Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
It is with great pleasure that I welcome our students, faculty and staff back to school. During the summer, our board of education, central office administrators and building principals were very busy gearing up for the new school year, ensuring that all programs are in place to reach our number one goal — increasing student achievement.
As your superintendent and as a parent, I know that getting children excited about the opportunities and possibilities of the new school year is vital to their success. Please join me in setting high expectations for the year. The first day of school is extremely important, especially for our children. It sets the stage for all they need to accomplish this school year.
We proudly welcome 10 new members to our outstanding faculty. After a rigorous selection process, our new staff successfully completed the new teacher induction program, and they are all eager to start the new year.
As a district, we take pride in providing a curriculum that is designed to meet the unique needs of every child. We are fully aware of our students’ individual learning styles, and we emphasize interactive, data-driven instruction. The use of SMARTBoards and the Senteo Interactive Response System infuses new technology into our instructional programs in all classes from kindergarten through sixth grade. We track and analyze students’ lesson comprehension to identify their academic strengths and weaknesses. Programs are then adjusted to meet the needs of each child.
We are extremely enthusiastic about the implementation of the new Harcourt Science series. This new standards-based program is designed to motivate and accelerate student learning to a higher level. A wide variety of materials and activities will actively engage students of all ages in science lessons.
We have worked hard to create a robust enrichment program that addresses the district’s goal of educating “the whole child.” Our Saturday World Language, ELA and Math Academies, Science Research program, and Math Olympiad are some of the great ways in which we continue to meet the needs of our students. Youngsters have the opportunity to participate in our successful Elmont Model United Nations (EMUN) Program. Participants in grades four through six learn public speaking, research skills, and United Nations rules and procedures. Students propose solutions to real world problems and begin to view themselves not just as citizens of Elmont but of the global community.
The members of the Elmont Board of Education and I are committed to our partnership with students, teachers, staff and residents of the Elmont community. We will continue to “reach and teach for excellence” each day ensuring that every child enjoys a productive school year.