A Message from Mr. Roach
Dear DE Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! It is hard to believe that we are looking to start another school year. The past year seemed to go on forever, yet it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.
I cannot stress enough just how proud I am of all the staff in our building, and at the district level. A major source of pride for us last year was the fact that we were one of the few districts around to have elementary students for in-person instruction five days a week!
As we prepare for September, I want to assure you that every decision will be made with one thing in mind, the health and safety of our students and staff. If you have any concerns about your student’s return to school, please reach out to me to set up a time to talk. Our hope is to return to some sense of normalcy with a focus on instructional practices that continue to move students forward. With the support of our central office, we have added instructional interventionists in both mathematics and ELA literacy. The goal is to help identify students in need of acceleration around NYS learning standards.
We will begin our year focusing on social and emotional needs as we bring back all students to in-person instruction and as well as acclimating them to whatever mitigation practices are needed as we receive guidance from the district.
As we have done the past two years, we will continue our work around culture and climate at Durand Eastman using student voice to help us make building-based decisions on projects and expand that to include the family voice. We will also continue the work our staff has done over the past several years developing teaching strategies that support inclusivity for all our students.
I am so looking forward to this school year!
Please know I am just a phone call away should you need anything.
I wish you all good health.
Tim Roach, Principal
Durand Eastman Intermediate School