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Eagle News 4/03/14

RECONFIGURATION

It is an honor for me to serve our district as superintendent and to share information about an important change being recommended for our schools. The reconfiguration plan recommends that we house all elementary grades (PK-6) at the current middle school and all secondary students (7-12) at the current high school.

We believe that reconfiguring the grades and the buildings will give our students a better academic experience. We believe that our elementary students will experience greater academic success in a PK-6 setting because the teaching of reading, the delivery of instruction, assessment and use of instructional resources and intervention services can be offered more efficiently and effectively. Similarly, we believe that students in 7/8 will enjoy greater academic opportunity and enrichment in a 7-12 setting.

Reconfiguring the grades is not a new idea for our district. In fact, several times over the last 30 years, committees have made the same recommendation; however, state education building requirements and costs always prevented the plan from being implemented. Last fall, members of our leadership team met with representatives from the state and successfully argued that some of the stipulations they were requiring were unnecessary. For example, in the past, the state has asked that we expand classroom sizes in the current middle school and add bathrooms to classroom pods. The cost of these renovations alone would exceed $1.5 million.

We have worked with our staff and the community to identify important improvements to each building so that the reconfiguration is successful and affordable. For example, a committee of teachers, administrators and parents have worked to identify important additions to the middle school playground so that it will be suitable for younger children; classrooms in the proposed junior high wing will be painted; and some classroom carpets will be replaced.

Additional details about this important opportunity for our community will be forwarded with the budget notice. Please consider this information when you vote on May 20th. Please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our leadership team with your questions.

I have developed a survey that can be accessed by selecting the link below on our HLCS.org website.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HLCS_GRADE_RECONFIGURATION_PLAN

 

ES READING AND SCIENCE NIGHTS’

The Hadley-Luzerne Elementary School has two exciting events in the month of April.  The two events are the Spring Family Reading Night and Family Science Night.  Family Reading night will be held on Tuesday, April 8th with a camping theme.  The night will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a variety of reading games you can play with your family until 6:30. Next, we will have our student authors reading stories they have written this year.  This is an activity that is enjoyed by the students and parents alike. We will have refreshments and snacks to end this wonderful evening.

The second event is a brand new evening for the students here at HLES.  We will be having our first ever Family Science Night.  Family Science Night will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd in the high school cafeteria.  This event is for students in Kindergarten – Third Grade.  The night will consist of a demonstration by Priscilla Scaife, our presenter from Union College; families will move between stations trying up to 20 different experiments around the cafeteria.

Do you think you could put stick through a balloon without it popping? What happens if you put food coloring in milk?

Could you build a paper bridge that would hold up to 20 or more pennies? If you want the answers to these questions…..come to the Family Science Night on April 23rd.

Hope to see you at both events.  Come and join the fun at HLES.

 

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!

 

HLCS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Hadley-Luzerne Central School District has a vacancy for a K-12 Physical Education Teacher starting in the fall of 2014.  Candidates must hold a NYS Certification in Physical Education and Health with coaching experience preferred.  Works with students, faculty, staff, colleagues, and parents/guardians. Salary is based on the HLTA agreement. Applicants should apply online at Olas.org (preferred) or send a letter of interest, resume, copy of transcripts, proof of certification, and three letters of recommendation by May 1, 2014 to: Paul Berry, Superintendent of Schools, Hadley-Luzerne Central School District, PO Box 200 , Lake Luzerne, NY  12846.

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