Noteworthy News

December 2022

Holiday Words of Wisdom

A few years ago, “Words of Wisdom” were read by students, faculty and staff during the morning announcements at the Junior / Senior High School. I have to say I really miss the “Words of Wisdom” each morning. The most memorable “words of wisdom” for me were read by Nancy Morrissey (retired special education teacher). I wanted to share these words of wisdom with you because I think we all need a little wisdom to make it through the holiday season.

“The holidays are a special time for gift-giving. We pack the stores looking for the perfect gift for that special person in our lives. Sometimes we spend so much time, energy and money on that perfect gift that we lose sight of the true spirit of giving.

A gift, after all, is a way of expressing love and appreciation, right? … a way to honor someone we care about.

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of the classic, Treasure Island, says this:

I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of the gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.

Sometimes, just a simple letter, poem, or card that expresses love or appreciation can be the very best gift of all.

So don’t let a lack of money or time stand in the way of giving the greatest gift of all—a gift of love. Remember: The best gifts are tied to heartstrings.*

With something to think about, make it a great day (…or not). The choice is yours.”

Department Spotlight

Food Services

Our Food Services Department is hustling and bustling. November and December brings the fan favorite holiday meals to our students and staff. The Thanksgiving holiday meal had rave reviews from all that dined. Here's a shout out to Kelly, Stacy, Bruce, Carolyn, Kara, Elizabeth, Christy, Shannon, Joann, Robin, Kristina, Toni, Larry and Tommy! These individuals are hardworking in the Food Service Department. Stop by any of the cafeterias in our buildings for a meal and while you are there give our staff the thumbs up for their hardwork and great food! #goodeats

What's Going On


New Staff:

Sara Nannetti, Bus Driver


Lindsey Lowry received tenure!!!!


Board of Education Meeting (Seymour Smith): 12/7/2022

Half Day of School: 12/23/22

Winter Break: 12/26/22 - 1/2/23

Interesting Dates (At Least To Me!)

National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

Hanukkah: 12/18 - 12/26

Gluten Free Baking Week: 12/18 - 12/24

Kwanzaa: 12/26 - 1/1

National Cookie Day: 12/4

National Cocoa Day: 12/12

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 12/16

Crossword Puzzle Day: 12/21

Festivus: 12/23
Christmas: 12/25

Cookie Recipe for National Cookie Day

Grinch Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add sugar gradually, and mix until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add zest, vanilla, and egg. Beat to combine. On low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. If batter seems loose or warm, chill in the refrigerator until firm.

Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2-inches apart. Use a small ice cream scoop for uniform cookies (and to make it easy).

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until barely golden on the bottom. Do not over bake! Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

**To make the Grinch cookies add green food coloring to the wet mixture. Add a heart candy to the dough before baking. I sprinkle powdered sugar over the cooled cookies.

Don’t forget to be charitable to yourself

For some, the holiday season can be anything but happy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Reach out to friends, co-workers, or family. If you can’t do that, there is the Employee Assistance Program. This is available for all personnel. The EAP can be reached by calling 800.252.4555 or visit

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) December Newsletter