District Offices Have Moved
Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.
November 10, 2016
Dear Katonah-Lewisboro Families,
These last couple days, following Tuesday’s election, have been both emotionally charged and challenging. For many, since the wee hours of Wednesday morning, this has been a time for celebration and confirmation. For many others, it has been a time to wonder, with concern, what the future holds.
This morning, our high school Principal, Dr. Siciliano, spoke on the PA to the entire high school community. He spoke of the opportunity and the obligation we now have to work to understand our differences, rather than to judge one another for those differences. Among other things, he said, “What I won’t accept, our faculty won’t accept, and most importantly, our student body shouldn’t accept, is a climate where people’s dignity is being assailed because of who they supported (regardless of who you supported), or who they are. We don’t do that here.”
Dr. Siciliano’s expectations are the same expectations we hold across the District. Since early yesterday morning, our building level administrators and I have been in contact with our staff across the District to be sure we are working to maintain a climate of respect and kindness. Can we proactively prevent every reaction to the election? Of course we cannot. Can we remind our students and our colleagues of our expectations and can we react appropriately when we see or become aware of behavior that is not acceptable? Of course we can, and we will.
I’ve written numerous times about my belief in the importance of partnership between school and home. This is another one of those times when our work together is so very important. Please consider having conversations at home about the importance of respecting the fact that students, just like other citizens across our great nation, hold very different views on any number of issues. We are at our best when we take advantage of and work to understand our differences, and at our worst when we attack one another because of those differences. As educators, our commitment, now and always, is to help our students be their very best selves.
Superintendent of Schools
Dates, Locations, and Times for the remainder of this year's Superintendent's Coffees:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Meadow Pond Elementary - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Monday, December 12, 2016 - Katonah Elementary - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - Increase Miller Elementary - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - John Jay High School - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.