Superintendent

Summer/Fall 2019

Dear Sackets Harbor Central School Community,

It has been a busy summer here at Sackets Harbor Central School.  We are in the midst of Phase 2 of our Capital Project which is the most substantial of the three phases.  It included site work to improve our sidewalks and driveway, the installation of a new phone system and audio PA system, new hot water boilers and controls, asbestos abatement, and many other necessary improvements and efficiencies to our buildings and grounds.  As I write this letter, we have approximately one month until the opening of school.  There is so much that will need to come together to make that a reality but I am assured that it will.  We have experienced a slight delay in the implementation of our updated phone system and PA audio systems.  Therefore, the cut-over to the new systems will likely take place after the opening of the school year.  Our old systems will be in place until the change-over.  Once this happens, our community will most certainly appreciate the improved efficiency and quality of communication.

We have decided to postpone Open House this year because of the Capital Project.  It will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd.  We encourage the community to pay us a visit on this night to meet our faculty and staff, tour our building to see the improvements, and stop in to the community stations in the multi-purpose room (MPR).  We will once again host a variety of school groups, community organizations, and agencies.  It is the perfect opportunity for families to pre-pay on lunch accounts,  learn about Odyssey of the Mind, sign up for youth community sports, meet and greet our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) officers and purchase your Sackets sprit wear.  

Despite the building being in disarray during the months of July and August, our SHCS summer crew still had to carry out the important functions necessary to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.  One of the most important functions was hiring.  I am very pleased to introduce you to our new SHCS staff members and encourage you to welcome them into our school family at Open House.   

Tania Andre is joining us as a full-time English teacher.  Ms. Andre has been substituting in our school district for a few years.  She previously taught English at Lowville Academy and has been more recently teaching at JCC as an adjunct professor. 

Kaitlyn Hernandez is returning to SHCS this fall but now as a full-time teacher rather than a part-time teacher.  She will be teaching middle school ELA and science. 

Kim McCargar is also no stranger in our school district as she has been a substitute teacher aide for us during the 2018-2019 school year.  We are so pleased to welcome her to our team as a part-time teacher aide. 

Abigail Sexton is joining our Social Studies Department this fall.  She just finished her teacher training program at Potsdam and is pursuing a Master’s degree in special education.   

Deanna Guyette has been part of our team since July 26th.  She recently retired from General Brown after serving as their Technology Coordinator for many years.  She will serve as our interim Tech Coordinator until we are able to hire anew. 

As of the writing of this update, we still need to hire a Technology Coordinator and an Account Clerk/Typist for our Business Office.  We will also welcome a new PIVOT Counselor, as Mrs. Larsen accepted a position at Lowville Academy as an Elementary Counselor. 

I would like to share my thanks with everyone who made Graduation 2019 a perfect ceremony!  It was a bittersweet day.  It was celebratory but we will miss all of the students very much.  We wish our graduates the very best as they move on to college, the workforce, or to the Armed Forces.  Thanks to the Class of 2019 for donating four picnic tables which will be placed in our updated greenspace near the playground.

Another important summer task is the annual review of District goals and priorities.  We will once again focus on: 1. Graduating students who are college and career ready; 2. Providing a safe, secure, and supportive environment for students, staff, and the school community; and 3. Using available resources to best serve the needs of students while identifying and implementing operating efficiencies and maintaining a fiscal long-term plan, inclusive of reserves, to ensure the District’s financial stability.  While our focal points are consistent from year to year, our priorities and action plans are adjusted.  The completed list of goals, priorities and action plans will be placed on our website when finalized. 

As you likely know, the faculty and staff, here at Sackets Harbor Central School District, have a very important role to play in our community and in our society.  Together with all of you, we are molding the future generation.  Education is one of the most important ingredients to a successful and fulfilling life.  Marian Wright Edelman once said, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”  A solid educational foundation coupled with inspiration for our students to open and expand their minds to become independent and responsible thinkers, is what we aim to do. 

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

 

Your Partner in Education,

 

Jennifer Gaffney

 


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