THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Danielle Giunta, Community Superintendent District 26
Contacting the District Office
Here are the many ways you can reach out to the District Team:
call the District 26 Office
send us an email
call our Family Support Team
(between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM)
We launched the school year with our tradition of drawing inspiration from children’s literature. Come with Me by Holly McGhee reminded us how our children are brave, kind, and most importantly, how much they matter to the world. In District 26, to ensure all students felt safe and comfortable as we welcomed them back into classrooms, we prioritized our commitment to social-emotional well-being with our Nine Days of Love initiative. Strong in our conviction that social-emotional learning (SEL) is the foundation for personal growth and academic success, our students and teachers spent the first two weeks of school strengthening social skills and rebuilding connections. A committed, compassionate focus on SEL in September established trusting classroom environments where all students mattered and were prepared and excited to shine in collaborative, rigorous instruction in 2021-22.
As we moved into winter, we are grounding ourselves in another piece of children’s literature. I am Courage by Susan Verde, tells the story of a child who finds personal strength by pushing on through adversity. With the love and support of friends, the child perseveres. As January bears on through the dark and cold, it is very simple to walk into a dark room and turn on the lights. It is very simple, too simple in fact, to disconnect from our most basic human truth: we all look for the sun to dispel the darkness. During winter, it is hard to remember that as each day passes, the sun is shining a little bit longer. Sooner than it seems, we will begin to notice the light returning and the fragrant, hopeful scents of spring in the air. Until then, we must cherish the light where we can find it. As the child in I am Courage reminds us: We are strong. We are capable. We are important. We are courage.
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District 26 Office
61-15 Oceania Street
Bayside, NY 11364
Located inside of Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School (M.S. 74).