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A Message from the Superintendent

August 2020

Dear Members of the Stamford School Community, 
I hope this letter finds you to be well and enjoying the remaining weeks of summer.  It has been a busy summer at Stamford Central School. We are pleased to welcome the following employees to our team: Dr. Janna Buell (School Psychologist), Mr. Howard Mattsson (Math), Mr. Caleb Lococo (Art), and Mr. Robert Northrup (Physical Education).  Please welcome these new members of our Stamford family when you see them at school or out in the community.

As school districts throughout NYS prepare to open in the coming weeks in the shadow of a pandemic, schools continue to examine the challenges they are facing based on local capacity and resources available.  As we have shared with parents at town hall meetings, community forums, district letters, surveys, and direct parent phone calls, we are working diligently to create ways to meet the needs of students and families during this unprecedented time with the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has on teaching and learning. While the current plan is to open school PreK-12th grade in-person, we are required to have a plan in place per NYSED and NYSDOH guidance, which will allow us – at a moment’s notice – to shift to a hybrid or remote learning model.  A change in learning model could come from the Governor’s Office, the NYSDOH, the Delaware County Department of Health, or possibly from unforeseen community needs.  We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we work to put systems in place which will allow students and employees to remain healthy. Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as needed which will assist in keeping everyone healthy while providing a positive educational experience for your child(ren).   

As we begin a new school year, it is critical to make sure that your son or daughter be prepared to learn each day; whether learning is in-person, hybrid, or remote.  There is a strong correlation between attendance and achievement.  

Stamford Central School is committed to, and focused on, creating a safe and effective learning environment for our students, which includes growing the program Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH) and Sources of Strength.  Capturing Kids Hearts focuses on increasing student performance while competing against social, environmental, and other outside pressures students may face. The goal is to deepen meaningful and productive relationships with every student to foster connectedness for increased achievement and success in school.  With the addition of new faculty and staff, and with the CKH program being a part of our learning and teaching culture, we want to make sure that these norms are preserved. The Sources of Strength program harnesses the power of peer networks and peer leaders to develop connections between peers and adults to support student needs.  It is a privilege every day to be able to work with our students and faculty who are leading these important programs.

With the assistance of the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation we have been able to continue to expand our work with 21st century learning. This includes after a successful grade 9-12 laptop pilot, the ability to expand the model to grades 5-8; students in grades 5-12 will have access to a laptop while grades K-4 will continue to have access to iPads. This allows us to continue to be innovative and create a dynamic 21st century learning environment for our students.  This summer, faculty had an opportunity to participate in professional development focused on project-based learning with the Buck Institute.  Project based learning provides opportunities for students to learn through inquiry and develop personally meaningful projects which assist in developing deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills (the “4 C’s”). The goal is to prepare our students with the knowledge and skills they need for college and careers, while at the same time preparing them with 21st century skills (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication).  

A capital project approved by the community to repair the front façade was delayed this spring due to the coronavirus and Governor Executive Orders which prohibited school construction projects in NYS.  However, construction was able to begin in July.  The first phase includes replacing the banding above the north and south entrances as well as portions of the back of the building.  As the construction project progresses, with an anticipated completion date of December 2021, our goal is to limit as much as possible any impact on teaching and learning and school operations.  That being said, due to the additional space needed for the construction project parking at Stamford Central School will be limited to employees only (all employees will have a parking pass).  Students who prefer to drive to school will be required to park in legally available areas within the village for the 2020-2021 school year.  Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.  

While students may not be at school during the summer months, faculty and staff continue to work hard.  The office staff is reconciling the previous school year while simultaneously preparing for the upcoming year.  Building and grounds staff are making sure the buildings are ready and the transportation staff are completing repairs/tuning the buses. As we prepare for the return of students and staff, I am thankful for each individual and their dedication toward their work and our school community. 

Based on the NYSED and NYSDOH guidance and to keep students and employees healthy while maintaining cohorts as much as possible, the entry of parents/guardians/visitors into the building will be limited.  Our goal is the same as yours, to provide a caring, healthy, and safe environment for learning – and with your help that can be achievable.  We look forward to continued collaboration and partnership throughout this school year.  

I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer.    
Respectfully,

 Dr. Glen A. Huot
 Superintendent
 Stamford Central School
 


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