Principal's Letter

Dear Cunniff Families,

The last day of school is tomorrow. It will be a half day with a 12:15 dismissal.  Lunch will be served.  There is no Extended Day.  As is our tradition at Cunniff, we will end the school year with a clap out for our fifth-grade graduates promptly at 12:15. 

The graduation that took place on Friday was picture perfect. A special thank you to Erin Macomber, Hazel Secondes, Katelyn Harrington, Erica Villiotte, Julie Weeden, Kellie Spillane, Kelly Marini, and Alex Levine for their contribution towards the success of this event.

The wonderful video of memories, a creation by Alex Levine, is posted to Youtube as ‘Unlisted’.  ‘Unlisted’ videos are NOT searchable on Youtube and are available only to those that have the direct link below:

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Our very youngest students (PreK and K) have gone home for the summer and tomorrow morning we welcome a new cohort of PreK and Kindergarten students for a visit.

The Summer Book Give-Away was a huge success on Friday.  We hope that this opportunity helped to get students energized for summer reading.  A reminder that there will be two opportunities during the summer for students to stop by Cunniff to pick out a few books to read and to enjoy a cool treat.   These dates are July 18th and August 8th from 2:00-3:00 pm.  Students should also use the purple popsicle sheet to record summer reading titles.  All of this information will be posted on the Cunniff website.

Our school year has been a successful one. Co-teaching continued and grade level teams have done a noteworthy job delivering a standards-aligned curriculum.  A standards-based report card was issued this year.  Parents of students in grades 1-5 will receive their child’s end-of-year SBRC tomorrow.  Additionally,  we implemented Responsive Classroom and through daily morning meetings, teachers fostered and reinforced academic and social-emotional competencies.   The i-Ready Diagnostic was introduced as an additional data point that teachers could use to inform instruction and instructional groups.  Working relationships with literacy and math coaches provided the support needed as teachers navigated the Lucy Calkins units of study in reading and the Engage NY math curriculum.  Teachers worked in Professional Learning Teams and focused on a goal that would impact student learning.  All of this work continues to support our district’s core values or excellence, equity, and community.

I hope that you believe the school year was a rewarding one for your child.  I thank you for all have done and continue to do in support of teaching and learning at Cunniff.

We will say goodbye to four faculty members.  Jody Delaney leaves us after 35 years working in the district. Jody will be remembered as a dedicated instructional assistant and Morning Program before-school coordinator at Cunniff.  Jody was always willing to lend a hand and to support students in order to help them meet with success. She leaves behind many rewarding experiences collaborating with teachers across all grade levels.  Best wishes in your retirement.   Music teacher Rose Ward is also leaving us to continue her education.  Rose did an amazing job empowering every student to believe that s/he had musical talent and ability. She set the highest standard for herself and always held equally high expectations of her students.  Library long-term substitute Carole Bersani leaves us tomorrow as well.  Carole did a wonderful job assuming the position of librarian in Mrs. Walsh’s absence.  She enjoyed her role and the care she took in organizing the physical space in the library set the scene for teaching and learning.  Title I tutor Janice Rotondo also leaves us. Janice began working at Cunniff in April.  Janice skillfully worked with small groups of students and supported fluency building. If the Cunniff qualifies for Title I support next year, we are hoping to have Janice return to work with us.

We will close the school year tomorrow with a staff luncheon.  We will also have a bridging meeting where grade level teams come together to begin the planning process for their new cohort of students.  

 I wish all of our Cunniff families a safe, restful and enjoyable summer!  


With warmest regards,

Mena Ciarlone, Principal