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Mrs. Rebecca Dunckel-King

7668 N. State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
(315)-376-9000

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Members of the Lowville Academy School Community,
 

On behalf of the Board of Education, the administration, faculty and staff, I extend to you our most sincere gratitude for a successful school year. While I look back on all that we have accomplished as a school community, I am humbled by the support we have received from our parents and district residents. This support is the foundation that our students need to be successful this year and every year. Our focus has always been and will always be the students and their growth in and out of the classroom.

As we close the 2023-2024 school year, we bid the class of 2024 a farewell. This class has been strong in character and compassion. I am continually impressed and inspired by their individuality and willingness to stretch themselves. We should all look upon the success of this senior class as a success for us all. Their strength, dedication, and good will have inspired all of us. No doubt they will do amazing things in the years ahead.

ThoughtExchange: A Platform for Community Stakeholders to Share Insight on the District’s Strategic Planning

As we bring the current school year to a close, I am delighted to share with you an important opportunity to shape the future of our educational community. We’re very excited to be looking toward the future by building on our tradition of excellence. We’re in the midst of beginning a strategic planning process that takes into account what is working, what we’d like to improve on and how everyone in our school community feels about the work. We need your input so that we can make the best plans for our district’s future. Your insights and perspectives are invaluable to us, and we would like to invite you to participate in a ThoughtExchange to gather your feedback and thoughts.

What is a ThoughtExchange?

A ThoughtExchange is a collaborative and inclusive platform where you can share your ideas, concerns, and priorities related to our school's strategic planning. It allows us to engage in a meaningful conversation and ensures that your voice is heard and considered in shaping our school's future direction.

Why Your Participation Matters:

Our school's strategic plan is a roadmap for the future, guiding our decisions and actions over the coming years. We believe that the input and insights of our school community members are crucial in identifying key priorities, goals, and initiatives that align with our shared vision for education excellence.

How to Participate:

Click on the following link to access the ThoughtExchange platform: 

Link to Thoughtexchange

Timeline:
The ThoughtExchange will be open until June 30, 2024 for you to provide your valuable input. We encourage you to participate at your convenience during this period.  

We genuinely appreciate your engagement and commitment to our school community. Your participation in this ThoughtExchange will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our school and ensuring that our strategic plan reflects the aspirations and priorities of our diverse community.
Thank you again for a great school year. Enjoy your summer.

  • The Safe Schools Endeavor of the Northern New York Community Foundation recently awarded Lowville Academy a pair of grants that will help strengthen building safety and student culture in the district.

    A generous award of $2,380 will help with the purchase of radios for emergency communications. These radios will improve communication and response to safety concerns, incidents and emergencies. We are excited to be able to purchase these radios to help create a safe environment for students, faculty and staff members, as well as community members visiting our school. This project was proposed by our School Safety Officer, Skyler Tuttle, with assistance from our first student school safety committee member, Garrett Phelps.

    A second award of $975 will allow for the creation of Calm Down Corners in a Box for all classrooms pre-K through fifth grade.  Providing each classroom in the elementary school with a Calm Down Corner in a Box will give students the tools needed to self-regulate within the classroom environment.  Each box will contain sensory tools (i.e., assorted quiet fidgets), mindfulness prompts (laminated and put on a key ring so that students can flip through pictured strategies, positive statements, calming pictures, etc.), and a five-minute sand timer.  Teachers will receive training by the counseling staff in how to utilize the box in their classrooms, and students will also receive initial instruction from the counseling staff, as well as continuing instruction from the classroom teacher.  This project was proposed by the Elementary School Psychologist, Jill Ortlieb.

    We are very appreciative of the Safe Schools Endeavor grant funding and commitment to keeping schools in Lewis and Jefferson counties focused on student success, growth, and safety. 

    Please consider donating and supporting this initiative so they may continue to help keep schools safe. You can follow them on Facebook at Safe Schools Endeavor or online at Northern New York Community Foundation.