As we move into the second semester, many of our students and staff are beginning to feel the crunch of course selections for next year, graduation, Regents exams, college and career visits, financial aid, scholarships, and the idea of, “What’s next?” We are extremely fortunate to have so many hard working and dedicated people in this community that support our students in achieving their goals in high school and support the various post-secondary plans our seniors are exploring. This is a stressful time for many seniors as they prepare for the next step in their lives. Rest assured our staff at CLV is committed to the success and preparation of every graduating senior. I encourage parents or students who may still have questions or concerns regarding scheduling or post-secondary plans to reach out to Mrs. Casey Barber (11th and 12th graders) and Mr. Jeff Goodridge (9th and 10th graders) in Student Services. Seniors should continue to check their email regularly, visit the scholarship page on the Student Services website and stay focused on finishing strong this school year. We are committed to preparing every senior to walk that stage and feel prepared for what is next in their lives.
This year, we have implemented a few “new” things to the high school that I am extremely excited about. First and foremost, student of the month! We have so many students achieving wonderful things both in and outside of the classroom and it has been a terrific opportunity to highlight those accomplishments. The second activity we have had a strong focus on is our social emotional learning (SEL) activities. December’s theme was “Live to Give” where we had a warming table outside the office with warm clothing and accessories for students in need. January was “We are connected” where each student in our building printed their name on a chain link. That chain was hung up in the atrium to school to indicate that, we are connected. As we wrap up January and February, we move into Everything is Possible for February/March. April will have a focus of Passion First. The students have been engaged and participating in our large group activities.
Despite the many challenges we have faced over the last couple of years, our teachers continue to strive to meet the needs of all learners while continuing to be innovative, flexible, and understanding of how this pandemic has affected our students both academically and social-emotionally. I am reminded daily; how lucky I am to be surrounded by amazing educators.
As always, feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions or concerns.
CLV High School has been off to a great start! Students are happy to be back in classes and it’s been wonderful to see so many students involved in sports, extracurricular clubs and activities, both in and outside of school. We have a tremendous group of students representing Cattaraugus-Little Valley in a very positive manner.
Our school counselors worked diligently all summer to provide a variety of elective offerings to students. We also offer college courses through Jamestown Community College, Saint Bonaventure University, and Syracuse University. We currently have 64 students attending CTE BOCES programs, as well. This well-rounded group of students have shown nothing but resiliency over the last year and a half.
Our teachers attended multiple professional development opportunities over the summer related to curriculum, technology, online instruction, and social emotional learning (SEL); just to name a few. The faculty and staff at CLV continue to go above and beyond for the whole child, day in and day out. Our staff members are committed to supporting all students both in and outside of the classroom. I think I can speak for everyone when I say how amazing it is to have students back in class five days a week! A huge thank you goes out to all the parents, guardians, and community members who have supported staff and students throughout this pandemic.
Our Educational Support Coordinator, Megan Brown, has been extremely busy supporting our students who are at home learning for any COVID related reason. Her addition to our team has been extremely beneficial and her commitment to students to maintain engagement, prevent additional learning gaps and support children, has not gone unnoticed. We are very lucky to have her!
Guidance and important information will be posted on the High School Principal Webpage. Parents call also join my High School Parent Remind App to receive text messages by texting @clvhsp to 81010.