Lockport City School District

December 2020 Points of Pride from Superintendent Bradley

Lockport High School Academic "L" Recipients

Recently, 250 Lockport High School students received the Academic “L” during a virtual ceremony. The “L” is awarded when a student earns a 90 percent average or higher for four consecutive quarters in one school year. This requires consistent effort, time management skills, and responsibility. Congratulations to all Academic “L” recipients for achieving this honor.

Lockport High School Twelve Days of Giveaways

Lockport High School provided twenty prizes every day for twelve days to students who had perfect attendance in their classes the previous day.

One of the most powerful ways to prepare a child for success in life is through regular school attendance, whether in-person or remote learning. It is very important to encourage children to regularly attend school, as it will likely lead to better performance in school and throughout their lives. Consistent attendance helps students achieve better grades, develop healthy habits, and improves their chance of graduating from high school.

North Park Junior High School Postcards of Postivity

North Park Junior High School sends "positivity" postcards home to students to celebrate their successes and offer words of encouragement. To date, over 500 postcards have been delivered.

Emmet Belknap Intermediate School Bell Tower

We are thankful for our essential workers! Stay safe and be well this holiday season. Emmet Belknap Intermediate School photo courtesy of Jennifer and Warren Hale.

New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Middle School Honor Band Selection

Let's congratulate the following North Park Junior High School students who were chosen to perform in this year's New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Middle School Honor Band. Congratulations to Parker Allard, Baritone Horn; JonLuke Pencille, Trombone; Ian Krest and Lucas Pynn, Trumpet; Kate Perracciny and Anthony Bernardi, Tuba; and Lillian Bushley, Alto Saxophone (alternate).

Students completed an application, enclosed a graded solo from last year, and submitted a letter of recommendation from NPJHS band teacher, Eileen Brusino. Students will be attending virtual rehearsals with a guest conductor, work with an audio engineer to submit a digital recording of their selected band music, and attend music workshops and sectionals. Following the rehearsals they will create a virtual ensemble with students from all over New York State.

2020 United Way of Greater Niagara Campaign

Members of the Lockport City School District learning community donated over $15,300 during this year's United Way of Greater Niagara campaign. Special thanks to Cheryl Larkin, LCSD speech language pathologist, for coordinating this year's campaign. Thank you to everyone for their generosity and commitment to our community.

Lockport Schools Employee Association and Aramark Food Service Holiday Donation

During the holiday season members of the Lockport Schools Employee Association (LSEA) are bringing smiles to the faces of many families. In partnership with Aramark Food Service's generous donation of turkeys, along with all the trimmings donated by the LSEA, Thanksgiving dinners were provided to 20 local families in Lockport. Since this Thanksgiving donation was so successful, plans are being made to distribute more dinners during this upcoming holiday season.

The LSEA includes custodians, motor equipment operators, building maintenance mechanics and assistants, secretaries, teacher aides and school monitors. The idea was presented at a LSEA Executive Committee meeting. Committee members were highly supportive and boxes of food donations were filled at district schools.

Thank you to LSEA members Chuck Hackmer, Brian Hopkins, Miles Patterson, Joe Poole, and Mike Stover; and Julie Calabro, assistant manager for Aramark Food Service.

LSEA and Aramark with food donations. Photo credit: John D'Onofrio, Lockport Journal
Photo credit: John D'Onofrio, Lockport Journal

Winter Learning in Our Schools

As we close in on the year 2020, could any of us have ever imagined that this year would develop as it has?  It truly has been an intense experience for students, parents, faculty and staff, administrators, and board of education members as we continue to manage the day to day challenges of the pandemic. The level of endurance displayed by everyone during the past ten months is remarkable.  The physical and emotional fatigue caused by the pandemic is apparent.  We must maintain hope and persevere with patience to help us reach the end and look forward to brighter days in 2021.     May all of you enjoy the holiday season in ways that are cheerful and bright.    We may each be celebrating in very different and simpler ways, with traditions going by the wayside. We must do what is necessary to keep loved ones healthy  Best wishes for peace, prosperity, and promise during 2021. Stay safe and be well!

Michelle T. Bradley, Superintendent

School will be closed Wednesday, December 23, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021 for Winter Recess.

Pride in our Past...Faith in our Future