• A Message from the Superintendent 

    Dear Onteora Community,

    I am so excited and honored to be serving as your Superintendent, and I look forward to working with you for years to come. The years I have spent in the District have given me an appreciation for all of the wonderful aspects of Onteora. This District is rich in resources, and I am grateful for how our community supports and nurtures our students. I will be reaching out to our District’s various constituent groups in the fall, and I look forward to meeting with everyone as I move forward in this new role. 

    I hope everyone is enjoying their summer with family and friends. Summer is the time to recharge and gear up for the coming school year. Here in our District offices and schools, we spend the summer months preparing for the return of the students and staff in September. 

    Many of our staff members are participating in summer professional development opportunities to support our students and to hone their professional skills. Some areas of focus include curriculum writing and revision at the High School level in Algebra, Geometry, Science Fiction, Mythology, and AP Human Geography. At the elementary level, teachers are participating in robotics training, Math Workshop training, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities, and literacy work supporting best strategies for reading in various content areas.

    There are some exciting things happening around the District this summer, including the renovation of the Bennett playground. The playing field has been leveled and seeded, and the new play structures have been ordered. We will enlist the help of the community to install the structures in the fall. We found the community-build process to be fun and rewarding at the Phoenicia and Woodstock schools. The students of Bennett chose the equipment, so I’m certain they will enjoy using it.

    We are also repairing some of the paving at the Woodstock Elementary School building and are installing a new scoreboard on our football field. We are all looking forward to the return of our Varsity Football program, and we hope the community will be attending the home games to cheer for our team. The first home game is scheduled for September 9, and Homecoming is scheduled for September 23.

    I always look forward to the return of our students in September. They bring a palpable energy and excitement into the buildings. Our students continually impress me with their achievements, and I am certain that this year will be no exception.

    Victoria McLaren
    845-657-6383 ext 1010