As principal of Downsville Central School, it is my pleasure to welcome our students back for another year full of learning experiences at DCS. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and part of our Downsville community family. Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities and to be college and career ready by the end of their studies here at Downsville Central School. At Downsville Central School, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. Our teachers utilize research-based best practices and analyze academic data to determine current skill levels and to set goals for growth and improvement.
We believe that all students should graduate from school prepared for the demands of the post-secondary education, meaningful careers and effective citizenship.
It is important for me to be a visible presence in the school building and to be an advocate for students, staff and parents. I do believe in a disciplined learning environment but feel that I am firm, fair, and caring. Children do work best when expectations for learning and behavior are clear and consistent.
Here are some important dates:
- March 28th - 30th NYS ELA Testing
A new year brings changes to staffing.
- We are very excited to introduce Mr. Andrew Schauer as our new Technology teacher.
- We are very excited to introduce Ms. Carly Sclafani as our new third grade teacher.
- We are very excited to introduce Mr. Richard Feeney as our new PE teacher.
You are your child’s first and most crucial teacher. If education is a priority for you, it will be for your child.
Here are a few simple ideas that might help you and your family gear up for the school year.
Setting the Stage for Success
Early mornings, school days, dinner, homework, sports, making lunches, baths…life can get very hectic very quickly as children go back to school. Following are few ideas to help organize your day for smoother mornings and successful evenings.
An organized entryway allows for quick morning departures. Children won’t be spending time looking for their back pack,shoes, coat, etc. Give each child a basket or bin to store shoes and backpacks and use sturdy hooks to hang coats. Add a bulletin board, calendar or dry erase board to remind family members of after school activities, appointments, field trips, and library book returns or to remember lunch money.
Afterschool Snack Basket
Use snack size baggies and fill a basket with healthy snacks for after school. Place the basket on the kitchen table or counter so children know where to find it.
Baggies make it easy for children to grab a snack on the go but small containers work well too! Some families create a snack drawer where children can find quick after school snacks.
Fill a tote basket or bucket with supplies (pencils, paper, crayons, ruler, calculator, etc.) needed to complete homework assignments. The great thing about the caddy is that it can be moved to where your child is doing homework and stored on a shelf when not in use.
Clothes Set and Ready
Encourage and work with your child to pick out clothes for the next school day…from top to bottom. Clothes placed in a basket or crate or folded and ready on the dresser reduce time spent picking out clothes in the morning and then finding out the one sweatshirt they wanted to wear isn’t clean.
Brush, Book, Bed, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has a simple message
1. Each night, help your children to brush their teeth.
2. Read a favorite book (or two)!
3. Get to bed at a regular time each night.
A predictable night time routine helps children understand and learn what to expect next. Visit www.healthychildren.org for more information and helpful resources.
- Enroll your child in the RISE program.
- Reinforce the DCS expectations that your child come to school ready to follow school rules, listen to adults, and be productive citizens in the DCS community.
I trust these few hints will help, and I hope this will be one of the best years ever! You can depend on us to do all that we can to be cooperative, helpful, and inspiring. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at email@example.com or call me at 363-2111.
Timothy J. McNamara