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Letter from the Superintendent

August 2013

Dear Schalmont Central School District Parent:

With the start of a new school year just around the corner, I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to the 2013-14 academic year.

The first day of classes for students in grades 1-12 will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5. Kindergarten classes begin Friday, Sept. 6.

At Schalmont, we believe “Every Minute Counts, Every Student Counts.” We adopted this theme in recognition of the new, more rigorous learning standards and state assessments, which have ‘raised the bar’ for student achievement and the overall well-being of all children.

We’re committed to ensuring every student graduates college and career ready. To that end, implementation of the state-mandated education reform agenda will continue to be a top priority in the upcoming school year. This means ensuring that the Common Core Learning Standards are incorporated into instruction at all grade levels and that the new teacher-principal evaluation system (APPR) is effectively implemented.

In an effort to meet these challenges and continue on a path that allows students to reach their full potential, we are in the initial stages of developing a five-year strategic plan and goals focused on:

  • Accelerating academic achievement for all students by improving student assessment outcomes and providing a coherent, standards-based curriculum and instructional program;
  •  Maintaining highly qualified personnel by providing quality research-based training and professional development opportunities;
  •  Continuing to build community partnerships by using research-based practices to engage families and other partners to support school improvement;
  •  Ensuring safe schools by continuing to value and strengthen a positive, safe, innovative and collaborative school and district environment; and
  •  Continuing to support efficient, effective business and support operations.

It’s very important that we work together to give each student the best opportunities to be successful. Parents are a vital part of this process. In preparation for the first day of school, I encourage you to visit the district website at www.schalmont.org, where you will find everything from lunch menus to contact information and student handbooks outlining important building policies and procedures.

Please remember that all visitors must enter school buildings through the designated front door and present a driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card upon arrival. We also now have designated points of entry from which you will be asked to present identification prior to entering the building at all of our schools.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools, and enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Sincerely,
Dr. Carol A. Pallas, Superintendent