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Letter from the Superintendent

March 2017

Dear Schalmont Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

As we get ready to “Spring ahead” this weekend, it’s time to shake off the doldrums of winter and get ready for the rejuvenation of spring here at Schalmont!

Once again, Schalmont Central School District is on the forefront of technology as our reputation as a leader in integrating technology into the classroom keeps growing.

We continue to receive requests from other schools to come sit in on our classes and see how we pair our increasing technology options with our daily lessons.

After a contingent of teachers and administrators from Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District came to visit the middle school in December, they invited Schalmont's Technology Integration Specialist John George and Digital Literacy Teacher Kacie Rea to their school to present to their teachers on March 15.

Ms. Rea will explain how she builds her curriculum, including an overview of project-based learning, group work management, foundational computer skills, digital citizenship topics, and class flow. She will also review a variety of apps and websites that can be used to integrate technology into the classroom and detail how she uses Schoology and google apps to manage student work.

Mr. George will highlight some "best practices" in various content areas and show some specific examples of technology being leveraged in our 1-to-1 Chromebook setting.

Ed Tech Magazine has even reached out to the district for interviews and has spoken to our Network Administrator Terri McCreadie about highlighting how Schalmont is measuring and managing the success of our 1:1 Chromebook initiative. We will share the article with the public once it has been published.

With the state finally approving our Smart Schools Bond spending plan for the year, we were able to purchase57 interactive widescreen touch panel displays and 510 Chromebooks for use districtwide.

In addition to all the great technological advances in the district, there are so many other things happening as we turn the corner and prepare to enter the final third of the school year that I wanted to share some of the highlights.

Schalmont’s School Resource Officer, Detective Pat Farry was recently named a CASDA Friends of Education Award winner for the amazing work he does day in and day out for our students and their families, as well as for his efforts to maintain the safety of our school. It is an honor well deserved!

In other news, Jefferson Elementary Assistant Principal Jason Thompson will be leaving us this month to take a position as Principal at Mohonasen. While we are sad to see him go, we wish him the best of luck in his new role.

We are also pleased to announce that Middle School Principal Scott Ziomek has been appointed the new Middle School Principal! After a lengthy process that included a review of 65 applicants, it was clear to the committee and the Schalmont Board of Education that the best person for the job was the one already in our district.

Congratulations, Principal Ziomek!

You won’t want to miss the HS Drama Club’s presentation of “West Side Story” March 16-18 at 7 p.m. in the Schalmont High School auditorium. Tickets are 12 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. The students and staff have been working really hard on rehearsing for this performance; don’t miss it!

Kindergarten registration takes place March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson. We are looking forward to meeting our future students!

The Middle School Literacy Night will be April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the MS Library. Come check out the Makerspace activities, art displays, the book fair, and much more.

Speaking of Makerspace, the Middle School Makerspace was highlighted in a recent article by Parent Today that featured our librarian, Linda Fasano. You can read the article here: http://www.parenttoday.org/schools-embrace-makerspaces-and-parents-can-too/

There are two more important dates you will want to know about. There will be a public budget forum on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the high school. This will be a chance for residents to learn about the proposed budget that the board is expected to adopt on April 10, as well as share their comments and have their questions answered.
The second important date is Tuesday, May 16. This is the annual school budget vote and board election day. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school new gym lobby, 1 Sabre drive. Let’s do all we can to save this date and make the effort to get out and vote! We are Schalmont!

Visit our website for a complete schedule of upcoming community budget events. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Dr. Carol Pallas,
Superintendent of Schools