January 2018 Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!!! With winter here in full swing it is important that parents are aware of school closings. As noted in a previous parent letter and in a letter from Superintendent Cash school closings will be made over the radio and on television. The district will also send out an automated call. No closing is made by an individual school, but only by the school district. Also, please make sure your child is dressed warmly in the cold weather. I know students often dress themselves, but we had a number of students coming to school dressed only in sweatshirts in last week’s freezing temperatures. Should a bus get stuck or break down the cold weather would be a hazard for these students.

Regents examinations take place this month during the week of January 22-25. Students needing to take these examinations have been informed and are expected to be in school on the date of their particular examination. Students not taking a Regents examination do not have to report to school during days Regents examinations are given. This pertains only to high school students.

A group of students have been preparing for the national August Wilson Monologue Competition. High school students from around the country learn a monologue from a selection of August Wilson’s work to perform for adjudication at the school level, then the finalist from the school competition goes on to regionals, and the regional finalist performs in NYC after a series of workshops. This is the first year Buffalo has been invited to compete. The following Olmsted students competed to be Olmsted’s entrant: Garcia Rivera-Long, Esrat Hossain, Mya Floyd, Mackenzie Smigiera, and Nia Morse. The winner of our school competition was Nia Morse and the alternate was Mackenzie Smigiera. Nia will compete against other Buffalo Public School students. Should she win she will move on to New York City and compete at the national level.

Mr. Milley and Ms. Averill and their students have been working with architects as part of the Architects in Education Initiative. Their work will be on display at a gallery opening happening on January 12, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. Mr. Milley’s class work deals with architectural resilience in preparing for a natural disaster and Ms. Averill’s is Building a Poem: The Architecture of Poetry. Parents are invited to attend.

Mr. Mudd’s orchestra students did very well at Solofest over the weekend. A+ Ratings were earned by Ava Azizoghi, Daniel Barwell, Brittany Cruz, Olivia Kuzara, Mason Oakley, Ruben Ochoa, Kendall Olden, Tamarii Sharpe, A Ratings were earned Amina Banks, Sami Delacruz, Madison Gormady, Madison Matthews, Jaida Mellerson, Ella Pava, Duncan Schiff, Brielle White, and the Festival Rating was earned by Liaynne Ortiz. All students did very well.

Spirit Week for Middle School students will take place the week of January 22-25 culminating with a Winter Carnival on January 25th. More information will follow.

We do have a peer tutoring program for students needing some assistance with their subjects. Should you feel your child is in need of extra tutoring please get in touch with either Mrs. Krotz or Mr. Vanremmen. You can reach these individuals by calling the Main Office.

Attention: Parents of seniors. Olmsted is offering our First Annual Boot Camp 2018 – Kick Your Scholarship Search and College/Career into Shape!

When: Monday, January 22nd – Thursday, January 25th, 2018 (during regents week)

Where: College Success Center – Room 228

Time: 8:15 am – 2:50 pm

Seniors can come into the College Success Center and work on Scholarships, the College Process, Job Applications, FAFSA, SAY YES, etc.! Counselors will be there to assist seniors, and there will be someone from the FAFSA Completion Project part of the time to assist seniors!

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for February. At that time parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss their child’s grade.

Dates for all upcoming events are posted on the school website www.olmstedatkensington.org. All students also received a copy of the district calendar.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 816.4330.


Michael Gruber Ed.D.

Principal Upcoming Events

January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

January 22 SBMT, 3:05 pm, Alumni Room

January 22-25 Middle School Spirit Week High School Regents Week (No School for Student in Grades 9-12)

January 29 Second Semester Begins

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