Superintendent's Fall Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that two months of school are now behind us, and it is wonderful to see how well our students have transitioned back to school. I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thank-you to our PTA and staff members for a wonderful Back to School BBQ.

During the summer months, our teachers were given numerous professional development opportunities in both English language arts and social-emotional learning. The new strategies our teachers learned have already been implemented in our classrooms. We are also pleased to see our students in the community get acknowledged for their kindness and cooperation. 

Recently, our school celebrated Red Ribbon Week, when students and staff demonstrated several ways we can say no to drugs. Our Idiom Contest for grades 6-8 continues to demonstrate the creativity of our students and staff. And, of course, what would October be without our Halloween Parade? Additionally, the Springs School had the second-largest group participation in the Shelter Island Walk or Run for Breast Cancer this past month. What an amazing show of support!  

Our fall sports teams finished strong for the season with 64 percent student participation: boys soccer, 10-0; girls soccer, 7-2-1; girls field hockey completed its very first season, 2-2-5; girls tennis, 5-5; cross-country boys team, 4-3; and cross-country girls team, 3-4. Congratulations to all students and a special thank-you to their coaches. 

This year, we held our first Homecoming Day, during which we recognized all our fall sports teams as well as acknowledged Coach Vinny Alversa for his 20 years of coaching Springs boys soccer. Thank you, Coach! We hope to make Homecoming Day a yearly event. Our many traditions continue with trips to Quinipet, pumpkin farms and apple orchards. Students tested our local waters as part of “A Day in the Life of Peconic Estuary,” as well.

I want to thank you for your patience regarding transportation. The district is still experiencing a shortage of bus drivers. We are currently advertising for bus drivers, offering a competitive salary, and are willing to train drivers. We are in need of part-time drivers in the morning as well as late afternoon for sports. All qualified drivers are required to possess a CDL passenger license. Please contact me if you are interested. 

The PTA Turkey Trot fundraiser is in full swing and enables Springs School to offer swimming lessons to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Considering our proximity to the water, this is a priority for the district. Please continue to support this fundraiser with both personal and corporate sponsors. 

Our plans for the nitrogen-reducing septic system are in the final approval stage from the Dept. of Health. Furthermore, our plans for the septic system, new windows and roof have been received by the New York State Education Department. 

On behalf of the entire faculty, we thank you for your support and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Travel safe and enjoy your family and friends. 

Warmest Regards,

Deb Winter
Proud Superintendent of Springs School