Regarding Advanced Placement Exams:
Students can take exams from home (or school if reopened) during May 11 - 22. The format will be open book/note, which is similar to many college-level exams.
The exams, format and questions, have been modified to meet the needs of our students for at-home administration, and, thus, allow students to take the exams on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
For additional information, please visit the College Board's site for additional updates regarding the AP Exams (COVID-19).
Due to COVID-19 and Federal and State guidelines, the UPK Lottery will not be open to the public. A recording will be made. You will be notified after the lottery.
Please take a moment to view NY State's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The food service department has recently updated its website. Through the new site you can learn about pre-payment options, view menus, access the district wellness policy, nutrition information and fitness tips. You can visit the site here or via the Food Service icon in the black icon ribbon above to the right.
Section 409-1 of the New York Education Law requires schools to post access to the Prevent and Report Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-342-3720.
This page, provided by the New York Office of Children and Family Services, provides language translation services on the upper left side of the screen.
Dear LCSD Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers:
I hope you and your loved ones are all doing well and staying safe during this unprecedented time in all of our lives. Our top priorities remain the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Lancaster community. At the same time, we must continue to do all we can to fulfill the mission of the Lancaster Central Schools as we strive to maintain continuity of instruction. We thank you for your unwavering support and the work you have done with your children to ensure our transition to digital instruction and learning would go smoothly.
As you may be aware, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a series of executive orders that temporarily modify laws relating to the pandemic. As a result of his executive orders, the governor is now the sole entity who can make the decision on when to reopen schools across New York state. On April 6, 2020, Governor Cuomo ordered NY PAUSE will continue through Wednesday, April 29, 2020; therefore, our school closure, and hence digital learning, will also continue until at least April 29, 2020.
The governor’s most recent executive order dictates that school districts continue to provide continuity of instruction, a meal plan for students, and child care services for essential workers over the spring break (April 13 - 17, 2020) including Good Friday (April 10, 2020). During this time, teachers will continue to utilize Google Classroom for instruction and learning.
As we journey down this new path of digital learning and instruction, please understand that it has been a learning experience for everyone--students as well as teachers. Our faculty, staff, and administration have risen to the occasion to work together to maintain continuity of instruction for our students, while balancing the demands and stresses placed upon families at this same time. We continue to build our capacity around digital instruction and learn how to provide our students the best educational experience under these unique and challenging circumstances.
Meal distribution occurs Monday through Friday at Lancaster Middle School from 10am to noon however, on Friday, April 10, 2020, we will not distribute meals. Instead, meals for both April 9 and April 10 will be provided on April 9, 2020; in essence, each recipient will receive double the meals on April 9 to cover what would have been a holiday on April 10. The meal program will resume as normal on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we all navigate this unchartered territory. I am so proud of what we, the Lancaster community, have accomplished under these extraordinary circumstances. Stay well.
Michael J. Vallely, PhD
Superintendent of Schools
Each of the last seven years the LCSD has held its annual Day of Kindness (DoK).
As the day approached, I began to ponder the imprint this event has left on our students. Imagine a kindergartner being exposed to events, service projects, activities (in the classroom, at home, and in the community) for seven consecutive years. Put another way, what has the impact been on those students who were among the first to celebrate our DoK in 2014?
Richard Davidson, Ph.D., a Harvard psychologist and neuroscientist said one of the best ways to cultivate happiness for oneself is to be kind toward others. “It turns out that the research actually supports that.”
Similar to Lancaster’s kindness initiatives, Dr. Davidson cites research working with four and five years olds to teach them simple skills of mindfulness and kindness early in life, “because it’s our conjecture that if they’re taught these skills at that point, the possibility that they will really be very enduring is much greater.”
Como Park Elementary Principal, Molly Marcinelli notes, “The Day of Kindness has had a very positive impact on our students. Nevertheless, the things we do all year have the most influence. We conduct several service projects a year with school-wide assemblies to introduce the projects so that our students understand what they are doing and why. We are proud to be a State and National School of Character. We embed good character into everything we do.”
Hillview Elementary is trying something new, participating in “The Great Kindness Challenge,” a national program. Students completed a "Kind Acts" checklist at home. Those who turned in the completed checklists were recognized with kindness pencils. Hillview can now be recognized as a Kindness Certified School.
Court Street Elementary was proud to welcome Julia Harris back for a DoK assembly. Julia suffered a traumatic brain injury in fourth grade. After being hospitalized for seven months, she was given a hero’s welcome back to Court Street and carried on with her education. At the age of 27, Julia has gone on to become a motivational speaker, with an accompanying website called, License2Smile.com. “We can make the world a better place for ourselves and others if we can all learn to smile more.”
Districtwide in our second year we launched the Family Fun Night at the Russell J. Salvatore Field House. Families are treated to pizza and beverages, desserts provided by our Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, and a host of activities provided by our Leadership Academy and Student Union, students who would have been at William Street School when we held our first DoK.
Today, many of those same students are responsible for planning the activities that make up not only the evening event, but also to help make DoK activities at the other schools a success.
Seniors shared memories of looking up to the leadership students who visited them and performed skits and other mentoring activities when they were younger and how it inspired them to want to pursue a leadership role, not only at LHS, but also in their college studies.
Coming full circle, all of our schools have created leadership teams, from elementary onward. Leadership and service activities are held at every school, reaching out from classroom to community.
Jake Lis, a senior in the Leadership Academy remarked about the impact the DoK had on him, recalling positive messages being posted on lockers at WSS (this year shaped like butterflies). “I kept all of mine because I knew if I was ever having a bad day I would just look at it and it would make me feel positive and I want to do that for other people,” Jake said. “I just think it’s a really nice gesture and it really helped me a lot.”
The two young ladies responsible for making 1400 butterfly cutouts for WSS lockers aren’t prepared to stop there. They have planned random acts of kindness for each school to complete their project.
It is nearly impossible to quantify all of the traditions that have grown out of our DoK, but a few that come to mind are Band Against Bullying, now in its eighth year, a friendly competition held among local schools at UB. More recently, a pop-up clothing shop called “Legendary Looks” has emerged. Gently used clothing has been donated and is part of an inclusive ‘store’ for all students…some to gain work skills, others volunteer hours. The beauty of Legendary Looks is that students don’t pay a penny for anything they shop for. Students from every background have an opportunity to shop, whether they just need to freshen up their wardrobe, or if there is a financial need; no stigma attached.
In all likelihood, I could fill this entire page with all of the kind deeds and events throughout the years. There is no doubt in my mind there has been a cultural shift as a result, in sustaining kindness—spreading it throughout the community—students taking that energy with them into the next phase of their lives—and passing it down to children of their own. The motto we began with was “Kindness is Contagious, Help Us Spread It.” Looking back, I feel we’ve lived up to that motto. See more DoK coverage on Twitter @LancasterCSD.
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.