We all know that we have the best students and staff here in B’ville, but it is always an honor when others recognize our achievements. I am so proud to report that we have received recognition this summer for student and staff achievement and academics. Baldwinsville was acknowledged three times for excellence:
- Niche.com, a ranking website, ranked Baker High School #28 in its 2019 ranking of the 50 best high schools in Upstate New York. Baker is among four schools in Onondaga County named to the list.
- Niche.com also acknowledged our teachers’ talents and dedication in its ranking of the best teachers in Upstate New York. Baldwinsville came in at #20 on the list, which Niche.com determined using a variety of factors, including academics, student and parent surveys, teacher absenteeism rates, and student to teacher ratio.
- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has recognized the academic successes of our student athletes. This summer NYSPHSAA named Baker High School a winner of its 2017-2018 School of Excellence Award. Schools qualify for this award when 75% of their varsity programs have qualified for and received the NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award during the school year. It is an honor for student-athletes to be recognized for their hard work on and off the field.
When school starts, students at Palmer, Reynolds and Van Buren elementary schools will be excited to have new playground equipment. Thank you to the PTA members, school principals, staff members and volunteers who donated their time and hard work to assemble and install the new equipment at each school during one of the hottest and most humid summers we have had in recent years. Thanks to your hard work and dedication, our students will be enjoying state of the art equipment to have outdoor fun and exercise. We plan to update the remainder of our playgrounds over the next two years.
Back to School Information
By the end of this month, district parents should receive the 2018-2019 district calendar in the mail. We have already posted a PDF of it on our website. You can find the calendar by clicking HERE. Preparing the calendar to be mailed is a huge job, as you can imagine. We have almost 3,400 families in our district. Every year, with the generous help of student volunteers, we complete the sticking of labels and the stuffing of envelopes so that we can deliver the calendar to the post office and get it to you before September.
As August comes to a close and you and your children are preparing for the first day of school, please visit our news page for important back to school information. We have included information on school physicals, bus routes, and arranging transportation for daycare.
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of this beautiful summer. See you in September!
Matthew J. McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
Achieving Our Full Potential Together