A Message for May 2016Posted by Sandra Anzalone on 5/11/2016 4:00:00 PM
April and May have certainly been busy at Eden CSD. No matter what time of day, or which building for that matter, you will find something happening with children! This is exciting and we are thrilled to be the location that so many of our Eden students and families choose to spend their time at each and every day. Being a student at Eden CSD means that there is always an opportunity to challenge yourself- academically, musically, athletically and artistically. It means that you have value in our community, which is so easy to see since our community neighbors are always willing to get involved in our school projects.
Just last weekend, the community garden was literally "built" in a morning. With the help of students, parents, teachers, and neighbors, the raised beds were put up, filled and ready for planting. We've seen this same level of involvement before- the PreKindergarten playground build, for example. It's amazing, actually. What a wonderful community!
This summer our Board of Education will be busy working on the District Goals for 2016-2017. Even though there is work to be done on our goals, we know that we will continue to focus on student achievement, academic rigor, communication and long-range facilities planning. Two other areas which we have had deep discussion on are (1) a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Agriculture and Math), and (2) transformative, personalized learning. These are exciting times for students and staff of Eden CSD and we have you, the community, to thank for your continued support.
The K-12 Art Show will take place on Tuesday, May 17th at the Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium Foyer. Take a few minutes to witness the artistic talent of our students no matter their age. I know they would love to see you there! You can also get a chicken bbq sponsored by FBLA.
The 2016-2017 school budget vote will also take place on Tuesday, May 17 from 9AM-9PM in the Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium Foyer. This budget is fiscally responsible and was developed with a focus on students. We thank you for taking a few moments on May 17 to vote.
Thank you, again, for being such an amazing community!
Capital Project Update for January 2016Posted by Sandra Anzalone on 1/12/2016 3:00:00 PM
So, as I am sure you are all aware by now, Eden CSD has a Capital Project webpage- actually it is many pages. This Capital Project webpage is where I will keep you updated with monthly news about the project. In addition, there will also be a report at each BOE meeting.
This month, we began the conversation about phasing the project. We have decided on two phases. Phase 1 will involve work that can be approved by SED the fastest. These are items which do not include mechanicals, electrical, water, digging... Our preliminary plans would be to complete this phase by fall of 2016. Phase 2 will include work which may take longer to get approved by SED simply due to the scope of the work. Our goal would be to have this phase complete by fall of 2017.
In the next few months, we will be working with our architects to design each item and to sequence which items happen when. I hope to have this complete by March 2016.
Stay tuned! These are exciting times for Eden CSD!
Graduation 2015Posted by Sandra Anzalone on 6/26/2015 1:00:00 PM
On Thursday, June 25, 2015 we held our 116th Commencement Ceremony. It was a wonderful celebration with standing room only in our auditorium. Thank you, to everyone, who played a role in making this evening so special.Below is the script of my speech:Good evening, and welcome to our commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2015! Seniors, congratulations! Be proud of what you have accomplished. You will soon be part of a very proud Eden tradition.
Before I share of few of my thoughts, I’d like to put some perspective on who is in our audience today by conducting a quick survey. This will take some participation by those seated in the audience, by standing if the question pertains to you. Graduates, you can remain seated for now- you will have your chance to stand later. I have four questions in total for our audience. Ready?
· Please stand, and remain standing, if you graduated from Eden Schools prior to 1942. Please stand if you graduated from Eden Schools between 1942 and 2014. Let’s take a moment to look around. Thank you, you may all be seated. Those standing represented 75 years, or more, of graduates from Eden.
· Second question. Please stand if you have younger children who will be graduating from Eden Schools. You may be seated.
· Last question. Please stand if this is your last child graduating from Eden Schools.You may be seated.
Thank you. I’m not sure what you were able to see from your vantage point, but I clearly saw a lot of people standing. Representing over 75 years of a common connection to each other. With regard to the last child graduating: of our 124 graduates this year, 64 are the youngest in their family. Put simply, 52% of our families can now turn over the reins to those with younger children.
To you, the 52%, families who have been a part of our school community for countless years- I offer you a thank you from the Board of Education, staff, students and community, for being present, cheering-- on the sidelines of our athletic events, applauding our musicians and actors at concerts and musicals, taking time off from work to attend our celebrations and ceremonies, being a part of PTA, Shared Decision Making, Raiders Respond Day, interview committees, Family Math and Reading Nights at GLP, countless fundraisers, the community Kindergarten playground build, Field Days at GLP, … you will be profoundly missed. I would bet that you will miss us, too.
