Lancaster Central School District

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  • Thank you to everyone who came out to support our budget, capital project, and bus proposition, all of which were approved by voters. Congratulations to Mrs. Brenda Christopher and Mrs. Kelly Depczynski for being elected to the board of education. See 'Headlines' for complete election results. 
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  • Budget 2015-16
    Information on the $99.94 million proposed budget for 2015-16 has been posted on the district's website. Read more here. 
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  • District Calendar
    The Lancaster Central School District 2015-2016 calendar has been approved by the board of education and can be viewed here: 2015-16 Calendar at a Glance
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Pending BOE approval June 8, Lancaster's official logo/mascot is Lancaster Legends. Congratulations to eighth grader, Korissa Gozdziak, who created the original design!! Lancaster Legends is copyrighted by the Lancaster Central School District as of 2015.
 
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Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...

Readers who are old enough may remember when the idea of being able to see someone you were talking with on the phone was like the scene out of a science fiction movie. Today, technology not only enables virtually anyone to see and interact with people on the other side of the globe, but also gives them hand-held information processing capability that is more powerful than computers that used to take up entire rooms.

As educators, it is incumbent on us to stay current with these technological advancements and prepare our youth for a future that many of us find mind-boggling to envision. Nationally, a movement to increase exposure to STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, and math) is being seen as a way to prepare our students for that

In Lancaster, we have been ‘ahead of the curve’ in promoting STEM education. As one of the first two schools in our region to offer Project Lead the Way courses, we have also been out front in promoting Advanced Placement physics and calculus, which is made possible by offering early acceleration in math and science at the middle school level, and soon at William Street School.

Our high school was honored as an exemplar STEM school, but typically that is what the community hears about--high school students being involved in those rigorous career-driven courses. Now, we are looking at ways to do better and to offer early opportunities for students to do more. Already, we have one of the only tech ed programs for elementary students in the region. Based on students’ enthusiasm with that program, we looked at ways to bridge our award-winning Project Lead the Way Program to provide broader opportunities for elementary students to explore the exciting world of STEM.

Starting this fall, William Street fifth graders will be among the few students in New York State to participate in Project Lead the Way’s “Launch” Program. The Launch initiative will be woven into our existing technology class at the fifth grade level. Students will be exposed to the curriculum for half the year and will have the chance to build and control their own robot and use it in the way that engineers might in the real world.  Launch curriculum offers students the chance to taste engineering in the elementary grades when curiosity is high. These rich hands-on experiences are intended to right blend of excitement and intrigue to keep students enthused about science and technology working and challenged and working toward that next level. 

We’ve worked with RIT to train our teachers to get ready for this exciting program. They in turn are now certified to train other teachers, here in Lancaster. This means that eventually, we will be able to help other teachers push Project Lead the Way Launch initiatives, that are meant for young children, into their classrooms. This will be in addition to the hands on science curriculum that already exists in our elementary schools.  In the meantime, all of your Lancaster teachers are continually working find ways to keep children interested in the STEM fields.  

We in Lancaster, believe that STEM is going to be the key to many of the careers that we, as adults, can’t even imagine. Our children have a future that seems like science fiction to us, but we have to get them ready and we can’t wait for high school or college to do it. Our new addition to tech ed is one of the ways we are helping the elementary students in Lancaster get ready for that science fiction film that is their future. 

 
Sincerely,
 
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

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The Lancaster Central School District's purpose
is to provide our students
with a comprehensive educational program that will allow them to develop fully 
the necessary academic and social skills 
to become responsible and productive members of a democratic society.