We Are In This Together
Dear Gowanda Panthers:
As we embark on the 2018-2019 academic year at Gowanda Central School, I can’t help but reflect on my decades in education as a student, an educator, and as an administrator. September always brings with it an opportunity for a fresh start and this year is particularly significant because it is my first September as your superintendent. I have been doing lots of on-the-job learning myself this summer in this new role, and it got me thinking about the near-universal ritual of going back to school.
We all deal with new experiences in one way or another when September rolls around: It may be your first day as a high-schooler. Maybe it’s your first day as a teacher, at the head of your own classroom. It could be your very first day setting foot inside Aldrich Street Elementary School as a Pre-Kindergartner. I encourage you to embrace these “firsts” and hold tight to these memories and milestones; they are truly building blocks that form the foundation of your education.
There’s excitement, curiosity, and maybe even a little fear of the unknown in the hallways of all schools in September. This universal experience is key when it comes to education – a new school year is a fresh start. Together, we will work on improving our minds, our habits, and ourselves. So I challenge each and every one of you to keep in mind – on the first day of school and every day of school thereafter – we are all in this together. We will learn together, we will grow together and we will succeed together as Panthers.
I’m looking forward to the traditions we’ve cultivated over the years in Gowanda and the possibility of starting some new ones.
We are continuing to explore and consider some much-needed improvements to our campus, both inside our buildings and outdoors on our grounds with a goal of keeping the community informed and engaged throughout the process.
Which leads me to one of my top priorities as superintendent: I encourage all staff, students, their families and the community to help foster improved communication between the district and its residents. The Gowanda Central School District is the heart of this community. It belongs to each and every one of you and I welcome suggestions on how to best keep the public involved and informed about what is happening on our campus.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number is 532-3325, ext. 6300.
Dr. Bob Anderson
Superintendent of Schools
Gowanda Central School District
(716) 532-3325, ext. 6300