Superintendent of Schools
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2023-24 school year in the North Merrick School District! Administrators and faculty have been busy all summer preparing for the new school year, and I am happy to share some exciting new initiatives with you.
Our curriculum team has been designing three-dimensional science lessons to include core content and science and engineering practices with Dr. Emily Kang, Adelphi professor and science consultant. Our teachers are participating in a four-day Responsive Classroom course in which they will learn strategies to enhance joyful learning communities in which students develop strong social, emotional, and academic skills.
In addition, the district is adopting the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Program for K-2 classrooms and teachers will integrate the program, along with Fundations, into their daily instruction to enhance the literacy curriculum. We are fully transitioning to computer-based testing for ELA, Math, and Science state assessments for grades 3-6 and heading into our second year of Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) with an increase of 41 seats.
My sincere thanks to parents, faculty, and staff who have worked with the Board of Education, central administration, and district and school administrators to build on an exceptional education for our K-6 students. We look forward to partnering with you once again and sharing more news throughout the year.
Dr. Cynthia Seniuk, Superintendent of Schools