As I begin my third full month as Chief of Schools, I feel more and more at home each day. I finally moved into my new home in Whitehall and I love it! I want to thank everyone for being so supportive and helpful during the move.
Wow! We have had an exciting indoor sports season! Tyler Martel, Cody Garner and Brandon Steves led the way in Wrestling, Morgan Winters, Brad Hanna, & Haley Wiskoski in Varsity Track, Brian McLaughlin, Justin Hoagland, Tyler Sweenor, Justin McDonald & Robby Pereau for Boy’s Basketball, Caitlyn Sanford, Ashley Davis, Samantha Baldwin, Taryn Tracy, Amber Eggleston, Kelsey Farley & Malia DeLorme for Girl’s Basketball, John Hollister & Brandon Bills for Bowling & Mackenzie Fiorini, Oshen Beayon & Taylor Rozell for Cheerleading and to every other athlete who played hard and fair for WCSD. I look forward to spring sports if we can ever get out on our fields. I want to personally thank Keith Redmond, our Athletic Director, for job(s) well done!
I want to thank the Board of Education for supporting our partnership with the Whitehall Athletic Club and all the new initiatives that Central Office has brought to the table. Our students athletes will be travelling to the WAC each day for indoor practice and weight lifting. I hope that we have created capacity for our athletes to mature athletically and also get home a bit earlier to spend time with their families and studying!!
The new “buzzer” systems are working well and we are seeing results with our new Behavior Specialists and behavior program. We must continue to work together as a school community for all students to feel safe, respected and valued!
On Friday, February 28, 2014, Whitehall Central School District had my inaugural Superintendent’s Conference Day! We hosted groups of educational leaders from outside Whitehall who came and supported our teachers with our APPR evaluation tool. The day was another example of how ready and able our faculty and staff are ready to move forward as a student centered/teacher focused district. I cannot express to our school community how proud and inspired I am to be the leader of such a fine district.
Please come and enjoy Seussical the Musical this weekend in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 and will be a wonderful family event. Also….. the very popular POPs concert will be Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Jr-Sr School Auditorium.
I would like to have dinner with a student from each grade at their home. I will bring dinner and a member of my staff to your home to discuss our new initiatives, implementation of the Common Core, the APPR teacher evaluations, and listen to your thoughts and ideas on how better to serve all students and our district. If you would like to be part of this “March Madness,” please call Martha Bascue at 499-1772 and she will set up dinner.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and the district. It’s a great day to be a Railroader!
Early Monday morning, we held our first annual Test Prep Kick-Off Assembly for students in grade 3, 4, and 5. The classroom teachers did a great job getting the students prepared to make this assembly truly interactive. Each grade sang a song that was linked to doing well on the State tests. The purpose of this assembly was to encourage the students to put forth their best effort while they prepare for the upcoming NY State ELA and Math assessments. I spoke about the importance of perseverance and how that translates into working hard to maintain ones focus while doing something that is not a lot of fun.
At the end of our test prep and right before the State testing begins on April 1, students in grades K-5 who score well on a practice test will earn the chance to dunk yours truly in an old-fashioned dunking booth! After seeing the students faces light up with that news I have no doubt that they will be working hard to earn a high score!
Setting goals and persevering to achieve those goals has become a topic of frequent conversations within our building. I am eager to see the positive results from this renewed focus on student learning!!
Mr. St. Germain - Elementary Principal
The Whitehall Central School District is looking for Bus Drivers
Position requires CDL with S endorsement. Will provide training if required.
Call 518-499-1772 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Notice from the Whitehall Youth League:
Deadline to sign up for youth baseball and softball is Saturday, March 15th. Sign up forms are available at the Rec Center.
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, March 15th @ 11:00 a.m.
The Playground Committee will be holding a basket party on SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH at the High School. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of the new playground for the elementary school.
If you would like to donate a basket or any other item, please send it to school with your child or drop it off at the front office of the elementary building.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Holly Pelkey, Kim Barber, or Melia St.Clair.
Family Swim, Open and free to the families in the Whitehall Community.
*Note: Updated Schedule