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August 23, 2014
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Sullivan West looks to future with review of past and present; Advanced Placement and PEP programs examined


Bracken narrated a slide presentation detailing the district’s broad-based, PEP program made possible by a three-year PEP grant awarded to the district two years ago. What she described bears little resemblance to the gym classes of yore. Acknowledging that competitive team sports remain an integral part of the PEP curriculum, she emphasized that they are one component only of a curriculum that incorporates interactive games and current fitness fads as well as lifetime indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities. The grant has allowed the district to purchase expensive equipment that would have been otherwise unaffordable. In addition to the hardware and software of computer-generated activities like Dance Dance Revolution, e-Twister, electronic games on the elementary school sports wall, and the acquisition of kayaks and mountain bikes, it has enabled the opening of a state-of-the-art fitness center at the high school that is available to adults and students alike. The district also now boasts a first-of-its-kind in the nation elevated bike rack designed by Bracken, patent pending.

Student board member Joseph Campanelli announced that the students will sponsor blood drives on March 13 and June 5. Donations of pet supplies and money will be collected to benefit the SPCA. Rehearsals are underway for the March 7 to 9 performances of the spring musical.

District superintendent Dr. Nancy M. Hackett requested that the district calendar be amended to reflect February 3 and February 14 as student school days. The board approved her request, thus providing extra flexibility in allocation of snow closure days.

After a long hiatus, the adult education program has resumed and will offer the following courses in January and February: Ins and Outs of Home and Auto Insurance; Basic Adobe Photoshop; Photo Editing Online; Microsoft Word 2007—Creating a Poster; and Elementary Math for Parents. For information about course content, requirements, scheduling and cost, please call 845/482-4810 ext. 3009. Participants must be at least 17 years old.