December 22, 2021

Alcona Families,

This has been a difficult year for us, but there is hope on the horizon! We are working to bring high school students back to school for in-person learning in the second semester. In the meantime, here are a few reminders and updates:

  1. The grades students earn in their classes will be the grades on their final report card. Last spring, there were some exceptions made about grades due to the unprecedented circumstances. This year, those exceptions will not be made. Teachers have made adjustments to the curriculum to accommodate the uniqueness of this situation - extended time to turn in work, fewer assignments, etc. - but credit will not be given if it has not been earned. The good news is that there is plenty of time for students to turn their grades around between now and the end of the semester! Here are some things they can do:

  • Reach out to their teachers for help. (Teachers will not be answering emails over break, but will respond after the 4th.

  • Ask to schedule a video meeting with their teachers for help and guidance. 

  • Come into the school to work from the auditorium. 

  • Contact Ms. Oliver (School Success) for help. (olivers@nemcsa.org)

  • Sign up for tutoring. (https://signup.com/go/iBJsAGp)

2. The end of the semester is as follows:

  • Edgenuity classes end on January 26th. The student’s grade on that date will be the grade that is on their report card. There are no extensions after this date.

  • Exam week for students with Alcona teachers will be the week of January 25th. An exam schedule will be released closer to the time of exams. Students should check with their teachers about exam details. The end of Semester 1 is January 29, 2021. Semester 2 begins on February 1, 2021.

High School Education Choices for 2nd Semester:

As we get closer to the start of the second semester of the 20/21 school year, we are looking at options to bring high school students back for face-to-face instruction. Currently, we are in the process of planning and gathering feedback from families. We ask that you take the next few weeks to consider what decision you would like to make for your child(ren) for education for the second semester. By January 8, we are asking all families to make a learning choice for the remainder of the school year. 

Here are the options for high school students:

Face-to-face - High school students will return for face-to-face instruction. Students will wear masks, social distancing measures will be implemented as much as possible, and there will be increased cleaning and sanitizing in classrooms and around the school. Depending upon the guidance from the State and District Health Department, there may be periods of remote learning, but students will return to face-to-face when we are advised that it is safe.

Online - High school students will complete their classes online only through Edgenuity. Because we are moving toward face-to-face learning, we are not able to offer online learning with Alcona teachers. This is the only option available for students who wish to remain 100% virtual. 

When you are ready to make a choice about second semester learning, a parent or guardian of the student should complete the High School 2nd Semester Education Choice Survey.

Middle School Education Choices for 2nd Semester:

The beginning of the second semester is also when families of middle school students are able to make any changes to their student’s education choice. Middle school students may choose between face-to-face and online (Edgenuity).

When you are ready to make a choice about second semester learning, a parent or guardian of the student should complete the Middle School 2nd Semester Education Choice Survey

Please note: Changes in education choice (face-to-face or online) will not be made after January 29th. 

We have been through a lot in 2020. Focus on the positives that have come from these strange times and keep your eyes on the future! Here’s to a fabulous 2021!


Christie Thomas
MS/HS Principal
Alcona Community Schools
thomasc@alconaschools.net
(989) 736-8534