Dear Parents and Guardians,

Fall is now upon us and the arrival of fall means that students and staff are settling into the rhythms of the school year.  Part of the rhythm of school is enjoying annual events that celebrate our identity as a school, district and community.  The month of October offers many events that enrich the culture of Merton Williams and contribute to the District’s vision to make our schools the heart of our community.

The first is the Merton Williams Open House on October 16 at 6:30 p.m.  Open House is an annual fall tradition where parents are invited to meet teachers, learn about programs, and get a first-hand look at what  Merton Williams students are doing in class. 7th grade parents will get a chance to put faces to names while getting a  better sense of how middle school curriculum, instruction and assessment practices work.  8th grade parents will get to meet new teachers and learn about how course requirements change from 7th to 8th grade.  Details on the program will be emailed and posted on our website later this month.

Open House falls right in the middle of Spirit Week this year.  Student Council is organizing the daily events as well as preparing for the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 17.  The Homecoming Parade is a wonderful event that includes all of our schools and many local community groups.  Beginning at Quest Elementary school at 5:45pm, the parade culminates at the High School.  Following the parade is the annual Homecoming Football game that begins at 7pm in the newly renovated LeBeau Stadium. Bring your whole family to the parade and football game to cheer on our students and show your pride in being a Hilton Cadet!

One of the core beliefs of the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme is service to the community.  This year Merton Williams students will have a number of opportunities to learn how to contribute to their school, village, town, and global communities.  One of the first opportunities will be Saturday, October 25, for the annual community Make A Difference Day.  This day of community volunteerism begins at the High School at 8:15am and lasts until noon.  Students from every school participate in a variety of projects to assist residents and beautify our community. Every year the number of Merton Williams students participating increases, so encourage your son or daughter to sign up.  Parent volunteers are welcome too!

The last event is not an annual one, but a very important one nonetheless because it effects the District’s efforts to have the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme authorized which will result in the Hilton CSD becoming the first public school district in New York State to be designated as an IB District! Representatives from IB will visit the district from October 27-29 to assess our progress toward full implementation of the Middle Years Programme.  We are looking for volunteers from each school to serve on a Parent Focus Group that will meet with IB representatives to talk about the implementation process.  If you are interested, please contact me directly at tdobbertin@hilton.k12.ny.us. 

This month’s events are special because they offer many chances to stay involved in your child’s education in a variety of ways.  Some people may say that parents of middle school students should not be as involved in their child’s education as they enter their teenage years.  Don’t you believe a word of it! Parental involvement is more important than ever as your children grow older. 

I look forward to seeing you at Open House and at Homecoming! 

 

Sincerely,

Tim Dobbertin, Principal

 


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