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

Dr. Kelly photoWe are in a period of great transformation in the Amityville Union Free School District. From new and exciting academic programs to the renovation and expansion of our facilities, the Amityville community is witnessing positive changes that directly impact our students.
Many building upgrades have been completed since voters approved the $69.9 million bond referendum in March 2016, which have brought improvements to all schools. The last pieces – additions and alterations to Amityville Memorial High School and a new wing at Northwest Elementary School – are well underway. Work is steadily progressing at the high school, which is being expanded for the first time since it was built in the early 1950s. New space will include new classrooms, state-of-the-art science labs, an indoor athletic complex, an upgraded library media center, new music and arts facilities, and an expanded cafeteria.
The new space will allow us to move the ninth grade to the high school beginning in the 2020-21 school year, with sixth grade shifting to Edmund W. Miles Middle School and third grade to Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School. The expansion at Northwest, which will include classrooms and a small gymnasium, will accommodate kindergarten so that we can expand our pre-K program at Northeast Elementary School.
Next year we are also slated to introduce block scheduling at the high school and middle school. An exploratory committee of Board of Education trustees, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members has done extensive research on this scheduling model, including site visits to other districts. Block schedules organize the day into fewer but longer class periods to provide more flexibility for instructional activities with the goal of increasing student academic performance.
The district is in the fourth year of its Strategic Plan, “Putting Amityville on the Map,” and we are continuing to make great strides in our three targeted areas: student achievement, positive culture and climate, and parent and community partnerships. The accomplishments of our students are a tremendous source of pride for their families and for the district.
All students at the secondary level have been provided with Chromebooks for use in school and at home, providing them with easier access to coursework. Research shows that providing our 21st-century learners with their own devices has a positive effect on academic outcomes because of the corresponding increase in student engagement. It also prepares them for technology-based learning environments at the college level. Students at the elementary level also have Chromebooks available for use in school.

With the calendar turning to 2020, we have begun preliminary planning for next year’s budget. Please consult the school calendar for budget workshop dates.

Please continue to visit our website to learn more about the many great activities taking place in our classrooms and for upcoming events. Don’t forget to like Amityville Union Free School District on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @AmityvilleUFSD.
Monday, August 10, 2020