Recognizing Black lives matter and supporting our students in this difficult time

The events of this past week have been horrifying and tragic. And they have been made even more difficult because we cannot physically be together as a school community. 

Instead, we have had to watch and react to the violent death of George Floyd–yet another black life taken unjustly and unnecessarily–in our own spaces. Then, the subsequent protests that have erupted across our nation and in NYC, against the injustice of George Floyd’s death as well as the many other acts of racism and brutality in recent weeks, are intersecting with the tragedy and stress caused by this pandemic.
It has been hard not being together with you all. I find my own optimism and hope through you, our students and faculty. And I have to remind myself: we are still a school, even if we don’t have a building. 

In the coming days, we will begin hosting various meetings for our entire QHSLS community to gather virtually. I wish we could have these conversations in person. But given what we have, I encourage any member of our community to join in: to share, to listen, or simply to be present together. These meetings are optional. In addition, do not hesitate to contact our faculty if you need other types of support. We recognize how individual our responses to this week’s events may be. In addition, if you would like to offer a suggestion, or perhaps if you would like to lead or contribute in this effort to stay connected, let us know. We welcome and appreciate you.

In unity, Melanie Lee, Principal (May 31, 2020)

Tuesday 6/2, 4PM: #SayTheirNames Remembrance. Watch the ceremony, led by our students, here.

Tuesday, 6/2, 6PM (English) and Wednesday 6/3, 3PM and 6PM (English and Chinese): Open circles. Students are welcome to join: to be together with other students, to share and bear witness to each other’s experiences, to listen.

Students should check their emails for more information.

Parent Meeting Dates, QHSLS Remote Learning Block #6 Updates, and May Calendar

Virtual Parent Meeting: Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 6:30PM via Zoom. This meeting addresses the DOE’s new grading policy for Remote Learning. Slides in English, Chinese, and Spanish are here.

An updated FAQ (5/18/2020) for Remote Learning is located here.

College Application and Financial Aid Planning Virtual Parent Meeting, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 6:30PM. Junior parents should plan to attend this important meeting! Sign-up here. Sophomore and freshmen parents welcome. Simultaneous translation in Mandarin and Spanish will be provided.

Now that the DOE has approved the use of Zoom again, we will be meeting using this platform. Please download Zoom to your device.

Watch a short video message from Principal Lee, Ms. Zhao (中文, 2:36), and Ms. Umanzor (español, 4:42) to start this next block and the second half of Remote Learning!

May 2020 Calendar (updated 5/5/2020) Students, see due dates for assignments. Parents, see when grades will be updated in Pupilpath.

Updated Office Hours and Teacher Availability: Stay connected! Don’t hesitate to ask teachers and counselors for one-on-one or small group support.

If you need support with technology for Remote Learning, email tech@qhsls.org with your issue.

NYC Food Assistance. Grab and Go meals are available for any NYC resident from 7:30AM-1:30PM. Flushing Campus is back as a distribution site! Please go to the Flushing HS student entrance off of Northern Blvd. Or, text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 or search here for locations near you. For support finding a food pantry near you or with food delivery, go here.

QHSLS RL #4 Begins and School Closure Announcement

As announced by Mayor DeBlasio and Chancellor Carranza, schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

Please read Principal Lee’s letter regarding school closures here.

We’ve also compiled an FAQ here for students and families. (Updated 4/20/2020)

April/May Calendar (Updated 4/20/2020): We resume our regular posting of assignments at 9AM this block for all classes.

Hours of Availability for Teachers (Updated 4/20/2020)

On April 20th, we had virtual parent meetings in English, Chinese, and Spanish. Please see slides from the meeting here. (中文版 and Spanish translation included)

If you need support with technology for Remote Learning, email tech@qhsls.org with your issue.

NYC Food Assistance. Grab and Go meals are available for any NYC resident from 7:30AM-1:30PM. Please note our Flushing campus is no longer a distribution site. Nearby locations in Flushing are P.S. 021 and P.S. 242. Or, text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 or search here for locations near you. For support finding a food pantry near you or with food delivery, go here.

From the NYCDOE: Letters from the Chancellor and DOE Resources for Learning at Home