This senior class, and you, our senior families, have played a crucial role in continuing a culture of excellence at Eden Schools for at least 13 years, and in some cases, upwards of 20 or more. You are the reason Eden has continued to be such a special place. You are the reason our bleachers, auditorium seats and volunteer sign-up sheets have been full. Your involvement and investment in your child’s education has made all the difference to them and to our school. And to this town.
No doubt, you inherited a good thing from those families and students who came before you. Tonight, we are honored to have joining us representatives from the graduating classes of 1940, 1941, 1965 and 1990. In increments of 25 years, they represent a span of 75 years of seniors waiting to turn their tassels and take home their well-deserved diplomas... At this time, I would ask those representing these classes to please stand. In the words of David Gehl, Class of 1965- the fact that we can celebrate, together with the Class of 2015, over 75 years of graduations at Eden Schools is nothing short of a miracle.
So, a little history about Eden Schools, thanks to David Gehl- Our Main Street school, what we now call Eden Elementary, was built in 1939. The classrooms were not ready for students that year, so they continued to attend classes in their school house on Church Street, behind the Town Hall. The auditorium, though, was ready for graduation, so the Class of 1940, Rita Osburn Mansfield’s class, walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The following school year, the Class of 1941, Anthony Pericak’s class, was able to attend all their classes at the Main street School and graduate from the auditorium.
The Class of 1965, well represented tonight and celebrating their 50th anniversary, holds a special place in my heart. I am convinced that many of them played football and ran x-country against my husband, a graduate of the Class of 1965 from our neighboring school district, Springville.
And, the Class of 1990, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, are you having a hard time getting used to that idea- 25 years since you sat up here on this stage?
To our Class of 2015- pay close attention. This could be you 25, 50 or 75 years from now.
We hope your dreams take you…to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
Remember where you came from, Eden is home. Eden is family. Be well. Be unstoppable. We will save you a seat in this auditorium 75 years from now, when you come home to congratulate the Class of 2090.
Captain John J. LevulisPosted by Sandra Anzalone on 5/14/2015 6:15:00 PMIt is with sad hearts that the Eden School Community sends the following message:
This Saturday, May 16th, US Army Captain John J. Levulis, a 2008 graduate of Eden CSD, will be laid to rest at 10:00AM in a funeral ceremony held in the High School auditorium.
The funeral procession will arrive at the High School, via Route 62 Main Street, turning left onto Schoolview Road sometime between 9:45AM and 10:00AM on Saturday. Please be aware of a possible increase in vehicular traffic in the town and around the High School on Saturday- before, during and after the funeral ceremony. It is expected that a large contingent of military personnel will travel to Eden for John's funeral.Residents of the town who wish to pay their respects to Captain Levulis and his family are encouraged to arrive to the High School Auditorium by 9:45AM. Those who are able to park and walk from the GLP parking lot are encouraged to do so in order to maximize parking opportunities for elderly or disabled funeral attendees. Limited parking will be available in the front parking lot, as the entire first row of spaces at the High School will be reserved for vehicles traveling in the funeral procession. Parking is also available in the sports lot in back of the High School by the tennis courts.John will be missed by our students and our staff. He is deeply loved.
