational side? 

 

 

I feel it is time to begin to explore how we may deliver instruction and 'connect' with our students. 

 

 

·Please know that we are still hopeful we will be back on the ground on April 15th, but we must begin to prepare for multiple eventualities.   

 

·I have had discussions with our teachers this week to offer content for our students through their Google classroom and on our website, eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us, for the next two weeks. At this point all enhanced educational opportunities are ungraded and optional, but we wanted to extend opportunities for learning during this school closure. This obviously creates some interesting dynamics in terms of student interest, but it is good practice for all of us. Some of our staff have already shared information with our students and I thank them!!!!!  There are multiple different plans being utilized by various districts around the state.  Their plans are based on numerous variables.  We are developing a plan that we feel is best for our community and our students’ specific needs.  For now, I want to emphasize that for the next 8 days or so leading to our spring break, this type of learning is good practice for a possible, I repeat possible outcome. After taking the survey (see below) we will be able to determine who will need a device and or internet capability; however, during this ‘practice’ time if you are interested in a device and have internet capability then please reach out to me by email.

 

·We have already begun planning for the potential of having online learning, extended, and blended (packet work) learning. We began that process a few weeks ago.  We will be sending out a questionnaire to our families this week regarding their internet and device (computer at home) capability. I understand that many of our students do not have a device nor possibly good internet at home but they could use their phone during this time to access information. This is not the best, but for now during our 'practice' period it will suffice. Again please email or contact me if are interested in your child having a device at this time. I want to assure you that if we have to move towards an online and blended educational model we have enough devices and a plan for providing those devices as well as low cost internet programs for rural areas.

 

·We will be dropping off meals on Tuesday and Thursday at our two identified location at Watson Storage (11:00) and Sammie's (12:00). 

 

·Please make sure that you look on Facebook and our website at eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us for updates. 

 

·All state and federal testing has been suspended for this year. 

 

·The unanswered questions will be our activities.  As of right now I have no answers other than we are off until April 15th.  However, I can assure you that all decisions will be based on the health and safety of our students and the directives of the Governor's office. 

 

I strongly suspect that you have many questions that are unanswered in this message. I wish that I could easily and readily answer your concerns and questions.  Now that we are all closed around the state, things have calmed down a bit but now the questions regarding about what will happen next is on all our minds.  Providing some enhanced educational content and opportunities is what we do in our daily lives as teachers.  What we really miss is our students, our community, and our day to day connection.  I know that many in our community are confused and nervous about their lives.  Please know that WE are too and worry deeply about our students and our parents.  Again WE are in this together and it is now that I have no doubt that WE will find our way collectively. 

 

 

Here is the link for our survey.  Please take some time to submit this important survey for our future decision making reading online and distance learning.  

 

 

https://forms.gle/iVx2foZmpxmii3447

 

 

 

 

Mark Beebe

 

 

 



 

03/19/2020


 

Hello Spartan Families,

I truly hope this note finds you as well as you can be. I’m sure that many of you have heard the latest announcement by the Sutter / Yuba health department regarding the ‘shelter in place’ directive. This is the latest event in a period of unprecedented and rarely seen circumstances in our nation, state, and local communities.  As we continue to watch as our lives and our normal routines are affected, I am hopeful and pray that each and every one in our Spartan community is navigating through this incredibly complex situation as best you can.  Our time at school is important as well as events that occur yearly.  The safety and health of our students, community and society are my most crucial concern right now.  Please know that you are never far from my thoughts and I am hopeful you’re becoming prepared for this ‘shelter in place’ directive.

I am incredibly thankful that I was at East Nicolaus during this moment in time and history as our students, staff, and community are amazing in normal times, yet incredible in a time of crisis.  Your support, understanding, and flexibility during this past week, was without doubt awe inspiring.  As I often say to all of our staff, ‘thanks for all you do’.  

With events and decisions unfolding each day, it would be unwise and foolish for me to suggest that ‘we will be doing this, or we will be doing that” in the future.  Right now I, nor anyone else for that matter, have any idea what is going to happen tomorrow much less in four weeks when we are hopefully returning to school on April 15th? You will read and hear about other districts doing this and or that while they are closed. What I do know is that we are planning for multiple outcomes, educationally and activity wise, if our time is extended as the Governor mentioned. I know this does not come anywhere close to answering many of your questions regarding: grades, credits, Graduation, transcripts, Senior Events, and other end of the year activities.  I am hopeful that as time progresses we will begin to have a more direct idea and clearer picture of what we will be able to do and when.

