Congratulations on All End-of-Year Milestones!
Dear KLSD Community,

This issue highlights our end-of-year milestones—our high school graduation, and our 8th and 5th grade moving up celebrations. All our students have every reason to be proud of their accomplishments in this most challenging year. As I said to our seniors, “You’ve lived history. We know you will go on to make history.”

Looking to next year, you may have heard recently that the states of Connecticut and New Jersey, among others, have published guidance for schools to re-open this fall. That is cause for hope. Just this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged districts across the country to find a way to bring children physically back to school in the fall. Of course, at the same time, the number of COVID-19 cases is growing nationally and some states are slowing their broader re-opening plans. The situation remains complex and continues to evolve. 

New York State is still developing its school re-opening guidance (we have been told it will arrive sometime this month). Nonetheless, we are making use of existing guidance from the CDC, Johns Hopkins, and Cornell, among others, as we plan for every possible re-opening contingency. We are also studying how schools have re-opened in other parts of the world. Next week, we welcome some of our students with disabilities back into school for our Extended School Year program. We hope this bodes well for the fall. 

We will continue to keep you informed throughout the summer. We will keep using email, our website, and every other means at our disposal to keep you up to date on latest developments.

If you have questions about the summer, or next year, please reach out via  questions@klschools.org  and we will do our best to reply as soon as possible,
 
Please continue to be safe and well this summer,

Andrew Selesnick
Superintendent
Another First for the Adaptable and Resilient Class of 2020!
Graduates rolled into the reimagined Class of 2020 Commencement with balloons, streamers, signs and more!

The celebration was staged in the parking lot of the Jefferson Valley Mall so that family units could be contained in cars and keep safe social distance. The memorable milestone merged John Jay's time-honored traditions with personal new additions.

Rising Highschoolers Celebrate Online and in Person
Eighth graders enjoyed a mix of online moments and in-person experiences to mark the end of middle school.

Home viewing included a Moving Up Ceremony , a celebratory slideshow and congratulatory messages from teachers . The  rising freshmen returned to school to pick up their certificates and awards - drive-through style - from Mr. Swiatowicz and a JJ drawstring bag of treats from the PTO.

Pompoms, Streamers & Smiles at 5th Grade Moving-Up Parades
Some new celebrations may become John Jay traditions! After enjoying online moving up ceremonies, fifth graders and their families participated in a festive Moving Up Parade led by a school bus in a loop around their school’s parking area!

Faculty and staff - and mascots - stood along the parade route waving and congratulating each rising sixth grader. 

See highlights here: IMES | KES | MPES
Enjoy your summer !
Katonah-Lewisboro School District | PO Box 387, Katonah, NY 10536 | 914-763-7001