Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Year-end opportunities, events abound

The warmer temperatures and sunnier days is a reminder that summer break is not far away. That said, we still have a few weeks of classes left to get through before the fourth quarter comes to a close, so I remind students and staff alike to make the most of the time that remains and finish the 2017-18 school year strong.

The junior-senior high school offers Regents review classes to ensure that students are well prepared. I encourage students to attend the review classes and to seek extra help from teachers if you need it. A schedule of review classes is available on the high school’s web page.

Help wanted for the noblest profession

Teacher Appreciation Day/Week was celebrated earlier this month. I again thank our educators for inspiring, educating and challenging every student, every day! Teaching is the noblest profession there is, and I am proud to work with such a dedicated and talented team. Being an educator can seem thankless at times, but it is important to remember that we all have the potential to make a difference in a child’s life, and that is a gift.

Unfortunately, fewer of us are choosing to pursue careers in education. Across the country, there is a growing teacher shortage, especially in areas like math, science, special education and languages. Teaching can be a demanding job, but it is also one of the most rewarding.

That is why I encourage readers of my blog who may be considering a career change, or are in college but are undecided about a major – if you like working with young people, and want a career that puts your skills and talents to meaningful use – please attend a teacher recruitment event on Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Shenendehowa High School. Longtime Watervliet music teacher Terry Bradway, one of our very best educators who is an inspiration to her students and her colleagues, will join other teachers from several Capital Region schools as a panelist and in small-group breakout sessions to speak about why a career in education has been the right career choice for them – and could be for you, too. Representatives from local colleges and universities and BOCES certification specialists also will be available to provide guidance about the teacher certification process. Please share this information with others and take advantage of this great opportunity! Event details here

Thanks for supporting education

On behalf of the Board of Education and myself, I again thank everyone who took time to participate in the school budget vote and Board of Education election on May 15. With a final tally of 226 yes votes to 77 no votes, our budget passed by about a 75 percent margin. I am grateful for the continued community support of our schools.

Congratulations to Heather Soroka on her re-election to the school board, and to Amanda Cavanaugh for being elected to your first term on the Board of Education. Of the four candidates running, Heather and Amanda received the highest number of votes, respectively. I look forward to continuing to work with Heather, and welcoming Amanda when she begins her term in July.

I thank our outgoing board member Jeff Shellenberger for his service to the community and our students. I wish him all the best!

Mark Your Calendar 

As we head into the final stretch of the school year, please remember to mark your calendars for the following year-end events:
  • Thursday, May 24 Spring Sports Awards Night, 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day, No School
  • Tuesday, May 29 - No School
  • Tuesday, June 5 – Early Release for Students, Staff Development
  • Wednesday, June 6 – Elementary Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 7 - Senior Athlete Recognition Night, 6:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, June 9 - Hudson River Communities Relay for Life, noon to midnight, WJSHS
  • Tuesday-Thursday, June 12-14: Regents Exams
  • Thursday, June 14 - WES Field Day
  • Thursday, June 14 - Board of Education meeting, 6:00 p.m., WJSHS conference room
  • Friday, June 15 - Regents Rating Day, WES Early Release, Staff Development
  • Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 - Regents Exams
  • Tuesday, June 19 – UPK Celebration, 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Grade 6 Graduation, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 21 – Class of 2018 Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

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