School Calendar for 2015-2016Posted by Sandra Anzalone on 2/20/2015 2:30:00 PMAt our last Board of Education meeting, the BOE adopted the 2015-2016 school calendar. I must say that next year's calendar is a challenging one for a number of reasons. First, Labor Day falls on September 7th. This is really late. Second, the last Regent's exam day is June 22nd. This is really early. Third, SED no longer allows us to use any of our 180 days after the last June Regent's Day. Combining all those factors and our contractual constraints and what we have is a very compressed school calendar.So, what does this mean? Other than holidays, there are virtually no days off for students (other than April 1). Teachers will be in attendance on February 17 and 18 for staff development. Once again, the Spring Recess is very early- beginning on March 21. This always makes me nervous when trying to predict snow days in late March.So, here's the plan. There are six (6) snow days imbedded in this calendar. Should we use all 6 days by February 10, then teachers will be in attendance on February 19 and April 1 will become a half-day student attendance. This will give us one more snow day. Should we need more than this one extra day, then students will be in attendance on Monday, March 21. Should we need another day, then students will be in attendance on Tuesday, March 22 and so on. Should we have another storm in November like we did this year, then we will need to get our heads together to figure it out. Please plan accordingly. The State Education Department does not give us much latitude with minimum days of attendance. No matter what, we need to have 180 days on our register, or risk losing approximately $37,000 a day for each day under the minimum.To view the 2015-2016 calendar, go back to the main page of our website--> Our District-->School Calendar
Regarding Snow Days for 2014-2015Posted by Sandra Anzalone on 2/17/2015 4:00:00 PMOn January 8th, I shared with you that SED had issued new guidelines for Student Attendance and that these new guidelines have a direct impact on how many snow days we could still take this year. Well, the good news is that we've arrived at the February Recess (and actually had a recess) and still have two more snow days that we can make up. So, now what?First of all, I would be remiss if I didn't remind us all that the reason we even have our February Recess is because our students attended school on November 26 and December 10. Our first Delayed Start ever in Eden also saved us a day. All this, combined with some weather luck, resulted in us being able to close school last Friday and still have an actual vacation this week!Here's where we are for the rest of this school year: Should we need another snow day, then K-6 students will attend school on April 30 as a make-up day. Should we need another day still, then all students will attend school on May 22. Remember, the State Education Department only allows us 4 half days per semester, so they won't both be half-days. Should we need more than two make-up days and it is after the March break, then we will really need SED to accept our appeal. Think balmy weather. We are almost there.
Tentative Plan for Snow Days this Winter of 2015Posted by Sandra Anzalone on 1/8/2015 11:35:00 PMOn December 14, the State Education Department issued new guidelines for attendance. These guidelines have a direct impact on when we can use our Superintendent Conference Days. I have appealed these new guidelines for Eden CSD for the current school calendar. Should it be determined that these guidelines are effective immediately, with no concessions for Eden Schools' current calendar constraints, we will need to alter the plan detailed below. Basically, if this happens, we will lose two of our planned make-up days.
While we do our best to account for a snowy winter when we create the school calendar, I can honestly say that we didn’t expect to lose four snow days during the month of November! I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding about pulling back an attendance day on November 26. By bringing students in on November 26 and December 10, we gained back two of the four days which we lost during the storm. This assures us of five more snow days without dipping into the February or March/April recesses. Ultimately, we have to ensure that we have 180 days of student attendance. In an effort to help you plan for the rest of the year, this is our plan if we need to use more snow days:
Currently, there is no student attendance K-12 on the calendar for January 30th. The GLP and EES Parent Teacher Conference Day has been rescheduled to January 30th from 10:15am-3:15pm.
If we use 0-2 snow days prior to January 30th, there will be no change in the current school calendar K-12.
If we use 3 snow days prior to January 30th, there is a possibility that this day may become a K-6 student attendance day until 10:15am. P/T conferences will still take place. There will be no student attendance for grades 7-12 on January 30th.
If we use 4-5 snow days between now and May 21st, the options are:
April 30th could become a full day for K-12 student attendance; AND/OR
June 25 could become a half day student attendance for K-6.
If we use more than 5 snow days prior to February recess, we will take back days during the February recess beginning with February 20, then February 19, then February 18, etc…
School Closings in generalPosted by Sandra Anzalone on 11/25/2014 5:05:00 PMHello again!I've been asked a few times this week what kind of winter I think we are going to have this year. Well, your guess is as good as mine; however, if it is like last year, or last week....you will be hearing my voice at 5am with a snow closing message. So, while it is NOT snowing, I thought I would take a few moments to share with you when our Make-Up Days could be- just in case we need any more due to bad weather or some other unforeseen emergency at school...Our school calendar has full-day professional development days built in- such as January 30, March 6, April 30, May 22 and June 25 (K-6 only). These days are important to us so that we, as educators, can work together and learn. Should we need to add instructional days to the calendar; however, these days can be used, and have been used in the past, to bring students in to school for either a half-day or a full-day.We try to avoid bringing students in during the February and Spring breaks because we understand that many parents and staff have made vacation plans. When possible, these are our last resort.If we use snow days early in the winter (like we have this year), then we have more options for bringing students in on what was scheduled to be a professional development day for teachers or a planned day off from school- for example, November 26 or December 10. The more snow days we take later in the school year, the fewer options we have to gain those days of instruction back simply because they are already passed.It is difficult for me to tell you today which of these days we would "take back" first, simply because it depends on when we will use our next snow day. If our next snow day is in February, then I obviously cannot take back January 30. Most likely, and I say this with great hesitation, I would use the professional development days listed above in the order in which they fall in the calendar.So, while it is not snowing, and green is once again the predominant color on our campus, I would ask that you cross your fingers and your toes and wish for the lake to freeze soon. That seems to do the trick.
