September 8, 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:
We have just completed two weeks of school and I am so impressed with the behavior of students and the meaningful interactions between students and staff. I had the opportunity to visit a few classrooms, see students in the hall, on the playground and even ate lunch a few times in the cafeteria. This is a happy school, and a happy school is a productive school. I am proud to be a part of it.
Parent Recognition: In a previous letter, I recognized the coordinated efforts of the principal, business manager, highway superintendent and fire chief in delineating a much safer area in front of the school for the fire lane, travel lane and pick-up and drop off lane. However, after observing the flow of traffic by parents, grandparents and others using this area over the past two weeks, I want to also recognize all of you for the caution and courtesy you have demonstrated in your travels. The spaces marked “Handicapped” are being used appropriately only by authorized individuals and motorist are not entering the Fire Lane. Everyone’s cooperation has made this a safer area and we thank you.
School Bleachers: Hussey advantage has just completed its work on the gymnasium bleachers. Due to unsafe conditions, the fire chief prohibited their use until repairs were made. Once he has the opportunity to inspect them, they will be back in service and should serve the district well in years to come.
Food Service: As mentioned above I have eaten in the cafeteria several times now and I have found the food to be delicious. I am not used to eating a meal in the middle of the day so my waistline might not appreciate it. That said, the food service workers really do an excellent job preparing well-balanced meals. I am glad that breakfast and lunch are free to students. No student should every go back to class feeling hungry.
PTA Meeting: As noted previously, the PTA is meeting on Monday (September 11th) at 6 p.m. in the school library. Hope to see you there. I will be attending this meeting and hope to have an opportunity to meet you all.
Professional Day: Research has shown that schools that have dedicated time for teachers to focus on methodologies and strategies around improving student academic achievement get results. From my perspective, there are not enough of these days built into the calendar but that is a topic for another time. However, this is an opportunity to remind you that on September 22, 2017 we will have our first scheduled Early Release Day. On that Friday, students will be dismissed at 12:30. Our educators will have an opportunity for some time to grow professionally so that they may better serve all of our students.
Trimesters: Last year, the decision was made to move from quarter to trimesters. That means that report cards will go home three times during the year. The trimesters are longer than quarters and provide additional time to assess the standards in depth each reporting term. It also allows for conferences with each reporting term, other than the one that ends in June. The first trimester will end just before Thanksgiving Break, on November 21. Conferences will be held the following week with a daytime Parent-Teacher Conference Day on December 1. We will send home progress notes in October and teacher will be in contact if there are concerns in the interim. You should always feel free to check in with your child’s teacher on their progress.
PTA: The first PTA meeting is Monday, September 11 at 6:00 PM in the library.
School Pictures: Students will have their pictures taken on September 12.
Dr. Genovese (Dr. G)