Dear Middle School Parents & Guardians:

 Please join the Middle School Faculty and Staff in welcoming our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Scarpine. Starting on Monday March 3, 2014, Mr. Scarpine will be replacing Mrs. Clark who left us for A.J. Schmidt Elementary School. We wish her the best.

 Mr. Scarpine, a resident of Angola, comes to us from Springville Elementary School where he taught Fifth Grade. Additionally, he has taught 3rd & 4th grades and AIS Math K-5. Prior to joining the teaching staff at Springville Griffith Institute CSD he spent seven years in the United States Navy, with four years of active duty service.

 In May of 2012, Mr. Scarpine completed his Administrative Certification at SUNY Fredonia. He comes to us with a wide variety of experiences including; APPR & CDEP Committees, interviewing new staff members, handling discipline referrals, leading faculty, department and grade level meetings, Instructional Leader for Common Core Implementation and aligning the scope and sequence for K-5 math to the CCLS. Additionally, Mr. Scarpine served as the Co-Chair of the Erie-Cattaraugus Teacher Center Policy Board. 

 Please feel free to stop in to meet him!

 We have now passed the halfway point of the school year and Middle School students are busy participating in a variety of different after school and extra-curricular activities. Most of the Middle School clubs have been meeting on a regular basis and much has been accomplished.

 Preparation and rehearsal for the Middle School musical Grease” has been under way for quite some time now and as always we anticipate a great show. We hope that you will join us for the performances on February 27, 28, & March 1, 2014.

 Other important upcoming events include:

 8th Grade Parent Night - High School Aud. on March 5, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Middle School Music in Our Schools Concert – March 12, 2014 @ 7:00PM

Bald for Bucks – March 13, 2014

8th Grade Washington DC Trip - March 20-22, 2014

Middle School Parent Boosters Meeting - MS LMC on March 24, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

 I would like to remind all MS parents that the Half Day Parent Teacher Conference Days scheduled for March 13 & 14, 2014 have been cancelled due to the unprecedented number of snow days used. These will be full student attendance days.

 The Dignity for all Students Act is legislation that prohibits discriminatory behavior against, and Bullying, Harassment of students based on a number of protected categories including: Race, Religion, Disability Status, & Sexual Identity. More information and an Anti-Bullying reporting form is available on the District and Middle School Websites, simple click on the “No Bullying” link on the left hand side of the page.

 Parents are reminded that the Middle School Website is a valuable source of information. Copies of school correspondence and information regarding extra-curricular club meetings are available there, as are copies of the News from the Middle newsletter and the Middle School Calendar.

 Extra-Curricular activities are an integral part of our program and there truly is something for everyone. A description of each of our extra-curricular activities is posted on the Middle School Website, as is a calendar detailing meeting dates. I encourage you to talk with your child about these opportunities and for you to, in turn, encourage them to get involved in them. 

 I hope your Holidays were warm and safe and I wish you the best in this New Year!



Erich Reidell