Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!
The beginning of a new school year brings with it many new
opportunities. On Thursday, September 4,
more than 1700 students will arrive at Lackawanna’s four schools to begin their
educational journey for the year.
The incoming Kindergarten class will be the class of 2028. We, collectively as a school system, are
committed to ensure all students are prepared to meet the challenges of the
world now and in the future. Futurists remind us that 80% of the jobs for these
incoming Kindergarteners have yet to be created; and 90% of the technology they
will use has yet to be invented. Our
success as a district is directly connected to developing strong parental
support and engagement, having a dedicated and high trained faculty/staff, and
striving for a system of continuous improvement that permeates all aspects of
our work. It will take all of us
including community support to collaborate in a meaningful way to create a
tradition of excellence for our kids.
Throughout the weeks of July and August, important work
occurred in our schools. Truman
Elementary’s construction project is nearing completion. Classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, and offices
have all been renovated. You will find a
new and updated look outside the building as well. Throughout the District, we have had new installation
and upgrades to our technology, valuable
professional development, and much of the summer has been spent addressing the
continuation of many New York State mandates.
The Lackawanna Public Schools have been fortunate enough to
be the recipient of the following grants:
1.P-TECH (Pathways to Technology)—Lackawanna is
one of 16 school districts across the state and the only high school
in WNY to be awarded this 7 year grant. P-TECH
will allow students who are interested in pursuing a career in the Health
Technologies to compete for the opportunity to be accepted into this
program. Students accepted into
P-TECH will receive their Associates
Degree from Trocaire College free of charge. Through these new and innovative partnerships created with Lackawanna
High School, Trocaire College, Erie 1 BOCES, and the Catholic Health System, students
will have the option to choose one of the following majors: Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology,
Dietetic Technology, or Health Information Technology. This year’s 9th Grade P-TECH class
will be our pioneers in this program.
2.Community Schools Grant—Truman Elementary School
was selected in a second round by the State to receive funding of $500,000 over
3 years to be used to enhance early literacy skills and increase parent
engagement opportunities. An optional
afterschool program for Kindergarten and First Grade students will begin the
second week on September. Mrs. McCaffrey
will be sending information home for parents.
3.Extended Learning Time Grant—Lackawanna Middle
School is of one of 9 schools selected from across the State to receive this
grant. Approximately $1.1 million over two years was awarded to provide all
middle school students an opportunity to receive enrichment/remediation as well
as participation in extra-curricular
activities through an extended day. We
are currently awaiting an extension from the State before the Board of
Education reconsiders a change to the middle school day.
Many new and exciting opportunities and possibilities await our students this year. We are dedicated to continuous improvement
and are committed to providing our students with the best educational
experiences that will prepare them for the 21st century demands. We anticipate a great 2014-15 school year!