From the Superintendent
News From the Superintendent…..
The second semester is now upon us. That means that one-half of the school year is complete with 90 more days until June. That also means that the 2018-2019 school budget is now being prepared. There are meetings scheduled for March 4 and April 1 with the budget to be adopted at the April 8 meeting. This year’s budget will again be challenging based on projections of the Governor’s budget. Final budget deliberations at the Legislative level could make a difference in the amount of funds we will receive. Janet Boyd, Business Manager, and I, are meeting with all teachers and departments to firm up our school’s needs for next year and beyond.
There will be two five-year seats open on the Board of Education this year. The seats are currently held by Ronald Smith and Richard Hamilton. Petitions will be available at the school starting March 25. The deadline for filing petitions for the Board seats is Monday, April 22 at 3:00 PM. The vote on the budget and Board seats will be held on Tuesday, May 21 from 1:00–8:00 PM. Should you have any questions about the budget or the budget process, please contact Janet Boyd, Business Manager, any Board member, or me.
Please contact any of us at school or on the Board of Education with questions and concerns that you may have.
From the Principal
News from the Principal….
As winter wears on this is often a time when students need to be reminded of the importance of school and completing their work. Most often grades will drop during the 3rd quarter and we see an increase in students missing school. There are many reasons for this possible drop in grades and attendance. As parents and educators it is important for us to continue to encourage our kids to keep working and keep coming to school. To work when they’d rather take an afternoon nap. To read the textbook or review notes instead of playing video games. To finish all of the problems they have for homework instead of just trying a few. To not wait until study hall to complete an assignment. If you are concerned with your child’s grades or attendance please contact the school to discuss what we can do to help. We have a variety of options to assist students, from after-school help to extra tutoring during their school day.
Each spring our students in grades 3-8 are tasked with showing us their abilities on the New York State ELA and Math tests. We will continue to see changes made to these test over the next few years. This year the tests will be only two days long, instead of three, and will be given to students on computers instead of on traditional paper and pencil. All of these are positive changes brought about by teachers voicing their concerns. We look forward to seeing what our students are truly capable of when they are not under the stress of the time and assessments that are too lengthy for their abilities. The results of these assessments will help HDCS teachers and administration reflect on the materials being taught in our classrooms and allow us to continue to make alterations to our curriculum to prepare every student leaving HDCS to be college and career ready. If you have questions please give me a call.
Our school will host the spring parent teacher conferences in March. If you would like to request a conference with your child’s teacher or team of teachers please feel free to contact Angela Fenlong to set up conference for students in grades PreK-6 and the Guidance Office for any students in grades 7-12.
Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any concerns or questions.