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to enjoy an overview of the variety of activities in which our students are engaged.
We are once again celebrating the varsity field hockey team for winning the Class C Championship title for the fifth year in a row! Congratulations to all the team members and their coaches. The support from the Whitney Point community is always amazing, and it was heartening to see how many people were there to cheer the team on in Buffalo and from afar as they set a new division record for consecutive State Title wins.
Are you ready for winter weather delays and closings? If you are not already receiving text alerts and phone calls from SchoolMessenger, you can call 692-8330 to get signed up. Please keep us updated on any changes in your contact information. If you have any doubt about school delays or closures, you can still check TV and radio stations for information. We have gotten used to automated alerts, but sometimes technology can be tricky!
The district vision, "To be a community of excellence achieved through a commitment to high performance, morale and involvement" continues to guide the Board of Education and district leaders as we plan for the future. We have been working hard to meet the new accountability standards of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Some focus areas of ESSA include student attendance, participation rates in State Assessments, and student performance.
I am sure you have noticed the positive changes our current capital project allowed us to make in the district. Students are now enjoying renovated classrooms, a new art suite in the high school, two dedicated UPK rooms in the CEA, and increased student safety throughout the district with more efficient traffic patterns, well-lit parking lots, additional cameras and emergency lights and strobes on the outside of buildings.
In January, we will begin to focus on the 2019-2020 school budget. The Board of Education continues to be committed to developing a budget that is sustainable, has a reasonable tax levy, and maintains a focus on quality education. Please visit our website regularly for information regarding budget updates and public meetings.
I wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to the New Year. Thank you for your continued support.