Educating Under Covid-19: Rewriting the New Normal of Learning

Teachers and administrators have been entrusted with building a new learning environment under strict Covid-19 guidelines. Almost a year later, students and parents are still adapting.

When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down all in-person learning, teachers and students had to learn Continue reading “Educating Under Covid-19: Rewriting the New Normal of Learning”

The Why of DEI

While the formation of the DEI Task Force is relatively new, the district’s belief in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded in the enduring goals and aspirations and in the mission statements of SSES and HKMS. Recognizing and celebrating the individual characteristics Continue reading “The Why of DEI”

Between Three Chairs: Superintendent Updates ER9 Board Chairs on Covid Vaccines for School Staff

This is the first installment published in the Easton Courier of Behind Three Chairs, virtual video conferencing between ER9 Superintendent Dr. Rydell Harrison and the Easton, Redding and Region 9 boards of education chairmen. The Covid-19 pandemic thwarted in-person meetings to Continue reading “Between Three Chairs: Superintendent Updates ER9 Board Chairs on Covid Vaccines for School Staff”

Trials and Joys of Leading ER9 Schools in the Pandemic

An Interview with Superintendent Dr. Rydell Harrison

The Easton, Redding and Region 9 school district comprises five highly competitive schools in two towns with three separate schools boards. The superintendent’s position demands exceptional governance in the best of times.

Continue reading “Trials and Joys of Leading ER9 Schools in the Pandemic”

Barlow Spirit Wear Is Back!

Barlow Spirit Wear is back, featuring new items. The Joel Barlow High School Store is open until Saturday, Jan. 23.

The store welcomes all future Falcons! Helen Keller Middle School eighth graders, Barlow students and parents are encouraged to order now. Here is the store link: Continue reading “Barlow Spirit Wear Is Back!”

Superintendent Harrison Responds to Events at U.S. Capitol

Superintendent Harrison sent the following message to ER9 families today in response to the violent protests at the U.S. Capitol:

Dear ER9 families,

Like many of you, I watched yesterday’s events at the U.S. Capitol in disbelief and my heart sank as this historic moment unfolded. Continue reading “Superintendent Harrison Responds to Events at U.S. Capitol”

ER9 Schools Transition to Hybrid Learning on Monday, Jan. 11.

Superintendent Dr. Rydell Harrison has informed the ER9 community that all Easton schools will transition to hybrid learning beginning Monday, Jan. 11. Samual Staples Elementary School and Helen Keller Middle School will return to full in-person classes on Jan. 20.

Below is the Continue reading “ER9 Schools Transition to Hybrid Learning on Monday, Jan. 11.”

Year In Review 2020: A New Superintendent

2020 presented the administrators, teachers, staff and students at Samuel Staples Elementary School, Helen Keller Middle School, and Joel Barlow High School with historically unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the Courier reported many important Continue reading “Year In Review 2020: A New Superintendent”

Easton, Redding, Region 9 Schools Shift to All Distance Learning

November 18, 2020

Good afternoon, ER9 Families and Staff:

As expected, the number of positive cases across both towns has continued to increase.  As of yesterday’s review of the leading indicator (the number of new cases 14-day average per 100,000 population) and the secondary Continue reading “Easton, Redding, Region 9 Schools Shift to All Distance Learning”

Staples and Keller Transition to In-Person Option on Oct. 5; Barlow Will Stay Hybrid

ER9 Superintendent Rydell Harrison informed families on September 25 that Samuel Staples Elementary School and Helen Keller Middle School will transition to all in-person instruction for students starting October 5, while Joel Barlow High School will continue with a modified hybrid Continue reading “Staples and Keller Transition to In-Person Option on Oct. 5; Barlow Will Stay Hybrid”

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