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Waverly appoints new principal at Elm Street Elementary School

Following an extensive search, the Waverly Board of Education appointed John Cheresnowsky as the new principal of Elm Street Elementary School at its April 20 meeting. Cheresnowsky, a fifth-grade teacher at Chemung School, will replace Elm Street Principal Anne Bernard, who will retire at the end of the school year. He will begin his new position on July 1.

John Cheresnowsky"The district coordinated a state-wide search and was very pleased to have one of its own faculty advance to this leadership position," said Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards. "It's a compliment to our district that we can develop leaders of Mr. Cheresnowsky's caliber and have them continue their careers with the district and continue to provide leadership in a new capacity."

Cheresnowsky attended Penn State and Mansfield University, earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in elementary education. He completed graduate studies at Elmira College and will complete his certification educational administration through the University of Scranton in January 2017.

Cheresnowksy started as a substitute teacher in the district in 2004. He served as a Family Student Advisor before entering the classroom as a fifth-grade teacher. A native of Sayre, Cheresnowsky and his wife live in Athens with their four children. He serves on the Athens Board of Education, is a Little League board member and coaches basketball.

"Our interview teams provided very positive feedback about the personal and professional qualities John will bring to his new position, noting that he has a passion for students, knows the curriculum, has experience in a positive school culture and a passion for leadership," said Richards.

According to Richards, Cheresnowsky is a proven faculty leader who has served on numerous district committees including curriculum planning and teacher evaluation development. He also facilitates the scoring of state assessments. In addition, Cheresnowsky has received scores of "highly effective" through the state teacher evaluation system and has show continuous growth that ranks among the best in the region.

"Mr. Cheresnowsky is a man of great integrity who possesses personal, professional and leadership skills with a history of demonstrated achievement," said Richards.

Cheresnowsky shared high praise for the members of his fifth-grade teaching team and the Waverly school community. "It will be a privilege to utilize my knowledge in curriculum and instruction and educational administration as the principal at Elm Street Elementary School. I hold the highest regard and respect for Waverly's administrative team and welcome working with them to uphold the district's mission to inspire, educate, learn, succeed and grow," he said.

Waverly appoints new principal at Lincoln Street Elementary School

Following a statewide search, the Waverly Board of Education appointed Colleen M. Hall as the new principal of Lincoln Street Elementary School at its April 20 meeting. Hall will replace long-time district administrator Diane Tymoski, who will retire at the end of the school year. Hall will begin in the district on July 1.

Colleen Hall"Mrs. Hall is a well-regarded school improvement specialist with a deep and diverse background," said Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards. "She will bring an immense amount of experience and skill to her new position in Waverly."

Hall earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Susquehanna University and a master's degree in educational psychology from SUNY Albany. She also studied at Massachusetts College and holds permanent certification as a school district administrator.

She currently works as an educational consultant in the Hudson City School district. She began her career as a vocal music teacher in the Greenville School District, advancing to Middle School Assistant Principal then Principal and finally Director of Curriculum and Communications in the district. She also has worked as Director of School Improvement for Questar III BOCES and Educational Consultant for Catskill Central School District.

According to Richards, Hall has considerable leadership experience in school improvement initiatives, including implementing practices in Response to Intervention, Common Core Learning Standards, teacher evaluations, curriculum mapping and alignment and math and ELA curriculum.

"Of particular note for this position is her experience in staff development and parent education at the primary level, including hosting family nights to model strategies for parents to help their children with math and ELA homework as the new Common Core Learning Standards were introduced," said Richards. "She also has written several grants and school improvement plans. The breadth and depth of her experience and skill set is very impressive."

According to Richards, Hall is a native of Athens and is looking forward to returning to the area with her husband and two children. "She was pleased to be selected for the position and a move back to The Valley will allow her to enjoy her extended family while providing leadership in our school and community," said Richards.

"I have built my skills in leadership, curriculum and instruction, data-driven instruction, school community engagement and professional growth," said Hall. "But my greatest successes and satisfaction have occurred while working collaboratively with teachers, administrators and the community to truly impact the lives of children."


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Waverly Middle School identified as Focus School by the New York State Department of Education

District officials have been notified by the New York State Department of Education that Waverly Middle School has been identified as a Focus School and the district as a Focus District due to students with disabilities not making sufficient progress on the New York State English/Language Arts and math assessments.

