Principal - Letter to Community

  • Mr Carter

    Dear Barker Students and Families:

    Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year! The District has been spending the summer getting ready for the new academic year in September. We would like to give you a few updates regarding the start of school on Tuesday, September 6th.

    1. Our annual open house is being “rebranded” as our Welcome Back Night on Wednesday, August 31st from 5:30-7:00 PM. Students can come in, bring their materials, set up their lockers and meet their teachers. Incoming 7th grade students can pick up their schedules in the auditorium from 5:30-6:00 PM. Incoming PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students will also have an orientation this evening. Information was sent home in a prior communication.
    2. Schedules for all Jr.-Sr. High School students, including 7th graders, were sent home in mid to late August. Elementary teacher assignments were also being sent home around that time.
    3. Our summer program went very well. Elementary students who attended received literacy and math instruction and had engaging, fun activities planned each day. Whether it was swimming, group games outside, art class or local field trips, the teachers were always making sure that the summer experience was memorable. Our students also received music lesson instruction and our high schoolers were able to obtain credit for graduation. Thank you to Mrs. Goodlander for planning the program and all our fantastic summer teachers who did such a great job.
    4. As always, school safety is on top of everyone’s mind in our ever-changing world. At the beginning of summer, we held another of our District Safety Committee meetings. We made some updates to our procedures with field trips as well as parent volunteers, along with a host of in-house process improvements. If a parent/family member plans to be a volunteer and has not been approved in a prior year, please fill out the request form as soon as possible. The form can be obtained from our elementary office for all grade levels, PreK-12. This affects parents who wish to help with field trips, school events, and activities.
    5. We would like to welcome Mr. Mucha as our Athletic Director. Mr. Mucha has been a teacher and coach here in Barker and has 23 years of coaching experience, 20 in the Niagara Orleans League. Practices for fall sports began on Monday, August 22nd. Please make sure all health forms are turned in to the nurse’s office as they were due by Friday, August 12th. Mr. Mucha is looking forward to continuing to work with our athletes, coaches, teachers, community, and administration to provide our student-athletes with the best possible athletic experience.
    6. The District has also hired a number of new faculty this summer: Michelle Kramp-Richards as a Speech Teacher, Brianna Clark as a Physical Education/Health Teacher, and Kristine Kingsbury as Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Learning/Assistant Principal.
    7. Our annual Homecoming week will take place from Monday, September 26th through Saturday, October 1st. An exact schedule of events is forthcoming. 

    We are looking forward to September! Thank you very much for your continued support of our schools.



    Mr. Michael Carter

    District Principal

Last Modified on September 6, 2022