Welcome to the 2014/2015 school year! The beginning of school is such an exciting time. Students in every grade level are excited to meet their new teachers, see old friends, meet new friends, and get involved. Our excellent staff is excited as well. Our staff is committed to providing each of our students with opportunities to grow and to succeed.
Success in school requires focus and attention at school and at home. The beginning of the school year is an important opportunity to re-establish habits that support school success. Every student from Kindergarten through grade twelve should be encouraged to develop a routine of proper nutrition, proper sleep, proper exercise, and proper study habits. Reading is a critical skill for academic success and should be included in a nightly routine of study and relaxation. Turning off the computer, the electronic game or the television and spending time preparing for the next day’s success will help each child succeed.
Parents, guardians and family members play a critical role in the success of our students. Your direct involvement and support of your student’s success will help them to achieve. What can you do? Model for your child successful habits such as encouraging your student to develop a strong work ethic; to persist when challenged; and to seek help when needed. Model an appreciation for reading. Ask your student open ended questions about what they are reading and learning in school. Attend your child’s parent night and regularly communicate and monitor academic practice. Doing each of these things will help your child achieve their maximum potential.
Together, our excellent staff and each of you can help our students succeed. On behalf of the board of education and the dedicated staff of the Hadley-Luzerne Central School, I wish each of you an excellent school year!
MEET THE TEACHER NIGHTS
On Thursday, September 11th, Hadley-Luzerne Elementary School will hold their annual ‘Meet the Teacher’s Night’ from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM with the evening starting in the high school auditorium. We value the numerous parents/guardians who will join us as partners in the educational success of your children.
On Wednesday, September 24th, Hadley-Luzerne High School will host our annual ‘Meet The Teacher’s Night’ starting at 6:30 pm. Parents are invited to attend this annual event where they will follow the same class schedule as their teenager, with shortened periods to fit into the evening’s time frame. Schedules will be provided in the high school cafeteria at 6:30 PM. Schedules begin with first period and end with the conclusion of ninth period at 8:00 PM.
On Thursday, September 25th, Stuart M Townsend Middle School will host our annual ‘Meet the Teacher’s Night’ starting at 6:30 PM. There will be presentations by 7th and 8th grade instructional staff. The PTSA and Booster Club will showcase their supportive organizations and membership applications will be available. We have kicked off the 2014-2015 academic year with enthusiasm and good will. The students have settled into their new schedule and the staff is acclimating students to their new grade level curriculum. We look forward to another exciting and successful year!
Membership applications for the Hadley-Luzerne PTSA are available at school, online (www.hlcs.org) and will be available at Meet the Teachers Night in each building. Membership costs are: Adults $5.00 & Students $4.00.
Please join our active organization!!
The H-L Lioness Club is hosting a community Blood Drive on September 17th from 1:00-6:00 pm in the High School Small Gym. Anyone sixteen years old can donate with permission from their sponsor. Anyone 17 or old can donate. Please call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. Thank you for your willingness to support this constant need!
SCHOOL TAX COLLECTOR’S NOTICE
Having received the Tax Roll for the collection of the 2014-2015 taxes of the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District, said taxes will be received as follows: September 2 – November 3, 2014, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Glens Falls National Bank, Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY. NO COLLECTION WILL BE MADE ON BANK HOLIDAYS. Taxes may be paid for 30 days from September 2, 2014 to October 1, 2014 without interest or penalties. On all such taxes remaining unpaid after October 1, 2014 a two percent (2%) penalty will be added to all taxes paid through November 3, 2014, at which time the books will be closed and the uncollected tax list will be forwarded to the County Treasurer. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX NOTICE DOES NOT RELIEVE A TAXPAYER OF LIABILITY TO PAY SAID TAX. TAX BILLS WILL BE MAILED BY SEPTEMBER 2, 2014. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR BILL WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL TAX COLLECTOR AT 696-2378 EXT.137.
If your taxes are in escrow your bank received a copy of the bill for payment.
HLCS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Hadley-Luzerne Central School District is accepting applications for substitute bus drivers, substitute bus monitors, substitute food service helpers, and substitute cleaners. There is one opening for a part time food service helper (dishwasher). Applicants should complete an HL Employment Application on our website HLCS.org. Substitute bus drivers should complete a NYS school bus driver application and submit three references. An application DS-870 can be obtained at the Office of the Superintendent, Stuart M. Townsend Middle School, 27 Hyland Drive, Lake Luzerne or on the NYS Department of Motor Vehicle or HLCS.org website: www.dmv.ny.gov/forms/ds870.pdf – Applicants should hold a CDL license with passenger and air brake endorsement; must have completed current school bus driver 30-hour course; must possess ability to meet all 19-A requirements , must also have an “S” endorsement and all NYSED and NYSDOT requirements to drive a school bus.
Community Service Recognized
A group of parents and students who worked to improve the softball dugouts was recognized at the September 15 board meeting. Volunteers Jay Ellis, Jo Ann Ellis Students – Kassidy Plummer, Jaynie Ellis, Hailey Harris, Callie Kader, Sue Brooks, Charity Clement, Danielle Clement, and Anthony Briceno were recognized by the board of education, Superintendent Paul Berry and high school principal Beecher Baker.
“A great characteristic of our community is its willingness to serve and support its school district. We are grateful for the time, effort and expense of this support and we are proud of all those involved,” shared superintendent Berry. Community service and program improvements have been common over the last two years. The current group of volunteers painted the varsity softball dugouts and added a painted eagle. Community members worked together in 2013 to improve the softball field by scraping the infield and replacing it with clay. Another community effort completed improvements to the varsity baseball field, including the building of concrete block dugouts.