Spring has finally sprung... I think! Although the weather has been less than spectacular, that has not stopped Groton students from continuing to perform in the classroom and beyond. We have had a number of reasons to celebrate, including the announcement of our valedictorian, Diaz Nino and Salutatorian, Zoe Barclay, the fact we have five students being admitted into the highly competitive TST-BOCES New Visions program for the fall of 2019, and have had two students receive national recognition for their performance on a National French competency exam. In addition, we will be celebrating another year of success within our music program via the spring concerts scheduled for May 16th (Jr. High), May 22nd (Sr. High ) and June 5th (Elem.). Finally, on June 6th we will be recognizing students who have maintained scholastic average at a 90 or above at the annual academic awards night.

Spring also brings with it year-end testing for grades 3-12. We recently completed the New York State ELA and Math 3-8 exams, and I am proud to say we have improved our student participation rate in both buildings to above 95%! Thank you to the entire Groton community for being committed to meeting New York State Education Department (NYSED) participation expectations when it comes to student testing. NYSED also recently completed its review of our Jr-Sr High buildingĀ“s academic programs and will be making recommendations to us within the next few weeks on how we can move the building forward in math and ELA performance. In the meantime, our faculty has been hard at work revising curriculum and coming up with a plan for professional development over the summer to strengthen our programs and better meet studentsĀ“ academic needs. (We will be developing a formal plan for improvement throughout the months of May and June and will be posting it to our website in July, should you want to see more specific details on initiatives we will be putting in place.)

With only two months remaining in the school year, it is not too early to mention graduation for the Class of 2019. Senior awards night will be held on Thursday, June 27th and graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 29th. This is always the most rewarding time of the year as we bid final farewell to our seniors!

We are a community school and we openly invite all of you to join us at any of these events. You can always see what we have going on by going to the main page of our newly designed website at www.grotoncs.org.

STEAM Update: The Groton Jr-Sr High STEAM Learning Center hosted an Open House on April 27th. Students were able to display projects they had completed throughout the year and talk to attendees about the program as a whole. Attendees also had the option to try out some of the technology the students are working with in various programs, including virtual reality goggles, robots made by the students, and digital media. In addition, Babs Carr was present to discuss the College and Career component to the STEAM programs. Be looking for a posting of a highlight video of the event next week on the main page of our website!

In addition to the Open House, the Groton CSD is also please to announce an expansion to the STEAM program next fall with the introduction of an agriculture program. Instructed by Dr. Jason Oliver, the two year program will include course work in animal science, plant science, ecosystems, and food systems, all with dual credit potential for the students involved. In addition to the instructional program, Dr. Oliver has also been busy reestablishing the Groton Chapter of FFA, a club that has been dormant here in Groton since the 1970s. We are excited to be able to provide the educational and leadership opportunities this program affords youth participants!

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