Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake School Board meeting on Wed., Sept. 12 began with the Board President Susan Selser stating she visited staff on Conference Day and wished the teachers and staff well and to have a great school year on behalf of the Board.
Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen welcomed everyone to the meeting and to the new school year. He recapped the Summer Academy and the success it has as well as welcomed the presentations from staff on their experiences and how to make it more successful next summer.
School Psychologist Heather Greenberg addressed the Board on behalf of the Summer Academy. Greenberg was the Coordinator for the program and stated the feedback she received was an overwhelming positive response from parents. Parents were so grateful for the program and students loved it.
The Summer Academy gives teachers a way to connect with the students in a creative way. Middle School math teacher Jane Leddy, who held a math session for students, said, “This was a gift given to the community to be able to be part of this program and have it offered to the students.”
Leddy hopes next summer that the sessions can be extended, which will allow for more time to explore math. Elementary School teacher Christina Bianco expressed her comments on the Summer Academy and how she thoroughly enjoyed the program and seeing the children enjoy themselves.
Speech Therapist Beth Buckley spoke on behalf of Elementary School teachers, Kimberly Nardozza and Jessica Cullen, who were unable to attend the Board meeting, and stated how much they enjoyed the experience and look forward to doing it again next summer.
Middle School Media Specialist Edna Auerfeld, who taught a Polymer Clay Class, said, “Using divergent thinking and diving into their creativity, students were polymer clay artists at the Greenwood Lake Summer Academy. We researched techniques, used jewelry making hand tools, baked, rolled, varnished, and wrapped our pieces. Together we tapped into the online clay community, learning the ins and outs of mixing colors as well as the extraordinary range of possibilities of this art medium. Some plans hit their target and some did not. Students learned from both experiences and used this knowledge in their planning for moving forward as well as for sharing with one another. Everyone was a student and everyone became a teacher. Most of all, it was fun!”
As the new school year is underway, new regulations and rules regarding security are in effect. The Elementary and Middle School buildings have a full time police officer on duty in the building whenever students are present as well as a Security Guard in both buildings all day. Both schools will remain locked and visitors must pass through security with the proper identification on hand.
Robert Porras, Director of Facilities, recently met with local organizations who use the schools for non-school related uses and discussed how after hours activities will be handled and the new security protocols that are in effect. The community response is very positive to all the security changes. The Board reinforced that school safety will always be the top priority.
Elementary School Principal Dianne Connolly reported the first few days of school went smoothly. Connolly and her staff had their first conference day prior to opening day and this gave a wonderful opportunity to get to know the staff and the history of the school. This is Connolly’s first year as Principal, and she is excited to get to know the students, their families and the community.
Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick began by thanking and acknowledging the staff and community who were involved in making the Middle School Garden a huge success. This is Golubchick’s second year as Middle School Principal. He continued on to state the first few days of school went great.
Modified Sports are set to get underway and after school clubs will begin shortly. The students will be given the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming clubs during their lunch periods and see what interests them. The school “Read Aloud Program” is underway for this school year. The school will be visited by author Peter Brown who wrote the book “The Wild Robot.” The middle school students will be exposed to this book as a school wide event prior to the author visit.
Appointment of Middle School Guidance Counselor & PTSA Report
Melanie Seay was appointed as a Guidance Counselor. In other news, PTSA Vice President Patrica Wark updated the Board on the several events. She said the first ice cream social had a great turnout despite the threat of storms and a fun time was had by all. School pictures are scheduled for Mon., Oct. 1 at the Middle School and Tues., Oct. 2 at the Elementary School.
Village Liaison Report
Village Trustee Katheleen Holder began her report with opening remarks to the Board.
“Thank you for working with community organizations with security and helping them this year with coverage,” said Holder.
Holder also said that the Fireman’s Parade will be held on Sat., Sept. 22 in the Village of Greenwood, and that everyone should plan accordingly as their will be road closures.
The Village will host the Halloween Triple Play Festivities on Sat., Oct. 20.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will take place on Wed., Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake NY.