Amityville Staff Energized for New Year

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“For us in the education business, this is our new year,” Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly said in addressing the nearly 600 staff members that gathered in the high school auditorium for the district’s annual convocation on Aug. 31.

In advance of the first day of school, administrators, teachers and support staff came together to celebrate past accomplishments and learn about the goals for 2017-18 and beyond. Dr. Kelly reviewed the district’s mission, belief statement and vision. She renewed the call to “Put Amityville on the map” as a successful, high-performing school district and said data that will be released in the coming weeks and months will show that efforts are paying off.

“I believe that our possibilities are endless,” she said. “Our district has made tremendous strides and I am very optimistic about the future.”

Dr. Kelly introduced new staff members and welcomed them to a team that lives by the theme, “Achieving Excellence Together.” She also spoke about the five-year strategic plan, which sets goals in the areas of student achievement, positive culture and climate, and parent and community partnerships. 

This year’s keynote speaker was Regina Calcaterra, an attorney and best-selling author who grew up in Suffolk County living in homeless shelters and foster care. She related her own childhood experiences about the teachers who inspired her to succeed to encourage Amityville’s educators to do the same for their students.  

“I came to remind everyone of the impact they can have on a child in need,” she said. “No child is a lost cause.”

 After the presentation, Ms. Calcaterra chatted with teachers and signed copies of her memoir, “Etched in Sand.” In the afternoon, teachers returned to their buildings for meetings with their principals and professional development workshops. Support staff members participated in various training sessions.