Join us in welcoming our new teaching staff to C.C.S!
School will begin for all students on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. I am looking forward to having the students back in school after what I hope was a fun, relaxing summer filled with many wonderful memories. At school, summer 2017 was an exciting time. We had forty students take part in our summer learning program. They spent three days a week for five weeks getting a jump-start on the 2017-2018 school year. We also had the gym full of basketball players during the month of July. Logan Spaulding and Zach Shambo ran a basketball camp for Copenhagen and Lowville players three days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free and Reduced Lunch
Again this year, I would like to urge all residents to review our school meal program for free and reduced breakfast and lunch. You will find it in this newsletter, or you can pick it up at school. We will also have applications available at Open House on August 30. The application might seem a bit complicated, but we can assist any family who has questions. If you are in need of assistance with the forms, please do not hesitate to call school. Additionally, all of our free and reduced lunch applications are kept completely confidential.
We encourage you to sign up because not only do the students benefit from having a nutritious meal, but the school benefits also. Many of the revenues that we receive from the state are calculated on the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch. The more families that apply, the greater amount of state aid the school receives. Additionally, the higher our percentage of free and reduced students, the better chance we have of qualifying for many grants. If that isn’t enough, all students that qualify also receive fee waivers on all SAT, ACT and many college applications. So as you can see, this is a win-win situation for everyone. Again, I encourage you to complete this application if you qualify.
New Staff Members
There will many new faces around the building starting in September. Jennifer Adams will be teaching K-12 Vocal Music. Jennifer comes to us from the Elmira City School District where she taught K-2 General Music. Kaillie Goodnough will be returning to Copenhagen to teach K-5 Physical Education. Zachary Makuch will be teaching High School Social Studies. For the past three years, Zach has taught Social Studies at South Lewis CSD. Mary Roesch will be our new Special Education Teacher. Mary just completed a full year long term subbing position at Sackets Harbor CSD.
We have added a few new positions this year. Rather than contracting through BOCES for an 8:1:1 class, we have chosen to have our own. Julianne Porter will be the teacher. Julianne is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburg with her B.A. in Early Childhood/Childhood Education and her M.S in Special Education. Tina Wersinger will be our School Psychologist this year. Tina was an employee of Jefferson-Lewis BOCES working at Alexandria Bay CSD this past year. Joining our Math Department will be Marissa Kerins. Marissa comes to us from Tonawanda, NY, and has spent the last three years teaching High School Math in the Liberty County School System in Hinesville, Georgia. We have two teacher aides Sandra Deom and Sarah Gerow to assist with our special education programs.
There will also be a few familiar faces in different positions this fall. Emily Purvines has taken a promotion to the UPK4 program. Moving with her will be Laura Fitzpatrick as the aide in the classroom. Emily will be replaced in the UPK3 (Wee-Knights) program by Ashlee Haas. Most recently Ashlee filled the long-term substitute position for Tamie Muncy. Sue Colton will be her aid. Camille Macaluso will be handling much of the AIS responsibilities in the Elementary with the retirement of Anita Jones. Clay Russell’s position has been increased to full time. Clay will continue to teach Middle and High School Health and with the retirement of Pat Jolliff, Clay will be adding FCS and CFM to his schedule. Joseph Fitpatrick when not driving the school bus for CCS he will be working as an aide.
Please join me in welcoming these fine people and as always, thank you for your continued support of our district.
Mr. Connell's photo courtesy of Amanda Morrison, Photographer/Watertown Daily Times
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