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A Message from the Principal

April 28, 2020

Dear Cheat Lake Elementary School Family Members,

The last several weeks have certainly been surreal. None of us could have ever imagined last August, that our school year would have turned out the way it has. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Governor has decided that students will not be returning to the school buildings to finish the year, but rather, teachers and other school personnel will continue to support their students remotely, from home so that learning doesn’t stop.

The entire CLES Faculty and Staff, including Mrs. Mullenax and myself, really miss our students, and we look forward to the day we can resume our regular school schedule. But, until that happens, we want to be certain that we provide quality activities, guidance, and support to our students, so that everyone may continue learning and growing. It is not an easy task, and we know how challenging it can be to establish “school-at-home”, but we will work hard to support our students and their families. Whether using online technology, or phone calls, and the US Mail, we want the learning to be relevant, engaging, important, and fun. We encourage you to reach out to teachers, with any concerns or questions you may have. Together, we will meet these new challenges head-on, and be ready to begin our next school year.

Monongalia County Schools is currently putting together plans for supporting students academically, throughout the summer. We do not yet know what format this summer support will take, but we will make it available as soon as it is possible.

When we return for the next school year, it is very likely that we will begin with a broader academic review, with our students, in order to identify any areas of relative weakness. This will inform our plans for appropriate, effective instruction.

I will continue to send out School Messenger calls with updates. Soon, I will be sharing our plans for the clearing out of student desks and the collection of student belongings. The teachers will continue reaching out to the students, as there is still much to do, and we have no time to waste. We hope you’ll continue to work with us, as we move toward the end of this school year.

Please stay safe!


Dennis G. Gallon



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