Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Community Members:
We hope this letter finds you well and filled with excitement as we approach the start of the new 2023-2024 school year at Saugerties Senior High. The faculty and staff have been eagerly preparing to welcome back our students for another year of learning, growth, and success.
This year, we will continue to focus on our three district goals of:
● Student Achievement: The Saugerties CSD is dedicated to educating the whole child and will work to engage all stakeholders in the school community in advancing student achievement through promoting flexible, innovative, and meaningful programs that challenge each student to reach their full potential.
● Culture, Climate, and Community: The Saugerties CSD will cultivate collaboration, celebration and communication between the school and community to nurture positive partnerships between the Board of Education, administration, staff, and community.
● Safety and Security: The Saugerties CSD will foster a safe, secure emotional and physical environment for all stakeholders. This includes:
○ Physical safety measures
○ Emergency preparedness
○ Ongoing professional development for social-emotional learning procedures and protocols
In connection with student achievement, we would like to emphasize two aspects: improving literacy skills and promoting excellent attendance among our students. These reflect our dedication to providing the best possible education and support to each and every student in our care.
Improved Literacy Skills: We recognize the crucial role literacy plays in a students overall academic and personal development. To achieve our goal of improved literacy skills, our highly skilled teachers have tailored their lesson plans to incorporate a diverse range of reading and writing materials that engage students in critical thinking, and nurture their love for literature. We encourage parents to support our efforts by fostering a reading-friendly environment at home, setting aside dedicated time for reading, and having open discussions about the books our students are exploring.
Improved Attendance: Regular school attendance is vital to student success. We believe that when students attend school consistently, they have greater opportunities to develop strong relationships with their peers and teachers, engage in meaningful learning experiences, and build a solid foundation for future academic achievements.
I encourage you to join our Building Leadership Team. The BLT is composed of teachers, students, staff, community members and parents. We will be having an informational meeting online to discuss goals and progress for the upcoming year. I will be sending a text blast out to the community prior to our first meeting in September.
The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 6th. This will be a full day of classes for all students. Student schedules will be visible via the Infinite Campus or Student Portal(s) the morning of August 30th. If you do not have a parent portal account you can go to the Saugerties Central School District Webpage (https://www.saugerties.k12.ny.us/departments/information-technology/infinite-campus-support) for information. Parents/Guardians: Navigate to the District Home Page > Families > Infinite Campus Support (or) Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Students: Navigate to the District Home Page > Student > Infinite Campus Support (or) Infinite Campus Student Portal. Students first period class will be posted at the entrances prior to September 6th.
To stay updated on the latest school news, events, and important announcements, we encourage you to visit our official website at https://www.saugerties.k12.ny.us Our website serves as a comprehensive resource, featuring the school calendar, staff directory, curriculum information, and much more. Additionally, we invite you to join our vibrant online community by following our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/saugertiescsd . By connecting with us on social media, you can participate in our school's exciting activities, view photos from events, and engage in discussions with other parents and members of our school community.
We value the strong partnership between our school and parents, and we believe that together, we can create an environment where each student can thrive academically and personally. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.Thank you for entrusting us with your child's education. We look forward to a fantastic school year filled with growth, learning, and memorable experiences.
Secretary to the Principal
(845)247-6651 Ext. 1701
CHELSEA DEFINO, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL