Maine-Endwell Central School District

Superintendent
Jason R. Van Fossen
712 Farm to Market Road
Endwell, NY 13760
(607) 754-1400

Greetings Maine-Endwell School Community:

The 2018-2019 school year is fast approaching and we are poised for another productive and successful year at M-E!


What’s New?


SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM 
On August 10th, we completed our third year of summer enrichment for our youngest Spartans (grades EK-1st). This program is designed to provide a fun and active environment where students are provided opportunities for academic, physical, and social learning. The hidden gem of this program is the number of Maine-Endwell High School students (and graduates) who work as student mentors assisting classroom teachers. This program is an important component of our Strategic Plan goal of engaging and communicating with families to increase school readiness. It’s fun too! 


MENTAL HEALTH & SCHOOL SAFETY
For the past two years we have been very fortunate to have a Lourdes Substance Abuse Prevention Program specialist, Miss Ashli Mikeska, available for students in the high school every day. We are expanding this to the Middle School for 2018-2019 with Ashli available to speak to small and large groups of students. Additionally, we are partnering with the Broome County Department of Social Services, to provide Family Liaisons in both elementary schools, who will assist families in the coordination of services available county-wide. This service will help our school specialists (guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists) to focus primarily on in-school support. In March, we are dedicating our entire superintendent’s conference day to mental health with various break-out sessions and two noted guest speakers, Mr. Brian Mendler (Rochester, NY) and Mr. James Butler (Austin, TX) headlining the day.


In March, we began the process of adding new training to our school emergency plans based on the work of the nationally recognized ALICE program. While there was a strong sentiment to make changes immediately in the aftermath of Parkland, Florida, the changes suggested in the ALICE training require thought and effective communication of expectations.  


STRATEGIC PLANNING – CLIMATE SURVEYS 
For the second year, we will be asking our students, staff, and families to complete a climate survey. This will take place in the fall. Based on feedback we received, surveys will be open beginning in late August through the end of September. Parents will have opportunities to complete the survey in our schools during Open House, or at home.  We had 200 family surveys completed in year one and would like to double this for year two. While it seems we are frequently asked to complete surveys, we found the feedback to be incredibly honest and insightful which in turn directly impacts our decision-making. Thank you in advance for helping!


TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
We are continuing to expand our mobile learning device 1:1 initiative. In addition to six iPads in each kindergarten through grade 1 classroom, and, full classroom sets of Chromebooks in each grade 3 through 5 classroom, students in grades 6 through 9 will have a Chromebook to use throughout the day and then be allowed to bring home. An additional 200 mobile learning devices deployed in the high school will increase the availability of shared Chromebook carts for students in grades 10-12. Coupled with our successful SMART School project in which every building’s wireless access and connectivity was significantly improved, access to technology for our students and staff is a major asset.


Alongside the increase in devices, there will be a large emphasis K-12 on building strong digital citizens. Trainings for staff were held at the end of last year and will continue in the fall. These concepts will begin to be embedded in curriculum district-wide. 


FACILITIES & CAPITAL ASSETS
This fall the District will begin discussions on a capital project with anticipated work totaling approximately $7.5 million. The goal is to have a public vote in the fall of 2019. Of particular importance, we are projecting this project to require little to no additional taxpayer funds, as our capital reserve (coupled with NYS building aid) should cover the entire cost.   


The 2018-2019 school year will be here before you know it. Our first day of school for students is Thursday, September 6th.  We are using two superintendent conference days for professional development and training. 


Thank you again for your continued support of our school district. Great schools start with great students – we certainly are fortunate.



Very Sincerely,
Jason R. Van Fossen 
 

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