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Superintendent's Message

Dr. Pamela Kissel
Dr. Pamela Kissel

Dear Community,

This time of year is always full of anticipation as we impatiently await spring to arrive and resume our school activities outside once again. As you know this has been an especially harsh winter making us all even more anxious for warm weather to return. Many thanks to all those employees who have been most impacted by the challenges our winter season brought –including our maintenance staff for keeping our roadways and parking lots cleared of snow and to all our bus drivers whose job has been even more difficult when snow, wind and ice impacted visibility and road conditions. We are grateful to you for keeping our schools accessible and our students and staff safe.

Despite the cold and wintery weather, many exciting and wonderful activities and events have taken place in our district over this time. Our new auditorium has been utilized by every student performing group across the grade levels and been host to numerous plays and musical events. There is no shortage of warmth exuded inside the walls of our new Churchville-Chili Performing Arts Center. It makes me happy to know that this beautiful space will continue to house student and public performances for decades into the future.

It is hard to believe that I have been writing letters to our community and family members for the past seven years. It seems like only yesterday that I was given the honor of becoming your superintendent of schools. Over this time I have cherished the collaborative efforts made to continuously improve our schools. I have been especially grateful for the public support of our school budgets and capital projects. With your help we decommissioned a sewer treatment plant, built a new gymnasium, created a middle school designed to make our schools feel smaller and more responsive to student and family needs, and refurbished our entire high school. We have SED approved plans to update CES and CRS and a project in the queue to replace all windows at and upgrade FRS. I believe our school grounds are beautifully maintained and that we have much to be proud of as we drive by and visit our buildings. In our efforts to be a supportive learning community we adopted a set of core beliefs and updated our District’s mission statement. We created our Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) to support students who need more encouragement and support to experience success in school and we have begun to implement restorative practices that help students better deal with conflict and learn from their mistakes. An instructional focus has been at the forefront of our work and teachers have been implementing “learner centered principles”. Proudly, we were just recently approved to become an accredited International Baccalaureate High School. All of these things would not have happened without the ongoing support of our community, staff and families.

As shared in Ecclesiastes 3:1- “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” I feel so privileged to have served my purpose here in my hometown as your superintendent. Most importantly I am grateful to “The Village” of people who have been there with me all the way helping raise our children. I know you will continue to dedicate your lives to the betterment of our schools in providing the highest quality programs for all of our students.

My best always,

Dr. Pamela W. Kissel

Superintendent of Schools