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 Congratulations to our Academy of Finance for being named a
National Academy Foundation
Distinguished Academy
for the 6th consecutive year!!
Congratulations to
Lancaster High School for
being named a
School of Distinction
for the 3rd consecutive year by the New York Public High School Athletic Association
for all varsity teams achieving a 90% or greater average!
 Academy of Finance scholar athlete  


Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...

On behalf of the students of the Lancaster Central School District, the faculty and staff, and the board of education, I would like to humbly thank the community for your overwhelming support of our 2016-17 budget.

Last month, we talked about some of the amazing programs and activities that your investment supports, but that really was just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some newly-released highlights.

 As was anticipated, the athletic department received confirmation of a ‘hat trick’ third consecutive designation of High School of Distinction from the New York Public High School Athletic Association for all varsity teams in all seasons achieving a 90 percent or higher academic average.

Since the National Academy Foundation began bestowing its Distinguished Academy designation six years ago, our own Academy of Finance is one of just four academies around the country (out of a network of 716) to have achieved Distinguished status every year. This year, NAF created a special category for these select four academies, and the Lancaster High School Academy of Finance is now known by NAF as "Distinguished Forever.” At the NAF Next conference this July, each of the 716 NAF academies will receive a publication highlighting these four academies as role models to strive to emulate.

Following a recent television broadcast featuring our Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra (the second oldest high school steel drum band in the country) the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra invited CKSO to appear on stage with them at a February 2017 performance. This is a singular honor as most student ensembles who are invited to perform by the BPO appear as an ‘opening act’ in the Mary Seton Room at Kleinhans. In the case of CKSO, they will be accompanying the BPO during their on-stage performance. If you’ve ever heard CKSO perform, you understand why!

As the school year winds down, I am sure there are many other 2016-17 highlights we will have to share with you. We’re anticipating our history-making graduation rate of 99 percent to hold steady, with millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to be announced to seniors on June 6. Topping our list of graduates is a dynamic duo—twins Jenna and Steven Neumaier—valedictorian and salutatorian.

An approved budget means we can continue on the path we have been traveling for the last several years that includes support for students who need it, engaging and motivating instructional opportunities at every grade level, and a positive working climate for our faculty and staff. Once again, thank you for supporting all that we do on behalf of your children and all of the children in this community.

Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools