139 Fairbanks Road,
Churchville, NY 14428
Fax: (585) 293-1013
Over the past seven years, as your superintendent, I have written many letters about the wonderful things happening in our district and how proud I am to be a part of it all. When I came here in 2007-2008 there were great programs in place, like Project Lead the Way and numerous AP course options. Balanced literacy practices were well underway and the dedication of caring teachers has long been a hallmark and source of pride at Churchville-Chili. The work our teachers have done on programs for our students has continued to expand over the years. We have created the supportive learning environment for at risk students in our TLC program. Access to technological opportunities has blossomed across grade levels and keyboarding is taught to each 3rd grade student. Instructional leaders at all grade levels meet regularly and facilitate powerful discussions regarding best practices and how to address individual student needs. Violin lessons for students in grade four began this fall and IB courses are expected to be taught starting next September. These are but a few examples of the ways teachers have worked to prepare our students for the dynamic futures that lie ahead for each of them.
My life’s purpose has been dedicated to serving students by either teaching, directing plays, serving as class advisor, school administrator, instructional leader and overall being an educational colleague for the past 33 years. It has been an honor and privilege to have served the last seven of those years here in Churchville-Chili where I grew up.
It is now time to plan for the next phase of my life and the next leadership transition for the Churchville-Chili School District. I feel that this time is the right time for this transition to take place. We have all but completed the 56 million dollar capital project-we are out of the sewage treatment business and can proudly boast of some of the nicest facilities in the county. I know we can boast of being instructionally focused and dedicated to learner centered principles and we are committed to treating each other with mutual respect, dignity and honesty.
Like good parenting-I think the evidence of one’s success is best defined by what continues on after our daily presence is gone. I believe the district and its teachers were doing great things when I got here, have done amazing things while I have been here, and will carry on the best of who and what they are for future generations. I remain committed to our goals and will cherish the remaining months of the school year with my intent to retire June 30, 2014. This time frame gives our school board time to plan for my replacement as they remain steadfast in their commitment to our district, our students, our families and the community overall.
I want to thank you all for the continued support of the work we do here at Churchville-Chili and of my leadership as I have served our students. I look forward to seeing many of you over the next few months at all of the wonderful events being held to showcase the amazing district in which we live.
Dr. Pamela Kissel
Superintendent of Schools