Subject: Revised School Calendar
To The Beekmantown School Community,
I am pleased that our staff and students are off to an excellent start to the school year. It is truly wonderful to see and feel the excitement as the students return to school ready to learn from our outstanding faculty. I need to take a moment to advise you that we are revising our school calendar to increase the effectiveness of our staff development days. Specifically, we will be rescheduling a Professional Development Day from June 26, 2014 to October 15, 2013. Students will not be in attendance on October 15, 2013. Students will be back in session on October 16, 2013.
The district has agreed to change the last day of school on June 26, 2014 to a half day of school for students in Grades K-8. This day was previously scheduled as a Professional Development Day. It is my sincere belief that utilizing the staff development day during the first quarter of the year will have a direct impact on academic and instructional performance. We appreciate your parental support and flexibility in adjusting to the change in schedule and apologize for any inconvenience. The revised calendar is attached and can also be found on our district website: http://www.bcsdk12.org/Calendars
Daniel W. Mannix
Superintendent of Schools
To the Beekmantown School Community:
I, Daniel W. Mannix, would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new Superintendent of Schools. I started on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Prior to my appointment as Superintendent, I served as Deputy Human Resource Director, Labor Relations Specialist and New York State Regional Certification Officer for Champlain Valley Educational Services. Before those experiences, I spent numerous years as a coach for boys and girls, substitute teacher, teaching assistant, teacher and building level administrator, mainly within the Hudson Falls CSD and Ticonderoga CSD.
Additionally, my time at CVES provided me with countless opportunities to work with the Beekmantown CSD District Office staff, administrators and union officials. All of these experiences were reasons why the position as Beekmantown’s Superintendent was so enticing.
My family is fortunate to live in the district. My daughter loved attending school at BCSD and two of my three sons will be attending Cumberland Head this year. My third little guy is an “Eagle in Waiting” as he is only two years old. My lovely wife, Mika, is an English teacher in the Saranac School system. I would like to thank the Beekmantown school community for the warm welcome my family and I have received. Everyone has been very generous with their time and greetings. I continue to be impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of our teachers, custodial and maintenance staff, administrators, office personnel, and coaches, and I look forward to meeting our cafeteria staff, bus drivers and teacher aides in time. Our community should be proud of the work our employees are engaged in over the summer to make our students return a safe and successful one.
The new school year will be one of opportunity and promise. We will discover that our second year of APPR will be met with more certainty and confidence. We will continue to uncover the promises we may realize by utilizing the Common Core Modules as a foundation for consistent rigorous instruction. As leaders, administrators and teachers we will need to provide each other with the “organizational space” and time to adapt to the changing expectations within the proud profession of education which will serve us and our students well into the future.
As part of my entry plan and review process, I look forward to meeting and listening to our teachers, students, staff, administrators and community members over the course of the next few months. This time will provide me with a greater understanding our great school’s strengths and areas for growth. I promise that your outstanding achievements will not go unnoticed.
In closing, I am humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to work with a staff that has provided so much to my family. I look forward to observing in person the outstanding educational environment that makes Beekmantown CSD a special place for so many of us and most importantly…our students. Together we can continue to positively impact the lives of our students which will make our 2013-2014 school year rewarding for all.
Daniel W. Mannix
Superintendent of Schools