Update on the Condition of our District Round 2- 11/23/2014 5:40pmPosted by Sandra Anzalone on 11/23/2014 5:40:00 PM
What a difference a day can make! The warmer weather and rain has certainly helped in many cases. The roads, driveways and roofs all look so much better than they did on my drive through town yesterday. A lot of work went into making this happen.The snow removal company worked through the night and into the afternoon today. What a fabulous job they did! I can actually see sidewalks, fire exits and doors into the buildings. Of course, the snow banks are piled high. It is an impressive sight.Bob Stickney, who is the Town of Eden's Disaster Coordinator with the county, was gracious enough to get us on the list for the State engineers to assess our roofs. Together, with our Architectural/Engineering firm, and our Superintendent of Building & Grounds and Donny Preischel, they were able to inspect our roofs and give us the green light. We will be turning the heat up and leaving off some ceiling tiles to increase the flow of heat onto the roof.Based on all of this information, we will have school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.In addition, if you are a family whose children were picked up last year and were moved into a group pickup this year- for example Roswell, Maple, E. Pleasant, Hillbrook, Weller Division, Schoolview, we will pick up and drop off your children at your driveways for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There are areas, such as W. Pleasant and George St., in which students walked to a group stop last year. They will still need to walk to a group stop. Areas in which students in grades 7-12 walked last year, will continue to walk- such as Schoolview and Weller Dr.Thank you for your patience as we worked through the details this week. Stay safe. Stay warm.
An update on the Condition of our DistrictPosted by Sandra Anzalone on 11/22/2014 7:45:00 PM
As I drove through the Eden school district today, I could not help but witness roof upon roof laden with snow. In some cases, crews of people, or just one person, digging away to remove all the snow. It is a frightening thought to think that your roof might not hold the weight of the snow, especially when the rains began this afternoon.As I drove through the Town of Eden, it was apparent that our Eden Highway Department has been hard at work, nonstop, for days. So much snow had been cleared, and yet there was so much more to do. I know that many of them have not been home in days, and have not even cleared out their own driveways. I thank each of them for their dedication to the Town.The devastation that I witnessed with our Eden friends- greenhouses, barn roofs and businesses- is unparalleled to anything I have ever witnessed from a snow storm. I agree with the assessments I have heard on the news- it is worse than the Blizzard of '77. My heart goes out to each of them.Many of you have asked about the condition of our campus and buildings. Our own licensed Buildings & Grounds crew have been able to get into our buildings this week to check on the furnace. Thankfully, it is operating well. They have walked each and every room of each building, more than once, checking the condition of the ceilings and the air quality. Again, they have not noted any problems.So, let's go outside. As of today, an independent snow removal company from the North Country is on campus to assist our Building and Grounds crew with the tons of snow which still remained in our way after two days of solid work with our own equipment. This company's huge front-end loaders and bobcats were just what we needed to get the job done. They will work through the night clearing the parking lots, sidewalks, fire exits and whatever else needs to have snow removed.Tomorrow, our structural engineering firm is scheduled to assess the load on the roofs of each of our academic buildings, and the bus garage. This assessment will either assure us of the structural integrity of our roofs with the upcoming rains or cause us to remove snow from them.I have been asked about school on Monday. Right now, the best I can tell you is, "I don't know". A lot will depend on tomorrow with the engineers, the amount of rain, the amount of snow melt, and the condition of our roads in the district. We will take this one day at a time.Each district effected by this storm has its own unique situation to contend with. I realize that some schools to the north of us have announced that they will not have school this week. I am not ready to make that determination given our own situation.I appreciate your patience as we work through the details. Please know that we put the safety of your children first. I will be updating the blog as I have more information and will send a Global Connect tomorrow, regarding school on Monday, as soon as I can. Stay safe.