As I reflect on the 2016-17 school year, I am reminded of our many successes in and outside of the classroom. Our students and staff members have been recognized for their excellence locally and nationally in academics, athletics, and the arts. The class of 2017 was offered more than $1.5 million in scholarships and 87% will be attending colleges and universities, with over 20 students playing on sports teams. Others are joining the armed services or starting jobs in our community and beyond.
Thank you to our faculty, administration, and non-instructional staff for making all of our campuses a safe and healthy place for our students to learn, play, and compete.
Our Board of Education worked diligently all year to support our District goals and spearheaded efforts promoting the Capital Construction Project that voters passed by a nearly three to one margin. Our budget remains sensible for our community and delivers the services our students need to be successful in all facets of our schools. To keep that budget reasonable, we continued to implement new technology and remained dedicated to our energy program making sure the District runs as efficiently as possible.
In addition, two of our Board Members, Kathleen Chiavetta and Carla Thompson, were recognized as “Rising Stars” at the Erie County Association of School Boards Annual Meeting. Thank you to Mrs. Dyan Scritchfield as she leaves the Board of Education after several years serving our community and welcome to our newest Board member, Mr. Michael Franey who takes office in July.
I would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to our parents of the District. Each of you owns our success just as much as our students, faculty and staff. We appreciate you! Thank you for all of the sacrifices you have made for our students. Thank you for volunteering your time at so many school activities. Thank you for rearranging your busy schedules to cheer on our athletes at their sporting events, to listen to our music programs and to acknowledge the artwork created by our students.
Thank you for welcoming new parents into our schools. Thank you for meeting with our bus drivers and waving at them every day as they worked diligently to get our students to and from school.
It is truly an honor to be a part of the Lake Shore family. I feel fortunate to work with such amazing administrators, teachers, and staff. I offer my thanks to every one of you for your dedication to the students of this community and I value your patience during times of change.
We have much to be proud of in Lake Shore. I thank you for your commitment to our students.
Have a safe and restful summer with your loved ones. Please take care of yourselves, your families, and your friends.
Upcoming Calendar Events:
July 5 - First Day of Driver Education Program
July 10 - First Day of Summer School Program
July 11 - Board of Education Re-Org & Regular Meeting at 4 p.m. in the Sr. High Media Center
August 8 - Board of Education Workshop/Retreat at 2 p.m. in the District Conference Room
August 14 - All Varsity and JV Sports Begin
August 15 - Board of Education Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. in the Sr. High Media Center
August 16 - Regents Exams
August 17 - Regents Exams
August 17 - Modified Football Begins
August 21 - All Remaining Modified Sports Begin
August 21 - New Teacher Orientation
August 22 - New Teacher Orientation (Seneca Nation of Indians)
August 28 - Superintendent's Conference Day
August 29 - Superintendent's Conference Day
August 30 - Superintendent's Conference Day
August 30 - 6th Grade Orientation at 8 a.m. in Middle School
August 30 - Kindergarten Orientation at 9 a.m. in Elementary Schools
August 30 - 9th Grade Orientation at 10:30 a.m. in Sr. High School
August 30 - UPK Orientation at W. T. Hoag Educational Center
Please continue to monitor the District's website for additional updates and news!