Letter from the Superintendent

Mr. Scott Taylor, Superintendent of Schools

End of the Calendar Year

Tis the season … it is hard to believe that we are entering the last month of 2017!  Throughout the year, our students, families, faculty and staff continue efforts to support each other through significant fundraising and service initiatives. I wanted to make a special note of appreciation for the support of our blanket drive, senior luncheon, food drive and other important efforts not only during the holiday season, but throughout the school year.  It is not only the material or monetary donations that are appreciated, but the valuable gift of time that makes a world of difference for these initiatives.  

While the end of the calendar year brings thoughts of reflection and resolutions for the New Year, it also marks the halfway point of the school calendar.  As a district, we look at the first two quarters and modify and adjust where necessary for the second half of the school year. As you have read in previous editions of the Perspective, safety continues to be our highest priority.  In addition to our safety-related drills in each building and our detailed process of decision making regarding weather-related closings, we have expanded our safety efforts.  We recently hosted an internet safety presentation by Homeland Security Special Agents for the 5th and 6th grade classes.  In this setting, students were provided with in-depth and thought-provoking examples of how to stay safe while using the vast world wide web.  Also, we recently hosted a Town of North Collins presentation on Drug Abuse, Awareness and Prevention.  We learned of the dangers of the latest trends in the opioid epidemic in WNY and tips on prevention.  We will continue to offer opportunities for both students and the community to increase knowledge and awareness that help keep both students and families safe.

While on the topic of safety and upcoming weather conditions, in the event of the closing of school, our automated call system will be used to communicate to parents, guardians, or staff quickly via telephone. Every effort will also be made to post an announcement on our website and over the radio and TV stations. In the event of a North Collins closing, buses will not transport students to any private or parochial schools or to any BOCES classes, even if that  location is open. All school activities in the evening will be cancelled unless an announcement to the contrary is made.  As always, if you believe on a given day that conditions are too dangerous, you have the final decision to send your child to school or to keep them home. Again, much deliberation and discussion is put into a decision to close, delay or cancel school, and we often rely on forecasts and news reports of pending weather.  With the unpredictable nature of our weather, the best interest of the students is always in the forefront of our decisions.  

We continue to advance our technology throughout the District, with the latest addition of guest WiFi access. It allows for greater usability throughout our schools.  Please continue to visit our updated website for the latest news across the District, follow the District on Twitter and join the Jr.-Sr. High School Facebook page.  

Lastly, from our North Collins School District family to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS and have a wonderful New Year! I hope to see you along the way.


Scott Taylor

NCCS Mission Statement:
 The North Collins Central School District is a safe and supportive learning environment that strives to maximize educational opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and community members.  We nurture responsibility, creativity, energy, and open-mindedness to empower successful contributors to a global society.

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