The Clarkstown Connection
A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Clarkstown Central School District Families and Staff,
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family and friends. December is a short but busy month for the district, with shared learning experiences, acts of kindness and celebrations taking place across our schools.
To usher in the new month and kickoff the season of giving, Clarkstown High School South and North students collected over 158 backpacks for charity. I'm so proud of our busy students for their collaborative effort to help their community. I'd also like to thank South’s Environmental Action Club and Red Heart Club, which co-hosted their second campus-wide cleanup this week, for keeping their school and Clarkstown beautiful. And, in what is sure to be a bright and festive time, I'm looking forward to all of the winter concerts happening over the next few weeks. I can't wait to hear the exciting variety of music and performances from our talented choruses, bands and orchestras!
As we enter the holiday season and the year draws to a close, let's take some time to reflect on what our Clarkstown Central School District students were up to in November.
Marc P. Baiocco, Ed. D.
There were many events across the district to celebrate and show appreciation for Veterans. At Little Tor Elementary, local US Marine Corps Veterans spoke to the fifth grade class about their time in the service , while the entire school put together care packages for active duty military members. And, we recently received an amazing update from a Little Tor parent all the way from Kuwait! Millie, a parent to a kindergartener and third grader, is currently serving in the United States Army. She and her troop received the care packages and thank the Little Tor community for thinking of them!
At New City Elementary, the kindergarten class recited the pledge of allegiance to kick off an indoor parade for visiting Veterans, who were then treated to a musical performance from the 4th and 5th graders. And, all elementary schools in the district participated in the "Thank You Cards for Veterans'' initiative and created hundreds of handmade cards to thank Veterans for their service.
Link Elementary parents decorated a bulletin board with positive messages for their kids! Visitors were encouraged to take a sticky note, write down what they admire about their child and stick the note to the bulletin board in the main lobby. Teachers reported smiles and laughs in the hallways as students passed the board! Read more about this self-esteem booster on Facebook and Instagram.
Science students in Clarkstown High School South studied the process of dissolving using an array of materials! Students in Mrs. Cunningham’s science class hypothesized about the rate of dissolution, put their theories to the test and found that finer, softer materials tend to dissolve quicker. Read more about the experiment on Facebook and Instagram.
11 Clarkstown High School North students competed in the Rockland County Forensic League Public Speaking Tournament on November 14! Seven of the 11 made the finals competition, including Abigail Koshy who won first place in the Original Oration category! Read more about the North students who participated and placed on Facebook and Instagram.
A Look Ahead
An Update on Capital Improvements
The Clarkstown Central School District continues to move forward with Phase 5 of our facilities improvements and modernizations. The gymnasium flooring replacement at Birchwood School is complete, and the following improvement plans have been submitted to the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) and are awaiting review:
- Clarkstown High School North
- Front Entry Site Redevelopment
- Locker Replacement at Gymnasium/Annex
- Clarkstown High School South
- Fitness and Weight Room Ventilation and Air Conditioning Upgrades
- Exterior Electronic Site Sign Marquis
- Felix Festa Middle School
- Curb and Sidewalk Replacement
Please click here to watch a detailed presentation on the district's capital improvement plans and the status of current projects, presented at a recent Board of Education meeting.