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Superintendent of Schools

A Message from Yiendhy Farrelly……

August 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

I hope you are enjoying your summer! We kicked off the summer by watching our Class of 2017 end their high school career in spectacular fashion cheered on by staff, faculty, family and friends! We also celebrated the work and dedication of 24 wonderful staff and faculty members who retired at the end of the school year.  We wish our staff and faculty retirees, and our graduates, the best in all their future endeavors!

Our Board of Education, administrators, staff and faculty members are committed to our goals and action plans which will enhance curriculum, instruction, student outcomes, facilities and our learning environment. This summer, extended school year students were actively engaged in enriching experiences at South Bay. Throughout the year, our elementary students’ ELA skills have flourished through the use of the Lucy Calkins Teachers College Reading and Writing Units of Study. In addition, for the 2017-2018 school year, our administrators have worked diligently to develop a districtwide K - 5 schedule that allows for increased interventions, enrichment, support opportunities, and increased PE time for students.  We have also adopted a new social studies program in order to continue to build our students’ literacy skills across the entire curriculum. Our teachers have worked to align our math and science curricula. You can view the entire elementary curriculum as part of our K-5 Academic Cross Curricular Maps on our district website within the Curriculum and Instruction tab.  At the secondary level, all of our teachers are preparing for the many exciting crosscutting concepts as part of our transition to the Next Generation Science Standards. Our teachers have been focusing on looking at student work in all academic areas in order to bring the very best instructional practices to all our students in all content areas. 

Our building and grounds department has been busy preparing the facilities for our students, staff and faculty! When everyone returns this September, they will notice additional parking, a new bus loop and front entrance sidewalks at the high school. Our high school students will immediately notice the renovations done to the boys and girls locker rooms. At the junior high, our students will enjoy newly renovated bathrooms, new unit ventilators, art classroom updates as well as new cafeteria ceilings. Tooker Avenue students and families will immediately see the new kindergarten playground, sidewalks, curbing, new classroom sink basin cabinetry, hallway floor tiles and newly paved parking lots. Santapogue, Forest, Tooker, JHS and JFK are all scheduled to receive a new roof recoat in the next few weeks. We are also excited to see our newly renovated JHS auditorium - Eagle Hall!  Please visit our website to view pictures of our ongoing and completed facility upgrades. 

With the leadership and dedication of our entire staff and faculty members, as well as these curriculum and instruction initiatives, our students will be on their way to meet the endless opportunities and excitement of a new school year! I hope you continue to have a relaxing and enjoyable summer. I look forward to seeing your child(ren) on opening day, September 6th, and celebrating their success throughout the school year! 

Yours truly, 

Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly
Superintendent of Schools