Over these past six weeks, it comes as no surprise to any of us that our students, teachers, staff, and community members continue to rise to meet any challenge placed before them. We are so very proud of the strength and resilience of our Queensbury community.
As you may already be aware, Governor Cuomo extended our closure and announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We will continue to instruct, support and ensure our students are provided meals through this time. Additional information about summer programs, summer meals and a plan for retrieving materials from schools is forthcoming. We will share the plan for retrieving materials, by building, by the end of next week. Communication will also be coming from your building principal about end of year events and protocols. I appreciate your patience during this time.
Class of 2020
As the community knows, our students are always at the forefront of my mind. The Class of 2020 in particular, is an amazing group of students that I’ve seen grow over the past 13 years. My heart goes out to each and every member of the Class of 2020 and their families. I know these last few months have not been ideal for any of our students, but I applaud their resilience.
Please know that we are currently working with class advisors, administration and students to honor seniors and make their graduation special. It is our hope to celebrate them in a number of ways. More information on these events will be forthcoming.
August regents exams canceled
The New York State Education Department announced yesterday that August regents exams have been canceled. Students who previously failed a regents exam would typically retake it in August. However, in April the state canceled the June Regents exams, and as long as students pass their Regents courses this year they are exempt from the exams and will still earn credit. If you have any questions around this topic, please contact your child’s school counselor.
Teacher appreciation week
The National PTA has designated May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week. With both students and teachers working hard from home, we want to make our teachers feel extra special this year. Use these downloadable prompts (or make your own) and share with your teachers. If you would like to submit your thank you to be posted publicly on social media, you can email it to email@example.com or tag our social accounts using #QBYSpartanPride.
Overwhelming community support for our Snack Pack program
We asked and you delivered! We cannot thank our community members enough for your generosity. The community support from our first donation days was overwhelming and we are able to feed our families for the next two weeks. Therefore, we do not need additional donations at this time. We will share updates when the program is in need of more donations.
I continue to find inspiration in the many kind deeds I am seeing, from your donations, to the things that make me smile on social media and hear from community members. I look forward to the future, when we may return to school and this crisis is behind us. Until then, I remain deeply appreciative to everyone in the Queensbury community for your hard work, compassion and understanding.
I am so proud to be a Spartan.
Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools