Dear School Community Members,
This week, we will be taking a break from our learning and preparation for the NYS 3 through 8 assessments and preparation for our Regents examinations. According to the History Channel, Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Presidents Day 2019 occurs on Monday, February 18. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.
During this February recess, I encourage you to spend time with family and friends. Remind your children to read a book or practice an instrument. Perhaps take the time to play a family board game, go to a movie, get outdoors or visit an elder. You will find the time spent with your children and our young people will be a valuable investment in our future.
As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out and say hello when you see me around the schools and town, or follow me on Twitter @DrStopinski
Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools