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Eagle News 3/27/14

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

PI DAY
Thank you to all who participated in our High School Mathematics Honor Society (MHS) PI Day. Congratulations to our Erin Anderson who won 1st place during 5th period lunch and overall in the High School PI Memory contest. Erin memorized 174 places in PI! The 6th period lunch and 2nd place overall winner was Rebecca Daniels. Jason Hoffman was the winner of the equation memory contest. A special thank you goes to Ms. Amy Johnson and Ms. Susan Johnson for contributing two delicious apple pies for the memory contest.
HL KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP 2014
Hadley-Luzerne Elementary School will be conducting its annual Kindergarten Round-Up on Tuesday, May 6th and Wednesday, May 7th. The round-up will take place at the Hadley-Luzerne HS George Doherty Gymnasium Lobby, 273 Lake Avenue. Students are eligible for Kindergarten if they turn five (5) years of age on or before December 1, 2014. If you read this notice and know of any family member or neighbor with school age children who are eligible to attend Kindergarten, please share this announcement with them. Registrants should provide the name, birth, gender, parent/guardian, address, phone and email to the H-L Elementary School Office, P.O. Box 200, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846. You will receive an informational letter that will include a scheduled time for you and your child to attend the HL Kindergarten Round-Up. A registration form is also available on our website HLCS.org. Should you need any additional information about Kindergarten Round-Up, call the H-L Elementary School at 696-2112 x 101.

HADLEY-LUZERNE
UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Do you have a child at home who will be four years old on or before December 1, 2014? Do you know someone in the district who does? If so, your child may be eligible to participate in the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District’s Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2014-2015 school year. Our Pre-K program is designed to operate for 2 ½ hours per day and follows the school calendar. One session will be held each day (8:15-10:45 am). A second session will be added from 11:30-2:00 pm) if the need arises. A highly qualified teacher and teaching assistant will conduct the classes. Letters of acceptance will be mailed by Friday, June 27, 2014. Please note transportation is not provided. Parents/Guardians are responsible for dropping off and picking up their children. If you are interested, we welcome you to join us on Thursday, April 10th 6:00 PM in the High School Media Center for a registration/parent information meeting. Please bring all completed registration materials to register your child. If you cannot attend the meeting, please mail the required forms by Monday, May 12th (forms are available from the PK-2 Elementary Office). The following is a checklist of forms/reminders needed to help you enter your child into the program: Registration Form, Physical Form (Physicals will be accepted until August 22nd, 2014), Birth Certificate and Proof of residency. Please note your child must be toilet trained. Please be advised that this is an informational night for parents/guardians only. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Elementary School at 696-2112 ext. 101. We look forward to meeting you at the Pre K registration on April 10th at 6:00 PM.

FAMILY MATH FUN NIGHT
Thank you to all who participated in our Family Math Fun Night. It was a great night that was well attended. This event was held on 3/18 for our PreK to Grade 2 students. During this event, students and their parents visited various stations, each with a different mathematics activity (by grade level) or a math game that anyone could play. Students were able to have some fun teaching their parents some of the math concepts that they are learning in classes and enjoying math games together as a family. Door-prizes and Math Estimation prizes were given out, and each family received a math “goody bag” to take home along with a packet of fun math activities. Elementary and High School Math Teachers along with our newly initiated High School Mathematics Honor Society students manned the tables, helping to explain the rules of each interactive activity. It was a wonderful night making math FUN! Thank you for your continued support!

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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