Update from Norwin School District
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Taylor
April 17, 2020
Dear Norwin Families and Community Members,

Although we are all experiencing varying levels of disappointment, I believe our seniors and their families are bearing the highest levels of mourning for an end to the senior year they had all expected to experience. It has been very disheartening for me to have to consider contingency plans for either postponing or canceling important events and activities that many seniors have been looking forward to for a long time. However, not having a contingency plan is simply not an option. Therefore, our leadership team has been working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to create a district contingency plan for postponing or canceling previously scheduled activities and events. Honestly, working on this contingency plan has included some of the most difficult decisions I have had to make during my first year as your superintendent.

A summary of our District's contingency plan for our 2020 spring and summer activities and events can be viewed by clicking the link below. Please know that this is a high-level summary document that includes information regarding commencement, prom, vespers and other important events. Building principals will be providing additional detailed information to students and parents in the coming weeks via email. I choose to remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to resume a normal schedule at some point in May and I hope that our seniors can do the same.


In light of the need to prepare a contingency plan, I thought about the importance of resiliency during these challenging times. Recently, I came across an article entitled " How Flipping the Switch Leads to Resilience." The article explains that when you flip the switch, you stop for a moment, realize you can turn pain into power, and move forward with a commitment to being resilient. I would like to share this article with everyone and especially ask that our seniors and their families make every effort to be resilient while facing an unprecedented amount of uncertainty.

 
Please stay safe, healthy and #NorwinStrong!

Best regards,
 
Dr. Jeff Taylor
Superintendent
New Attendance Form to Use Starting Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24

Beginning on April 20, 2020, and continuing each day through Friday, April 24, 2020, families will be asked to complete this daily attendance form for each child in the family. The link to the attendance form will also be included on the STREAM on each Google Classroom. We appreciate your assistance in completing this form for each child one time daily so that attendance can be entered and maintained into Skyward.
Norwin Teachers Create Face Shields for North Huntingdon EMS / Rescue

 Two Norwin School District teachers are using 3D printers to make protective face shields for North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue.

Mr. Robert Shuber, Technology Education Department Chair, and Mr. Jared Schultz, a Computer Science Teacher at both Stewartsville and Sunset Valley Elementary Schools, volunteered to use the District’s MakerBot 3D printers and laser cutter to make the face shields.

The first nine face shields were delivered to North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue on April 14, 2020, ready for use. The District would like to print and assemble approximately 40 face shields for North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue.

Please click here to read more about this remarkable school-community partnership.
Face shields
Headbands
Resources

Instructional schedule for remainder of school year
  • Please click here or on the chart at right to view the instructional schedule for the remainder of the school year.

Preparing for Online Instruction
NEW Norwin School District Daily Attendance Form
  • Beginning on April 20, 2020, and continuing each day through Friday, April 24, 2020, families will be asked to complete a daily attendance form for each child in the family. The link to the attendance form will be included on the STREAM on each Google Classroom and can also be found here. We appreciate your assistance in completing this form for each child one time daily so that attendance can be entered and maintained into Skyward.

Norwin Lunches for Students in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program
  • Every Monday and Wednesday through the shutdown, the District will serve a bagged lunch from 11am - 1pm from the Norwin High School Auditorium doors (Door No. 6). The lunch program on Mondays will supply enough food for Monday and Tuesday, and the lunch program on Wednesdays will supply enough food for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

New Site for Parents, Staff Promotes Mental & Behavioral Health during Pandemic
  • Click here to see the resources assembled by Norwin psychologists, social worker and behavioral consultant.

Norwin Businesses Support Students During Shutdown
  • Please click here to view a Google Doc with information from some of our community partners regarding no-cost meals for students.

Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Supplies

Screen-Free Activities for Families

Public Utility Commission Urges Financially Stressed Consumers to Explore Options

Kids Activity Sheet
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Internet Options
  • The Norwin School District realizes that not every family has access to the Internet at home, though some may wish to. Please click here for a collection of resources for families to obtain broadband Internet at their home at low or no cost.
Norwin School District
281 McMahon Drive
North Huntingdon, PA 15642
724.861.3000