From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As always, we encourage you to attend your child’s Parent–Teacher Conference. Parent-Teacher conferences serve as a face to face check point to determine if current instruction is meeting the complex needs of students. The relationship between a parent, teacher, and a student must be continuous. It is our intent that this on-going dialogue will continue to ensure a positive course for your child’s learning during the school year. Please keep in mind that your child must maintain a 65% or higher course grade average in order to be promoted to the next grade. Getting off to a good start is critical given instruction becomes more rigorous as the school year progresses. Five week progress reports are scheduled to be sent out on or around the first week of October and 10-week report cards on November 26th.
Here’s what’s upcoming academically for Gaskill Prep:
ACADEMIC SUPPORT AT GASKILL PREP
Gaskill Prep foremost priority is to make sure ALL students are ready for the next level of their educational career: high school. We are committed to offering multiple pathways for our students so that they may be successful at the high school level.
We will be offering various initiatives for students this year including the following new programs:
21st Century Program
Students who are considered not at grade level can receive additional academic support either during school or afterschool. One initiative which will be providing afterschool support is the 21st Century Program. The program provides academic support with a focus on language arts and math skills. Busing will be provided for those students who already receive bus transportation. In addition, we will provide a daily snack for each student. The program will target students considered below grade level in Math or English & Language Arts, so that students may be proficient prior to moving on to high school. In addition, the program will include an enrichment component focusing on health & wellness; social development; arts & technology. Busing will be provided for those students who already receive bus transportation. Consistent attendance and positive behavior are required for participation in this program. If you would like to complete an application to secure a space for your son or daughter, please contact Mr. Zafuto, School Counselor at 278-5820.
PRIDE is an alternative education program held afterschool that provides a more structured focused learning environment for students who may have behavorial, attendance, and academic difficulties. It is a condensed program allowing students to concentrate on the four (4) cores--- Math, English, Social Studies, and Science. Successful completion will allow students an opportunity for entry into high school.
Please place on your calendar the following important academic dates:
October 8 NO SCHOOL
October 16 Grade 7 Field Trip to Fort Niagara
November 12 NO SCHOOL
November 14 Parent/Teacher Conference Day
November 15 PEG Meeting 9:30 A.M.
November 21 NO SCHOOL
November 22 NO SCHOOL
November 23 NO SCHOOL
You can also monitor your child’s learning by familiarizing yourself with your child’s subjects on the Parent Portal. Also, you can learn about grade-level curriculum by logging on to the district’s website at www.nfschools.net, click on ‘Academics’, and hi-light curriculum by grade level. In addition for monitoring purposes, you can register for the district’s parent portal where you can track your child’s grades, attendance, and other records.
As always, we continue to request that you encourage your child to read as much as possible. As you know, reading is a vital skill needed across all subject areas. Over the course of the school year, your child is expected to read daily both in school and out-of-school. Independent reading helps our students to develop and improve skills that will allow them to be better readers, writers, thinkers, and life-long learners.
Lastly, we encourage your input. Please feel free to call our office at any time if you have an idea or a question.