Dear parents, guardians, and community members:
I hope you’re as excited as I am to start the 2019-20 school year!
We have so many exciting initiatives and opportunities for our students to position them for success, and to position Schalmont as a leader in 21stCentury education.
Throughout the summer, many educators have been involved in a variety of workshops or curriculum development to improve student learning as well as their own professional growth. Together, this year, we’ll continue the work of the Profile of a Graduate in the 21st Century Committee by creating a STEM Ecosystem that includes area employers, local colleges and universities, and key members of the Schalmont community. Throughout the year, Schalmont will host a series of meetings and STEM “mixers” for the group to develop an ecosystem that recognizes the needs of secondary education and area businesses, and creates a pipeline for students into those fields.
We at Schalmont Central Schools will strive to provide educational opportunities that will engage every student and build capacity in order to prepare students with the necessary 21st century competencies to compete and excel in a complex, evolving, and interconnect world.
We’re striving for advancement outside of the classroom, too. After launching an updated website last spring, we’re pleased to announce two new apps that will keep the Schalmont community connected.
Our “Here Comes the Bus” app allows you to view the real-time location of a student’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer. This free app allows parents to see the location of their child’s bus, confirm the bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both, and will even send parents a message when the bus is getting close to the stop!
There is also a Schalmont Central School District app available for IOs and Android devices that parents, staff, and students can use to get school news, notifications, updated calendar of events and more.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize everyone who worked this summer to make sure this year gets off to a great start. Our summer crew has done a tremendous job of picking up where the contractors left off and the buildings and grounds look fabulous! Our students will return to bright, clean classrooms, and buildings and well-groomed campuses that honor the traditions of the Schalmont community but position them for 21st Century success!
Enjoy the remaining days of summer-see you soon!
Dr. Carol A. Pallas, Superintendent