Dear Smithtown Residents,
The school year is already off to a great start. Nearly 400 high school students were named Advanced Placement Scholars, 11 students were selected as National Merit semifinalists, 33 students were chosen to perform at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Festival and 14 students will perform at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference. We’ve also celebrated two successful homecomings. It is always a pleasure to see our community come out to cheer on our students.
As we move through the school year, there are many exciting opportunities for our students to explore. New to our curriculum this year is Project Lead the Way for all students at the elementary level. We are also integrating the STEM program into all seventh grade technology classes and adding it as an elective course to replace grade seven study hall. The program’s instructional design focuses on real-world activities, projects and problems that help students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied to real-life situations.
At the secondary level, we have implemented the Challenge by Choice initiative. This program was developed to assist our students in selecting courses that will help them reach their highest potential. We encourage all of our students to pursue excellence and rigorous academic experiences, and this new initiative is just one way for a student to expand his or her knowledge.
Quality instruction is of utmost importance to the success of our students. PLTW and Challenge by Choice are just two of the initiatives that we have implemented over the last few years in an effort to propel our students’ academic growth.
As a district, we are constantly evolving and researching areas where we can best support our students, one of which is by supporting our highly skilled staff. As part of the Board’s adopted 2016-17 goals, we will continue to develop and update our three-year professional development plan to support teachers as they implement the Common Core Learning Standards across all disciplines. To see all of the Board’s goals, please click here.
As part of the goals, we will be developing and presenting budget proposals at Board meetings within the coming months. For updates on the budget, please visit this page.
With such a successful start to the school year, I look forward to being a part of and observing the great things to come.