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Letter from the Superintendent

March 16, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Education appointed Scott Ziomek as the new principal of Schalmont Middle School during its March 13 meeting.

Scott has served as assistant principal of SMS for 3 years and has demonstrated his commitment to our students and staff time and again. Scott created a focus on school culture through the creation of the “sabre citizen” designed to develop student character and pride in their school. Scott has worked closely with staff members, parents and students to build relationships and attends student events before, during and after school hours. He continues to be a champion for technology integration in the MS and was key in starting the digital literacy course for students at the sixth grade level.

The lengthy procedure to find a new middle school principal began in September 2016. Applicants were canvased from a broad area through multiple sources. A selection committee of administrators, teachers, and staff worked together to narrow down a pool of 65 applicants to 8 viable candidates, who were then brought in for interviews. Another committee of stakeholders, including teachers, parents, administrators, staff, and students, then interviewed the candidates through an interview process.

It became obvious at this point to the committee members that the best candidate for the job was the one who was already in our district: Mr. Ziomek.

Mr. Ziomek received a bachelor of science degree in Education and a master’s degree in TESOL from SUNY Fredonia. He also received an advanced certificate in school building leadership from the College of Saint Rose. Before coming to Schalmont, he served as a building principal for five years at Warren Street Elementary in Johnstown. Prior to that, he taught fourth grade and English as a second language at Amsterdam and sixth grade earth science at Dunkirk.

As assistant middle school principal at Schalmont, Mr. Z manages the daily building operations, including safety, scheduling, student conduct, staffing and communications and works with staff to accelerate academic achievement for all students in the middle school. He initiated the Attendance Task Force, is co-chair of the district’s safety committee and services on the district’s technology and facilities committees. He is actively involved with the middle school’s PTO and student activities.

The committee agreed wholeheartedly that Mr. Z gave a great interview and has really captured the hearts and minds of the students and staff over the past three years through his regular interactions and initiatives.

I know that Scott will continue to do great work with students and staff not only in the middle school, but districtwide and in the broader community. Scott and his family are residents of Rotterdam, and he plans to lead the MS for some time to come!

We hope you join us in congratulating Principal Ziomek on his new position!

Sincerely,
Dr. Carol A. Pallas
Superintendent of Schools