Story by Janmarie Foschini
Middle School students gave presentations at the Greenwood Lake School District Board meeting on Wed., Nov. 15 to the School Board requesting to implement new clubs at the school.
A group of students from the fifth grade made a presentation to implement a fishing club, while students from the seventh grade presented their ideas for a Kindness and Anti-Bullying Club.
Heather Greenberg, Psychologist for the Middle School also presented the Meditation and Mindfulness Club to the Board. Greenberg represented students from the school about the idea of this club.
The School Board was happy to approve the three additional clubs for the Middle School, and thanked the students for their hard work on their presentations.
On Tues., Nov. 28, a Homework Workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Elementary School, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to have discussions and ask questions in small groups about homework to the Board and staff.
High School Presentations
On Wed., Nov. 29, at 6 p.m., representatives from the Warwick and Chester high schools will be at the Middle School, located at 1247 Lakes Rd. in Monroe, to give information on their programs as well as answer any questions students may have about their upcoming high school choice.
PTSA Liaison Report
PTSA Vice President Patricia Wark gave a report on the PTSA. She said, “The PTSA first fundraiser went well. School pictures are complete. The PTSA is happy to support the enrichment activities for the Elementary and Middle Schools.”
Village of G.L. Liaison Report
Village Trustee Katheleen Holder provided updates on the current sidewalk project. She said that construction is moving along nicely and on schedule. Holder also extended congratulations to all the sports teams on fantastic seasons.
Cell Phone Policy First Reading & Discussion
The first portion of the student cell phone policy was discussed. It was agreed upon by School Board that cell phones are not to be visible throughout the school day.
Assistant Superintendent Sarah Hadden, M.S. Principal Jeffrey Golubchick, and Elementary School Principal Maria Boller gave presentations on the Enrichment Opportunities for both of the Elementary and Middle Schools.
Hadden discussed the benefits and wonderful opportunities students are receiving with these programs. Examples of these programs include: Spanish classes for K-8 and PLTW (Project Lead The Way). Students are given a wide variety of after school clubs and electives on half days where students can engage with staff and select activities of their choice.
“Our Explorations initiative is going to expose students to a wide variety of topics, occupations, hobbies, persons, places, and events that wouldn’t normally be covered in the regular curriculum. When students pursue a self-selected area of interest, they become more engaged in school. It’s important to us that we provide these opportunities to students,” said Hadden.
The next School Board meeting will be held on Wed., Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Elementary School, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.