Summer 2019 Updates
Posted by Mrs. Andrea L. Galenski on 8/5/2019
It is with sincere hope that you and your families are enjoying this beautiful summer weather and finding time to create special memories together. The closing of our 2018-2019 school year brought distinct moments for our students and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share two of those exceptional moments with our community.
The picture below to the left represents the three highest achieving graduating seniors from JFK High School. Daniel Kurowski, Jordan Michalski and Andrew Cegielski were presented with exquisite crystal bisons as a symbol of acknowledgement for their dedication to school especially their academic work in which they excelled to the highest level in their graduating class. I, along with Mrs. Ferrucci, our 2018-2019 Board of Education President, and Mr. Zuba, Acting Principal for JFK High School, were honored to be able to share this special recognition dinner with these fine young men. I could not have been more proud to enjoy time with Daniel, Jordan and Andrew on this evening back in May 2019 where all three students acted in such a poised, mature and respectful manner. Congratualations to Daniel, our Valedictorian, to Jordan, our Salutatorian, and to Andrew, the third highest achieving student in the Graduating Class of 2019! Best of luck to the entire Class of 2019 as you enter the next phase of your life in either college, the work force, or military. We will miss you!
Another distinct moment that took place this past May was when Ashley Canizares, a graduating senior, received the New York State Association of School Business Officials Leadership Award for her achievement in school and her leadership abilities. The picture below to the right displays Ashley standing proud as she holds the certificate and monetary award that she received along with Mr. Drescher, our School Business Official, Mr. Canizares, Ashley’s father, and me. We thank Ashley for bringing such positive attention to the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District with her tremendous achievement. Congratulations Ashley!
As we think about the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, we are excited to bring Restorative Practices to our School District. We have partnered with the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition and are working with the Board President/Trainer, Mrs. Dina Thompson. We have already formed a district-wide team and have begun moving through the training process. We are confident that Restorative Practices will enable our district, both students and staff, to build a strong community and form positive and trusting relationships because as we have learned already—we have an equal weight of responsibility for all children and together, we will ask ourselves each day, “and how are the children?” In today’s community, we must think differently and use the best strategies, such as Restorative Practices, to help all learners reach the greatest level of emotional, social, and academic success possible.
In closing, it is with great enthusiasm that I share with you exciting and positive news. On behalf of all of us here, we welcome Mr. Robert Julian, our new JFK High School Principal, to the Cheektowaga-Sloan School Community. Mr. Julian earned college degrees from Geneseo and the University at Buffalo in English, English Education, and Educational Administration. He began his educational career as an English Teacher at Williamsville North High School where he taught English Regents for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, as well as AP Literature. Most recently, Mr. Julian has been the Assistant Principal of Grand Island High School where he was responsible for the emotional, physical and academic wellness of approximately 500 students. He exudes extreme professionalism, positivity, determination to make great change where needed, and he has a keen focus and desire to create relationships with all students while at the same time recognizes the importance and need to enforce the Code of Conduct in a consistent and firm manner. He looks forward to meeting all students and families in the upcoming weeks.
I hope that the remainder of your summer is filled with fond memories and special times with friends and family.
Mrs. Andrea L. Galenski, Superintendent of Schools