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Update from Clarence CSD June 10, 2022

Dear Clarence School Family, 

On Monday evening, we will be honoring an incredible group of teachers and support staff members who will be retiring at the end of the year. During their careers, the individuals have enriched the lives of students in ways that can never be repaid, and we want to communicate just how much their service has meant to our school community. With that in mind, I was hoping you might be willing to help with a last minute favor. If one of our retirees has had a positive impact on your child’s school experience, I was hoping you might be willing to share a favorite memory or a thank you by filling out this brief form. I would love to share some of the comments at the Retirement Celebration next week, and I will pass all the positive messages along to the appropriate educators as a way of communicating our appreciation.

COVID At-Home Test Pick-Up

Over the past few months, the District has received regular shipments of COVID at-home tests from New York State. While we have sent many home with students and made others available in main offices, we would like to clear out our existing inventory before the end of the school year. If you would be interested in picking up tests for your family, I would invite you to visit the Clarence District Office (9625 Main Street) from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday (June 14). The tests do not expire until September, and we will distribute them on a “first come, first served” basis.

Doug Kohler Added to the Clarence High School Wall of Fame

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Doug Kohler on being added to the Clarence High School Wall of Fame this past week. Mr. Kohler is an accomplished educator, historian, coach and director, and he has impacted the lives of thousands during his years of service to Clarence Middle School. Beyond our immediate Red Devil community, however, Mr. Kohler has inspired countless area residents to develop a passion for the past as the Erie County Historian. It would be impossible to capture all the gifts that Mr. Kohler has given to our school community in this Friday message, but I thought you might enjoy reading the introductory remarks that Mrs. Ashley Dreibelbis shared at his recent induction.

Clothing Closet Wins Award at Annual ECASB Dinner

On Thursday evening, the Clarence Clothing Closet received the Hodgson Russ LLP Collaboration Award at the Erie County Association of School Boards (ECASB) Annual Dinner. The Clarence Clothing Closet was started in 2019, and it supports students in a variety of ways. Coordinated by Mrs. Jillian Dean, Mrs. Jen Glassman, and Ms. Jennifer Scifo, the program is run by students who are responsible for collecting, laundering, folding, organizing, and selling the donated apparel. Additionally, the focus of the program is on ensuring that all Clarence High School students have access to stylish, affordable clothing. The Clarence Clothing Closet is a real point of pride for our District, and I would like to thank everyone who has made it a possibility.

Happy Pride Month

As you may know, Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising that took place in Manhattan. To learn more about Pride Month, I met with two leaders of our High School GSA this past week. During our conversation, the students stressed the importance of accepting our differences, and creating a community where everyone can both express as well as experience support. I could not have been more impressed with their thoughtful responses, and I wanted to take a minute to wish our school community a Happy Pride.

Weekly COVID Report 

Below you will find the number of COVID cases that were reported this past week by both the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) as well as by families administering rapid home tests. As a reminder, please feel free to stop by one of our buildings or the District Office if you would like to pick up free antigen tests.

  • 3 individuals at Clarence High School tested positive
  • 2 individuals at Clarence Middle School tested positive 
  • 0 individuals at Clarence Center Elementary School tested positive 
  • 0 individuals at Harris Hill Elementary School tested positive 
  • 0 individuals at Ledgeview Elementary School tested positive 
  • 1 individual at Sheridan Hill Elementary School tested positive  

I have a friend who likes to joke that each month has 28-31 days—except the last month of school which has 1,637 days! June might be a busy time of the year, but it is also a wonderful month. From a Buggy Bash at Sheridan Hill to walking field trips at Clarence Center, a Baking Fair at Ledgeview to a Chalk Walk at Harris Hill, our kids are doing some pretty special things at #ClarenceProud.

Thanks for your continued support—wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Matt Frahm 
Superintendent of Schools