"It is unfortunate - but opportunistic - that the school will have this label," said Superintendent Randy Richards. "I am disappointed for the students, staff and community. However, I have been involved in similar issues before and I am confident that in the end, our educational program instruction and student learning and achievement will be better for it," Dr. Richards said.

According to Dr. Richards, the next steps in the process include an Integrated Intervention Team (IIT) from the state Education Department visiting the district in May to look at practices and determine recommendations for improvement. The IIT, using a review model, will look at broad areas including instruction, decision making processes, leadership capacity, practices and decisions, curriculum development and support, teacher practices and decisions, student social and emotional developmental health and family and community engagement. The results of the study will be used as a diagnostic tool for school improvement.

The district also has hired Education Consultant Dr. Jean Papandrea to guide the district through the review and improvement process and to work with Director of Curriculum and Instruction Georgia Weed to prepare for the review team's visit and then implement the recommendations for improving student achievement.

"This process will give us a chance to look at how we conduct business and identify those areas where we need to improve," said Dr. Richards. "I believe there is a silver lining in this cloud, as it will be a galvanizing issue that will bring our teachers, parents and community members together for the good of our students."



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District Events
May 5, 2016
There is NOT a Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 5th.
May 31, 2016
No School - Snow "Give Back Day"
No School
High School Events
May 10, 2016
MS/HS PAC MEETING 5:00
AUDITORIUM
Chemung Elementary Events
May 9, 2016
YES! Leads 8:20am - 11:00am
May 10, 2016
Book Fair 8:00an - 2:00pm
May 17, 2016
Band/Chorus Concert Grade 4th & 5th 7:00pm
High School Auditorium
May 20, 2016
Science Fair All Day
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Elm Street Events
May 6, 2016
Billy Goats Gruff 9:00 a.m.
May 10, 2016
PAWS Meeting 6:30 P.M.
May 17, 2016
Gr. 4 Chorus & Band Concert 7:00 P.M.
May 24, 2016
Gr. 3 & 4 Concert @ H.S. 7:00 P.M.
May 25, 2016
Gr. 4 NYS Science Test
Lincoln Street Events
May 26, 2016
Pre-K to Binghamton Zoo 8:45-2:00
Zoo Trip
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Waverly Central School District Beliefs
Children are our first priority and every decision and action must be based on their needs.

We believe …
      learning is a life-long process where high expectations, attainable goals, and academic needs are supported and where hard work is rewarded.

We believe …
      promoting the alliance of home, school, and community advances student success.

We believe …
      encouraging flexibility, creativity, and risk-taking helps students become critical problem solvers.

We believe …
      integrating modern technology and other resources prepares students for the future.

We believe …
      cultivating active, open and ongoing relationships with business and agency partners enhance student learning.

We believe …
      fostering enthusiasm for co-curricular activities encourages social and academic growth.

Waverly School District Goals
1. Graduation Rate Goals:
By June 2018 and thereafter, increase the graduation rate to 100%.

By June 2018 and thereafter, increase and maintain the percentage of students who are receiving Regents diploma with advanced designation from 34% in 2015 to 10% above the statewide average in 2018.

2. Student Achievement Goals:
By June 2018, increase academic achievement of all students through challenging and engaging curricula, effective instruction, and aligned assessments as measured by the NYS and local assessments.

By June 2018, address the needs of the whole child through challenging and engaging curricula, effective instruction, and aligned assessments engaging students in visual/performing arts, physical education, career/technical education, and life skills to help achieve personal success as measured by local assessments and participation rates.

3. Culture and Climate Goals:
By June 2018, students and families feel connected with and supported by the school as measured by a district-wide climate survey.

By June 2018, ensure that all schools, district departments and the Board of Education connect with all students and families as measured by a district-wide climate survey, student and family involvement, and attendance, dropout and suspension data.

4. Finance Goals:
By June 2018, generate and equitably allocate resources for programs and services that enable every student to succeed as measured by percentage of spending per student compared to BOCES region and state average.

By June 2018, educate the community to be advocates for public education as measured by the district-wide climate survey and by promoting positive press.

5. Family and Community:
By June 2018, increase number of community partnerships directly tied to service-based learning, job opportunities, and student leadership as measured by the number/types of partnerships, students involved, and the district-wide climate survey.

6. Extra-Curricular Activities Goal:
By June 2018, increase number of clubs/activities to engage all students, increase school spirit and address the needs of the whole child as measured by number and range of offerings.