As our governor and state legislators begin the process of developing a budget for 2015, it is important for all of our elected officials to understand the importance of funding for public education. Our state and nation have been in the midst of a recession for the past six years. While there are signs of economic growth, that growth is small. Public schools like Hadley Luzerne have reduced staff and cut program in response to reduced state support; in fact, state aid to our school district has not exceeded the level provided in 2008.
The state has hurt school districts and municipalities on both sides of the ledger sheet. Reductions in state aid, primarily through the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and the tax cap, a complex calculation intended to control the growth of the local tax levy, have reduced revenue, while the transition to the Common Core State Standards and other unfunded or underfunded state mandates (teacher professional development; special education provisions, printing costs, data and accountability costs) are pressing tight budgets.
Please join us on Thursday, January 22 at 6 PM at Saratoga Springs High School (1 Blue Streak Blvd, Saratoga Springs), when community members like you and I can stand up for our schools in a manner that our elected officials understand the need to improve funding for our schools. Join parents, students, educators, school leaders, board members and other concerned residents from school districts in Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton, Warren and Essex counties to advocate for public education!
The High School Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 11TH at 7:30 pm and will feature students in our High School Jazz Ensemble, Select Choir, Concert Band and Chorus. The UPK-2 Elementary Winter Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 16TH at 9:00 am in the Alice Harris Auditorium and will feature songs sung by all of our UPK, Kindergarten, First and Second Grade music classes. The SMTMS 6, 7, 8 Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 16TH at 7:00 pm in the Alice Harris Auditorium.
NHS BLOOD DRIVE
The Hadley-Luzerne High School National Honor Society is working with the American Red Cross to sponsor a Blood Drive on Friday, December 12, 2014. The drive will be held in the George Doherty Gymnasium at the High School from 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM on December 12. 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.
SMTMS TAR WARS CONTEST WINNERS
The Warren County Public Health promotes physical and mental health to prevent disease, injury and disability. Part of this initiative is an annual Tobacco Free Poster Contest. Students can enter a drawing promoting tobacco free communities through education and partnerships. The winning submissions are published in the annual Tar Wars Calendar. This year two of our very own SMTMS students, Katrin Schreiner and Zachary Caldwell submitted winning posters and are published in in the 2015 calendar. The drawings are featured on the May and June pages at: www.warrencountyny.gov/healthservices/ click on the 2015tarwarspdf. Congratulations Katrin and Zachary!
To place a local business ad in the 2014 H-L Yearbook, please call 696-2112 Ext. 189 for information. You can now pre-order your yearbook on-line at HLCS.org or in any school building office! (Click on parents and scroll to yearbook.) Personalize your son or daughters yearbook for just $5.00 extra!
H-L BOOSTER CLUB
Booster clubs are created to promote community support and to raise funds for specific school athletics and sports programs. The Hadley-Luzerne Central School District recognizes our very active booster club and appreciates the work they have done and continue to do. Under the direction of President, Patti Cook, the H-L Booster Club has contributed to the new baseball dugouts, the new digital sign, sound system in the gymnasium, and numerous other contributions. There is a growing need for parents, guardians, grandparents and extended family members to join the core group to volunteer working the concession stand, apparel fundraising, door admission sales, etc. Please consider contacting the HLBC@HLCS.ORG or leave your name and phone number to be contacted at 696-2378 Ext. 108. The next H-L Booster Club meeting will be Thursday, December 18th and future meetings are posted on the district website HLCS.org. Please join us!