Weekly Message from the Superintendent

June 7, 2024

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a great week. I have a few reminders, and much to celebrate!

First, as we get close to the end of the school year, our students begin to transition into end of the year activities and gatherings. These activities and gatherings provide us an opportunity to strengthen our school community and offer students a chance to continue to build meaningful relationships with one another. As with any community, sometimes conflict happens. Please know that we are committed to working together with families to resolve issues that occur between students. If your student brings you a concern about something that has happened, the best way to begin is by addressing it with the adults who are in closest contact with your children, which is usually a teacher. These are the adults who will make a difference. Certainly, involving a counselor or other pupil services staff and building administration is appropriate if the initial steps are not improving the situation. I encourage you to follow the “chain of command” protocols that are listed on our website.

I’d also like you to be aware that our expectations go right along with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which is the official policy of New York State that all students in public schools have the right to an education free of discrimination and harassment. Please read this informative guide that presents an overview of the basic requirements under DASA. More information and a reporting form for your child’s building can also be found on our website. 

Our commitment to the safety and well-being of students will continue to be a high priority for the faculty, staff, and administration at VCS. We look forward to partnering with you and your children as we continue our educational journey into next school year.

Second, a quick reminder that our last day of school for elementary students will be Monday, June 24. The last day of classes for Junior High and Senior High students will be Thursday, June 13. Exams will begin on Friday, June 14 and run through Tuesday, June 25. Graduation will be held on Friday, June 21 at 7:00 PM at Innovative Field in Rochester. We are looking forward to celebrating this incredible accomplishment with students and their families!

And finally, what a week to be a BlueDevil! The Junior High hosted an incredible Art Show that displayed the work of our amazing student artists across hallways and classrooms at the VJH. In addition, we continued our Spring concert series with the 5th grade Bands Concert. Our youngest actors/singers performed in the K/1 Multiage performance of 5 Fun Plays by Audrey Wood, which included fantastic acting, singing and dancing! We have had amazing Spring athletic success as well. The Boys Lacrosse team is headed to the state finals on Saturday for the second year in a row and Boys Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, and several of our Track & Field athletes are headed to NY State tournament competition today and tomorrow. Win or lose, we are extremely proud of our student athletes as they have earned this significant success through their dedication, hard work, sportsmanship, and resilience. 

I hope you have a great weekend, and please reach out if you have any questions.

With gratitude,

Tim

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