* Announcement *

Dr. Bowers has shared a letter with the community regarding Superintendent’s Conference Days in November, Student Safety, and the Parent/Community Group Meeting for the Strategic Planning Committee. Please click here to see this post on her blog. Or, go to the menu above and select Superintendent -- Superintendent's Blog.

Board of Education

NOTICE

The start time of the Haldane Board of Education Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the ES/MS Music Room has been changed from 7:00pm to 6:30pm in order to provide the Board and Dr. Bowers with the opportunity to discuss an excerpt (pgs. 1 – 48) from the book Leadership on the Line by Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky.  Copies of this book will be available in the Julia L. Butterfield and Haldane School Libraries for faculty, staff or community members who wish to join them.  Future book discussions will be held each month prior to the Board Workshop Meetings in the music room at 6:30pm.  The book discussions are open to the public.  A draft of the Agenda for Tuesday night’s board workshop is available below. At the workshop the Independent Audit report will be presented. Please click here to view a copy of the report.

Draft_Agenda_10.21.14.pdf

Announcement

The Haldane School District is pleased to share with you the 2014-2015 school calendar. Please click below to see it!

Haldane Central School District Calendar - 2014-15.pdf

What's Right With Haldane

To emphasize the similarities archaeologists and anthropologists have with lawyers in using evidence to draw accurate conclusions, the 6th grade took part in a court case challenge.  The objective of the case was to prove that the ice mummies found by anthropologists did not die of natural causes; that their lives were taken from them by the hands of another.  The students assigned themselves roles (lawyers, archaeologists, forensic scientists, and illustrators), researched for the relevant evidence, and then worked together to organize the logistics of their presentation.  With participation vital to the success of each team, many students “dressed the part” by wearing suits and lab coats.  Even Mr. Sniffen got into the act, wearing the judge’s robes, complete with a gavel made especially for him by Mr. Joe Larese.  Overall, the court cases were a huge success and an opportunity for the students to engage in 21st century problem solving. 

Wednesday, October 1st marked Haldane Elementary School’s 2nd annual Force for Good Day. The day began with the entire Haldane Elementary School body gathered outside around the school’s flagpole for the morning pledge. Many students wore blue to show their support and participation. Students began the morning assembly with the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Brent Harrington shared remarks focused on “small acts of kindness” and the profound impact these acts—listening to a friend, inviting someone to play—can have on a school community.

Challenging students, Principal Harrington announced the new initiative of ‘becoming a Haldane Hero’. Students listened and watched as Principal Harrington placed a superhero cape around Vice Principal Julia Sniffen, calling her one of his heroes for all she does for Haldane. Haldane PTA Gang up for Good Committee Chair, Danielle Pack McCarthy, donning an “H” for Haldane superhero cape, encouraged students to become real heroes in their school and community.

The school community watched as the ‘Force for Good’ flag was raised, and then students and faculty recited the Haldane character pledge. Mr. Harrington dismissed students with the reminder to continue their day with a greater focus on the last three words of their character pledge--kindness, consideration and respect.

Immediately following the assembly, Haldane classrooms were alive with the sounds of teachers facilitating 2nd Step lessons—Haldane’s character education curriculum. Some students sat in groups discussing what it meant to be a true “force for good” in their school. Others grabbed paper, crayons and scissors, and designed themselves as superheroes, describing kindness as their superpower. The day concluded with all students, proudly wearing their new blue ‘force for good’ bracelets, signing class pledges stating, YES! We are ready to use our Force for Good to become Haldane Heroes!

Monday, October 20
Sports Booster Club Meeting
7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 21
BOE Workshop
7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 22
New Orleans Parent Meeting
6:30 PM
Thursday, October 23
Junior Class Retreat
Friday, October 24
Sophomore Class Retreat