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Community Update April 21, 2023

Community Update April 21, 2023

NCS Community-
I hope this message finds you well.   Now that our spring break is in the rearview mirror, we enter one of the busiest stretches of the school year.  Over the next two months, there will be much to celebrate and our students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in many exciting activities and events.  Know that our staff is working hard to ensure these experiences are positive, while also assisting our students in maintaining a continued focus on learning.  We appreciate very much the conversations you have with your children regarding the importance of finishing the year on a positive note. 

With that in mind, I want to remind our community of several important dates/events:
  • On May 3rd at 6:00 PM, the annual Public Budget Hearing will be held in the HS Cafeteria.  Community members are welcome to attend this meeting that will outline the proposed 23-24 NCS school budget.
  • The Junior/Senior Prom will be held from 8:00-11:00 PM on Saturday, May 6th at Bristol Mountain.
  • The NCS School Budget Vote will take place on Tuesday, May 16th from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM in the High School Library.
  • NCS Graduation will take place on Saturday, June 24th.
In addition, April also marks the beginning of NYS Testing for our 3rd through 8th grade students.  This week marked the beginning of our 3-8 ELA assessments, followed by Math in early May.  Science testing will also take place later in May and into June.  Our staff and students work hard throughout the year in order to meet NYS standards and these assessments do provide an opportunity for our students to demonstrate their growth, knowledge, and needs.  It is also important to recognize that these assessments are merely one of many data points used to identify student progress.  It is this broad approach to data review that best allows our teachers to support students, both individually as well as collectively.

Lastly, I wanted to provide a brief update on our capital project.  Currently, our project plans are in the review process at the NYS Education Department.  We remain very optimistic that project work will commence this summer though the potential for timeline shifts do remain a possibility dependent upon our date of final approval from NYS.  I am very appreciative of all of the work our stakeholder committees have done over the past year which have guided us to this point.  While capital projects can present disruption and challenges, they are essential in ensuring our school and community has access to safe, well-maintained facilities that support our diverse programming.

Take care an have an enjoyable weekend.

Kevin Swartz
NCS Superintendent