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     I hope that everyone's enjoying the last few days of summer!

    I can't wait to see our students again on Thursday, September 9!  

     

    LGES Bulletin: Please remember to check the Daily Bulletin (CLICK HERE) every day for the most up to date information and announcements.  

    Safety at LGES:We will continue to follow CDC and NYSDOH guidance.  We will do our best to avoid any student from having to quarantine. 

    1. Masks will be worn by everyone when on campus or in the school - we are building in student “mask breaks” in addition to lunch, snack, recess, outdoor specials, etc.
    2. Everyone will physically distance when on campus or in the school (staff, students, parents) -6 feet helps us avoid quarantine.
    3. Handwashing and/or sanitizing will happen throughout the day & custodians will clean day & night
    4. We will deliver students home by bus, but drop off locations can’t be changed due to seating restrictions.
    5. Please don’t send your child to school if they are sick and/or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.  Allow children to get better at home and/or see a doctor if needed.  If students attend school with symptoms we must treat them as if they have COVID-19. Parents will be called to pick up their children and the child must get a negative COVID-19 test, clearance from a doctor, and be symptom free before returning to school.  Again, please avoid this by keeping children home if they have runny noses, coughs, fever, headache, nausea, etc.  A complete list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on our website and is included with this packet. 
    6. Parents will not enter the school during arrival, dismissal, and during the school day. Our greeter Mrs. Zivica will assist you as needed. 

    Arrival

    If possible, please plan to have your child arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 7:55 a.m.  You can drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and students entering school after 8 a.m. are considered tardy.   If you are dropping your child off at school, please pull up into our drop off zone and as always, staff will assist getting your child into the school and classroom safely.  PLEASE do not drop students off at school before 7:30 a.m. as the building is locked and there is no supervision. Students that arrive before 7:45 a.m. wait in the gym physically distanced until the 7:45 a.m. bell when students walk to classrooms.  Students eating breakfast at school will eat in the cafeteria. 

    Dismissal

    As in the past, students riding buses home will board at approximately 2:15 p.m. and buses will leave campus by 2:20 p.m.  Student Pickup will begin after the buses pull away at approximately 2:20 p.m.  Like last year, parents will not wait in the cafeteria, but rather go to the specific locations shown below.   This dismissal procedure is very common in neighborhood schools and it will allow us to maintain physical distancing for students and parents during the dismissal.  Parents with more than one child will go to the different locations to pick up their children.  Thank you for wearing your masks while in close proximity to others on campus and for physically distancing.  

    Dismissal Locations (subject to change)

    Kindergarten -The playground behind kindergarten

    1st -The Kindergarten hallway entrance

    2nd -The Library entrance

    3rd -The exterior cafeteria door

    4th -The front entrance

    5th -The front of the building outside of 5th grade

    6th -The front of building outside of 6th grade

    We will have staff direct parents to these locations at the start of the school year.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we implement these new procedures.  We will work together to keep these busy times safe for our students.   

     

    Student/Parent Handbook:  

    Please read the handbook along with your child.  It is filled with information about LGES and can be found by visiting the Elementary School web page under Resources.  Please return the enclosed sheet by Friday, Sept 17 indicating that both student and parent(s) have read the handbook.   As always, please contact us with any questions or comments. 

     Communication Methods: 

    In an effort to efficiently communicate with our families and community we will continue to use our website and Facebook page. In addition,  all notes sent home in students' backpacks will be available on the Elementary School website under the Virtual Backpack Quick Link and on Teaching Team web pages. Please ensure we have a current email address on file (you can do this on the Parent/Guardian/Contact form included in this packet) and that you are signed up for our SchoolMessenger program.

     Student Images:

    If you do not want your child’s name and/or photo and video used in any school publication, newsletter, newspaper, mailing, posting, website etc., please submit a written request to Lisa Fox at the main office in the elementary school.

     LGES is a NYS Recognition School!

    The New York State Education Department has determined that Lake George Elementary School is a 2019-2020 "Recognition" School.  Recognition Schools are awarded that designation based on high levels of student achievement and continuous academic improvement.  Only 13% of the schools in NYS were recognized as Recognition Schools.  Interim Commissioner of Education Tahoe shared: “Recognition Schools across the state demonstrate the relentless commitment of teachers, administrators, staff & parents, without whom this growth would not have been possible.” 

    I am very proud of all of the staff, students, and families of Lake George Elementary School!!!

    Please click on this link for additional information from the NYS Education Department.

     

    Great Schools Ranking: Here's the link to the 2020 Great Schools ranking for LGES.

