Lockport City School District

September 2020 Points of Pride from Superintendent Bradley

Farm to School (F2S) Grant

The Lockport City School District is pleased to announce that it was one of 159 Farm to School programs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 2020-21. Farm to School is a national program funded by the USDA designed to increase the amount and variety of fresh, local foods served to students in school cafeterias and educate children, families, and the community about agriculture, nutrition, and growing, preparing, and preserving local produce.

A Farm to School program increases student access to, and consumption of, local, fresh, healthy foods and supports our local agricultural community. It focuses on nutrition education for children and families and educates families and community members on growing, preparing, and preserving local foods.

The District expects to participate in the following activities:

  • Harvest of the Month: The food service department, under the direction of Thomas Heagerty of Aramark Educational Services, LLC., will prepare a new recipe including that month's featured local food(s) to be served during lunch. The September menu featured locally grown corn and watermelon.
  • Kids Cook Mondays: The District is collaborating with Mollie McDonough, Farm to School Coordinator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, to provide this event through a take home boxed meal kit including all necessary ingredients, a recipe card, and a link to a video where viewers will be taught how to prepare the meal at home.
  • Taste Test Tuesdays: Students will be provided the opportunity to try a new menu item made from local foods, and vote on whether to add it to the lunch menu.
  • New York Thursdays: Four times this year, a complete meal option made entirely from New York State produced food will be offered to students.

Thank you to the LCSD School Nursing Department

Given the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on schools, the Lockport City School District is extremely fortunate to have a team of 14 school nurses who have been and will continue to be a tremendous support to our students, staff, and families. Their knowledge in the areas of signs and symptoms of illness, treatments for conditions, serving as resources to assist staff and families, and their connections with medical professionals in the community are invaluable as we manage the return to both in-person and remote instruction for students and staff.

Many LCSD nurses have spent the summer participating as members of building and district safety teams, communicating with parents regarding immunization requirements and other medical needs, organizing their offices for a return to school, completing required paperwork and yet still finding time to volunteer or work in the community with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Niagara County Department of Health, Eastern Niagara Hospital and the Dale Association. The dedication of this group of individuals is recognized and truly appreciated.

Thank you to the following members of the school nursing department in the Lockport City School District:

  • Lisa Dannebrock - Department Chairperson

  • Katie Glenn - George Southard Elementary School

  • Meg Wager - Charles Upson Elementary School

  • Larissa Buzak - Roy B. Kelley Elementary School

  • Nicole Taurgrasso - Roy B. Kelley Elementary School

  • Nicole Stone - Anna Merritt Elementary School

  • Amber Boci - Emmet Belknap Intermediate School

  • Gaylina Trocha - Emmet Belknap Intermediate School

  • Barb Janese - North Park Junior High School

  • Sheryl Szymanski - North Park Junior High School

  • Lynn Wohleben Currie - Lockport High School

  • Regina Edbauer - Lockport High School

  • Betsy Stover - Lockport High School West at Charlotte Cross

  • Theresa Wysochanski - DeSales Catholic School

District Fiscal Year End External Audit

The Audit Committee of the Board of Education heard a presentation on the recently completed June 30, 2020 external audit of finances. John Schiavone from Lumsden & McCormick applauded the district for taking proactive measures to end the year fiscally sound despite the challenges incurred with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those measures was to take advantage of lower interest rates to secure interest savings on two older district bonds. Those savings will amount to $413,010 over the next five years.

Brick by Brick Award Finalist

The district was recently notified that it is one of three finalists in the Brick by Brick Award Program. This program recognizes finalists in categories of real estate, construction and development in the Buffalo Niagara region. The submitted project was the 2018 Capital Improvement Project that focused on multi-building renovation of high school science classrooms, technology classrooms, and family and consumer science classrooms. The project also included a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) classroom and a multi-purpose turf field, press box and bleachers.

Steps to Work Initiative

Steps to Work is a collaboration between Lockport High School, ACCES-VR, and People Inc. It includes job readiness instruction (a unique curriculum that combines career exploration, resume development, job searching techniques, and interview skills) and a paid summer internship designed to develop entry-level work skills. During the summer of 2020, four students participated in paid internships through the Steps To Work program. The internship details are as follows:

  • Tops Market provided internship opportunities for the positions of shopper attendant, parking lot attendant and curbside pick up assistance. Student Glen was paired with this internship because he wanted experience in retail and customer service. Glen had a fulfilling exposure to customer service and was offered permanent employment at the end of his internship. Glen declined at this time because he wants to focus on school right now. The door was left open for him to return.
  • Carson's Bakery provided an internship experience for a baking assistant. Student Tessa was paired with this job because she attended the VIP BOCES culinary program and wanted more hands on experience in the restaurant business. Tessa was very successful and was offered permanent employment at the end of her internship. She recently left Carson's to pursue a job in child care.
  • Eastern Niagara Hospital provided an internship for a greeter/screener. Student Matt was paired with this job because his mom is a health care professional and he wanted experience in a medical setting. Matt was offered permanent employment at the end of his internship and he accepted.
  • Niagara Produce provided an internship for a deli attendant. Student Tamia was paired with this job because she wanted experience in customer service. Tamia discovered she did not like this setting and this job was not a match for her. She is currently working with ACCES-VR to continue her employment search.

This fall, filming "virtual job tours" will begin so our students can learn first hand about the jobs in our community. We appreciate the employers, agency and community support to enrich our transition for students with special needs as they move from a school to post secondary life path.

Learning at Lockport High School

Beginning a new way of teaching and learning at LHS has been both challenging and rewarding. The staff at LHS has embraced this opportunity to learn new strategies and technologies to better engage students in rigorous Regents, Advanced Placement and elective courses that support both graduation requirements and individual interests. Our student attendance has been fantastic and even our first PTSA meeting saw a record number of participants in mid-September. The Teachers on Special Assignment are booked everyday assisting teachers, students and parents become better equipped to maneuver the "new normal". Please join us in celebrating our Spirit Week starting September 28th!

LCSD Fall Athletics

On Monday, September 21, student athletes began the fall season in cross country, soccer, golf, and tennis. Although there are many restrictions to the athletic season, student athletes and coaches are happy to be able to participate. Best wishes to all coaches and athletes. GO LIONS!

Creative Learning in our District