Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...
While it seems like just days ago that we were wishing the Class of 2014 farewell, it's hard to believe that we'll be welcoming the Class of 2028 to their first day of Pre-K in just a few days.
I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer and found time to relax with your family and friends. Maybe you have even cooled off with a nice cold bucket of ice. If you haven't already done so, I 'challenge' you to try it! I, and several faculty, staff, and administrators have taken the challenge and beat the summer heat with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Seeing is believing, as many of their videos can be found on my Twitter page @LCSDSuper.
As always, the summer months have been extremely busy in our schools. Summer was a huge success as special and general education students recovered credits at the high school with dozens and dozens of Regents exams taken in 26 subjects. The middle school summer school program achieved perfection with 100 percent of credits being recovered.
Throughout the school district's facilities, phase 1 and phase 2 of capital project work are wrapping up literally days before the start of school. Students and teachers will return to their classrooms to find a powerful and robust technological infrastructure, including wireless Internet access, wireless network access, and the capacity district-wide for Lancaster students and faculty to use the latest and greatest technologies to compliment instruction.
In tandem with technology upgrades, this new website platform has been unveiled. It is more mobile friendly and allows greater opportunities for interactions among students, parents, staff, and the community. The addition of web pages for each individual teacher will put classroom information at your fingertips. The integration of Google calendars and mail will make our renovated website information hub of the district. As a prelude for more great things to come this year, it was exciting to learn last week that Lancaster High school was recognized as one of the best schools in the state, being named a NYSED Reward School for exceptional academic progress. Achievements such as this begin with our Pre-K program, are built upon one grade level at a time and made possible by the contributions of every one of our employees who make this district unique and exceptional.
I'm looking forward to working together to make 2014-15 our best year ever! Classes resume for students on Wednesday, September 3. Please continue following us on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates and check out the innovations on our renovated website! Thank you for everything you do to support the children of this great school district!
Michael J. Vallely
Superintendent of Schools