SOMERS, N.Y. - Teachers, clerical, administrative and custodial staff, as well as construction crews, have all been as busy as bees getting ready for this year’s crop of kids, says Somers Central School District spokesman Matt Carr.
Besides the usual summer break sprucing up of classrooms and polishing of floors, several capital projects are being wrapped up in time for school’s opening on Wednesday, Sept. 4. They include work on the roofs at the Primrose Elementary School and Somers Intermediate School.
As of Saturday, Aug. 10, cranes were spotted on the roof of SIS while crews installed new air-conditioning and heating equipment.
Work replacing about 30,000 square feet of roof at the Somers Middle School began in May. Any façade touch-ups that remain at SMS aren’t expected to disrupt school operations, Carr said.
In June, crews started upgrades on the high school’s auditorium. They included painting the ceiling and installing new theatrical lighting, new curtains and a new audio system.
The athletic fields, which were upgraded last year, are ready to go, Carr said.
There are new faces in Primrose’s main office: Jill Dickinson and Barbara Haggerty, office assistants, and Ana Lopes, secretary to principal.
School begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Primrose and buses leave the parking lot at 2:25 p.m. Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. will be marked late.
Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 4, 5 and 6.
On half days, dismissal is 10:50 a.m. for student pick-up. Buses depart at 11:10 a.m.
Parent drop-off is at the rear of the building from 7:58-8:10 a.m. Cars are not permitted to enter the bus circle. Pick-up are at the back of the school near the garden. The doors are designated by signs and ID will be required to check a student out of school.
The district is asking parents to keep their child’s contact information up to date. A minimum of two emergency contacts are required, as well as the name and number of the child’s pediatrician and dentist. To review and update this information, visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
First- and second-graders can begin purchasing lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 4; kindergartners on Friday, Sept. 13. To keep lunch accounts current, visit the My School Bucks website. To qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, fill out the required form. Questions can be directed to Norma Zeller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “warning bell” sounds at 8:22 a.m. and classes begin at 8:25 a.m. School is dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Parents are asked to drop off their students at the rear of the building, before 8:10 a.m., when the buses start arriving in the loop. If they are dropping off after that, they must park in the upper lot and walk their student into the building.
Regular pick-ups after school is dismissed are also at the rear of the building, by the cafeteria. If a parent needs to pick up a child earlier, that child must bring a note to the front office and get a pass. The parent must come to the main desk and produce identification before the child is allowed to leave the building.
There are no changes to the lunch program.
New to SIS this year is Linda Belger, a longtime teacher and instructional coach. She is taking over as assistant principal from Elizabeth Turner, who moved up to the principal’s spot after Stacey Elconin became the district’s new director of special services.
School begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. Buses leave the parking lot at 3:25 p.m. Students arriving after 9 a.m. are marked late. Any students signed out before 3:15 p.m. will be marked as missing.
Parent drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. in the front of the school near the orange cones. Pick-up begins at 3:15 p.m. at the back, near the fifth-grade wing (turn right upon entering parking lot). If being picked up, your child needs to bring a note to school. And if parents need to pick up their child before 3 p.m., they need to come to the main office. Dismissal from the office will not be permitted between 3 and 3:15 p.m.
Parents can meet SIS teachers at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 (third grade); Tuesday, Sept. 17 (fourth grade), and Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Students can buy lunches beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4.
According to the new schedule, school begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.
Letters notifying parents of pick-up/drop-off times went out Monday, Aug. 12. For any questions, contact email@example.com.
The high school has officially moved to a hybrid block schedule. District officials studied the issue for two years, with teachers, students and administrators visiting schools where block scheduling was already in place.
Last year, students had eight classes. Under the new system, they will have six and everyone, including teachers, will break for lunch at the same time. Courses will rotate over an eight-day cycle.
Two classes in the students’ course load will not meet each day, but will rotate back into the schedule the next day.
Last year, classes were 41 minutes long, plus three minutes “passing time” between classes. Under the new schedule, they are 55 minutes long, plus 3 minutes passing time between classes.