By Brigid Collins, Ed.D., School Superintendent

It’s hard to believe we are in the last month of the school year already.  There is much most recently to celebrate. In mid-May I had the privilege and honor of attending the Scholar Recognition Program at SUNY Oneonta on behalf of our Andes student, Vincent Spanburgh III, recognized for his achievements,. What I was most proud of was that he took the time to thank the keynote speaker in a note he had sent prior to the event, and as a result was recognized in his speech! A perfect example of how our students shine outside the classroom walls of ACS.

ADAC provided a program for our high school students on drug and alcohol awareness. The materials shared with them emphasized the importance of health and wellness and being mindful of caring for themselves and their classmates.  The message was not only powerful, but well received.

The Spring Concert was delightful and the students in grades 4-12 shined. To get a chance to see some of the wonderful talent our students have, we invite the community to attend our June 12th Spirit Meet at 1:45 in the afternoon in our school auditorium.

Just back from a field trip to Thacher Park, and the Wild Play High Ropes Course, our students in grades 4-9 report a terrific experience. They learned about themselves and their ability to grow physically and mentally through taking on just such challenges. They attended the program through a grant, in collaboration with South Kortright and Stamford School Districts.  We hope to have the same opportunity next year!

Our 4th and 5th graders will be taking a field trip early this month to attend “History Happening” through the Delaware County Historical Society. It will be interactive, hands-on, and teach about our county’s history in an upclose and personal way.

Two exciting trips were taken recently.  Our seniors are back from the Bahamas!  They fundraised all through their middle and high school years and reaped the benefits of a fabulous experience.  Our Travel Club spent time in Boston, and even fit in a whale-watching trip!  A few examples of the unique and special opportunities afforded to students at ACS.

We look forward to a June Songwriting Residency through the Ashokan Center for our elementary students. Details are being finalized as of this writing. They will be working with Laurie McIntosh, a local artist, singer and storyteller. Once more, we are delighted by this special experience for our youngest set.

June also brings EMS Week and our local Andes EMS team will be at school to talk to our Pre-K to grade 6 students about EMS work. It’s important information, and the lessons and experience by the volunteers are greatly appreciated!

To date, our Andes Youth Soccer Team is undefeated with five wins!  Thanks to Coach Ed Bacon and Assistant Jason Mondore, we are seeing some real skills exhibited by our grades 3-6 students.

A final shoutout to science teacher Ed McGee and his tremendous efforts in our school garden. He works tirelessly all Spring and Summer to educate, cultivate and provide beauty and nutrition to our children and community members. Come by and see for yourself!  You can find a whole group of student and parent volunteers working there on Friday afternoons.

Thank you to all who have come to introduce yourselves to me as the new Andes School Superintendent.  It has been a year of learning and growth, and I have been grateful to get to know the community and its special people.  On to planning for our next school year!~