HADLEY-LUZERNE CLAIMS TWO HIGHEST HONORS AT 17TH NCMOAS The North Country Model Organization of American States is a class taught in several school districts stretching from Granville in the east to Thousand Islands in the west. It is a college credit bearing class that students also earn NYS Participation in Government credit. Students are asked to represent nations across the western hemisphere from the perspective of the people of those nations regarding several agenda topics spanning from social issues, to political issues to environmental issues. This year Hadley-Luzerne had enough students to represent two nations – Canada and Panama. Their advisors, Mr. Jay Connelly and Mr. Wayne Strong, prepared the students with public speaking exercises, creative/critical thinking, political thought, marketing and even trips to Costa Rica and Mexico. This allowed students to perform with a high level of authenticity. At the culminating event at SUNY Plattsburgh, before a room of their peers, Hadley-Luzerne swept the two highest awards for Diplomacy for the second year in a row – Canada was awarded Most Diplomatic; Panama was awarded the Runner-Up. The 1st Committee award also went to Canada. Congratulations are in order to all who participated
Front row: Mr. Connelly, Mackenzie Jerome, Jon Schreiner, Ashley Wells, Gabrielle VanWie, Charliann Friedman, Taylor Necatera Second row: Caitlyn Fuss, Matthew Waterhouse, Katlyn Petteys, Jesseka Millis, Anthony Caradonna, Kyle Frenette, Jason Hoffman, Danielle Clement, Alexandra Samson, Rebecca Daniels, Maya Parsons Back row: Jackson Diamond, Bruce Weiss, Mr. Strong, Skyler Archambeault
To all our community members we cannot thank you enough for your support of our building project back in December! Now the real work begins.
As we finalize our plans and set dates for bids and eventually project work we take time to focus on positive community events like our Half-Marathon dance which raised money for those in need, the blood drives put on by our National Honor Society or the many community endeavors of our High School Key Club. I’m excited to announce that we will be as proactive as possible in providing knowledge and understanding in regards to drug usage among our young adult population. The plans are in the works for a drug panel discussion sponsored by our PTSA/SADD groups to discuss the on-going issue of opioids in our society as well as other recreational drugs that are dangerous to our young people. Our goal is to present this discussion on the evening of March 30 and follow up on March 31 with an assembly at the Jr./Sr. High School to ensure parents and children receive this valuable message. This is the time of the year when students and parents gain an understanding of where a child is struggling and where they are being successful. The Mid-Year point still allows for changes to take place and grades to improve. If you have questions or concerns never hesitate to call the school or email the teacher. Communication and Cooperation are the most important factors in our team work to help a child be successful.
Capital Project Overview
********************* As we move into the Holiday season it is always a busy time. The winter sports season has begun with boys’/girls’ basketball, Nordic skiing, bowling, wrestling and cheerleading going full force.
Please remember that there is an important Capital Project vote on December 13 from Noon to 8:00 P.M. at SMTES. Our priorities in the project are safety, health and welfare, accessibility, cost savings and operational integrity. Just as with a house or a business, school officials must maintain district buildings so that they may meet the needs of the students. An $8.9 million dollar improvement project with no impact on taxes will update infrastructure and improve energy savings to meet the community’s needs.
Congratulations on a successful first month of school. The month of September was filled with Meet the Teachers’ nights in our schools, the excitement of working with new students and teachers covering new ideas and subjects. Fall sports at the Jr./Sr. High School are underway with Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, Cross Country and Football in full swing. Special thanks go out to our PTSA for their work on the Fall Festival. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the activities and offered fundraising opportunities for our classes. Sprit Day at the Jr./Sr. High School was great success with our classes competing in good fun, building unity and Eagle pride!
As we move through October you will continue to hear more about our impending Capital Project Vote in December. With much needed infrastructure improvements to provide safer and more useful working and learning environments for our children and staff; the project would start in 2018 and complete in the Fall of 2019. Please take time to review the fast facts and major items included in the project.
Capital project Fast Facts
? Scope built from various stakeholder input & district five year plan
? Addresses health, safety & accessibility
? Preserves Infrastructure
? Majority of the project is aidable by the state
? Anticipated to have no additional tax impact
? Funded by borrowing & general fund surplus funds
? Amount not to exceed $8,976,606
? Jr./Sr. HS HVAC system
? Upgrades to auditorium
? Renovation of Jr./Sr. HS offices
? Asbestos removal
? Replacement of carpet, glass, tiles, doors and hardware