I hope you had a special holiday season filled with many great memories. As we turn the page to 2020, it’s hard to believe we are already at the midway point of the school year!
Looking back, the first four months were filled with a great deal of memorable moments and accomplishments. From successes on the field to exhilarating performances, it’s a great time to be a Red Raider.
Our boys soccer and cheerleading teams captured Sectional Titles while swimmer Angelina Trapp won an individual Sectional Title in the 500-yard freestyle. In November, our middle school students put on a magical rendition of the musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. while choir and band students filled the air with the sweet sounds of the holiday season in the month of December.
Exemplary academic performance by our students was also on display as a team of sixth graders was awarded a Student Research Award from the New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust for a research project on the Phelps General Store. The project was completed last year while the students were members of the Research Club at the intermediate school. Our middle school robotics team also shined at regional competition with its design of a self-cleaning and solar powered drinking fountain.
Not to be outdone, Pal-Mac staff members were recognized for excellence as well. Chris Mahnke, Pal-Mac boys soccer coach, was named Coach of the Year for Class B1. Middle School teacher Teresa Gross was awarded a Golden Apple Award from WROC-TV (Channel 8) and our Athletic Director, Tom Schmandt, was recognized as the Chapter 5 Athletic Administrator of the Year as voted on by his peers.
Capital project work continues throughout our district. The project, as approved by voters, will provide much needed updates to critical heating, ventilation and cooling systems, athletic facilities, and expansion and improvements to our fine art facilities. Work is also ongoing to update our primary and intermediate school facilities and gymnasiums. Updates to our facilities are made possible by you, the voters, and we greatly appreciate your support of our schools.
As a board, our job is certainly made easier by the exceptional work taking place on a daily basis throughout our schools. We are proud to call the Pal-Mac community home and will continue to serve each and every day with the best interests of the community in mind.
We greatly appreciate the support we receive from staff members and the community.
On behalf of the Board of Education, we are eager for what lies ahead, and look forward to a great second half of the year.
Sharon Lang, Board of Education President