Phone: (585) 786-8000 ext. 1147
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Joseph Englebert, Superintendent of Schools
Sources of Pride
We are well into another successful school year. As I write this, we are eagerly awaiting final approval on the Capital Project you so graciously supported. All signs point to us staying on schedule to begin work in January of 2019 (and to continue to grow the district for future generations), so this is a good time to reflect on the amazing work our students, faculty, staff, and families have done over the past several years. Before I begin discussing our many gains, let me highlight (in no particular order) just some of the wonderful improvements that are part of this Capital Project.
- Pre-Kindergarten on Warsaw Elementary School campus
- Refurbished Elementary School kitchen and cafeteria
- New offices for Elementary, Special Education and School Nurse
- New Middle/High School Art suite
- Refurbished Technology Education suite with an outdoor construction area
- New Middle/High School Fitness Center for Physical Education, Athletics, and Student Health and Wellness
- Upgrades to both Elementary and MHS auditorium lights and sound systems
Beginning in January, I will be periodically sending our community members detailed Capital Project updates and timelines to assist in keeping everyone current on items that will affect your child and impact your visits to our campus.
As I think about the amazing future we are building for our students, it would be great to reflect on our District’s growth over the last several years. I will begin by saying how proud I have been of the work the Board of Education, administrative team, teachers, support staff, and students have done to get us to this point. It is not always easy work, but it is gratifying to see the results - and it gives me a sense of pride to be part of so much success. I will just reflect on the big items for now, realizing that there is more that will go unsaid due to space limitations.
We can begin with our school’s ranking within western New York. Prior to 2013-14, our ranking out of the 100-plus schools ranked in our region was in the high 80s/low 90s. We are now ranked in the top 40 – and this year we are actually ranked in the top 25 of all western New York Schools for SAT scores! We have grown learning opportunities for all of our students in the area of STEM, with a focus on an area that is the backbone of our community - agriculture. The development of an Agriculture Education Program, including a new FFA Chapter, coupled with advances in other areas like technology and business, and success in all of our subject areas, has provided more opportunities for our students to excel. Our Fine Arts programs have produced award-winning student-artists and musicians. I wish I could list them all. Every employee and student involved has played a role in our success.
We have also had many successful athletic teams over the last several years, including the productive mergers of two great school communities, Warsaw and Letchworth, for varsity and junior varsity football and boys’ soccer. We have continued to provide athletic opportunities through mergers with not only Letchworth, but also Wyoming Central School. Our indoor winter track and fall cross-country teams have found success. We continue to grow our extra-curricular offerings with clubs like Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Builders Club (Kiwanis Service Learning Group), Girls on the Run, and Lego League in the Elementary School.
The implementation and success of the Leader in Me program at the Elementary School, and our MHS Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) programs, also deserve mention. The addition of a Career Coordinator and Career Counseling Center have helped our MHS students prepare for the future while still in high school. The District has also added a social worker, and made enhancements that affect school safety and mental health education.
All of this was accomplished while working to be responsible to our tax base. We work hard to use your tax dollars responsibly and in creative ways to maximize programming. None of this could be done without the amazing support of our community and families. Our growth remains on an upward trajectory, and our future remains so very bright. This is truly a great time to attend Warsaw Central Schools and to live in this wonderful community. Thank you!