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Dear Smithtown School Community,
As we struggle as a nation to come to grips with yet another school shooting, our condolences are with all those in Parkland, Florida, and everyone directly affected by this senseless tragedy. As educators and parents, it is difficult to comprehend such events.
I want to reassure you that we take school safety and security very seriously. Our schools are a safe place. As a district, we continuously review and improve our districtwide Emergency Management Plan as needed to incorporate any new policies or improvements in security equipment. Additionally, all district staff undergo annual training on the emergency response plan, and students and staff participate in drills throughout the school year.
Additions to our security this school year include access swipes at all middle schools and high schools and additional exterior cameras for all elementary buildings. All school buildings have access-controlled doors that are operated by a swipe card. Raptor, a visitor monitoring system, has also been installed in all district school buildings and the administration building at New York Avenue.
As always, our top priority is the safety and well-being of each of our students. This is a responsibility we take seriously. Please be aware that help is available through our schools. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you feel that your child is in need of special assistance and/or if you feel that you need guidance with how to best approach this situation with your child.
For additional resources on helping your child deal with this tragedy, please visit the National Association of School Psychologists website. I have also included the NASP document “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers” to assist you, which can be accessed through this link.
Dr. James J. Grossane, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Even during the winter months, Smithtown Elementary School physical education teacher Kurt Margraf knows how to get students to stay active. As part of his weekly before school sports program, Margraf is teaching his students about the Iditarod sled dog race. The two-week race takes place annually each March in Alaska. Fourth-graders were taught facts about the race, and necessary clothes they need to wear before trying to mimic the race by pulling one another on sleds.
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As a tradition for the past five years, the High School West junior varsity girls basketball team spends time before their final practice creating Valentine’s cards for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The team continues a tradition in the hopes that it helps to brighten the day for children, parents and staff at the hospital. Click Here to View
High School West has been named a New York State Reward School by the State Education Department for high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement based on its performance in the 2016-2017 school year.
Each year, SED identifies schools statewide that meet the criteria as high performing schools or schools that have made the most progress without significant gaps in student achievement. This year, High School West was one of 155 schools that received... Click Here to View
First-graders in Kelly Collett’s class at St. James Elementary School recently celebrated filling their marble jar with a pajama flashlight reading party. The marble jar celebrates positive behavior and compliments. If the class walks in the hall nicely, works hard on a project or receives a compliment from an adult, they get a marble in a goldfish bowl. When the bowl is full, the class celebrates with a pajama reading party. Click Here to View
Fifth-graders at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School put Goldilocks on trial for the crimes of criminal mischief, trespassing and petty larceny on Jan. 29. More than a dozen witnesses were called to the stand to testify about what they saw happen at the home of the Three Little Bears.
Learning about the workings of the legal system, students played the part of the defense and prosecution, while the fourth-grade classes and teachers served as the jury and judge for the case.
The courtroom was... Click Here to View
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