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A Message from Dr. Mary T. Kelly, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Kelly imageIt’s hard to believe that summer is over and a new school year is upon us. We welcome back all of our returning students as well as our new kindergartners — the Amityville Memorial High School Class of 2030! 

The 2016-17 school year was one of great pride for the district, as our students succeeded in the classrooms and on our athletic fields. We successfully implemented Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop through Columbia University Teacher’s College, an approach to literacy development that has already paid great dividends. The Independent Science Research program had students working side-by-side with some of Long Island’s top scientists, culminating with our ninth graders earning a first-place award at the STEM Diversity Summit. Our musicians were selected to several prestigious ensembles, our artists had their work chosen for a variety of regional exhibits and our graduates earned more than $2 million in scholarships.

We cheered for our boys soccer and boys track and field teams in their championship seasons, watched two of our basketball players score their 1,000th career points and celebrated as more than a dozen of our student-athletes committed to playing in college.  

This year, we have introduced several new elective and college-level courses at the high school particularly in the areas of research and computer science, expanded our athletic program and added after-school enrichment opportunities at our elementary schools. An adult education program is expected to begin later this fall, and courses will be based upon feedback from the community.

We enter the second year of our Strategic Plan, which sets goals in the areas of academics, school climate and community involvement. Our team of administrators, teachers and staff are working every day to meet our objectives and “Put Amityville on the Map” as a highly successful, high performing school system. 

Our schools have had a flurry of construction activity this summer, as work has begun on the $69.9 million bond referendum passed by voters in March 2016. Those old foggy windows at Northeast and Northwest elementary schools have been replaced by brand new glass, allowing more natural light into classrooms. Security vestibules are being completed at all five schools to improve safety. In less than a year, we expect to break ground on our addition to the high school.

As the new school year begins, I encourage all families to take advantage of our upcoming Back-to-School nights, parent workshops, college information sessions and academic and cultural celebrations. I extend my best wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous school year. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017