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Ms. Lori Orologio, 293-1800 ext. 2300, lorologio@cccsd.org - click for larger image
Ms. Lori Orologio, 293-1800 ext. 2300, lorologio@cccsd.org

Dear Churchville-Chili Families and Community Members,

I hope that you are enjoying some time with your family and friends this summer. If you haven’t already heard, students in grades K-4 are able to log into an online reading experience through myON reading. This database provides an opportunity for students to select a genre choice of literature and access books online. Please visit www.myon.com.

The Phase III Capital Project will be finishing up at Chestnut Ridge Elementary this fall. You will notice an updated secure entrance, along with a new main office and entry way. In addition, the gym will be completed, along with exterior windows around the school.

This summer, Phase IV work will begin and focus upon new bridge connections at the Middle School. In the fall, construction will begin to create a more secure entrance, along with window replacement on the north side of the Middle School campus.

We are finalizing plans for a potential Phase V Capital Improvement project. This includes a new swimming pool at the high school, a synthetic turf field and renovated track at the stadium along with some middle school improvements.

It is anticipated the project could be presented to voters in December, 2015, pending state aid. For details about Phase V, visit www.cccsd.org/PhaseV.

Many teachers are working to align curriculum and assessments as a result of our “Teaching is the Core” grant from NYS. This will result in higher-quality assessments which will provide more specific information about student needs to our teachers. Several teachers are working collaboratively to create and pilot an online environment for course offerings during the school year in Economics and Career Management. This is in addition to our existing online summer health course offering. Funding for this work was provided by the Virtual AP grant we received last summer.

Our 21st Century Advisory Committee is taking steps to align to the expectations of the Smartfund grant money provided by the State which was approved by NYS voters in November 2014. Our students and families will benefit from increased 1:1 devices for classroom instruction, more rigorous intranet and infrastructure, and improved security systems. A public hearing will be held prior to the Board of Education Meeting on August 25 to review the Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP). Following the public hearing, the Preliminary SSIP will be posted online and include a 30 day comment period. Once feedback has been collected, a final SSIP will be submitted to the Board of Education for approval.

In an effort to expand communication with families we have made some changes to our emergency/mass notification system, Connect-Ed. We will now have the capacity to send messages via text or email. No action is required to begin receiving text messages, but in order to receive emails via Connect-Ed, you will need to provide an email address. This must be done online through the parent portal. If you need assistance with the parent portal or wish to change your phone number preferences, please contact the registrar, Roseanne Vitale, at 293-1800 extension 2041 or rvitale@cccsd.org. In addition to emergency notifications, we will also be using Connect-Ed to share general, school-specific reminders of special events for students and families.

I look forward to our continued collaboration as we work together to provide quality learning experiences for all of our students.

Sincerely,

Lori Orologio

Superintendent of Schools