Welcome to the 2016-2017 School year!
Posted by Mrs. Andrea L. Galenski on 11/1/2016
I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. It is hard to believe that the month of November is already approaching. We have already celebrated much success during the months of September and October which you are able to read about on our District’s website. If you haven’t had a chance to view our new website, I encourage you to do so at https://www.cheektowagasloan.org/ as it highlights the talent and success of our students, teachers and staff from all schools.
Since our Capital Project began this past summer, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share with you some of the work that has been accomplished to date. At Theodore Roosevelt, new flooring was installed in classrooms and in the hallways and restrooms were renovated which included new tiling and stalls. At Woodrow Wilson, restrooms were renovated and new flooring was also installed in classrooms and in the cafeteria which looks beautiful. New wheelchair lifts were installed so that we are in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. At JFK Middle School and High School, a new roof was installed over the West side of the building which included the stage area in the auditorium. There was also repair work done on skylights and ceilings throughout the schools.
We are fortunate that additional work will be completed throughout this school year. The track in the back of JFK High School will be resurfaced in the spring, new telescopic bleachers will be installed in the JFK HS gymnasium, and the entire auditorium at JFK MS/HS will be renovated which includes new seating, flooring, painting and acoustics. This is a very exciting time for our students, staff, and community especially when you can observe the work taking place and much needed improvements occurring throughout the District. Your support has allowed us to make these improvements and to keep our District safe and updated for years to come. I sincerely appreciate your support and confidence in our planning and decision making process. We spent so much time analyzing the work that needed to be done along with the cost associated with that work in order to keep our schools as safe as possible while also being cognizant of our taxpayers. I look forward to providing you with continued updates as we move through this Capital Project. Please visit our website and go to ‘Capital Project’ to view photographs that were taken before and after the work was completed.
In addition to the Capital Project work that has taken place, I wanted to take this chance to share with you the tremendous academic success that has occurred in our District. The month of September and October have been two of the most humbling and honorable months for me as the leader of our District. Mr. Drescher, our Business Official, and I were asked to present in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 26th at the New York State Superintendents Association Fall Leadership Summit--Cultivating the Spirit within Each Child. This presentation focused on the critical need for a Business Official and Superintendent to work together in a positive, collaborative and engaging partnership in order to move a district forward toward greater success. We shared ‘our story’ about how our partnership along with the collaboration of the Board of Education and Leadership Team enabled us to make difficult decisions in order to reorganize and position ourselves where we were able to create new programs, offer new coursework and hire tremendous staff to teach our children. We highlighted our two new Academic Learning Centers (ALCs) as just one example of how collaboration, hard work, a shared vision and thoughtful planning allowed our District to open two new ALCs which in less
than a year, have proven to be successful and a true resource for our middle and high school learners. Our ALCs have become positive, productive, warm, inviting, caring and shared learning spaces that support all learners—those that need extra help and support in a particular area, such as mathematics, and those that require a challenge which could be help in Advanced Placement coursework, providing tutoring to a peer, or working to complete a project that advances learning. We are so proud of our ALCs and could not be happier that our success was noted at the New York State level. It was an honor to represent Cheektowaga-Sloan and a humbling experience to share our positive success with districts from all across New York State.
It is important for me to mention that our School District was also recognized by the Erie-Niagara School Boards Association. On October 6th, we delivered a presentation to School Boards from across Erie and Niagara Counties that highlighted the important role that Board Members play when decisions have to be made in order to further advance a school district. We once again highlighted the process that we followed in order to create and implement two Academic Learning Centers, and how the support and partnership with the Board of Education was what helped us achieve our goal. We were most fortunate to have Regent Collins in the audience who asked questions, complimented our District and asked to visit in the near future. I could not be more pleased with the progress that our District has made in just a few years and it is a result of a combined effort by the Board of Education, the administrators and teachers/staff, a shared vision of teaching and learning that demands a quality education for all learners, and perseverance—having an idea and working hard to bring that idea to reality like we did with our Academic Learning Centers. I encourage you to visit our website to read more about these presentations and to view pictures.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events, such as the Family First Dinner at TR, Board of Education meetings, and upcoming concerts for all schools. Thank you for your support in all that we do to educate our children and give them the very best high quality education that they deserve. It is my honor to lead the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District each day and to work hard to bring continued success to all of our schools.
May your November be filled with warmth and happiness as you spend time with family and friends for the upcoming Thanksgiving Season.
Mrs. Andrea L. Galenski, Superintendent of Schools