Letter from the Superintendent

Scott Taylor

As we near the end of 2019 (and another decade) and prepare for 2020, it is important to take a moment and reflect not only on where we have been as a school district but also where we are heading.  We continuously strive to ensure students feel safe, known and challenged every day.  From daily classroom interactions, to after school activities, athletic events, field trips, volunteer opportunities, etc.; we strive to maximize educational opportunities for all students.  We are fortunate to have a supportive community that assists in the development of each student by involvement in various events and activities throughout the year.  One way we reflect on our progress is the monitoring of our District Goals:

1) Student Learning-to raise awareness, build capacity and implement the NYS Next Generation Standards in Math, Science, and ELA.

a. Raise Awareness: Make all education stakeholders aware of the revised standards and the timeline for implementation; highlight areas of impact with respect to current standards, instruction, and assessment

b. Capacity Building: Provide guidance and support to faculty and staff with regards to their professional development needs, with the focus on the integration of the standards into curriculum, instruction, and assessment design

c. NCCSD implementation of the NYS Next Generation Science, Mathematics and ELA Learning Standards in classrooms for Prekindergarten-Grade 12

2) District Safety: sustain a safe learning environment by updating policy, procedure and continuously reviewing district and building safety plans.

a. Train students and staff on emergency procedures

b. Continuously work with local and county emergency preparedness personnel

c. Continuously review and update district safety plan

d. Ensure completion of mandated safety drills

e. Continue discussions and collaboration with Town and Village emergency preparedness services

3) Wellness: assess current activities, programs and policies available in the District that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being and the ability to learn by fostering healthy eating and physical activity before, during and after the school day.

a. Develop Wellness initiatives to foster community and family involvement

b. Continue to offer opportunities for students to participate in physical activity before and/or after the school day (i.e. intramurals, clubs, athletics)

c. Review and assess current elementary and secondary level health education curricula for alignment to new mental health education requirements

d. Support and enhance the social-emotional well-being of our students

e. Provide and promote nutrition education for all students

Continuous improvement is our goal in all areas.  As we look forward to 2020, we acknowledge the significant work accomplished, but also understand the work that lies ahead.  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
NCCSD Superintendent
 


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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