Anthony P. DeMarco
I usually start off my April newsletter by stating that Spring has finally arrived and with it the warm weather that we have all been waiting for. However, tonight we are bracing for 10 to 12 inches of snow by Saturday mid-day. Hopefully, after the snow this weekend, the warm weather will return and with it comes the annual question we continually face regarding appropriate dress for students at the middle school. We try to be flexible when it comes to what students should wear to school. A general rule of thumb that we follow is that the clothes should be comfortable, sensible and modest. We recognize that the building does get warm during the Spring and ask students to dress appropriately for the weather. Please refer to the Student Handbook for proper dress guidelines. We recognize that current fashion dictates appearance; however, we need to be able to continually provide an environment that is conducive to learning.
I cannot stress enough how important it is that parents follow the pick-up and drop-off guidelines to help us ensure that students are safe in the morning and in the afternoon. Parents should not be driving up the driveway by the main entrance to the building and should only be dropping off and picking up at the loop by the red barn. In the mornings the majority of the students gather in the front of the building on the sidewalk. Cars are dropping off and then driving off quickly causing concern amongst the staff on duty. Students are also being dropped off in the driveway and then crossing bus and vehicle traffic from the far side to get to the front of the building. Officer Dowd will be patrolling this area in the mornings to speak to those drivers that are not adhering to these guidelines. The students’ safety is our number one concern; your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.
There are still parents that are parking in the FIRE LANE in the afternoons when picking up students afterschool. The fire lane is a no parking or standing zone. There are plenty of parking spaces in the main parking lot after school. Parents should park in a designated parking space after school and not wait in the fire lane.
We are preparing for the upcoming school year and have sent home parent placement input letters. These letters ask parents to let us know of any circumstances that parents feel we may not know about their child that would be helpful during the placement process. It is not an opportunity to ask for a specific teachers or teams. There are many factors that are involved in the placement process from which we receive input from multiple sources within our building or from another building for our incoming students. Requests for placement are usually difficult to do since they may conflict with the information that we have gathered. If there is a conflict of placement information, we will do what is best educationally based upon the information that we have gathered.
Once the weekend snow storm is over, we will hopefully be enjoying warmer (and dryer) weather. Looks like March is going out like a lion, here’s to April coming in like a lamb.