Sunday, June 5, 2016

School Year Wrap-Up

Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. I would especially like to thank all of our Veterans for their service to our country.  I make a trip to the Veteran's cemetery each year to see all the flags of our local fallen heroes and visit the grave of my father-in-law who was a WWII Veteran. It is a humbling sight to see.

Special Olympics
The Special Olympics was a fun day as always. Our students had a great day and had so much fun! I think I saw just about everyone one of our students, whether in our school programs or BOCES programs, and they all had HUGE smiles on their faces! The kickoff parade was such a great start to the day; they were all so excited. We had students try events that were challenging, like the 400 meter race (believe me, that is pretty long!) and other events that were fun like the softball throw.


Its hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end, it certainly has flown by! Our WGHS graduation is on June 18 and will include many students who have worked through academic challenges to earn their diploma as well. We are very proud of all of our graduates as they complete high school and move on to college, the military or join the work force.

I am excited to attend a graduation ceremony on June 9 for our students who have completed their diplomas through BOCES. It's one of my favorite events, and I haven't missed one yet. It's a great feeling to see some of our students who have overcome huge obstacles, socially, emotionally and academically, as they complete their education with a wonderful personalized ceremony. To see see the pride on their families's faces, as well as all the students, is priceless.

Summer Activities
And as we wrap-up the year, there are always more activities for our students to partake in. I want to share just a few more links with ideas for things to do if you are still looking.

The LDA has two summer programs that I have heard good things about from parents. One is the SAIL program for students ages. Students can spend their day doing activities in the areas of art, math, technology, reading, music, study skills and social awareness. Here is the link for more information, click here.

The other program, Leaning Without Boarders, is for teens and it gives them the opportunity to enjoy real-life learning experiences. Click here for more information.

Enjoy your summer!