Lancaster Central School District

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  • Thank you to everyone who came out to support our budget, capital project, and bus proposition, all of which were approved by voters. Congratulations to Mrs. Brenda Christopher and Mrs. Kelly Depczynski for being elected to the board of education. See 'Headlines' for complete election results. 
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  • Budget 2015-16
    Information on the $99.94 million proposed budget for 2015-16 has been posted on the district's website. Read more here. 
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  • District Calendar
    The Lancaster Central School District 2015-2016 calendar has been approved by the board of education and can be viewed here: 2015-16 Calendar at a Glance
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Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...
 
Who can't conjure an image of the excitement you felt as a child over the first days of school? Whether the thrill of anticipation came from meeting a new teacher and starting new classes, or shopping for school supplies and clothes, or reuniting with friends, the feeling was real. Being the father of four Lancaster students, I can tell you the excitement level in my house is mounting.
 
For someone who has been out of the classroom, even for a short while, it's easy to imagine that schools operate the same way they did 'back in the day.' Even in the brief time that my children have been in Lancaster schools, the pace of change in technology has accelerated and teachers and schools are challenged to keep up. Technology is an integral part of our routine, an essential part of your child's instructional day.
 
Today's classrooms are infused with technology and teachers spend their summers eagerly absorbing the latest technology applications. This summer, we have been working to bring some of the most exciting advancements in technology ever, placing additional Chromebooks throughout the district. We are pleased with the positive reception they have received and continue to explore ways to further enhance their use.
 
Also new this year, based on student request, we are opening a gateway to an enhanced level of communication and will become one of the first school districts in Western New York to give all students in grades seven through 12 their own email accounts. We agree with our students that having access to email is an important educational tool and we have planned diligently over the last couple of years to be successful at making this a productive, positive experience.
 
In my discussion with students, they've said they believe that learning how maintain an email account is essential for success in college and in the workforce. By providing student email accounts, we are giving students a tool that will have an immediate impact on their academic lives. Some practical uses of district-issued email include communicating with teachers regarding questions, extra help, or homework. Students can use email to communicate with each other about assignments or collaborate on group projects. While text messaging is expedient, e-mail will help students become accustomed to a more formal model of communicating complex ideas. Access to district-issued email is particularly vital to students who are seeking to secure internship opportunities or follow up on networking connections made with professionals who are linked to our academies.
 
We are pleased to make email available for our students and look forward to this expansion of opportunities for them. For questions about student use of computer resources, please see our acceptable use policy at www.lancasterschools.org/student_AUP.
  
Sincerely,
 
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

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