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current Capital Project is near completion with an expected finish date for all
items this fall. Expanded parking, student pick-up and drop off loops, and
additional lighting at the High School and CEA have created a safer and more
user-friendly campus. We continue to ask that people refrain from driving in
the bus loops at both the TRA and HS/CEA campuses, as these areas are set up to
load and unload students from school buses. Vehicle traffic in the bus loops
puts our students at risk. There are designated parking spaces in all parking
lots for short-term parking when visiting schools. Please remember that buses
run all day long and after school to meet the needs of different programs and
Whitney Point is happy to announce that we are able to continue to offer free breakfast in all schools. Lunch still needs to be purchased if students do not qualify for free lunch. It is important that all students have access to lunch by either bringing it from home or purchasing it in the cafeteria. Please monitor the balance of your child's lunch account as the federal lunch program does not allow charging of lunches. The District also offers a free snack for students staying after school for extra help, an activity, or sport in the TRA and High School. If you need assistance in filling out a free/reduced lunch application or accessing your child's account balance, please contact 692-8330.
We are pleased to welcome a number of new faculty, staff, and coaches to our district as well as a new assistant principal in the TRA, Julie Lamuraglia. We also look forward to the return of our new School Resource Officer (SRO), Steven Noyes. Steve joined us in the spring and has connected with students, staff and the community. He was recognized this year for a photograph he took of a young eagle that landed on the TRA. The picture made the national news and we used it for the cover of our 2018-2019 District Calendar. In addition, we will be opening a new Family Resource Room in the CEA and have added a new Family Advocate to our staff. We are fortunate to be able to participate in a number of regional initiatives including Agriculture in the Schools (Cornell Cooperative Extension) and Promise Zone (Binghamton University). We also appreciate the continued support of the many school and community organizations that support our students all year long. We hope you will welcome all the new members of our Whitney Point community and join us in wishing all our retirees the very best.
We believe communication is the key to a positive relationship. We work hard to provide you with notice of important information and district events through a calendar we send home (featuring amazing student artwork), news links to our website (www.wpcsd.org), and fun and exciting happenings in the district on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/whitneypointcsd/). In emergency situations, we use School Messenger to send out automated texts and/or phone messages. If you want to receive these important texts and/or phone messages, or have changed your number, please call 692-8269. It is very important to let the district know of any changes in your contact information. If you are looking to use one of our facilities, you can link to MLSchedules (http://www.wpcsd.org/athletics_home.aspx) that provides information about sports practices and events, including a map with a "pin" to direct you to the proper location of the practice or event.
As I celebrate the start of my 11th year at Whitney Point CSD and seventh year as Superintendent, I want to thank the Board of Education and the community for your continued support for our schools and programs. I wish you and your children an amazing 2018-2019 school year!