I hope that this message finds you well and enjoying a wonderful summer. More than ever, yet typical, this summer has been busier and has passed by too quickly. Despite the seemingly endless rush, I hope that each of you were able to enjoy time with family, recharge, and prepare yourself for another successful school year!
This will be a historic school year for us all. For the first time in over three decades, our buildings will educate new grade levels. When you return to campus, you will see the new signs designating the Stuart M. Townsend Elementary School that will educate Head Start, two sessions of Universal Pre-Kindergarten and grades kindergarten through grade six; in addition, in the newly designated junior high school wing developed for grades seven and eight, you will find two completely renovated science classrooms, four classrooms with new carpeting and each classroom, hallway and stairwell with a new coat of paint.
Our staff and our contractors continue to work very hard to complete all of the required work that will enable us to open on time. I am very grateful to all of our CSEA staff and contractors, to Tink Wright, Mike Gamache, our architect, our principals and all of our twelve month staff and instructional staff who have responded so positively to the need for patience and flexibility as the district has implemented these important changes.
Change of this magnitude would not have been considered if it were not to realize tremendous benefits for our students. I wish to thank the community for this opportunity to create new professional learning communities for our students to achieve their potential. There are new opportunities to collaborate in the delivery of reading instruction; there are new opportunities to address the unique needs of our students in grades seven, eight and nine; there are new opportunities to create and implement programs that engage parents and the community at both schools and finally, there are new opportunities to enrich our students. I thank you for all that you will do to help us achieve these benefits for our students.
All staff will be working diligently on September 2, 3 and 8 to prepare for our opening day of school on Wednesday, September 9.
A new school year brings with it an opportunity for each of us to welcome and support new staff. We welcome Dorothy Argus-Tyler (Speech Pathologist), Laura Swertinski (Jr. High School Guidance Counselor), Laura Gray (Library Media Specialist), Michael Mazzeo (Bus Mechanic), Joshua Maxam (Cleaner), Robert Horvath (Teaching Assistant), Heather Thomas (Teaching Assistant), Ashley York (Teaching Assistant), Eileen LaFountain (Food Service Helper), Linda Marquette (Food Service Helper), Karol Woodcock (Food Service Helper).
Enjoy the remaining days of summer recess. I look forward to seeing each of you soon and I look forward to another successful school year!
START OF MODIFIED FOOTBALL
There is a change to the start of modified football practices to Wednesday, August 26th at 7:30 am – 11:00 am. Please arrive no later than 7:15 am at Lake George High School. A school bus will leave HL High School at 7:00 am. You must get your own ride home from practice. Only helmets and cleats will be needed, as well as a proof of a physical within the last year. Coach – Jay Ellis email@example.com
H-L EAGLES YOUTH BASKETBALL CLINIC
We're inviting all students in grades 3-8 to take part in this FREE Youth Basketball Skills Training Clinic starting Monday, August 24th through Thursday, August 27th at the Stuart M. Townsend Elementary School gymnasium from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. (Students must be dropped off and picked up on time, each evening.) All boys and girls in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to participate in drills, skills, competitions, games, get fit and have fun! Coaches will be Mr. Wilson, Mr. Dixon and Mr. Horvath. If you have further questions call Mr. Dixon at 696-3945, Mr. Horvath at 696-5596 or email Mr. Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org. Go Eagles!
FEDERAL FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM
The Hadley-Luzerne Central School District will continue to participate in the federal free and reduced price meal program for all students in grades K-12. All households will receive an important informational letter and application for free and/or reduced meals. Please return one application per household to any of the main building offices or mail to Cynthia Woodcock, Deputy Treasurer, HLCS Lunch Program, P.O. Box 200, Lake Luzerne, NY, 12846. Households with incomes the same or below the amount listed on the chart in the information pack for their family size, may be eligible for and are urged to apply for free or reduced price meals. Additional copies are available at the main office in each school. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year.