NORTH WARREN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Office of the Superintendent
June 29, 2015
Dear North Warren School Community,
As the school year comes to an end, I want to personally thank you for all your help and support throughout the 2014-15 school year. In looking back at the year, I am amazed how much we’ve accomplish. It has been a busy year and one with many fulfilling professional challenges and worthwhile and exciting activities for our students and for our school community.
During the 2014-15 school year, North Warren Central School engaged in many change processes focused on improving student achievement. Last summer, significant efforts were put forth to put into place a Response to Intervention Framework to close achievement gaps for all students. First put into Commissioner’s regulations in 2008 (8 NYCRR section 100.2 ii), RTI is a school wide system of organizing instructional and support resources to deliver high quality instruction to meet the diverse needs of all students. Throughout the school year, ongoing professional development was provided to our staff and this has resulted in students receiving additional instruction by means of a tiered instruction process. North Warren now has a formalized RTI Plan that serves as the basis of an ongoing system of support for students who struggle, particularly in reading. More information about RTI can be found at http://www.nysrti.org/
As you know, a formal program evaluation of our Special Education Program was conducted in June of 2014 by an external program evaluator who cited several areas in need of improvement. During the past school year, many of these areas have been addressed with the support of the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center with intensive professional development for staff and the development of a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). As a result, instructional practices in special education have been examined resulting in changes in delivery models for instruction, more parent involvement in the IEP process and a new framework for the special education leadership team within the district. In addition, a new Career Development and Occupation Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS) has been developed that will enable students with disabilities to graduate with a skills and achievement credential.
School to home communications has been enhanced greatly with the introduction of our new Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO has worked tirelessly to enhance all aspects our school’s culture. Kudos to them! A new social worker is coming on board this fall to address the many social and emotional needs of our students. The introduction of the School Messenger System this year has greatly enhanced our schools ability to communicate quickly with our school community. Our website was upgraded this past winter to include a “Parent Tip of the Day” providing daily messages for parents relating to school and home.
Our school has made gains this year in moving into data driven instructional culture. Great gains have been realized in planning individualized instruction for students through the use of data by staff and I thank those who have embraced our new I-Ready computer diagnostic and who have changed their instructional practices to meet the individual needs of all students. I want to make parents aware that the I-Ready Instructional Component is available for students in grades 1-8 to work on over the summer months. The link to log in to I-ready is https://login.i-ready.com/ Students who had been working in I-Ready during the 2014-15 school year can log in at this link with their same user name and password. I encourage parents to have their children engage in I-Ready instruction over the summer.
As a result of concerns about our school cafeteria program, a cafeteria committee was formed in late May. The purpose of the committee is to review the current cafeteria policies and practices, examine best practices from other schools and create a cafeteria plan to be piloted in the 2015-16 school year. The committee consisting of parents, students, cafeteria staff and administrators has met several times and has developed a collaborative plan. Our new administrator, Mrs. Shelley Dupuis has been overseeing this committee.
We have much to celebrate at North Warren with our newly implemented “Above and Beyond” recognition program. Many individuals and groups were honored at school board meetings during the 2014-15 school year for “going beyond” for our school and its students. I am hoping that this positive recognition program will continue for many years to come.
Historically there has never been a more demanding time in education. We continue to face new initiatives such as the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, Data Driven Instruction and their programmatic implications. As a school community our desire to do what is best for children often leads us to going well beyond what is required. Positive attitudes and willingness to go that extra step will continue to make the North Warren school system a special place. Without question, North Warren Central could not have functioned at such a high level without the many contributions of our entire school community and for this I thank you!
I hope summer months will enable you all to slow down the pace, enjoy time with family and friends. On a personal level, I am sure you are aware that I will not be returning to North Warren in September. I have greatly enjoyed my time here, particularly with all of the wonderful children. They will always have a special place in my heart and I wish you all the best!
Margaret “Peg” Brady
The North Warren Central School Board of Education has implemented a new recognition program as part of their regular monthly board meetings. The board recognizes students, faculty, staff and community members who go "Above and Beyond" their normal responsibilities and have a positive effect on the lives of others. Anyone can nominate an individual or group for this recognition. This process is being coordinated by the North Warren Shared Decision Making Committee. The nomination form and instructions on how to nominate an individual or group of individuals can be found at the following link: Nomination Form
The New York State Dignity For All Student Act (Dignity Act) was signed into law on September 13, 2010. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 - Dignity For All Students.
The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
For more information: Dignity Act Overview
Know Your North Warren Dignity Act Coordination Team:
Michael Therio - 8-12 School Counselor x 757
Deirdre Hill - K-7 School Counselor x 757
Theresa Andrew - PreK-12 School Principal x 702
Caleb Martin -Teaching Staff x 406
With current national attention being focused on children’s health and wellness issues, North Warren Central School’s Food Service Department is excited to provide parents a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child’s account balance through a web site called mySchoolBucks.com. By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so your child has more time to eat and be with friends.
Also, parents will have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s eating history report. This history report will show you all dates and times that your child has purchased a breakfast and or lunch within the past thirty days.
For more information and to access these services simply click on the Food Service link and choose Payment Information.
The North Warren Parent Portal is available to provide parents/guardians online access to student records. Parents/Guardians of students in grades 6-12, who currently receive mailed documentation, are able to access attendance, progress reports, and report cards online.
For more information about signing up for the portal or for tips on accessing your new account, check the PARENT PORTAL GUIDE under the Parents menu above.
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North Warren participates in an internationally recognized bullying prevention program called Olweus. This is a cultural implementation of a philosophy of respect and regard for others that consists of 4 Olweus program components which include:
+ school-level components
+ classroom-level components
+ individual-level components (working w/ individual students & their parents),
+ community-level components