Principal's Message

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­­­Good afternoon,

We had another great week at Cosgrove. This week we welcomed Mr. John Halligan who shared “Ryan’s story” with our school. Mr. Halligan’s son, Ryan, committed suicide after being bullied by classmates at his school and online. This is a very challenging topic, but Mr. Halligan did a great job of sharing his son’s story, while also offering strong words of advice for our students: “Don’t be a bystander, be an up stander.” He challenged our students to stand up for themselves and others when they witness harassment or bullying. I encourage all families to take some time this weekend to discuss this important topic. If your student is experiencing harassment or bullying at school or online, please do not hesitate to reach out to their grade level administrator/counselor for assistance. We take this topic very seriously and are committed to ensuring that each and every Cosgrove student feels welcomed, affirmed, and safe at school.

      

Below are a number of updates for next week and beyond:

Letter day rotation:

            9/26– D day

            9/27 – E1 day

            9/28 – A day

            9/29 – B Day

            9/30 – C day

 

Spirt week: Next week is sprit week! This annual event is a week filled with fun and school spirit. Each day next week, students (and staff) are encouraged to participate in our dress up theme days. Participation in these dress up days is high and is a great way to enhance the climate of the building.

Here are our themes for next week:

 Monday: Pajama Day

 Tuesday: Holiday Day

Wednesday: Crazy Hat/Hair Day

Thursday: Character Day

Friday: Class Color Day (6th grade wear white, 7th grade wear blue, 8th grade wear gold)

We will culminate this week long celebration on Friday, September 30th with a school wide pep assembly in the afternoon. I look forward to seeing all of the fun (school appropriate) outfits next week.

 

Guest speaker: On Monday, October 3, 2022, Cosgrove students will attend a presentation from Max Stossel. Mr. Stossel is a nationally recognized speaker who specializes on the impact of social media on teens and parents. We will walk over to the HS at the beginning of 6th period on this day so that our entire school can hear the presentation at the same time. We will walk back from the presentation at 2:30 and will be back to Cosgrove in time for dismissal.

Mr. Stossel’s website is here https://www.socialawakening.org/ and a short clip on one of his presentations can be found here 2 minute video.

 

NYS Assessment Scores in Infinite Campus Backpack (From last week):

In March and April of 2022, students in grades 3-8 participated in the mandated New York State Testing Program for English Language Arts and Mathematics and the district has administered these annual assessments using computer-based testing.

These assessments provide the district valuable feedback in terms of our curriculum and instructional practices. Within the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, you will find your student’s test score reports for these assessments. In accordance with Education Law, these results will not be included on the student's official transcript or in the student's permanent record and are being provided to you for diagnostic purposes.

Level 1 and 2 students may require additional support in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics development offered through our district’s Response to Intervention (RtI) program.  RtI services range from monitor to direct services. Although these assessment scores are important, they are only one piece of information that is examined to determine a student’s progress in ELA and Mathematics. Classroom performance, classroom assessments and report card grades will also be carefully reviewed to determine if direct academic support is required or if your student will be monitored in the program. If your student will be receiving RtI services, you will be contacted in the near future.

To view these score reports, please access the Infinite Campus Backpack by logging in to the Parent Portal HERE

 

8th Grade Trip (from last week): I am excited to share that after a three-year pause, our 8th grade trip to Boston, MA is back! We have partnered with a local travel company and have put together what I think is an amazing opportunity for our students. We will be meeting with our 8th grade students on Wednesday, October 5, during advisement to provide an overview of the trip. We will also be holding an 8th grade trip parent information night on the same day (October 5) to share all of the details (cost, itinerary, fundraising opportunities, etc.). This trip is open to every 8th grade student and I look forward to sharing all the details soon.

I hope you have a nice weekend and as always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

 


Take Care,

Jim


Grade level contact information:

Administrator

Counselor

6th – Jim Centola

349-5302

[email protected]

Julianne Henninger

349-5342

[email protected]

7th- Tom Burger

349-5321

[email protected]

Erin Bell

349-5345

[email protected]

8th – Jamie Hill-Dougherty

349-5311

[email protected]

Jackquelyn Woodard

349-5343

[email protected]

Social Worker

Traci Powlowski

349-5361

[email protected]

 


 
   
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim Centola

Principal Jim Centola

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Main Office:  585-349-5300


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