Putting children and families first to ensure high academic achievement for all

    Welcome to School #53!

    • Principal: Denisca Thompson

      Assistant Principals: Jodi Hammond-Axberg & Elizabeth Pawlowski


      Our monthly SBMT meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 9th at 8:15 am.  All are welcome!  On Friday, December 9th we also have our 1st quarter awards assembly for students in grades 3-8 (invitations will be sent home for families of students being recognized), and we have an exciting program for our K-6 students!!   NED's Mindset Mission is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks.  Ned's Mindset Mission

        Click here to learn about the program:  http://www.mindsetmission.com/assembly.html




      The 8th grade fundraiser has ended.  Please return your forms and payment if you have not already done so.  All proceeds will be used to off-set the costs of the 8th grade class dues.



      **Cell phones are NOT permitted during the school day.  Students must keep their phones OFF and AWAY during the day.   Students in grades 7 and 8 should have locks for their lockers, in order to keep their phone secured.  Everyone has the opportunity to turn their phone in each morning to their teacher, administration, or the Main Office.   If violations continue, a parent/guardian will be required to pick up the phone. 

      The last day of school prior to Winter Break is Friday, December 23rd.  Classes resume on Tuesday, January 3rd.

      Thank you!   Ms. Thompson, Ms. Hammond & Mrs. Pawlowski

      Our Mission:
      • To ensure that every student will have the confidence, knowledge, thinking skills, character and hope to assume responsibility for her/his life and contribute to the lives of others; and…
      • We will champion excellence and innovative learning experiences in partnership with family and community; and…
      • We will hold ourselves accountable for educating our students and for working to energize all members of the community to actively participate in the accomplishment of our mission.

      Important Names to Know:

      Mrs. Tara McCann, School Clerk

      Mr. Thomas Pasternack & Ms. Allison Stoerr, School Counselors

      Ms. Tiffany Johnson & Ms. Jenna Cavallaro, Social Workers

      Ms. Elyse Mangano, School Psychologist

      Ms. Heather Smith, CSE Chairperson

      Ms. Karon Newbern, Transportation Coordinator   

      Please see the links below for our District Code of Conduct, the results of our Wellness survey, Youth-Risk Behavior Survey and our ED Climate Survey.  Thanks to all who participated!!

      2022-23 Code of Conduct

      Student & Family Handbook 2022-23

      School 53 School Climate Survey Results 2022


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    • Mandatory Uniform Policy: 

      • Burgundy shirt with the School #53 Logo
      • Pants, Skirt, or Jumper (Navy blue for Grades Pre-K to 8)
      • Black belt (plain, without ornaments or symbols)
      • Black shoes or sneakers

      All students are to be appropriately dressed for school each day.  Jackets or overcoats may not be worn during the school day.  Students may wear navy blue, tan, or white sweaters with their uniform shirt.  **Students are not allowed to wear hoods during the day!**

      The uniform order form can be found under quick links.  An order form was sent in our summer information package, and are available in our Main Office.



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