Superintendent Jeffrey A. Sortisio
Contact:(716) 992-3629 ext. 6503
The Eden Central School District is undergoing a number of transformational changes in many areas of our organization. These changes are intended to improve upon the outstanding opportunities provided to district students and community members. The Eden School District boasts robust academic, athletic, musical/arts and extracurricular offerings and enjoys a tight-knit relationship with the greater community. The challenge is to take something that is really good and make it even better!
In the summer of 2022, the District webpage was revamped as part of a district-wide initiative to improve and modernize our communication strategies with the Eden school community. In addition to the overhaul of the district website, earlier this year a new online interactive district newsletter was introduced. Access to the latest edition of the newsletter can be found on our website and social media pages.
Have a suggestion regarding communication? Please email me at the address above. I am always open to suggestions and feedback!
This past spring, the Board of Education and I embarked on a goal-setting retreat in order to set the course for the next several years. The result of this work is district goals that should guide and influence our thinking and planning for years to come. Each school building and department has also been tasked with developing goals that support the district's goals. This type of vertical structuring is essential when focusing on district-wide long-term improvements.
The Board of Education and I recognize the importance of early childhood education and the need to support all learners. As such, the District is in the process of transitioning to full-day pre-kindergarten classrooms. This transition from half-day to full-day pre-kindergarten is designed to support our youngest learners and to ensure they are school-ready next Fall.
In the area of supporting all learners, the District has a number of initiatives in that vein. At the Primary and Elementary levels, our teams are hard at work developing and implementing a consistent pre-k-5 Multi-Tiered System of Support model. This work is supported by the already established Response to Intervention and PBIS programming in both buildings. The transition to MTSS will provide students, families, and teachers with a common language and consistent process in the area of supporting our students' learning needs.
The middle and high school teams are in the process of developing a full-fledged MTSS program, again to support students’ learning needs.
At my request, an expert in the field of special education conducted an audit of the District’s programming for those students who learn differently. The audit shined a light on many outstanding District practices and certainly emphasized how District personnel care deeply for and about their students. As audits will do, suggestions for improvement were also provided. As a district, we will continue to examine how we can maximize all students' time in the general education setting while not compromising on the individual support systems that are currently in place.
Finally, and most importantly, the Eden District recognizes the importance of focusing on student mental health and safety. It is certainly not unique to our district that the last few years have taken an emotional toll on students, staff, and families. To that end, every District employee-no matter their role in our organization-will be trained on the merits of Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training provides an understanding of mental health issues, directions on when and how to seek assistance, and a common language for all involved.
As I stated earlier, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at the email address above.