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PG Parent Communications

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Distance learning 
Chromebook Usage Reminders 
rts for Distance Learning (phone #s and email addresses)
Parent messages we have previously shared via SchoolMessenger.

Important Messages from Pine Grove to Families:

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Below are Pine Grove parent messages we have shared with families

School Messenger 11/20/20:
Pine Grove families: 
Any materials that have NOT been picked up for students in the front lobby, including school photos, will be delivered by the ESM Transportation Department to homes on Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24. 
If you have any questions, please call the school at 315-434-3050.

School Messenger 11/19/20:
Pine Grove Middle School Families:

A Reminder, our school picture RE-TAKE days are:

  • Friday, December 4: In-person students in Cohort B
  • Friday, December 4: 100% remote students 3-4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 7: In-person students in Cohort A
  • Monday, December 7: 100% remote students 3-4 p.m.

Please have your child(ren) bring their portrait package with them to school for their retake. If your child(ren) attends school in person they will have their picture retake when they are in school on Friday afternoon for Cohort B or Monday afternoon for Cohort A.

If your child(ren) are 100% virtual and coming in to have their picture retake (or taken for the first time), the following applies:

  • They can come to Pine Grove anytime from 3-4 p.m. on December 4 or December 7
  • Only students will be allowed in the building. We’re asking parents to please wait in your vehicle. 
  • Staff members will be be supervising students and monitoring social distancing 
  • Students entering the building must wear their masks
  • Temperatures will be taken upon entering the building

100% virtual students entering the building must be able to answer “no” to the following questions: 

  • Temperature of 100.0 degrees fahrenheit or higher (fever or chills)
  • Sore throat, new uncontrolled cough, shortness of breath, rapid or difficulty breathing, congestion or runny nose, fatigue, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell
  • Had close contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has had symptoms of COVID-19
  • Tested positive in the past 14 days
  • Traveled internationally of from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days
School Messenger 10/21/20:
The Pine Grove staff invites you to our virtual open house Wednesday, October 21. Every staff member has created a welcome message and brief presentation about their courses and expectations. We want you to learn how to support your child this year and how we can help you as well.

To participate, the October 21  - Virtual Open House (link) is live and can be visited at your convenience. The link is also on our Pine Grove website under "Open House." 

Once you are on the Virtual Open House microsite, be sure to scroll down and watch the message from the administrators. The message will explain how to navigate the virtual open house to meet your child's teachers virtually.

You may visit the open house site any day/time at your convenience to view the video messages created by your child’s teachers & other staff. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 315-434-3050.

School Messenger 9/29/20:

Pine Grove Middle School Families:
Our school picture days, originally scheduled next week, have been postponed to:

Tuesday, October 27: In-person students in Cohort A

Wednesday, October 28: 100% virtual students from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 29: In-person students in Cohort B

If your child(ren) attends school in person they will have their picture taken when they are in school on Tuesday for Cohort A or Thursday for Cohort B.
There are no students in the building on Wednesdays. If your child(ren) are 100% virtual and coming in to have their pictures taken, please read the following:

They can come to Pine Grove any time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Only students will be allowed in the building. We’re asking parents to please wait in your vehicle. 

Staff members will be be supervising students and monitoring social distancing 

Students entering the building must wear their masks

Picture Day Flyer

Shortened Days - Dismissal Time for Pine Grove: Please note that on the upcoming shortened days October 7, 21 and 28, Pine Grove will “dismiss” students at 11:45 a.m. Students will be distance learning on those Wednesdays. A recent SchoolMessenger had the incorrect time that students will end their day. 

Ashleigh E. Wilson
Pine Grove Middle School

School Messenger 9/21/20:
Open Houses Rescheduled: Pine Grove’s Open Houses this year for 6th, 7th and 8th grades will be postponed from the original dates on the district calendar (Sept. 23 and Oct. 1). We will instead be holding a virtual Open House for families on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. More information will be forthcoming.

FREE Breakfast & Lunch for Students: Regardless of income, we request that Pine Grove families complete the 2020-21 Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals (online link) as this information is critical in determining District eligibility for other state and federal funding programs. A parent letter was recently emailed to each household. ESM is participating in two programs that provide free breakfast and lunch to ALL Pine Grove students. Now through Dec. 31 (or until funds are exhausted) a federal program is making meals accessible to both in-person and distance learners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After Dec. 31, ALL Pine Grove students will continue to receive breakfast and lunch for no fee as part of a special National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program the school qualifies for this year. If you have any questions or would like to request a paper copy of the application, please contact the Food Service Department at 315-434-3304. Filling out a form, regardless of income, will help Pine Grove continue the program.

STEM Presentation Opportunity: Middle school students can participate in monthly discussions with scientists about topics and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Hosted by the Technology Alliance of Central New York's (TACNY) this month’s Junior Cafe Scientifique is on the Coronavirus. The free virtual event is Sat., Sept. 26 from 9:30-11 a.m. The presentation will explore coronavirus research to identify existing drugs that disrupt the virus from replicating. Click here to register

Distance Learning


As a reminder, ESM has been notified that the free meal program providing breakfast and lunch for ALL children age 18 and younger will continue this fall. The program starts tomorrow, Thursday, September 10 and is expected to continue through December 31.
Available pick-up days for grab & go meals are from 9-10 a.m. at your choice of three sites — ESM Central High School, Minoa Elementary or East Syracuse Elementary: 

  • Monday (one day of meals)
  • Tuesday (two days of meals, Tues./Wed.)
  • Thursday (two days of meals, Thurs./Fri) 

