Dear Stockader Family,

As we usher in the early signs of spring, there's an excitement in the air here at Old Fort Schools. Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow, signaling an early spring, and we're ready to embrace all the vibrant activities and initiatives that come with this season.

Spring is traditionally a time of renewal and growth, and we have a plethora of exciting events and opportunities lined up for our students and staff. From sports competitions to musical performances, dances, field trips, and beyond, there's something for everyone to look forward to in the coming months.

One particularly thrilling development is the upcoming plans for a new playground at our elementary school. We're thrilled to announce that preparations are underway, and we're accepting donations throughout the spring to help make this project a reality. Every contribution, big or small, will play a vital role in creating a safe and enjoyable space for our youngest learners to explore, play, and grow.

In other news, I'm delighted to report that our recent professional development day for teachers, held on February 16th, was a resounding success. Teachers engaged in sessions pertaining to artificial intelligence, executive functioning, gifted education, self-care, solar eclipse activities, promoting rigor through dialogue, math engagement of tasks, and much more. It's always inspiring to see our dedicated educators come together to enhance their skills and knowledge, ultimately benefiting our students' learning experiences.

Looking ahead, I encourage you to visit our school website to view next year's master calendar. This calendar includes important dates such as open house, scheduled two-hour delays, holiday breaks, graduation, and more. We believe that transparency and communication are key to fostering a strong partnership between home and school, and we strive to keep you informed every step of the way.

Lastly, it is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to our Treasurer, Tom Siloy, who will be leaving us after eight years of dedicated service to the district. We are immensely grateful for Tom's unwavering commitment and contributions, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Joining us in the interim is Laura Brickner, who is a retired Treasurer.

As we embrace the changing seasons and all the opportunities they bring, let's continue to work together to nurture the growth and success of every student in our Old Fort and Bettsville communities.

It is a privilege and honor to work collaboratively with the students, staff and both Old Fort and Bettsville Communities to achieve our vision: All Stockaders will be prepared with the skills and confidence to choose purposeful, productive paths.

Feel free to reach out to me anytime by phone or email:

Yours in Education,

Cindy Endsley, Superintendent