Anthony P. DeMarco
Happy New Year! We at the middle school hope that all of our families had a relaxing holiday break and are excited about returning to school.
The New Year brings new possibilities. Preparing our children for the future is an important task and one that our staff is committed to accomplishing. Parents and teachers are entrusted with helping our children to be prepared for the future and the possibilities that it holds. At the middle school level we help students to prepare for the next transition in their lives, to the high school. We educate utilizing the best practices that have been identified to assist students to achieve to their fullest potential. We challenge students to try their best and to explore and try new things to assist them in broadening their horizons. We look forward to continuing to work with parents and with our community to assist our children in developing their potential to help them achieve great things in their futures.
It is winter and with winter comes snow and the possibility of snow days and early dismissals. The School district sends out “no-School” announcements through its automated phone and email service. The District gets your contact information through each school’s PowerSchool data. At the beginning of the school year we send home “Emergency Contact Information” sheets for parents to update their emergency contact information. It is important that if information changes during the year that you notify us immediately.
If school is dismissed early because of weather or some other reason, it is important that as a family you have a plan in place for your children. If possible, you may want to provide your child with a cell phone number, a work number, or a neighbor’s number that they could call. Make sure your child is able to get into your house or apartment if no one is home. You may be able to arrange something with a neighbor or a friend. Be sure to let your children know the plan and how they can get in touch with you in the case of an early dismissal.
This week we saw a return to our normal New England winter with temperatures falling into the teens and single digits. Students are able to enter the building early if the temperatures fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (we do take into account wind chill). We base our decision on whether or not to be inside in the morning and at recess by utilizing the Middle School’s weather station located on top of the building.
Please be sure to have your children dressed in appropriate outside winter clothing. Coats, jackets, gloves, scarves and hats are essential on these cold mornings. If cold weather clothing is an issue, please call the office and let us know and confidential arrangements can be made to provide appropriate clothing, if needed.
We have a number of parents that are dropping off students before 7:00AM. We ask that you do not drop your child off at the school prior to 7:15 AM, especially on these frightfully cold mornings. The main office isn’t open until 7:00AM and students will be out in the cold until that time. There is no supervision outside until 7:15 AM. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Parents are reminded to NOT PARK in the FIRE LANES at the front of the building or at the rear of the building near the gymnasium entrance after school hours when waiting to pick up your children. Fire lanes are designated as emergency lanes and must be clear of vehicles. Vehicles are also not allowed to idle in this area either. There are plenty of open parking spaces available afterschool for parents to park legally while waiting for their children
Tony DeMarco, Principal