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Superintendent's Message: New Year Offers Opportunity To Reset, Refocus Our Efforts

The start of the new calendar year brings hope and excitement for a great second half of the school year along with many new opportunities and achieve­ments for our students. Just as many are identifying and embracing resolutions for growth in the new year, this is also a time to reflect on what is most important and to rededicate ourselves on our core values and beliefs.

photo of matt sickles The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District is committed to the health, safety, and success of every one of our students. We recognize that every child has unique talents and needs that shape their experiences at school, and we value the caring relationships that enable our staff to nurture our students’ growth and development. We also recog­nize that everyone encounters challeng­es, but we are determined to remove those barriers and create the conditions that allow every student to thrive.

Midlakes is fortunate to have many caring adults, in every role imaginable, who go above and beyond each day to make the needs of students their first priority.

As a district, we are committed to supporting our staff by providing them with the resources and learning oppor­tunities necessary to make a positive difference for every child.

We believe in continuous improve­ment and we will continue to build upon our successes and embrace our opportu­nities for growth. This will always involve focused investments in the areas of academics, social and emotional support, opportunities outside the classroom, and efficient operations across the district. These efforts are essential for creating meaningful outcomes for all students.

In order to accomplish these am­bitious goals, the district recognizes the importance of communicating and engaging with the community and using our resources strategically and responsi­bly. We invite and encourage you to use the redesigned school website (Midlakes. org) to follow the work of our students and staff, learn about district programs, and even sign-up for some of the pro­grams.

Throughout 2019 and beyond, the district leadership team and Board of Education will engage in budget and facilities planning to meet the immediate and long-term needs of our students. In the spirit of transparency, important information will be shared through the school website, the Midlakes Journal and on our social media networks.

Community members are also encour­aged to attend monthly Board of Educa­tion meetings and budget presentations, to learn about the planning process and offer valuable feedback.

The district appreciates and respects the generous support of the Phelps-Clif­ton Springs community, and your participation will help us to understand and meet the needs of our students and families. We look forward to working with you as partners in educating our children. Thank you for the ongoing support and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!