Message from the Principal


This summer felt like one of the shortest in more than thirty years of summers as an educator. I haven’t had time to actually count the days, but it has been so incredibly busy getting ready for the amazing year to come that time has just flown. We have so much to look forward to for the 2019-2020 school year and we are ready! We have new staff to welcome to North Collins, new ideas for how to best help our children learn and grow, and a renewed excitement around just how good we can be as a school.

We have been busy finding the very best and brightest teachers to join our school community. This year we welcome four new teachers to the Elementary School, two classroom teachers, one reading teacher, and one special education teacher. Krista Blakowski will be joining us as the new Second Grade teacher who will work alongside Mrs. Kirschler and Mrs. DeFeo. Ms. Blakowski comes to us from the Iroquois School District with over five years of teaching and a real insight into how kids learn best. She has a strong background in helping children learn and grow as good people, as well as good students. Ms. Karlie Bley will be in her second year teaching as she comes over from the Salamanca City Central School District. Ms. Bley will be bringing the energy and passion for helping children succeed to the 5th Grade team of Mrs. Ball and Mrs. Dintino. Ms. Kelli Vachon will join Mrs. Ferry and Mrs. Welker in our Reading Department this year. Ms. Vachon will be in her fourth year in education, most recently at Reach Academy Charter School in Buffalo where she was a well-regarded reading teacher who quickly rose to coordinator position. Finding the best takes the best and I want to thank our interview committees for their work in identifying the very best new teachers for our school.

Our returning teachers spent the summer learning and preparing as well. All teachers collaborated this summer on how to effectively integrate our new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum and materials. Many have worked closely with our BOCES curriculum support both in person and through an online book study to weave the Journeys reading program, Really Great Reading Phonics program, and a comprehensive approach to writing called The Writing Revolution. Reading and writing are the absolute core of what we do as an elementary school. I am certain that the hard work done this summer by our seasoned staff will bring this part of our instruction to the next level. Our teachers spend their summer learning and growing to be better at helping each child do the same. It shows every year and this year will be the best yet!

Time truly does fly. Before we know it, June will be here and we will all ask where the year went. Make time this year to join in our many activities for families. One evening at Open House, one PTA Family Night, or one visit to have lunch with your child is a start. One day, one moment with your child will slow down time and more than one will make meaningful memories. It’s going to be a great year!



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