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Update from Clarence CSD April 26, 2024

Update from Clarence CSD April 26, 2024
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Dear Clarence School Family,

Earlier this year, I let you know that we were conducting a search for an Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services. After completing the hiring process, we are excited to announce that Mrs. Jill Snuszka was appointed to the position this past week.

Beginning her career in the Depew Union Free School District as a Grades 9-12 Self-Contained Special Education Teacher, Mrs. Snuszka has spent the past four years serving the same school community as its Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel. Receiving a bachelor’s degree from Canisius University and a master’s degree from Buffalo State College, Mrs. Snuszka has also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study from St. Bonaventure University.

Throughout the hiring process, we couldn’t have been more impressed with Mrs. Snuszka. She emerged as the standout candidate from the start, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, a commitment to inclusivity, and an approachable leadership style that aligns with the characteristics identified as key by our school community.

We are confident that Mrs. Snuszka will lead with compassion as well as integrity, and we offer her our full support as she prepares to officially join our District on July 1. Please help us extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Snuszka, and know how much we appreciate the time that so many students, parents, and staff members committed to the hiring process. 

Middle School Students to Compete in National Science Bowl

Please join me in wishing Mr. Dan Fox and our Middle School students the best of luck as they get ready to compete in the National Science Bowl this weekend. Bringing teams together from around the country, the National Science Bowl is an academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. The teams travel to Washington, D.C. where they respond to questions involving topics like biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

Middle School Team—break a beaker and get your neurons firing faster than a particle accelerator this weekend! (You know, a little scientific humor to help lighten the atmosphere.)

High School Students Show Engineering Skills with Cardboard Boats

As excited about STEM as their Middle School Science Bowl peers, students in our High School’s Engineering Design and Development Class showed off their engineering skills in the pool this past week with a cardboard boat competition. Aside from racing their classmates, the students were also tasked with designing boats that could hold as many passengers as possible. The engineering event was a ton of fun, and the winning boat eventually capsized after adding its 22nd—yes, you read that correctly—22nd passenger!

Once a Red Devil, Always a Red Devil

While the primary focus of our Friday messages is to highlight current faculty and staff, from time to time we think it’s important to share things involving our alumni community. With that in mind, we wanted to feature the following:

JDS Foundation’s 2nd Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament: On Sunday, June 9, the JDS Foundation will be hosting a Wiffle Ball Tournament at Meadowlakes Park. The event will include a range of fun activities, and it will raise funds to enhance the lives of those undergoing cancer treatment. The JDS Foundation was established in honor of Jon Snitzer—a Red Devil alumnus who was taken far too soon after losing his battle with Primary Mediastinal Germ Cell Cancer.

Graduate Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: We would like to congratulate SUNY Fredonia Senior (and Clarence High School graduate) Amanda Keppel on receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Earning degrees in English as well as Communication Disorders and Sciences this spring, Amanda was one of 193 students from 62 SUNY campuses to receive the honor.

John Berdysiak Receives Top Youth Volunteer Award

Kudos to John Berdysiak on receiving the Clarence Youth Bureau’s Top Youth Volunteer Award this past week! Over the past two years, John has accumulated more than 80 volunteer hours—primarily for his work at Harris Hill Elementary School and for helping with the Town’s Special Olympics Developmental Program. Someone who is enthusiastic, committed, and reliable, John makes an impact on all those around him and is an important reason that we are so #ClarenceProud.

U.S. News & World Report Best High School Ranking

On April 23, the U.S. News & World Report released its ranking of the Best High Schools across the country. The rankings included data on nearly 25,000 public high schools in all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, and the methodology focused on 6 factors related to assessments and college preparation. I’m pleased to share that Clarence High School was ranked #4 (out of 69) in the Buffalo, NY Metro Area. While the information might not come as a surprise, it is both a reason to celebrate as well as validation of the good work being done by our Red Devil students, staff, and parents.

After a couple year hiatus, our Clarence Center PTO is proud to announce that Western Night is back! Some of our Cheetahs have been testing out the bronco, and we are looking forward to a fun night with families.

Matt Frahm
Superintendent of Schools
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PS: Just how good was the opening night of Aida? Give up your season tickets to Shea’s Theater, that’s how good! Seriously—last night’s performance was simply outstanding. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, please consider coming out to support our High School cast and crew.