Please review the Elementary Family COVID-19 Handbook with your child prior to your child returning to school next week.  I hope you find this information helpful!  I look forward to seeing everyone on September 8, 2020.  Click here to link to the handbook

From the Principal ...

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:

Students need teachers and teachers need students. This statement was proven again starting September 8, 2020 at Lowville Elementary School. It seems obvious at first glance, but I would like to tell you what I saw that I would like to pass along to you.

First, I want to define teachers as being all the adults in our district. This includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, nurses, administrative assistants, related service providers, monitors, aides, assistants, teachers, and administrators. I offer this broad definition as our students learn things from all of the adults they encounter at school in a day.

And I say, “students need teachers and teachers need students”, because a positive vibe was in the building when these two groups came together again this September after an almost 6-month separation. Our staff had crossed every “T” and dotted every “I” so we could open on our original start day. It was a glorious day. We knew we would continue to improve our plan daily as we navigate these times – and that is what we will do whether we are together in the building or apart, but sharing learning virtually.

We know there are smiles under the masks; we see it in everyone’s eyes. We are learning about one another and the strength of our community. We are also learning grade level standards. We will get through this together.

We truly appreciate our partnership with the families of our students. It was obvious last spring when parents collaborated with teachers to teach their children. We appreciate when you speak positively about school with your children. We look forward to helping your child prepare for his/her future. Thank you for sending us your children each day. We truly appreciate all you do at home to partner with us in educating your child. 


Philomena B. Goss, Elementary Principal

Lowville academy weather center

 Mrs. Rubenzahl was awarded an Erie Canal Chapter AFCEA International Education Foundation Teaching Tools Program grant to purchase a weather center for LACS. A Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 weather station was purchased and installed by the maintenance staff in July. The weather center monitors temperature, wind, humidity, air pressure, and rain. Now we have weather data for what is happening right outside our classroom windows. It is also really fun to watch the rain gauge readings increase during a rain shower! LACS students will be able to gather current weather information and access historical weather data from our weather center. If you would like to access the current weather at Lowville Academy, go to http://bit.ly/lacsweather

google certified educators in the elementary 

This summer, a group of teachers from Lowville Elementary received a Professional Learning Communities: Alternative Instructional Options Grant from the Jefferson-Lewis Teacher Center. The purpose of this grant was to provide educators with the opportunity to enhance student learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mallory Augustus, Kate Bala, Cheryl Moore, Hope Miller, Susan Rubenzahl, and Katherine Spaulding used this grant to complete the Google Certified Educators Level 1 Training Program. As a result of completing this training program, these teachers have acquired the ability to successfully implement G Suite for Education into their teaching practice to enhance teaching and learning for their students. This group of educators helped to provide professional development to their colleagues during the district’s September 1 in-service day on Google Suite and other platforms to support student engagement and success in the digital world.

elementary student pictures october 20-22

Urbaniak Studios will be here to take individual student pictures of all students in grades K-5 on Tuesday, October 20, Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 22. All students will have a portrait taken for school records, and you may purchase a package of prints if you desire. Payment for the package must be made at the time of the photo session. Details and pricing information will be sent home in October.

parent-teacher conferences

Parent conferences will be scheduled on Wednesday, November 18, Thursday, November 19, and Monday, November 23, 2020. Just like many things this year, conferences won’t look like they have in the past. This year, parents will be scheduling phone conference times or virtual parent conferences. Please be looking for more information about this from your child’s teacher when the time approaches. 

Monday, October 12 NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day observed
Wednesday, November 11 NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day observed
Wednesday, November 18 Gr. 2-5 - Early dismissal at 12:35 for conferences, no afternoon K or 1st Gr.
Thursday, November 19 Gr. 2-5 - Early dismissal at 12:35 for conferences, no afternoon K or 1st Gr.
Monday, November 23 Gr. 2-5 - Early dismissal at 12:35 for conferences, no afternoon K or 1st Gr.
November 25 – November 27 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Recess