All student grades as of Monday March 16th will be frozen with no new grading and or assignments expected, except for the assignments that had already been collected and not entered into Aeries. Please know that I have spoken and will continue to discuss with our staff regarding how we will navigate this issue benevolently and with our student’s best interests in mind now, as we return, and in the future.

What does all this mean for ENHS?

All I definitely know is that we have a plan to reopen on April 15th, with our staff returning on April 14th to plan and prepare. Essential personnel will be at the site on Tuesday through Thursday, beginning March 17th until April 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. are not taking any visitors at this time but please call us at 530-656-2255. We have created a few ‘banners’ for ease of communication on our website. There is an Academics area for our students to utilize, if they so choose, if they are interested in gaining some insights during this time away.  These resources are optional for now, but I am hopeful that our Spartans will read, write, and do some calculations to keep their minds sharp.   All of these items will be on our website at: eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us

I will reach out and communicate with our Spartan community on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next two weeks, unless relevant and pertinent information becomes available.

Please take care and be as well as you can be.  The following quote is one of my favorites during any difficult time in my life.

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
–William James

And always Remember it’s always a Great Day to Be a Spartan

Very Sincerely Yours,

Mark Beebe

 

March 19th, 2020

 

 


 

03/16/2020

Good Morning to All in our Spartan Community, 

Thank you for your patience, support, and consideration during this unique and complex worldwide pandemic.

In light of public health guidelines issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, East Nicolaus Joint Union High School District will close beginning Tuesday, March 17

School will remain closed at least through April 14th.Classes will resume on Wednesday April 15th

We will continue to monitor this situation very closely, and we will update our community and school families should there be an extension to the closure period following our anticipated resumption of classes on April 15thThis decision was not taken lightly. We have consulted carefully with local and state health officials throughout the past weeks.  Sunday, Gov. Newsom's guidelines related to limiting public activities made closure the appropriate action. As of today the intent of all Sutter County Schools will be to close by tomorrow March 17th. During this closure period, our district's school nutrition services department will attempt to coordinate meal delivery to various locations in our area. Details on where families can pick up meals for their school children will be sent later this afternoon. We also are working to provide optional academic learning opportunities to help students keep learning during this closure period. Specific information on these academic learning opportunities will be announced on our website and by email. 

Please remember to follow all procedures to safeguard your health and that of your family. For more information on these safeguards and on the COVID-19 virus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

--

Mark H. Beebe

Proud Superintendent / Principal 

" It's a great day to be a Spartan"

"Be on time, Ask for help, Be Kind"

East Nicolaus High School

2454 Nicolaus Ave

Nicolaus, California 95659

530-656-2255

 ' A thousand mile journey begins with one step" 

Anonymous

 

3/14/2020

Hello Spartan Families,

Our district continues to monitor the status of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in California, and we are making daily decisions regarding school schedules and activities.  As of Friday night, March 13th, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yuba and Sutter counties.

At this time, acting in accordance with the advice of Sutter-Yuba county health officials and the recommendation of the California Department of Public Health School Guidance on Novel Coronavirus, our plan is to keep East Nicolaus High School open and follow regular schedules.

We are aware that a number of school districts in neighboring counties have elected to close their schools. Some districts that have closed schools are in counties with viral situations substantially different than those in Yuba and Sutter counties. On Friday evening, we received information from our county health officials advising us that their strong recommendation is for schools to remain open at this time.

This is a highly fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor it closely. We will inform our school families and our community immediately if there is any change to these plans.

Please see the attached letter from Dr. Phuong Luu, Bi-County Health Officer, regarding the appropriate timing for school closures.

 

Mark Beebe

Superintendent / Principal

Attachment - 03/13/2020 - Letter to Superintendents of Yuba and Sutter Counties

 

 


 

3/12/2020

Hello Spartan Families,

There is a great deal of information being distributed by various public leaders and agencies in the last few days regarding the novel COVID-19 virus. Governor Newsom today has declared that there will be limits on public gatherings above 250 people and to cancel all 'non-essential' events. The guidance from the Governor’s Office, the CDE and Sutter County Health Dept., suggest and state that mass gatherings and procedures do not currently apply to 'routine school attendance'.  

