About the Principal
Dr. Mark A. Pitterson has been an educator for over 30 years, serving as a teacher of English in Kingston, Jamaica, and on Long Island, New York. He also spent a year and a half working in education in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to becoming the principal of BKW Secondary School in October 2016, he worked as an assistant principal for six years and as a principal for three years on Long Island.
February 1, 2021
We have just completed the first two quarters of the 2020-2021 school year. It is hard to believe that half of the year is already behind us. The good news in this is that there is still half of the school year ahead of us. This is of significant importance because there is still sufficient time for all students to complete the year successfully. However, as of this date, we still have students who are not attending classes regularly, students who are not completing assignments, and students who are not actively involved in their classes even when they attend classes. The net result of these situations is that we have too many competent students performing below their ability levels. Some are even failing. With two full quarters still ahead, there is enough time for every student who is currently failing a full year course to change the current trajectory of failing and successfully complete the year.
Please talk with your child about his or her report card. You should also contact the child’s teachers regarding any concerns you may have. If necessary, see to it that your child comes in for extra-help. As mentioned in my December letter to you, our extra-help program began in January. All students who need extra-help are able to come in on the elementary bus for extra-help, on the days that they are scheduled to be in the building, prior to the start of the school day. Students who are coming in for extra-help must have prior invitation from their teachers.
We have posted the monthly instructional calendar for the remainder of the school year on the building’s website. A copy of February’s calendar was already sent out. We have also decided not to change the calendar due to a snow day or remote classes. This is in keeping the calendar simple to follow and eliminates the need to keep reposting and mailing a new calendar whenever there is a disruption of the regular schedule. We will always stick to the calendar as posted based on the date on the calendar.
As we continue to combat the pandemic, please remember to fill out the daily COVID-19 Attestations before your child gets on the bus. The goal is to keep everyone healthy. Continue to be safe.
Mark A. Pitterson, Ed.D.
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