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Mexico Academy & Central School 16 Fravor Road
Mexico, NY 13114
315-963-8400 X 5400 or (315)-218-1799
Fax: 315-963-5801
Superintendent's Message  

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Dr. Robert Pritchard, Superintendent



Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at Mexico Academy and Central School District!  The value of our school district to our community is defined by our commitments to a 1.) curriculum that prepares students for college and the workforce, 2.) challenging instruction conducted by a highly skilled teaching force, and 3.) a climate where students and families are engaged in the process of learning through an ongoing partnership with our schools.  As superintendent, it is my primary responsibility to ensure that our staff and our community continues to make these three elements (curriculum, instruction, and climate) our top priorities in everything we do as a school system.       

In the classroom, we will continue to measure the success of our students and staff against national and global standards of academic excellence.  These standards ask teachers to modify classroom instruction to focus on six shifts in English language arts and six shifts in mathematics. Last year, we introduced these changes to instruction and, while difficult at first, our students and teachers have made significant gains towards achieving the ELA and math standards.  These shifts are as follows:


English Language Arts/Literacy

Mathematics

Read as much non-fiction as fiction

Build skills across grade levels

Learn about the world by reading

Learn more about less

Read more challenging material

Use math facts easily

Talk about reading using evidence

Think fast AND solve problems

Write about texts using evidence

Really know it, really do it

Know more vocabulary words

Use math in the real world


As a family or community member with children at home, you can help your student(s) by learning more about what each should know and be able to do by the end of the grade-level in which he or she is currently enrolled.  This can be accomplished by asking open-ended questions about what your child learned in school that day, reading their homework and attending school events to learn about what their teachers expect.

I encourage all parents and community members to get involved and stay involved throughout the school year.  The MACS administrative team is available to address any questions you may have about our school district.  Our collaborative efforts and partnerships will ensure that our children succeed and reach their full potential.

Sincerely,

Robert R. Pritchard, Ed.D 

Related Links

  • Dr. Pritchard's Blog
    This is a site where Dr. Pritchard uploads information and thoughts that are relevant to the MACS community.









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