Mr. Carter, Principal Grades PreK-12
Hello Barker families and students!
We are very excited to be starting the 2019-2020 school year. It has been great meeting so many students, families and faculty members as I have transitioned from the Jr./Sr. High Principal to the role of PreK-12 Principal. I wanted to take this opportunity to share updates on some of the restructuring we are going through as a school.
Mrs. Sara Thibault and Mrs. Melissa Bundrock will be part of our leadership and support team as Instructional Support Specialists. Their main purpose is to help students, families and teachers with instruction and behavior. Mrs. Thibault will be in this role for grades PreK-6, and Mrs. Bundrock will be supporting grades 7-12.
For Pratt Elementary, Mrs. Thibault and I will be rolling out the school’s new SPARK behavioral and character process with students at the start of the school year. Students in 5th and 6th grade last year have had a lot of success with this, and the building-wide program will be adapted to the different age appropriate levels. We are also excited to announce the addition of 10th period to the elementary schedule. If you have older children in grades 7-12, you are aware of how effective this time can be; it allows teachers to hold students an extra portion of the day for additional help and extra-curriculars. The time may also be used for disciplinary purposes if needed. Grade level teams will have information at the start of the school year about the process for students staying 10th period. We will not be operating 10th period for the first couple weeks of school. KidWatch will also be held during 10th period. Stay tuned for more information.
Barker Jr./Sr. High School students can also expect a great school year. 7th and 8th grade students will also take part in continuation of the SPARK program in five week intervals; students in grades 9-12 will also have access to the Raider Lounge during lunch periods for meeting academic and behavioral requirements. Lunches in grades 7-12 will now be 20 minutes. Students will have a 20 minute academic advisement period opposite lunch. Also, Mrs. Bundrock’s new role will provide students and teachers with further academic and behavioral support.
As stated in a letter I sent to all District families dated 7/25/19, the District is undergoing a lot of positive changes this coming year. I ask that parents, families and students have patience and flexibility as we make this much-needed transition with scheduling, busing and staffing. Busing routes are coordinated by our contracted busing company, Student Transportation of America (formerly Ridge Road Express). The new pickup times will be sent out to families in the month of August.
As we move into a new school year, I thank all of our families for the continued support of our District. This is an exciting time for everyone. I look forward to working with all of you.
Principal, Grades PreK-12
1628 Quaker Road
Barker, NY 14012