• Gretchen Rosales 

    Gretchen Rosales
    Superintendent of Schools

    Elba Central School

    57 S Main Street PO Box 370                                             Elba, New York 14058-0370

    585-757-9967                                                                    Fax 585-757-2713

     

    Dear Lancer Family,

    As I sit to pen this letter, we have just finished a whirlwind week of graduation ceremonies.  June is always slightly bittersweet for me; as much as we look forward to celebrating student  achievements and growth, it means that the special influence that our seniors have in our building will no longer be.  Certainly, we are overjoyed that they have moved on to a wonderful new stage of their lives, but we will miss seeing them daily and having their Lancer leadership on full display.  I am counting on the members of the Class of 2023 to step up and fill in these big shoes!

     

    I am pleased to announce that Jessica Cramer will be serving as the new elementary school principal.  Jessica comes to Elba with an abundance of rich experiences, including serving as the Administrative Coordinator of Instructional Services at BOCES.  Additionally, Morgan Marcello is joining the administrative team as the new Jr. Sr. High School Principal.  Morgan has served as the secondary assistant principal in the Byron-Bergen school district, as well as a secondary teacher at Kendall, in addition to serving in many coaching capacities.  Our Lancers are in good hands with these two fine administrators leading their respective buildings.  Their vision for excellence is noteworthy!

     

    As the summer continues on, you can expect to hear more about the upcoming school year.  We will be focusing on relationships and rigor in 2022-2023.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, we found that limiting social interactions caused disruptions in relationships; having a reset on what it means to engage in positive behaviors will be important.  Focusing on rigor means all students will be engaged in work that is challenging and promotes higher-level thinking.   As a school community, we owe it to each other to foster the best possible environment for our children.  I look forward to a collaborative relationship with my entire Lancer family.  

     

    The end of the school year tends to be such a busy time; stopping for a bit to reflect on all that we have accomplished and experienced together reminds me of why we are the best school community around.  I am fortunate to work with such dedicated educators and staff; it is no wonder that our students are supported.  I am thankful for the community that comes together; from “Elba Night” at the Muckdogs stadium, to our Fine Arts Festival and budget vote; to the Softball Showdown and graduation ceremonies--Lancers are united.  I am thankful for the students; every single smile, every accomplishment, reminds us of why we are educators.  

     

    Looking forward, this upcoming school year will be our best yet.  I am confident that we will be able to get back to the fundamentals of what school should be:  positive relationships that foster growth and a challenging, rigorous curriculum that offers robust student achievement.  Enjoy the rest of your summer, read to your children, and be sure to rest and recharge.   

     

    All the best,

    Gretchen 

     

     

    We are seeking community members to serve on the following committees:

    1. Capital Improvement Project Committee (we will focus on determining our district’s need for a capital improvement project; the committee will meet approximately five times over the course of the year)

    2. Counseling Plan Committee (this committee will be responsible for reviewing the District’s counseling plan; the committee will meet approximately four times this school year)

    3. Safety Committee (this committee will be responsible for reviewing the District’s safety plans and implementing safety practices to support the school community; this committee meets every other month)

    4. Health and Wellness Committee (this committee is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all school members through a variety of activities; this committee meets every other month)

    5. Instructional Technology Committee (this committee reviews software programs and devices used in the school to support instruction through technology, as well as brainstorm ideas to use technology in the school setting; this committee meets every other month during the school year)


     

     
     

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