A message from theSuperintendent of Eden Central SchoolsDecember 2017Dear Eden Families:
Happy Holidays! As a Superintendent, I find myself spending a lot of time lately watching the radar feeds and weather predictions once November is upon us. This year, I have had a bit of a reprieve. No big surprise, we now have our first impending storm this week. To be a true hero to our students, it calls for a snow day every so often—no, correction—two snow days in a row. I do enjoy reading the Twitter feeds as our students encourage me to “Go for it, Anzalone!” “We deserve a few snow days!” Obviously, they know that I agonize over these days. The last thing I want to do is put anyone’s safety at risk by having school on a day we should have closed. The second last thing is closing school when we really didn’t need to and then running out of snow days, so that we have to shorten our Spring Break. Trust me, this creates a great deal of anxiety! This year, we have four snow/emergency closure days.
The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance when it comes to the weather and the conditions of the roads. While it is my responsibility to make the final decision regarding closing school, the process actually involves quite a few people and begins the night before and then resumes at around 4 a.m. When possible, the decision is made by 5:30 a.m. Sometimes it is better to wait until as late as 6:00 a.m. to get a better read on the condition of the roads. If we are ever 100% sure about an impending storm, I will close the night before. WNY weather is unpredictable, and being that sure the night before is difficult. I do recognize that earlier decisions are helpful for those of you who have to make childcare arrangements. Oftentimes, I wish that crystal ball actually worked!
We certainly have been keeping very busy in all of our buildings. A huge congratulations to our students who have won music, academic or athletic awards. You make us all so very proud! We have also been very excited to begin using our new 1:1 devices. Last year, it was just a dream and a goal. Thank you to everyone who has undertaken this challenge—parents, students, our techs, and teachers. Personalized Learning is finally here at Eden Schools. It was a huge lift, but so worthwhile!
I wish all of you a happy, healthy and safe holiday filled with much family and laughter. Enjoy the snow!
Sincerely,Sandra AnzaloneSuperintendent"Attitude is Everything"