Ned DaleSuperintendent of Schools
Elba Central School
57 S Main Street PO Box 370 Elba, New York 14058-0370
585-757-9967 Fax 585-757-2713
Partner students with the Elba learning community to create excellence.
December 10, 2019
The holidays and winter break are almost upon us. This is such a busy time of year, I hope everyone takes a moment to be grateful for all that we have in the Elba learning community. We are so fortunate to have a supportive community, talented staff, and incredible students. I truly love the passion of our students when they message, tweet, post, or see me in the hallway just begging for a beloved “snow day” decision.
In walking around and visiting classrooms, our students are learning and focused on the standards for their grade. Fourth grade students were working on word problems and determining which operation would be used during the calculations. Students in Mrs. Warner’s class were tackling their addition problems using a wide range of strategies on their white boards to show their work. Teams of 6th grade students presented various projects to the administrative team on what they would like to see here in Elba. Kindergarten students were having a book fair, where they were able to buy (with play money) a book written by a peer and then sit and read with a snack from “The Café.” I have been very impressed by the effort of our faculty to improve the curriculum, as well as breaking down of the standards so that we can address the skills and knowledge that students need to be successful. We have also planned to learn more about how we can increase our student engagement during our January 24, 2020 Superintendent’s Conference Day.
I am looking forward to the Winter Concert on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars accordingly, as we did change the time to ensure that our youngest students were able to participate. I visited one of the first rehearsals for this year’s production of Lion King. Students were taking each characters’ role and I loved the different voices and parts. Can’t wait to see this show March 27th and 28th. The Boys’ Varsity and JV Basketball teams played well on Saturday against a strong Prattsburgh team. I look forward to seeing our teams do well. With more snow in the forecast, I can’t wait for the snow to melt and to see the grass again.
As we prepare for the holidays, Mr. DeMare and Mrs. Ellingham asked that I also remind parents about purchasing a 2019-2020 high school yearbook using this link https://bit.ly/2rShy8W and the elementary yearbook can be ordered through this link https://bit.ly/2Lo5nHU for the cost of $15. These make great gifts and our students will love keeping them to remember their time here. If you order your Junior Senior High School yearbook after January first, the price does go up!
Once again, it is an honor to be your Superintendent! I hope you are enjoying my updates and would ask that let me know if you want more information or updates about a certain topic or program. Have a great holiday with your families.