The vision of Meachem Elementary is to provide an environment that develops life-long learners who are peaceful, productive, healthy, and happy.
In collaboration with students, families, and the community, Meachem will provide a safe and supportive learning environment that is committed to growing the whole student. With strong relationships at its core, Meachem will provide personalized learning experiences to propel each student to meet their full potential.
Student and Family Supports are Available!
The SCSD has many academic, social, emotional and mental health supports available to students. School social workers can help connect you and your child to in school and/or out of school supports that meet your needs. Please call us at (315) 435-4610 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.
Greeting Parents and Families of Meachem Elementary School,
First of all, I want to commend all your wonderful students for excelling through a year of uncertainty and unknowns! I am beyond impressed with the way students have stepped up to the plate. They have learned how to navigate technology in ways that will continue to benefit them for the rest of their lives. They have navigated learning through barriers such as masks, shields, and distance with such grace, setting an example for the rest of the community of resilience and perseverance during these challenging times. We are so proud of our Mustangs! They’ve continued embodying our school’s vision, which is to provide a school environment that develops lifelong learners who are peaceful, productive, healthy, and happy. Below you will find some of our many achievements!
Highlights from 2020-21:
- We have continued restorative practices throughout Meachem, resulting in all-time lows of referral rates in the past 10 years!
- We’ve collected record breaking numbers of “Caught Being Kind” cards, showing repeated ways that students were positive role models daily.
- Students have learned how to use many online platforms, such as SeeSaw, with such ease! They’ve used these platforms to show new levels of leadership and take ownership of their learning.
- All students excelled at taking their New York State Assessments as a computer based test rather than with paper and pencil. This included using virtual math tools and showing all their work on the computer!
- Select classes at Meachem have been working with our very own yoga teacher, learning ways to de-stress their mind and body.
- Meachem students have learned about the importance of handwashing, mask wearing, social distancing, and how to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Most importantly, they’ve modeled being excellent citizens by following these guidelines to keep each other safe!
- Students found new ways to engage virtually. They participated in science trivia night, read aloud activities, and crafts!
- Both students and staff donned the biggest smiles under their masks when they got to see each other in person for the first time in a long time!
Upcoming Events, pending information about schools reopening:
- Welcome Back Hot Dog Roast is on Thursday, September 2nd: Please join us for a light dinner and a chance to speak with our Meachem staff as well as other Meachem families.
- First Day of School is on Wednesday, September 8th: Please have students ready for the first day of school with their school supplies, which are listed on the back of this letter.
- Curriculum Night is on Thursday, September 23th: This event is for students to share with their families what they are working on throughout the school year.
How to Stop the Summer Slide:
It is not uncommon for students to forget some things they learned in the classroom over the summer, and recent closures only will make this more relevant. Here are some suggestions to help our students over the summer:
For the 2021-2022 school year, Meachem Elementary School’s instructional day will be from 9:00- 3:00, doors will open up for students at 8:50 and dismissal will begin at 2:55. We ask that students arrive on time and remain until dismissal in order to receive a quality education learning all they need for the next grade level. The elementary grades are so important with building foundational skills in literacy and math from which to build upon each year.
- Encourage your student to read at least four to six books over the summer break. Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. Make sure the material is age appropriate and match the child's interest and abilities.
- Encourage your child to read something every day. Parents can help identify opportunities such as the newspaper, a magazine, TV guide, recipes, arts and crafts book, read to a sibling or friend, share a comic strip, while out in the car select a billboard or ad, even a license plate. Talk with your child's teacher. They can provide suggestions for grade level books and resources.
- Read to your student. Reading aloud benefits all students, especially those who need help in improving their reading skills. Listening will help a child build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will provide knowledge and expand their experience with text. This will help them when reading alone.
- Sign up for summer school. Beginning July 6, 2021, Meachem will support our students with in-person summer school programming at Van Duyn Elementary School. Please consider signing your student up, all you need to do is call the main office, and we will take care of it for you.
Please contact the school by July 30, 2021, if you have a change in your address, telephone number and/or have different transportation needs for the coming school year so bussing is set up for your child on the first day of school. Reach out as well with any questions, concerns, or celebrations as we love to hear from our families.
Thank you all for another wonderful, albeit unique, year at Meachem, as well as your continuous support. We’re so grateful that you’ve trusted us with your students throughout these unique circumstances. Although we have been split up on different days, changed classrooms, and participate virtually, we will continue to be a Meachem family. Remember, we’re in this together. Please stay up-to-date with Meachem news and events by following us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/MeachemSCSD or Twitter, @MeachemSCSD.
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