Letter to CoaH Families – August 17, 2020

Dear City on a Hill Families:

These are unprecedented times. But even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools play an integral role in strengthening our shared society. We believe that school is not just the building, but it is the community and its members. School is not only where children learn math and science — it is where they learn to be active participants in our local, state, and global world. Schools support families with the critical work of nurturing children, helping each and every one of our community’s young people grow into their best adult selves.

As City on a Hill makes very difficult decisions about how to open school, we will continue to look to our guiding principles:

  • Safety is the most important thing. We do not want to do anything that puts anyone at risk.
  • Our purpose for existing is to educate citizens.
  • Our mission is to impart knowledge to our students so that they can effect change in our society.

In the fall of 2020, we will be reopening school remotely for all students on Tuesday, September 8, fully hired, ready, and eager to engage students in new and exciting ways. The remote learning period will last through Friday, October 9. We plan to bring students back to school using a hybrid model at our flagship location, 58 Circuit St in Roxbury, on Tuesday, October 13. All decisions about whether to move to a hybrid model in October will be based on science and data and the current state of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and the city of Boston.

Remote Learning Model:

We will have six class periods throughout the day and one advisory period. There will also be a 10-minute break between each class so that students can rest their eyes, take a break from the screen, and stretch their legs. The class schedule for Remote Learning is below:

On Fridays, students should be working on longer projects and meeting with teachers for Office Hours if they have questions. We will be sending home additional information regarding guidelines and expectations for students during Remote Learning.

Leadership Team:

City on a Hill’s Leadership Team consists of the following people:

  • Sonya Pratt, Chief of School
  • Laura Edouard, Principal
  • Nadege Manigat, Director of Operations
  • Martin Quirk, Director of Culture and Climate
  • Cynthia Victor, Mental Health Counselor
  • Cindy Correia, Mental Health Counselor
  • Antonio Moreira, Dean of Citizenship
  • Tempestt Phillips, Dean of Citizenship
  • Linda Edmond, College Counselor

Chromebooks & Other School Supplies:

We will be distributing chromebooks, uniforms, and other school supplies on Monday, August 31 through Saturday, September 5. Students and/or families can come on their assigned date and time to collect their materials.

10th & 12th Grade Monday, August 31, 1-4 p.m.
11th Grade Tuesday, September 1, 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m.
9th Grade Thursday, September 3, 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m.
10th & 12th Grade Friday, September 4, 9-11 a.m.

Please be on the lookout for an email from our Operations Team to choose your personal time slot for coming to pick up materials. Because of social distancing restrictions, it is of the utmost importance that students and/or families arrive at their designated time.

Our uniform (for any of our models) will be a City on a Hill shirt. We will provide every student with two City on a Hill shirts. You can also order additional shirts through the schools website.

Supplies list here!

Parent Council:

It is especially vital during these uncertain times that we have as many parents and guardians engaged in school planning as possible. If you are interested in being a member of the school’s Parent Council, please reach out to Martin Quirk, Director of Climate and Culture. He will also be reaching out to parents and guardians separately.


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