     Strategic Planning at LGES

    In 2020-2021, LGES will continue to focus on our district mission to “personalize opportunities  that empower all students to be lifelong learners, leaders, and global citizens”. 

    Lake George Central School is in the fourth year of our current Strategic Plan.  In conjunction with that plan, our shared decision making body (LGES Educational Cabinet) establishes 1 year building goals. 

     

    We will be developing Cabinet Goals for 2021-2022,  Here are the goals from 2020-2021:

    1. To take care of the safety & social emotional needs of students/staff
    2. To manage the delivery of our academic program both virtually and in person 
    3. To continue to grow our home/school communication

    In 2021-2022, LGES will continue to focus on our district mission to “personalize opportunities that empower all students to be lifelong learners, leaders, and global citizens." 

    Five K-12 District goals guide our work. 
    Raise the Bar
    Close the Gap
    Create innovative and Engaging Learning Environments
    Student Leadership, Engagement, and Diversity
    Cultivating Community Partners

    Each one of the goals has action plans & targets to help us provide an outstanding program for your children. Updates regarding our progress will continue to be forwarded & information can always be found on the district web page.  Our building level committees are working hard to achieve these one year goals as well as the targets of our strategic plan.  

    i-Ready

    In 2019 LGES made a decision to move away from AIMSweb assessments as a benchmarking system for ELA and Math. After a great deal of research, we determined that i-Ready was a better option for us and provides us with better information. i-Ready is administered three times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring), to all students in grades 1-6 and twice at K (Winter, Spring) to help identify student needs and strengths in reading and math. Several weeks ago, we administered our first round of i-Ready benchmarks, and we are sharing those results with you today. This letter is intended to help explain i-Ready and simplify the reports.

    The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment given on the iPad or laptop. The diagnostic adjusts its questions based on your child’s responses. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.

    When you look at your child’s diagnostic report you will see a blue bar stretching up towards a green box. The green box indicates an understanding of the current grade level standards. At this point in the year, it is not likely that a student’s bar is into the green since they haven’t been taught much of this material yet.

    You will also see several horizontal lines. The larger solid line indicates the middle score target for the end of the year. The smaller solid line is where your child is expected to grow from where they are now with a typical year’s growth. The dashed line indicates a “stretch” growth or a more lofty target to reach. At LGES, we will work towards stretch growth for all students by focusing on the individual needs of each child.

    You’ll see a number of items listed to the right of the graph that have been scored. These Overall Domain scores are in relation to what we would expect a beginning of the year student to know. Green indicates that they’re currently on target for that skill. Yellow indicates an area of need that’s not on level requiring a focus on skills taught from the prior year. Red indicates an area that is more than one year below grade level requiring reteaching and/or intervention.

    There is additional information on the report under “Placement by Domain.” It shares what was measured and some areas of focus for your child to help them improve and continue to grow.

    We are hopeful that i-Ready will provide you with information regarding your child that makes more sense than our AIMSweb reports did. We are finding the information very useful for us.

    Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or our curriculum coordinator Ginny Mondschein with additional questions that you may have.

      

    The Board of Regents adopted newly revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards on September 11, 2017. The Common Core were replaced by the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards . At Lake George Elementary School we will follow the implementation timeline developed by NYS and ensure that changes in curriculum are made in a timely manner. The new standards have been the result of over two years of collaborative work to ensure New York State has the best learning standards for our students. Over 130 educators and parents worked together to make recommendations and revise the standards, resulting in a new set of revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.

      


    Thanks for your commitment to making sure that your children are in school every day and on time. I’m very proud of the achievement of our students, but the best teachers and curriculum won’t help children be successful if they’re not in school.  Our attendance data for the past eight years clearly shows that students missing 10 or more days of school a year are not achieving at the same levels as their peers.   In fact, there is a direct connection between poor attendance and a need for reading support or special education services.  There are exceptions to this rule; however, the large majority of our students with attendance issues struggle academically and/or don’t reach their potential.    


    Price Chopper Tools For Schools Program: Please register your Price Chopper Card to help LGES earn free educational equipment and supplies. There's no cost to do this and items that you purchase at Price Chopper add up quickly! Thank you. Our school code is 16340.


    Please stay connected by following Mr. Conway on Twitter  at twitter.com/jconwaylg


    The staff at LGES is working hard to stay on the cutting edge to ensure the very best for our students.  Please explore our website to learn more about our missioncurriculumspecial programs & the artsschool news, and our unique approach to teaching children. 
     

      
    Thanks again for all that you do to support your children and our school. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. 
     
    James Conway, Principal
    Lake George Elementary School
    conwayj@lkgeorge.org
James Conway, Elementary School Principal