Dear Parents and Members of the Lowville Academy School Community,
On behalf of the Board of Education, staff and administration, please accept our sincerest thanks on a soon to be completed 2017-18 school year. We
appreciate your efforts to work with us as partners in your child’s education. Your role and support is essential in the success each child finds both here
and in life. As always, the entire staff at LACS will continue to work hard and strive for excellence in an effort to help our students be successful both
inside and outside the classroom.
As we finish this year we want to express our congratulations and best wishes to the class of 2018. We know that they are well prepared to meet any
challenges they will encounter in the future. The past 13 years have passed quickly for them and their families. We are very proud of their
accomplishments at Lowville Academy and wish them all the best as they go out into the world. The entire community is invited to attend their
graduation ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23rd.
Thank you again for all of your support and assistance as we work together to provide the best education possible for our students. Have a wonderful
Cheryl R. Steckly
Superintendent of Schools
Keeping your children safe while at school is our top priority. We strongly believe that providing support to all of our students will help to protect and
promote safety throughout our entire school community. The district provides many activities that promote positive ideas and goals and we encourage
all students to get connected with peers and staff and become involved in activities that interest them. Within this supportive environment, students are
encouraged to share concerns and information. We also work very hard to know our students and provide any support they need. Each building has a
support team that meets regularly to discuss student concerns and address students’ academic, social, behavioral and emotional needs. Academic
needs are provided in various ways through classroom interventions, academic intervention and special education services. To meet social, emotional,
and behavioral needs, we are fortunate to have a caring and concerned faculty, staff and administrative team along with two school psychologists, three
guidance counselors, a student assistance counselor and youth advocate from Mountain View Prevention Services, the YEAH! Program Coordinator
provided through the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, a BOCES social worker who assists as needed, as well as a counselor from Behavioral
Health (one day per week). All of these services are provided on site within the context of the school day. These individuals all help to provide the
necessary support for our students.
In addition to these supportive processes, the district has several safety measures currently in place to protect students and promote student learning in
the classroom. Among those procedures are:
District Identification Badges: All staff wear district ID badges when at school to make identification of staff and visitors easier throughout the school
day and/or during times of emergency.
Controlled Access: All exterior doors are locked throughout the school day and access for the building is granted through a “buzz in” system.
Security Camera System: We have security cameras in our school to help monitor activity both inside and outside the building. This assists us in
identifying areas of concern and also provides information as we investigate safety and disciplinary incidents. We are currently awaiting approval
from the State Education Department for purchase of a new and upgraded camera system that provides additional coverage and higher quality
Safety Drills: Each school year the district conducts fire and evacuation drills along with lockdown drills. These practice sessions ensure that our
students and staff know the procedures and are prepared to quickly evacuate the building in the event of an emergency.
Emergency Training: Staff are trained annually in order to be prepared for emergencies. Trainings are being planned for the fall that will supplement
the yearly trainings.
Safety Plan: Lowville Academy, along with every district in NYS, is required to have a safety plan in place that is designed to help prepare the district
for any number of emergency situations. Our plan was carefully developed with the assistance of many local agencies, submitted to the State
Education Department for approval and shared with law enforcement agencies.
Safety Committee: A committee of LACS staff, administrators, community partners, EMS personnel and law enforcement meet 3-4 times annually to
review the safety plan, drill procedures and all other safety concerns related to the district.
Parent Advisory Committee: A committee was formed in the spring that will serve as an advisory group to share concerns and provide insight related
to safety matters from a parent perspective.
Partnership with Local Law Enforcement: The district works in close partnership with local law enforcement to provide a crossing guard, presence in
the building and on campus, and assistance with investigations.
In the 2018-19 budget that was recently approved by the community, the district budgeted an additional $70,000 to supplement safety measures that
are currently in place. Many interventions are being considered at this time and these changes will be in place prior to the start of the new school year.
The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, we thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to provide the safest environment
possible for everyone at LACS.