Superintendent's Office


CONTACT:
Matthew McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
(315) 638-6043

29 East Oneida Street
Baldwinsville, NY  13027
(315) 638-6043
Superintendent Matthew McDonald

 

May  2017 Web Message

We’re Celebrating Good Times, Learning and Teamwork!
 
May is a month of celebrations and excitement in the District as our students enjoy the warm weather, compete in athletic competitions, dance the night away at the senior ball and look forward to graduation and summer vacation. I want all of our students to enjoy themselves and all of the fun and excitement this time of year has to offer. However, sometimes with being a child or teenager come behaviors of being fearless, unpredictable, impulsive and reactive. As parents and educators, it’s important to have a continual dialogue with children reminding them how vital it is to always “think before you act”.  I say this as a superintendent, as a dad, a brother, an uncle, and as a community member because I along with all of our staff, administrators, Board of Education members and the entire community, want all our students to learn to be safe and exhibit responsible behavior.
 
Speaking of celebrations, the District has received the distinction of being named a Best Community for Music Education for the eighth consecutive year! This honor is due to our talented and dedicated music instructors, students, parents, Board of Education, and the entire community that have supported and made this prestigious honor possible. We value music education as an important part of our overall curriculum to provide our students with a well-rounded education. I encourage you to attend a musical performance to experience why we are a Best Community for Music Education. You will not be disappointed. Check out the performance dates HERE.
 
Every day we celebrate learning in the Baldwinsville Central School District. When visiting classrooms every week, I am always amazed and proud of the learning taking place and what I observe, whether it’s our kindergarteners working on their reading skills or our high schoolers displaying projects in the school library. I was fortunate to recently be a guest in Ms. Arlukiewicz first-grade class at Elden Elementary School during story time. I could tell from their smiling faces that the children were enjoying the story and based on the number of missing teeth in their smiles, I could tell that the tooth fairy had been very busy recently in Baldwinsville!
 
In March and April I attended receptions at the Baldwinsville Public Library for our junior high, middle school, and elementary school students who were exhibiting art work at the library. We have some very talented students! Thank you to our art teachers for fostering our students’ talents and for coordinating these exhibits. And thank you to the Baldwinsville Public Library for providing our students with this venue to showcase their  work.
 
 
Also in April we celebrated a new athletic program – Unified Basketball. The District has teamed up with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and Special Olympics to offer this inclusive sports program. It brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates to train and compete against other districts in the area that are offering the same program. The main goal of the program is to break down stereotypes while giving players an opportunity to contribute to the team’s success through their unique skills as they take on leadership roles on and off the court.
 
May is budget time! On May 16 we will hold the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education elections, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Baker High School small gym. On May 9 we are having a public budget hearing to present the community with details on the proposed 2017-2018 budget. We will begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Durgee Junior High School cafeteria. The Board candidates will introduce themselves, followed by the budget hearing at 7:00 p.m.

You can read the budget newsletter online HERE.

We recently created a page on the website to provide the community with a listing of the District's administrative leadership team. This will guide community members and parents in contacting members of the leadership with questions and concerns. You can access it HERE.
 
In closing, I’d like to send Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the moms who entrust us with their children every day. Thank you as well to our Veterans and the men and women currently serving our country. Without their dedication, loyalty, and sacrifices, we wouldn’t enjoy the freedoms that this great nation offers.

We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for…good times, learning, and teamwork.

Sincerely,
 
Matthew McDonald, Superintendent
 
Last updated on 5/1/2017