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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Scraggy Hill Families,

It is amazing how quickly this year has gone! As spring begins, we are looking forward to many activities for our students, as well as planning for the upcoming school year.

Many of our typical end-of-the-year events will be reimagined for our students, so they may enjoy them but with continued social distancing, keeping of cohorts intact, and limitation of visitors to the building. The health and safety of our staff and the students remains our utmost priority. As the time nears I will share more information about the Scraggy Run/Walk, Field Day, and the special events for our fifth-grade students. 

I would like to share a few reminders with you for the remainder of this school year:

* School begins at 9:00 A.M. Students arriving after 9:05 A.M. are considered to be tardy. 

* As the weather gets warmer, please send students with a light jacket or sweatshirt. It is often breezy and still chilly in the morning hours during Physical Education classes and recess.

* Cell phones and all other electronic devices are not permitted. These items have been lost and damaged and are unnecessary in the elementary setting.
*As you know, our students have not had the opportunity to interact with peers in other classes during the school year due to our social distancing procedures. This familiarity may lead to negative interactions between students within their cohort. Please talk openly with your child about their behavior and social interactions. You are paramount in helping them problem solve situations that arise with their peers. This is the time for them to learn how to show compassion, advocate for themselves, and to notice and respond to the subtleties and intricacies of peer relationships.
* Please speak to your third, fourth, and fifth-grade children about digital citizenship, it is important they use technology in a responsible and respectful manner with their online activities.

* Please limit your child’s screen time at home and encourage free play and outdoor play!

Visit the Virtual Backpack on our school website for more information about state testing, class placement, and the Therapy Dog Program.

I want to express my sincere gratitude for your patience, understanding, and support with the evolving procedures that are in place for this school year. Thanks to your diligent efforts and that of our dedicated staff, we have had a smooth, successful year to-date!

Amy Laverty


Dear Scraggy Hill Families,

It is with great honor and pride that I write this letter to you as the new principal of Edna Louise Spear Elementary School. It has not taken long for me to realize how exceptional this school community is, and I could not be more excited to continue the traditions, and make some new memories, for many years to come.

Prior to coming to Port Jefferson as the PreK-8 assistant principal, I taught in various educational settings in Northport- East Northport. I learned from each experience, and quickly realized the importance of teaching and supporting my colleagues. My last role in Northport was that of Instructional Curriculum Coordinator, where I engrossed myself in curriculum and instruction and worked alongside fellow teachers to improve pedagogy and meet the needs of our students. This particular role led me to furthering my career in administration, and taking on the role of K-8 Summer School Principal before coming to Port Jefferson School District.

I look forward to deepening my connection with the Port Jefferson community. It is a community I have frequented with my family over the years, and have grown to love even more as I furthered my career here. In fact, over the weekends, you may find Landon, Reese, Greyson and my husband and I enjoying gourmet doughnuts, skating at the Village Center, or taking a stroll through Harborfront Park. If you do, do not hesitate; I would love to introduce you to my family.

While in the school building, you will find me talking and laughing with students as I get to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I treat your children as my own. I support teachers so they can in turn support your children. I believe in learning from mistakes, respecting ourselves and each other, and keeping students at the heart of all decisions.

It is no secret that we have been through a lot together over the past year. It has shown us the importance of family, of partnering together for the success of our students, and of taking care of each other. While my utmost priority remains the health and safety of staff and students, I know that our dedicated teachers are creating learning experiences that are meaningful, engaging and effective. I also know that we will get through this, together.

I welcome your conversation and positive input throughout the school year, and look forward to working closely with you.

Warm Regards,
Amy Laverty


Sunday, September 26, 2021