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End of year message from Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas

Dear parents, guardians, and community members:

It is finally June and another cycle of this long journey in public education has come to an end.

I want to thank our parents, guardians, and all members of the Sabre Community for all you’ve done this year to make the Schalmont Central School District a great place to grow and learn.

It seems like every year presents us with new challenges, and this year was no different. We’ve persevered through an epidemic of school violence, faced an uncertain budget climate, and endured the education industry’s changing political landscape.

Despite these challenges, we also have much to celebrate.

In response to the tragedies in Parkland and Santa Fe, I’ve seen students and staff come together in a way that is heartening for this community and this nation. The civic engagement displayed by our students, and encouraged and guided by our staff, was truly amazing.

This year, we’ve also charted the course for future graduates with our Profile of a Graduate in 21st Century Committee. Close to two dozen dedicated educators, community members and students worked throughout this year to refine what competencies our future grads will need. They laid a great foundation for the work to come in integrating Critical Thinking, Leadership, Metacognition, Collaboration, Adaptability, and Communication and Technology Literacy into our curriculum.

We have also made headway in providing an environmentally friendly and more cost-effective transportation facility for the district. In May, voters approved an on-campus facility that will be greener and safer than our current facility.

I encourage everyone to become involved in moving our district forward—whether it be on district- and school-level committees, helping out the PTA, or coming to school events.

Tomorrow, I will have the honor of addressing the Class of 2018. The majority of students walking across that stage plan to attend a four year college after graduation. Many students even received academic or athletic scholarships.

Those accomplishments aren’t possible without a caring and supportive school community. The education of our students extends beyond the walls of our schools, and you have more of an impact on the development of these young minds than you may even realize.

The Sabre Community is a special one, and I am proud to be a member of it.

Thank you,

Dr. Carol Pallas