“Sparkling clean schools and a smooth opening described the start of school last week,” said Superintendent of Schools Frederick F. Foresteire.
“With four new schools going on line, we have never been better prepared to start the school year,” he added.
“Praise for the schools’ physical condition is due to the head of maintenance, Mrs. Lona DeFeo, and the maintenance crew; and the hard work done by the high school students hired as summer help, who did a great job cleaning the grounds, cutting the grass, planting flowers and assisting custodians. Administrators, their staff, teachers and parents all deserve credit for the smooth opening.
“The administrators and secretarial staff work through the summer. This means that they were able to receive and send student records, monitor and assign classrooms, work out arrangements and assignments for the daily operation of the schools, such as fire drills and entrance to school procedures, far in advance of opening day.”
“Special praise goes to the many teachers who came in during the summer in advance of their contractual requirements to prepare for the incoming students,” he said.
“A great amount of help was provided for opening days by parents; especially those of kindergarten and first grade children, many of whom came for the first and second days of school to help teachers assist children to enter school in orderly lines. Many teachers, department heads and their staff were also able to attend workshops during the summer to stay on top of their curriculum and were able to meet to discuss evaluation of students,” Foresteire said.
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
The school lunch program and the state-mandated school breakfast program are again offered in all schools.
On the first day of school, students received letters and forms concerning free and reduced-price lunches. Deadline for parents to fill out and return this application is Friday, September 11.
The school principal will make the final decision of eligibility.
Any parent who wishes to take advantage of this program but whose child hasn’t brought home an application form, should call the principal of the child’s school immediately.
STUDENT INSURANCE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Student insurance is still being sold in all schools through and including September 11.
“This group insurance is sold at a very low cost and provided parents with excellent coverage in case of accidents in school or going to and from school,” said Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire.
Parent who haven’t received insurance application forms should call the school principal immediately.