Dear Members of the Brighton School Community,
I hope this note finds you having enjoyed the winter and looking forward to a beautiful spring. As we dig into the heart of the third quarter, it’s important to take stock of where we are and consider where we’ll be at the end of the year. As a teacher, this was one of many times of the year when I’d spend extra time considering where my students were and how we would reach the endpoint in the most engaging and meaningful ways possible. No different from a pit stop on a long road trip, late winter is just the right time to pause, check the map, refuel, and get ready for the final leg of the journey.
By the time you receive this newsletter, our athletic teams will have wrapped up a successful winter season engaging the vast majority of our 7-12 students. Many other students, and some of them athletes, will have put on an incredible rendition of “Newsies,” performed in concerts, competed in solofest, published newspapers, debated, donated, danced, discussed, and engaged in a multitude of clubs, activities and worthwhile endeavors based on their individual interests.
At this point in the year, seniors are finalizing their plans for next year and making exciting decisions about the career or college opportunity that makes the most sense for them. They are being presented with exciting and highly competitive opportunities once again. Meanwhile, we’re very excited that for the second year in a row, all K-12 students directly engaged in activities outside of their normal academic and extracurricular routine by participating in the Brighton Believes Day of Caring on March 6. Students in each building completed developmentally appropriate service activities that remind us of our Brighton Beliefs and enhance our work in developing the whole child as a future citizen and leader.
None of this would be possible without the support of our community. We are reminded constantly of the essential role that every community member plays in this work. As the construction and hard work throughout the District can attest, the capital project is well underway with significant progress being made. This is because of you and your 2017 vote to support improvement to all of our facilities, including the work to expand Council Rock Primary School to accommodate full-day kindergarten in 2021 and modernize each building throughout the course of the project. We are also well into developing the proposed budget for 2019-20 and again advocating in Albany for your fair share of state aid. We hope that you will be able to lend your voice to the process and we welcome your input. Please visit bcsd.org for regular updates on the project, the budget, and important districtwide initiatives such as our work on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Thank you again for supporting the work of the District and the future of our community by providing an outstanding educational experience for each and every child.
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools