50 South Washington Ave.
Oxford, NY 13830
607.843.2025 x 1305
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome back to a new school year. Did you find it went as fast as I felt it did? I hope your student was enjoying their summer and getting ready for our Meet and Greet September 7 at 2 pm and the start of school on September 9! Teachers were involved in professional development here, as well as, a summer STEAM Academy. Our excitement for teaching and getting students to grade level expectations and skill levels will not diminish, even in a pandemic. We continue to plan and prepare for the upcoming year with masks still being worn by all students, staff, and teachers regardless of vaccination status. The purpose is to reduce transmission, protect those who are not vaccinated, and because our younger students in the building we are connected to are not yet eligible for vaccination. Students will still need to have a water bottle with them since updated guidance has not been given regarding water fountains.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year with our new and returning students in all grades. Parents can communicate with the school and individual teachers through email or phone and we ask that you follow the chain of command for that communication. Parent- Teacher conferences are formally in November and March but you should feel free to contact the teachers, Mrs. Carey, and myself at in between times if necessary situations come up. Our website is also a great source of information at the district and building level. Our district calendar and monthly newsletter always have valuable information in them from the main office, teachers, and our community partners. Parent engagement events throughout the school year are great ways to stay connected with your child’s school and education, too.
This year we have several new teachers in the music department. Nina Savasta will be teaching grades 5-12 instrumental music. Nicole Derosa Padden will be teaching grades 5-12 vocal music. Janine Federowicz will be teaching Music In Our Lives and Music Theory I and II. We are excited to have these three on the faculty and for all the experiences and knowledge each brings to our students. We will also have a new Social Worker on the High School campus two days a week to assist students with their social emotional learning, improving attendance and dropout rate, and carrying out home visits when necessary regarding truancy.
I look forward to also working with you in the coming year. Enjoy the remaining days of the summer.
Dawn A. Hover
Dawn A. Hover, Oxford Academy High School Principal