Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. Our school year is off and running. This will be an exciting year at Lewiston-Porter; we have a great team assembled to take student learning to new heights.
Our district mission states:
The Lewiston-Porter Central School District empowers and inspires students to achieve academic and personal excellence through rigorous curriculum, collaborative partnerships, and resourceful decision-making. We promote a diverse learning environment through innovative practice, a focus on the individual student and respect for all.
Our goal is to develop and align policies and programs to fulfill that mission. Our work as educators is unique in that we are not creating a tangible commodity. We are passionately and with conviction, seeking ways to help every child within our community reach their maximum potential. We are in essence creating the future and through our mission, we hope to create the kind of educational experience that will allow each student to thrive and develop fully. Please review at our website both our Board and District goals for the 2018-19 school year. Our focus this year is on Professional Collaboration focused on student learning, technology integration, and strengthening the home/school partnership. I believe we have set the Lewiston-Porter Central Schools on a new trajectory, one that will truly capture our motto, “We are Aiming Higher.”
Many of you know I host a Superintendent’s Coffee Hour, I am pleased to announce I will continue to host these informal chats at the Orange Cat Coffee Co. from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., or whenever the conversation ends (Note: Orange Cat closes at 6 p.m., so we won’t go later than that). I want to thank the Orange Cat staff for providing me this venue. They have been very accommodating and supportive and the Coffee Hour has worked out well. I often have a few discussion topics, but any community member is welcome to bring any idea or question to start the discussion. I hope to see you on Monday, October 1st, Monday, January 7th and Monday, April 8th. Any question, comment, concern or topic is open for discussion. From our Strategic Plan to curriculum and instruction, athletics, school finance, all topics are on the table.
Again, this school year you will see on our district calendar that we have extended the Thanksgiving recess by adding the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Also, if we have no snow or emergency days prior to April 30, we will add the Friday before Memorial Day as a recess day. We have also eliminated all half days in the calendar. There will be two Superintendent conference days on Friday, Oct. 19 and Friday, Feb.15 and two grade reporting/parent conference opportunity days (by teacher request) on Friday, Dec. 14 and Friday, March 15. On these days, there will be no student attendance. As a reminder in our calendar for 2018-19 school year is a two-week Spring Break, April 15 - 26. There will be some impact for those students attending the Niagara/Orleans Vocational and Technical Center. Details on that schedule will come from the High School.
Our Fitness Center is open. Please go to the athletics and recreation page on the site for details. Please enjoy the the school year. My door is always open and I’m only a phone call or email away.
Have a great 2018-19 school year!
Paul J. Casseri