In-person learners will receive FREE breakfast and/or lunch at school on the days they are in school. Therefore, you may not need to pick up meals three times a week after in-person learning is phased in Sept. 17-23.
If you plan to pick up “grab & go” meals, please use this Meal Pick-Up order form (link). While we ask that the form be completed one week before you begin meal pick-up, we will try to accommodate all families who stop by one of the three “grab-and-go” sites even if you did not complete the form a week in advance. If you have further questions, please call 315-434-3026 or email 

In-Person Learners: Meals will be free for all of ESM’s in-person learners on the days they are at school. For the days students are not in school, families can pick up free “grab & go” meals Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at your choice of three sites — ESM Central High School, Minoa Elementary or East Syracuse Elementary from 9-10 a.m. As a reminder, ALL students start with distance learning Sept. 10-16, followed by a phase-in of in-person learning by grades from Sept. 17-24, so families may choose to pick up meals during the start of school. 

Peanut-Free Start for In-Person Learning: For students attending school in-person that choose to bring their own meals and snacks (such as bag/box lunches), ESM is asking that parents/guardians provide peanut-free items for the first few weeks of school. This includes items containing peanut butter as well as granola bars, cookies and other foods with peanuts. Once routines are established, we anticipate that we will be able to accommodate children bringing food from home that includes peanuts while keeping students with food allergies safe.   

Distance Learners and Other Youth 18 & Younger: Free “grab & go” meals will be available for pick up on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at your choice of three sites — ESM Central High School, Minoa Elementary or East Syracuse Elementary from 9-10 a.m. This includes non-school-age children.

PLEASE NOTE: Under this federal program, ESM is able to provide breakfast and lunch meals free of charge through December 31, or until funds are exhausted. However, it is still important for families to ALSO fill out the free and reduced price meal application (using the online form OR the paper form that mailed to homes) so those who qualify can continue received free/reduced price meals for the whole school year.

The program is primarily federally funded and includes some state assistance to ensure all children are fed and ready to learn—whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually. 

Required Information: 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

         1400 Independence Avenue, SW

         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Google Classroom Etiquette

  • Please participate respectfully- if you wouldn’t say something to someone in person you probably shouldn’t type it
  • Remember your Google Classroom is being read daily by your teachers and your administrators
  • Be helpful! If a student posts a question and you can answer it for them, please do! If you can’t answer the question, please don’t leave an unhelpful or random comment
  • The Google Classroom is used for learning, please do not carry on conversations unrelated to an assignment, especially negative conversations. We’re all learning together. If you have a question or need help, ask your classmates or your teacher. The Google Classroom is not a place to vent your frustrations
  • Remember to follow the Spartan Way! Be safe, respectful, and responsible
  • Make sure you’re checking your Classrooms regularly
  • If you need help with anything, ask your teacher

Chromebook Usage Reminders


Please make sure you signed your Chromebook and power cord out through your homebase teacher. Chromebooks should be used for school work only. 

Please remember:

  • All Chromebooks have asset tags (labels, bar codes); Leave them as is

  • Chromebooks belong to ESM; Please do NOT add personal stickers or decorations or screensavers or (covers)

  • Please Do NOT put food or drink near the Chromebooks

  • Be sure NOT remove any keys on the keyboard

  • Chromebooks should NOT be left in unsupervised areas

  • Make sure your Chromebook is shut down weekly, if not daily

  • Keep your Chromebook and power cord in a safe place

Parent support--if parents have problems with connecting their student's Chromebook to their home wifi, they can call a new number 315-434-3024. This will be staffed by ESM tech support staff. 

Tips for Online Distance Learning Slideshow

Parent Resource Page with a focus on Technology : Stop on by Mrs. Kowalski's page for a quick parent resource on anything google, chromebook, or classroom, even a how to reserve your library book today!

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Supports for Distance Learning

Main Office: 315-434-3050 prompt 7 (if no one answers please leave a voicemail they go to our emails)

Grade Level Administration:
Principal Ashleigh Wilson
6-1 Blue, 6-2 Blue  & 7th Grade: Associate Principal Shelly LaMarche
6-1 Orange & 8th Grade: Assistant Principal Nicole Petranchuk

Cheryl English RN  p:315-434-3053

Counseling Center:
6th Grade: Lindsay Cogan315-434-3052 x1513
7th Grade: Amber Atkinson 315-434-3052 x1514
8th Grade: Courtney Cameron 315-434-3052 x1544

School Psychologists:
6th & 8th Grade: Carley Griffin 315-434-3052 x1545
7th Grade: Michele Krause 315-434-3052 x1541

Special Areas:
Librarian: Susan Kowalski

6th grade-Mr. Pounds
7th grade-Mr. Ashley
8th grade-Mr. Nicholson

6th grade-Ms. Modafferi
7th grade-Ms. Kent
8th grade-Ms. Ehrlich

6th Grade & 7th Grade: Ms. Trew
7th Grade: Ms. Dolbear

Physical Education:
Mr. Houck
Mr. Neff
Ms. Bright
Ms. Felicia

Mr. Penfield
Mrs. Mastrobattisto

Music/ Chorus:
Ms. Labatos
Ms. Paduano
Mr. Dunlap

6th Grade: Ms. Zdobylak
7th Grade: Ms. Cayea

Foreign Language:
Spanish: Ms. Wasil-Espinoza
Spanish: Ms. Piraino
Latin: Mr. Buczek
Italian: Ms. Perla

Mrs. Brown

Ms. Dutton

Ms. Emery

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