Dear Smithtown CSD School Community,
I would like to welcome you all to the 2017/18 school year. We are looking forward to another great year of academic accomplishments and building upon our past successes. Whether in the classroom or through their various community service projects, our students and staff continue to be a source of pride for the entire community. We are lucky to have a wonderful faculty, a dedicated staff, supportive parents and a child-centered Board of Education committed to student achievement.
Thanks to our community’s support of the budget, we have enhanced our student programming in a number of curricular areas, including the introduction of AP Capstone at the high schools, expanding our STEAM-based Project Lead the Way program at the middle schools, and increasing student access to iPads and Chromebooks.
Also this summer, our staff members participated in curriculum writing projects, which help keep the district at the forefront of education and provide our students with hands-on and engaging curricula. We have also continued our staff training in the area of social and emotional learning. Research demonstrates that SEL and mindfulness practices support personal as well as academic growth, resiliency, stress regulation, social relationships, emotional regulation, focus and well-being. By equipping our teachers with these tools, it is our goal to provide an education that focuses on the whole child.
In addition to our educational enhancements, we have also increased our communication tools. Smithtown Central School District is now on Facebook. If you have not yet had an opportunity, please ‘like’ our page through this link. We are also on Twitter, which can be accessed through this link. Our website will continue to be our main source of communication, but we hope the Facebook page will allow us to reach a broader segment of our community.
As we do every year, the Board of Education and I invite you to take an active role in our schools. Join your school PTAs, attend Board meetings and participate in school events. Here’s to a wonderful year ahead!
Dr. James Grossane