Principal - Letter to Community
To Barker CSD Families & Students,
Hello Barker families. District employees have been hard at work this summer preparing for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. We wanted to use this space to give families an update on several topics.
As previously announced, we are excited to welcome Mrs. Erin Goodlander to the high school as the Instructional Support Specialist for the upcoming year. Mrs. Goodlander will be assisting with student life concerns, classroom instruction and other items throughout the year. As a reminder, Mrs. Sara Thibault serves in the same role in our elementary. We will be heading into the new school year with a strong building level team.
Our summer school program was an overall success this school year. We served over 100 students in grades K-4 and 7-12. Thank you to the families who sent their children for the duration of the program. The program helped to close student learning gaps from the past two difficult school years and keep students on track for graduation.
We also hired a number of instructional positions using the Covid-relief federal dollars. At the high school level we hired in a math teacher, Mr. Kyle Sosnowski. At the elementary, Mrs. Katie Snell will be coming in to provide math AIS services. Mrs. Amanda Cottle will be providing reading interventions to students across the district. Ms. Megan Brier will also be coming on board to serve as a school psychologist. We welcome these teachers to our school community and are looking forward to working with them. We would also like to welcome back Mrs. Menz and Mrs. DeMarco, to our math and reading departments, respectively. Barker’s staffing will be incredibly strong to support our students’ needs in the coming year.
The last two school years have also been difficult socially and emotionally for students. As we enter a hopeful new year, the district will be bringing in more mental health support for our students. This includes a mental health specialist, a behavioral specialist, as well as a school social worker to help assist students and their families.
We are also holding a 7th grade orientation for students on Wednesday, August 25th at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. On both Tuesday, August 24th and Wednesday, August 25th device rollout for all district students will take place from 2:00-7:00 pm at the small gym entrance on Quaker Road.
Open House is Wednesday, September 15th. Elementary is 6:00-7:30 pm. High school will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm. If there are any local community organizations that would like to set up a table to promote their group at open house, please reach out to Rachel Anderson at 716-795-3237 by September 1st.
Homecoming 2021 will take place the week of September 27th - October 2nd. We plan to do many of the traditional community and school activities like the parade, pep rally, and others. This will be a great way to reopen the school after the past two years. More details to come.
Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to a successful 2021-2022 school year.
District Principal, Grades PreK-12