Superintendent

Dear Sackets Harbor Central School Community,

Mother Nature has been kinder to us this past winter than in the previous few years.  While we had a few disruptions to our normal routines because of weather, it was mild comparatively and I’ll take it!   As always, a huge and heartfelt thank you goes to the Town of Hounsfield and to the Village of Sackets Harbor Road Crews and Highway Departments for their assistance during the winter months.  Our own Sackets Harbor maintenance and transportation staff should be commended as well for their diligence this past winter ensuring our students could get to and from school safely.     

I always take some time in the spring edition to share reminders about school safety.  School safety is the responsibility of everyone in our school community.  If you hear or see something that is concerning in anyway, please keep the school informed.  Whether it is on social media, an overheard conversation, or an observation, if you see/hear something disturbing, say something!  Don’t forget, our school uses the anonymous tip line www.anonymoustips.com.  Simply, select New York State and then select Sackets Harbor and you can submit tips without ever having to call or visit the school.  All we ask is that you communicate with us so we can prevent small problems from becoming larger problems.  If any member of our community has any ideas to improve school safety and security, you are encouraged to reach out.   

Related to school safety, National, State, and Local surveys show that e-cigarette use, or vaping, has risen among teenagers and young adults.  This crisis has resulted in schools initiating programs and actions to combat this unhealthy epidemic.  Sackets Harbor Central School District has taken a number of steps to curb student use of e-cigarettes including:

  1. We increased general educational efforts offered to all students
  2. We hosted a Parent University on the topic
  3. We organized a student group called Reality Check
  4. The PIVOT Student Assistance Counselor offered research-based programming to students as well as 1:1 counseling for students who struggle with the habit  

As an added measure, the District will now be incorporating Halo Smart Sensor Devices in various locations around our school building.  The Halo is a multi-sensor capable of detecting vape, smoke, and abnormal sounds like shouting in areas a camera cannot be placed.  These devices also allow us to monitor air quality for temperature, humidity, hazardous chemicals, and more.  School officials are hopeful that the use of these devices will ensure that our efforts are more effectively targeted.  The Sackets Harbor Central School District would like to thank the Safe Schools Endeavor and the Northern New York Community Foundation for making the purchase of these devices possible. 

The remaining months of school will be busy.  You can always see the complete list of upcoming events within this newsletter and on our website.  I am sharing some important dates you will want to mark your calendars for with hopes you will join us.  The School District will be holding our Annual Budget Hearing on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) to review our proposed budget.  The public vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Gymnasium Lobby.  That same evening will feature the Sentinel’s Marching Band showcasing a preview of what’s to come this spring.  Please join us to help kick-off our marching season!   

Members of the Class of 2020 will be walking across our stage on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM.  The night prior on Friday, June 26th, these students will be recognized by Sackets Harbor CSD Alumni at their Annual Alumni Banquet.  If you are a graduate of Sackets Harbor CSD, please consider reaching out to the Alumni Association to request a seat at the Banquet.  It is always a very special evening and it’s so much fun to see members of each graduating class be recognized.

We have one small phase left of our Capital Improvement Project which will start later this spring and continue during the summer.  This work will include some site work to improve drainage on the south side of our school building, full abatement of any remaining lead piping and non-encapsulated asbestos, improved security and access controls, replacement of flooring in the corridors, and some much needed interior renovations.  Our Bus Garage will receive interior updates needed to meet current codes.  For the full list of Phase 3 items as well as a month-by-month breakdown of work, you can visit the website.        

Please continue to follow our school activities by visiting our website at www.sacketspatriots.org or “like” us on Facebook and follow all the news from the Sackets Harbor Central School District.  I would like to thank you for sharing your child/ren with us each day.  They making coming to work every day a wonderful experience!

 

Your Partner in Education,

 

Jennifer Gaffney

 



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