It is our school district’s mission to foster a positive, safe, and healthy environment in which all of our students can reach their full potential. Our students are being asked to prepare to enter a complex world that demands a highly developed and adaptable skill set along with other well developed soft skills such as decision making, problem solving, communications, collaboration, and perseverance. Our school district seeks to develop and graduate students who are ready for success in that world. Each year, together with our board of education, we seek to develop an annual budget that provides instruction and programming of the highest quality at a cost that our community can support. We thank you for taking the time to review our budget bulletin and we encourage you to vote on May 20, 2014 at the Stuart M Townsend Middle School.
The board of education has approved a budget plan calling for a two percent increase in the tax levy. This very modest increase is requested to support academic programs such as distance learning, virtual Advanced Placement, traditional Advanced Placement, Career Tech Ed, Nanotech and other course offerings in our high school that are preparing our graduates for post-high school success. The budget also supports quality instruction in music, the arts, technology, and computer skills accessible to each of our students. The budget also supports students at all ability levels with special programs and supports aimed at promoting their success.
Our efforts and our investment in our students are paying off. The Class of 2013 graduated with 88% receiving Regents diplomas; 41% graduated with Advanced Designation Regents Diplomas indicating the strength of their preparation and their overall performance. Over two thirds of our students are pursuing college after high school. Many in the class had completed technical training through our BOCES making them ready to enter the world of work. Many of our seniors graduated with multiple advance college credits, internships and job shadowing experiences. Importantly, our school prides itself on graduating students with strong moral character, a strong sense of community service and a strong sense of pride for their local community.
This year, we will also be asking our school community to consider a proposition to reconfigure our grades. With your support, our grades will be aligned PK-6 and 7-12 in September, 2014. Currently, four year olds and high school students pass one another in the hallways and cafeteria of our PK-2/9-12 building. Our elementary reading programs are fragmented because the teaching of reading in PK-2 is separated from the remaining elementary grades. Our seventh and eighth graders miss opportunities for enrichment and academic growth because there are disconnected from the high school. We believe that aligning the grades PK-6 and 7-12 will support our students academically, personally, socially and emotionally. We are proposing to use fund balance to make repairs and provide enhancements in each building that will support the move. There will be no borrowing and no tax increase associated with this plan. Renovated classrooms and bathrooms will welcome our seventh and eighth graders to the renamed Hadley-Luzerne Junior Senior High School. An enhanced playground and a comprehensive elementary school program will welcome our head start and PK-6 students at our renamed Stuart M Townsend Elementary School.
Our school district has incredible assets in its students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, and community. The continued success of our school district relies heavily upon your continued involvement and support.
We appreciate greatly the interest you take in the education of our community’s children. Please remember to vote on May 20th between noon and 8 at the SMTMS LGI, 27 Hyland Drive, Lake Luzerne. For voter registration information or to apply for an absentee ballot, please call the District Clerk at 696-2378 x108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSWHE BOCES SUMMER ENRICHMENT
The Hadley-Luzerne School District has agreed to offer our students summer enrichment through our WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Resource Center. The BOCES summer enrichment program is another way for districts and parents to provide enrichment to students in grades 1-12. The Enrichment Resource Center coordinates the logistics of summer camps for Culinary Arts, STEM Academy and World, Language. This program runs Monday through Friday from July 7-July 25, 2014 as one week sessions for each class and offers free before and after-care at the Meyers Education Center and Ballston Spa High School. All courses offered are designed to ignite curiosity, problem solving, and creative thinking. Some classes will culminate with a showcase event for family and friends
Students may choose to enroll in one or more of the summer programs offered. Some classes are stand-alone, while others build upon knowledge gained in each session. Please be sure to read through the class descriptions to determine course content and grade level. Registration forms will be available from your main building office or on the WSWHE BOCES website, click on the Summer Camp button on the homepage or visit www.wswheboces.org/summercamp. Registration begins now through June 13th.
The cost per student for each session is half day $125 per week or full day $250 per week. Contact Kim Wegner for any questions at 581-3580 or email email@example.com for information or course availability. Registrations should be mailed, faxed or emailed directly to BOCES. Invoices and payment directions will be mailed to each registered participant at the end of June. Tuition will be collected by the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District.
NHS BLOOD DRIVE
The Hadley-Luzerne High School National Honor Society is working with the American Red Cross to sponsor a Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The drive will be held in the George Doherty Gymnasium at the High School from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM on April 29. Please contact Mr. Scanlan in the High School Guidance Office at 696-2112 Ext 115 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be accommodated as permitted by the schedule. PLEASE GIVE BLOOD. WE NEED YOU.
CLASS OF 2016 STORYBOOK BRUNCH
Join the class of 2016 for a storybook brunch!!
Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hadley-Luzerne High School
Suggested Donation: $7 for an adult and one child, $5 for each additional child (additional donations are greatly appreciated)
Program: Storybook characters come to life, brunch is served, games, contests, and great fun!
You can pre-order your yearbook on-line at HLCS.org or in any school building office! (Click on parents and scroll to yearbook.) For more information call 696-2112 Ext. 116.