Dear TCSD Community:
We hear each day about the increased challenges schools across the world are facing since the pandemic. Ticonderoga Central is not immune. Your children and our employees come to school with a wide variety of needs each day. The needs change, from day to day as well. The way we feel, how we respond to others, how we learn and how we cope with stress are among the many challenges and personal needs.
As a school, we work together to support each other to provide the very best possible environment for all of our students. The district continues to work with community agencies to plan, to secure resources and coordinate efforts. Our partnership with Essex County Mental Health, the Prevention Team and BRIEF (Building Resiliency in Essex County Families) focus on bringing resources to the school to support the whole community. Our efforts strive to enhance and strengthen the capacity of our staff. Behind the scenes the school community is working hard to become better informed about trauma and those ever present social and emotional needs of students. Efforts are made every day to learn more about the most effective way to respond. Offering assemblies such as “Sweethearts and Heroes” and other awareness programs are among the more public efforts to introduce our wellness initiatives to all students.
While the issues are complex and they all seem insurmountable at times, each of us has the power to make a positive difference in someone’s life each day. When we combine our efforts and work together as a team, everyone is stronger and more resilient.
As a community we share the need for greater compassion and understanding. We need to nurture the capacity for increased resiliency. This work begins with the individual actions of each of us.
As we look forward to meeting these challenges in the coming months, I encourage everyone to become involved in their own way. Believing that change comes from one simple positive interaction at a time.
I continue to be honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the Ticonderoga community as the Superintendent.
Interim Superintendent of Schools