Dear District Residents:

Welcome Back!!

School will begin for all students on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. 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 2018 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 2018-2019 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 Lewis County 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, on our website, 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 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 is not enough, all students that qualify also receive fee waivers on all SAT, ACT and many college applications. 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 be many new faces around the building starting in September. Scot Luther will be replacing Dale Munn as our District Treasurer. Angela Cataldo will be replacing Tina Martin as our 9-12 Spanish teacher. Carlene Coffey will be replacing Ashley Gregory in the High School English department. Rachel Ellingsworth will be teaching 3rd grade. Dan Ingersoll will join our staff as a high school science teacher. Tiffany Stephens with be teaching 5th grade. And to round out our new staff we have another married couple joining us. Tony and Courtney Williams will be our instructional technology leader and special education teacher, respectively.

We also have a few people changing assignments this coming fall. Caitlin Virkler is moving to 1st grade. Deb Strianese will take over the duties of AIS reading, and Cynthia Graves will be instructing students in a variety of capacities, including AIS math and enrichment for our higher achieving students.

Please join me in welcoming these fine people and as always, thank you for your continued support of our district.

Sincerely,

Scott N. Connell

Superintendent of Schools

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