Monday, October 1, 2012

Time to Reflect

Before I take you through the week and all of the great things that were accomplished, we must all pause to reflect on the loss of a recent graduate, Joshua Smith. Josh was a member of the Navy and was stationed in Ballston Spa. He was the passenger in a vehicle that crashed and took Josh's life and the life of the driver of the vehicle. Probably the most comprehensive story about his life and death can be found here: I am hopeful that Governor Cuomo will order flags at half staff due to this tragic loss. Another life taken too soon.

Open Houses a Success: In much happier news, all of our open houses are complete and I would like to thank you as parents for attending, as well as  our faculty and staff for their preparation. Our attendance was through the roof and parents had great opportunities to see teachers, administrators, and support staff in action. Thanks again.

Tournament of Bands: The end of open houses also signifies that it is time for the Tournament of Bands. Thousands were on hand, including ten Marching Bands from all over New York State. Thanks to our volunteer parents and community members for keeping things free flowing and organized, Mr. Davern and Mr. Stachnik for overseeing the whole event, and our buildings and grounds crew for helping our campus to collect a truck full of compliments.

Accomplished in the First 18 Days of School: It is hard to believe that we are already entering October. With September now in our rear view, I reminded our faculty and staff that over the past 18 school days they helped to accomplish more than we sometimes are able to accomplish in an entire school year. Highlights are:
  • the Annual Professional Performance Review plan was approved by New York State, 
  • the redistricting transition team has been assembled and meeting dates set (25 total members who will meet on October 15, 22, and 29), 
  • the full day Kindergarten transition team has been assembled, and 
  • the anti-bullying program and new student management system up and running as well.
Spirit Week at the High School: This week is spirit week in the high school as we ramp up to our homecoming on the weekend. It is always a fun time of the year as we see our students come together and show off school pride!

Have a great week and I will write again on the flip side.