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Principal's News

From the Desk of Mr. Norman...

Dear Parents/Guardians,
 

Happy Spring! As the weather warms I would like to remind everyone of appropriate dress for school. Students should not wear “Flip Flop” sandals to school as these pose safety issues during gym & recess. Parents, I also suggest you dress your child for school in clothing that allows them to run, jump, kneel, sit, etc and not expose personal areas of their body.

The administration of the ELA state assessment is being administered this month. Given the testing guidelines set forth by the state, we will make adjustments to accommodate the diverse needs of our students. These needs will include adjusting the school’s master schedule to provide additional testing time, planning for test refusals, identifying testing locations and assigning proctors.  I’d like to thank each and every member of our community in advance for your part in this success. Next month our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be administered The New York State Mathematics Assessments. We will follow the same procedures and I am confident this administration of tests will be a success.

At this time of year parents begin to wonder how class re-organization is going to be handled for the coming school year. The process of student placement for the next school year will continue to consist of the following goals:

    • To create heterogeneous classes (academically, socially, and emotionally)
    • To maintain gender and class size balance.
    • To provide for the unique needs of all children.

We will also take into account special education programs, English Language Learners and state mandates in terms of teacher certification. As a result of this process, it will not be feasible to honor parents request for student placement. If you have valid concerns that you believe will impact your child’s placement, by all means submit a letter stating these concerns and it will be reviewed.

Save the Date! Scratch Day …. and Beyond... is coming back to Lakeland Central School District on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Registration opens on Monday, March 26. Watch the website for details.

If you attended last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s event, with more activities and prizes!

This year’s event has been named Scratch Day and Beyond because we are expanding the activities available. The Makerspace will return, but with more activities. We’ll have a Breakout EDU room (find out what that’s all about!), and coding sessions with various programs.  Students and adults will gather to share projects and learn new ones. The Ozobot room will be back. There will be door prizes, refreshments and informational sessions for parents to learn more about our programs and what we are doing here at Lakeland to incorporate computer science into all grade levels.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Tracy Norman