top left, clockwise: Meadow Pond Elementary School's fourth grade hosts a Personal Narrative Writing Celebration. Students in Linda Pickett's fifth grade class experiment with light and shadow. The Katonah Chalker visits John Jay Middle School's Art Club and creates a mural in front of the school. Student Council candidates broadcast their campaign speeches on JJMStream. Students in John Jay High School's Design and Draw for Production create snowflakes using radial symmetry and a laser cutter. High school orchestra students offer holiday music in the hallways--listen!
Dear KLSD Community,
As a year unlike any we’ve known winds down, I’m filled with gratitude. Our teachers, administrators and support staff have worked tirelessly to make this fall the best it could be for our students. They’ve reinvented school and they continually strive to improve the experience.
Our students are resilient. Whether in-person or on Zoom, our elementary students present their joyful selves that we so missed last spring. As you’ll see in the story below, middle school students running for student government were thinking about how to make the best of the current environment for their peers. And at the high school, our student performers are preparing to tell vital, life-changing stories.
Our parents, in addition to sharing the work with us at home, continue to express their appreciation to our staff, which buoys us when the work is at its most demanding.
Our community did an amazing job this fall. Timely notice of COVID test results and thoughtful precautions taken allowed us to stay open almost without exception. When we started in September, some thought the hybrid model might last just a few weeks. But here we are at year’s end. Grateful.
At this time, we hope and plan to re-open on January 4 in our hybrid model.
I hope the winter break proves joyful and restful for all. I wish you happy holidays and a healthy new year.
Superintendent of Schools