From the Desk of the Superintendent
Dear District Residents:
I would like to share with you some information about our school that will be happening in the month of May and June.
Since January, the Board of Education has been meeting twice a month to present a budget that is best for the students and also fiscally responsible. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a group of people that is so committed to the future of the students of Copenhagen. The 2019-2020 budget was adopted at their April 25th meeting. As I’m sure most are aware, these past few years have been very difficult attempting to maintain programs and staff with decreasing revenues. We will be presenting the budget to the public on Tuesday, May 7th at the annual budget meeting. The vote will be Tuesday, May 21st. Please remember to come out and vote.
Teacher and Staff Appreciation
May 6th - May 10th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Each year we take a week to show our appreciation for the outstanding teachers we have a CCS. At Copenhagen Central School, we are blessed to have a dedicated staff that is willing to face all challenges and continue to provide a quality education to each and every student that walks through our doors. It is because of their dedication and commitment that we have the outstanding school we do. Please take time during this week to say thank you to your child’s teacher.
Likewise, we are so very fortunate to have an equally committed and dedicated group of people who provide services to our students as well. The transportation department, the custodians, the office professionals, the food service department, and the teaching assistants and aides all play an integral role in the education of each child at Copenhagen. It is because of these people and our teaching staff that we have a school that is second to none.
Celebrations of Accomplishments
May and June is the time of year when celebrations of accomplishments become part of our schedules. The academic awards program will be held on Friday, May 17th. The Prom is on Saturday, May 11th and the spring band and chorus concerts will take place on May 9th (Band) and May 16th (Chorus).
The Athletic Awards program will take place on Thursday, May 30th, to honor the student-athletes for their hard work and accomplishments on and off the field of play during the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, many of our BOCES career and technical students will be recognized at a ceremony at South Lewis CSD on Thursday, June 13th at 9:30 a.m. The middle school awards program is slated for Monday, June 17th, and my all-time favorite is Kindergarten Graduation. This will be held on Friday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.
The Alumni Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, June 29; and finally, the Copenhagen Central School 2019 commencement exercises will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, in the main gymnasium. At this time, we will honor and send off 35 seniors heading for college, technical schools, the military and careers after 13 years of formal education. I congratulate each member of the class of 2019 for their achievements and wish them the best as they begin a new chapter in their life.
Lastly, I’d like to express my sincerest appreciation to 5 friends and colleagues of mine who will be retiring at the conclusion of this school year. What they have meant to the students of this school and the families in our community cannot possibly be expressed in this newsletter. Their dedication, commitment, selflessness, professionalism, and caring for their students is unmatched. Each and every day for a combined 106 years they brought their very best to school. They never allowed themselves to have a “bad day” because they knew their students deserved their best. They touched the lives of over 16,000 children and each of those children is a better person today because of them. Copenhagen Central School is so fortunate to have had the services of Deb Strianese, Cathy Snyder, Rita Carroll, Kate Fazio, and Craig Tousant. Thank you so much for all you have done.
Scott N. Connell
Superintendent of Schools
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