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Superintendent of Schools Matthew J. McDonald   
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October 2018 

Dear District Residents,

We’ve had a great beginning to the 2018-2019 school year! Students and staff have settled in for a new year of challenges, exploration, and growth.

Our school district believes in “Achieving Our Full Potential Together.” We can best support our students in reaching their goals when we come together and work with one another. We encourage families to maintain open communication with a child’s teacher, school support staff, and building principal. If there is something going well, please share that information. If there is something not going well, please reach out. Making us aware is the first step in working together to best meet our students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.
 
When it comes to meeting our students’ academic needs, some examples of questions which generate open dialogue with your child’s teacher include:  “What kind of programs are available to support my student struggling in math?” “How can my child be challenged to excel?” or “How can I best support my child’s learning at home?”
 
Often times we are asked questions about students’ social and emotional needs.  For example: “Is my child making new friends?”  “Does he or she tend to be around the same students all the time?” “Our family is going through a difficult time; is there someone at the school that my son or daughter can talk to?” or “My child is saying that he or she doesn’t like school; do you see this once they are there?”

As superintendent, my hope is that these examples have sparked your own ideas, questions, or concerns. Whether it is during your child’s parent/teacher conference, through an email, or over the phone, our staff welcomes your perspective and your efforts in working together to support all students in achieving their full potential. Please reach out to your child’s teacher, support staff, and building principal and our staff will be sure to do the same to you.
 
Attention K-5 Families: 

As a part of our on-going district mental wellness initiative, I would like to inform you that effective this school year (2018-2019) teachers will begin annual monitoring of our students in the area of behavioral health. 

Since we are always working to support the various needs of our school community, this information will better help us to implement school-wide programs aimed at positive behavioral interventions/support and social-emotional learning curriculum.
    
If you would like more information about the universal assessment and the other supports we have at our schools please call your child's school.
 
November 9 is a Half-day of School

The Board of Education has approved the addition of a half-day to the 2018-2019 academic calendar for staff safety training on Friday, November 9. The day will now be a half-day of school for all students in grades K-12. Dismissal times are as follows:
 
            Baker High School - 11:02 a.m.
            Durgee Jr. High School - 11:11 a.m.
            Ray Middle School - 11:15 a.m.
            Elementary Schools - 12:15 p.m.
  
New Mobile App to Track Your Child’s Bus

Our Transportation Department has been exploring best possible ways to serve our families and students, including introducing new technology to increase communication with parents. The district is now offering the Versatrans My Stop mobile application. This app allows parents to track their child’s bus with a mobile device, and it provides an estimated time the bus will arrive at the bus stop in the morning and in the afternoon.
   
The app is free and you can download it from the App Store or Google Play. Look for Versatrans My Stop. Download the app, and when prompted, choose the Baldwinsville Central School District. You will then be prompted to put in your user name and password.
 
You will need your child’s nine-digit student ID number to use for the user name and for the password. You can find the number in the parent portal. It is the nine-digit number in bold on the upper right side of the page.

If you have forgotten your parent portal password, or become locked out of the portal, please contact your school to have a new password issued. If you have any questions about the app, please call the Transportation Department at 315-638-6097.
 
I look forward to working with the community this year and seeing everyone at our various district and school events and activities.
    
As always, thank you for supporting our students, staff, and programs. I wish everyone a productive and happy school year.

Sincerely,

Matthew J. McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
Achieving Our Full Potential Together