Dear Secondary School Families: 

A reminder to families that school will be closed next Wednesday-Friday for Thanksgiving recess. I am excited to share that following the break we will be closing out the month of November with a visit from Tay Fisher and two character education assemblies for our students. The first will be on Tuesday, November 29 with our middle school students - Anti-Bullying Prevention Program. The second assembly will be on Wednesday, November 30 with the high school student - Path to Greatness. Each assembly is specially designed to suit the developmental needs of the audience. Before he was a motivational speaker, Tay was a standout athlete on the Siena men's basketball team from 2004-2008.  He went on to have a ten year career as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. You can find much more information about Tay and his programs on his website: https://tayfisher.com/motivational-speaker

Quarterly Awards: Quarterly character awards is a recognition of students who demonstrate strong effort and outstanding character - respectful, responsible, honesty, social intelligence, and citizenship. Each Secondary student nominated receives a certificate of recognition and a coupon for Stewart’s ice cream (ms) or a voucher to a local establishment (hs). Thank you to the PTSA and Booster Club for sponsoring the awards and facilitating this great partnership with establishments in our community!


Student Portal: The parent portal is an important tool for our families. I am excited to share that we are working on building a student portal for our Secondary students. Once operational, the student portal will allow students to view their schedule, progress reports, report cards, state assessment scores, and live grades (if their teacher is maintaining a Google gradebook). Having this information at our students' fingertips has many potential benefits including strengthening communication and the development of self-advocacy skills. Stay tuned for more information following the break!

National Jr. Honor Society: The Class of 2027 held its induction ceremony last week. Thank you to all of the family members who were able to attend. Congratulations to the twenty-two newest members of the NJHS! 

 School Picture Make Ups: Adirondack School Portraits will be returning for make ups on Monday, December 5. Any 6-12 student in need may get their picture taken during lunch periods (10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.).


Ken Rizzo

Secondary School Principal