What does that mean for ENHS? 

The health and welfare of all in our Spartan Community are my primary concern. All of our decisions will be made with that concern in mind and in consultation with the CDE, Sutter County Health, our ENJUHSD School Board and Sutter County Office Ed. We will continue to be extremely vigilant in the cleaning of our common areas and our school in general.

As of yesterday there have been no reported cases in Sutter and Yuba counties. We have been proactive in our messaging, planning and we amend our messages as new information comes to us and we post on our website daily.  At this time ENHS is open and operating normally.  As a small school we are under the 250 plus gatherings for events, although some upcoming community and athletic award events we may need to modify, suspend and or cancel. This is a direct adherence to the messaging from Governor Newsom to the 'social distance' criteria as outlined by the CDC. Please visit our website at, http://eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us/, for additional information.

We have developed possible plans for:

    ► As of today Governor Newsom said the last thing he wants to do is close schools; however we have been proactive in developing plans for this possibility.

    ► Sporting events.  At this time we are planning on continuing our spring sports season.  This will be a fluid scenario as time goes on though. 

    ► Activities.  At this point and moving forward until further notice, any non-essential school activity will be judged on a case by case basis.  Any large gatherings, possible 250+, will be suspended and or cancelled.  Smaller gatherings and field trips will be evaluated and judged based on the information that is presented.  We will reevaluate as more information arrives. All decisions will be solely centered on the safety and health of our students and staff.

    ► Students will have many questions regarding the events that impact them directly now and in the future. As of now there are no plans to adjust, suspend, and or cancel Prom, Senior Sneak, and or Graduation. 

Our students', staff, and communities health and safety is our primary concern, yet we also want to maintain a sense of normalcy and stability for our students and community.  As new information unfolds I will let you know immediately and post on our website at http://eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us/. As always please feel free to call us at any time if you have any questions, commentary, feedback, and or concerns.

Very Sincerely Yours,

Mark H. Beebe

Superintendent / Principal

3/12/2020

 

 

 

 

Dear East Nicolaus Joint Union High School Community,


Understandably, we are monitoring the increasing situation with the Coronavirus.  The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19 or Coronavirus) is a virus recently identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and is now being spread widely in other parts of mainland China.


Coronavirus cases have now been identified in the United States, including California.  However, according to Dr. Rich. Sutter County Public Health Officer, as of 3/06/20, there are zero confirmed cases and one Person Under Investigation (PUI) in Sutter County.


At ENHS, our top priority is the safety of our students, staff and families. We are closely monitoring official news and updates about the Coronavirus.  We also want to share what we are doing to help minimize the spread of any type of virus:


   ► In an effort to keep our students healthy, we will continue to excuse all absences due to illness and allow students to make up missed assignments.  In an effort to ensure proper diagnosis and any necessary medical care is received promptly, we will continue to encourage families to see a doctor if any member of the family is ill.

 

   ► As recommended by the Center for Disease Control, ENHS will disinfect classrooms daily utilizing a disinfectant product known to demonstrate effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus.  We will also be bringing in our custodian on Saturdays for an even deeper clean.


   ► We encourage all students, parents and staff to take everyday preventive actions.  Please wash your hands regularly and avoid unnecessary travel to places known to have Coronavirus outbreaks.


Resources:  As we rely upon information provided by local, state and national health care officials, we want to be sure our Spartan community also knows where to get important information:
   ► California Department of Public Health
   ► Center for Disease Control and Prevention
   ► Sutter County Public Health-- https://www.suttercounty.org/


In addition, updates and new developments will be posted on our website, http://eastnicolaus.k12.ca.us/
 
Thank you for your commitment to the health and well-being of our community. If you have additional questions regarding ENHS, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, our on-site administrative team, and or Megan and Maria.


Mark Beebe
Superintendent / Principal

 

A couple of simple fact sheets:

   ► Spanish Version Wash_Hands.pdf

   ► English_Version_Wash_Hands.pdf

   ► Hand_Sanitizer_factsheet.pdf

   ► cdc_cough.pdf

 

Dated 3/9/2020