Special Education Chairperson
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and looking forward to another wonderful school year! July was a busy month at school hiring some new faculty and staff members, as well as relocating classrooms. After many years of service, Mrs. Gayle Smith retired in June, creating a vacancy in AIS Math. While I hope she is enjoying retirement, she will be greatly missed! Mrs. Maggie Kelly is moving from 4th grade to AIS Math and I am confident she will be a wonderful asset to our students in her new position. Mrs. Kelly’s replacement will be formally appointed at our August 17th Board of Education Meeting. In the Special Education Department, Mrs. Roxanne Peck retired in June and Mrs. Karen Keefe will not be returning to Hartford. I wish Roxanne a happy, healthy retirement! We have been busy interviewing candidates to fill these 2 special education positions. Lastly, Stephanie Chadwick will not be returning as a Teacher’s Aide and Mary Brady who filled Mrs. Chadwick’s leave last year has accepted a position elsewhere. Therefore, we are also in the process of hiring a Teacher’s Aide for the upcoming school year. I continue to maintain high expectations for the faculty and staff at Hartford School and am confident that we will fill all of these positions with high-quality individuals who will be an asset to our district. With the exception of the above staffing changes, you will see many familiar faces returning in September, but many classrooms have moved to allow for more teacher and grade level collaboration. I am so proud of the teachers and custodial staff for all of their efforts in making the movement of classrooms possible for the benefit of students. The willingness of the faculty and staff to go above and beyond is just one of the reasons I love Hartford School!
For those students entering Pre-K and Kindergarten, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Genevick and Mrs. Simmons will each hold a Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 3rd from 1:00-3:00 in their classrooms. I hope you will have the opportunity to stop by school during that time frame to visit the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms, as well as meet the teachers and their classroom aides, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Breault and Mrs. Howard. The first day of school for all students (Pre-K – Grade 12) will be Tuesday, September 8th. Please note the change in Pre-K times from previous years. Morning Pre-K is from 8:00-10:45 and the afternoon session is 11:30-2:15. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Ward will meet all Pre-K students each day at the elementary entrance door and walk them to their classroom, which is now located right next to the Elementary Office.
Kindergarten teachers will be providing parents with more information about a typical kindergarten day, their daily schedule, snacks, and cafeteria and school procedures at Open House on Tuesday, September 29th. You will receive a schedule for that evening at the beginning of the school year. I hope you will make every effort to attend this informational session. Open House for Pre-K – Grade 12 is the same evening from 5:30-7:00.
Please be advised that the Hartford Central School District Transportation Policy 705.04 prohibits our drivers from releasing a student in grades K-3 without a parent/guardian or sitter visible. If you would like a Request for Exception form for this policy, please contact Mrs. Getty at 632-5222 x101. Please note that Exception forms on file expire on the last day of each school year. Thank you for your cooperation and for understanding that this policy was designed for the safety of your child/children.
As in the past, we collect Campbell’s Soup Labels, Box Tops For Education and used ink cartridges in order to receive free educational products. Please send them in with your child throughout the year. The drop-off boxes are located in/near the Elementary Office.
As the school year begins, please take time to check your child’s backpack each night. It is important that you receive all letters/notes from school and your child’s teacher. Please remove items that have not been provided or required by the teacher. Please be advised that toys are not appropriate for the classroom unless the teacher has specifically requested them. Thank you for using your child’s backpack for its intended purpose – to transport materials to and from school that are used in your child’s classroom. Classroom supply lists have been distributed. If you need an additional copy, please call Mrs. Getty at 632-5222 ext. 101.
Please be reminded that students are not permitted in classrooms until 8:00. Students in grades 2-5 may go to breakfast immediately upon unloading the bus. Kindergartners and first graders may go to breakfast at 8:10 after they have checked into their classroom. Students who do not eat breakfast at school have the advantage of getting their morning work started and will benefit from the smaller student to teacher ratio if they have questions or are having difficulty with a particular skill or concept. If a student is late (after 8:15) he/she needs to report to the Elementary Office. By 8:30, formal instruction needs to begin and teachers need to be focusing on the children. Please arrange classroom visits for a time when teachers are not responsible for instruction. During instructional time, the office staff will gladly deliver messages and items to the appropriate classrooms. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, a visitor’s pass must be obtained by signing in at one of the Main Office’s before proceeding through the building at all times. Starting Monday, September 14th, parents will not be permitted to walk students to their classroom. By this time, students are comfortable and capable of getting to their class and we always have aides available to assist students if necessary.
All students, starting at the Pre-K level, are required to meet higher expectations through Common Core Learning Standards. State testing includes grades 3-8, with English Language Arts and Math testing in April. Fourth graders will take the State Science Test in May and June. It is important to realize that Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 provide a foundation for these tests. The State Education website (nysed.gov) and Engage NY (engageny.org) are great on-line resources for parents and teachers and will help you better understand what New York State is expecting of your child.
I encourage communication between school and home. Please feel free to contact teachers and myself via phone, written notes or e-mail throughout the school year. Most e-mail addresses are the teacher’s first initial followed by their last name @ hartfordcsd.org (firstname.lastname@example.org). I feel confident that together we can make 2015-16 a very successful year. It is our goal to provide all students with a quality education, rich in experiences. Your support and time at home are greatly appreciated and a wonderful gift you can give your child/children. I look forward to our continued partnership between home and school. Please do not ever hesitate to contact me with any questions. I can be reached at 632-5222 x120 or via e-mail at email@example.com. I look forward to seeing students return on Tuesday, September 8th!
Bethellen C. Mannix